Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is something that my mother made when I was a kid, and I have made throughout my college career for my friends. It's a gloriously cheap treat to make, and completely fantastic for any gathering.
Food Supplies You Need: Brown Sugar, Cane Sugar, Cinnamon, 4 Small cheap cans of plain ol' Biscuits, 1/2 Stick of Butter
You will also need a bunt cake pan, a bowl for melting the butter in, a sealable container to shake stuff in, cooking spray, and a pretty plate to put the monkey bread on when you are done.

For 4 small cans of biscuits, put 3/4 cup to 1 cup of cane sugar, and brown sugar in the sealable container, and as much cinnamon as you see fit. Stir/shake it all up till there aren't any lumps. It should look like sand.

Melt a 1/4th of the stick of butter in bowl. I have found if you only use 1/4th of the stick at a time you don't run out and the biscuits don't get soggy.
Rip the biscuits in half, drop them into the butter, and stir them around a bit so they are coated.

Now put the buttered biscuits into the sealable tub with the stirred up sugar.

And Shake! When they are covered they should look like the little sugar biscuits you get at Chinese Restaurants.

Put the sugared biscuits into the bunt cake pan making sure that they are evenly spread out.
If there is any sugar left over, just sprinkle it over the top.

Pop the pan into the oven. Just follow the biscuit tube for temperature instructions. I have found that it takes the monkey bread about twice the baking time as the tube instructions say to bake the biscuits. It doesn't hurt to check it every 5 min or so after it has hit the 10 min mark.

This is a great time to get some crafting done.

The Monkey bread is done when it has puffed up to the top of the pan, the sugar is bubbling up the sides, the top is starting to get golden brown, and when you dig down into it with a fork, the middle pieces are no longer gummy.
There is a very fine line between burnt, and under done monkey bread. When ever you think it is getting close to being done, its ok to hover around the oven, being paranoid and checking it every 2 min or so.

Once its done put your fancy plate on top and flip!

And there you have it! Monkey Bread!

Once you have the sugar and butter, which you can buy for pretty cheap in large portions, you can make several monkey bread batches for the price of biscuits. Mine were 39 cents a can

Monday, May 25, 2009

Art Night

I get to be Starbuck's first featured Artist at Art Night June 2, 2009 from 7-9 pm.

Art Night will be an event taking place the first Tuesday of every month at the Starbucks in Pittsburg. It will feature the art and music of different local artists each month.

I'll have work on display, as well as some of my boxes, card sets, and accessories that I have been making. Since Art Night takes place within the store I can't sell anything during the event. I will however have "interest cards" set out so I can get contact information, and exactly what you are interested in.

There will be work by other area artist on display and for your "interest", including some ceramics, hats, and paintings.

Stop by and get a great cup of coffee, look at some lovely artwork, and enjoy the musical entertainment of Holly Reed and the Bongo Girls

Friday, May 15, 2009

Favorite Things

I ordered some of these cupcake liners from cupcakesocial.etsy.com.

They are the most perfect little cupcake liners ever.

Randi and I also think they aslo make great clown noses.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

APW Gallery

I am showing some of my records at the APW Gallery in New York.

Check out the rest of the Art On Record exhibition at

Monday, May 4, 2009

New Work

Here is some new work. I think it turned out lovely in the end.

I'm also working on some stitchings, I'm looking forward to having them finished and framed.