Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Be careful who you call fat...

Fat Man's Delight - that is really what the recipe is called.  I suppose I could change it to Pregnant Woman's Delight (we won't say Fat Woman's Delight - that seems uncouth).  9 months pregnant I made this cake for a dinner at my folks when my aunt was in town.  It was really easy and really tasted good.  You would think something this heavy would be too rich, but honestly the two containers of cool whip really make it light and not seem as rich.
When I walked in with the cake my sister-in-law said "oh sure I can't bring anything, but the pregnant one can bring something."  Ha!  I guess I didn't really ask my mom, I just told her I was going to bring it, it looked good, looked easy, done and done.

Fat Man’s Delight
for the crust 
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup melted butter

cheesecake layer 
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces cool whip
1 cup powdered sugar

pudding layer 
1 box instant chocolate pudding (4 serving size)
1 box instant vanilla pudding (4 serving size)
3 cups milk
additional 8 ounce cool whip for topping

Instructions
1.Combine crust ingredients and press into a 9x13 baking pan. Don't worry if there are holes in the crust.
2.Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. Lett cool completely.
3.Cheesecake layer-Beat together cream cheese, and sugar then stir in cool whip until smooth. Spread evenly over crust.
4.Pudding layer-combine both pudding mixes with milk and whisk until combined then stir for an additional 2 minutes until thickened. Spread over cheesecake layer.
5.Top with additional cool whip.
6.Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Myrtle Grace Motifs - February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Myrtle Grace Motifs!
Happy February!  It’s almost time for market!  We have lots of news to share – so we’ll get right to it.

Introducing – Nicholas Warren Raatjes
We are so excited to introduce you to Nicholas Warren!  He was born February 5 – weighed a whopping 9 pounds 13 ounces (surprising everyone – including a mom who is grateful for a C-Section).  Big sister Bronwyn is in love with him.  While we know that won’t last forever, we are thankful for the moment she wants to love on him so much.

New Releases: Friday – February 27 at 2015 Nashville Spring Needlework Market
While we are not able to physically be in Nashville next weekend (see above new addition to our family) we do have some new additions to the Myrtle family to show you.

Pretty in Pink

Proud as a Peacock

Both are available in cross stitch and punch needle.  The models will be in Norden’s booth.  Both Hoffman and Norden will have the cross stitch, Norden will have the punchneedle version.

Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine
Have you heard about the latest magazine in punch needle and primitive stitching?  Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine’s debut issue will be released this Spring.  We were honored to be asked to design a pattern for it.  This magazine is available for individuals to subscribe to, but also shops to carry in their stores.  For more info – see their website: http://www.pnpsmagazine.com/

Trunks Shows
Our trunk show calendar still has a few openings for 2015.  Would you like to get on the calendar?  Please let us know!  We’d love to work out a date.

Instagram
We’ve taken the plunge and joined Instagram.  Give us a follow and we’ll follow you back – we are still learning so bear with us. http://instagram.com/myrtygert/

Distributors
We are proud to be represented by these fine companies:
Hoffman Distributing Company - www.hoffmandis.com
Norden Crafts - www.nordencrafts.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nashville Release: Pretty in Pink

We are very excited to release Pretty in Pink at this years 2015 Nashville Spring Needlework Market hosted by Yarn Tree.

Shops: These models will be on display in Norden Craft's Booth - please keep an eye out!
Patterns are available from Norden Crafts and Hoffman Distributors.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baking powder is a beautiful thing

The last time I made chocolate donuts I left out the one ingredient that should make them rise.  This time?  I double and triple checked and everything was added this time.  I made these Christmas Eve morning.  Wanted to do something special, it ended up being special for lunch - you bet!  We had chocolate donuts for lunch and they were delicious!  Why not splurge at Christmas?

Glazed Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard-size doughnut pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the egg, vanilla, melted butter, sour cream, and milk until thoroughly mixed.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag (or large kitchen bag with the corner snipped off). Fill the depressions in the prepared pan with the batter until 2/3 full. Alternatively, if appearance does not matter, you could spread the batter into the pan using an offset spatula, but this results in more unevenly shaped doughnuts. Bake the doughnuts for 15-18 minutes, or until puffed and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup (125 grams) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, thin with a teaspoon or two of milk.

Spoon the glaze over the cooled doughnuts, allowing any excess to drip off. The glaze will take 10-15 minutes to set, depending on the thickness.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nashville Release: Proud as a Peacock

We are very excited to release Proud as a Peacock at this years 2015 Nashville Spring Needlework Market hosted by Yarn Tree.

Shops: These models will be on display in Norden Craft's Booth - please keep an eye out!
Patterns are available from Norden Crafts and Hoffman Distributors.
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