Holiday Cards – Take 4!

Hello!

The weekend has started for me and it is looking like a crazy one! Have to catch up with my near-empty stash of Christmas/New Year cards that I am getting worried. Plus there is baking to be done too….aarrrggghhhh! πŸ™‚ I salute all those amazing women who manage work+kids+house+hobby+life++++++! Here’s to all of you! πŸ™‚

Anyway. I did manage SOME cards this week πŸ™‚ Linking this card to Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday #94 – detail glitter technique and to Young Crafter’s Unite #16 – Happy Holidays

I love glitter and bling and anything that sparkles and shines! I have all kinds of bling and love to add just that little bit to jazz up my project πŸ™‚ So this technique was not new to me but at the same time called to me too! πŸ˜€

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A simple card using paper that Priya Venkat shared with me so no idea what line it is! πŸ™‚ Bells die and stamp from PTI Bells and Boughs set, sentiment from Stylish Holiday sentiments stamp, snowflake stamp from Inkadinkado’s Warm Holiday Wishes stamp with PTI spring rain ink, PTI glitter, ribbon from stash and shiny bell is a 3-D embellie set πŸ™‚

A closer look perhaps?

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Used a glue pen and added the glitter. A little shine never hurts eh? πŸ™‚

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So there you are! Happy crafting and have a lovely weekend! And many thanks for stopping by to leave me awesome comments! Totally appreciate it! πŸ™‚

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Holiday Cards – Take 3!

Hi there!

A quick post to link my card for two challenges –

Freshly Made Sketches #63 and Young Crafters Unite #16 – Happy Holidays

 

A simple card for this challenge using the sketch –

Folded tree

Folded tree

Saw this cute folded tree with a link on pinterest – looks snazzy and so easy to make! πŸ™‚ Used some washi for the bg and the card is done! Yay! Sentiment from PTI Communique Curves.

I made another card but added a bit more color πŸ™‚

cts#6 04Added a lavender bg and some scraps.
So which version do you like better? πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Ta ta!

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Holiday Cards – Take 2!

Hello!

Is going to be a short post as my day today is super busy! πŸ™‚ Have some baking to do and errands to run!

Linking toΒ LIM #95 – Galmour/glitz, Case this Sketch#7, Young Crafters Unite #16 – Happy Holidays

All blingy!

All blingy!

I went all blingy for this card! Β A little jazz on your project never hurts πŸ™‚ Used the PTI christmas tree die, Holiday lights stamp (clear embossed) and sentiment from the same set, bling bought locally.

Well, gotta go and bake some cupcakes πŸ™‚ Tks for peeking in and have a great weekend!

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Mini Doughnuts

Hello!

Today I made some mini doughnuts…atleast I made it to be bite-sized πŸ™‚ Can obviously make it bigger but I thought the kids would love ones that they could finish in two bites! πŸ™‚ And they did! Was awesome when warm off the stove with the sugary frosting πŸ™‚

Found the recipe at tastykitchen.com – under the breads category. Some awesome recipes there so go and have a look! The link there is called Chocolate glazed donuts (in case you doubt anything of what I said and want everything in the original :P)

This is what I made today –

A mix of chocolate topped and sugar topped mini doughnuts! πŸ™‚

You will need –

2 1/2 cups – plain flour

2 tsp – instant yeast

3/4 cups – warm milk

1 – tbsp – honey

1 – whole egg

1/2 tsp – salt

In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast with 1/2 tsp of sugar and add just enough lukewarm water to submerge the yeast. Mix a little and leave to prove. If frothing after 3-4 minutes, your yeast is good to go. If not, get a fresh batch of yeast!

Measure 1 cup flour in a mixing bowl and add the salt to it. Mix well.

In another bowl, break the egg, add the warm milk and honey and beat with a whisk or fork till everything is well combined. I find doing this easier as the flour mixes well with everything and no lumps form when kneading.

Knead well till soft and not sticky. Coat a bowl with regular non-smelling oil and put the dough in it. Turn the dough over so that the oil coats it well. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and leave to rise in a warm and drought free place for 1 hour.

When the dough has risen to double its volume, punch it down and knead it well on a lightly floured surface.

Roll the dough out into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles and place on a greased baking tray. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and leave to prove for 45 minutes.

Heat a wok with some vegetable oil and heat it to medium hot. Put a small tester piece to check the temperature. Then start putting in the risen dough circles into the wok to fry them. Drain on paper towel and leave to cool down to warm.

Frosting/Glaze

Icing sugar, cold water – take some icing sugar in a bowl. Add 1 tsp of cold water and mix well. Add water as required. Dip the doughnuts once and leave to harden. Then dip again into the sugar syrup.

Chocolate – I just melted some plain milk chocolate over a double boiler and used the same.

Once the doughnuts have cooled down to warm, dip one side into the glaze and eat! πŸ™‚

What say you? My kids just gobbled them up! Best eaten when warm. Guess you can zap it for a few seconds if having later. I doubled the quantity to make extra. Just a few is not enough for my boyz! πŸ™‚ Will be great for after school snack or birthday party or sleepover midnight raids! πŸ˜€

Happy thanksgiving to all those in the US and happy weekend to all in Asia! πŸ™‚

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry frosting

Hey Ho!

Its time for baking and I managed to click some pictures before my bakes disappeared! The trick is to bake when the kids are in school so that they are not waiting to pounce on trays as they come out of the oven! πŸ™‚

My kids are high on watching Junior Masterchef (Australia) on tv and my little one wanted to bake something. He picked out this recipe from my to-do list and we gave it a go last week. They came out so well that the kids wanted a bigger batch πŸ™‚ And so here goes – vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting! The recipe is from browneyedbaker.com – sure winner!

Ta da!

You will need –

1 1/2 cups – plain flour

1 1/2 tsp – baking powder

1/2 tsp – salt

1 cup – castor sugar

1/2 cup – butter, soft, room temp

1/2 cup – sour cream (I used plain thick yoghurt)

1 – large egg (room temp)

2 – egg yolks (yes…a bit eggy :), room temp)

1 1/2 tsp – vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Line muffin tray with paper liners or your silicon moulds.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Keep aside.

Cream the butter till light. Add the eggs and beat till well combined. Add the sugar and beat together.

Add the vanilla and sour cream/yoghurt. Beat till all is well combined and smooth.

Add the flour mix and slowly fold in. Will be a thick batter.

Spoon batter into your moulds and bake for 20-25 minutes. My convection oven took 20 mins and my regular oven took 25 minutes. So keep an eye out on the browning.

When done, remove from the muffin tray and let cool completely.

Frosting

Soft butter, seived icing sugar, strawberry puree

For the puree, I processed some strawberries with a couple of teaspoons of sugar. I then strained it to keep out lumps and seeds.

Cream the butter well till nice and light. Add the sugar and beat well till well combined. Add the puree spoonful at a time, so that you keep track of the consistency of your frosting.

What say you? Pretty chuffed with the piping πŸ™‚

 

 

So there it is. Have a go and do let me know how it turned out for you!

Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment! πŸ™‚

 

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Holiday Cards – Take 1!

Howdy do y’all?!?! πŸ™‚

And this is a craft post after quite a while I think! And time it is as the holiday season is round the corner and time to get some cards in place! πŸ™‚

Playing along with some challenges – CAS-ual Fridays #79 – Winter Blues (winter themed project showcasing blue), Clean and Simple Stamping #217

And the card I made for this challenge –

Used the dark blue strip of handmade paper with some lovely metal notches on it and paired it with snowflake pp from a pack that I bought three years ago (yes! I still have it!) called Santa’s on his way from Hallmark and a die cut with the PTI stars die. Sentiment from PTI’s Communique Curves and the postmark from PTI’s 2010 Holiday Tags. Like the way it turned out! πŸ™‚

The next challenge I am linking to is for Crafter’s Corner #2 – dies/punches + stamping

And the cards I made, Β staying true to my CAS style –

A simple Christmas card using the circle dies, the bow and poinsettia dies and stamps. A light background with Hero Arts music bg stamp. Sentiment from PTI Stylish Holiday sentiments.

This is a simple card that can be mass produced! Used PTI triangle dies and an edger (not sure which number), bell image and sentiment from PTI Bells and Boughs set.

Whew! Sorry about the multi-challenge-link post. Crazy to be doing individual posts at this time when time is precious! My apologies for offending anyone with that! Well….it is MY time eventually! πŸ˜›

Thanks for peeking in and here’s wishing you a great start to the holiday season – crafting or baking! πŸ™‚

And many thanks to all my new followers! Hope the bakers are not upset with my crafty post and vice versa! πŸ˜€

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Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes

Yello! Howdy do? πŸ™‚

I must say with Diwali round the corner, our house is full of sweets to fill a room! Finished packing 650 boxes with sweets for the office and staff and we are all “sweet-ed” out for now! πŸ™‚ But my kids were in cupcake mode so made some divine chocolate cupcakes!

Oh my! Are these simply amazing or what?!?! And it totally lives up to its name….velvet cupcakes! πŸ™‚ Just melt-in-your-mouth-smooth!

Found the recipe when on my surfing trips…he he! πŸ™‚ This is the link to it – simply must try recipe! The recipe says 36 cupcakes and that’s exactly what I also got – 36 same size cupcakes!

You will need –

1 1/2 cups – semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup – unsalted butter, softened
2 cups – light brown sugar
3 – large eggs
2 cups – flour
1 teaspoon – baking soda
1/2 teaspoon – salt
1 cup – sour cream (I used plain yoghurt)
1 cup – hot water
2 teaspoons – vanilla

Pre heat your oven at 350 F (180 C).

Sift the flour, salt and soda and keep aside.

Put the chocolate pieces (make sure they are all the same size so that they melt together at the same time) in a microwave-safe bowl and zap it for about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes, till melted. Stir and smoothen and keep aside to cool.

Cream the butter and then the sugar, till combined. Add the eggs (welcome to do it one at a time!) and beat well. Add the melted chocolate and beat to combine everything well.

Add the flour mix and combine. Will be a little stiff but bear with it. Add then sour cream (or yoghurt) and fold again. Add the vanilla also.

Now, at this stage, the batter will have some lumps. So I used my electric mixer at the lowest speed and beat my batter along with the hot water slowly. I added the hot water 1/2 cup at a time.

Prepare the muffin trays and line with paper cups or your silicone cups. Spoon the batter into it till 3/4 way and bake for 20 minutes.

Lovely texture and simply soft cupcakes! I added a simple buttercream frosting (butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder) and piped a few πŸ™‚ My humble attempts at piping and decoration! πŸ˜€

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Yumm is the word! Give this a try and do let me know how it turned out for you! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

As always, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Appreciate it!

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Whole Wheat Sugarfree Orange Syrup Cake

Whew! That was one long name for a cake! πŸ™‚ Welcome back!

Its been a while since I posted but not for lack of material πŸ™‚ Just that I had no time to take pictures and make a post and blah blah….but thought I would share this interesting cake recipe with you all! It is from my trusted Readers Digest 1001 cake recipes….I still pride myself on this amazing buy! Such amazing recipes! πŸ™‚

This is what the cake looks like when done and with all the warm syrup seeping into it!

You will need –

1 1/2 cups – whole wheat flour (I used the normal one used to make rotis)

1 tsp – baking powder

1 tsp – baking soda

1/4 tsp – salt

Sift these together and keep aside.

1/2 cup – unsalted butter, soft

3/4 cup – castor sugar (I used sugarfree but can use regular sugar also)

2 – large eggs, room temp

1 – orange (not the ones that can be taken out in sectors…)

1/2 cup – lukewarm milk

For Syrup –

1/2 cup – orange juice

1/2 cup – castor sugar (I used sugarfree again)

1/4 cup – butter

Pre heat the oven to 350 F (180 C)

First, start with taking the juice out of one orange and cutting the leftover orange into small pieces. Place in a processor or blender and give it a whirl! It should look like this….

If your mixer protests a bit, do feel free to add a couple of spoons of the juice to make it easier. No worries! πŸ™‚

Now. Cream the butter and add the sugar to it. What I found was that sugarfree sugar does not behave when beaten with an electric mixer, so I would advice you to just beat the butter and eggs first and then add the sugar and just beat with a spatula, and not the electric mixer.

To the butter, sugar and egg mix, add the wheat flour mix. Fold in and make sure everything is combined well.

Next, add the orange pulp and mix well.

Finally add the milk and combine together. The batter will be thick and a bit lumpy. Do not worry! I added some juice to the mix to add flavor and make the batter that tiny bit loose πŸ™‚

Grease a glass baking pan and spread the batter in it. Bake for 30-40 minutes till center is done.

For the syrup, place the butter in a pan and heat gently. Add the orange juice and sugar and heat till it boils. Take off heat.

Poke holes in the cake and pour the hot/warm syrup over the warm cake. Let rest for atleast two minutes before you attack it! πŸ™‚

You will get a lovely soft cake with little pieces of orange and a lovely orange flavor. And you will find it hard to believe that it is a whole wheat cake! πŸ™‚ Keeps for a couple of days at room temp….provided not too hot!

Give it a shot for all those diabetic family members and friends! And do let me know how it turned out for you!

Thanks for stopping by! Appreciate your kindness to leave comments! πŸ™‚

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GD Post!

Hello y’all! πŸ™‚

Hope your weekend was a good one gone by! And hope you have a rocking weekend ahead! πŸ˜€

I am here with a post for ICR blog, where my card was chosen as Top 3 and I was asked to do a GD post for the current challenge! Yeehaw! πŸ™‚ So excited about being chosen and I landed up making TWO cards! πŸ™‚

The challenge for ICRC22 was monochromatic with same letter pad – that is if you choose red, then you choose accents like ribbon, raffia, roses, etc. Similarly for blue, you would pick bling, buttons, brads, etc. Interesting eh? πŸ™‚

I chose green and blue for my cards. Had loads of fun making them! And stayed true to my style – CAS!

Have a look!

I used shades of blue for this card and my accent was bling! More to mimic the stars in the sky. The beautiful sentiment is from PTI Super Stars and matching dies.

The second card I made is all green! πŸ™‚

Used shades of green and the ornament die from Marianne dies. Just beautiful! πŸ™‚ Glittered up one of the ornaments and layered over green cardstock. Used glossy accents to highlight the string as if hanging from the tree πŸ™‚ Leaves and sentiment from PTI Bells and Boughs.

So there you have it! My second GD post in as many years! He he πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

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Quilled Family Album

Hello!

Just noticed that it has been two weeks since I posted here last! But I did have term tests and exams to deal with during this time and so took a break. I did do some crafting and baking but did not have the time to take pictures and post it. My bakes first of all just disappeared before I could get my camera and my crafting was at an easy and gentle pace πŸ™‚ I have since made four cakes on order for friends and their kids (all chocolate – but of course!) but did not take any pictures before I gave them 😦 Silly me but then there is always a next time! πŸ™‚

Today, I wanted to share with you an album made on order, with family portrait pictures. Since Paperz! had already made a few albums for this client, we decided to do it a bit different and have quilling as the main way of embellishing it. Have a look! πŸ™‚

This was the cover page and I added a whole bunch of quilled flowers and some dies from Memory Box and Marianne with some leaf punches. Priya Venkat kindly added the letters for me πŸ™‚ Used papers from K & Company, a whole range of lines that my cousin very sweetly got for me – a pack of 3o0 sheets! πŸ™‚ I know I know….Bless her!

Since all pages has pictures, not showing you most of them. Just a highlight view πŸ™‚ Used a range of sentiment stamps too for this one – Ali Edwards, Unity, Darcie’s, stickers….you get the drift! πŸ™‚

I thoroughly enjoyed making this album as it is very different to what Paperz! usually has made! Thank you Priya Venkat for your help! πŸ™‚ And thanks to all of you who peek in and leave comments!

Have a great weekend!

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