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Here is a recipe for a simple and sweet dessert-Sopapillas!
These are a traditional Mexican dessert typically made with dough, but we are skipping the rising dough part and using store-bought flour tortillas instead. Perfect for a quick sweet treat, dessert or brunch. They only take about 30 minutes from start to finish, and require just a few ingredients you would most likely have in your pantry. Here is the how-to-do-it:
1.Ingredients you will need: Vegetable Oil, Honey, Sugar and Cinnamon, 6 inch Flour Tortillas.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 6 inch flour tortillas into quarters. Set aside.
3. Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat until at “water sizzling” temp. (This is when you drop a tiny bit of water into the hot oil and it bubbles and sizzles.) Don’t overheat as you will burn the oil and the Sopapillas!
4. Drop the tortilla quarters into the hot pan, one at a time and not overlapping. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom. This only takes about 15 seconds so watch carefully!! Flip over and brown the other side. They will puff up in the middle too, similar to a piece of fried dough.
5. Once golden brown, remove from heat with tongs (careful, this is hot stuff!)
or slotted spatula and place on paper towel to drain.
Once drained, place all of the chips into a large roasting pan.
6. Once all of the tortillas are done and in the roasting pan, melt a stick of butter in a clean skillet.
Add 1 TBLSP of honey and 2 tsp. cinnamon and sugar mix and stir just until melted and mixed. Do not overcook!
7. Drizzle the honey butter mixture over the tortilla chips in the pan.
Toss to coat thoroughly.
Place in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, tossing mid-way through, just until warmed and all the pieces are coated.
8. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional sugar and cinnamon to desired taste.
You can also sprinkle with a dusting of sifted confectioner’s sugar.
9. Cool slightly and serve with drizzled honey or caramel sauce.
Of course, serve them plain as well, but I usually have a jar of Hot Fudge and Caramel Sauce in my fridge (in case of a sweet tooth emergency : )
A quick, delish dessert for little $$ and time. Perfect for a light dessert. Hope you all had a sweet weekend… Susan
PS: I have a very sweet announcement to kick off the New Year! Check back 12/31 for details…
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was finishing one project after another in record time, but with no time to actually blog about them! Snowflake Blocks and Sopapillas+++ were two of my favorite projects. The blocks were a fun DIY project I had seen on The Cottage Market Blog. The Sopapillas were a yummy treat! But blocks first before dessert. This past summer Coach had dug up a basket full of old kids’ wooden building blocks.
They were pretty dirty and looked like they may have had more than a few knock-downs. After a thorough cleaning with some bleach and soap, I came up with a new purpose: snowflake blocks! Each one hand-painted, no two alike-they are snowflakes, after all. But easy enough for even a novice painter to try. They are small, portable and stackable, perfect for a windowsill or mantel. Oh, and you can add some twine and make them into ornaments or gift tags. Here is the how-I-did-it:
1.Found some pen and ink style snowflakes online. The Graphic Fairy supplied the images, thank you very much.
2. Painted the blocks with two coats of the base color.
My choice was a deep grey that I have made into a chalk-like paint using some flat latex paint. I discovered the recipe on a blog called “In My Own Style”. You can transform any can of paint into a matte, chalk-like finish. Recipe here:
3. I printed out pen and ink snowflakes of various shapes and styles onto regular printer paper. Cut them each out so they were the size of the blocks.
4. Using my chalk-it-up technique, I rubbed the chalk all over the back of the snowflake prints.
Then placed the snowflake pattern on the block, chalked side down. Drew along the lines with a pen using a little pressure.
5. Lifted the paper pattern to reveal the chalk outline image.
6. Followed along the line images with a small paintbrush and paints of various colors. I used a #3 which is pretty fine. The finer the brush tips, the thinner the lines, the more delicate the snowflake. I was going for a pastel look so it was white and pastel blues.
7. For the dots, I simply used the other end of the paint brush, dipping the tip into the paint
and then dotting it wherever I wanted a dimensional dot along the lines.
and then shaking on the glitter. Allowed to dry. Cute!
9. For the oblong blocks, I painted over the grey with some pastel aqua, then added the snowflakes. For the words, I initially attempted to hand paint them, but that was a big FAIL. Nothing worse than attempting to paint something very fine when you are stressed and hurried. So I used some adhesive scrapbooking stickers that said HOPE, FAITH, JOY, etc. I affixed them, then added a coat of matte varnish to the entire block.
10. For the ornaments/tags, I drilled a small hole in the tops of the snowflakes,
then added a drop of hot glue.
Using a pencil tip, I inserted the ends of a cut piece of twine into the hole. Allowed to dry.
11. For a finishing touch, I brushed the tops of the blocks with the Americana Decou-page glue,
then sprinkled them with some colored glitter. Instant bling!
The finished blocks looked great as tags for the Jelly Jar Soy Candles I presented as gifts this holiday season.
So if you have some old blocks laying around, or anything you can cut into blocks, this is an easy-peasy project (even for kids!) that will add some sparkle to your winter landscape. Hope you are all finally recovering from the crazy holiday week! Susan
+++Oh, right, I was supposed to give you a recipe for Sopapillas too! Well, that project will have to wait another day : )
Simply sharing some beautifully inspired holiday homes. So whether your decorating is spectacular
or simply adorable.
Remember that Christmas is for children, both inside
You may choose red & green
or rustic & creme
or black and white with just a pop of red.
But no matter what your style, here’s hoping you have a happy holiday home! May all your days be Merry & Bright
And may all your Christmases be white.
Which do you prefer? Country or city, rustic or blingy? For more inspired holiday decor, please visit my Houzz Holiday Decor or Pinterest Merry Happy Holly Day pages. Only 3 more days til the big guy comes! Keep on Christmas-ing! Susan
Ok, so I realize that most of you don’t have an old small green barrel hanging around in your barn, but you could definitely re-use or recycle any other type of old wood like shutter slats, shims or lathing to create this rustic wooden wreath.
This is my kind of greenery-the kind that will last forever-despite my desperate lack of a green thumb. Case in point: this woeful poinsettia has been in my house for just a few days…
Since it was green anyway, I figured “what the heck, I’ll make a wreath!” Here’s the how I did it:
1. The iron ring that was holding the barrel together (until it wasn’t holding the barrel together) was the perfect circular form for the wreath base. The staves had little slits at the bottom that the ring fit into. I laid them out in the circle pattern that I liked.
2. Used my trusty electric stapler to secure the ring into the slots all the way around on the back side of the wreath to form the circle.
3. Filled in the slits with hot glue all the way around, securing the iron ring into place in the slits. If your wood pieces don’t have slits, just glue into place.
4. To neaten the appearance, I cut small pieces of black foam core board and glued them into place over the glue-filled slits.
5. Since the wood pieces did not entirely cover the iron ring, I needed something to cover the gaps. Cut some burlap into small pieces and knotted in between each stave all the way around.
6. Created a bow with some more burlap cut into strips, along with a swag of greens and bright red berries to contrast the green wood.
7. Added a wire ring on the back for hanging.
8. Hung the wreath on the front door. Took a photo of the wreath on my front door.
Took the wreath to the Vintage Thymes Market, sadly leaving my front door blank. Sold the wreath at the market.
This holiday season has been flying by! So much to do, so little time. Because I had been spending so much time decorating my booth for the Christmas market,
I have not had much of a chance to decorate my own home for Christmas! So what I am doing, I am doing in bits and pieces. Open a storage bin, pull out some stuff, set it up-decorating on the fly. Tablescapes are a quick, simple way to add some holiday cheer to a tabletop, cupboard or hutch. The trick is in the layering. This is my little storage cupboard in the kitchen. Before…
Here is the how-I-did-it: Started with a base. In this case, a white sparkly runner from HomeGoods to brighten up the top of the cabinet, which is dark red.
Added a backdrop. I had this aged, chippy piece of wood (I believe it is an old cabinet door, sans cabinet, so I painted the raised panels with chalkboard paint so I can write whatever I want, depending on the season or holiday.) I just stood it up against the wall, no need to hang it.
Next comes the plant or flower. I like to have something flowering on one side and then a candle or lantern on the opposite side to create a full vignette with the background. The heights don’t need to be the exact same size, but you should have some balance between the two sides. In this one, I used a poinsettia in an old raspberry jam bucket we picked up at a consignment shop over the summer. Loving the bright red colors!
Added an old Santa and the red lantern on the opposite side, which provides the height and color balance I was looking for.
Since I was going with a Santa-themed vignette, I decided to write some fun Christmas lyrics on my chalk board. Very simple process: go to Avery.com and find whatever size template fits the space you are going to write on with chalk (in this case, I used an 81/2 x 11) Choose your words, choose your font and print. (My printer is just about out of ink, so the print was very faint, but I only needed the outline so no worries there!)
Looks so festive, right?! Added the greens, just weaving them in and around the items on the tabletop.
and some twinkle lights to give it that holiday glow. Done. 30 minutes from start to finish. Really gives the kitchen a holiday feel.