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Slight Teaser

Eek! It's a Moose!

I’m exhausted, and the heat is conspiring to make it difficult for me to concentrate, or even get my brain to work really.  I promise, soon, to regale you with stories about my recent adventures in Baxter State Park… but for now, enjoy this teaser picture – know that a story will soon follow!  I’m off to put more anti-itch stuff on my bug-bites (of doom!)


Something with Strawberries

So many strawberries can only mean even more berry-based creations on the way

I celebrated the 4th of July by going strawberry picking, and then creating a dessert with some of them.  I wanted something chocolate, with the strawberries, and maybe that could use the “Cream Filling” recipe that I found in an old cookbook.  My answer to these cravings: Mini Chocolate pies, with custard and strawberries – of course!

Old recipe, from an awesome old book.

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Portland… on an apron

Confession:  I hate doing laundry.  It involves trying to gather clothes for a full load (to justify the money I have to spend), dragging the laundry bag downstairs (I’ll admit, I use the elevator… but I used to have to haul it up a hill, and I think that was like negative conditioning to want to avoid having to do laundry).  Then there’s having to wait for the machine to be done (paying attention to the timer and not being able to really get involved in anything while I wait), and then haul it all upstairs… then I have to fold and sort and put it away.  Sigh….

So, why am I sharing this?  Because I realized that I also am messy when I cook (I was always a fan of Big Messy Art…) and my clothes keep getting flour, sugar, and frosting on them.  Not to mention, I like to wipe my hands on my pants, or skirt, or whatever I may be wearing.   Which means more laundry trips.

So, I decided it was time to find myself an apron!  Having limited funds, it made sense to sew something.  And I’ve been somewhat inspired by a blog I’ve started visiting : New Dress A Day, and wanted to try my hand at some styling of my own.

I’m bad at following patterns, or planning my sewing work ahead of time – so I can’t really share, well, what I did in order to make this lovely, unique apron.  But here’s my attempt:

What I used: I have a lot of random t-shirts floating around, and so I took two of them to re-purpose. Continue reading Portland… on an apron

Adventures in Cupcaking

Yesterday, inspired by Cupcakes, Coffee and Cocktails, I decided to try my hand at some cupcake creations.

Since I am trying to live Gluten-Free, I wanted to make goodies that I can eat. I found some Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix

Fresh from the oven!
Most of them turned out decent-looking enough....

on sale that I just had to put to some sort of use, so decided it would make a good base. I didn’t want to try just one kind of cupcake, of course, so instead I took little bits and pieces of the batter and added things to it.

I decided to try a variety:

  • Chocolate (adding 1 tbsp cocoa powder to 1/4 cup of mix)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter (2 tbsp of the batter, 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder, and 1/2 tsp Peanut Butter)
  • Butterscotch (messy….)
  • and Peanut Butter (1/3 cup of mix, with 1 tbsp Peanut Butter).

I also tried a straight-up vanilla with a Peanut Butter M&M in it (to see what it would be like to have an M&M in it!) and vanilla with a Cherry-cordial Hershey’s Kiss in the middle.

Attempt at Butterscotch Cupcakes
Fail Cake... total collapse

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