Monday, December 23, 2013

Trying Something New

Good evening everyone.  Long time no see :-)  To start out I should say trying something new isn't always good.  As you all know I have been trying out Facebook for quite some time now.  It has it's pros and it has its cons.  I must say at this point the cons are outweighing the pros.  I really like the fact I could have virtual conversations with my "friends."  I don't like all the drama involved with it at all.  Ugghhh!!!! I, personally, have not been wrapped up in any of it but I'm tired of seeing it and reading it.  I will be keeping my accounts on there for those who would like to have instant gratification of talking with me, but for the most part I think I'd rather be here.  Back to showing you what I'm working on and typing out my thoughts and getting your opinions.  Even if no one comments it's quite alright.  I'm happier here :-)  It really is therapeutic.  I can see where I am and how far I've come.

I have a lot of new crafts I want to work on next year.  It's not too early to start planning is it?  I have a bathroom redo to do complete with a shower curtain I will be making.  Do I feel a tutorial coming on? lol.  I want to try paper mache, clay sculpting, quilting, punchneedle, rug hooking .... oh the possibilities.  If any of you have any thing you would like to see give me a holler.  You know how to find me.  :-)  I can't promise how often I will post, but I'm going to shoot for once a week.  I don't want to set myself up for failure for telling you more than that then not delivering.  My life is still hectic as always, but in some ways it is slowing down too.  We will go into that in time. 

So, on the flip side of "Trying Something New"  I made for the first time tonight tiramasu.  It is Steve's 35th birthday today and this is what he wanted. What does a good girlfriend do but search the net for a good recipe.  I picked a couple and thought I could mesh a few together.... until I bought the mascarpone cheese.  Lo and behold there was a recipe on the back of the carton.  It looked and sounded easy so that was the one I tried.  Here it is....

Tiramasu (as found on the BelGioioso Mascarpone container)

3 large eggs
1 cup espresso or strong coffee cooled (I used strong coffee)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp cognac or brandy (I omitted because I didn't have any)
8 oz Belgioioso Mascarpone
2 tbsp cocoa
24 lady fingers (I changed this a bit because the recipe called for 10)

1. Combine 3 egg yolks, 1 tbsp coffee, sugar and (cognac if using) into bowl.  Beat 2-3 minutes.  Add mascarpone and beat 3-5 minutes until smooth.

2. In another bowl, combine 3 egg whites and a pinch of sugar.  Beat untilstiff peaks form.  Gently fold into mascarpone mixture. 

3.(I changed this step from original directions)  Quickly dip each ladyfinger into remaining coffee and layer 12 on the bottom of a 8X8" serving dish.  Spread 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the lady fingers.  Dip the remaining lady fingers in coffee and layer on top of mixture.  Layer the remaining mascarpone mixture on top of ladyfingers and then sprinkle cocoa.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

NOTE:  The next time I make this I would brush the coffee on the ladyfingers instead of dunking.  They became too watery and very strong taste of coffee.  It was still very good don't get me wrong!!!! lol.  Just a minor change.

Thanks for coming back and I look forward to writing again.
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Earlene said...

Glad your back!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Lady Locust said...

I'll respond:) I love your to-do list. I just learned to do needle punch this year - warning, it could be cause for a new addiction group.
Merry Christmas,

Prims By The Water said...

Hmmmm...yummy! I think I need to start a to do list. Great idea...but then I would have to follow through with it. LOL Merry Christmas! Janice

shorti said...

So glad you are back. I love your blog.

Kathleen Woodbury said...

Glad you are back, Mary! Thanks for sharing so many teachable moments with us!