Friday, February 5, 2010

Muse & Company Fleur de lis Chair Giveaway

Hello friends!  Are you up for a giveaway? You must see this divine giveaway over at A Diva's Hammer. My friend "The Muse" & Company are hosting this wonderfully, beautiful giveaway.
See the chair below? It is the prize. Go and visit her here A Diva's Hammer and you just might win.  Regardless if you win the chair or not, you will love reading her blog(s)
Have a Beautiful Friday!!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Creme Caramel....Sorta

Good Tuesday morning friends! It's gonna be another wet one today. I have a busy week still ahead of me. My sweet little princess has her first ballet recital on Saturday and we have full dress rehersal tomorrow night. I can hardly wait to see her all dressed up and dancing on stage. I am sure I will get emotional. The program is called Footsteps in Faith and I just know it will be beautiful. I will post some pictures of it all for you to see.

So on to something a little more delectable for today. I should start by saying how much I love using organic foods and eggs are no exception. Being a Foodbuzz featured publisher has it's perks too. We get to try new foods and this time around it was Eggland's Best eggs. They really are delicious eggs and I am one who uses a ton of eggs in the kitchen. There are very few dishes that I make that it doesn't call for them. So of course I was excited to try the organic eggs that Eggland's Best has. did I mention they are pretty too. Brown eggs are my favorite.
What all can you make with a dozen eggs? Here are some of the things that I made. Pasta Mama, Egg Salad Sandwiches, and of course Creme Caramel. I have never made this before and was a little nervouse on how it would turn out. I did not have the little custard cups to use (feel free to donate to the cause) lol, so I just made one big custard in a 9 inch cake pan. It took me a second to get use to the caramelized sugar (or burnt) if you will. But it really adds such a wonderful flavor to the custard. So much flavor in fact, I ate half of the custard by myself in almost one sitting. shhhhhh......don't tell anyone that part.
A little breakdown of the recipe for you and some pictures for that great visual effect.


1 1/2 cups sugar,divided
3 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cup evaported milk
1 cup regular milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


Place 1 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat 10 mites or until sugar caramelizes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Pour evenly into 8 (4-ounce) custard cups or 1 9" cake pan.

Does anyone see the pit bull in the pan? 

Heat both the evaporated milk and regular milk together until warm. I did this in the microwave.
Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until blended. Gradually add warm milk, whisking constantly; stir in vanilla.

Pour mixture into prepared custard cups or cake pan. Cover each with aluminum foil; place in a 13-x9-inch pan. Add hot water to pan to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove custard cups or cake pan from water; uncover. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill 3 hours.
Run a knife around edge of cups to loosen; invert each onto a dessert plate.

Voila! A creamy and delicious dessert.