Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hansel & Gretel Welcome Here

Yesterday was the perfect day to create these little gingerbread gems.  It was snowing and Christmas music filled the air.  We took advantage of the snowed in-time and gathered all our ingredients. We opted to use graham crackers for sheer ease. We also decided to go the easy route using pre-made icing and tube icing with those fancy tips. Although using the pre-made icing instead of making royal icing might have been a mistake since that icing doesn't harden right away and our houses kept caving in. Getting the first one under our belt was an accomplishment. The next couple seemed a bit easier since I knew what worked and what didn't with the structure. Decorating the houses were by far the most rewarding. I loved that my daughter crushed up butterfingers and used it for the roof on one. The decorative icing with the interchangeable tips were really fun and easy to use as well. I totally love the pretzel sticks on the roof of another, reminds me of a log cabin in the winter.  I would say my favorite part was doing this fun Christmas project with my kid Mo! 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Chicken in a Biscuit

  • prep time20 min
  • total time45 min
  • ingredients4
  • servings8

cups Green Giant® frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
cup diced cooked chicken
can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits

Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, combine vegetables, chicken and soup; mix well.
Press each biscuit into 5 1/2-inch round. Place 1 round in each of 8 greased regular-size muffin cups. Firmly press in bottom and up side, forming 3/4-inch rim. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each. Pull edges of dough over filling toward center; pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.
Bake at 375°F 20 to 22 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan.

Baked and photographed by Val McNichols, IOBette


Friday, December 6, 2013

Sidekick or Superhero?

Pantone unveils fabulous new color for 2014!

Radiant Orchid is the newest color selected by Pantone professionals to represent 2014. It's a great color, full of life and inspiration. However I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed. I think this orchid color is a wonderful accent color or complimentary color.  I'm speaking strictly as a designer. This particular color needs strong colors to back it up, amethyst, eggplant, plum, deep purple and even seeping into the red undertones of wine and merlot. I don't think that radiant orchid is a strong enough hue to stand on its own. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the color however I believe the Pantone peeps picked a "sidekick" instead of the superhero.  
-Val Mcnichols, IOBette