Monday, July 29, 2013

Quick Homemade Quiche {Recipe}

Quiche has always been a favorite dish of mine. Breakfast or Brunch? Crust or Crust-less? Veggie or Ham? The options are nearly infinite! I favor the classic ham and cheese quiche. Sharp cheddar mixed with tender ham bites*drool* Oh, I am also going to share with you a Martha Stewart Basic Crust Recipe variation that takes 10 minutes to make! Fast, easy, and delicious. Let's Go!

Flaky Crust without the food processor{No way! Yes way:}
*Double the recipe for a pie
Flaky Crust Ingredients
1 cup flour
1 stick of unsalted butter {room temperature}
1/4 cup very cold water
1/4 tsp Salt
Spoonful of Sugar
1/4 tsp paprika

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Take a large bowl and add your flour, sugar, pinch of salt, and paprika. Give a Stir. Then add your room temperature stick of butter. Grab two butter knives and cut the butter into the flour until you have a bowl full of small butter crumbs{your cheap food processor}. Add 1/4 cup of cold water to your mixture. Mix with your finger tips until you get a formed ball. The dough should not be sticky, just wet enough that all the ingredients come together. You can put your dough in the freezer for 20 minutes or press it out right away. I use a little flour on my fingers so the dough does not stick to me when making my crust. TIP: I bake the crust alone for 15 minutes before adding my quiche mixture to ensure a firmer crust:)

My quiche recipe is from the Joy of Cooking Cookbook and is not available to the public. Do you have a favorite quiche recipe? If not, I recommend to find one that tickles your fancy:)

Happy Cooking and Thank you for stopping by,

Heather Paulding
Founder of The Virginia Blogger's Club

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Virginia Blogger's Club at Fabbioli Cellars

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The Virginia Blogger's Club
Fabbioli Cellars was the perfect place to host our first meet-up for the Virginia Blogger's Club. Fabbioli's has an impeccable ambiance, intimate wine tasting setting, and of course great Northern Virginia wines!
Speaking of fabulous wines, Fabbioli Cellars has a new white wine that is utterly-breathlessly phenomenal made from a Petit Manseng grape. The name of the wine escapes me and is not mentioned on their website, but certainly inquire about it. Good wine is distracting folks, but let's get down to business and talk about the FAB Northern Virginia Blogger's that were in attendance!

Ellen of My "not so" Simple Life was the first to join the crowd. Ellen is a mild-mannered farm gal that is as sweet as corn-bread muffins! Her blog is a great resource for home schooling information.

Shortly thereafter, strolled along Miss Shannah of Just us Four! A strong little-lady that will surely emerge as one of our group leaders. Great crafts, diy projects, and recipes to be had on her blog!

Next, was the unmistakable Cynthia of Feeding Big! An Adorable Foodie with a real go-getter attitude. Visit Feeding Big for lots of delicious recipes!  Last, but not least is Patricia of Fairfax Family Fun. A vivacious Latin mama made of pure fun{photo pending}. If you live in Northern VA, Fairfax Family Fun has all your local activities listed. Patricia does the work so you don't have to!

{Virginia Blogger Club Attendees: Feeding Big, My "not so" Simple Life, Just Us Four, and Fairfax Family Fun}

A tremendous Thank You to all the Virginia Blogger's in attendance and a big Thank You to Fabbioli Cellars for a tremendous overall experience. This wino will be back very soon;-)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tie-dyed Seashells {diy}

 My family and I recently returned from Sanibel Island, known for their array of beautiful seashells. The most beautiful seashells are the ones with stark imperfections{psychoanalyze that one};-) A few seashells gave me the idea to turn them into a package adornment, but first I wanted to color them. My Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Violet was nearing end of life, so I thought to use it.

First, I watered down the chalk paint in a small metal bowl. Note: You could also substitute chalk paint with any accessible paint, dye, or food coloring.  To achieve a tie-dyed effect make sure a portion of your seashells is still visible in the bowl. Rotate your seashells every 30 minutes until desired color and pattern is achieved. Then remove your seashells from the paint bowl and allow to dry. Wah-lah! Tie-dyed seashells.

NoVa Meet-up Scheduled for tomorrow Satuday, July 20th at Fabbioli Cellars! Please join us here  if you are a NoVa blogger!

Thank you for stopping by,

Heather Paulding
Founder of VA Blogger's Club

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Simply Cupcakes of Sanibel Island

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*My stache statement ring was not included with this delicious cupcake, but feel free to come enter the Vinca Jewelry giveaway until 07/18; US

Sanibel Island is more than world-class seashelling and pristine beaches. You may add delectable cupcakes to the list of the island's sweet offerings. Simply Cupcakes{located in the Tahitian Gardens Plaza right off Periwinkle Way} has an array of lip-smacking cupcakes and assorted coffee beverages to wet your whistle. One cupcake claimed my attention: The Key Lime cupcake. I am a key lime pie lover! The thought of a cupcake in the form of this classic dessert overwhelmed my foodie senses. It was good, but intense{as you might expect}:)

The evaluation

The icing is not my prefered sickenly sweet buttercream. The icing is of a classic whipped butter cream sort and very dense. The whipped butter cream icing does pair well with the tart key lime curd filling. But honestly, the cake portion is impeccable. Moist and flavorful cakey goodness! Explore the beaches of Sanibel Island and indulge those sweet-toothed cravings at Simply Cupcakes!

My Recommendations

Hazelnut Iced Latte and the Red Velvet Cupcake

EVENT Reminder:
This Saturday July 20th the Virginia Blogger's Club will have their first meet-up! Join us here.

Thanks for Stopping by,

Heather Paulding
Founder of the Virginia Blogger's Club