Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cranberry Nut Bread

A recipe from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook (12th Edition 1981). I love this cookbook and ironically I found it in a pile to be thrown out after a church rummage sale. My favorite quick bread recipes come from here and they're wonderful. So I'm sharing Cranberry Nut Bread today since I've made 4 loaves this past week.  Here goes...
Cranberry Bread
Cranberry Nut Bread
1 large orange or 2 small                                1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 tablespoons butter                                       2 cups white flour
1 egg                                                             1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar                                                    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup chopped cranberries                             1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Butter a loaf pan.  Grate the rind of the orange, and squeeze out all the juice into a measuring cup and add enough boiling water to make 3/4 cup.  Add the orange rind and the butter and stir to melt the butter.  Beat the egg in another bowl  and gradually add the sugar, beating well.  Add remaining ingredients and orange mixture, and blend well.  Spoon into the pan and bake for 1 hour.  Remove from the pan and cool on the rack.

I've used wheat flour instead of white flour,  pecans instead of walnuts and 1 1/4 cups cranberries cause I like the cranberry goodness.  All variations are quite tasty.  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

January Blissfull ATC Swap 2011

This month the theme for the Blissfull ATC Swap was "White and Snow". Now with all the snow that's been a falling around here you'd have thought this ATC would have come easy. No such luck.  I struggled with what to make till I looked out my back window and decided that what I was looking at was what I wanted all along for this ATC.   I titled it "Snowfall".  There's some stamping in different inks, ripped and glued paper, punches, velum, Stickles and brads.
"Snowfall"  ATC
I always make 3 in these swaps.   I swap one and keep two for my kids.  (Maybe they'll want them in the future?)
Snowfall ATC Gate Card
I sent "Snowfall" off in a gate card with some other goodies to Anita at Keepin' Creative"Snowfall" ATC Gate Card
Turns out she also sent goodies with her beautiful ATC "White and Snow".  Look at those tiny crocheted snowflakes!  Stunning and my first ATC with any type of yarn or fibers.   (Anita has some nice tutorials on her blog including the snowflakes.)
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Next month is "Love" and kids have been invited!  I signed up Rubes and can't wait to get started!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

More Cards...

So I've had a bit of a card pile-up. I never really thought of myself as a card maker before and now I'm thinking I really should add it to the list of things I enjoy doing. In all honesty I've only been designing and making them for a year. Sort of snuck up on me. Well, here's some from the past few months.
Purple On This Day Card
Papers from Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather and Bazzill card stocks. Stamps from Hero Arts 2010 catalog.  Stickles and May Arts ribbon.
Special Card
Papers by Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness and Wanted collections and Paper By The Piece.  Stamps from Hero Arts 2011 catalog.  May Arts twine.
Sparkle Card
Bazzill card stock and Teresa Collins Noel papers.  Stamps from Hero Arts 2011 catalog.  Stickles.
it's the little things card
Bazzill card stock and papers by Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness.  Stamp from Hero Arts 2011 catalog.  May Arts cord.  Epiphany Crafts custom button and Fiskars border punch for the details.
Bird Valentine's Card 1
Bazzill card stock, Just The Edges decorative strips and Cosmo Cricket togetherness papers. Stamp from Hero Arts 2011 catalog.
Celebrate Banner Card & Envelope
Hero Arts paper card and envelope set plus all stamps.  Bazzill card stock and Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness papers.  May Arts twine.
And if I forgot some info or have it wrong "Sorry".  I'm working on that.   Happy crafting!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Poinsettia Penance And A Few 2010 Christmas Cards

I'll get to the penance part in a bit.
First these are the cards I designed for Paper Studio's 2010 - 12 Cards of Christmas class. 
Snowman Joy Card
Hero Arts stamp "Joy".  Paper's by Cosmo Cricket and cardstock by Bazzill.
On This Day Card
Hero Arts stamps "On this day"and the poinsettia flower.  Cosmo Cricket papers and Bazzill cardstock.
Poinsettia Step 19
(Paper by Graphic 45 and cardstock by Bazzill.)
And now for the card that created frustration, disharmony and some swearing.   Ribbon embroidery.  Pretty, right?   While ribbon embroidery is usually done on cloth, I enjoy mixed media.  Blending my crafts if you will.  Well, apparently my enthusiasm was a little bit tricky for most of the card makers.  Now I need to point out that they all finished at least 1 of their 3 poinsettia cards, however, I now know they probably cursed me a lot.  Not in the swearing sense though I'm sure there was some of that but as in "put a curse on me" sort of way.  See, when the church was decorated this year they upped the number of live poinsettia plants and helpers were told NOT to even think of watering them for there already was someone for that job.  ME.  I need to mention I was not at the decorating day due to illness so I believe I was nominated because I wasn't there to say no.  O.K. moving on.  After a few days in the church it's time to start watering the 100 or so poinsettias that are placed throughout the building.  Pretty, right?  It became shockingly clear very early on that this was not going to be a simple pour a bit of water into each plant's pot.  Oh, no.  See there's this foil wrapped around the little plastic pot to make it look nicer and I had thought to keep water in.  That's always been my previous experience with decorative foiled pots.  NOT THIS TIME.  I noticed water all over the floor after the first 4-5 plants were watered.  What?  I'm not that messy.  So I picked up a pot and water came streaming out the base!  AHHHH!  I now have to pick up the poinsettia plant pot, hold it over an ice cream pail, pour the water in, wait for it to drain and then put the poinsettia pot back down.
 Repeat 100 times each watering.
I've watered 3 times already, I've 2 or 3 to go.
I know this is Penance for the Poinsettia Card
I get it now, loud and clear, I sinned in cardmaking with the ribbon embroidery.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Resolutions

Resolutions.  I have 1 this year.  See when I make a list there are times when "life" stuff gets in the way and then guilt sets in and on and on and before I know it I'm making a blanket for my nephew that I'd said I'd make 1 1/2 years ago!  So my one goal or resolution if you will is.....................
                          Open my Etsy shop
I've already named it "Furrowed Stitches" so that's done.  Now I'm researching and making inventory.  And while I putzed around blogland today I came across this post which got me to thinking.  I'm stressing over "what-if's" and thus not doing a thing.  So I'm inspired by this quote I found over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." -Gwen Marston

And if I love what I'm making then I'm believing others will too.  I've no definite deadlines set just know that I'm doing daily sewing and making it happen this year.
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