My apologies for the complete lack of cooking and baking posts these past few weeks. I spent a good chunk of the new year with a cast on my arm (yaaaay), moved to Toronto, and have been training for a race. Needless to say, baking has not been at the top of my ‘to-do’ items.
Now that I am settled and completly healed I am going to try and post more often on cooking/baking, especially healthy and low fat recipes!
I recently discovered the most amazing Oreos! I had some of these in Ottawa and now back in Toronto I cannot find them anywhere. They are a twist on the classic chocolate Oreo. These ones taste just like birthday cake. They’re delicious! Find them. Eat them. Love them.
If I ever find them again I want to experiement and use them in some recipes. I know some bakers who have put an Oreo in the bottom of a cupcake.
Hopefully I track them down and get the chance to experiment!
So the holidays are over and I hope everyone had a fantastic time. I know I did! In the days leading up to Christmas I had to make a few gifts for some lovely people. Here are the results:
This little number is a notebook that I covered for Emma. It’s a combination of eco felt and beautiful wool felt and wool fabrics. I made it to house her knitting notes for her projects.
These two guys were made for a couple of people at work. On the outside is snuggly knit yarn and inside is a sack of steel cut oats that can be removed and warmed up in the microwave. They’re great for winter and were a big hit!
Is anyone else prone to making the gifts they give?
After a few too many days of holiday food I decided to make a Thai coconut soup to wake up my taste buds! This recipe came from Jamie Oliver and it is delicious. It’s called Party Squash Soup and you can find the recipe here.
A couple of the ingredients are harder to find (lime leaves, lemongrass), but are definitely worth it to complete this dish and get the right flavor.
It was recently one of my good friend’s birthdays so I asked him what he wanted. It was simple, he asked for a Christmas self-tie bow tie. I rose to the challenge and found some creepy Santa fabric to complete my task. Martha Stewart was kind enough to provide me with a template for the bow tie. You can find that here. It was super simple to make which made it an enjoyable project.
Here’s the final result:
You can use any quilting fabric your heart desires so the possibilities are endless!
Earlier, maybe a month ago, I posted the beginnings of a major project I created for myself. I had to make 72 Holiday ornaments to sell at the TIFF Shop. I successfully completed my tasks and over the next couple of weeks I’d like to share the finished products! Let’s start with some of my favourite pieces, the Matryoshka dolls:
Next up are the candy canes:
And finally for today, are the small medallions with tiny trees stitched onto them:
I really enjoyed making these. Make sure to visit us again as I’ll be posting more photos of my handmade holiday ornaments!
We’re getting closer to the holidays and for many of us this mean glitter… and lots of it. I’ve recently had some fun with the herpes of the crafting world (think about it, once you get it you can’t get rid of it) and here are some of the results!
With these clear glass ornaments I found at Michaels I just took some Mod Podge and painted the bottom half and sprinkled some super-fine glitter on it while it was still wet. I think I’ll coat the inside with different colours of acrylic paint.
On my same trip to Michaels when I found the glass ornaments, I found these great plaster ornaments. They were all white and ready for me to paint them! I used acrylic paint to paint them and added some glitter to help them stand out on the tree!
I also picked up some regular glitter in which I fully coated some ornaments. With a small paint brush I was able to do some more detailed work as well.
This particular piece isn’t fully dry yet, but I covered it in white glitter first and used some of the remnants of the blue ornaments and dusted it on top.
This is some of the glitter I used. Found the packs for $1.00 each at the dollar store.
These were so easy to do! Although they are messy they could be a fun project for the family!