Teddy Trossett tees off as family and friends gather in support. Some cupcakes and cookies I made for the gathering.
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Peeling and slicing.
Tossing and spicing.
Dough rolling, filling, syruping, top crusting.
1 Dozen apple pies for the Native Sons’ birthday dinner.
I got the chance to join some friends in making fresh apple cider this weekend at the Pierstown Press Fest! The apple picking had already been done and the loot was bountiful! So, just a few simple steps, only one ingredient, and a few hours later, we had gallons upon gallons of delicious fresh apple cider!
Step 1: Washing
Step 2: Chopping
Step 3: Pressing
Crank the press down…
And the cider starts flowing!
The apple pulp will feed the wildlife through the winter months.
Step 4: Bottling.
What a beautiful day it was-sun was shining, music playing, friends manning the stations and working together like a well-oiled machine! Not to mention the smoked pork tenderloin, sausage, and burgers on pretzel buns (I made these from scratch-stay tuned to a future post), with chicken riggies (I also made these-which I will post about later), potato salad, macaroni salad, grill-roasted veggies, and ‘apple pie’ to drink!
As the day drifted into night, we rounded out this perfect day with a fire. It was a small one, but suited it’s purpose just fine!
A mule ride (of the ATV sort, not the mammal type) up the hill to a star-lit sky and we huddled around to block the wind while the paper lanterns were lit.
It may have taken several tries, and a burned finger or two, but we had lift off!
We not only had our freshly made apple cider, but to commemorate the occasion, we were also given these great t-shirts!
What an awesome day we had at Pierstown Press Fest! Thank you to our hosts, B&B, and to all our other friends that made the day what it was!
Pop-able Cream Puffs!
I call them pop-able… because these miniature cream puffs are so small, you can just pop them right into your mouth!
So cute… and so addicting!
These cupcakes were not an original idea, but I wanted something easy to serve at a Super Bowl party. I liked how these looked like a food that would be served at a Super Bowl party. Nacho cupcakes:
These were a vanilla cupcake topped with ‘cheese-colored’ vanilla buttercream. The ‘chips’ were flour tortillas that I baked off with cinnamon and sugar. The ‘salsa’ was strawberry jam. The ‘peppers’ were pieces of rolled and chopped flavored Tootsie Rolls. All in all, a fun cupcake for a sporting event party!
ARMY vs NAVY
(Vanilla and chocolate cake tiers covered in fondant-made to look like a football field-with hand-painted Army and Navy football symbols, and topped with a chocolate football.)
Ahhh, Fall is officially here! It’s my favorite time of year! The crisp air, long sleeves, hoodies, apple picking (and thus apple pies, sauce, etc), and of course… the beautiful leaves!
(This tree is having an inner struggle. Does it embrace the Fall and show its true colors?… Or does it hang onto Summer, and its green, with all of it’s mite?)
Fall means Cooperstown’s Annual Pumpkinfest! Growers bring their giant pumpkins to Doubleday Field Parking Lot for a weigh in! We wander around, visit the vendors, and take our annual picture with the giant pumpkins. These giant pumpkins are sometimes over 1,000 pounds!!
As the years go on and the girls get taller, the pumpkins look less impressive on film; but believe me, they are still giant!
I think the four of us could fit inside this pumpkin!
The festival is a fun time-especially the pumpkin regatta! They hollow out some of the smaller giant pumpkins and they actually row them like a canoe! They race on Otsego Lake as onlookers watch from the docks and bleachers at Lakefront Park. (Uncle Matt is in the white pumpkin rowing for the National Baseball Hall of Fame a few years back)
This festival brings lots of people to town with all the pumpkin-related crafts, games, food, and the like… But MY favorite part, of the edible kind… sorry pumpkin…is the PEANUT BUTTER!! Who doesn’t like peanut butter?!!?
One of my favorite vendors is The Peanut Principle! He sells the most amazing peanut butters. We’ve tried them all-from Raisin’ The Roof (a cinnamon raisin peanut butter) to I Want S’more (a S’more flavored peanut butter)… but we have two ultimate favorites! One is Honey I got the Peanuts (a honey roasted peanut butter).
And the other is Jungle A Peel (a banana peanut butter-This would have been Elvis’s favorite, for sure!)!
These peanut butters are so good! We look forward to the Pumpkinfest every year…IF for no other reason, then to stock up on the yummy peanut butter!
If you would like to find out how to order some of your own, here’s The Peanut Principle’s card:
What do you think of when you think of baseball? Me, I’ve never been big on watching the games on tv… but I live in Cooperstown (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame)…. with a husband that not only loves baseball, watches baseball, but also manages a baseball shop! It’s kind of hard not to let baseball creep into your thoughts or life in some way, shape, or form. So, when asked to do a cake for a private party during Baseball Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend, the foodie in me turned to thoughts about baseball FOOD!
I’m sure you have all heard the song ♪♫ Take Me Out to the Ball Game ♪♫ (I bet a lot of you are even singing it now! If not, you will be. It will be in your head for the rest of the day, I’m sure!) Remember the part that says ♪♫ Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…♪♫ ? Well, now you have my inspiration for the cake! Cracker Jack!
But not just any Cracker Jack… Homemade Cracker Jack! I even searched the web to find an image for an old cracker jack box and I made my own. I also made gum paste peanuts and a hot dog,
and kneaded Tootsie Rolls until pliable and then rolled it into a snake and shaped it into a pretzel… with large sugar crystals for ‘salt’!
My daughter even had a hand (or mind, rather) in the creative aspect of the cake! I told her that I wanted to have the Cracker Jack sort of ‘exploding’ from the top of the cake. She thought it would also be cool if instead of piping a border, I used the popcorn as the border! So, I ‘super-glued’ the border on with royal icing; and then I ‘strung’ the popcorn on wire so that I could bend and shape it and then just insert it into the cake.
This cake’s design wasn’t the only fun part-with the Cracker Jack, peanuts, hot dog, pretzel, white chocolate baseball, and the song lyrics piped in red. Inside each tier were two very moist layers of vanilla cake… with a layer of chewy chocolate brownie in between! YUMMM! I was told, by more than one person, that it was the best cake they had ever had! Seeing people’s faces when the cake was delivered, and hearing comments like that, make the lack of sleep (due to the time spent working on it) well worth it!
Okay, so I’m not her mother… but I am a friend of the Lambs, and I couldn’t be more proud of this girl! She has a beautiful voice and everyone out there should listen to her sing! It is such a pleasure to be able to hear her sing in person, but if you are reading this from afar, or you’re near and just missed it, please check out this video of her on YouTube: (she begins singing about 1:15 seconds in)
Miss Daeltun comes from a small town not far from Cooperstown (Cooperstown…, as in the Home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame). She’s a very talented young gal and somehow the word got out that she could SING! So, this past Saturday, she walked onto the historic Doubleday Field and sang the National Anthem before the big game! She did a great job and I am so incredibly proud of her!
If you didn’t click on the link above, here it is again for your listening pleasure!
For those of you that DID click on the link and listen, can you believe she’s only in high school? For those of you that DIDN’T click on the link and listen, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!?
Daeltun, Congratulations on a job well done!