Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blueberry Scones

My last blueberry recipe of the week is one of my favorite treats! I made these for the volunteers and workers at the Boys and Girls Club.  These Blueberry Scones from La Petite Brioche turned out very moist and yummy!  The girls at the front desk said they were one of their favs I've made so far.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • extra heavy cream for brushing the tops
  • raw sugar for sprinkling the tops
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, the baking powder, orange zest, and salt. Add the cold butter and mix at the lowest speed. Combine the egg and heavy cream and, with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour into the flour and butter mixture. Mix until just blended. The dough will look lumpy.  Add the blueberries to the dough, and mix on low speed until blended.
Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it into a ball. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. You should see small bits of butter in the dough. Keep moving the dough on the floured board so it doesn't stick.
Shape the dough into a square. Cut the square into quarters then cut again into eighths, diagonally, making triangles. 
Brush the tops of the scones with heavy creme, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the insides are fully baked.


What a fun way to bring blueberries into a scone!

Any yummy scones in your future?
Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE

Monday, August 18, 2014

Brown Sugar Blueberry Cookies

Next on my to do list with the blueberries from my parent's tree's was a treat for my bestie who watched the boys while I was away in Canada for work.  I found these Brown Sugar Blueberry Cookies on Sweet Pea's Kitchen (I love this site since this is my dad's nickname for me).   NOW I did use frozen blueberries which made the dough a little hard to work with when they came out of the oven it was a little difficult to get them off the sheet.  BUT I did test them and they were extremely yummy!!!

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 stick butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling dough

Directions:

Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the butter and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg and vanilla; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just dough comes together, about 30 seconds. Add in milk. If dough is still crumbly, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it comes together. Fold in blueberries gently with a spatula.
Place the ½ cup sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Fill a medium bowl halfway with cold tap water. Dip your hands in the water and shake off any excess (this will prevent the dough from sticking to your hands and ensure that the sugar sticks to the dough). Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball between moistened palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, moistening your hands as necessary and spacing the balls about 2 inches apart (you should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet).
Bake until the cookies centers are just set and very lightly colored, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 3 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

What a fun way to bring blueberries into a cookie!

Any yummy cookies in your future?
Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge

My parents have around 8 blueberry bushes in their yard.  My dad spent a few days and picked all the blueberries and brought them over to my house.  Into my freezer they went and onto Google I went!  I wanted to bring something yummy to the volunteers and staff at the Boys and Girls club.  They help me out so much watching the boys during the day.


I found this amazing recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge on About.com.  Let me tell you it was so freaking amazing.  I had to get these out of the house quick before I ate every last bit of them.  Let's just say I had just a few bites ... ok who am I kidding!  I doubled the recipe to make a large batch for them.

Ingredients:

  • 6 sheets of graham crackers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature, divided use
  • 2.5 cups plus 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (12 oz) bag white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 stick (2 oz) butter
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk

Preparation:

1. Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place the graham crackers in a food processor or blender and blend until you have very fine crumbs. Add two tablespoons of granulated sugar and 1.5 ounces of softened cream cheese, and pulse until the mixture starts to come together and looks crumbly. It should hold together if you squeeze it in your hand, but should not be too moist or sticky. Press the graham cracker mixture into a thin, even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Don’t worry if it seems too dry to form a solid crust--the layer of fudge on top will solve that problem.
3. Place the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and miniature marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
4. Once boiling, begin to stir constantly and cook, stirring, for five minutes. After five minutes remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the remaining 6.5 oz of cream cheese and the white chocolate chips. Mix until the fudge is entirely smooth and free of lumps. If the white chocolate chips do not dissolve easily, return the pan to the heat briefly and stir over the heat until they melt.
5. Add the dried blueberries and vanilla to the fudge and stir until they are well-mixed. Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Refrigerate the fudge until it is set, at least 4 hours.
6. Once set, remove the fudge from the pan using the foil as handles. Cut the fudge into small one-inch squares to serve. Store Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, and bring to room temperature before serving.
ALEXIS NOTES: I doubled recipe.  I also used frozen blueberries which was nice touch but when I put them down it didn't allow the graham cracker mix to stick to the fudge so I lost part of the cheesecake taste.  Next time I'll pour some fudge down then lay down the blueberries and top with the rest of the fudge.


Enjoy but be-careful you may not stop eating them!
Yes this was over 2 days.


Tray all filled up to go to the club:

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE

Friday, August 15, 2014

Groupon helped me meet a Bloggy Friend

About 7 years ago I meet Stacey from Kingston Girl. My grandfather had passed and I was going to Bainbridge Island to clean his estate that is next to Kingston.  We always said we would meet, but since I was always riding with my parents I could never meet up with her. Then she moved to my town! Yes you would think we could meet right up, but with kids and schedules we never have been able to meet up.  She is an amazing lady if you have not read her blog you must. She is a cancer survivor who had twin boys through a surrogate.  Her twins had a rough start and spent a lot of time in Children's hospital.  It is such a touching story.  They boys are now 2, one still has many health challenges. She is always so positive and just keeps going, such an amazing person!  Her new blog is The Twinpeaks Mama.

SOOO on to my story ... She posted on FB a while back she is doing her spray tan business Totally Faking It at HM Salon.  Then a week or so later I saw a Groupon for a hair color service at the HM Salon!  I sent her a message and found it was the same place!  So I schedule a time to go get my hair done and to get my spray tan done before I left on my trip.

Post Tan and Spray tan!

It was so exciting to meet up with Stacey, we had a great time talking and catching up.  And to get my spray tan on I had to strip down to my bra and undies .. oh yes that is the way we roll on our first meeting ... lol

So I got my hair colored and a spray tan on!

Hope you have a GREAT weekend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On my Work Trip I met an OC Housewife!

Last week I posted I was going to Whistler Canada for work.  I will post about my trip later but I had to share my star moment, ok it's a reality star but still it was a real treat.  My boss had told me she goes to the events we go to (she sells insurance and is part of producer / advisor group - We are financial advisors and insurance).  So my boss has told me that before they were at a trip and they saw the famous Vicki, my boss and her daughter went up to say hi and ask for a autograph.  Let's just say it didn't go well, Vicki was not pleased and would not give a picture or autograph.  It actually became a funny joke in the office and my boss even joked about it on his radio show.

So when I saw her my first day at breakfast I was leery to go over and say hi.  My husband LOVES the OC housewife, yes he is the one that got me to watch it.  He is from OC so of course he has to watch (that is what he says so it's not so bad he likes a chick show). She had a grumpy face on so I didn't approach her.  Brooks (yes they are still together, he's been to all the events the last few years) was smiling and seemed happy.  I did run into her when I was going to the spa and she was headed to the pool.  I must say it was nice to see she did have cellulite on her legs (You got to love TV and they make them all look so perfect).  She had the not so nice look on her face so I tried to smile and got nothing.

On our 3rd night there our group (800 ppl) had a huge dinner party called Winter Wonderland.  It had a neon lite up Transformer, a snow king and queen on stilts and ice carvers!  It was an amazing time, then the dancing went going!  My co-worker loves to dance and we were checking out the dance floor when I saw Vicki and Brooks!  They were smiling and taking a picture with someone.  So I put on my big girl panties and went up and asked for a photo.  Brooks was facing me so I asked him, he said sure ask Vicki.  I tried to get her attention but she was dancing away, so he tapped her and asked.  She smiled said hi and sure!

It was a brief meeting but I got my picture, no autograph so my husband joked I couldn't come home .. lol.

There you have it, my work lead me to meet Vicki from the RHOC!

Ok so I was in super smile mode so don't mind my face .. lol

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Going Away Gift Ideas

A while back we had two ladies leave my women's group at church and I wanted to know something fun to say goodbye and how much they meant to me.


I found two really fun idea's that are fun to do and so special!


First I saw an idea for a dum dum and nut gift!  I can't find the picture anymore so please forgive me for not giving credit, if it yours let me know and I'll add a link.

What you Need:
Bag of Nuts
Dum Dum's
Card Stock
Ribbon

I printed out on card stock a note that said: ____ (insert name) You're No Dum-Dum but you're a NUT to walk away from a group like this.  I took a whole punch and punched the note and into the bags.  I attached the note to the bag of nuts and dum dum's with a ribbon.


Second off I did an idea for Blue with out You (I found a few but let's give credit to Sequins and Scotch.


What you Need:
Blue Nail Polish
Blue Nail Kit
Card Stock
Ribbon

I found some nice Blue nail polish and a nail kit that was also blue.  Printed out on card stock a note that said: We will be so BLUE with YOU! I attached the note to the polish and the nail kit.  So easy but I really loved how special it was.


Perfect for a co-worker or a friend who is moving away or leaving.

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Time Gift Idea

Another fun gift I put together for this hot summer we are having this heat wave!  I found a great idea for a Pool Floatie Gift on Practically Living.  So easy to put together and it was such a hit with the first kid we gave it to that I made it for 2 more parties.


What you need:
Pool Floatie (Dollar Tree)
Beach Towel
Salt Water Taffy
Popsicles
Sunblock Spray
Carmex
Candy or whatever you find snack wise

Blow up the floatie, NOW if I would have been smart I would have Rick blow up with the air house, got a little light headed on this one .. lol.  I wrapped a ribbon around the towel and then added the other items to the center of the floatie to hold it all into place.  SUPER easy but so cool!


Have a GREAT day!

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Gamer's Gift Idea

I'm heading back to the US today and will be back to comment, thank you for hanging with me while I have been away.  My internet in Canada has been shaky so I haven't been able to stop by and say hi as I wanted to do.  I had an amazing time, ate too much, did a lot of walking and even met a Housewife from the OC ... oh yes I did and I got a picture too (to come soon).


Cole's friend from school had a party a while back, I asked his mom what he would like and she said anything to do with a game system.  I thought perfect I'll make a gamer basket, I found an idea on Bubbly Nature Creations and ran with it to make it my own.

What you Need:
Game (Found in Walmart $10 bin)
Licorice
Candy (assorted)
Gatorade (For re-hydration)
Beef Jerky
Corn Nuts
Popcorn Basket

I hit up Dollar Tree for the popcorn basket to hold all the items.  I found some candy items to go with the beef jerky and other items.  I also found some Pez dispensers in Star War's that I had to get.  Arrange it in the bucket, if need you can always put some tissue paper in to hold everything in nice.  If you don't know a game they like go ahead and pick up a gift card for like Google Play or a game store (like Game Stop).  Easy to put together and kids love them!


Have a great day!

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Featured on Friday Favorites

I'm so tickled the Olaf cake I made for Birthday dreams was features on Friday Favorites on I'm Not a Trophy Wife. This cake was so special for me to make for this homeless girl and I'm so blessed it was featured.  A big thank you to her for featuring my cake!

I'm Not a Trophy Wife



Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Whistler Canada here I come!

It is true I hopped on a plane and flew to Canada yesterday.  

My amazing bosses have invited me to come along to Whistler Canada.  Now living in Washington I'm rather close to Canada.  In my youthful party days we would hope the board all the time (yup drinking age was 19 here).  NOW we would bomb up on a Saturday AM, party hard and sleep in some cheap MOTEL.  Now This trip is a whole different ball game!

Before I start on the amazing hotel we are staying at.  Let me start with what I am now referring to as the great debacle of Alexis flying.  For you who know me know I'm not a good flyer.  So yesterday I arrive 2 hours early to the airport I make it through security and check in told to go to gate B12.  I look at my ticket it says N12B so I'm thinking oh ok the N must be something for them.  I sit down and start to work to keep my mind off flying.  1/2 before it's time to board I go potty and hit Starbucks stand in line for 15 min go and still don't see my flight # come up on the board so I ask.  Guess what yup in the wrong location.  I have to take NOT 1 but THREE underground trains to the other side of the airport.  Oh yes you guessed it I arrive 3 min after they closed the gate and I was told I would have to wait of course the flight in 2 hours was book solid so I had to wait 5 hours!  You guessed it 7 hours at the airport for this girl!

At least I was in the right place, so I worked for 3 hours of the wait and then 2 hours read a book.  Of course this flight ran late ... lol as my boss says it's comical luck!

I get to Canada and have to clear customs.  What a difference vs just driving across the border like the past.  A great smile and you got right over.  This was angry looking security guards with guards behind in bullet proof vest and guns.  I crossed with no problem and a town car was waiting for me.  The GREAT part of being late was I got to ride ALONE in a car instead of a bus caravan.  Now the resort was 2 hours away the driver said.  We got there in 2 hours, arriving around 10pm!

My amazing boss stayed up to see me, I felt so special for her to do that.  She even went down and had a Moji with me (Pomegranate yum!).  We ended up talking until after midnight!  It was an amazing day even with spending a half day in the airport.

Me crossing the Boarder

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Evening Twilight in Whistler

Some fun pics

Have a GREAT week!

On a fun note a certain Housewife from the OC I hear may be here!
She is part of our the top producers like my bosses.

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