November 2008 Archives
Kick Up Your Mimosas Recently celebrating our one year anniversary @Extraordinique, our friend and photographer, Calvina, suggested Tyler Florence's fantastic recipe for Orange Cream Mimosas. What was the most fun was using Sillycone's Symbol Ice Trays to toss in frozen @ symbols for our toast! Cheers!
Try Buckwheat Pancakes with Vanilla & Cinnamon Butter
Enjoying the smell of sizzling bacon and pancakes on the griddle makes for the perfect weekend morning, but how about kicking it up a notch by making your own infused butter cubes. We used Sillycone Letter Trays and made a mixture of vanilla and cinnamon in softened butter. Poured into the molds and wrapped in freezer wrap, not only were we able to take out what we needed, but we have some left over in the freezer to keep for the next pancake splurge. Yum!
For a special birthday celebration, I have always wanted to experiment with fondant. The Sillycone trays made shaping the fondant easy and fun to decorate our three layer chocolate decadence cake. Make a wish!
Mold to your hearts content, but also think outside the mold. Serendiptously, we found that we could also have some fun with Sillycone's Number Trays and Letter Ice Trays in reverse order. Placing the trays in glass pie tins, we put the trays in shallow water then in the freezer. Pulling the trays out once frozen, we found the perfect imprints of numbers and letters. Add a little food coloring to each letter and voila! - we had a very interesting mold with all sorts of applications to add to your punch bowl or just hours of creative fun for the kids!
What's amazing about Sillycone Trays is that you can literally do anything with them. They are highly flexible and can be used safely from freezing to baking. Sillycone even suggests some other creative ideas like making your own sidewalk chalk, pouring concrete numbers, molding your own soap, candles, and crayons, too. With the holiday season coming up, there are all kinds of applications for homemade fun. They also make for a perfect stocking stuffer under $20. :)
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Special thanks to Calvina Photography who helped tell the story through her photography, exclusively for Extraordinique.
Choosing a French Roast Premium blend to try, the sales team also told me about their "refill" tin program, which reduces the number of tins wasted and encourages customers to bring back the specially designed steel can to preserve freshness.
Pachamama Coffee Co-op is very impressive on so many levels - the family farmers and their stories, the 100% organic farming practices, the unique coffee beans themselves, and their mission to provide customers with premium coffee in the most direct manner possible and, in doing so, improve the lives of small-scale farmers and their families.
This cooperative is democratically-controlled and owned by its members, producer-groups of representing small-scale coffee farmers around the world.
Pachamama's member-owners ship their finest, organic single-origin coffee to the USA from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Peru, Nicaragua and Mexico. Pachamama Coffee Co-op hand-roasts in small batches in California and ship direct to customers.
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