Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I have been baking banana bread since I was around 10 years old. We always had tons of bananas around since my dad drove a delivery truck for a local banana distributor and would always bring home bags of them. It wasn't a very exciting job until he told me stories of how once in a while the bananas came in with tarantulas in the boxes!
- Combine sugar and oil in a large bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and bananas, stir well.
- Sift together both flours, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Add to banana mixture and stir well.
- Now add flax seed, oats, coconut, raisins, cranberries, nuts & chocolate chips to the mixture
- and stir until combined.
- Spray loaf pans with non- stick spray such as PAM and/or line muffin pan with paper liners.
- Fill baking pans and bake muffins for approximately 20 minutes and loaves for 45 to 55 minutes, until tester (toothpick) comes out clean.
- Cool on rack for 5 mintues and then remove from pans and place on rack to cool completely.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
She did become the little actress when we decided to take pictures.
We had lots of hot and humid days on Long Island this summer. Those are the best for bubbles. If it is too dry the bubbles pop quickly.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The armholes were fine for size but I was trying to think of an easy way to hem the edges. I decided to just turn the fabric over twice - about "1/4 each time- and stitch it in place. I did clip the curves a bit on the first turn. Then I turn under the top edge (twice- 1/4" then 3/4") for a casing for the drawstring.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
My fellow blogger at Discovery the Me in Mommy has been kind and sent me this award. Now it is my turn to tell you 7 things about me and pass on the award to other bloggers. I must admit that listing 7 things about my self was not easy but here it goes:
- I live in a house that is 106 years old.
- I speak a second language - Ukrainian- but not very well at this point in my life.
- I love to sit at the beach and read a good book. Right now I'm reading "Eat, Pray, Love".
- I always wanted to be a professional photographer.
- I took piano lessons for 10 years when I was a child- not that I can play now.
- I own a cat named ZuZu named after "ZuZu's Petals" from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" not the mechanical hamster toys.
- Ice Cream is my favorite dessert. I don't really have a favorite flavor- I love them all and that's probably why I'll never be thin!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
But sometimes you need to have a dessert for that barbecue/party and you want it to be special. You could go the ice pop/ice cream route - definitely easy and no turning on the oven. Unfortunately that is not me. If there are to be adults at a party I want to give them a real dessert. One of my favorites is a fruit tart. The only baking required is the shortbread shell- 25 minutes in the oven and it's done!
After that all you have to do is add the filing- cream cheese and fruit.
Easy Fruit Tart
1/2 cup confectioner sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
zest of one orange
Strawberries, blueberries, etc. – whatever you like
2 to 3 TBLS. Apricot jam/preserves
Preheat oven to 350.
Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until dough forms a ball. Remove and place in a tart pan, pressing against bottom and sides. Prick with a fork and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned. Cool.
Make Filling by beating softened cream cheese with sugar, vanilla and orange zest until smooth. Spread onto cooled crust.
Top with fruit.
Heat apricot jam and spread on top of fruit as a glaze.
Chill before serving.
Note: you can substitute instant vanilla pudding for the filling. Prepare according to package directions and just add the orange zest.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Well it is spring and I am finally getting some spring cleaning done. One room that was need of some help this year was the old nursery that my daughter Grace moved out of last fall. With all the school stuff and holidays I never got a chance to do anything to this room until the other day. I took down the baby quilt and hung up my first applique (and only applique) quilt I made many moons ago. (Yes I did forget to put a quilt label on it and I'm am totally mystified as to when I exactly finished this quilt- lesson learned - always label!)So this tiny 8' x 9' room will become a sort of office. At this point the desk is there and my quilt is up. No chair yet or printer or office supply stuff. I'm getting there. Maybe by the next season- summer. For now I am happy to just look at my "Umbrella Girls".
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I changed up the opening and back straps from the "metro backpack" I currently sell in my shop on Etsy. I incorporated the the back straps into the top closure. To close the backsack you simply pull on the back straps. You can adjust the length of the back straps by knotting the ends of the back straps that hang in the front.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It's be ages since I posted a thing and that's because it's be ages since I did much more than get my kids to school, clean the house, shop (X-mas is a killer for me because both kids and my husband have their birthdays around the holidays!), picked the kids up from school, go to Daisies, go to dance, playdates......I could go on more but there is a real post I would like to do.