Thursday, March 10, 2011

More Top Note Purses...and Apple Cottage Pudding?

I've been going crazy making Top Note Purses. Not only can they be used as party favors, but as a gift card holder!!
Way back in the day I remember my mom talking about a game she used to play when she was a girl. It was called "Button, button, who's got the button?" The children all sand or sit in a circle with their hands out, palms together. One child, called the leader or "it", takes a button (usually provided by an adult) and goes around the circle, putting their hands in everybody else's hands one by one. In one person's hands they drop the button, though continue to put their hands in the other's so that no one knows where the button is except for the giver and receiver.

The Leader (or alternatively all the children in the circle depending on your preference) starts the other children guessing by saying, "Button, button, who's go the button?" before each child's guess, the child guessing replies with their choice, e.g. "Billy has the button!"

If you have the button, haven't been guessed yet, and it's your turn to guess, you choose someone else so that no one knows it's you. Once the child with the button is finally guessed, that child is the one to distribute the button and start a new round. What a fun game even in today's world of technology. Stampin' Up! has many beautiful buttons to use in the Button Game!

Back to my Top Note Purses/party favors. When I saw the Occasions Mini Sweet Stitches designer series paper, I thought of the Button game.

Aren't these little purses too cute?   Of course I had to add a button to the flower! What little girl or big girl for that matter wouldn't love to attend a tea party with this purse as a party favor. Little girls would love to find candy or a small toy. For a grown up lady, fill the purse with candy, candles, 3 x 3 cards, bath salts, or a gift card. What fun!

Apple Cottage Pudding
Yes, it's called pudding but it's only called that because it has cottage cheese in the recipe. Again, this is an old, old Weight Watchers recipe form the late 1960"s early 1970"s. If you like apple pie, you will love this!!
It's one of my favorites. Back then, we could have it for lunch only because we couldn't have bread after the lunch meal. 

 Here's what goes in the pudding:

1-slice bread..Made into crumbs...1-small apple peeled and grated
1-egg beaten...1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice   1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
5-packets of artificial sweetener
1-teaspoon Cinnamon
In addition: 1-packet of sweetener...1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon to sprinkle on top of mixture.
Pam Spray
Mix first 8 ingredients. Pour into sprayed  small casserole dish. Combine Cinnamon and sweetener and sprinkle on top of mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Freezes well...I make 4 batches at a time. I eat one and freeze the other three,. I still eat the pudding for my lunch meal. This recipe is easy and fast to make, it's inexpensive and a good source of protein. 
HINT: Use 2 egg whites instead of whole egg. Use Reduced Fat or Fat Free Cottage Cheese.
HINT: I make up my bread crumbs ahead of time. I slice of bread equals a little over a 1/2 cup. I tear up several slices of bread and place in my food processor, then measure the crumbs out  in 1/2 cup for each slice and put them in the snack size plastic bags. These freeze well too.

I used the mini loaf pans..don't they look yummy? Add a cup of coffee or tea.

I'm so glad I made up more than one of the puddings...I think I'm going to make some more Top Note Purses and have some Apple Cottage Pudding for lunch!
Happy Stamping!

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