Oh Sweet Cinnamon Rolls!

April 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Recipes | Leave a comment
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What a wonderful spring we have been having here in the Texas hill country! I have been looking forward to the ripe fruits and vegetables that should be on their way! We have a strawberry farm a few miles away, and I’m looking forward to getting out there in the next week or so to pick some ripe, juicy berries. I’m contemplating whether I am going to share my favorite Strawberry Pie recipe with you-I know, Selfish Me! I’m sure I’m not the only one who withholds secret family recipes, or am I??? Anyway, more on that in the next week or two.

Yummy and Sticky!

This past week I baked up some made from scratch sweet cinnamon rolls-Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls to be exact. The recipe was from Bon Appétit-one of my favorite sites.  I’m not one for using yeast and letting things rise, just not that patient. So to my surprise (and the joy of my family), I found myself making these rolls. I guess the pictures tempted me. They were actually much easier that I had imagined, and from the way they turned out, I will definitely be making more for guests and special occasions. Next time I will add more of the cinnamon filling (they never add enough in my opinion). I will also try freezing them before they rise so that I can have them ready for company.

The special thing about these cinnamon rolls is that they contain potatoes! Being the finicky eater that he is, my husband cringed at the thought of it; he just hasn’t heard of potato bread and the like. I’m positive the creamy, buttery potatoes were the reason for the light, smooth, airy texture of these rolls. The icing was also very easy, but again, not enough for my liking-I made two batches.

Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls

So on a day when you’re wanting to bake, and wanting your family to praise your cooking ability, or you’re trying to impress you breakfast guests, try these delicious rolls and let me know how you like them!

(Note to my sisters: Yes, I will include you on the guest list!)

~Karin~

Needing a hostess gift? A Meggie Mae Apron makes a great gift!

Fast, Easy, Hot Out Of The Oven

March 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Recipes | Leave a comment
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Several weeks ago (on my birthday weekend) my husband took me to The Bluebonnet Café for breakfast. If you have never been to The Bluebonnet in Marble Falls, Texas read the full article at www.roamingthehills.wordpress.com

This week I made some Irish Soda Bread. I know, I’m a little slow at getting around to baking it. I should have made it St. Patrick’s Day as planned. Oh well! So I started to make some Irish Soda Bread with a recipe from Simply Recipes. I made a few changes, and now call it my Irish American Bread! First, I substituted ½ of the flour (2 cups) for whole wheat flour. After about 35 minutes, I had to cover the bread in foil and cook it an additional 10 minutes or so. The whole wheat makes the bread a little denser, but I expected that. Second, I used craisins instead of raisins. My son and I enjoyed the bread hot right out of the oven. YUM!  The creamy butter we added melted over the top of the piping hot bread and the craisins added a little sweetness. This was soooo fast and easy! This would be wonderful accompanying a pot of soup.You can find the recipe here http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/irish_soda_bread/

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Remember Meggie Mae Aprons when you’re looking for your next bridal or house warming gift.

May the luck o’the Irish be with ya in all your baking!

~Karin~

Aprons, Recipes, and Gardening in the Hill Country

March 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Aprons, Recipes | Leave a comment
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Last week I made the Italian Pot Roast from the Simply Recipes web site. Oh so comforting! This week I plan on making the Chicken and Apples in Honey Mustard Sauce as well as the Tomatillo Chicken Stew. I’ll be sure to let you know which one was my favorite 🙂

I also enjoyed making some yummy little treats from Baking Bites. The Coconut Lime Crumble Bars were oh sooooo good! I’m tempted by anything with lemon or lime, and with the addition of coconut well, they just absolutely beckon spring!

From my back porch I hear the birds chirping and see some of the trees budding.  I’m very excited about getting out and working in the yard. My Meggie Mae Apron really comes in handy when I’m gardening. My favorite to wear while working in the yard is the ‘bistro reversible apron’ because of the deep pockets which hold my pruning shears and seed packets, as well as the short length which allows me to stoop and bend without letting the apron touch the ground. And of course it is ‘reversible!’

The 'Bistro Reversible Apron'

The 'Bistro Reversible Apron'

I hope to have more herbs this year, as I was very happy with my little plot from last year, but there are so many beautiful, fragrant varieties that you can never have enough. Oh, and did I mention most herbs are deer proof? You have to consider that above all else when growing in the Texas Hill Country!

~Karin~

I Love Spring!

February 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Aprons | 1 Comment
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Today I’m headed to the fabric store. I’m so excited to look at Spring colors and patterns! Walking into a fabric store for me is like a child in a candy store. I like to touch everything, and I can’t make up my mind on what I like best-so I try them all! Can’t wait to design new aprons and get them listed for you to see. I’m hoping to do some spring cleaning (I know, it’s only February) by redesigning my website as well.

Try wearing a stylish new Meggie Mae Apron –it just might help you get a jump on your spring cleaning too!

I love Spring!!

The 'Margaret' Apron

The 'Margaret' Apron

~Karin~

New Year’s Resolutions-365 days? How ’bout 21?

January 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Food Talk, reviews | Leave a comment
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OK, so I’ve been contemplating my New Year’s resolution. I love baking and I’m usually pretty good at eating only small amounts (in my opinion) of what comes out of my oven. But I’ll admit, I am notorious for licking the bowls. Don’t tell me you resist-I’ve tried running water in the bowl before temptation strikes, but I never make it to the sink.

So, that brings me to my New Year’s resolution. As I was thinking about what I should work on this coming year, I received a link to an article which gave me the determination to see my resolution through. My resolution?? Going off all sugar and unhealthy food of any kind for 21 days. My inspiration? Check out this article entitled The Hazards of Sugar  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/02/HighFructose-Corn-Syrup-Alters-Human-Metabolism.aspx.

The whole segment is quite long (9 parts), but it is well worth watching.

So, starting January 11, I’m starting my resolution-strategically scheduled after my Texas-Alabama football party and when all the biscotti is gone from my kitchen.  I’m starting a 21 day heath kick. Fresh, wholesome food which means no sugar or sugar substitutes. This will be hard-not even sugar for my coffee-aahhhh! But 21 days-I’m thinkin’ this isn’t a full month, and it is just long enough so I can accomplish my goal and rid myself of all gunk. OK, I had better state up front-my husband’s birthday falls in this time period, so that might be the one day I fall off the wagon, and coffee isn’t gunk- it’s essential for me to function; I’ll go off coffee in the summer. The upside is I can start the year off right and reintroduce baking on a good note-just in time for Valentine’s!

Healthy Resolutions

I’ll keep you updated periodically on my progress and let you know what I end up cooking for family dinners. Good luck with your resolutions, and let me know if you were amazed as I was about what the doctor had to say. You might just want to join me!

~Karin~

Best Dessert of the Year?

January 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Food Talk | Leave a comment
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You all know I love to bake. I’ve been baking non-stop since Halloween! My first attempt at a recipe for the New Year appears on this month’s front cover of Food and Wine Magazine. It was named the dessert of the year-Butterscotch Sticky Buns.  In my opinion, sticky buns are not a dessert-they are like a pastry served at breakfast. So really, I don’t feel like this should have been named “Dessert” of the year, but who’s complaining?? Anyway, they looked so yummy staring at me from the front cover, I had to grab an apron and start bake them.

I’d have to say, they turned out very pretty, and the irresistible icing drizzled perfectly into all the folds of the little buns and absorbed into the bottom oh so right. But the downside was my dough turned out a little dense-probably had something to do with the yeast and temperature of the milk (I think it was too warm). Served hot, right out of the oven-oh who could resist?  Overall, I’d say the first treat of the New Year was delicious! But best dessert of the year? That will need some testing. I’ll let you know in December how it holds up.

Happy Baking!

Butterscotch Sticky Buns

~Karin~

Happy 2010!

January 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Aprons | Leave a comment
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Happy New Year! I’m so excited about the possibilities in 2010. For Meggie Mae Aprons it looks to be a very busy year with spring apron designs coming out, new product lines, and of course trying delicious new recipes.

Meggie Mae Aprons will also be having promotions with coupons and discounts throughout the year. So check our blog often to catch the savings! Our aprons are perfect for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, wedding showers, or hostess gift. Meggie Mae Aprons are of the finest quality, individually sewn and made from designer fabrics.

The 'Kim' Apron

The 'Kim' Apron

Also, we’d love for you to join us on Facebook or Twitter by clicking one of the links to the right. I’m always wanting to hear about your favorite recipes!

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

≈Karin≈

Classic Christmas Cookies

December 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Posted in Aprons, Recipes | Leave a comment
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It’s the week before Christmas! I still have shopping left-I’m headed out into the holiday crowd today. Odd, but I actually enjoy the crowds-I think it lends a sort of cheer and anticipation to the Christmas celebration.

But I also enjoy the cold nights spent at home with family, the fireplace lit and the smell of cookies coming fresh out of the oven. Recently, Meghan and I spent time cooking two of our favorites-M&M cookies and Coconut Macaroons. The recipes are old standbys; you probably have ones similar in your own recipe collection, but here is our take on these yummy classics.

Meggie Mae Aprons

Meggie Mae Aprons and Christmas Cookies

M&M Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 ½ cups M&Ms plain

Blend shortening and sugars. Beat in vanilla and eggs. Sift remaining dry ingredients together and add to the sugar and egg mixture. Mix well. Stir in 1 cup of M&Ms-reserve remaining for decorating. Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet-decorate tops of the cookies with the remaining M&Ms.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperatureCoconut Macaroons
¾ cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
24 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (about 6 cups firmly packed)
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate or chocolate bark, melted

Position rack in center of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar and salt; beat until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in coconut. Drop batter onto sheets by tablespoonfuls, spacing 1 ½ inches apart.
Bake 1 sheet at a time until golden on bottom and browned in spots, about 25-30 minutes.
Using a ziplock, place the melted chocolate in the bag. Cut a tiny hole in one corner. Drizzle chocolate over each cookie. Chill on sheets until chocolate is firm.

Enjoy the Christmas season!

~Karin~

Honey and Jam

December 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Food Talk | 1 Comment
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Vintage Inspired Designer Aprons

The "Lisa" apron

Burrrr-It’s cold outside! Great day to drink coffee, eat biscotti, and look at food blogs! I found the most amazing blog today-www.honeyandjam.com.The author of this blog is only 19, but from her outstanding blog and photography, you wouldn’t know it. Most importantly, she loves Jesus and you can visit her site to read more about her, view her photographs, and check out some delicious recipes!

~Karin~

Christmas Biscotti

December 3, 2009 at 5:28 am | Posted in Aprons, Recipes | 1 Comment
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It’s Christmas time, and that means lots of baking! I like to get a jump on baking so my home has lots of goodies when friends come over. I always start with biscotti because, as many of you know, I’m an avid coffee drinker and I love biscotti. I have a piece each morning during the holidays-my little treat. I usually make 3-4 different types. Below are two of my favorites. I love the honey smell of the Sesame-Honey biscotti, and the white chocolate flavoring on the Spicy Nut biscotti. Put on some Christmas carols and enjoy your holiday baking, and don’t forget to wear your Meggie Mae Apron!

Sesame-Honey Biscotti

Honey-Sesame Biscotti

Sesame-Honey Biscotti

1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Beat butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; beat until combined. Beat in eggs and honey till combined. beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds and any remaining flour.

Divide dough in half. With floured hands, shape each portion into a 12-inch log. Place rolls about 4 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten to about 3 inches width. Sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds and press them in with your hand.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 1 hour.

Transfer to a cutting board; cut each loaf diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Lay slices, cut side down, on the cookie sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. Turn slices to the other side and bake 8 to 10 minutes more till dry and crisp. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Spicy Nut Biscotti

Spicy Nut Biscotti

Spicy Nut Biscotti

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 eggs
2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cups finely chopped nuts
1/2 cup vanilla coating or white chocolate

Beat butter or margarine in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated and brown sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; beat till combined. Beat in eggs till combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the nuts. Stir remaining nuts into dough. Divide in half.

Shape each portion into a 12-inch roll. Place 5 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly to 3-inch width. Sprinkle reserved chopped nuts on top of the loaves; press lightly into dough.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool on a cookie sheet 1 hour or till completely cooled.

Transfer to a cutting board. Cut each loaf into 1/2-inch slices. lay slices, cut side down, on the cookie sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. Turn slices to the other side and bake 10-15 minutes more till dry and crisp. Remove and cool on wire rack.

Melt white chocolate in the mircowave according to directions. Transfer to a small ziplock bag. Cut one corner off to form a very small opening. With the biscotti still on the cookie sheet, zig zag back and forth with the white chocolate to decorate the cookies.

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