Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Recipes and Layouts

Ok, so I promised lots of recipes and I have a few layouts. So to keep this post from getting MEGA, I'm just gonna do those two subjects and I'll do a different post soon. So first, the requested recipes:

Better Than Your Typical Potato Salad
6 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 pounds (about 8 cups) small new red potatoes, cut into large chunks.
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon dried dill weed
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 slices crisply cooked bacon, crumbled
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
2 tablespoons sliced 1/8-inch green onions

1. Bring water and 1 teaspoon salt to a full boil in 8-quart saucepan or Dutch oven; add potatoes. Cook over medium-high heat until potatoes are fork tender (12 to 15 minutes). Rinse with cold water; drain.
2. Stir together remaining salt and all remaining ingredients except bacon, eggs and onions in large bowl. Add potatoes; toss gently to coat. Top salad with bacon, egg and onions. Cover; refrigerate to blend flavors (4 hours or overnight).

Chicken Tortellini Salad
2 cooked boneless/skinless chicken breasts (diced)
1/2 TBS Italian Seasoning
1 large garlic clove (crushed)
3 stalks celery (chopped)
6 green onions (chopped)
1 jar (5 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts (use the juice as well)
7 oz. pkg of cheese filled tortellini
1/2 cup Italian dressing (I think it is 100 times better if you use Paul Newman's Italian dressing)

Make this dish the night before because it definitely tastes better if it marinades over night.
Cook tortellini according to package directions. Mix with chicken. Add all other ingredients and mix. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving.

Homemade Citrus Punch
6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
4 cups cold water
1 liter lemon-lime soda (chilled)


In a large pitcher, combine the first 6 ingredients, mix well. Gently pour in soda and serve immediately.

Chocolate Cheesecake Pie
16 oz. cream cheese (room temperature to soften)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted and cooled)
1 oreo pie crust (9-inch)


Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (about 1 minute at 50% power) and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 325.

Beat cream cheese in an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add sugar; beat until well-blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time (mixing on low-speed after each addition until well-blended). Stir in melted chocolate.

Put pie crust on a baking sheet. Pour batter into crust and bake for 30-40 minutes (until the center is almost set). Refrigerate for a minimum of four hours before serving.

Peaches Stuffed w/Amaretti Cookies
12 small amaretti cookies
3 ripe, firm peaches (halved and pitted)
3 tsps sugar (1/2 tsp per peach half)
3 tsps unsalted butter (1/2 tsp per peach half)
2 cups fresh whipped cream

Preheat the oven to 375. Butter the bottom of an 8-inch. baking dish.

Clean out the red flesh from the center of each peach half. Arrange the peaches (cut side up) in the prepared baking dish. Put cookies in a food processor and pulse until finely crumbled. (If you don't have a food processor, put cookies in a ziplock baggie, seal baggie and roll a rolling pin over it). Divide the amaretti crumbs into equal amounts and fill the center of each peach. Sprinkle a 1/2 tsp of sugar over each peach. Dot each peach with a 1/2 tsp of butter.

Bake until the peaches are tender and the filling is crisp on top (about 30 minutes). Serve warm and topped with homemade whipped cream.


Recent LOs

Going Places

Credits: Kyla's first time riding the little princess car. She was pretty proud of herself. : ) Frames from IOD's new Heirloom Enamels pack and papers are from IOD's new paper pack called Room at San Salvatore. Floral brush by Michelle Coleman. Scripted Brush Stamp by Katie Pertiet. Luggage tag brush from Deviantart. Foil star from Peppermint Creative. Kraft paper behind tag from Gina Miller's "Get Creative" kit. Copper action by Atomic Cupcake. Photo filter by Virtual Photographer. Fonts are Starry Night and SP Wonderful Wendy.

Beautiful Joyful Kyla

Credits: Gina Miller's beautiful "Designer's Studio: Collection Two". Nail from Collection Four, Tag from Collection Seven. Fonts are AL Age Old Love and FG Script Elegant.
Journaling says: How is it possible that someone so young can find and bring so much joy in life? You stop everyone in their tracks with your smile. You fall in love with everyone and make them fall in love with you just as quickly. You are the definition of a joyful heart. My beautiful Kyla.


Credits: Look at my cutie pie nephew, Gavin. He is such a sweetie face. I used Carrie Stephen's "Delightful Wee Boy" and the star stamp from her "Soft" kit. Other additions: felt heart and notebook paper by Amy Martin, file folder labels and doodle brush by Katie Pertiet, glitter flower by Jen Wilson, doodle scrolls by Karen Hunt, eyelet by Holly McCaig, twine by Angie Briggs, tin foil stars by Miss Mint. Fonts are FG Linnea and Holtzschue.


Credits: "Plantation" and "Carriage House" papers and chipped metal tacks by IOD. Lace trim and teal loops from Gina Miller's new "The Finishing Touch" element pack, butterfly from Gina Miller's "Designer's Studio: Collection Four" kit. Button by Kim Christensen. Crochet flowers and Chenille heart by Gina Cabrera. Adore tag by Eve Recinella. Aged paper by Mary Fran. Antiquated Swirl Brush, Boho Chic brush, Mini tags by Michelle Coleman. Beads by Jen Wilson. Paper tears by Steph Krush. Inked edge action by Atomic Cupcake. Goldenrod Photo Action by Photoblast. Fonts are AL Old Remington and 4990810.

Ok, that's it for today. I'll do a post with some cute kid updates soon. ; )


nevache said...

Wow, Shannon, what a gorgeous LO's (again :-) )


Lindsay said...

i'm all about the cheesecake recipe, but i think i got lost...what do you do with the melted chocolate? just stir it in before baking it? your layouts are STUNNING! my new goal: find some of your creativity! Thanks for the yummy sounding recipes!

Alyson said...

Sweet faced girls! I totally thought that was an older pic of Lukie! Crazy! Happy Wednesday! Love ya!

Elaine said...

As usual,I love your LO's! :D

Your recipes have been printed and passed onto the chef..especially the chocolate cheesecake one.

Gurgle. drool..

Shannon Bieger said...

LOL well crap. You're right Lindsay. I forgot to add in the chocolate. I couldn't c&p the recipes so I had to type them up. I just KNEW I was gonna leave something out! I edited it so everyone make sure you have the correct version.

terrarist said...

holy COW shantinka - my mouth is WATERING just reading those recipes. evil of you. but thanks for sharing a little bit of your martha-dom with us!
i love the new LO's - think I have sufficiently effused my love of them on your galleries - ok i have a few to catch up on... but WOW. you are just SO talented and you ROCK those IOD papers like no one i have seen!
hope you have a beautiful sunny california day!!!


Maegan (Coffeebean) said...

Beautiful layouts as always. As DH would say, "Your kung-fu is strong."

Thanks for the recipes. I think I am going to make the punch for Zoƫ's birthday. It sounds yummy!

Ashley said...

um, holy yummies! that potato salad sounds soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo delicious! I must try it out. Thanks for the share :)

Shawna Taylor said...

Ooh thank you for the ceipes Shannon! I can't wait to try some of them! And your layouts are gorgeous as always!

Shawna Taylor said...

geez recipes I mean! obviously i need spell check!

Julie Jewels said...

Oooh..yummy recipes!! Thanks for the reminder on the punch! the kids love it and I need to make it for them again!

Kim said...

Okay friend...you sure know how to suck me in. LOL Thanks for the recipes sweets. I'm going to make the potato salad tomorrow night. Can't wait!!!
And, as always, the pages are beautiful!!! Hope you have a happy day! :)

Gina said...

Mmmm I love potato salad that is made with red potatoes!

Did I give you thr Citrus Punch recipe or visa versa? I can't remember (not that it's a big deal). I just remember I was on a mad cooking streak right after I had Em and I have so many recipes from that time. Total shame I don't use them more often..... or ever... LOL

Anyway, I should try it again.

Erin said...

I have so many posts to catch up on over here! I have missed you Shannon! I have been a lazy lazy sleepy tired friend lol.

I ADORE that picture of Kyla and Kenna. It's so special. You can just see the bond they share. Makes me wonder how different things would be with Sarah if we weren't 8 years apart. You know, what going through generaly the same things, around the same time would have been like.

It's no fair, I made all the mistakes and taught her ahead of time lol. *muah*