Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe

When chile met chocolate it was love at first bite!

I'm so glad I tried the wonderful Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie recipe from  Martha Stewart's Holiday Cookies 2011 special issue magazine. It's a cookie worth making not just for the holidays but for all seasons. It's a rich, crunchy treat that leaves a  lively, tingly, spicy yet subtle aftertaste. Enjoy a bit of fuego!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons  coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground chile such as arbol, chipotle, or ancho (you may substitute cayenne pepper)


1. Preheat oven to 400. Whisk to combine flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar , baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar  with an electric mixer on medium high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrapes down side of bowl. Add eggs and beat to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined.

 2. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, and chile. Form heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through until cookies are set in center and begin to crack, about 10 minutes. let cool on rack for about 5 minutes.

Recipe from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tea Time Crafts

Image from Wild Olive 

Shabby spring tea envelopes tutorial from Sweet Tidings for APAD

Image from Sweet Fancy

Image from Zakka Life

Image from Alice Cantrell

Printable tea note cards and stickers from Alice Cantrell

Image from Bonzai Aphrodite

Homemade teabag tutorial from Bonzai Aphrodite

Image from Handmade Therapy

Tea wallet tutorial from Handmade Therapy

Hello there! It's mad tea party season. Hop over to A Fanciful Twist  to join the party. Make a  stop over at Mollie Johansson's blog Wild Olive for more adorable tea party crafts and ideas. 

Happy weekend!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Winner

Thank you all for participating in my  Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway! I have just drawn a winner via random generator. The lucky winner is....

Congratulations to Lyn of Belle and Rose

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chic Chalkboard Crafts + Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Reminder

Image from Country Living

Image from Zakka Life

Image from Shop Dirty Laundry 

Image from Martha Stewart

Image from Craftwerk 

Add a comfy laid back look to your home and work space with these nifty chalkboard craft tutorials. ETSY is also a great place to source chalkboard labels and decals. Check out these lovely chalkboard finds:

P.S. My Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway is still open. I extended it for one more day! Hurry and enter while you can.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mille Fiore Virtual Kaleidoscope

Images from Mille Fiore Virtual Kaleidoscope

Take a break and immerse yourself in the transcendental beauty of Mille Fiore Virtual Kaleidoscope. Enjoy the stunning, interplay of light and color while being lulled to a meditative theta state by beautiful chill-out sounds (best experienced with stereo headphones). Time seems to stand still when these beautiful kaleidoscopes unfold their dynamic beauty.


Find the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

DIY Wildflower Seed Scrub Favors from Nostalgia Organics

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

Elea of Nostalgia Joyful Living Blog recently created a very pretty vintage and country inspired  DIY Wildflower Seed Scrub Favor project for Martha Stewart Weddings. The recipe is surprisingly easy to make. Make a batch for your next summer spa party!

If you're looking for the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway post--it's HERE.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway!!! (Extended)

Hello old and new readers! Welcome to Sweet Tidings! The blog is updated (usually) daily with kawaii and , zakka inspiration and of course  fabulous DIY links and tutorials. Feel free to look around.

For the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway I'll be giving away a cute Japanese crochet craft book and a handmade linen and crocheted lace pincushion/ornament especially made by yours truly.

The craft book is filled with wonderful patterns of crocheted projects such as scarves, bags, petite purses, winter mittens and beanies, pouches, room slippers, organizers, pincushions, doilies, pouches and more!

Just simply leave a comment on this post. You'll get an additional entry if you follow Sweet Tidings on google reader.

The giveaway will be open until 9PM of May 26, 2011 9PM of Friday May 27, 2011.

Good luck and visit Sew Mama Sew on Giveaway Day May 23 to join all the other giveaways!
Comments are closed. Thank you for participating. I will be announcing the name of the winner soon.

Mon Chien Tea and Sugar + Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Day

Images from Mon Chien Tea and Sugar

Bon jour! Here's another squeal inducing cuteness find-- this time from Mon Chien Tea and Sugar from Japan.  Those cute tea packets and darling sugar cubes are beyond cute! If you can't get hold of this cuteness you might as well grab some sweet Mon Chien desktop wallpapers.

I'm participating in this year's Sew mama Sew May Day May Day Giveaway! Be sure to check back later tonight for my SMS Giveaway post. See you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Style Ideas from Donna Hay

Images from Donna Hay

A treasure trove of fabulous style ideas await you at Donnahay.com, home of Ausralia's premiere lifestyle maven. Pictured above (clockwise) are some of the style ideas I can't wait to try: 1. Can Creation,   2. Rustic Glow,  2. Floral Serve, 4. Starry, Starry Night 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Inspiration

Images from Marie Claire Idées

I'm loving all these fresh, spring/summer creations from Marie Claire Idées. Lady bugs, butterflies and sweet blossoms embroidered, appliquéd or festooned on everyday objects transform the ordinary into  extraordinary things of beauty.

How are you celebrating the merry month of May?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bake a quilt (yes, it's possible!)

Sewing or baking? Well, you can do both! You can bake a patchwork quilt or a  batch of vintage cross stitched cupcakes. Fancy Flours has a sweet collection of cute sewing themed baking supplies for the baker and seamstress (sewer doesn't sound right haha).

Check out the sewing collection right here.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sweet and Tidy

Button magnets from House to Home

Tidy up in the sweetest way! A bit of fabric, some cute buttons and a dab of glue are all you need to keep the bits and pieces of daily life organized.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cute Stuff from The Kawaii Notebook

Images from The Kawaii Notebook

More kawaii supplies and gifts to love at The Kawaii Notebook, a beautiful online stationery boutique selling kawaii designed products from Japan and Korea. Check out the lovely special cases especially the cute and collectible matryoshka pencil cases.

Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DIY French Birthday Cupcake Card

Craft a super cute French cupcake card from Marie Claire Idées.  Print on cardstock and assemble away. Yay for birthdays! Yay for cupcakes!

Bunnies in the Mail + CHRISTMAS 2011 NOEL Fabric Collection by Valerie Greeley

I received some glad Easter tidings in the mail this week!  I was so surprised and utterly delighted to receive these gorgeous Easter cards from my blog friend Valerie of Acornmoon.  Thank you Valerie!

These sweet cards and prints are just some of her amazing  creations as a watercolor artist, surface designer and illustrator. You can view Valerie's beautiful portfolio here. Isn't she so amazing and inspiring?


Images from Valerie Greeley

Valerie has also recently completed her Christmas quilt fabric designs for Makower UK. Her collection is entitled Noel and features meticulously detailed  traditional Christmas patterns and designs in gorgeous holiday color schemes. There are only 226 quilting days to go before Christmas!