Friday, April 25, 2014

Cheesy Rosemary Pretzel Bites

I made some German pretzel bites. They were good. I thought, what else could I do with these?  I know, add cheese. Cheese makes everything better.  Then came along... Cheesy Rosemary Pretzel Bites.  I only have a picture of a few because, they kept disappearing...

yum!

Ingredients (PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet active yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • sliced cheese, your choice. 
  • fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2 quarts water for bath

Instructions

1. Add yeast to warm water.  Let settle for about 5 minutes.  Then add the sugar and salt to the yeast and mix in.
2. Add the yeast, sugar, and salt mixture to the flour. Mix together. I used the dough hook on my kitchenaid and mixed for about 5 minutes on speed #2.  Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
3. Cut dough into about 5-6 equal parts. Roll out on a clean surface.  Don't need to flour the surface, the dough shouldn't stick.  Then make a line in the dough and add cheese to the middle (see picture).    Roll until it is about 1 inch in diameter.  Cut pieces that approx 1.5-2 inches and place on a lined baking sheet.
4. Place the baking sheet with dough uncovered in the fridge for approx. 1 hour. This is key. This helps build a skin making it have that nice crust.
5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
6. Bring 2 quarts of water to boil. SLOWLY add in baking soda into the boiling water. *caution* this creates quite a bubbly reaction for a few seconds, so add a little bit at a time.  Stand back.  It will eventually simmer down.
7. Add the pieces of dough into the soda bath.  Let it sit for about 10-20 seconds and then remove. I used a pasta server to remove it and found it to be the perfect tool.
8. Sprinkle with rosemary. Bake the pretzels for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.  Move to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

the dough rolled out

open the dough, add cheese, and then close. 
All done baking!



The finished product.  Cheesy Rosemary Pretzel Bites. Mmm, good! Perfect for a party!




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Written by Orange Blossom at http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hawaii Wedding Locations Guide

Aloha!  Well, I'm off soaking up the sun and eating papaya and pineapple in Hawaii right now.

With wedding season approaching and the fact that I'm in Hawaii, I'm reminded of the wedding sites we had looked at (and actually visited!) to get married.  Yep, we had planned to fly to Hawaii and have a wedding... but then, well, destination weddings are really hard to plan.

Since I still have the pictures, I thought I'd share them with everyone.  I know there are brides still looking and I thought this might help with choosing some locations.

The Ritz Carlton Maui...


A beautiful wedding on the beach at sunset.

The Four Seasons Maui....


 Private Estate...



With this view as your backdrop...


And this as your reception...


Four Seasons Luau grounds as a reception...

The beautiful white chapel at the Hilton in Honolulu (called the Ocean Crystal Chapel)

The inside of the white chapel! 

Private Estate #2 on Maui...

Private Estate #3...

Grand Hyatt Kauai...

The Aulani in Oahu...

The Haiku Mill on Maui...

 The St. Regis Princeville in Kauai...

Or just any quiet beach with some beautiful flowers at your feet...

The problem I had with the resorts was that everyone could watch your wedding.  The wedding sites were on the beach with all of the beach goers right behind you most of the time.  I don't want to see a fat guy in a speedo in the backdrop of my wedding pictures!!  Also, the hotels look down on the sites and we could hear people yelling from the windows. Not romantic to me!

That's why we looked at private estates.  But, the problem with private estates is that... well, they are houses. So it's hard to have a big party at a house.

The other thing was cost. However, now looking back on it, I think Hawaii would have been much cheaper!

I think I'll share my pictures I had saved of tropical wedding bouquets in a future post, as it will just give us all an excuse to look at pretty flowers!!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Tablescape Ideas

I love this table we put together for Easter this year.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Decor Ideas

I love decorating for Easter.  Maybe it's because I love bunny rabbits and little lambs.  I also love the pastel colors, especially the pinks and greens.

Let's have a look!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Table

I loved setting up this table for Easter.  Pink and green are my favorite colors, especially together, and this table has a nice blend of both!

Now, behold!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

French Country Curtains

Some exciting news!

I've got new curtains!  Ever since I looked through my first Charles Faudree book, I fell in love with French country style.  I have been trying to achieve that look, slowly but surely!  I have had my eye on the Chelsea Textiles check linen for a long time.  And... I finally got some!!

So let's talk about the before.  I had some burlap drop cloths as my drapes. It was cheap, on-trend with burlap, and cost a total of under $20.  However... they are so boring. And, they aren't really drapes. But they did the job.