Sunday, December 13, 2009

White Pizza

Homemade whole wheat pizza dough
Lightly sauteed sliced garlic in olive oil
pearl mozzarella cheese
shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

Ponies Cupcake Topper

White cupcakes
Pink Frosting
Scallop punch
Photoshop Elements design for Go Ponies!

Best Chocolate Chip Recipe ... For now

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Jacques Torres

New York Times July 9, 2008

Time 45 minutes - Chill time 24 hours

2 cups minus 2T (8.5 ounces) cake flour

1 2/3 cups (8.5 ounces) bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons corse salt

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar

1 cup plus 2T (8 ounces) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoons natural vanilla extract

1 1/4 pound bittersweet chocolate disks or feves,

at least 60% cacao ( I used about 14 ounces)

sea salt

  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside
  2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at a time. Mixing well after each addition.
  4. Stir in vanilla
  5. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop in chocolate pieces and incorporate with wooden spoon as to not break the chocolate.
  6. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches and can be refrigerated for 72 hours.
  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or non stick backing mat.
  8. Scoop generous golf ball size mounds onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that may be poking up.
  9. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  10. Bake until golden brown, about 16-20 minutes.
  11. Transfer to wire rack for 10 minutes.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Camp Sherman Sept 09

We spent the weekend with the Mansberger's at their cabin in Camp Sherman

Camp Sherman buying penny candy.
Game night - Blokus
A ride to the Camp Sherman Store
watching the horses.
Walk to the Head of the Metolius River

Suttle Lake, Oregon Sept 2009

Some of my favorite photos of the year!

Santa Con Portland 2009

Santa Con - North Portland Saturday, December 5 2009.

Santa's on the MAX

Santa's outside Eagles Nest.

Inside Eagles Nest