- 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
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
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...
- Pattern: Bramble Rose by Crabapple from Quiltopia
- Previous posts about this quilt:
- Quilt Trip
- Rachel's Quilt Progress
- Craft Critique
- Vintage Mother of Pearl Buttons
- First Flower Appliquéd
- Getting Ready for Primitive Appliqué
- Quilt Progress
- Started Rachel's Quilt
- Custom Quilting done by Rhonda
- Binding Method Used: Heather Bailey's binding method, except that I joined the binding ends this way.
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
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
Saturday, June 07, 2008
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:
- Sew together a few strips of fabric with a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Press with an iron.
- Trim to 5" square.
- Cut a coordinating piece of fabric to 5" as well as a piece of thin batting to 5".
- Layer the front and the back with right sides together.
- Place the batting on top of the front.
- Stitch around the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving about a 2" opening in the middle of one of the sides.
- Turn right side out using a pen or something to poke out the corners.
- Press with an iron.
- Stitch around the edge being sure to stitch closed the opening.
- 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.
- Press again.
- Send your husband to Safeway for Diet Lime Coke so you can blog your coasters.
- Get impatient and blog them anyway with ice water.
Friday, June 06, 2008
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.
PS. She likes it!!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
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*!