This blog is dedicated to my sister. She is one of the delights in my life!
I am blessed to have this wonderful woman in my life. As kids, we were best friends. As adults, our lives have taken different paths and we aren't as close as we were, but the bond of being sisters has and always will remain. A conversation we had over Thanksgiving dinner inspired me to write this (Thanks, San. I love you)
In some ways, my sister resembles a honey bee, she is very sweet but can (and will when the occasion calls for it) sting. Anyone that spends time with her soon realizes she has a big heart, wonderful wit and a commanding use of sarcasm.
Our conversation went a little like this:
Sister-Oh, Oh, rolls, rolls, I need a roll"
Me- " there is butter or honey butter next to the rolls."
Sister-"Which one is the honey butter?"
Me - "This one with the honey drizzle on top. I should have labeled them."
Sister- "I'm surprised you didn't with those little pick thingies. "
Me- "I was going to make a little pick labeled honey butter, but didn't think of it until this morning."
Sister- "Of course you were, probably in needlepoint, no less, being the overachiever you are."
She went on to say how not labeling the food had ruined her Thanksgiving, well not really, cause she could just stick her finger in the butters to tell which was the honey butter, etc. And everything else was good, so she would give me a pass this time.
So in honor of her, I am making picks for Christmas. Not in needle point, just using paper, computer art and glue. I'm including the artwork and instructions for anyone to use. I'm also including Steve's recipe for honey butter, as well as some other variations I found.
To make picks you will need:
Wooden skewer cut to about 5 inches long
print tags (card stock works best, right click on image, click save as, then you can go to your downloads and print.)
Tape skewer to wrong side and back side of card. Fold card and glue. You may need to put a weight on it until it drys. Use to impress your sister and to label your butters.
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whip the room temperature butter with whisk attachment for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, honey and cinnamon and beat until completely combined and very smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl and turn up speed and whip for a minute or two or until really light and fluffy.
1 lb butter, unsalted, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer or food processor. . You can whip the butter if you want a light, spreadable texture or simply mix until everything is combined to retain the dense texture of regular butter.
To make butter logs, roll in parchment paper or plastic wrap, chill until firm.
- 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room
- 1 tsp. confectioners' sugar
- 2 Tbs. orange marmalade
- Zest of 1 orange
Try with one of the bread mixes from The Gourmet Cupboard.