Friday, May 15, 2009

Spring Time!

Spring Aprons!

My spring aprons are finally here. I just finished up a few full size aprons using spring inspired fabrics from designers such as Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, Alexander Henry and Joel Dewberry.

I used a plain simple apron design that I have found to be attractive on any body type. The apron is simple, but by adding a border or ruffle to the bottom added some sass to this plain style chef/hostess apron.

Here is a peek of what I have made. You'll find these for sale as well as a few others over at my shop on Esty.

Blue & brown apron made with Joel Dewberry Espresso Lily & Basket Sky Mix fabric ...

Pink, yellow & green apron made with Alexander Henry's Kleo and Bangle Dot fabrics

Here's an apron made with Heathery Bailey (Fresh Cut) & Amy Butler (Lotus Polka Dots) fabrics ...

Reverse side of this apron using Heathery Bailey Fresh Cut Stripes and Amy's Lotus Polka Dots...
These Simply Sassy aprons each have an adjustable neck strap with 3 button holes and fabric covered buttons for the buttons.

Let me know what you think of my new spring line of aprons! Comments are always welcome. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo!!!

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. The state of Puebla recognizes the day but it's not a national holiday throughout Mexico.

The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle Puebla on May 5, 1862. The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had not been defeated in almost 50 years.

While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

This month I had the opportunity join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo at my monthly cooking club and at my daughter's school for Teacher Appreciation week. I made several new recipes in honor of Cinco de Mayo. For the Teacher Appreciation Cinco de Mayo luncheon I made a large fruit platter with fresh pineapple, strawberries and grapes (some bananas would have been good too) and a Mexican Fruit dip along with a chocolate fruit dip.

Mexican Fruit Dip:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 jar (7 oz size) marshmallow cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons rum -- optional
  • Fruit such as pineapple -- strawberries, banana
Directions: In small bowl of a mixer, beat the cream cheese until it's soft and smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until well blended. Add the sour cream, marshmallow cream, vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon and rum. Blend just until well combined. Place the mixture in serving bowl, cover and chill several hours before serving with fruit.

Easy Chocolate Fruit Dip:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 jar marshmallow cream (7 0unces)
Directions: In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and chocolate syrup with a mixer until well blended. Then fold in the marshmallow cream. Place the mixture in a serving bowl, chill several hours before serving with fruit.

Taste Tempter Recipes

My cooking club, Taste Tempters, prepared several yummy Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes in April. The one dish I made was

Head over to Taste Tempters to see all the dishes/recipes we prepared for Cinco de Mayo.

Enjoy & Happy Cinco De Maco!