Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras Sweets Jar

Happy Mardi Gras, y'all! And happy variation on Mardi Gras of course (carnaval, carnival, carnevale or whatever; different name, same party).

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I got this idea here.

Friday, February 24, 2017

King Cake

Although I'm not from New Orleans, not from Louisiana, not even from the US, I love all the pictures of Mardi Gras and King Cake. I've been to New Orleans only once (I live in The Netherlands) and loved the city's vibe and the food.

I've never eaten an original King Cake, the time I was in New Orleans wasn't around Mardi Gras, but I made my own version of the cake. For my daughters it's all about the little doll inside anyway. They want to be boss for a day so badly. Last year my husband found the doll, big disappointment to them, but this year they're sure one of them will find it. New round, new chance!





My recipe:


200 grams butter

100 gram white caster sugar

100 gram brown caster sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

3 eggs

250 gram cakemix

50ml milk



100 gram cream cheese

1 tablespoon cinnamon

100 gram confectioner's sugar

sugar pearls

sugar fondant



Mix butter until soft

Add both caster sugars and cinnamon and mix in

Add eggs one by one and mix for about three minutes

Add cakemix and milk and mix to creamy batter

Bake for about 60 minutes 

Let totally cool off



Mix cream cheese, cinnamon and confectionar's sugar until smooth

Smear on cake (it's the 'glue' for the fondant)

Roll out the fondant until large enough to cover the cake

Decorate as you like


Happy Mardi Gras!
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My Chinese Lucky Cat was featured by Strawberry Butterscotch!



Thank you very much, Anna!

Made It! #8

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

Last week I posted the Heart Shirt to make this week, but I found out later that the link doesn't come with a pattern, so I had to make up the pattern myself, but I think it pretty much looks the same as the original.

I love the dark blue of the shirt in combination with the bluish gray of the yarn. It was a left over of something else I made long ago, but it works out great against the background color of the shirt.


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Next week I would like to try a pear recipe. In The Netherlands cooking pears are very popular, especially in winter. The pears are stewed in wine for hours, together with some cinnamon and cloves, until they're colored red. Then they're cooled and served, as a side dish or as dessert. My grandmother was the best cook ever when it came to Dutch cuisine, and cooking pears (stoofperen in Dutch) was a regular side dish in her house. This variation on my grandmother's pear recipe, that I found on Pinterest, is from Ottolenghi.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Little Presents

On work days, when I or my husband can't pick up the kids after school ourselves, they go to childcare service. One of the teachers has found another job, and although my daughters only go once a week to childcare service, she has taken care of my daughters for quite some time, so we wanted her to give a present. I made a couple of Ibiza Style necklaces my daughters could choose from. The other necklaces they can sell on King's Day, which will be at the end of april.




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Together with these necklaces we gave her a large wooden box of daffodils and a handmade postcard.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lucky Cat

A couple of weeks ago it was Chinese New Year and because there's a Chinese neighbourhood in the city I live in, Chinese New Year is celebrated here in The Netherlands, too. For years now I want to go there with my daughters, because I think the fire works and the dancing dragons look quite impressive, but somehow I've never ended up there. Other appointments, work, you name it. This year I was pretty sure we would make it, I already started to crochet a lucky cat, but no. Didn't work out again. But here's the cat.

The pattern is from Lalylala.The Chinese sign for Lucky I found on Google.

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My Angler Fish Cake was featured this week by The Cottage Market!!


Thank you very much, Andrea!


Made It! #7

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing that I find on Pinterest every week. Since I have a lot of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

And here's the Thai Pumpkin Soup, just as delicious as it sounds! Definitely one I can recommend! And I didn't even alter the recipe. Just forgot to add pumpkin seeds for garnish, even though I had them in my pantry.

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For Valentine's Day I wanted to make this shirt with a crocheted heart for my daughter, but due to lack of time and other (birthday) projects that had to be finished first, I'm way too late. But Valentine's Day or not, the shirt is still cute, so I'm going to make it anyway.


You can find the shirt here, in case you want to crochet along.


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Last week's project of Made It, the Plaid Hat, was featured by Crafts a la Mode, by Scrapality and by Oombawka Design!


Thanks, Linda, Andrea and Rhondda!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Cup Cake

The Emoji Cup Cakes I made for my daughter's class as a treat for her birthday a couple of weeks ago looked pretty nice, I thought so myself, so I got a bit presumptuous and wanted to make something for Valentine's Day, too. But decorating cupcakes, I just don't have it in me. The Emoji Cakes were just one of my rare lucky shots, but I guess I have to wait about five years before there will come another moment that the constellation of the stars is right enough for me to decorate cupcakes in a nice matter. They sure weren't when I made this.


Cake too big, butter cream not pink enough, chocolate heart too weak to stand up right for long. And the cake above was the prettiest of twelve. But, the taste was good! 

I found this idea here.

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My Angler Fish Pinata was featured by Sew Can Do! So glad someone noticed how I put all my heart and soul in this thing 😄!


Thank you, Cheryl!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Alternative Dream Catcher

Just something easy to make: a square dreamcatcher. I hooked a granny like square, kept it square by threading large coctail pickers through all four edges, hung it from a little twig I found in the garden and added some feathers.

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My Lemon Grass & Ginger Scrub was featured by Oombawka Design and Treasures of the NW
 


Thank you, Rhondda and Helen!

Made It #6

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing that I find on Pinterest every week. Since I have a lot of pins (that I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to papter crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

A couple of weeks ago I bought this plaid shirt for my daughter and now I made a matching hat. She didn't like the grey pompom on top in the original pattern and wanted a black one.

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I've rooted trought my pantry again and found a couple of cocosmilk cans that I purchased a while ago to make Thai food with, because the Thai kitchen is one of my favourites. After a short Pinterest search for cocosmilk, I found this recipe for soup. Soup is the best. Healthy, easy to make, filling and even my young daughters like it.



  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Angler Fish Cake

And because we had to exploit the theme to the max, we opted for a cake looking like an angler fish again. And, as said before so many times, while I'm not very good in baking and decorating cakes, this copy has surpassed all expectations of my own decorating skills. Okay, it doesn't look like a Cake Boss cake at all of course, but I'm pretty content.




And here are all other Angler Fish themed birthday things I made this year together again:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Angler Fish Piñata

This week the last part of my youngest daughter's birthday takes place. She still has a crush on angler fishes, so I had to find inspiration for a pinata in the direction of deep sea creatures. 

I really dislike boasters, but this pinata... my best so far!



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And this is what a real angler fish looks like.

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My Valentine's drawing was featured by Scrapality


Thank you, Andrea!

Made It #5

~I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing that I find on Pinterest every week. Since I have a lot of pins, that I've just pinned and only that, I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can by anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to papter crafts. Just small projects that doesn't take weeks to make~ 

And here's the scrub I promised to make last week!

In the end I used the scrub I found on Pinterest only as inspiration, because I sticked to my own recipe. Instead of olive oil, I used cocos oil. For the ginger I didn't use essential oil, but fresh grounded ginger. Keeps your skin youthful, they say, and who doesn't want that? To give it some color, I used a couple of drops of yellow and green food coloring.


So here's my tutorial:

1 part cocos oil

1 part sugar

a couple of drops lemon grass essential oil

fresh grounded ginger (I used a 10 cm root)

some drops of yellow and green food coloring



Just mix the ingredients and you're set!


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A while ago my eye fell on this great hat. My daughter (and I, too) love plaid shirts and now I found a matching hat! We didn't have much of a winter this year (or the five years before, for that matter), but you can wear a hat just for beauty, don't you agree?


You can find the pattern here, in case you want to crochet along




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