Monday, April 30, 2012

Sandbag Bookend DIY



Here's a swell DIY project for bookworms. There's no need to do woodworking to create a stylish bookend. This bookend sandbag project from BHG is both practical and pretty and gives a casual,  laidback vibe to your shelf or mini library.

There's still time to enter the Moo Minicard Giveaway!  Hurry and join the giveaway before I close the comments at 12 midnight PST.

Happy Monday everyone!

Mosaic Monday: Green Tea


1. ice green tea*, 2. green tea, lavender, and honey cupcake bombe, 3. Green tea, 4. Green Tea Sweets, 5. Green Tea, 6. Shirley's Green Tea Cookies, 7. #18 - green tea cake @ Bar Charlie, Las Vegas, 8. Green tea sundae with strawberries, 9. Green Tea

See more mosaic mondays here!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cat Themed Printables



Hello cat lovers!  You will love Mr. Printable's hand drawn printables featuring cat bookmarkscat note cards, cat bookplates and library cards. Cute and purr-fect aren't they?

Let me just chime this in-- the MOO MiniCard giveaway is ending very, very soon.  You know what to do. Just leave a comment and you're in the running to win your very own 100 piece MOO MiniCard set.

Happy weekend everyone!


Recipe: Veggie Crackers



  
Time to give our sweet tooth a break! How about a savory snack that's healthier and tastier? Check out this Veggie Cracker recipe from Homebaking School. It's easy to make and so full of flavor.


Veggie Crackers

Ingredients:

  • Carrots (1-2 pieces, finely chopped)
  • Onion juice,  2 tbsp
  • 30 grams butter
  • 30 grams sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 yolk
  • 130 grams flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • Parsley,  2 tbsp finely chopped

 Directions:

1. In a bowl , sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Chop carrots and bake in the oven for 10 minutes in 300F oven to remove moisture. Chop onions and squeeze out juice using a cheese cloth. 

2.  Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolk and blend well.

3. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Add onion juice, carrots and parsley. Mix well and roll out using rolling pin. Using cookie cutter, cut veggie cracker dough into desired shape.

4. Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven until golden brown. Serve warm.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Printable Cupcake Stands

Image from Morning by Foley



Cupcake lovers! Head over to Morning by Foley for some amazingly cute printable paper cupcake stands in 3 yummy variants-floral, dotted and blank (design your own).  The blog is written in French so people like me would need the help of Yahoo or Google language translator to fully enjoy this delightful, creative blog. Check out more of Morning by Foley's DIY tutorials here

Let's thank God it's Friday. Happy weekend sweetlings!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Inspired by Mollie Makes



I think I just got my sewing mojo back! Thanks to the express lane projects from  Mollie Makes.
 
One of the best places to go for instant inspiration is the Mollie Makes Blog.  The downloads section has lots of  wonderful magazine issue templates for quick and easy  stitching, felting or sewing. This babushka keyring  project designed by Charlie Moorby for Mollie Makes Magazine can be found on  the Issue 11 template PDF download.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Awesome Amigurumi Patterns


Images from Amigurumipatterns

Love to crochet cute little critters? Get your fill of adorable and lovable patterns at Amigurumi Patterns.  You simply have to like Amigurumi Patterns on Facebook to be able to download your desired pattern. You can also purchase special patterns at the AP shop.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recipe: Kitty Cat Manju Cakes



Yippee! I finally got around to making some tasty Manju cakes. After what it seems like a fruitless search for bottled red bean paste, I decided to just make my own from scratch. I got the red bean paste recipe from here. I doubled the recipe so I can bottle and stock some for future use. I plan to make some red bean pancakes and Chapssalddeok (Korean Style Mochi) in the days to come. 

For the Manju pastry,  I used Home Baking School's 게 구 리 만 주 (Gaeguri Manju) or Frog Manju Cake recipe. Unfortunately the recipe link has been removed but it was good thinking that I copied and posted the recipe in my blog post.


KITTY CAT MANJU CAKES


Red Bean Paste Filling

  • 1 1/3 cup red beans 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Water for boiling

1. Soak red beans overnight. Drain. Boil red beans for 1 1/2 hours (it took mine 2 hours) until soft. Boil until all the water has evaporated.

2. Transfer softened red beans to a food mixer and process beans until  mixture reaches soft and fine consistency.  

3. Add the sugar.

4. In a shallow saucepot, fry bean paste in hot oil  in medium heat. The red bean paste is done when the oil has completely been absorbed. The mixture should reach a mashed potato consistency. Remove from heat and cool.


Manju Pastry

  • 188 grams condensed milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 188 grams flour
  • 5 grams baking powder
  1. Sift together flour and baking powder and transfer to a medium sized bowl.

2. Make a well with the flour and add the condensed milk and egg yolk. Blend well until all the ingredients have combined.   

2. Make dough balls using a small ice cream scoop. Using a melon baller, scoop little balls of red bean paste.

3. Roll Manju pastry into a ball and make an indentation in the middle using your thumb. Fill the indentation with a ball of red bean paste. Carefully seal the edges and roll the manju pastry to your desired shape.

3. Transfer to baking sheet. Brush with eggwash (eggwhite + some water).

4. Bake in a 350F oven until slightly brown.


Enjoy! Happy eating!

Spring Organizing: Recipe Card Printables

I Heart My Food Recipe Card Set from Scissors Paper Wok








Spring clean your recipe box and food magazine clippings with new handy dandy and pretty printable recipe cards and dividers.

BTW, have you joined the Mini Moo Giveaway yet? Hurry and enter the giveaway while it's open. See you!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Printable Floral Tags and Labels from Packagery

Images from Packagery

Head over to Packagery for seriously gorgeous printable floral tags and jam labels. I think they are just the perfect for embellishing spring and summer handmade projects. Also check out Packagery on ETSY for wonderful packaging supplies and essentials.

Happy weekend, sweetlings!

Be an Earth Day Beauty

Image from The Beauty Department


Be an earth day (and everyday) beauty with the help of easy, do-able DIY beauty tutorials from The Beauty Department.

Happy Earth Day (albeit advanced)!


P.S.

You may want to enter the Mini Moo Business Card Giveaway here! 


Friday, April 20, 2012

Kutusita Nyanko Cookies from Wagashi Maniac

Image/Photo  from Wagashi Maniac

Make some Kutusita Nyanko Cookies and learn the the fine art of making Japanese sweets or wagashi with Wagashi Maniac. The Japanese inspired website ( I love the header design) is  mostly written in German but there's an accompanying  English translation that goes with it.

You would want to feast your eyes on Wagashi Maniac's superbly exquisite food photography featuring very pretty vegan desserts.Now I just craving that vegan chocolate pudding!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wishing upon a Tao Tao Mona




My folks gave me this little present- a box of Tao Tao Mona Wishing Statues (or make that statuettes as they are as small as chess pieces).  What are these totem pole like figurines exactly?

On the package it says:

We are the ancient spirits of the ancient people of Guam called Tao Tao Mona.For thousands of years, we have been called to help a person with any dream or wish that they would like to come true. To help you make these things come true, you must first work hard yourself with focus and happy thoughts. Second, keep as many of the Tao Tao Monas with you to guide and remind you of you wishes and dreams. With both of us working together, anything is possible and dreams do come true!

Love, Happiness, Luck, Wealth. Strength, Good Health, Wisdom, Peace, Happiness, Long Life...
Hmm, so I am supposed to carry these around with me all the time? I do hope my wishes do come true.  I wish you all the good things worth striving for--Love, Happiness, Luck, Wealth. Strength, Good Health, Wisdom, Peace, Happiness and Long Life. ^-^

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Settling into summer



I'm back from a mini summer vacation and slowly settling back to my old routine.  Regular blog programming resumes tomorrow.

Happy new week! The best is yet to be.

Brightening Lemon and Salt Exfoliating Face Scrub



Regular exfoliation is the key to clear healthy skin. This brightening lemon and salt exfoliating face scrub recipe costs next to nothing and is so simple to prepare. Lemon is also a wonderful and natural skin detoxifier!


Brightening Lemon and Salt Face Scrub


  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon table salt

Mix into a paste and apply gently to wet face using circular motion. Rinse well.

Have a healthy weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Funkytime DIY and Magazine

Images from Funkytime

Rice pudding mix in a bottle? How yummy and adorable is that? That's just one of the cute DIY projects from Funkytime, a stunning lifestyle and design website created by Sybelle, a talented and beautiful graphic designer and all around purveyor of pretty ideas and things.




Funkytime even has it's own seasonal lifestyle magazine.You can read and enjoy the Spring edition of Funkytime Magazine here. As for me, I'll be checking out the past Valentine issue.

In the meantime, be inspired and let the funkytimes roll!

DIY Fashion Round up

DIY Cut Out Shoulder Blouse from Pop Champagne


DIY Statement Flats from Alisa Burke

DIY Prada Rose Earrings from  Honestly WTF


DIY Polka Dot Sunglasses from By Wilma

Handstamped DIY Pony Print Dress from A Beautiiful Mess

DIY fashion, anyone? It's about time we give it a try. Check out this sampler of fabulous DIY fashion projects from some of the coolest fashion bloggers.

Thank you to all who joined the Picture Collage Easter giveaway. I'll be sending an email to all the participants soon.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a fabulous giveaway from Moo!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Teatime Recipe: French Madeleines






I love Madeleine cookies. They are portable, little sponge cakes that are just perfect with hot cocoa, tea or coffee. Dip the tips of baked Madeleines into melted chocolate for an indulgent treat.


Madeleine


French Madeleines

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


1. Preheat oven to 200F. Grease Madeleine pan with oil and light coating of flour. Melt the butter and allow to cool.

2. In a small bowl, beat eggs and sugar with electric mixer.  Beat the mixture  until it has tripled in volume and it forms a thick ribbon when the beater is lifted. Add the vanilla and blend well. Add lemon zest.

3. Sift a small amount of flour over the egg mixture and using a large rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the beaten eggs to lighten. Sift the rest of the flour over the egg mixture and fold in making sure not to ever mix or the batter will deflate.

4. Pour batter into Madeleine pan (1/2 full).

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cute crafty link + giveaway reminder




Crafty kawaii  and music loving peeps will love this über cute cat ear headphone DIY tutorial from Scarlett Curtis on Hello Giggles. I love it! It's too cute. ^-^

Have a blessed Lenten season everyone. I'll be back on Saturday.


P.S. 

Please don't forget to join the sponsored Easter giveaway from PearlMountain Technologies. The Picture Collage Maker Pro Special Edition software giveaway is just too good a giveaway to pass by. You'll be making wallpapers, calendars, cards and collages with it in no time. The first 20 commenters will absolutely win. Join now!



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Summer Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cake




There's nothing like a light, delicious cake to celebrate the start of summer. Here's my favorite recipe for Strawberry Cream Cake. Hope you give it a try.

Buon Appetito!

Strawberry Cream Cake

White cake:

  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp strawberry jam
  • simple sugar syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  

2. Cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

3. Combine flour and baking powder. Stir in milk and combine.

4. Pour into 9x9 round pan and swirl 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam on the surface of the batter. Bake in a 350F oven for 40-50 minutes.


Stabilized whipped cream icing:
  •  2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cold water 
  • 2 tsp gelatin
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1. Chill mixing bowl and beaters  before using. Place water in a small microwave-safe bowl and  sprinkle gelatin over water.

2. Dissolve gelatin by microwaving for 3 minutes, stirring after every minute. Remove from microwave and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes; gelatin must be liquid but not warm when added to cream.

3. In a chilled bowl,  pour in cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat together just until beater marks begin to show distinctly.

Add gelatin mixture to cream, pouring in a steady stream while beating constantly. Beat until stiff peaks form. Use immediately.


Simple sugar syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup white sugar

Garnish: Sliced strawberries

To assemble:

1. Cut round cake in half.

2. Brush simple syrup on top of the first layer and spread a generous amount of whipped cream icing on the surface. Arrange thin slices of strawberry on the surface.

3.  Top with second layer and frost sides and surface of the cake. Decorate cake with whipped cream flourishes using pastry tip. Garnish with sliced strawberry pieces.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Giveaway: Picture Collage Maker Pro Special Edition

 



Hello there!  I'm back with an Easter giveaway! If you love making personal digital photo collages, greeting cards, wallpapers, posters, scrapbooks and more you will enjoy this wonderful software giveaway from PearlMountain Technologies.

Twenty (20) licensed copies of Picture Collage Maker Pro worth $39.90 each will be given away to the first 20 commenters.

Here are the complete features of Picture Collage Maker Pro:

1. With 100+ various templates provided to make digital photo collages, scrapbook, greeting cards, posters, calendar, photo album for any occasion, like Birthday, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Wedding, etc.

2.  Support drag and drop photos onto collage. It comes with a large collection of beautiful picture frames and masks that you can add to any of your photos.

3.  Personalize your creation by adding clip-art, text, background. It allows you to resize, rotate and position all the elements to make collage crafting intuitive and fun.

4.  Save collage as an image file, set as desktop wallpaper, share through Email, or print it out instantly to share with friends and family.


To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment or share the page on Facebook or Twitter. Please include a link of your FB share or tweet in your comment.

This giveaway is open worldwide and will end on April 8, 2012.

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