Sunday, June 22, 2008

Cinnamon Waffles Recipe

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • scant 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat the waffle iron. Separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients then add egg yolks, oil and milk. Beat until there are no lumps. Gently fold in beaten egg whites with a rubber scraper. Cook in waffle iron, keep warm in the oven until ready to serve. Leftovers can be frozen. Enjoy with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Enjoy!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

{ real strawberry shortcake }

Yum! The local strawberries are finally ready. These ones are from a farm in Rosedale and were picked fresh yesterday (which is when we bought and enjoyed them). I made real strawberry shortcake using Alicia Paulson's recipe from her blog, Posie Gets Cozy. Find the recipe HERE! It's awesome.

The best strawberries we've had were the 100 lbs we picked when we lived on a strawberry farm in Abbotsford. There's nothing like a warm, sun ripened strawberry.

Monday, June 16, 2008

{ bramble rose }

* This quilt is available for purchase!


Today is a perfect day. The weather is 20 C with a blue sky and a bit of a gentle breeze. Nice! I've been dying to share this quilt with you. I finally had the chance this afternoon to take it outside to take some pictures of it.

Here's the details of this quilt...

$5 chair from a garage sale. I would love to find more chairs like this! So far this is our one and only chair in the dining room.

PS. My quilt is now shown on the Crab Apple Hill's web site!! (click the right arrow on the gallery and scroll to the very end)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baking :: Bread Machine Cinnamon Buns


Here's a little taste of what I baked tonight... mmm warm cinnamon buns fresh from the oven smothered in cinnabon-ish cream cheese glaze!


1 2/3 cups milk
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 1/3 cups white flour (or 4 1/2 cups if you're in the US)
1 1/4 tsp yeast

Place all in your bread machine and click "dough".

When dough is ready, just place on a floured counter and poke it down with your finger tips then roll out with a rolling pin into a large rectangle. Spread with softened butter and handfuls of brown sugar. Sprinkle with lots of cinnamon and a dash of ginger. Roll up, slice and place in greased pan. Cover with a tea towel and set in a warm place to rise for half an hour.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Half way through the baking time remove from oven and drizzle with a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar and milk (should be runny). Continue baking until nicely browned.

Cream Cheese Glaze:

4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/2 T milk

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Frost warm cinnamon buns with cream cheese glaze.

Variations: sometimes I like to add finely chopped and peeled apples to the cinnamon buns before I roll them up, or sliced almonds, or walnuts or raisins. Or I sprinkle toasted almonds on after the icing. This time I just left them plain and they were truly delicious.

To see more Christmas recipes, please visit my 31 Days of Holiday Baking section! Y.U.M.

PS. Since I wrote this post I no longer have a bread machine. I now make my dough in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

Linked up at Edie's Christmas Breads, Breakfasts and Beverages Party!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

{ heather bailey headband }


Here's a perfect way to use up those leftover quilt scraps! These are the Heather Bailey fabrics I used to make quilts for my girls. I was going to add a yo-yo to this headband, but I think it looks good as is.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

{ little quilts for my diet lime coke }


This evening I was sitting at my cutting table (dining room table that's covered in sewing stuff) with a glass of water (dreaming about having a diet lime coke, but sadly we were all out), and had nowhere to set my glass down other than a piece of stray batting. So, I decided I needed to make a set of little quilts for my drink; ie. COASTERS! Aren't they cute? They are very easy and pretty quick to make. Here's how I did it:

  1. Sew together a few strips of fabric with a 1/4" seam allowance.
  2. Press with an iron.
  3. Trim to 5" square.
  4. Cut a coordinating piece of fabric to 5" as well as a piece of thin batting to 5".
  5. Layer the front and the back with right sides together.
  6. Place the batting on top of the front.
  7. Stitch around the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving about a 2" opening in the middle of one of the sides.
  8. Turn right side out using a pen or something to poke out the corners.
  9. Press with an iron.
  10. Stitch around the edge being sure to stitch closed the opening.
  11. Quilt the coaster however you like. I used an open toe foot on my sewing machine and stitched along both sides of the seams, as you can see.
  12. Press again.
  13. Send your husband to Safeway for Diet Lime Coke so you can blog your coasters.
  14. Get impatient and blog them anyway with ice water.

PS. Here's a pair of coasters my daughter made last night.

Friday, June 06, 2008

{ sack dresses }


Last night my oldest daughter asked me if I could make her a dress for a party she's going to today. Sure, why not! So, this morning I decided to make one for my youngest as well... and this is it. I used the instructions (not really a pattern) from the Quick Stuff to Sew magazine that I had borrowed from Cheryl when I was getting my machine serviced the other day. If you're in the Chilliwack area and you're interested in sewing, you've really got to check out Cheryl's home based sewing store! She has quite a large lending library full of the latest sewing and quilting magazines and books, tons of items you can buy like notions, fabric, books, embroidery floss, fancy sewing machines, etc. She teaches classes as well.

I can't wait til my daughter gets home so I can see how she looks in her new dress! I hope she likes it. rolleyes

PS. She likes it!!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

{ roasted red pepper dip }

Here's a yummy dip I made this morning because we bought too many red peppers! This is sooo good. I think we should buy too many red peppers all the time. The dip is pictured on a piece of luscious "Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit" fabric that I am going to turn into a pretty sun dress for my youngest.

Here is the recipe for the dip... please let me know if you give it a try and how you like it!

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

2 large red bell peppers

7 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

Freshly ground salt & pepper

1/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup sour cream

Line a baking pan with tin foil (shiny side up). Place whole peppers and whole garlic cloves (no need to peel them first) on the pan. Drizzle garlic with olive oil. Bake at 350 F until the pepper peels start to bubble and turn black. Place peppers in a sealed plastic bag and allow to cool completely. Once cooled remove the peels and seeds. They will come off very easily with your hands. Pop the garlic cloves out of their skin. Place everything in a food processor and puree. Refrigerate. Enjoy!

Another variation that I will try sometime is to add grated cheese and/or cream cheese to this and serve it hot.

You can eat this with crackers, chips or veggies.

PS. Does anyone have a to-die-for recipe for Lemon Squares?

PSS. This dip tastes even better the next day! *WOW*!