Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Horn of Plenty

After the success of our paper mache Halloween treats in October, I thought I would take a reader's suggestion and try making a paper mache cornucopia. Then I learned, through my creative sister in law, that I could make an edible cornucopia. Hmmmm.... flour and soggy newspaper or pastry and whip cream? I decided I'd go edible, so today I share a variation of Cassie's chocolate cream-filled dessert. Check hers out by clicking here and then check out mine below...

I am no chef - pastry or otherwise - and even I thought it was super easy.

Purchase Puff Pastry Sheets in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store. I found mine next to the refrigerated Pepperidge Farm Cakes.
Roll tin foil to be cone-shaped. Note: The size of your tin-foil cornucopia will determine the size of the cornucopia you bake. While my sister in-law made each of hers small enough for one per person, we decided to bake two large cornucopias and let the family share one for dessert. I image you might be able to get three or four cornucopia's per Puff Pastry sheet.
Place on cookie sheet and bake according to directions on package - approximately fifteen minutes.
While waiting for the pastry to bake, whip your cream
Slice fresh fruit
Let cornucopia's cool for fifteen minutes then pull tin foil out from center.
Once cooled, fill cornucopia with whipped cream and fresh fruit. Or... vanilla ice cream inside the warm cornucopia could also have been yummy. Either way, this dessert would look great centered on your Thanksgiving buffet!
Dig in!

Now a chance to toot the horn of Highlowaha - specifically Cristine and her friends at Struble Suds. Back in the fall, Struble Suds accepted our Dine By Design Challenge in a big way! They raised $302.00, so we could grant a family a Gift of 218. After some consultation with Cristine, we decided to adopt a family in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Sunday, Heather, Cheryl, and I delivered the packages and, I must say, it felt great. Here's what we were able to do. We filled a basket chock full of things such as a new Thanksgiving table cloth, brass candle sticks, tapered candles, linen napkins, and a $150.00 gift card to our local grocery store, Tom Thumb. In addition, we purchased them a turkey, bought them a turkey platter, and later on today a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers will be delivered to the family's house!

I'd say together, Highlowaha and Struble Suds, made one family very happy this holiday season.
Good work, everyone.

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for our Thanksgiving fun.

Signing off until Turkey Day...


Robin said...

These look great! I think I'll try it. You guys really keep me going and I am thankful for HLA this Thanksgiving.

Heather @ said...

Aw...thanks Robin!
I'm already looking forward to our family trip through Louisville this holiday season so we can see you and your family!

We actually are taking an entire DAY in Louisville instead of an hour like last time!

The cornucopia looks yummy...but chocolate? I'll have to check out that link because I'm a chocoholic.

Katie @ Highlowaha said...

I love the cornucopia! That looks delicious! I have to say that I think the fruit sounds better to me anyway, but that's because I'm not a huge fan of chocolate!

I love that HLA has been able to SHINE its' light to another family this holiday season. I'm so proud of this community.

Gobble, gobble.

Peggy said...

I am no chef.... you say.... oh come on, you are one creative domestic diva.... I don't ever want to hear what you aren't....
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Cheryl said...

That fruit is so pretty pooring out of there! Yum!

Chaotic said...

what a terrific way to come into today's blog... awesome people are at work here. Speaking of awesome ppl, I sent yellow envelopes AGAIN to all 7 ppl so far :-) wishing them a happy holiday... keep it up!!!

Claudia @ Highlowaha said...

Chaotic... you what?!?! You went back and sent all seven people a happy holiday card?!!?

What a great idea. You shine.

Robin said...

Chaotic - you are amazing! So kind...

Cheryl said...

Dear HLA friends,

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my employer? I'm leaving my office now and I may or may not be online over the Holiday weekend so I just wanted to say:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!