Friday, June 26, 2009

{ strawberry coffee cake minis }

This morning I was up at the crack of dawn vigorously cleaning my kitchen and stuff. I had this cute little basket of freshly picked strawberries that I wanted to use up, so I made these very yummy strawberry coffee cake minis and brought them to my Grandparents when we went there for tea this morning.
The first time I had these was when Madelyn made them on my birthday and delivered them to my door. I knew then that I'd definitely have to make them! They were that good. smile

Here's the recipe:

Strawberry Coffee Cake Minis

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced (I bet raspberries would be good, too!)

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter

  • Sift together the 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add milk, egg, and melted butter; beat 2 minutes.
  • Spoon batter into a greased or paper lined muffin tin.
  • Top with sliced strawberries.

Prepare topping:
  • Combine 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle crumb topping over the strawberries.

375° for about 25 - 30 minutes.
Let them cool about 3-5 min

Serve with a nice hot cup of tea and enjoy!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bags :: Diaper Tote


Wow, I can't believe today is already the first official day of summer holidays... and it's raining! Here's a sweet diaper bag I made for a baby shower last week. It matches the quilt Rhonda made for the baby, cuz we're coordinated like that.

Last night I took in a late show with a couple of friends and we saw The Proposal. I haven't laughed so hard in a movie for a long time. It was hilarious!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Bags :: Ikea Messenger Bag for a Teacher Gift

what: messenger bag
pattern: quilts and more magazine
inside: very roomy with a zippered pocket
fabric: ikea
for: a wonderful, amazing, fantastic teacher

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Monday, June 15, 2009

{ bliss }


I can't think of a more enjoyable way to spend a Monday than with a circle of wonderful friends! We met at a sweet little tea house in Abbotsford called Serendipi Tea. 6 out of 7 of us ordered the Cranberry Bliss. After hearing Madelyn's recommendation of the sandwich, we simply could not resist! mmm... it was good. The bread tasted home made and the added cranberries gave it a nice flavour. I wouldn't recommend eating the kumquat, though!

I should mention that although Serendipi Tea was good, I would definitely recommend Apeldoorns in Chilliwack for their superior service.

Before and after lunch we *had* to stop in for a browse at Quilt Essentials. Oddly enough, I came away empty handed. There was lots to drool over, but I resisted buying this time.

And since we skipped dessert at Serendipi Tea, a few of us had our own little after party at Tracy Cakes. Not really, but we did get a dozen baby cakes to go!! Aren't they adorable?

I hope your Monday was as enjoyable as mine!


Saturday, June 13, 2009

{ strippy hourglass blocks }

Today between re-arranging my kitchen and going to 10+ garage sales I managed to complete my quilt blocks for the Old Red Barn Co.'s Quilt Along! It feels great to have them done and I am so pleased with how they turned out! As I said the other day I decided to change it up a bit and do my blocks a little differently than the Quilt Along instructions.

Yesterday I cut my pieced strips into 40 12.5" blocks using my 12.5" square ruler and my rotary cutter...

and then I turned 20 of those blocks into...

and the other 20 into...

The next step will be to arrange the blocks on a design wall (or design living room floor as the case may be!)... and then sew them together.

What are you up to this weekend?


Thursday, June 11, 2009

{ super summer salad }


This afternoon on the way to the post office to mail a mountain of packages (full of thread and patterns mostly), we made a detour to Gill Road in Rosedale where we purchased gorgeous, wonderful strawberries that were picked today! Mmmm you should have smelled them. The smell alone brings back so many fun memories of the summer we lived on a strawberry farm in Abbotsford. Good times.:)

Anyway, these luscious fresh strawberries inspired me to create this delicious salad for dinner tonight! I served it with {mmm} bruschetta. And then my awesome, talented daughter whipped up some strawberry shortcake... all by herself. It was sooo good!

Here's the recipe for the salad:

-3 cooked chicken breasts (I cooked these in a frying pan with a loose lid, and flipped them often. Oh I put a little olive oil and garlic powder in the frying pan, too)

-toasted pine nuts (I just toss them into a small frying pan with no oil or anything and brown them. It brings out the flavor!)

-caramelized red onions (heat a tsp of olive oil in a small frying pan, add finely chopped red onions, sprinkle with fresh ground sea salt and a teeny sprinkle of sugar. Cook slowly until onions are soft and brown.)

-feta cheese

-organic greens

-fresh-picked-today-strawberries! (washed & sliced)

-balsamic vinegar salad dressing (I used Kraft... but you could easily make your own!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

{ ribbon organizer }

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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Paperback - Little Brown & Co)

{ fun in the sun & quilting along }

One of the great benefits of working for a very mom-friendly employer is the ability to take the afternoon off to go to my daughter's Sports Day! And that is exactly what Rhonda and I did this afternoon.
My Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along quilt is coming along nicely! I've now sewn all of my strips together. The next step is to press all of the seam allowances and then cut the strip units up into blocks. I have a little plan up my sleeve to add an additional couple of steps just to keep things fun and interesting! I'll show you how it turns out... whether it turns out well or not!

You can see everyone's progress on the Flickr Group. I really love how Rachel Griffith's quilt top turned out! That fabric is so fun!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

{ pasta salad creation }

At 5:12 pm it is 33 Celsius here! Needless to say, I didn't want to heat up our (un-air conditioned) house even more by spending an hour over a hot stove so I decided to whip up a quick & delicious pasta salad for supper. Here's the recipe:

Pasta Salad Creation

Cooked bow tie pasta (cuz they're cute)
2 cans of tuna or salmon (drained, of course)

Slice & Dice:
1 cucumber
1 large tomato
4 green onions
1 red bell pepper
4 celery stalks
4 hard boiled eggs

Dressing (I just throw all of this on top of the other ingredients in the salad bowl. No need to mix it separately)

-Hellman's olive oil mayonnaise
-lemon & pepper seasoning
-garlic powder
-zest and juice of one lemon (nuke it for 10 seconds before you juice it and you'll get more juice out of it)

Mix everything together, cover and put in the fridge until it's cold. If you wait an hour to eat it, it will taste better. It gives all the flavors time to marry.

What's your favorite summertime recipe?


Monday, June 01, 2009

{ garage sale finds }

Last Saturday I went garage sale-ing. Are you surprised? To make things more interesting, I went with Rhonda and we dragged along a few of our kids, just for fun.

And, the sales did not let me down! Look at this treasure! I've been searching online and in stores for bike for myself to replace the one that was stolen last year. I wasn't able to find one the right style in my price range - until Saturday! This beauty was only $25, so I immediately latched onto it and paid for it... not even considering that it may not fit in the back of the vehicle. ooops! With lots of determination and re-arranging, we were able to jam it in there. I'm sure the 3 kids didn't mind that we piled all of our other purchases on top of them. eek

On a bike ride yesterday I spotted a whole row of neat old rickety chairs with peeling paint and a big FREE sign above them! Since they wouldn't fit in my bike basket, I raced home, got the car and went back to pick them up. Although the chairs do have a certain charm with all of the peely paint I decided to paint them light turquoise. The chairs will stay outside with plant pots on them.

Now I need a couple of rickety old wooden framed windows for the salon. I plan to replace the glass with mirrors. I thought that would be more interesting than just slapping a couple of plain old mirrors on the wall.


New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Paperback - Little Brown & Co)