Thursday, January 26, 2012

Velvet Noodle Pudding with Keri Jill

Keri stayed overnight a few days ago and after she requested and ate a plateful of pancakes we tried a recipe I have been wanting to make for a very long time.
My brother-in-law, George would occasionally take us to dinner at a nearby Jewish Delicatessen that serves the very best Kugel.  It is so, so creamy. Just like a cheesecake.

I have searched many recipes and just can't seem to find one like it.  There are versions that include sour cream and/or cottage cheese. I decided to try a recipe in a cookbook that has been sitting in my Hoosier.  Keri and I got busy right after breakfast making it.

It was very good!
but...
not nearly as creamy as what I was hoping.
So... I tried again.
I kept all of the measurements the same but halved the amount of noodles.
Delicious!
but...
still not like the kugel from the delicatessen.
Seriously, their kugel is heavenly!
We love this recipe and maybe somewhere down the line I will discover the creamiest version ever!
For now, this will bring on the smiles.
Velvet Noodle Pudding
from: Grandma Doralee Patinkin's Jewish Family Cookbook
by Doralee Patinkin Rubin
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Ingredients
1/4 pound butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces semi-broad noodles (cooked according to directions on package, drained, and rinsed with cold water)

Topping:
1 cup crushed corn flakes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a food processor or electric mixer, blend butter, cream cheese and eggs. Add sugar, milk and vanilla. Blend well. Transfer to a large bowl and add the cooked noodles. Blend. Pour into a greased oven-to-table 8 1/2 x 11-inch serving dish.

3. Combine topping ingredients and spread over noodles. Bake for 1 hour.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

NOTES for my altered version:

  • I reduced the amount of noodles to 4 ounces.
  • Not sure if it helped but used a water bath to bake.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crochet Heart Bobby Pins

What little girl doesn't like pretty things in her hair.  I know our little girls sure do!
So when I saw these cute hair pins, I gathered snippets of yarn and my crochet hook to make a bunch.
Cheryl from Flower Girl Cottage graciously shared her Simple and Cute Crochet Heart Pattern.

After completing the hair pins, I played around with the pattern to see if I could give the hearts more of a point on the bottom. Just a Treble crochet seemed to do the trick. The heart on the left has the Treble Crochet, the heart on the right is the original pattern.
Here is my slightly adapted version of Cheryl's pattern for
Simple & Cute little Crochet Heart
I used worsted weight yarn and a 'G' hook

  • Form an adjustable circle (I ch 4 and slip stitch to the 1st ch to form a circle)
  • Chain 2
  • Work 4 Double Crochets, 1 Treble crochet and 4 more Double crochets into the circle.
  • Chain 2
  • (Do Not Join to first chain 2 stitches)
  • Slip Stitch into the Circle
  • Cut yarn bind off & slip loose end thru the center of circle to the back of your work
  • Pull the Circle Closed with the other loose end
  • Tie the loose ends together in a square knot
  • Trim off excess

I hot-glued a plain Bobby pin to the back of each finished heart and then glued a small square of felt on top.
The Bobby Pins were attached to a card made in a photo editing program and printed onto card stock.
After poking holes into the card stock, simply slide the Bobby Pin through.
Ready to send!
Now to come up with something for the boys.
Linking to:
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara, Show and Tell @Blue Cricket Design, Wow Me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade, Whatever You Want Wednesday @Pretty Things for You, Transformation Thursday @Shabby Creek Cottage, Valentines Party @Cheap Crafty Mama, A Pinteresting Party @Tutus & Tea Parties, Home Sweet Home @The Charm of Home,Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home, Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge, Functional Friday @Not So Functional Housewife, Frugalicious Friday @Finding Fabulous, Fun Stuff Fridays @Toys in the Dryer, I'm Lovin' It @TidyMom, Strut Your Stuff Saturday @Six Sister's, Sharing Saturday @Mama Mia's Heart2Heart, Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes, Sister Sunday @Sisters of the Wild West, Sunday's Best @My1929 Charmer, The Sunday Showcase @Under the Table Dreaming

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