Summer Morning Evening Beets

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Today seems like a quiet sort of day. I woke up early (for me) despite going to bed late after working on shop things^^^ The sun light  hazy and soft hitting all the cake toppers I’d worked on in the night that seem so peaceful. After I finish a batch it always seems like their waiting to go out into the world, ready for a party, ready to make a special little splash.

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There isn’t much human noise. I can hear the birds chattering loudly away, the insects rattling and the train. It’s a nice moment before the day really gets going and my little area of my little town wakes up.

The other night I experienced a big first for me…

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I’ve never made or even had beets before! To tell the truth I’ve always been a tinsy tiny little bit afraid of them. I’m a pretty adventurous eater. I will usually try things at least once and I’m not so sure why I’ve dragged my feets on the beets for so long 😉 BUT I finally worked up the courage to buy a bushel at the farmer’s market with a little encouragement from one of the regular venders.

I’ve been eyeing them for weeks. Even tough I was afraid to eat them, I’ve always thought they are beautiful! I found a recipe on pintrest from Angie Cooks in Portland. I think I went with this recipe not only because it sounded great but because this was also this bloggers first time with beets as well!

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As I started working with them

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My experience was the similar to hers. Seeing my hands turn red. Loving their beautiful color and earthy smell

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And looking at all the beautiful rings!

As it turns out I really like beets! They’re earthy and sweet! I ended up putting some on my turkey burger and that was a good idea!

 

Happy monday!

Blueberries Are Raspberries

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Have you seen Thoroughly Modern Millie with Julie Andrews? If you can handle musicals or love Julie Andrews it’s a must! I love the character Muzzy. It seems her favorite phrase is “raspberries”! Maybe she’s rubbing off  on me after the hundreds of views I’ve sat through…

On to the blueberries!

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My second post in two days! Can you believe it? Neither can I! Last week at the farmers market I impulsed purchased a lovely crate of blueberries, much like the lemon I thought get now figure things out later. Do you see a pattern in my shopping?

Armed with my blueberries I set out to find a recipe. I’d been eyeing scones and thought why not? I came across this recipe from latabledenana and got started.

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This recipe was simple and easy peasy. Now I don’t know that much about scones. Weather there are scone faux pas or not, but I deviated from the recipe a little bit. I added almonds,^^^ a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and a little more sugar than the recipe called for. (The extra sugar and extracts are where I think the faux pas may come in…)

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The thing I really liked about this recipe is that you pretty much just throw everything into the bowl and mix it up!

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Dough all patted out and ready to be cut. Do NOT be fooled my this innocent picture, the dough is a bit sticky my hands were not so neat 🙂

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All cut and ready for the oven.

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All done!

*A note on the questionable extra sugar. If you like to eat your scones with jam or something of the like I think these are perfect the way they are. If you are going to eat them on their lonesome I would add just a bit more sugar. Even with the extra sugar I added they seemed a touch on the savory side to me but were still great!

The day I made these scones a lovely baker’s twine (named blueberry!) I’d ordered arrived! I think I’ve caught the Navy (color) bug and with all this blue around I ended up making some lovely little watercolor gift tags ^__^

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What do think? They came out so moody (in a good way!). I think I’m smitten

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A lovely blue tag to accompany and lovely blue treat!

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I also made some sweet pale pink tags among other projects. They’re all up in the shop 🙂

Happy Sunday!

Making Popsicles

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It’s been a whole three weeks since my last post! Time flies sometimes, especially when you’re busy! I promised my self I’d blog more often but then I just think thats not interesting enough to share. Do you ever feel that way?

Well any who today I wanted to share to my adventures in popsicle making!

I’ve been obsessed the last week with popsicle making. I saw one pin on pinterest (lets be friends!-I’d love to see yours!) and went pin crazy! There are so many options! Not to mention gorgeous pictures! This only made things worse :S So my next step was to go to amazon and check out popsicle molds (of course). They start at about $12 and go up, and while $12 isn’t that expensive, I’m cheap. Period. I decided to hold out. I figured I could probably get them cheaper in town and I’m glad I did! Target pulled through. I got two sets for a whopping $1.50 each! For a $1.50 I can live with the jelly bean 😉

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So with molds acquired it was time to let popsicle making commence! Back at pintrest, I started really looking at recipes and started to get a bit overwhelmed. There were TOOO many options. Like with most recipes some were easy others were more involved. So after gandering around a bit I decided to wing it.

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The first popsicle batch I made were pineapple and lime! This was a great decision! If you like lime this is for you! They were nice a tangy and not to sweet.

Up front I have to admit to you that I didn’t use fresh pineapple. Its nearly impossible to get here in Dekalb. They turned out great anyway!

Here’s a rough recipe of you’re interested. The lovely thing about popsicles (in my opinion) are if the base tastes good you’re all set. Just raid the fruit you have on hand and get to work!

I used:

1/2 a can of pineapples and 1/2 the juice

1 whole lime

1 tablespoon of sugar (about)

a bit of water

*You’ll need a blender

I squeezed the lime straight into the blender added the sugar and pineapple/juice and blended until smooth. Then added a bit of water just to make the mixture a bit more runny. You can use more juice but I was going to use my pineapple for my second batch. The water worked fine. Then pour into your molds.

Now at this point I have to warn you: no matter how much you wish that your popsicles will freeze instantly they won’t. 😦 So now you just wait. and wait and wait. Then maybe you’ll forget about them (I didn’t) and tada! Popsicle time!

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The second batch I made was pineapple and peach.

For these I used:

1/4 can of pineapple/juice

1 medium peach

a bit of water.

Then I just followed the same process. Throw it all in the blender, blend, add a bit of water, pour in mold and wait!

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Yay for popsicles! Do you make popsicles? What are your favorite recipes?!!

Lemon Two Ways & A New Friend

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Well it seems that summer is finally here. It’s “hot” and muggy and it seems like it’s here to stay. I say “hot” because 80-90’s isn’t that bad. Back home in Tucson temps are reaching 112. *___* blech! The mugginess on the other hand is terrible.

With the warmer summerier (I think I just made up a word…) weather, I’m starting to crave “summer” foods. I picked up a lemon at our farmers market, not sure what I wanted to do with it but hey you can ALWAYS use  a lemon right? right.

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I saw a recipe for lemon cookies on pintrest and knew THIS is what my lemon was destined for (!) but when I went to the recipe it required a box of lemon cake mix. This was a problem, I didn’t have a box of lemon cake mix and I definitely didn’t want to acquire one. So after a bit of searching I finally found one that seemed up my alley and I had all the ingredients for. I went with this one from little bitty kitchen. This was my first time at this blog but I will definitely be back. Its very lovely ^__^

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Cookies all crinkly and ready for another dusting of sugar..

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My boyfriend *had* to taste test a few and taste testing just can’t wait!

I decided to use the rest of my lemon for iced tea! I have fond memories of my mom making suntea in a big glass tea jar. I loovvveee sun tea there’s just a little something special the sun adds. I don’t know if it gets hot enough here to make sun tea but it may be worth a try.

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Sun or no this lemony tea hit the spot and a mason jar made it all the better 🙂

Now I’m sure you’re wondering where does the new friend come it?

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Do you see him?

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I’d like to introduce you to Sir Bartholomew Finderdinks the second. Sir Bart the first (as dubbed by a good human friend) was a companion in the fall but sadly he stopped visiting. Then the other day this fellow showed up! I must say I’ve never seen a squirrel wag its tail a someone before. I hope to see more of him. We love to watch the squirrels running about and playing with each other. Its especially entertaining when the birds hang out and yell at them. The squirrels don’t seem to notice or mind.

What summer foods are you making this summer?

A Garland and Focaccia Bread

Hello!

Its been a few days since my last post. I’ve been a busy bee working on orders for my shop. I did manage to squeeze in a little time to make a new garland!

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It has mint and pink scallops with hand glittered gold medallions.

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Simple and sweet..

I also managed to squeeze  a new baking adventure!

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Focaccia bread!

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Dough all oiled up with yummy rosemary!

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Just out of the oven..

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and ready for eaten! It was hard waiting for it to cool but so worth it!

Have you made focaccia before? I opted for the slightly thicker option and I think next time I will try making the loaf thinner 🙂

Happy wednesday!

Cookies and Gift tags

Hi Guys! I’m so excited to share a new project going into my Etsy shop later today!

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Polka dot gift tags! Of course I had to bake something to show them off right? Right.

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Cookies ready for the oven. I found this chocolate chip cookie recipe on a blog called Annie’s Eats. Her recipes are awesome, fool proof really… and I need that!

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Cookies out and they are huge!

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Lovely gold polka dots accompanied by soft pink, mint, and black ones. Perfect for a sweet note to give with a special something 😀

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One for me and one for you. Happy Monday!

Farmers Market and Fungi

Hi guys! I have lots of pictures to share today!

Yesterday was the first day of the farmer’s market that is held in my current small town of Dekalb, IL. With Dekalb being so small I really struggle to get good produce out here and affordable, good organic food is almost impossible. So trying not to hold my breath is anticipation is understatement. I was really worried this wouldn’t go well….

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But I totally didn’t need to!! Look at this awesome haul! *__* I’m in heaven!!

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My boyfriend, Carlos and I live close to “downtown” so we walked over. This was the first siting, it seemed small but hopeful.

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There was even a cute popcorn stand!

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The first booth we happened on had flowers, lovely herbs, annd fruits and veggies! We tried to keep it cool as we saw all the awesome produce. It’s been a whole YEAR since we’ve seen stuff this fresh!

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We swiped up some of these pretty peaches, in addition to zucchini and ah-mazing tomatoes.

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Then we found a lovely bread booth that had bread freshly baked that morning!  It was hard to pick just one loaf!

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We’re totally picking out a pastry next week 😀

Next we got absolutely the most amazing asparagus, potatoes and an onion, buuut I forgot to get a picture of that booth… sorry! :S

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Our last stall visit had by far the prettiest set up and also the most variety. We got super delicious corn, squash and a lemon from here.

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Though we have to try the fruit next time too…

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Look at those berries!

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They had even had pears and honey!

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When we got home I made homemade salsa ( ! ) I miss salsa, and turkey BLTs. It was a great lunch!

After lunch I finished up a new project I’ve been working on for my shop!

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Toadstool cake toppers or terrarium figurines!  Whadda ya think?

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I’m pretty excited about them! I hope they will find loving homes oooorrr they can just stay with me 😀

Do you have a local farmer’s market you frequent or place you find fresh goodies?

A Small Celebration With Pie (!)

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My little Etsy shop made 200 sales! I am beyond excited to have reached this goal. I’m surprised every day at the small achievements I reach. I never thought I’d get this far, especially this fast! My first 100 sales took just four months and I’ve reached my second 100 in six WEEKS!! It’s mind blowing I tell you!

Sooo making a pie seemed like a great way to celebrate!

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Apple pie waiting for its lattice topping for its oven adventure 😀

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All dressed up and ready to go!

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Cinnamon sugar strips make a great snack while you wait for your pie. (It takes sooooo long some times…)

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All done and ready to eat!!

 

Hows your Thursday? I’m venturing to my town’s little farmers market today for the first time! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some exciting treasures! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

A Bike Ride and Pretzels

Not much to share today. I thought I’d show you a beautiful trail I bike through to get to my art studio.

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This is the main bike path. It’s a little like the secret garden don’t you think?

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A lovely trail off the beaten path..

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A peek inside the wooded area. Old and new mingling together.

Now for pretzels! I’m the proud owner of a brand new yellow kitchen aid mixer, who has been dubbed “Arty.” I’ve been making head way into recipes I’ve always wanted to try!

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At first I was a bit intimidated to make these beauties, but this is my second go at it now and they’re easy peasy!

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Pretzels rising so they can go in the oven!

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Fresh out the oven…

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and ready to eat!

Have you made pretzels before? Do you have a favorite biking path?