Ingredients for the Enchilada sauce:
Monday, 30 May 2011
Ingredients for the Enchilada sauce:
Friday, 27 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Melancholia is wistful and some might say wise. She is an expert on morose and obscure poets. She can often be found wandering aimlessly on cliff tops and moonlit moors. Rainclouds follow her every step. Every time she turns the radio on a song of hollow hearts, acoustic guitars and melancholy lyrics fills the room.
She tried to grow a garden once but only with weeping willow and love-lies-bleeding grew. The roses and forget-me-nots all withered and died. Poor little Melancholia never had any friends for long the all seemed to move away, or suddenly died in a quietly tragic way.
Miss Melancholia is made with cotton, vintage buttons, acrylic wool and scraps of fabric and vintage doilies upcycled into something new and magical. She was grunged up with a lovely smelling mixture of coffee, tea, vanilla and cinnamon. Melancholia will come with her own hand stained and typed story card for you to keep. She is an art doll and not meant for small children to play with due to small buttons. I have listed her in my little etsy shop.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
After the initial zombie state when I had a few minutes time here and there I pulled out my collection of assorted craft supplies (which I kept adding to as we went to thrift shops and estate sales) and went to work doodling and sewing buttons and letting my imagination roam.
I had a slight obsession with doodling little imps, I even doodled an imp on a plastic travel bag for Harrison before we left on holiday. It was nice and I was glad that I remember to bring craft supplies with me. In the past I have traveled with knitting, which is good but I loathed the circular knitting needles that were the safest to go through security without being confiscated.
If you are a crafter travelling I think it's important to bring something crafty with you, even if it's only a notebook and pen to roughly sketch ideas. I find that my creative sparks when we are away and bumming around various coffee shops. and then more coffee shops... and possibly a few more too. I have quite a bit of blogging and crafting to catch up on but I was sorting out the rogue pile of holiday stuff on my desk and found some of the doodles and button cards that I brought back with me.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
· 1/2 cup butter, softened
· 3/4 cup caster/white sugar
· 2 cups flour (I used self-raising/all-purpose)
· 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract
· Sprinkles or edible glitter.
· 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the flour, milk and vanilla. Mix well. You may add coloured sprinkles to the ‘dough’ as I did.
Shape into 1 inch balls by rolling teaspoons of dough in the palm of your hand. Place the dough
balls on waxed paper-lined baking sheets and pop the tray into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes until firm.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate by microwaving it for a few seconds at a time stirring until smooth.
Dip the dough balls into the chocolate; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with edible glitter, sprinkles or more chocolate.
Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
Cook’s notes: I had intended to make cake batter truffles but when I researched recipes most of them called for readymade cake mix, which I don’t have as I never use the stuff. I then researched cookie dough truffles. Most of the recipes called for condensed milk, which I rarely ever have in the cupboard as Matt has a tendency to eat it all, I ignored this and decided to play with what I did have (the ingredients to bake a cake minus the egg of course). They were fun, very sweet and easy to make, H only ate the ones not tainted by dark chocolate and asked to make them again so I take this as high praise indeed and made sure to scribble down my recipe as such.