Monday, January 30, 2012

French Dessert Crepes for Valentine's Dessert

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I've been hunting for a new tradition for our Family Valentine's Dinner. When I saw this gorgeous red crepe on pinterest, I knew I had found my answer! You see, I studied abroad in Paris during college, and I ate these all. the. time.
Like... I gained 10 pounds in 4 months. (I might be exaggerating a little)!
But as you can tell, I love dessert crepes.  I only make them on rare occasion. Looking forward to them once a year on Valentine's Day is going to be parfait!
 I have several ways to fill them, mix and match and try them all!
A few notes:
*Click here for my French Dinner Crepes!
*If you want to print this recipe, there is a print icon at the bottom of the post.
*Please pardon my french if anything doesn't look quite right!!! haha. During college, I studied 3 years of French and lived in the French Foreign language housing for a year, but I'm still far from fluent en francais. :) 

Dessert Crepes

Crepe Batter:
4 eggs
1 cup milk
2 TB melted butter
1 cup all purpose flour
2 TB sugar
dash salt
*add 1 tsp red food coloring if you want them red for ♥ Day!

Instructions:
In a blender... add eggs and beat lightly. Add the remaining ingredients and beat for 1 minute. Lightly butter or spray a crepe pan or shallow frying pan. Heat over medium high heat. Add a small amount of batter to hot pan and swirl to coat. Cook until batter loses its shine. Turn and briefly cook on other side. Fill as desired.

Fillings:
Crepe au Citron~
When crepe is cooked, melt butter on top. Then add lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar. Roll or fold into thirds. A light yet mouth-watering experience!

Crepe au nutella~
Spread nutella over entire crepe, fold and indulge!

Crepe au nutella et des bananes~
Slice a banana. Spread nutella on crepe, top with bananas. Roll or fold.

Crepe a la creme fraiche et des fruits et ganache au chocolat~
(umm... i kind of "made up" a sweet recipe for creme fraiche)
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c-1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
Fruit: bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, anything
Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar with electric mixer. Gradually add whipping cream and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Yield: one cup.
Fill crepe with creme fraiche and fruit. Roll up. Top with fruit glaze or ganache.

Fruit Glaze~
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp Koolaid
1 cup water
4 TB cornstarch
1 1/2 cup sliced fruit, fresh or frozen
Combine sugar, Koolaid, and cornstarch in small saucepan. Gradually add water until combined. Boil gently. Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.Remove from heat and cool. Fold in fruit.

Ganache~
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 TB butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
Heat cream and butter on stovetop. Pour over chocolate chips. Stir. Drizzle over crepes.

Here's a few more pictures that might make your mouth water! 

Crepes with lemon and sugar.
 What you need.
 How-to.

Crepes with cream cheese filling, fruit, and ganache.
How-to. (You could just spoon it in, but I like to be fancy).

Crepes with Nutella, bananas, whipped cream, and ganache.
 What you need.
 How-to.


 This is the crepe pan I use. It's from Target. The "flipper" thing I bought in Paris at BHV.

 Here's how I sprinkle powdered sugar, by giving a sieve a few shakes.

 I used foam conversation hearts on top of a crepe and sprinkled sugar on top for a fun shape. You could of course cut your own hearts from parchment paper.

le fin.
bon apetit!
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French Dinner Crepes (Galettes Complete) for Valentine's Dinner

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I've decided to make French dinner crepes (aka galettes complete) our Traditional Family Dinner for Valentines Day.
I studied abroad in Paris for a semester of college. My friends and I craved these delicious, cheap crepes for a quick dinner. There was a certain vendor who we preferred, very close to Hotel de Ville. When we returned home from France, we still craved these, so we did a little research to come up with our closest recipe. The ingredients are simple and cheap, and take me back to those lovely days in no time...

A few notes:
*Click here for my French dessert crepes!
*If you want to print this recipe, there is a print icon at the bottom of the post.
*If I've misspelled or missed anything... Please pardon my French!

Dinner Crepes
Galette Complete des oeufs, du jambon, et du fromage~

Crepe Batter:
4 eggs
1 cup milk
2 TB butter, melted
1 cup buckwheat flour
(I sometimes use whole wheat flour instead)
2 TB sugar
dash of salt

Filling:
egg (one for each galette)
cheese (a few sprinkles for each galette)
ham, cubed
s&p

Instructions:
In a blender... add eggs and beat lightly. Add the remaining ingredients and beat for 1 minute. Lightly butter or spray a crepe pan or shallow frying pan. Heat over medium high heat. Add a small amount of batter to hot pan and swirl to coat. Cook until batter loses its shine. Flip to cook other side.

Immediately turn heat to low, crack an egg right on top and lightly beat with a fork. Let cook. (Once the egg is set, I flip the crepe over for about 30 seconds, to make sure the egg cooks all the way. Then I flip it back over to...) Add cheese and ham. As soon as cheese melts, crepe is ready. Season with salt and pepper and fold into thirds.

Here's a few more pictures of the process:


The ingredients.... This a is GREAT way to use up leftover ham.
My crazy husband loves these with jalapenos in them! (not very french-y, is it? haha)

Crack the egg right on top of the crepe. Lightly beat.

Sprinkle cheese, let melt.

Add ham, salt and pepper.

Read more about a Galette Complete here.
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Friday, January 27, 2012

{Once Upon a Weekend Link Party #28} and Features

Welcome to the weekend!

I have a fun announcement....
I am the new sewing contributor on Lil Luna!
I'll be posting a sewing tutorial every two months, then reposting it on my blog a week later. I'm super excited for this opportunity!

Here's what I've been up to this week...

I announced the prizes for Sew-vivor.
Entries for the competition open this Wednesday, and will be open all of February!






Here are the top views from last week, amazing stuff! 
Our new Blog of the Week is:
Sunny Vanilla



Thursday, January 26, 2012

{On My Heart} where I learned to sew.

A few afternoons ago, I found myself thumbing through the quarterly alumni magazine that I receive from BYU. 
My heart stopped when I saw a picture of my old stomping grounds....
the sewing lab.
(cue background screams and scenes of me pulling out my hair).
Floods of emotion came over me as I bent over to look at this picture closer.
stress! 
exams! 
hours spent in that sewing lab! 
always the last one to leave.
more hours. 
its midnight?
unpicking! 
drafting!!
patternmaking!!!
i'm not done!
its due tomorrow?
breathe. breathe.
my most demanding college classes. 

Here's my story:

I signed up for Beginning Sewing the first semester of my sophomore year. 
I literally walked into the class not knowing how to read a pattern, not knowing what a seam allowance was, not even knowing how to thread a sewing machine.
The class was daunting and incredibly intimidating to me. 
I didn't really want to learn how to sew, but at the same time I did want to learn. 
Does that make sense to anyone?
I knew it would benefit me (and a future family) the rest of my life.
So I stuck with it. 
After my first imperfect, yet wearable project (pictured below), I began to er, maybe, um, if you twist my arm, like sewing.
?!?!?
I decided that making stuff could be kind of fun (and completely challenging)!

Here a few articles I made in my beginning sewing class:


One of my favorite professors, Dr. Burnham, is featured in the article.
She was my advanced sewing, patternmaking, and drafting professor at BYU. 
And yes that's right.... Doctor. 
She's got a PhD in the field. 
She taught and inspired me in so many ways... 
to overcome my fear of sewing,
to make my own clothing,
to try things without a pattern,
how to make my own pattern!

Sadly my daughter got to the magazine before I had a chance to take a picture of it...
I had the article sitting on my desk, and she thought it would be a fun place to circle all the words she had learned in kindergarten. It totally looks like she has drawn horns on Dr. Burnham like a cruel yearbook picture. But I assure you, it's a heart because "I thought is was pretty, mom!" (So Dr. Burnham, if you ever read this, I hope you take that as a compliment)!

One of the gems of the article was a link I found to several online video tutorials of Dr. Burnham explaining techniques. I've watched a few of the videos over the last few days, and I'm taken back to that classroom, being utterly confused and asking a million questions. Dr. Burnham was so patient with me, and I learned priceless lessons while in her presence. Happy Retirement Dr. Burnham!

I'm so thankful I learned how to sew!

Here is the link to her online video tutorials.

PS- Next week I'll be telling you more about my college major (Family and Consumer Science Education) and why I chose it. If any current or former FACS majors are reading this, I would LOVE for you to leave a comment so I can "meet" you!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sew-vivor: Sponsors and Prizes

This is the moment you've been waiting for! (right?)
Before I unveil all the prizes on the line, I've got to give a huge
THANK YOU
to all the sponsors. I'm so grateful to have each of them on board with Sew-vivor.
They have been so generous by providing amazing prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
(I'm already wishing I could enter this competition just for the prizes, hehe)!

There are nearly $900 worth of prizes!!!

You can click on each button to be taken to the online shop. 

Just a reminder, entries for Sew-vivor open up next Wednesday!!!

OK, prizes!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE.......

1st Place: 


2nd Place: 


3rd Place:



You can follow all these amazing sponsors on Facebook!
Click on the name, and you will taken directly to their FB page.
I would love for you to show your support by liking their page, especially if you plan on entering!
Fat Quarter Shop
The Fabric Fairy
Fashionable Fabrics
Zip It
Fabric Envy
Fabric Shoppe
Lily Bella Fabrics
Stitches N Giggles
Contemporary Cloth
Whimsy Couture
All Those Patterns
Raspberry Creek Fabrics
Stitch Stash Diva
Lilac Lane
The Ribbon Retreat


PS- Many of these companies will be offering either a giveaway in February or March, and a discount code when our Sew-vivor Champion is announced at the end of April. Stay tuned!
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