Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket are a classic hor dourves. They commonly grace plates at parties because they are easy to make, can be dressed up, and are loved by all. I felt that with New Years quickly approaching! that I had to whip of a few to celebrate a bit early since we will be traveling for New Years.

I, being a cheese lover, added cheese to my pigs in a blanket. I used Swiss cheese because it has a great flavor to stand up to the buttery crescent roll. Using sliced cheese is better than using shredded cheese because it is easier to work with and evenly portion.

Enjoy the Piggies with a dipping sauce. I prefer mustard because it goes so well with hot dogs. Since I used swiss cheese in the recipe, I suggest a Dijon mustard because it is fairly acidic and it holds up against the strong swiss.

Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

Makes 24

Ingredients

  • 1 package of cresent rolls (8 rolls)
  • 6 hot dogs
  • 2 slices of cheese, I suggest swiss

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut each crescent piece into 3 triangles, cut each hot dog into 4 pieces, and each slice of cheese into 12 slices. This results in 24 pieces of each ingredient.
  3. To assemble the pigs in a blanket, lay out a piece of crescent roll, then a piece of cheese, and then a piece of hot dog. Roll the crescent to seal.
  4. Arrange all pieces on baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with mustard.

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Garden Girl LO- Studio Calico 12/5 Sunday Sketch

I’m playing catch up with the Studio Calico Sunday Sketches. At this point I just want to do them because they are so cute and inspiring. So I don’t want to brush them aside and move on, which is why I am posting from a layout from a few weeks back.

This layout is of a picture I took of Bunny when I had her outside this past spring. I knew this would be a good layout for this picture because I wanted the picture to stand on its own without a lot of journaling. And in the end it didn’t have any!

The embellishments I used are Entwined Blooms from Sassafras. They, along with the patterned paper, and letter stickers, arrived in my monthly Studio Calico kit. The piece where I put the title is a piece of packaging from Sassafras. I just love their packaging because they actually design it instead of leaving it blank.

SnowLoko

The Blizzard of 2010.. aka SnowLoko (at least that is what it was referred to on Twitter)

Sunday night before going to bed

Snowed in on Monday morning

The wind made for some weird snow drifts, some higher than my knee and other low spots, like this. Luckily a low spot was in the drive way so we got out pretty easily to return Price’s rental car for 7am.

Out on Brighton Ave in Alston at 7am, Heading into work at 8.30am

The golden dome of The State House

Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel Burying Ground (from my office)

 

 

 

Snowman Cupcakes

I have not been the holiday mood this year. We don’t even have a tree. We just have a simple advent calendar I made but it keeps falling down. Go figure. The only ornaments I have up are at my office on my cube. (I do love looking that them all day- Thanks Erin!)

So I have been a bit Grinchy lately and I decided that I had to get out of this by making something fun. What’s better than cupcakes? Cupcakes topped with snowmen! I’m not a big fan of the cucpakes that are filed high with frosting so I decided to use marshmallows for the snowmen. And I’d use chocolate covered pretzels as twiggy arms. hehe

So began my baking at 5.45am on Wed morning. I prepped the night before but I did not feel like baking then so I just decided to make them in the morning. I made a chocolate cupcake with an eggnog frosting. The chocolate was the frozen ground, frosting was the fresh snow where the happy snowmen sat.

These little guys were well received in my office. We were totally maxed out on sweets with a lot of furniture vendors giving us brownies, cookies, candy, cake, and pie, but some people made room for them or brought them home to their kids.

Snowmen Cupcakes

recipe makes 24 cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake

1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa power
3/4 cup of coffee
1/2 cup of cold milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 /2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 large eggs
6 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, melted.
 

Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 12-cup cupcake pans with liners.

Combine the first 4 ingredients together in a small bowl, set side.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together, set aside.

Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.

Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture one at a time. Beat in the melted chocolate, mix thoroughly.

Add in the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the liquid ingredients.

Mix all until thoroughly combined. Divide the batter evenly into the 24 cupcake liners.

Bake 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick is cleanly removed.

Once the cupcakes have cooled frost them and decorate.

 

Eggnog Frosting

2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup eggnog
approximately 1 1/2 pounds of confectioners sugar
 

With a mixer, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla  extract and continue to beat it.

Add in 1/2 the eggnog and then add in small batches of confectioners sugar. As the frosting begins to combine, add in the rest of the eggnog and then add enough sugar to reach the desired consistency.

 

Snowmen

12 10″ skewers, cut in half
72 marshmallows (2 packages)
Black and Orange- foodoodlers, gel icing, or markers
24 chocolate covered pretzels (1 package of Flipz is enough)
 

Using a scissor, cut all dowels in half to get 24 “spines” for the snowmen.

Put 3 marshmallows on each skewer. Do not pierce the end of the top marshmallow since it is the head.

Draw face on top marshmallow.

Cut 2 pretzel arms from each pretzel. Using a paring knife or scissor, cut 2 deep slits on each side of the middle marshmallow. Insert each arm into knife slit, marshmallow will “self heel” around pretzel arm.

Insert 1 snowman into each cupcake.

**If you don’t have edible food markers (aka foodoodlers), or forget your stuff at home like me, just use a marker and warn people about the top marshmallow.**

Tattoo #3

This is what I did today on my day off.

I’ve wanted a mermaid tail tattoo on my foot for over a year now. I love mermaids. I have some mermaid prints from Amy Brown and David Delamare in the bathroom but I am not about to get crazy and add chotchkies in our place. I draw the line somewhere and that somewhere is my right foot.

I went to Good Faith Tattoo for my 3rd tattoo. I met with Ben Sacks and went though the inspiration that I brought in. I also explained that I wanted a mermaid tail to wrap over the top of my foot with the starting point at my right ankle. He got to work and did 4 sketches to get it perfect. He took his time making subtle changes to each sketch to get he stencil to be right for the contours of my foot.

Now when someone tells you that getting a tattoo done on your foot hurts, they are not lying. The guys there warned me and I knew it would hurt since your foot has less fat on it for padding. I took 2 breaks, one when Price came in to say hi and see it on his way home from work and another after Ben did all the blue work (more on that later). One of the guys there said that his foot tattoo (of a rat) hurt badly. Now I’m gonna believe him because he had the nicest blue eyes and several neck tattoos. I’d think a neck tattoo would hurt more than your foot, but I’m not about to argue with the man.

I love the coloring that Ben did. I went through the portfolio books and saw a koi fish that had similar colors and loved it. But let me tell you, blue ink is a bitch. First getting a tattoo on you foot hurts but blue ink is ‘sticky’ so Ben had to keep wiping my foot because I began to look like a Navi. And I could not figure out what hurt more, the tattooing or the (gently) wiping off with a wet paper towel. Sooo sensitive!

I love it and need to let it heel now. I’m relaxing with my foot up now to give it a much needed break. And I’m watching sooo much Glee, making the night even better.