Recipe: Mashed Cauliflower with Rosemary & Garlic

I strongly dislike the ubiquitous cauliflower florets on store-prepared vegetable trays so I was happily surprised to find a cauliflower recipe that I like!

My husband and I have been trying to add more veggies to our diet and this rosemary garlic mashed cauliflower is an easy and delicious way to do so. Continue reading

Decorating Cupcakes with Fondant

I’ll be honest. I’ve always been a bit intimated by fondant.  The results are so gorgeous that I’ve always assumed that it was difficult. When I came across a fondant cupcake decorating class at a local shop called the Cake Professor, however, I decided to try working with fondant.  Guess what? It turns out simple fondant decorations that can make a cupcake look really pretty are super simple to make.  In a lot of ways working with fondant is a lot like playing with play-dough.

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Third Time’s a Charm – Another Coconut Cake

A couple of years ago I decided to bake the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake, after finding a recipe for the cake on the Martha Stewart website. The cake was very time intensive to make.  Also, after seeing everything that went into the cake it lost just a bit of its charm.  Now, I don’t expect my cakes to be healthy, after all they are cakes, but the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake is DECADENT even for a cake!

Coconut Cake

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Chicken and Sausage Paella Recipe

This chicken and sausage paella is a great dish.  My mother taught me how to make this.

Chicken & Sausage Paella

It is a little more time intensive than my usual weeknight dinners, but it certainly takes less time than cooking three of my usual dinners! This recipe makes enough for three dinners for my husband and me.  I like to make this paella Sunday evening and then have the leftovers for dinner on Monday and Tuesday. I even think that it tastes better after the first day!

Chicken & Sausage Paella

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2012 Roundup

I like to spend a little time reflecting on the year that is drawing to a close.  Two thousand twelve brought many changes for me: I left a job, moved from Washington, DC to South Carolina, and started a new career.  Two thousand twelve also saw the start of this blog!

Throughout all of the changes that occurred this past year, I have very much enjoyed sharing craft projects and recipes with you, my readers, here on Scissors and Spoons.  I am grateful for all of the comments and inspiration that you have shared with me.  I am also grateful for each and every time that you have shared this blog with others. I have enjoyed visiting the blogs of many of the visitors who have commented on my posts.  I am very much looking forward to continuing to share my crafts and recipes with you in the new year!

Before it’s time to time to flip the calendars to 2013, I wanted to roundup my most viewed and favorite posts from 2012.

The most viewed craft posts on Scissors and Spoons were:

1.  DIY Salt Dough Snowflakes

DIY Salt Dough SnowflakesI made these salt dough snowflake ornaments to decorate my Christmas tree, but I love the look of salt dough so much that now that it is time to take down my Christmas tree, I am preparing some non-holiday salt dough decorations to share.

2. Recycled Calendar Origami Boxes

DIY Recycled Calendar BoxesTheses boxes were my first post on Scissors and Spoons.  As we welcome the new year, it is a great time to revisit this post and use calendars from 2012 to make pretty gift boxes.

3. DIY Paper Magnolias

DIY Paper Magnolias

I made these paper magnolias to mark the aforementioned move. I love this project because it can be made using simple materials — scissors, paper, and glue.

4.  DIY Paper Orchids

DIY Paper Magnolias

While my orchids are showing no signs of re-blooming this year (in contrast to last year), these paper orchids are still “in bloom.”

The most viewed recipe posts were:

1.  Jaime’s Red Velvet Cupcakes; and

Jaime's Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe2.  Banana Buttermilk Pecan Muffins.

Banana Buttermilk Pecan MuffinsMy two favorite posts–one craft and one recipe–were:

1.  Onion Skin Dyed Botanical Eggs; and

Onion Skin Dyed Botanical Eggs2.  the Black Forest Whipped Cream Cake Jaime surprised me with for my birthday.

Black Forest Whipped Cream CakeBest wishes for the new year!

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Looking for a last minute dessert for New Year’s Eve? These cute mini cherry cheesecakes are quick and tasty! I think these would be a good dessert for receptions and parties because they are bite size.

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

I was inspired by Bakerella’s Super Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes, but added a simple crust since the wafers were larger than the bottoms of my muffin cups.

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