Diced Chili Cook Off at Ranting Chef

I entered a chili contest.  Woohoo!  I am sharing the Ranting Chef’s page with you all.  The chili I entered, is a meatless chili, seems strange right ?  Shouldn’t chili be full of meat ?  Well mine isn’t!!!  LOL  Mine is a delicious Tofu chili, don’t knock it until you try it.  It really, really is deliciously good.  I am not the biggest fan of meat, but I do like a steak once in a blue moon.  I love love chili, and I wanted to make a recipe that uses Tofu… tada so here it is.   I would so love if you could VOTE for my “Audi Rose, Terrific Tofu Chili” at http://www.rantingchef.com  please vote contest poll closes October 22, 2014…  :D  TANX!

http://rantingchef.com/2014/10/17/diced-chili-cook-off-audi-rose-terrific-tofu-chili/ 

Tye Dye …. Again!

Yup!  Guess I am on a Tye Dye craze.  Just wanted to share a post from Village Sweets.  A Tye Dye CAKE was created for awesome Caroline!

Tye Dye Mocha Cake with layers of Chocolate Whipped Cream, Frosted in Swiss Buttercream and covered in Fondant.

Tye Dye Mocha Cake with layers of Chocolate Whipped Cream, Frosted in Swiss Buttercream and covered in Fondant.

Tye Dye Mania

Made up a batch of Tye Dye T-shirts for my Etsy shop “Peonie’s Closet”. They are just about ready to go in the shop! I always love a little tye dye now and then…makes things fun!

Variety of shirts in tye-dye (S-M-L)

Variety of shirts in tye-dye (S-M-L)

Tiki Themed Card Box

Made a card box this weekend for an engagement party.  The theme was Hawaiian, so I went with a Tiki looking box.  I purchased a sturdy box from the dollar store with a removable lid.  Cutting the “slot” was a little difficult, but I managed.  I wrapped the box and the lid in burlap and secured it with glue.  I also glued two pretty shells to the lid.  I purchased two lei’s and cut the string. With the loose petals I attached several together to make a more full flower and sewed a few stitches, this made it so much quicker to just have one big flower to glue to the box lid.  I then glued one jeweled stone to the center of the flower.  I also purchased some bamboo sticks, they were great and so easy to cut.  Glue the bamboo pieces to the box and Voilà!  My Tiki Themed Card Box at a small cost of $12.06 and took about 2 hours to make… Woohoo!

Tiki Card Box

Tiki Card Box

“FAK !!” Strawberry-Banana Morgan

Friday Afternoon Kocktail time!  Made up a slushy Strawberry-Banana Morgan cocktail, was really really good!  

Strawberry-Banana Morgan

-  3 oz Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum

-  3 oz Banana Liqueuer

-  a whole container of Fresh Strawberries (reserve a few whole ones with their green tops for deco), washed and cut up (put them in the freezer for an hour or two)

-  Lots of Ice (2-3 cups)

In a blender, add the very cold strawberries and blend until pureed (if you want, I pressed them through a sieve, cuz I don’t appreciate the seeds stuck in my teeth!).  Return the strawberries to the blender if you pressed them and throw in the Spiced Rum, Banana Liqueur and the ice (I like lots of ice, I used more than a cup, probably 2.5 cups).  Blend and blend away.  Once it is thoroughly blended pour into some pretty glasses and decorate with your whole strawberries….P-R-E-T-T-Y!!  and yummers to boot!

Strawberry-Banana Morgan

Strawberry-Banana Morgan