Thursday, December 7, 2017
CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHRISTMAS PIE
Chocolate Pie Dough:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbs sugar
8 tbs butter (1 stick), cut into cubes
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup cup vodka
1 TBS cold water
Mix chocolate pie dough and divide into two disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least an hour. Roll out one disk and fit into 9 inch pie plate.
Roll out the second disk and cut into star or other shapes with holiday cookie cutters. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet and chill along with pie.
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 tbs cornstarch
1 TBS tapioca
5 cups of frozen cherries thawed and drained
3 tbs lemon juice from a real life lemon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups frozen cherries pitted and thawed
Reduce juice from cherries to ¼ cup
2 jars KC Classic Innovations Chrolate Cherry Fondue
Preheat oven to 475. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt, lemon juice and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix in thawed cherries. Allow to rest while you reduce the cherry juice by boiling it down to ½ cup. Add to cherry mixture, stir well and spoon into pie shell.
Bake for 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 375 and finish baking for about 45 minutes or until the filling is thick and bubbly. If your crust looks like it is browning too much, cover it in foil. Cool Pie completely. Spread one jar of KC Innovations Chocolate Cherry Fondue over the top of the cherry layer. Pipe or spoon whipped cream over this layer and decorate with the chocolate cutouts.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
During the cooler days of fall and winter, even early spring, it is nice to be able to take advantage of pleasant evenings gathered around a crackling wood fire.
You can make your own portable firepit from hypertufa. It will rest right on the ground or can be raised up on a large pot. This makes it very easy to maintain the fire, and not let it get too big to get out of hand. It also provides a safe means to enjoy an outside fire. The resulting wood ash is a terrific additive to your compost pile as well.
The firepit shell is cast from a mound of soil right in your garden. Shape a mound of dirt about 42 inches in diameter. Cover the mound with a
piece of plastic, an old drop cloth works great. I placed some cast concrete ornaments in an outer ring for a decorative effect. Any ornaments you add, remember to place them top side down onto the plastic surface.
Mix up a batch of hypertufa, (here’s my recipe:
You do not have to make the hypertufa all at once and can even do it in stages as time permits. Begin packing hypertufa from the center of the mound to the edges, making a nice thick layer 1.5 to 2” thick.
I put on a first layer to establish the shape. Then laid strips of chicken wire over the surface to serve as re-enforcement and then put another layer of hypertufa on top.
Use a brick to tamp the entire surface of the newly shaped disk. Cover the disk with plastic and allow to harden and cure for two weeks. Carefully flip the disk over and transport to the site where you wish to locate your firepit. It is a good idea to have two or three people to help do this.
Mix ½ bag of sand topping mix with water to a consistency of runny frosting.
Using an old paint brush, apply a thick layer of this concrete over the inside surface of your new firepit. This will both seal and strengthen the structure.
Let this set over night then smooth the edges with a brick. Add painted accents if you wish with exterior latex paint.
Pour one bag of all purpose sand into the basin to serve as an insulator between the burning logs and the surface of the firepit.
Build a fire in the center of the pit and enjoy the warmth, the smell and the glow!
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Life is lived in a circle and dates keep coming back to us. The joy of brightening other's lives, bearing each other's burdens and supplanting weary hearts with thoughtful gifts becomes for us, the magic of the holidays.
These are our newest message blocks which stand on their own on a shelf or ledge, hang on a wall or fence or can lay flat in the ground as a ste[ppoping stone. Speaking of stepping stones, here are three new designs for the season. These are easy gifts for gardeners on your list.
We're HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Come to our opening night garden party, Thursday, November 2 from 4-8 pm. Enjoy good eats, live music and free craft activities in our studio, two floors filled with cool handmade gifts and home decor. We'll be open 10-5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November into December.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Cheery Holiday Message Block
Who doesn’t love bringing a little of the outside in, especially if it includes a cheery little redbird? Bemby Yocum will lead two sessions on December 2nd at the HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS sale and will help you create this inspirational message block. You will add your own personalized message to this charming wooden bird perched on a branch. Also, as an added bonus this bird can perch anywhere since everything is mounted on 2” wood that can either hang on a wall, stand on a bookshelf or windowsill. For more information and to enroll: