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The Wonderful World of Amy Schimler

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There are a lot of lovely, delightful things to see on Amy Schimler's website and blog. I adore her surface design work especially her teddy bear friends, fun floral and fall garden patterns! There are also free quilt and fabric design patterns on her blog (lower right side) in case you're feeling crafty.

Weekend delights

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An easy weekend snack/brunch recipe...

Welsh Cakes

Ingredients:

2 cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup (113 grams) cold unsalted butter
1/3 cup (50 grams) currants or raisins
1/4 cup (40 grams) chopped mixed peel
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 - 4 tablespoons milk

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and mace. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Stir in the currants and mixed peel. Add the beaten egg and enough milk to form a light dough.Knead the dough gently on a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of 1/4 inch (5 mm). Cut into rounds using a 2 1/2 inch (6 cm) cookie cutter.

Lightly butter a griddle, heavy frying pan, or electric frying pan and heat to medium hot. Cook the welsh ca…

Creating a Gratitude Journal

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"Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives."

--Terry Lynn Taylor



Last month, I started a gratitude journal and I feel so much the richer for it! Would you like to thank-a-long with me too? Here are some basic steps from Sarah Ban Breathnach on how to go about making one. Alternately, you can create an online one here.

Be well.

Storybook Heaven

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I am in heaven looking at all the marvelous vintage storybook illustrations on Flamenconut's Flickr Photostream. Apparently, she must have this secret library filled with rare storybook treasures. I swear I can gaze at her Domestic Bliss photo set for hours! Look at all those home sweet home goodness! How excruciatingly charming and cute!

Have a cup of tea and enjoy!

Crafts for Dad

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Don't forget to head over to Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion website to download some wonderful Father's Day art prints! Save, print and collect these limited use artworks for your craft or gift ideas.

Links:

Father's Day Notepad
Craft Ideas from BHG

P.S. Hope you like the new, fresh picnic tablecloth ambiance of this blog! Have a fun Tuesday!

Everyday is a winding road

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"Miss Sparkle Sprinkles the Magic"
Yeondoo Jung

Explore:
Yeondoo Jung's Wonderland
100 great artists on ETSY
Paris Breakfast
May Ann Licudine

Print and pattern fun

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Check out these lovely weekend downloads from the lovely Yasmine of A Print a Day . My favourite prints would have to be these, these and these.

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Happy cake

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It's my mama's birthday and I made some sunshiny, happy orange chiffon cake. Recipe follows. Happy birthday mama!

Orange Chiffon Cake



2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup orange juice
7 egg yolks
3/4 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
8 egg whites
1 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Sift together APF, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well and add 7 egg yolks, 3/4 cup oil, 1 cup orange juice, and 2 tsp vanilla. Mix together with wooden spoon. Blend well to remove lumps.

Put 8 egg whites in a bowl. Add 1 tsp cream of tartar and beat egg whites. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Cut and fold egg yolk batter into egg whites using spatula or balloon whisk. Blend well to remove lumps. Pour to oiled and paper lined baking pan.
Bake until done. Cool on wire rack and transfer to cake stand.

Orange Frosting

4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp v…

Dreamtime

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Here's my lavender, umm mocha baby. Get this sweet dreams stuffie tutorial from the unsinkable Molly Chicken!

Pattern and instructions here.

Fruity inspiration

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Pears are one of the most delightful still-life objects owing to their serene simplicity and organic beauty. For ages, they have been subjects of paintings and artworks. Imbue a sense of quiet tranquility to your home or office space with fabric pears. Make them in botanical, toile, calico, linen, floral or pastel prints to harmonise with your space.

You can find the lovely pear patterns here:

Small pear (and apple) pattern from UK Lass in US
Calico pear pattern from Scribd

Loony over LoonaPix

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Are you clueless about Photoshop? Now you can create those fancy photo trims like the best of them. With LoonaPix, can create cool effects, photo frames and photo trims for your blog photos and digital scrapbook pictures with the press of a button. Easy peasy!

Have a happy week everybody!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 1 2/3 cups sugar, plus more for decorating 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon peel, plus thin strips of peel for garnish2 large eggs plus 2 egg whites, at room temperature Directions:

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°. Line muffin pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk and lemon juice.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup sugar and the lemon peel and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the 2 eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined, scraping down the sides between additions. On low speed, beat in a third of the dry ingredients, then a third of the buttermilk mixture. Repeat, alternating ingredients, until the batter is smooth.

3. Spoon the ba…

Mother's Day Crafty Links

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Brighten up mom's day with these sweet craft inspirations. Happy Mother's Day to all moms!

1. Birdie cards from Lizzy House



Mom + Baby Card


Sleeping Mom

2. D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps from Creature Comforts


Image from Creature Comforts

3. Quick and Easy Mother's Day Crafts from Craftzine



Image from Molly Chicken


4. Molly Chicken's Mother's Day Gift Craft (Fabric House)

Free printables

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I've created a sweet little freebie using one of my favourite colour combinations-chocolate and brown. I hope you'll enjoy using these gift tags for craft gifts, cookie/candy packaging and so on.
You can download the PDF file here.

Awakened Doing

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"Then what is the relationship between something that you do and the state of joy? You will enjoy any activity in which you are fully present, any activity that is not just a means to an end. It isn't the action you perform that you really enjoy, but the deep sense of aliveness that flows into it. That aliveness is one with who you are. This means that when you enjoy doing something, you are really experiencing the joy of Being in its aspect. That's why anything you enjoy doing connects you with the power behind all creation."
-Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth is the most life changing book I have ever read. It is impossible not to share the new light and awareness it has brought to my life. I am so excited and happy to share the joy and the awakening!

Explore A New Earth here.

Bonjour!

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Hello from the Sweet Tidings Gang! Have a happy week everyone.

Sweet Comfort

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Here's a Leche Flan or Creme Caramel recipe when you're craving something rich, heavy and heavenly.

To caramelize sugar:

In a small pan over medium low heat, melt 1/3 cup sugar, taking care not to burn it. When sugar has melted and turned golden brown, vigorously stir in two tablespoons water to blend. Transfer to a small leche flan mold. Swirl caramelized sugar inside the mold. Set aside.

Flan Mixture:

6 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Prehaeat oven at 350 and fill a big pan with about 1/2-inch highwater. In a bowl, blend thoroughly flan mixture ingredients. Pour mixture into leche flan mold with caramelized sugar (see procedure above). Place mold on pan with water in oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until firm. Let cool. Chill before serving. Unmold from container to a serving dish.

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Adapted from: Philippine Recipes Made Easy by Violeta A. Noriega