Now I can't wait to make some coasters!!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Now I can't wait to make some coasters!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Elegant Strawberry Torte
3 c. flour
2 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 c. butter, softened, not melted
1 c. sour milk (add 1/2 T. vinegar to milk)
1 t. baking soda
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two 8" round pans. (You can also bake it in a 9" x 13" pan).
Combine first four ingredients with a pastry blender.
Mixture will be crumbly. Reserve one cup of mixture. Add remaining ingredients to mixture and mix together. (I sprinkle the baking soda over the crumble mixture, then add and mix together the remaining ingredients).
Batter will be somewhat lumpy.
Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Sprinkle reserved cup of mixture evenly over top.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Mine, shown here, were a tad over-done.)
Filling and Topping
1 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced (add more or less, however you like it)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar
Add sugar to whipping cream and beat until thick. Add sliced strawberries and mix well. Use this mixture as both filling and/or topping of cake.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
I bought this candelabra at Hobby Lobby (on clearance, of course) three years ago for my daughters wedding. It was dark brown. Her wedding was light blue and silver. So . . . . I pulled out the spray paint, and it became silver.
After the wedding, I stuck it in the attic. I really didn't have a place to use it, but since it now had sentimental meaning, it was part of the family. After we moved, I had a lot more room and could do a lot more decorating.
But the silver didn't work, so I once again pulled out the spray paint. So the once brown, then silver candelabra is now black. You can't really tell from the picture, but I kind of wiped the paint so that a little of the silver would peak through.
The frames behind the candelabra were also bought at Hobby Lobby on the clearance aisle for 90% off the original price. They are beautiful wood frames. Someday I'll do something special with them. For now, they make a nice backdrop!
The scarf covering the chest top is from Vanuatu. The natives actually wear these beautiful pieces of fabric as skirts. I think they call them sarongs.
Anyway, my son is planning to live in Vanuatu after he gets married - he's going to be a school teacher in a small villiage on one of the islands. On his most recent trip there, he picked up the scarf as a gift for me and since it has sentimental value for me, I wanted to use it somewhere in my house. So here it is!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
For that price I couldn't pass them up! I knew I could come up with something.
I was going to have amber colored glass cut into the shape and size I needed, but I happened to be at Lowe's one day and found the little rectangle pieces on clearance. They're mirror add-ons. They were kind of a putty color. I got them for something like .42 cents each, brought them home and they were a perfect fit!
So I painted them with black craft paint, then aged them with terra cotta and bronze craft paint. I then used a little of the bronze and terra cotta on the whole wall hanging to pull it all together.
Here's the finished result! I absolute love them. And no one who has looked closely at them knew they were refurbished. (The only thing I didn't do was take pictures before I started! Gotta work on that!)
Definitely my kind of deal!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I rolled out a small amount of dough, then let them take turns cutting their cookies. After I put them on the cookie sheet, we repeated the process. After the second time, the three year old decided watching a movie would be a much better use of her time!
When she left, there was an empty chair at the bar for her twenty-month-old sister!! Here she is with some cookie dough she nabbed! But isn't she a sweetie?
Turns out, getting to decorate cookies is better than a movie any day!
The finished product.
The best part of the evening!
The icing didn't have time to set before their daddy was ready to go, so they had to eat them while it was still wet. My three year old granddaughter didn't like getting the icing on her hands, so she tried eating her cookie hands-free!!