Waffles

I came across this yummy waffles recipe the other day and I want to share it with you. It says it is for 4 people but I find that very generous (even if you have teenagers)! The left- overs, if you have any, are easy to freeze and handy to put into a toaster later on for a quick breakfast or to use in a dessert! I like them with some fruit or (and) whipped cream! (Almost) anything with whipped cream is good, right?

Here we go:

Waffles

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp sugar

4 large eggs, separated

2 cups milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla or the rind, finely grated, of one lemon

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

  1. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a second bowl, whisk egg yolks, milk, vanilla (or lemon zest) and butter. Form a well in the dry mixture: pour in the liquid mixture. With a wooden spoon, fold together until dry ingredients are just moist.
  2. In a small bowl , whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold whites into batter until batter is slightly lumpy and a little runny. Pour into waffle iron (which you brushed with a little oil) and bake until golden. Serve warm.

Paper Bunnies

Today I have a little project for you since Easter will be here soon! I was sorting through a pile of old books I knew nobody here would want because they were written in German. I made myself a little template out of cardboard and traced the bunnies onto some pages (usually I cut through 3 pages at once). Since I don’t like to watch TV “empty handed” this was a nice little project to do on the side. Once you have a few ready,

 

dust off your sewing machine and tread it with some colored or white tread. Set the stitch to -4- (you want a larger stitch) and sew them together, always stop after each paper bunny, lift the foot and pull a few inches before you add the next paper bunny (see picture).

 

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After you reached the desired length, leave an extra few inches and tie a large pearl, a small piece of driftwood or even a large button at the very bottom for some weight. This way the bunnies hang down pretty straight and if there is a bit of a draft in the house they don’t fly all over the place.

If you don’t have a sewing machine and want the kids involved, you can also -sandwich- two bunnies at the time between a piece of twine. That was fun and even  a bit “sturdier”.

 

Like my little bunnies…

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers differently…

As a photographer I am always on the lookout for cool photo opportunities. This past fall I decided to let two of my sunflowers that seemed pretty sturdy, standing in my garden instead of pulling them out. I was hoping to photograph them with a nice -hat- of snow on top of them sometime during  winter! At the end of November I received a large crate full of all sorts of Christmas lights from a neighbor. I wanted to use them up but where?  Taddaaa! Who needs a Christmas tree if you have sunflowers eh?

 

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Unfortunately there was never enough snow on top of their heads the way I was hoping because of all the wind we have down here near the lake. I did not do anything to the photo and actually like the orange hue in the snow…

– just a little different –

Stop and smell the roses…before & after

I don’t have a green thumb like my Mom used to have or my sister has. My little Siss grows the most beautiful Orchids while I can’t even keep a cactus alive! My husband gave me a beautiful bouquet of roses the other day for our (25th) Wedding Anniversary! Knowing that he knows (hehe), that I can’t keep plants and cut flowers alive for very long,  it was still nice to shower me with a bunch of roses! Like, who does not like roses right? Sure enough the next morning already this is what they looked like. 😦Rose10I know, it is sad! All my resurrection attempts were unsuccessful so I used the following method to still being able to enjoy the flowers for a long time to come!

I snipped the roses’ heads off about 1″ underneath the flower and discarded the stems. I have this large, rather long, vase that I filled with dry Spanish Moss (Dollar store). On top, as you will see in the pictures further down, I used some excelsior but you could also use some nice green moos that would look very nice too (I just did not have enough for this big container). Next I took some of those roses  and just stuck them right into the excelsior. They now will nicely dry this way and not much else can go wrong from now on! I won’t have to worry about watering them either! If you have some small decorative pearls from the dollar store you could add those also. What you could also do is take a nice ribbon, color of your choice, and tie that all around the vase! Empty

 

 

Rose9Don’t you think this looks pretty? Recycled roses :-).

Still have a few roses left so I used one of my cement candleholders and filled it with a small amount of green moss that I had left from another project. To add some interest I incorporated a chicken feather (also from the Dollar store, I love the Dollar store 😉 and another small pearl plus I tied some twine  around it; voila!

You could use all sorts of containers that you might have around for something like this. How about a teacup with saucer? Even an empty tin can will look lovely dressed up like this. The rest of the rose buds I will take apart and let them dry and use for a future project! Mission accomplished and nothing wasted, except for the stems…

Homemade Bread

Today was the perfect day to make some homemade bread! It is stormy outside so spending some time in the kitchen seems a great idea (plus the smell of homemade bread is nice)!

Here is my bread recipe:

1 2/3 cups of water

2 tsp. of salt

2 tsp. of sugar

1/2 cup dark (or light) rye flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3 1/2 cups of white flour

2 tsp. of dry yeast

With this recipe I always use the bread maker to just make the dough! If you don’t own a bread maker you can also make it by hand of course.

Once the dough is finished I take it out of the pan and knead it thoroughly and form two loafs (or one big one or even some small buns) and place them onto the baking sheet which I have previously lined with baking paper. I cover the loaves with a clean tea towel which I made wet with warm water and wrung out!

This is the time when I fill a Pyrex form, (or another dish that can be placed in the oven) with about 2″ of water. Place that on the top rack in the oven and turn  the oven on to  370F! In about 20-30 minutes the bread is ready to be baked. Cut slits or a pattern onto your risen loafs and place them on the bottom rack. It takes my oven 35 minutes and the breads are baked. A good way to find out is to take one bread out and knock on the bottom. If it sounds “hollow” it is baked through! Take the loafs out and place on rack to cool. If you make buns instead, 20 min. bake time is probably enough.

PS: The water that you placed into the oven when you turned it on, makes a really nice crunchy crust from the steam it creates! Enjoy. If something is unclear email me.

 

 

 

Cement anyone?

 

I had concrete (get it -concrete-) 😉  plans almost a year ago when this whole thing started and turned into an addiction; sort of! Since then I created numerous items and I just can’t quit as more ideas pop up! Guess what my friends get for Christmas, their Birthdays etc….?   Here are just a few images. The first one can be used as a cake stand or to showcase just about anything. The tray can be used in all sorts of ways also.  I like it near the entrance where it keeps all the “small stuff” on it like keys, change etc.. Since I love candle light I had to make some candle holders and I prettied (is that even a word? Well it is now!) it up with a little bird sitting on a tree branch. Some of my favorite items are the bookends/or door stoppers/or just….. with the Smurfs. Aren’t they adorable?  Oh and by the way, I did not paint those tulips or that bird (me paint? Freehand? = Nope!) I used  the -napkin technique- to decoupage paper napkins onto some of my creations! Neat eh? Step by step to follow …