Happy Black Forest inspired

Happy 48th my love! #GrabberMovie

Every year, for my fabulous Husband of 22 years’ birthday, I create a cake for him.

It is always based on a “fake” Black Forest style, made with a cake mix, cherry pie filling and whipping cream.

And I try to make it interesting every year that I have the time to do so.

This year, we had watch the movie, Grabbers, and I had already been thinking “tentacles” for the 2020 version, so I was inspired!

I knew I needed cake, and last year I had used a great brown sugar cookie recipe for the face hugger from Alien, so I knew that would work for the tentacles… I did some baking and chilled all the bits.

I spent some time on Friday afternoon looking for images of the Maher’s Pub and did a quick acrylic painting of it, while FaceTiming with my niece – who created a lovely piece as well!  I then popped a photo of my painting into Procreate – and added the tentacles for the finished illustration!

The acrylic painting of the Maher’s Pub
Maher’s Pub after the attack.. #Grabbermovie

The following is a photo journey through the process I spent 3 hours completing this morning…

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The Pub:

The Grabber…

The Grabber Babies:

 

The displays:

 

 

Another practice day with ProCreate

As a child I loved “paint by numbers” projects that have a starting point that I could work.

I am approaching some of my self teaching with ProCreate with the same concept, using the layers as a way to draw and paint over an existing image ( my own photos).

Photo by TAVALONIA
Rose from TAV Creations client in Jan 2020

This rose came to me from a client who is a florist- so lovely!

And today I used it as my starting template for this:

The Rose by TAVALONIA, Feb 2020
The Rose by TAValonia, February 2020

Progress is being made!!

Norwegian Cinnamon Thumbs…simple and yummy

I was searching online for some Norwegian finger foods/snackables that might complement the theme of an upcoming scotch /whiskey tasting evening.

I don’t go for the scotch. I may have some other beverages of interest, but not scotch. That being said, the evenings are usually an enjoyable mix of conversation, nibbles and generally an excuse to take a break for the evening.

So in my adventures for ideas, I found Norwegian Cinnamon Thumbs – what a great name for a cookie!

Please go here and find the original recipe: https://luluthebaker.com/2015/04/norwegian-cinnamon-thumbs-huge-news/

Here are pics of mine…

 

And the other item of interest:

Never tried it but apparently we will slice it thinly and it will have a caramel taste…

Will let you know!

Oh – and I got my hair trimmed today and styled… much needed break from sewing as my arms are unhappy!  Thanks to Melissa at Lucas Nault salon – and even chatted with the man himself as I was heading home!  #supportsmallbusiness

 

 

Sunday afternoon baking…

Jumped on the bandwagon-here are today’s kitchen adventures!

Oatmeal Banana cookies:

  • 2 smashed bananas
  • 1 cup oatbran
  • 1 cup oat flakes
  • .5 cup chocolate chips
  • .5 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder

350 degree oven- 9-12 minutes- greased baking sheet.

Note: Original recipe posted here:

https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2-ingredient-healthy-banana-bread-breakfast-cookies-with-delicious-add-ins/

Banana Oatmeal Coconut chocolate chip cookies

Sweet potato brownie cookies:

  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
  • .5 cup natural peanut butter
  • .25 cup cocoa powder
  • .25 cup maple syrup

350 degree oven – 10-12 minutes for cookies- lightly greased baking sheet

Original recipe found on Pinterest:

https://pin.it/awcu44lqxr3xqj

Sweet potato brownie cookies

In the crockpot:

Original recipe found here:

https://pinchofyum.com/crockpot-sweet-potato-lentils

I’m using that recipe as inspiration…I don’t have all the spices, nor vegetable broth.

Crockpot Sweet Potato Lentils ( my version)

INGREDIENTS

• 3 large sweet potatoes, diced (about 6 cups)
• 3 cups water
• 1 onion, minced
• 2 teaspoon each ground coriander, curry powder and chili powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cups uncooked red lentils (masoor dal)
• 1 can coconut milk
• 1 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place the sweet potatoes, water, onion, and spices in a crockpot. Cook on high for 3 hours, until vegetables are soft.

2. Add the lentils and stir once. Replace the lid and cook on high for an additional 1 1/2 hours.

3. Stir in the coconut milk and as much water as needed to get the right consistency.

Sweet Potato Cheesecakes

Oh yes.

It’s fall here and Sweet Potatoes are on sale, so a bag was purchased!

And I wanted to make something different but simple… I like making things with the least number of ingredients possible, but that still tastes good etc.

So after I steamed 4 medium sweet potatoes and puréed them, what to do next came as I progressed through the other baking I was doing and what I had on hand.

I was making turkey wontons, and had some wrappers left over so I created little tart shells with those by draping them over greased inverted muffin tins. I baked them until crunchy and golden at 350- maybe 10 minutes.

4 medium small sweet potatoes

Puréed and adding a block of cream cheese…

Add ½ cup maple syrup

Add 1 tablespoon each cinnamon and ginger and a pinch of salt.

Spoon into pre baked shells and top with marshmallows

Approximate recipe:

Sweet Potato Cheesecakes

  • 4 sweet potatoes ( each was about 1.5 inches thick by 4-5 inches long
  • 1 250 gram block of cream cheese ( I think vegans could use soft tofu)
  • ½ cup maple syrup ( or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon each cinnamon and ginger powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 30 wonton wrappers 3 inch square or round ( or tart shells)
  • 90 mini marshmallows ( optional but fun)

Pre-bake the shells/ or make shells by draping the wonton wrappers over greased inverted muffin tins and baking at 350 until golden brown( maybe 10 minutes).

  • Steam or microwave or cook the sweet potatoes however you like. Peel them and purée.
  • Beat in the cream cheese and add the maple syrup and spices, taste and see if you want to adjust the flavours.
  • Beat until smooth then spoon into the cooled shells.
  • Top with marshmallows ( 3 each seemed good).
  • Chill or freeze until ready to serve.
  • Fun serving option: let defrost for a few minutes then place in 300 degree oven for 5 minute to melt the marshmallows or use a torch on unfrozen ones to brown the marshmallows.
  • Enjoy!