Friday, October 15, 2010

Jalapeno Cheese Crackers

Jalapeno Cheese Crackers

3 Ounce Cheddar cheese; 1/2" cubes about 1/2 cup
1 Tablespoon Jalepeno pepper seeded & minced or to taste
1/3 Cup Butter; cold, cut in 1/2" cubes
3/4 Cup Flour; all purpose
1/4 Cup Cornmeal
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Chili powder
1/4 Teaspoon Mustard; dry
4 Tablespoon -Water; ice

Preheat oven to 400F. Process cheese and jalepeno in food processor till chopped in 1/4" pieces. Add butter, pulse on and off till size of small peas. Stir flour with cornmeal, salt, chili powder and mustard in small bowl till blended. Add to mixture in processor, pulse on and off just till blended. Sprinkle water evenly over mixture in processor. Pulse on and off just till dough begins to form into a ball. Shape dough into 8" disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate till firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes. On floured surface, roll dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut in 2" rounds with cookie cutter or wine glass. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet. Prick each cracker once with fork. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or till crisp. Transfer to rack to cool. Store in airtight container. Makes 50 crackers.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Autumn Pearberry Wreath

Autumn Pearberry Wreath

Pearberry Autumn Wreath

You'll love this new technique: start by wrapping a sturdy foam wreath with different varieties of floral design tape and let the simple filler material be the main focus! This beautiful handmade wreath is so easy to make and will complete all your autumn decor.


Balls, two each: 2"; 1-1/2"
Wreath, 2" x 12"
Metallic-finish spray paints: gold; copper
Artificial burgundy/multi fruits: grape clusters, two; pears, two Artificial burgundy astilbe, two stems
Five Medium pinecones
Burgundy/gold cording, 3 yds.
Craft wire: 24-gauge red; 22-gauge gold
Any color chenille stem
Wooden floral picks
Floral U-pins
Floral tape: dark green; light green; brown
Wire cutters or Floral shears
Serrated knife
Candle stub or paraffin
Paper towels
Sea or household sponge
Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
White, thick craft glue


Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin; bevel foam wreath edges slightly. Wrap wreath with dk. green, then lt. green, then brown floral tape. Do not attempt to completely cover previous layers. Allow tape to twist and turn, creating texture.

Wrap one 1-1/2" and one 2" foam ball with brown then dk. green tape. Wrap remaining 2" ball with dk. green, then lt. green, tape. Wrap remaining 1-1/2" ball with lt. green, then dk. green, tape.

In well-ventilated area, follow manufacturer's instructions to spray one side of sponge with gold paint. Sponge paint onto wreath until desired effect is achieved. Repeat for one large and one small ball. Apply copper paint to remaining balls in same way. Let dry.

Wrap one large and one small ball with red wire; glue and insert wire ends into balls to secure. Wrap remaining balls with gold wire; secure ends. Glue and insert wooden pick into each ball; let dry.

Using photo as guide, attach center of cord length to inside center top of wreath with glue gun and floral pins; loops will be created later.

Glue and insert ball picks into bottom of wreath as shown. Glue three pinecones around balls and two to top of wreath. Insert two pears at lower left. Insert greenery, astilbe and grapes into arrangement as shown.

Cut four lengths from red wire; glue and insert two lengths into each side of wreath, allowing them to cascade down sides.

Bend cord ends into two loops and secure to bottom of wreath with floral pins.

Twist chenille stem ends together, forming hanging loop. Glue wire ends into top center back of wreath; secure with floral pins.