Snug-A-Bug Blankets Becomes Raspberry Soufflé

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Over the past year or so I have been shifting my focus from baby blankets to pop culture items. The shop name Snug-a-Bug Blankets no longer fit, so I changed to Raspberry Soufflé. I hope to feature recipes, travel, and pop culture posts. I also hope to post more ;) .

The change in items in the shop came about from  trip we had planned on a Disney Cruise. There are groups of people on the cruises that participate in a gift exchange, know as a Fish Extender group. The people in the group give little gifts to other members in the group, so you get surprises when you return to your cabin. It is lots of fun.

The gifts we made for our Fish Extender group led me to begin working with shrinky dink paper and bottle cap magnets. I enjoyed using the materials so much so I started selling them in my shop. I hope you enjoy the changes.

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Dining at Disneyworld Part Four: California Grill

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We had eaten at the California Grill last September and enjoyed our meal, but it was not my favourite this time it was my number one. I originally had California booked later in the week but because we added the dessert party I moved it to different night and was happy to get a reservation just before 6PM. Last year I had hoped to get a window seat overlooking Magic Kingdom. I was disappointed when we walked pass all the window seats and were seated in a quiet room in the back. As it turned out the wine room was a wonderful place to sit. Very quite and peaceful compared to the rest of restaurant, and it has a beautiful view of Bay Lake. This time when we arrived to check in we requested to sit in the wine room and happily our request was granted.

Here are a couple pictures of the view.

I had a bottle of Evain and Jay had San Pellegrino, and Georgia had apple juice to drink.

For starters I had so sushi. It was a crab roll with thinly sliced beef on the outside. I believe it was called Oscar roll. It was delicious I would highly recommend it.

Jay had Crispy Asian Rock Shrimp Salad, it was also very good and he enjoyed it thoroughly.

Georgia didn’t like any of her picks for an appetizer and our waiter asked if she would like some fruit. I expected a plate with some strawberries and pineapple, but he brought out this which she devoured. It was also very cute.

For our entrees I had the Salmon with Spring Pea Risotto, I seemed to eat a lot of salmon and fish on this trip. This dish was divine, the salmon was cooked perfectly and risotto complimented the salmon.

Jay had a pork dish. I believe it came with goat cheese polenta and beets in a wine reduction. It also was very tasty and he enjoyed it very much.

Georgia had the whole wheat cheese pizza that she enjoyed. It was fire grilled.

Both Jay and I had a glass of wine that complemented the entrees nicely.

For dessert I had Bananas and Caramel. You will also notice that many of my deserts are some form of bananas and caramel a perfect combination in my opinion.

Jay had Florida “Strawberry Shortcake, also very good. I was impressed with the liitle white chocolate cup that ice cream in it.

Georgia had the dessert sushi which she loved. It is very cute. It came with a marshmallow wasabi, I don’t think we had a chance to photograph it, rice crispy and gummy rolls, gummy fish, ginger which I believe was a taffy, and chocolate sauce to dip. It looks like something you could easily make at home.

It was a fantastic meal. I absolutely recommend California Grill.

Up next Chef Mickeys

 


Dining at Disneyworld Part Three: Kona Cafe

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I made an early 7:30am reservation for Kona Cafe. My plan was to walk over from the Grand Floridian, have breakfast at Koan then walk over to the TTC and catch the monorail over to Epcot hopefully for rope drop. The walk over was easy the path wasn’t to busy and it only took about 5-10 minutes to make over there. We checked in a couple minutes late and had to wait a few minutes to be seated. Our server while friendly was not fantastic. He took a long time to make it over to our table and made the comment that he had been given two tables to look after. It didn’t fill me with confidence.

I ordered a pineapple juice and Jay and I would “split” a Kona coffee French press pot. I don’t drink coffee so it was all his. Jay also ordered a glass of pineapple juice but was brought orange juice. It he decided it wasn’t worth the hassle of getting the waiter to correct the drink. Georgia also had pineapple juice.

 

 

For food I had to order Tonga Toast which I did enjoy with the strawberry sauce.

 

 

I talked Jay into the Big Kahuna he thought it was all right but wished he had ordered something else more interesting. He original was going to order Tonga Toast, but I talked him into the Big Kahuna so I felt bad he didn’t love his meal.

 

 

Georgia had the Mickey Pancakes. She is not a morning person and did not eat much of her breakfast.

I did enjoy my breakfast, but I don’t know if I would go out of my way just to have breakfast at Kona. The food was good but the service was lacking. It took a long time to get our bill and then pay it so we were a little late for rope drop.

Cost not including tip $44.25.

Stay tuned for the California Grill next time.

 


New Embroidery Design: Mod Flowers

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I have created a new embroidery design to use with your embroidery machine. It is a modern flower design inspired by mid century style. It is available at Snug-A-Bug Blankets in 3 sizes; small 99.3×67.1mm (3.91×2.64inch), medium 152.4×102.6mm (6.0×4.04inches) and large 226.3×152.3mm (8.91×6.0 inches), and a number of formats including PES, HUS, and DST. I think it would great on a throw pillow.


The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My go to recipe for chocolate chip cookies comes from Martha Stewart. The cookies are chewy and moist and the recipe makes a big batch. I usually half the recipe unless I need them to feed a crowd. The recipe says it will make 3 dozen but usually get 4 dozen when I make the whole recipe.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.

 

 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

 

Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

 

 

 

Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

 

 

Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes.

 

Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

 

 

I like to add 1/2 to 1 cup of pecans to the recipe, I was sad when I looked in the fridge and found out we were out. Oh well I will just have to suffer through these ones;)

 

 

 


Dining at Disneyworld Part Two: The Flying Fish

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We spent the afternoon at Animal Kingdom and saw some shows we missed last time, The Lion King and Flights of Wonder, and discovered our daughter had easily made the 40inch mark and would be able to ride more things than last time.

Since we were staying at Grand Floridian we decided to valet park the rental. It was convenient when we were dining at other hotels especially when we were tight for time. No hunting for a parking spot and than rushing through the parking lot to the restaurant. We returned to the hotel and found that our room was ready. I had requested an upper floor near the pool and both requests were fulfilled. I thought I would throw in some pictures of our room and view. The view was nice when wishes was on.

 

 

We changed and headed to the Boardwalk for dinner at the Flying Fish. We had eaten at the Flying Fish last time. I liked it a lot my DH was more on the fence about eating there.

We checked in for our 6:05 ADR on time and were seated within 5 minutes. We were celebrating our anniversary on the trip and were presented with personalized menus and offered complimentary champagne.

 

 

For our appetizers I had the Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura and Vegetable Sushi roll. It was good. Sorry the picture is a little blurry.

 

 

Jay had the Crispy Sesame and Togarashi scented Calamari. The last time we were here I had the Calamari and loved it, but I wanted to try something different. I think I would pick the Calamari as my favourite I love the flavour of the Asian dipping sauce.

 

 

Georgia had the fruit skewers with honey yogurt I don’t have a picture of them. She ate the strawberries and left the melon.

For our mains I had the Flying Fish Signature dish Potato Wrapped Red Snapper with Leek Fondue. I was not thrilled with this dish the red snapper was bland and the sauce was good but very rick and there were too many leeks. I had debated between this and the special of the day Tilapia and wished I had chosen it instead.

 

 

Jay had the Smokey Citrus and Fragrant Pepper-spiced Yellowfin Tuna. It was delicious, he definitely had the better entree.

 

Georgia had the Mickey Pasta with Olive oil. She ate much of this on our last trip and enjoyed it again.

 

Both Jay and I had a glass of the recommended entree wine with our meal.

For dessert I had the Banana Napoleon it was very good.

 

Jay had a trio of peach desserts that included a cobbler, a creme brulee, and a cake. Neither of us a creme brulee fans but it was very good and enjoyed the other desserts with the cake as the least favourite.

 

Georgia had a Mickey Puzzle that she enjoyed playing with I don’t think she ate much of it but it kept her busy.

 

Overall we enjoyed our meal at the Flying Fish, it wasn’t as good as last year and would not be top pick, but if I could fit it into a schedule I would go back, (but I wouldn’t get the signature dish again).

The cost not including wine or tip was $167.39.

 

 

 

 

After diner we walked on the boardwalk and stopped at the Boardwalk Bakery were I picked up a little Mickey head cake and G picked a muffin. I used a snack credit for both. The Mickey head sat it the fridge for a couple days before we ate it and it was moist and very good I would definitely recommend.

 

 

 



What’s For Dinner: Cashew Chicken

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Cashew Chicken is one of my favourite easy to make dishes for dinner. The recipe comes from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast. It is a great go to meal if you want something that is flavourful and quick, a nice alternative to fast food or a frozen dinner. I usually like to serve it with short grain brown rice.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Coarse salt and ground pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower

6 cloves garlic, minced

8 scallions, white and green parts separated, each cut into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

3/4 cup raw cashews (4 ounces), toasted

 

Directions

In a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch until chicken is coated; season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

 

 

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Cook half the chicken, tossing often, until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

 

 

Add remaining oil and chicken to skillet along with the garlic and white parts of scallions.

I have a great tool for mincing garlic I chop up your garlic put in the chopper, roll it on the counter and the garlic comes out nicely minced. This recipe uses a lot of garlic so it nice to have an easy quick way to mince the garlic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook, tossing often, until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes. Return first batch of chicken to pan. Add vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds.

Add hoisin sauce and 1/4 cup water; cook, tossing, until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in scallion greens and cashews. Serve immediately over white rice, if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you remove from heat before you add green onions. I was busy taking the pictures and left it on the heat so the green onions continued to cook so it doesn’t look as pretty as it normally does, but it tasted just fine.

 

 

 


Dining at Disneyworld Part One: Breakfast at the Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Faire

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I originally posted my food report over at the Disboards from our Disneyworld trip, and thought it might be enjoyed here on my blog.

If you have been to Disneyworld you may know the craziness of planning your meals 6 months ahead of your trip. Reservations can be made at 180 days for your trip and for some of the restaurants you may actually need to make your reservations at 180 days. For those of you wondering what to book for your trip I will be posting my reviews of the restaurants we dined at including pictures. We did do the Deluxe Dining plan so that meant we ate at a lot of restaurants during our trip. So here we go…

After a fairly restful sleep we packed up our things and headed to the Grand Floridian. We gave bell services our bags and checked in. It was around 10am and our room was not ready yet, but we were early for Park Faire.

 

 

Our reservation at Park Fare was for 11am but we thought we would try checking in early. They took us right away. We declined having the picture taken outside the restaurant. We were seated and our server was quick to take our drink orders.

Tigger was the first to stop at our table, when pooh arrived he stopped shook my daughters hand and than left we didn’t even have a chance to take a photo. We let our waitress know and the character handler made sure Pooh stopped by for a second time. Mary Poppins, Alice, and the Mad Hatter were all great. We had very good character interactions here. I made a photobook from our previous pictures with the characters for my daughter to use as an autograph book. We did get a lot more time with some characters because of the book. I got the idea from someone on the disboards and it does make a nice keepsake. I also noticed the later the reservation the better the interaction. I think the characters have more time to interact later in the day.

 

 

 

The food was a little better than some of the other character buffets. I had french toast with banana foster sauce, I found the sauce to be a little bitter, bacon, pineapple, breakfast potatoes, and lobster eggs benedict. The poached eggs had a cooked yolk a prefer a runny yolk on my poached eggs so I didn’t love it. My Daughter had mickey waffles, strawberries, bacon, and smoked salmon, and my husband had bacon, a pecan roll, scrambled eggs, ham, breakfast potatoes, smoked salmon, and lobster eggs benedict. He also did not like the fact that the yolks were cooked through. He did however really enjoy the scrambled eggs.

 

 

 

Overall we enjoyed our breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and would eat there again. Coming up next in my Disneyworld dining series our room at the Grand Floridian and dinner at the Flying Fish.

 

 


Handmade Gifts: Personalized Ragdoll

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Last Christmas I decided to make my nieces and nephews dress up clothes for their gifts. For the girls I made Cinderella dresses and a Pirate and Woody (from Toy Story) for the boys. The gifts went over well, thank goodness since I was sewing day and night for two weeks to get them in the mail in time for Christmas. My sisters both live in another province and we don’t get to see them much. Because of the distance I am not up on what toys they have or want. By making the gifts I was certain to give them something that they wouldn’t have and hopeful they would remember past January.

My youngest niece’s birthday is coming up in a couple weeks so I decided that I would make her a rag doll for her birthday. A couple years ago Martha Stewart had a segment on making ragdolls from by Black Apple on the show, I used that design as a jumping off spot for making my niece’s doll. You can find the original pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website.

I increased the size of the doll to 155% and here are PDF of the pattern at the increased size, Black Apple Doll enlarged Head and Black Apple Doll enlarged Body and Legs. This pattern is not mine and is for personal use only not for commercial use.

My niece is fond of monkeys so I decided to use some of my sock monkey fabric scraps for the dress. I made the hair brown and added an embroidered applique of her name on the dress.

The Black Apple tutorial has you draw the face on the doll, you could hand embroider the face, or do as I did embroider the face on with an embroidery machine. I recently purchased an embroidery/sewing machine and have looked for any chance to embroider something. I do have the embroidery file available at my Etsy store.

I adjusted the pattern to fit the face, the hair was made slightly larger to fit the face. I also needed to adjust the pattern for the dress to attach to the face and hair properly.

Once I had cut out the head, hair, dress, arms and legs I laid out the pieces to see how they fit together and to check to see if I needed to make any adjustments.

 

I then began to put the doll together starting with top stitching the hair to the face. You then attach the front head to the front body and repeat with the back pieces and sew the arms and legs together leaving the top open to stuff. With right sides together pin stuffed arms and legs between the front and back. Make sure a little bit of the ends of the legs and arms are sticking out so you are sure to enclose the ends with the stitches, and leave a space unstitched so you can flip the doll right side out. Stuff the head and body of the doll and stitch up the opening.

The dolls are easy to make and personalize and make a great gift that will hopefully be cherished for years. Check the Martha Stewart’s website out for more complete instructions with pictures.