Hobbies Up To Here Episode #27

Episode #27 is here and ready for you, hobbyist and crafters!

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We’ve got some finishes on the horizon. My mom has her twisted pinwheel 5 to wrap up and her Gears quilt that are ready to wrap up!

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Twisted Pinwheel

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The Gears Quilt

I, too, have a quilt almost ready to finish. I used the discount day at the Orange Quilt Bee to get my backing and batting bought so I could wrap up my husbands quilt.

I even dipped in and bought some Aurifil thread for the quilting!

Check back next week for our QuiltCon 2016 post to see who will all be attending this year in Pasadena!

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Luscious Chocolate Souffle: Yes You CAN!

When I think of soufflés, I see someone gently, slowly, taking their creation out of the oven when BAM! a door slams and the delicate dish implodes.  NoNoNo, I thought, I’d never be able to successfully serve such a luscious dessert with my limited baking skill set.

Until now.

A few years ago, I took a class from private chef David Lawrence.  Of course I bought his book, and OF COURSE I had it autographed!  I pulled the book out last week to research his fabulous recipes for filet mignon, which we decided to serve the family when we get together to celebrate the January birthdays on the 30th. 

 Lo and behold, there was a photo of the most drool-inducing Chocolate Souffle ever.  The introduction to the recipe insisted that ANYONE could produce this dessert, and so, I ran to the store to gather the ingredients.


  
I fashioned my own double boiler to melt the bittersweet chocolate morsels (I used Ghiradelli premium baking chips, 60% Cacao) and unsalted butter.  It worked great!



 When I finished blending the ingredients, I poured them into 10 ounce ramekins, and put the ramekins in the hot “bath” I had waiting in the oven. 

 

Oh good God!He was right!  This recipe could easily be on the menu of the most expensive restaurant in town.


 If you’d like to serve something that will have your guests standing and applauding at the end of the evening, I highly recommend you grab David’s cookbook Boy Eats World and get to it!

Happy Baking!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #26

A day late but never fear, our podcast is here!!!

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We talk about baking and cooking! We both have a love for the science and chemistry in the kitchen and have turned what would normally be a chore into a hobby.

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So far this recipe book is a huge hit in the Hobbies Up To Here home. Check it out for some simple yet tasty meals.

And check out our Meal Prep Monday tag for all my posts on the delicious food I make for the week in our home!

 

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Weekend Update: Arrrgh!!!

Arrgh, we be pirates, ahoy!!!

Well, sort of.

So our weeks are kinda blah. I work and my son goes to school. Then we go home, battle through homework and laundry while trying to fit in some time to go to the gym or for my son to fly around on his little scooter with the neighbor kids.

Then it’s bed time with a story, lots of kisses and tons of hugs. After that, I retreat to my room to sew or read.

For those reading nights

Or neither. Sometimes I just zone out to the gentle glow of my computer screen while I read blogs or Facebook with friends.

Then Friday comes and the countdown is on! From Friday night till late Sunday we are GO GO GO! Never stopping and constantly busy!! This weekend was like any other, with plans and dates up the wahzoo.

First was a brunch at Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. My grandmother was recovering from a surgery around the time of my son’s birthday in February so we celebrated this weekend with a brunch and characters followed by a movie.

The rush and the whirl of the crowd at Downtown Disney kinda got the The Guy and me ready for the rest of the evening jostling through bodies in some LA clubs for a friend’s birthday celebration. Man do those little clubs get very warm, very fast!

Luckily, Sunday’s plans were later in the afternoon so we started up slow and took our time starting our day. There is nothing like a slow Sunday morning when breakfast is a main concern and pajamas are the main attire. Especially when spent with the G-Unit in their beautiful yard on a warm morning. Ahhh…bliss.

In the afternoon we had a first time event for all of us. Joining our very good friends, The Guy, my son and I went to a Pirate Show for lunch. Since then, it’s been nothing but pirates. Even pirate costumes.

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Today was the beginning of my week vacation. Or better yet, our staycation since I booked us up with lots of appointments so we couldn’t get away this time around. Next time I take a week off, I’ll manage to make some time to get away.

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I did manage to get in some baking, another hobby of mine. Today we tried strawberry vanilla muffins. They are heavenly! And, like I had thought no sewing has been done. Because I knew this would happen, I participated in my first Friday Night Sew-In and got some big progress under my belt on Jake’s quilt. So I don’t feel so bad that I haven’t touched any sewing since then.

Now to hop around the blog-o-sphere and visit some fellow FNSI friends and see how they did Friday night.