Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Giveaway: Handmade Artisan Treasures from NOVICA

Snoozing Ginger Tabby

Sterling silver pendant necklace, 'Sterling Heart' 

Wood Sculpture, 'Tree Pose Yoga Frog'

Silver filigree brooch 'Young Elephant' 

Jamawar wool shawl, 'Story of  a Rose'

Wood wall panel, 'Dragon with Lotus Bud'

Silk batik fan, 'Tropics'

The NOVICA handmade treasure giveaway is here!  I have hosted a NOVICA giveaway back in 2011 and this year I'm honored to host another giveaway from this amazing online  market place that seeks to elevate the appeal of global handmade products and bring buyers and artisans together.

If you have a deep love and appreciation for handcrafted, artisan made items, NOVICA is the perfect place for you to explore unique, limited edition items that have been created with love and care from eight regions of the world--the Andes, Bali and Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand and West Africa.

NOVICA has just recently upgraded its website to enhance design and improve usability. More new site features will be rolled out  to make handmade shopping even more fun and exciting!

My favorite items from NOVICA aside from the items posted above also include West African kente cloths and gorgeous Jamawar wool shawls from India.  What are your NOVICA favorites?

NOVICA is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one Sweet Tidings reader. For a chance to shop for a handmade item of your choice,simply browse NOVICA's extensive category of gift items and gift collections. In the comment section, let me know what your favorite NOVICA handmade treasure is. Please provide your contact details (i.e. email address and blog URL) so I can contact you in the event that you win.

This giveaway is open to international readers. Please note that NOVICA covers all duties and import taxes for customers in the United States. Customers outside the United States are responsible for paying the required specific custom duties upon the delivery of the item. The $50 gift certificate should already include the price of the shipping as well.

This giveaway will end at midnight of  August 15, 2013  August 24, 2013 (U.S. Pacific Time). Good luck!

***Many thanks to NOVICA!***


Comments are now closed. The winner will be announced shortly. Thank you.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Lemon Tart

Glad to have found this delicious homemade lemon tart recipe. Indeed it's the best ever!


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar


1. In a blender, combine butter, sugar, vanilla extract, salt and flour using the paddle attachment.
2. Shape into a ball and press into a 9-inch false bottom tart pan. Refrigerate pie crust for one-hour or overnight if desired.
3. Bake crust for 15 minutes or until light brown.
4. To make the filling, blend and whisk together sugar, eggs, lemon juice and flour until smooth and creamy.      
5. Pour lemon filling into crust and bake until lemon filling is set. Let cool and dust with confectioner's sugar.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sweet Prince and Princess Prints from Allsorts

Jenny from Allsorts has a super cute Sweet Prince and Sweet Princess printable in honor of the arrival of the Royal Baby. Hop over to her site and while you're there check out her über happy and colorful ETSY shop!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Easy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Beat the summer heat with this cool and easy ice cream cake recipe.  Buon appetito!


  • Ice cream (any flavor of your choice)
  • Honey flavored graham crackers
  • Chilled, sweetened whipped cream/chocolate frosting with sprinkles (optional)
  • Fresh sliced fruits (optional)

1. Line a small Pyrex pan with graham crackers.

2. Scoop a generous amount of ice cream and spread over graham crackers. Add another layer of ice cream and repeat process. Spread a layer of chilled whipped cream or chocolate frosting over the topmost later of graham crackers. Decorate with fresh fruits or sprinkles.

3. Freeze overnight before eating. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Message in a cookie

Cookie baking is fun but cookie stamping makes it doubly delightful! Get your alphabet cookie stampers ready and bake a batch of ultra-scrumptious butter cookies

Have a happy July!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Holy Moly! Strawberry Jam Roly-Poly Recipe

I can't tell you how much I adore Jill O'Connor's Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids Cookbook! It's such a sweet, pretty recipe book (I love the scrapbook inspired design) with lots of lovely, easy to make recipes. This Holy Moly Strawberry Jam Roly-Poly recipe is one of my faves!



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 sticks butter
  • 2/3 cup ice water
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 tbsp whole milk for brushing

1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tbsp sugar.
3. Grate frozen butter into flour mixture  using large whole grater. Stir ice water into flour until a soft, shaggy  consistency is achieved.
4. Transfer dough into lightly floured board. Gently knead but do not allow butter to melt.
5. Rub dough with rolling pin on a flat surface light;y sprinkled with flour. Make a 9 by 13 inch rectangle.
6. Spread strawberry jam over the dough leaving 1 inch border on all sides. Roll pastry like a jelly roll, careful not to let the jam seep out. Pinch ends of dough to seal jam inside.
7. Brush dough with milk  and sprinkle with sugar.
8. Bake at 350F until lightly brown and jam are bubbling out at the ends.