Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Thank You!

Good Morning!

A great big THANK YOU to those of you who supported my blog in January by clicking through my affiliate links and placing orders! The top affiliates in January were:

Craft Racks - organizers for ink pads, ribbon, punches and more! Made in Canada. Shipped worldwide. $46
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Keyka Lou - downloadable PDF sewing patterns. I've ordered a few of these  patterns myself for my daughters and I and we've really enjoyed them! The instructions are very clear and easy to follow with step by step photos. I especially enjoyed making the Curvy Clutches. They're adorable and fun to make. Another reason I love Keyka Lou is you're allowed to sell items you make using these patterns! Great for sewers with an Etsy shop. $5 - $8
via Keyka Lou

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Custom Slipcovers - downloadable e-book explaining everything you need to know about slipcovers! Before I slipcovered my velvet wingback chairs and ottoman I purchased this e-book and read it cover to cover! That and Miss Mustard Seed's videos gave me the confidence to tackle slipcovers! $10

via Pink and Polka Dot
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Baking :: Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownie Bites

Hello!


If you want brownie bites with bite, these are them! I was looking for a recipe this morning that did not require butter. I needed to bake something for a ladies event at our church, something valentinesy. I dug up this brownie recipe that I blogged 5 years ago and added two key ingredients that totally sent the flavour over the top.


Secret ingredients: cinnamon and cayenne pepper


1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1 cup choc chips

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper

Powdered sugar and heart cinnamon candies for decorating.



Combine all of the brownie ingredients and mix well. Scoop into mini muffin tin lined with small cupcake liners. These red ones leftover from Christmas did the job perfectly! They're Martha Stewart (from Liquidation World ... ie. cheap).

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out with only a few dry crumbs on it. The recipe made 36 mini brownie bites and an 8" x 8" pan of brownies. While still warm, dust with powdered sugar.

I love free date nights, don't you? Thanks to Groupon referrals we'll be enjoying a Valentine's Day date for free!

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Recipe Box :: Super Spring Spinach Salad

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If you could eat anything for supper, what would it be? I'd go for a lovely big salad any day of the week over pretty much anything else! This one is loaded, and oh so good! It's a combination of two different spinach salads I've had in restaurants (Apeldoorns and The Airport Cafe). It's nice served with homemade baguettes or biscuits, but this time we just had the salad and it was very satisfying and delicious.


Super Spring Spinach Salad

Baby spinach
Green apple
Brown Sugar, just a little to sprinkle on the apples
Red onion
Green onions
Cauliflower, chopped fine so it resembles feta cheese
Zucchini
Mushrooms
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Eggs, hard boiled and sliced
Red Pepper
Carrots
Celery

Wash, slice and dice all the salad ingredients to your preference.

Honey Garlic Dijon Dressing

1 part Balsamic Vinegar
2 parts Olive Oil
Squirt of dijon mustard
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced (or use less garlic for a less tangy dressing)
1 tbsp honey

Whisk together or purée all the dressing ingredients. I like to use my immersion blender for this.
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Looks like another gorgeous sunny day here! A lovely day to clean, cook and bake bread.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Knitting :: Baby's First Gift

Hello!

As I've mentioned before, knitting and crocheting are my main winter hobbies. It just seems like such a cozy and relaxing thing to do when the weather's all crappy. Plus, people like to wear toques, scarves and mittens in the winter, so it's the perfect time to make them! And... if you've been given beautiful new knitting needles, so much the better!

One of the fun perks of blogging is being given the opportunity to review cool products. Just last week I received two sets of gorgeous ChiaoGoo Premium Bamboo circular needles in two different sizes. They have a 12" cord, which is ideal for knitting newborn hats. The bamboo part of the needle is nice and short, too so they fit easily in your hands enabling smooth and speedy knitting. It says on the package that the bamboo needles are handcrafted from Chinese Moso bamboo, which is one of the strongest bamboo species in the world. That's pretty neat.


Compared to the old metal needles I'd bought at the thrift store, the ChiaoGoo's are an absolute dream to knit with. The join from the bamboo to the metal and then the metal to the cord is so smooth and seamless. No more tugging at your stitches to get them over the bump!
ChiaoGoo needle size is permanently laser marked on the needle
and will not wear off (unlike the regular, cheap metal needles I am used to!).

These adorable little hats are made by my Mom! She can whip up  a dozen hats in  a week or less.
These ones are on their way to the maternity ward in a Surrey hospital for newborns!

Here's a purple toque I'm just about finished... on my new ChiaoGoo needles!
This one will go to the hospital my sister works at in Northern BC.
 They like to give out purple toques to the babies in that maternity ward!

Here's a teeny tiny Moochie by Woolly Wormhead hat that I just finished up. This one was knit on straight needles and you create a piece that is on the bias and then graft it together to form a hat. Very cool and different to make!
For more knitting inspiration, you can follow my knitting board on Pinterest! I'm a pinner addict so there's always something new being added!


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