Archive for June, 2011

June 16, 2011

On the Drawing Board: Alexa Update :)

Getting a little further…

June 15, 2011

In My Kitchen Today: Vanilla Almond Cupcakes w/Salted Caramel Buttercream

Yummy! I found THIS RECIPE and just had to make it. Here’s hoping!

They turned out pretty good. The cupcakes aren’t really anything too special. As I say below in my “Notes to Self,” I will try chocolate cake mix and more almond next time. That’s just me, though. I’m a chocolate gal! However, the frosting is FABULOUS! I think I will use it on top of hot chocolate. 🙂

Oh, P.S. This makes a ton of cupcakes and frosting! Make sure you have people to give them to!

CAKE:

FROSTING:

I didn’t take a photo of the ingredients for the frosting, but I used the recipe link given above. (vanilla, salted butter, half-and-half instead of heavy cream, homemade caramel, powdered sugar)

TADA!

NOTES to Self: more almond in batter, maybe chocolate cake mix instead, shorter bake time

June 14, 2011

On the Drawing Board: Alexa (study under Linda Huber)

I have long loved and worked on developing my pencil portraiture hobby. I recently discovered an artist who is extremely talented: Linda Huber. This month, I’m taking private lessons with her! I’ll keep posting updates on my single portrait project. This photo of Alexa, my cousin/fake sister. 🙂

My time log so far:

20 minutes drawing grid, 4 hours making a detailed outline, 2 hours doing the first layer of 4 square inches.

Stay tuned.

Me.

June 14, 2011

Sewing Shenanigans: A Trendy Twist on the Patchwork Quilt

Okay. I’m in love with throwbacks and vintage. Always have been. Lucky for me, it’s now in style. I need a bedspread, and since my style is in style, there are plenty out there. Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, anyone? ❤

The problem? TOO PRICEY! Everything is so expensive, I mean, over $100, and it’s never exactly the color scheme or pattern I need.

The solution? As always, to make my own.

It was so easy and, TADA, cheap! I found old scraps of fabric from past projects, bought cheap curtain panels, pillowcases, and place mats (for a few bucks) from the local thrift store and garage sales. I didn’t want to use batting inside, so I bought a fuzzy throw blanked on clearance at Super Target down the road and sewed it to the back of my creation.

This is what I ended up with. (I think i will add some fabric flowers and buttons eventually, too.)

June 14, 2011

My Kitchen Today: Shahi Korma and Naan

So, I have fallen in love with the India Palace here in Roseville. Their Chicken Shahi Korma and Naan (Indian flatbread)? Dreamy. Today, I’m going to see if I can cook anything close to it. Stay tuned for pictures and eval. 😉 Wish me luck! (here are the recipes I kind of followed… Shahi KormaNaan)

Working on Shahi Korma…

Working on Naan…

SUCCESS!!!!

Yummy! I’m so proud! I can think of a few improvements, and it’s not the most beautiful food ever,  but, hey, it’s my first EVER attempt at making Indian food! And it’s really good!

NOTES TO SELF: make water warmer when activating yeast; Naan dough is VERY sticky, so don’t let it gum in the beaters; make sure you have all the right ingredients (I had to substitute Weight Watchers whipped cream cheese for plain yogurt).

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