Pink and Gold Wee Wands

Pink and Gold Wee Wands
Wee Wands by Whimsy Wendy

Friday, September 19, 2008

Boo!

Right now I am having more fun getting ready for Halloween. Everyday I'm getting all sorts of new and unique requests. Today I thought it'd would be fun showing a few new ones. My favorite creation (I'm very proud of figuring this one out!) is my flower tutu! Look how pretty the petals turned out! The matching cap is so cute on!
Here's a Minnie Mouse skirt! A mom requested the red skirt with giant white poms to look like polka dots.

And here's a really sweet rendition of the poodle skirt - tutu style!

A think I have a few more up my sleeve just yet... keep watching!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Peach Crumble...and it does it well!

I know I am on this peach kick right now, but to have fresh peaches off your trees in the back yard is really something special. After our brief encounter with our Peach Pie (the finished product lasted in my kitchen for only two hours), I thought I take a different route...

Hence, Peach Crumble:

3 1/2 c. sliced peaches

2/3 c. sugar

2 tbsp. flour

1 c. flour

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/3 c. melted butter

Arrange peaches in the bottom of baking dish. Combine 2/3 cups sugar with 2 tablespoons butter and sprinkle over fruit. Then combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and egg. Combine ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle over fruit. Then pour over melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes, until golden brown.



Serve it warm or room temperature... to indulge add really good quality vanilla ice cream with the bits of Vanilla beans.

Personally, the recipe seemed like it add a lot of sugar, so I omitted about 1/4 cup with no repercussions. The peaches are so juicy and full of their natural sweetness. Now, what to do with my last dozen?!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

It's Not 'Home-made", it's "Mom-made"

To top off this glorious Wisconsin September Sunday, my family and I picked our peach trees. We haven't sprayed them for the last few years, opting instead, to let Mother Nature tend to the fruit, and did it ever pay off this year! We picked an entire bucket of clean, insect free peaches. They are so fragrant it's almost heady. (I wonder if all the colder weather and rain helped them out)


So what does one do with a bucket full of peaches? Well some go to the neighbors, some go to the office and some go into my favorite and ridiculously simple fresh peach pie.

We were craving it so much, I made the peach pie this afternoon. We didn't even let it cool all the way (still needed to firm up a bit), but eating warm is simply the best.
My youngest declared it was so good, "It's not just homemade, it's mom-made"!
Can't think of a better compliment. Needless to say the pie is almost gone and it came out of the oven an hour ago.

Here's my recipe:
Easy Fresh Peach Pie

9-inch unbaked crust (I like deep-dish)
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
6 medium-size fresh peaches, skinned and quartered
1 1/2 T of flour
1 1/2 T of corn starch
2 T of butter
Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and corn starch. Sprinkle half of mixture over unbaked pie shell. Arrange peaches over mixture and sprinkle peaches with remaining dry mixture. Dot with butter. Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour or until juice thickens and crust is light brown.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Adventures in Minneapolis, Part 2

I can't get over how much Minneapolis (and the western suburbs) have changed in the eight years since we've moved. Every time we go home, something new is being built or updated or remodeled. I always come away feeling re-energized and full of the promise of possibilities.

We've been really lucky to watch the river-front grow too. My in-laws now live in the revamped mill district near the new Guthrie (We saw Little House on the Prairie last week - fabulous!). Every morning we're there, Norman (our Bichon) and I go for long walks on the Stone Arch Bridge, watch the locks go up and down, stroll along St. Anthony Main... my little slice of heaven.


BUT my favorite thing to do now is hop over to the Mill City Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. I couldn't help but take some pictures of all the colors and produce. It was a feast for my eyes.


I shouldn't admit this, but last weekend I ate:

-organic mini donuts
-dim sum

-the most delicious BLT in the world

-Mo mo's - a type of dumpling

-fresh strawberry lemonade

-more mini donuts

-carrots that were bright red on the outside and vibrant orange on the inside

-pie samples from the pie contest (did I mention the pie contest? Chef's from around the city and local growers and farmers make home made pies from local produce and created pies to beat the band)
It's official. I think I'm now a foodie.

Adventures in Minneapolis, Part 1

One of my favorite things we do every summer when visiting our families in Minneapolis, is go to the U of M's Arboretum, just west of the Twin Cities. I took some fun shots of just a few of things we got to see.... Dahlia's the size of dinner plates! Sorry this waterfall is sideways! It cascades down with bridges crossing it a various places. Perfectly cool in the shade.
One of my favorites. They built this 'house' out of logs and sticks; outfitting the inside with natural furniture and decorations. Wouldn't this be fun to have in your garden?
The kids' favorite... a maze made out of various evergreens and shrubbery. This picture only shows a portion of its size. They ran around in there for an hour.
Three oak leaf swinging chairs...
It was a great rest stop for everyone. We grabbed snacks in the Arboretum's lodge and even after a few hours had barely touched upon one-half of what there was to see. ( I highly recommend the 3-mile drive too!)
NEXT INSTALLMENT: Mill City Farmer's Market






Thursday, September 4, 2008

What Needs to Get Done?

It's such a bittersweet time of year - I miss my girls around the house but relish by creative time alone. I think we're all going through an adjustment time. One of our favorite past times we were able to squeak in this summer was making our way to the Ozaukee County Fair at the end of July. It's a small taste of old fashion fun with animals, activities, fair food and rides. I'm including some of my favorite photos.


How can you resist that face!

My daughter's favorite bunny (out of the hundreds we looked at).
This is by far my favorite chicken. I love the graphic stripes and bold colors. So pretty! I would love to paint a rooster like this - add it to my list.

My youngest won a blue ribbon for her island painting and $1.75 in prize money! So proud. (Maybe she'll take after mama).

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

India or Bust

Hard to believe how long its been since I've been on board to blog. This summer has been totally preoccupied with my girls - going up north, swimming, camping, playing, traveling and basically hiding from the real world. We were blessed with great weather in Wisconsin this summer.
What's harder to believe is I just celebrated my 40th birthday - UUUUGGGGHHH! Not sure how I feel about it yet, but I'm coming around. Hubby surprised me with a choice of trip for just the two of us, anywhere in the world - I chose India!




We'll be leaving in six weeks for Delhi, Agra and general northern India. It should be quite an adventure. What I am most excited about (besides the obvious... spending alone time with hubby) is all the eye-candy I'll be seeing. I'm expecting it to be a creative explosion of colors, materials and ideas.

In the mean time, I'm making a big push for all my Halloween costume sales before I leave. Some of my new designs I've been working on are gorgeous new sash tutus. Check out the colors I did for a new client on her way to the American Girl Doll store in Chicago with her three daughters! They are almost my favorite to date! Look for more of these on my Etsy site very soon...



And finally just finished a last minute order from one of my retailers for these cuties!

One of our special excursions this summer was visiting our family in Minneapolis. One of the field trips we took while we were there was the U of M Arboretum. I'll be posting photos from that adventure very soon!