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I am sure it is probably not a huge surprise, but I love the Food Network and have tried a recipe from almost every Food Network star. By far, my favorite chef is Giada. Every one of her recipes, I have loved and this recipe is no exception: rosemary scones with strawberry jam. I know it sounds like a weird combination, but it is delicious! It is also a great year-round recipe with rosemary being a popular winter/Christmas herb and fresh jam being a popular spring/summer treat!

This is also a perfect recipe for a brunch or tea party or bridal shower because it is a little bit unique but classy at the same time. Here is a link to her recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/strawberry-and-rosemary-scones-recipe/index.html I pretty much follow the recipe exactly as stated except I don’t put on the glaze. It is a little bit too sweet and sticky for me with the glaze and I like it just as much, if not more, without the extra sugar (but this is also coming from someone who prefers cake without frosting).

For those of you, like me, who don’t have any cookie cutters, you can use a glass overturned to create simple circles for your cookies! For those of you, like Lacie, who has at least 2 or 3 cookie cutters for every type of occasion, feel free to make these in all different shapes! Also, feel free to use your favorite type of jam, I’ve tried it with strawberry and raspberry jam and they are both delicious!

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So since Halloween has ended I have been anticipating making leaf cookies.  Jaclyn might joke that I have cookie cutters in all shapes but really they are mostly Christmas related…I had to buy the Halloween shapes this year.  SO I didn’t have a leaf cutter.  Of course I started searching for one WAYYY after the leaf season.  I went to Harris Teeter, Michaels, & Kroger before I remembered to go to the gourmet kitchen shop, Happy Cook. Leaf Cookie Cutter – CHECK!

I really didn’t care what the cookie tasted like (sad I know) I just wanted to decorate the cookies.  Hence the reason this is a whimsy post.  Its all in the decorations.  I piped the colors with ziploc bags because I’m usually too lazy after decorating to clean piping bags (I know there is a legit baker somewhere cringing at this post).  I usually outline the leaf first and let the royal icing crust over a bit (For some reason that sounds nasty but I don’t know of a better way to describe it).  Then fill in the middle.  This keeps the icing from running over the edges.

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Since meeting Lacie, a whole new world of do-it-yourself activities have opened up which is great for those of us on a tight budget. Before Scott and I moved to Virginia, Scott’s old boss generously gave us his old dining room table, chairs, and cabinet savings us hundreds and hundreds of dollars if we had to purchase these items ourself. The only problem was…we hated the chairs. The chair seats had these ugly needle-point designs of flowers that were extremely outdated. Since Scott and I aren’t super crafty, my solution was to appease Scott for a year or so and then get a new dining room set after the wedding. Scott, being a little more rational, refused to spend money on a new table and chairs considering we had a “perfectly good” dining room table set which includes a table that can pull out and fit 12 people. So we have been living with these ugly chairs for over 2 years now. See picture below. (Side note: I am sure this needlework is extremely complicated and beautiful to some people! It is just not our style)

The first time I went over to Lacie’s place, one of the first things I noticed was how cute her chair cushions were and her response was “Thanks, I made those myself!” I had to hold myself back from dragging her to our apartment at that moment to show her our chairs and see if they could be fixed. Then a month or so later, I tried to casually mention the idea to her and the chair beautification process began! I was convinced that the cushions could not come off the chairs, but Lacie kindly told me that I was wrong. Who knew that just unscrewing 4 simple screws, you could take off and update cushions! She then told me exactly where to go to pick out fabric (down to where it was in the store) and what to use for a little extra cushion. Then this weekend Lacie came over with her staple gun and power tools and we got to work! See how awesome the chairs look now!!

Thanks Lacie!! I never thought I would be able to contribute to a “Whimsy” post! 🙂

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There are always those “go-to” desserts that people have on stash that are easy to make and a guaranteed crowd pleaser…my white chocolate fruit tart is one of these. It is super easy to make, delicious, and has the added bonus of looking straight out of a magazine! Plus, it is a dessert you can make ahead of time so you never have to be scrambling at the last minute and is perfect to bring to party since you don’t have to worry about cooking it or serving it warm. I have been hoping that someone at work would request a fruit tart for their birthday but everyone was choosing the normal: cheesecakes, cupcakes, etc. so I finally convinced someone who was indecisive to let me make the fruit tart and I was so excited because it’s one of my favorites!

The crust is a really simple homemade crust consisting just of confectionary sugar, butter, and flour mixed together and then baked at 300 for about 30 minutes. Once the crust has cooled, you mix together melted white chocolate, cream cheese, and whipping cream and then spread that over the crust. Chill this for at least an hour (or overnight). Then pick your favorite fruit and simply cut them up and arrange them on the top and you are done! Super easy but gorgeous! A lot of people put a glaze on the top, but I have found that it is not worth the extra effort as it often makes it too sweet for my taste.

Email us at info.whiskandwhimsy@gmail.com for the recipe!

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The things I love about Halloween:

  • Candy
  • Pumpkin carving
  • dressing up
  • it being over
I know…sad.  But I am not a Halloween lover.  There are parts of it that I love, childhood memories of dressing up as a Princess or Miss Piggy.  I think Halloween was probably best then, before you were allowed to see the scary stuff.  To my husband’s dismay, I hate all things scary.  No scary movies or scary costumes for me…no way.
This year, we decorated the yard and house with cobwebs, spiders, a skeleton, and a moving ghost.  I dressed up as little red riding hood and Axel was the big bad wolf.  Brett was a creepy zombie.
But what’s my absolute favorite part of Halloween?  The day after Halloween means I get to decorate for CHRISTMAS…I know, I know.  Most of y’all probably agree with Jaclyn.  Christmas is not allowed until the day after Thanksgiving.  But honestly how do you decorate for Thanksgiving….scarecrows?? Cornucopias???  That’s fine.  Brett’s always asked that I not decorate the outside of the house for Christmas until after Thanksgiving (probably so the neighbors don’t think we are crazy) so I put my scarecrows out all the while having my Christmas tree inside.
When I say I like Christmas, I’m not kidding.  I listen to Christmas music year round, I use my Christmas thermos year round, I just really love Christmas.  You know how people complain about how early the Christmas stuff goes up in the department stores.   I love it…the earlier the better.  I’d like for it to stay out year round except then they wouldn’t have the after Christmas decoration sales! While in college, my roommate and I started decorating right after Halloween saying “hey, we are thankful for Christmas.”  So be prepared for the Christmas fun to come…for Jaclyn’s sake I will try to keep it to a minimum until after Thanksgiving 🙂

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