July 15, 2010

YOU, uhhh, MUSE me! Featuring Artisan S'mores, Cornbread/BBQ Fusion, AND a Shepherds Bread Fit for a Whole Flock!



One of the best parts of having a blog is the exposure I get to other creative people ~ Their artistic energy is contagious and their ideas SO inspiring!  How lucky we are to be a part of a community of MUSES!  I find this to be true of my life both online and off ~ creative, giving, generous people everywhere!  And in that spirit, I'd like to acknowledge a few people who've inspired me this week:


MUSE #1:  FOR HER BEAUTIFUL AND CREATIVE GIFT OF A HOMEMADE S'MORE KIT, MY FRIEND KELLY:


As a "thank you" for having her family to our annual 4th of July Chili Cook-off, Kelly and her daughter stopped by to deliver a beautiful box containing homemade graham crackers (you'll never buy the boxed ones again, trust me!) homemade marshmallows (ditto), and the classic Hershey's chocolate! This is one of those cases where I feel that HER "thank you" warrants a "thank you" of its own!  The gift was accompanied by a handmade card ~ or should I say, piece of original artwork.  I'd hazard a guess and say it is watercolor and wax resist.  Phenomenal!  It's frameworthy!


Kelly was kind enough to share her source for the recipes for both the marshmallows and graham crackers.  If you're interested in putting together some artisan style S'more kits of your own, try these recipes:  

Picture of Graham Crackers Recipe

MUSE #2:  FOR SHARING A WEALTH OF INCREDIBLE RECIPES, INCLUDING A DELICIOUS, EASY, AND GINORMOUS (LOVE THAT MADE-UP WORD) SHEPHERDS BREAD, MY FRIEND FROM COLLEGE (AND FELLOW BLOGGER) CAMILLA:

CHECK THIS BAD BOY OUT!  The girls had fun helping me punch down the dough and watching it rise back up again to timpani sized proportions!  We sent some home with our friends, but quickly scarfed down the rest with honey and butter the next morning.

Our loaf was baked in an All-Clad Dutch Oven

If you'd like to make this amazing loaf at home for your family, visit the link below:

Camilla's was baked in a stoneware Dutch oven

MUSE #3:  FOR A BRILLIANT SOLUTION TO MY LEFTOVER PORK DILEMMA, VINCE ALTUM FROM COOKING VENTURES.

I had the rare opportunity, last week, to have some free time to browse the web, catch up with my favorite blogs, and visit some new ones as well.  In the course of my happy leisure I came across Cooking Ventures and author Vince Altum's recipe for Barbecue-Stuffed Corn Muffins.  My husband is a master on the grill and had purchased what looked like half a pig (at least) just the day before.  I knew there would be some serious leftovers once my husband had given the pork his 18-hour treatment on the backyard smoker.  So, Vince's recipe that incorporates leftover BBQ into delicious cornbread muffins was just the perfect inspiration!

You'll want to see Vince's photograph of the muffins.  It's mouth-watering!  

Vince's recipe calls for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, but since I had none on hand, I whipped up a batch of cornbread from scratch.  Whether you "mix-it" or "scratch-it", this recipe is one you'll want to hang on to if you're oft to cook by flame during the summer months.  

Follow the link below to the Cooking Ventures recipe:

Here's my recipe for homemade cornbread muffins:


Well, I really must be off.  I'm hosting a baby shower for my sis this weekend, and have much to do.  Speaking of "My Muses", I'm  looking forward to making some lovely decorations inspired by Holly at 504 Main and Jessie Senese of Sweet Jessie.  I look forward to sharing them, and all the other little lovelies I have planned.

6 comments:

  1. you are so wonderful with words and more!

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  2. you are right..incredible ideas...i am going to steal the idea for the s'mores basketf...although i make them all separately, i have never thought to put it all together! i am going to make that bread too...the idea of eating it with soft butter and honey just makes my mouth water. thanks for sharing these wonderful inspirations!

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  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [16 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  4. I LOVE doing fancy s'mores. I went through a phase with that this winter. YUM! You have a beautiful blog! Thanks for visiting my blogoir on my SITS day and for leaving such nice comments!

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  5. This post is full of yummy goodness! I have been wanting to make my own graham crackers...so excited to try it out!

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  6. oh yum! That cornbread looks soooo good!
    Hey thank you for visiting me for potluck friday. It's great to meet you. I'm a new follower now.

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