Hi, I'm Torrey. Welcome to Left Field, where creativity runs amok and imagination is ALWAYS more important than knowledge. Shoes are not allowed but ties are optional. This is a repository of snippets from my life out here in Left Field. One never knows what shiny bits of creativity will be found here... cards, scrapbook layouts, photography, poetry, recipes, ponderings, rantings and musings. It could be anything! Life in Left Field is always changing, always real, always ...interesting.

July 30, 2017

Temporarily Closed for Remodeling

Due to recent changes in policy at the company that hosts photos for my blog, I am TEMPORARILY closing my Left Field Studio blog for upgrades and redesigning. I will host a grand reopening in the near(ish) future.


May 14, 2017

Lemony Snicketty Yellowies

Greetings!

You may be asking, "Gee, Torrey, what HAVE you been up to?"

My reply: "Stuff".

Nothing really exciting. Just...stuff. Oh, and something happened with my mom, but that is another post (she's fine, btw).

Today, I'm here to share the recipe I just discovered and made for my mom for Mother's Day.

It's...well, if sunshine and a brownie fell in love and had an albino baby, it would taste like this recipe.

This confection is called Lemon Brownies.

I know, I know...it sounds like an oxymoron...as there is NO chocolate in these babies, and they aren't even REMOTELY brown. Even without chocolate, they have earned status as one of my all-time favorite desserts. Ever.

Yep, they're that good.

But, I was seriously not happy with their name...like when someone is named "Gertrude" and they actually look like someone who should be named "Periwinkle".

So, I renamed them to YELLOWIES. I suppose, technically, I could call them Lemon Blondies...but Yellowies is so much more...fun.

Their texture is like velvet--dense, moist, with a VERY fine crumb. They're VERY reminiscent of pound cake, only moister. They are soooooooo smooth. Barry White has nothing on these gems.

So, here is my version of the recipe I found (yeah, I tweaked it...sue me...even though mine is better).

Torrey's Lemony Snicketty Yellowies
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-3 TBS lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 TBS lemon juice (maybe a bit more)
  • 1-2 TBS lemon zest 
Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
1. In mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter ...for 3-5 minutes. Beat, beat, beat.
2. Add eggs (one at a time) and stir until incorporated, then add vanilla.
3. Using hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat until light and sort of fluffy.
4. Add lemon juice and zest. Stir well.
5. In separate bowl, mix flour and salt together.
6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until thoroughly blended.
7. Prepare 2qt baking dish (8x8 or 7x11)--buttered and floured.
8. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. This will be VERY pale when done. Only the VERY outside of the edges will be golden brown (see photo above)...the rest will be pale yellow. Do NOT overbake this...it will turn out dry if you do. Yuck.
9. For GLAZE: combine powdered sugar and lemon zest in a bowl...Add lemon juice one tsp at a time until consistency is a little runny...but not TOO runny. 
10. Let cool COMPLETELY before spreading glaze on.
11. Spread glaze over top of brownies, and let sit in room air UNCOVERED to allow glaze to solidify. After glaze is set, cut into pieces.
12. Store in airtight container at room temperature...if they last that long. Just sayin'.

HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS: Click on the following link for instructions on high altitude baking: High Altitude Baking

VARIATIONS: You could switch out the lemon juice/zest for any other citrus...orange, lime, grapefruit. Though, if you use orange, you may want to cut back on the sugar a bit.

 Thanks for swinging by!


February 25, 2017

Bircher Muesli

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

I bet y'all thought I had fallen off the face of the earth.

I did.

I'm fighting a serious case of the "uncreative blahs". A veritable Sahara desert, without a drop of creativity in sight.

SERIOUS CASE.

I basically have stepped away from creating. I stepped down from all my design teams, and have pretty much turned my beautiful studio into a storage room. I'm trying to get my mojo back. Actually, I'm going to go visit my mojo in a couple of weeks...perhaps Jodi will be able to recharge my creative batteries. She always does.

My in-laws are visiting this week. They eat SO MUCH more healthfully than my husband and I do...so I'm striving to fix healthier things (though what I REALLY want is chocolate and junk food).

For breakfast today I fixed Bircher Muesli.

What is Bircher Muesli, you ask?

Well...let me put on my Alton Brown hat and tell ya.

Bircher Muesli (aka the original "Overnight Oats") was developed around 1900 by a Swiss physician named...you guessed it...Dr. Bircher-Brenner. He developed it for his patients. It's still very popular in Europe especially Germany and Switzerland...but is found all over Europe really.

My mom and I had some on our trip last summer down the Rhine River in Europe. I ate it every morning on the boat...not because I had to...but because it was so darn yummy.

So I thought I might try my hand at it since it's A) delicious, and B) good for you...like insanely good for you. It's low-cal, low-glycemic, low-fat, gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, lots of antioxidants, loaded with heart healthy omega fats, the list goes on and on.

Here is the recipe I came up with. The measurements are mostly suggestions, as y'all know I don't measure stuff. The important thing is that you completely cover your oats with whatever liquid you choose. I use a mix of rolled oats and steel cut--because the steel cut oats are nice and chewy. The rest is to taste. So have at it!


Torrey's Bircher Muesli
Yield: 5-6 servings

BASE:
• 2 cups dry Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
• 1 cup dry steel cut oats (can omit these and just use regular rolled oats)
• ~3-5 cups milk (or almond/rice/soy milk)…enough to cover oats in bowl. If you want it more liquidy...add more milk.
• 1 TBS cinnamon
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 apple (whatever type you like)
• 1 cup Greek yogurt (I use vanilla, but plain would be ok)
• 2 TBS honey or agave nectar

MIX-INS/TOPPINGS: All are OPTIONAL...do whatever sounds good to you.
• Berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries…whatever you like)
• Fresh fruit (bananas, peaches, grapes, kiwi, plums, figs…whatever you like)
• Dried fruit- cut into small pieces (apricots, peaches, cherries, raisins, pineapple, figs, dates…whatever you like)
• ½ cup nut pieces (almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts)- TOASTED
• ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes - TOASTED
• ¼ cup seeds (flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame…whatever you like) – TOASTED
• Additional cinnamon, lecithin, wheat germ, oat bran
• 1 TBS nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower…whatever you like)

DIRECTIONS:
1. In large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, salt and mix well.
2. Pour milk over oat mixture to cover. Stir once to combine. The more milk you add, the more liquidy it will be.
3. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator overnight (at least 8 hours).
4. In morning, grate/chop up 1 apple and stir into oat mixture
5. Stir in yogurt and honey.
6. TO TOAST NUTS/COCONUT/SEEDS: place in single layer on a cookie sheet under broiler until toasted. NOTE: they toast FAST and can burn even FASTER. So watch them like a hawk.
7. Serve buffet style...put mix-ins/toppings in individual serving bowls on counter or table.
8. Serve muesli COLD in bowls and add whatever mix-ins/toppings you like.
9. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon, lecithin, wheat germ, oat bran…if desired
10. Muesli base will keep in refrigerator for several days. Store in covered container.
11. Can even make up individual portions in Mason jars and store them in your fridge for quick, grab-and-go breakfasts!

July 18, 2016

Have Your Cake...

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

I know I've been sort of MIA as of late. My summer (like so many of yours) has gotten crazy busy! And, for me, it's only getting BUSIER with no sign of slowing down until like October. So much to do...so little time. I feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.

Oy.

I will post about what I'm up to toward the end of August. Or maybe the first part of September.
But now, it's time for a new challenge over at  

The current challenge theme is 
"Chocolate and Cream Colors"
I don't know about you...but that totally makes me hungry.
Remember...you can ALWAYS enter an "ANYTHING GOES" theme too...as long as you use a House Mouse, Happy Hoppers, or Gruffies stamp.

For my project, I used the super cute "Eat Your Cake and Nap Too" stamp. It's an old stamp, and I'm not sure if it's still available. I colored up the image with my Prismacolor pencils. And now I want to go make a cake.

And eat it.

We have 2 fabulous sponsors this time around.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)
 
 
HMD is offering a Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site!

Our Second Sponsor is

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Winner will receive a Fabulous $20 Value Reward Card

So, hurry on over to House Mouse and Friends to enter for your chance at winning one of these FaBuLoUs prizes!!

 

June 29, 2016

Fond Farewell to Simon Says Stamps

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!
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Well, today marks my last day as the Spotlight Designer for Simon Says Stamps.

*sigh*

I've really had a good time playing with the SSS DT! Thank you very much for such a wonderful opportunity! I hope to play with y'all again!

 It's Wednesday...and that means...
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This week's theme is  
"ANYTHING GOES"
featuring products by Art Impressions
I, personally, love Art Impressions stamps. Their "Golden Oldies" and "Girlfriends" lines are HILARIOUS. They also have some seriously artistic stamps too! 

As always, enter the challenge for your chance to win a
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 You can't beat that with a stick!!

I actually did 2 projects as my "Simon Says Swan Song". 

Yeah, 2!!! (One is really a "thank you" to SSS for having me).

My first project is a CAS card (well, for me it is). I don't usually do CAS (clean and simple). So, it was a challenge...believe it or not.
It's pretty straight-forward...stamped image, colored with Prismacolor pencils, Copic-dotted background, stamped foreground, bow, sentiment and 9 sequins. You can't tell, but their bathing suits and hats are coated in Glossy Accents to give it that embossed effect. Ok, so maybe it wasn't so CAS.

My final card is also a CASish card.

This card is my little way of saying "THANK YOU" to Heidi, Lols, and all the lovely and talented ladies on the SSS design teams.

It's a "Dutch Door" style card...where the card front is actually only half a card front. I just made up the name of the card style. It sounds good though. 

Here is the outside 

and, the fence "Dutch door" swings open to reveal the inside
I used one of Art Impressions super-ingenious "Front 'n' Backs" stamp sets--Becky. For those of you not familiar with the "Front 'n' Backs" and "Spinners" stamps, they're 2-piece sets of stamps designed to have their images glued back to back...to produce a perfectly matched 2-sided image.  I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils.

I created the fence using the same stamp I used on the other card...I just cut apart the image and rearranged it a bit to look like a fence. Although the wood stamp I used is not a SSS stamp, they do carry one that is virtually identical...like REALLY REALLY CLOSE (Wood Plank stamp by My Favorite Things). It's so close to the stamp I used, you probably wouldn't have known if I had said that this wood stamp was that wood stamp (did that make sense???)  I really love this card. It's just too stinkin' cute!

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