It's DONE!!!! Wow! I can't believe I am finally done with this scarf. I started this project in July of 08! I had to frog it three times, and I stopped working on it for several months, but finally its finished. If you look closely you can see light green beads in the pattern. I am very proud of this scarf and hope to make another soon for someone else!
Today, I woke up with no plans for the day, besides looking for a job! During the morning I watched tv and had my first cup of tea. I had plans to meet a friend for lunch so I started my morning by checking my email and Craigslist for jobs. When I found out that my girlfriend was not free until later that day I decided to do a little sewing. I also remembered that her sister just had a baby about three months ago. To congratulate her I decided to make a bag for her. I wanted to give her a bag with some goodies for the baby. I remembered that I made a really cute oneie for a friend with an embroidery bird on it. I used the same bird pattern from Sublime Stitching and added it to the front of the bag. This little bag of goodies did not cost much at all, a bottle of lotion and a wash ducky and some left over fabric! Check it out!
Tuesday was mom mom's 65th birthday! I had her over for dinner and then made some cupcakes for her. The other day I was reading Smitten Kitchen blog and found this incredible recipe for cupcakes with Guinness and Bailey Irish Cream frosting! WOW how yummy does that sound? I decided to make these for my mom. I went to the store to gather some ingredients and try to find a small bottle of Bailey Irish Cream, I only found a small bottle of Kahlua. So I figured I would try using the Kahlua instead. These cupcakes turned out so GOOD. My mom brought over Coffee ice cream from Bi-rite Creamery. What a great combination! The cupcake was so moist and rich! The only
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Here is my version, the only difference is I did not fill the cupcakes with a ganache filling and used Kahlua instead of Baileys. I also made a half a recipe since there were only three people eating the cupcakes!
Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes
Makes 8-12 cupcakes
For the Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes
1 /2cup stout (such as Guinness)
1 /2 cup (1sticks) unsalted butter
3/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
1 cups all purpose flour
1 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sour cream
1 to 2cups confections sugar
1/2 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperatue
1 to 2 tablespoons Baileys (or milk, or heavy cream, or a combination thereof)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line 12 cupcake cups with liners.
Bring 1/2 cup stout and 1/2 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, rotating them once front to back if your oven bakes unevenly, about 17 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely.
Make the filling: Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate, you can return it to a double-boiler to gently melt what remains. 20 seconds in the microwave, watching carefully, will also work.) Add the butter and whiskey (if you’re using it) and stir until combined.
Ice and decorate the cupcakes.
** For complete recipe please go to Smitten Kitchen.com
I highly recommend these cupcakes! Please make! YUM
February is the month of love! Personally, I'm not a big fan of the day. I think its because I got dumped when I was in highschool.But, its fun when you are younger and you have a crush on a boy! Walking thru the local stores and seeing all the cute Valentine's Day decorations I wanted to buy it all. I made a decision to try and make my own decoration for my front door. I think it turned out pretty cute!
The weather is changing, yesterday it was beautiful sunny and today its rainy! Here is a perfect item for your purse for the cold winter weather. I found the tutorial here! The best part I used some left over fabric and it took less than 20 minutes for the project.
On Friday, I took a road trip with my friend to LA. We made some snacks for the road. Janine, my friend made kale chips! At first I did not think I would like them, but they were so tasty. The chips tasted like potato chips! When I got back from our trip I went to the grocery store and bought some kale and made the chips. They were so easy and they taste SO good!
A head of kale
Cut the steam (the hard middle part) out of the kale and toss with olive oil and salt. Place on baking sheet and bake in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes. ENJOY!