Made in the Good ‘ole USA!!!

29 06 2011

MADE IN THE USA?

“Here are a few of our Favorite Things…”

As America’s Independence Day approaches, we wanted to highlight a few of the outstanding MADE IN THE USA products from Adrians. Wishing you and your family a SAFE & HAPPY 4th of July Celebration! ~Vicki & Staff

We’ll start with some great products for pampering yourself or a friend… our awesome Shower Bursts, Spongelle Exfoliating Sponges, Neck Warmers and Pillow Friends for kids and of course, one of our favorites…Camille Beckman Hand Therapy which we have used for YEARS!

Shower Burst
When taking a bath isn’t an option — these 100% natural shower bursts transform your ordinary shower into an aromatherapy experience better than the spa! Place in the shower and let the indirect spray activate the aromatherapy experience. Made of 100% essential oils, nothing artificial!




Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

22 06 2011

*Note: This blog post was written by Jenny Adrian, Vicki’s daughter

As many of you know, I (Jenny) am studying to be a teacher (and I’m almost done!)

So I thought you all might be gracious enough to be my pretend students while I practice administering an online pop quiz…

 

Students please take out a piece of paper and a pencil.

This is a closed-book, closed-note quiz.

Ready?…

Question Number One:

Do you like Chocolate Chip cookies?

A. Yes

B. No

Question Number Two:

Do you like Oreos?

A. Yes

B. No

Pencils down.

The correct answers are:

1. A

2. A

If you scored 100% prepare yourself for a jaw-dropping recipe!

If you scored below 50% you may have failed American Food Loving 101
(Don’t worry, keep following the Adrians Boutique blog and we’ll catch you up to speed!)

Okay, so you may have figured out by now that this isn’t a real quiz, but it is a great introduction to the latest recipe I tried…

OREO STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

How can you not say YUM?

Mom and I found this recipe while flipping through a great little book we found while we were out having a girls day; Where Women Cook.

It features wonderful recipes, beautiful photos, and short autobiographies about women, just like you and I, cooking for their families.

I will now resume my teaching duty to show you how you can make these naughty little cookies in your own home!

Cast of Characters:

2 sticks softened butter

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 T. pure vanilla

3½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1tsp. baking soda

10 oz. chocolate chips

1 pkg. Oreo Double Stuf cookies

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until well combined.
Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda.

Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.

3. With a cookie scoop, place one scoop of cookie dough on top of an Oreo cookie.

Place another scoop of dough on the bottom of the cookie.

Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo cookie is enclosed with dough.

Repeat for other cookies.

4. Place onto a parchment – or Silpat – lined baking sheet (or a greased cookie sheet), and bake cookies for 9-13 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking.

Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Serve with a tall glass of milk and enjoy!

*Notes from Vicki & Jenny:
1. We found it was easier to create two flattened balls of dough, put one on each side of the Oreo, and then squish the sides together.
2. The chocolate chips we used made it difficult to encase the Oreos, we suggest trying miniature chocolate chips.
3. Because these cookies are SO yummy, the calories don’t count 🙂

Click  for Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!





Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie

20 06 2011

15 oz. canned pumpkin
3/4 c. sugar
1 T. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/2 c. milk
3 eggs, beaten

Combine pumpkin, sugar, flour, salt, and spices. Blend in eggs and milk. Pour inpastry shell. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes, then at 325° for 45 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!





Graham Cracker Pie Crust

20 06 2011

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs (18 crackers)
3 T. sugar
1/3 c. butter, melted

Heat oven to 350°. Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar in bowl. Add butter and mix thoroughly. Press firmly and evenly against bottom and sides of pie pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool before adding filling.





Sugar Cookie for Giant Cookie Pans

20 06 2011

1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
1 3/4 c. flour
1 T. milk
1/2 tsp. Madagascar Pure Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt

Makes: cookie serves 8-10

Tools: Giant Cookie Pans

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray giant cookie pan with vegetable pan spray. Cream butter and sugar, add egg and mix.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Dip hands into flour and pat dough into prepared pan. Prick dough eith a fork. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Place on cooling rack for 5 minutes. Loosen edges with spatula; remove from pan and cool.

 

ROYAL Icing

4 c. powdered sugar
2 T. meringue powder
6 T. water

Mix all ingredients on low speed for 7-10 minutes or until the icing loses its shine.  Add more water by the teaspoon if it appears too stiff. At this stage you want to be able to pipe it easily.  I added vanilla but I think Almond flavoring would be great also.





Tahaitian Beach Party Give-Away

15 06 2011
Win this fun Summer Tote Bag, Wallet & Spiral Bracelet

At Adrians Boutique in downtown Buhler, Kansas, we LOVE to spoil our clients!  This week we’ve chosen a fun canvas tote style purse from designer Anne Ormsby whose style focus on the fun & whimsical! We’ve also added a coordinating snap clutch wallet and a fun beaded spiral bracelet.  Value is $52.

Our annual Tahitian Beach Party starts Thursday and continues Friday & Saturday, June 16 – 18, 2011.  Jenny & I have been busy baking over 300 bikini, palm tree, tropical fish, flip flop & flower shaped Sugar Cookies.  It has been so much fun!

Bikini Cookies

We’ve been baking up a Tahitian Hurricane worth of delicious party foods…

We will be serving our Tahitian Chicken Stack Dinner, which is SOOOO GOOD! along with a wide variety of appetizers & desserts such as:

Bikini Sugar Cookies,  Captain Rodney’s Creamy Temptation of Jezebel Dip, Captain Rodney’s Pirate Wraps , Wind & Willow Key Lime Cheeseball, Tropical Dump Cake & “Vinolicious”Freeze Mixes in Lemoncillo, Margarita & Wine Ice…plus much more!

 There are great specials in the store as well, so be sure to check out the details on Facebook!

Click Here for our Entry Form

for this contest.  We will accept entries until Monday, June 20, 2011 at midnight and the winner will be notified via email and in our weekly E-Newsletter.

Good Luck! We look forward to seeing you this weekend!  Vicki & Staff

PS…Congratulations to Joan Smith from Hutchinson, Kansas who won last week’s drawing for our Strawberry Gourmet Market Basket!





Summer Strawberry Gourmet Basket!

9 06 2011

6/15/11…Congratulations to Joan Smith of Hutchinson, Kansas!  She is the winner of our beautiful Strawberry Gourmet Basket!

Thank you to all that entered our drawing!  Please watch Adrians Boutique’s Facebook Page and emails for additional promotions and Giveaways!

With the official start of Summer right around the corner (100° plus already!)…it’s a great time to think of refreshing and cool snacks for your family or for a summer deck party! Our basket features Savannah Cinnamon Strawberry Drink Mix (Great for Lemonade!); Two delicious Jake & Amos items…Corn Relish and Hot & Sweet Pepper Relish; Our Wind & Willow Strawberry Cheesebake Mix; Country Home Creations Strawberries & Cream Dip & Dessert Mix, Tweeds Chia Seed & Chives Chips & Wind & Willow Triple Berry Dessert Mix! 

This Week’s Giveaway!

Strawberry Basket Giveaway!

We’ve always liked to spoil our clients, and this week is no exception. One lucky winner will receive our Market Basket filled with delicious gourmet goodies…Value approximately $65! All you need to do is to scroll down to the bottom of today’s post and leave a comment answering the question…

How many seeds are in an average Strawberry, AND what is YOUR family’s FAVORITE strawberry dessert?

We are also featuring several of our clients Strawberry recipes this week!

Market Basket

The Market Tote…we have several different colors and styles available in the store…perfect to keep in the trunk for groceries; it collapses to take up very little space; strong enough for even the most plentiful shopping trip! Prices are from $14.99 to $24.99.

Wind & WIllow Triple Berry Cheeseball & Dessert Mix

We have filled our Market basket with delightful gourmet goodies!  This is the new Triple Berry Twist from Wind & Willow.  It is delicious as a dessert cheeseball served with graham cracker sticks, fresh fruit or pretzels, and it also makes a delightful layered dessert.

Strawberries & Cream Cake

Strawberries & Cream Cake made with our Country Home Creations Dip & Dessert Mix.

We have some delicious recipes that feature STRAWBERRIES this week…with the abundant supply this year, take an evening and make a wonderful strawberry dish for your family!  Here are the links to some extra delightful recipes:

Strawberry Pizza

Strawberry Pizza from a talented local baker, Marlene Neufeld of Buhler, Kansas

Strawberry Swirl Cake

Strawberry Swirl Cake from our daughter, Jenny Adrian in Buhler…(a family favorite!)

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake from Pam Rush in Salina, Kansas…Yum, Yum, Yum! Worth the extra effort on this recipe!

Strawberry Twinkie Dessert

Strawberry Twinkie Dessert is a “MOST REQUESTED” recipe that we have served at Adrians two different times at our events…The Twinkies are a great surprise!  Thank you to Sandy Neilson of Moundridge, Kansas!

We look forward to seeing you soon at Adrians Boutique!

Coming Events:
Adrians Annual Tahitian Beach Party…Next week!  June 16, 17 & 18.
Buhler Farmers Market…Saturday, June 18
Complimentary Horse & Wagon Rides…Saturday, June 18
“Spark in the Park” …Buhler Community Celebration… Saturday, July 2
Adrians Vera Bradley FALL Launch Event…July 7
Adrians Annual “Celebrate Sisters” Event… July 21, 22 & 23

FAN Adrians Boutique on Facebook for all of the details!

It’s very easy to sign up to win our Market Basket…

Just post the answer to the following question in the comment box below, or email Vicki  your answer with “Strawberry Market Basket” in the subject line.  Offer good through Tuesday, July 14, 2011 at Midnight. Good Luck! ~Vicki

PS…Don’t forget to include your email address.  Thanks!

How many seeds are in an average Strawberry, AND what is YOUR family’s FAVORITE strawberry dessert?