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Friday, May 28, 2010

Easy purse tutorial~

I took some fabric that I had & measure it out.


I took some pretty white ribbon I had & cut 2 long strips, that you'll use for the straps. You always want to burn the edges on the ribbon so you don't have to worry about it fraying sometime later on. Once you have burnt the edges off, measure exactly where your gonna apply the straps, then sew!



Then I made a ribbon flower out of white thick ribbon & had a cute jem stone button that I used for the center of the flower.


Here is a link to where you can learn how to make flowers out of ribbon! So easy & so cute!


Then I centered it & sew it on.


Inside I hand sewed a button clasp, so nothing would fall out. I didn't get a picture of that but their super easy to sew on.

Here is the finish product!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Busy Busy!

Today I was feeling the best but still went on with my day instead of bumming it. Today I made hamburger buns for tonights dinner:


They actually came out great & rose nicely = ) I am very happy with the recipe I used this time. All the other ones never turn out good for me & I was really pleased with the dough! It would really make a great pizza crust in my opinion!



I also been working on apron for sometime now, that I haven't had the moment to sit down & finish sewing it! While Emma was napping today, I got the moment to finish it!






Here's the recipe that I followed for the hamburger buns.

Hamburger Buns

ingredients
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
Directions

directions
1. Combine the milk, 1 cup of water, butter, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat and let stand until lukewarm. If the mixture is too hot, it will kill the yeast.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and yeast. Pour in wet ingredients and stir until the dough starts to pull together. If you have a stand mixer, use the dough hook to mix for about 8 minutes. If not, knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let stand until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
3. Punch down the dough and divide into 12 portions They should be a little larger than a golf ball. Make tight balls out of the dough by pulling the dough tightly around and pinching it at the bottom. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. After the rolls sit for a minute and relax, flatten each ball with the palm of your hand until it is 3 to 4 inches wide. You may want to oil your hand first. Set rolls aside until they double in size, about 20 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Mix together the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water in a cup or small bowl. Brush onto the tops of the rolls. Position 2 oven racks so they are not too close to the top or bottom of the oven.
5. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the rolls from the oven and return them to different shelves so each one spends a little time on the top. Continue to bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until nicely browned on the top and bottom.

Have a blessed evening. = )

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Craft Idea: Shabby Chic Picture Frame!

One of my favorite things to do is to recycle lately. I love finding things for really cheap at thrift store or dollar store & making something really pretty out of it. I never throw out cards that were giving to me, because you can always re-use them, like how I did this evening.

I bought a really pretty picture frame at the dollar store for a dollar. Can't beat that! Then I used a really pretty card that I got from my Dad for mother's day this year. It came with pretty ribbon on it & flowers that I cut out, to use for the picture in the picture frame.

I took the picture of flowers & glued it on pretty rink rose paper, so it would have a pretty back-round. Then I used the ribbon from the card & hot glued it around the edges to frame it more nicely. Then I found these pretty pink flowers from AC.Moore on the clearance rack few months back for cheap & glued them on the corners!

Here it is :


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My two new favorite things!

This is called a " Drink Master" It works great for beating eggs, making up pancake batter or any type of smoothie or milkshake you like! I am in love with this as well. I just throw my ingredients in and boom!




"French Press Coffee"
My husband recently got me this while we were in Nj visiting family. The flavor is amazing, and out beats any regular coffee maker. I told my husband that I don't think I could go back to using my other coffee maker haha, it is really that amazing!



Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ribbon necklace~



Handmade flower sewed by hand attached to ribbon with glass beads.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day!






My sweet husband made me his amazing " Bajan French Toast", followed by a card, chocolates, matching earrings & necklace! Afterwards we spent some time over his parents house & had a great time! Later that evening we went on a date with just him & I! I sure did miss my little lady! We went to our favorite hibachi place in town! Afterwards he suprised me & took me to where we went on our 1st date! It was a beautiful evening!

In the picture of him & I, I'm wearing one of my latest hair clips I made! I made the flour out of ribbon & attached a beautiul pearl to it.

Irish Coffee Cake




I ended up making this back in March for Saint Patty's Day. I actually messed up the recipe and was able to fix it and my whole family loved it! I made it again this past week the same way I did the 1st time when I messed up get that same texture! It was a hit again!


Irish Coffee Cake
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour ( recipe below)
4 Tb Black coffee
2 TB Irish Whiskey
2 tsp of vanilla

Preheat your oven to *325 & grease 1 springform cake pan.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, adding a little of flour after each egg. Beat in the coffee & vanilla, then fold in the rest of the flour. If it's too wet , add in some more flour till just a little thick.

Syrup
2/3 cup of black coffee
1/4 cup sugar
1Tb whiskey

Bake for 40 mins, once cool prick the cake all over and mix together the syrup & pour all over the cake.

Frosting
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp Irish Whiskey
3/4 chip of confectioners' sugar

Smear all over the cake & for finishing touches, I drizzled some coffee over the whipped cream decoration.

A whole lot of baking!

Banana Bread

I decided to change this recipe up from where I got it. I ended up adding more eggs and some vanilla = )



Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 eggs, beaten
4 mashed overripe bananas
1 tsp of Vanilla, well I never really measure it just pour some in!

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sarah's Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

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I kinda threw this together with taking idea's from some other recipes I found & change it up = )


2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cups cranberries or use however much you like = )
1/2 cup chopped nuts , pecans or walnuts will work

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract * I never measure when a recipe calls for vanilla, because in my opinion you can never use too much!
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt



Turn on the oven too 350 degrees. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then pour into bottom of springform pan. Sprinkle with cranberries and nuts,

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the heavy whipping cream. Once mixed together, pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove pan. Serve warm.