Friday, February 24, 2017

King Cake

Although I'm not from New Orleans, not from Louisiana, not even from the US, I love all the pictures of Mardi Gras and King Cake. I've been to New Orleans only once (I live in The Netherlands) and loved the city's vibe and the food.

I've never eaten an original King Cake, the time I was in New Orleans wasn't around Mardi Gras, but I made my own version of the cake. For my daughters it's all about the little doll inside anyway. They want to be boss for a day so badly. Last year my husband found the doll, big disappointment to them, but this year they're sure one of them will find it. New round, new chance!





My recipe:


200 grams butter

100 gram white caster sugar

100 gram brown caster sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

3 eggs

250 gram cakemix

50ml milk



100 gram cream cheese

1 tablespoon cinnamon

100 gram confectioner's sugar

sugar pearls

sugar fondant



Mix butter until soft

Add both caster sugars and cinnamon and mix in

Add eggs one by one and mix for about three minutes

Add cakemix and milk and mix to creamy batter

Bake for about 60 minutes 

Let totally cool off



Mix cream cheese, cinnamon and confectionar's sugar until smooth

Smear on cake (it's the 'glue' for the fondant)

Roll out the fondant until large enough to cover the cake

Decorate as you like


Happy Mardi Gras!
 

Made It! #8

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing every week that I find on Pinterest. Since I have lots of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

Last week I posted the Heart Shirt to make this week, but I found out later that the link doesn't come with a pattern, so I had to make up the pattern myself, but I think it pretty much looks the same as the original.

I love the dark blue of the shirt in combination with the bluish gray of the yarn. It was a left over of something else I made long ago, but it works out great against the background color of the shirt.


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Next week I would like to try a pear recipe. In The Netherlands cooking pears are very popular, especially in winter. The pears are stewed in wine for hours, together with some cinnamon and cloves, until they're colored red. Then they're cooled and served, as a side dish or as dessert. My grandmother was the best cook ever when it came to Dutch cuisine, and cooking pears (stoofperen in Dutch) was a regular side dish in her house. This variation on my grandmother's pear recipe, that I found on Pinterest, is from Ottolenghi.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Little Presents

On work days, when I or my husband can't pick up the kids after school ourselves, they go to childcare service. One of the teachers has found another job, and although my daughters only go once a week to childcare service, she has taken care of my daughters for quite some time, so we wanted her to give a present. I made a couple of Ibiza Style necklaces my daughters could choose from. The other necklaces they can sell on King's Day, which will be at the end of april.




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Together with these necklaces we gave her a large wooden box of daffodils and a handmade postcard.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lucky Cat

A couple of weeks ago it was Chinese New Year and because there's a Chinese neighbourhood in the city I live in, Chinese New Year is celebrated here in The Netherlands, too. For years now I want to go there with my daughters, because I think the fire works and the dancing dragons look quite impressive, but somehow I've never ended up there. Other appointments, work, you name it. This year I was pretty sure we would make it, I already started to crochet a lucky cat, but no. Didn't work out again. But here's the cat.

The pattern is from Lalylala.The Chinese sign for Lucky I found on Google.

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My Angler Fish Cake was featured this week by The Cottage Market!!


Thank you very much, Andrea!


Made It! #7

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make one thing that I find on Pinterest every week. Since I have a lot of pins (that, until now, I've just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards. It can be anything, from cooking to crochet and from sewing to paper crafts. Just small projects that don't take weeks to make ~

And here's the Thai Pumpkin Soup, just as delicious as it sounds! Definitely one I can recommend! And I didn't even alter the recipe. Just forgot to add pumpkin seeds for garnish, even though I had them in my pantry.

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For Valentine's Day I wanted to make this shirt with a crocheted heart for my daughter, but due to lack of time and other (birthday) projects that had to be finished first, I'm way too late. But Valentine's Day or not, the shirt is still cute, so I'm going to make it anyway.


You can find the shirt here, in case you want to crochet along.


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Last week's project of Made It, the Plaid Hat, was featured by Crafts a la Mode and by Oombawka Design!


Thanks, Linda and Rhondda!

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