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Alison Alpaca

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Another pattern from the Book of Pica Pau by Jan Schenkel, the Alpaca. I made this one because it made me think of a trip I made some years ago to Peru. While I was wandering through Macchu Pichu a couple of alpacas followed me with their eyes. I kept away from them because you only have to be spitten on by an alpaca once in your life to avoid coming near them for the rest of your days. The smell; horrible! Not easily washed away either. Fortunately I was in a zoo when it happened, so I could wash my face thoroughly, but I will never forget that smell.
Anyway, I liked to see them living in between the ruins of Macchu Pichu, because they belong there. They are so beautiful with their big brown eyes with long lashes and their fluffy hair on top of their head.


Just one more to make from this book: the wolf. I'm not really into spirituality and such, but when I heard about so called totem animals, I've always known that the wolf is my totem.

Made It #6

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~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~ As said last week I would make the Corn Soup for the all Mexican Lunch Menu. The friends I had over for diner never had Corn Soup before and neither did I, so no frame of reference here, but we all found the taste was great! A keeper again. Find the recipe here. ~*~
Another one that I want to make for the above mentioned lunch are these vegetarian Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas. All ingredients in this recipe sound great: avocados, cheese, black beans and cilantro. Especially the last one. I know it's a herb people either love or hate, but I'm definitely a fan.   ~*~ 

Two of the recipes I made for Made It were featured by Strawberry Butterscotch, namely the Cheese Croquettes and the Vegetarian Enchiladas!



Thank you very much, Anna!

Valentine Can Cake

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Just for the four of us, my daughters, my husband and I, I wanted to make a small cake for Valentine's Day. I only have large baking tins, but the idea popped into my head to use an empty vegetable can as a baking tin. I love the result! The cake is just large enough to cut into four pieces.



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Sheila the Cheetah was featured by Oui Crochet, by Creating My Way to Success and by Creative Jewish Mom!


Thank you  so much, Susie, Jill and Sara!

Made It #5

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~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~

As promised I made the King Cake Bites, but I'm sorry to say: they don't look quite as nice as the bites in the pictures that came with the recipe. I'm used to that, when I bake sweet stuff like cake and cookies most of the time it looks like a total failure, so I hope you're not disappointed. 
The taste was good, but the sugar and icing that I made to decorate the bites, didn't look like purple, green and yellow at all as you can see in the picture below. 
So, oooon to the next recipe...

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Next week some good friends will come over for lunch and I want to make an all Mexican menu from recipes that are on my Pinterest board for ages. The first one I'm going to try is the Corn Soup.  I never had corn soup, so the taste will be sort of a surprise, but I think corn…

Valentine Jars

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A while ago I told you about all the disposable vegetable jars I keep to use for whenever. I'm about to disappear underneath a layer of vegetable jars so I thought maybe it would be a nice idea to use some of them for Valentine's Day. I bought a white and red glass paint pencil and a chalkboard pencil, so I could draw what I wanted to see on the jars with chalkboard pencil first. The chalkboard pencil is easily wiped away in case of errors or if you just don't like your design. When totally satisfied, you can trace your drawings or writings with the glass paint pencil. After baking the jars in the oven,  you can wipe of the rest of the chalkboard paint. 
Another tip: if you're not very good at handlettering or drawing you can place a drawing or text behind the glass and trace it directly on the glass with a glass paint pencil. 
Some tealights in the jars will do the rest! Gives nice patterns on the walls, too!




Sheila the Cheetah

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The fourth pattern I made from the book Pica Pau by Yan Martel, was the cheetah. The cheetah was on request by my oldest daughter, who loves cats and every animal that looks like it.



What I like the most about this cheetah, is the tiny buttons on the back of her dress. So cute!

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The Bunting with Woodland Animals that I made for the just born son of a colleague was featured by Creative Jewish Mom!


Thanks, Sara!

The Unicorn Cake

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Today the last in a long, long series of unicorn related party ideas for my daughter's birthday: The Unicorn Cake!

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Gisele Gazelle was featured by Annemarie's Haakblog and Creative Jewish Mom this week!



Thank you very much, Annemarie and Sara!

Made It #4

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~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~

This week I made the Vegetarian Enchiladas and I'm happy to say this is the best Mexican dish I've eaten in ages! And the even better thing is: the rest of my (non-vegetarian) family also loved it, so I can move this recipe over to my list of keepers. 

The only thing I changed in this recipe was the amount of chili, because too spicy food means my children won't eat it. 
To make this dish even better, I made my own gaucemole to go with it. For the guacemole you need: 
1 avocado 1 tablespoon mayonaise 1 clove of garlic salt and pepper to taste
Mash the avocado and mix it with the other ingredients. That's it. 

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Mardi Gras is approaching, so I thought it would be nice to make King Cake Bites.




Woodland Animals Bunting

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As told in the post about Gisele Gazelle, I have quite a lot of colleagues who are about to deliver or already did, so I'm busy making baby presents at the moment. Something I have on my Baby Presents DIY Pinterest Board for some time now, is this Woodland Animals Garland, a combination of crochet and cross stitch. Since one of the before mentioned colleagues delivered a boy last week, I thought this would be a nice present. 


I found this idea here. The pin refers to a blog called The Fox in the Attic, but the link does not longer exist.

Unicorns!

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Last weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter's birthday for family and friends and this week her own friends from school will come over for a little party. As told it's unicorns all over this year and because most of the festivities will take place in the kitchen, I tried my best to draw a nice unicorn on the black board that we have on the kitchen door. 

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My Unicorn Pinata, also made for the party, is featured by Scrapality and Creative Jewish Mom this week!



Thanks, Andrea and Sara!

Made It #3

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~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~

The Cheese Croquettes were on my list this week. It's a bit of a mess to make them, as it is with all food you have to coat with breadcrumbs, but the result is heavenly!


In the recipe the cook also adds jalapeños, but unfortunately my supermarket was out of supplies. I'm sure they would have tasted even better with the  jalapeños! But this recipe is a keeper, so there's no doubt I will make this croquettes again and then with all the ingredients.
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The  next on my list will be the Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas. My family loves Mexican food, so almost every Mexican recipe is an instant hit in my house. I hope they also enjoy it without meat in it. Since I'm the only vegetarian in our household, I'm cooking different dishes half of the time, meaning my husband and kids e…

Gisèle Gazelle

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There's taking place another round of delivering colleagues at my job and for some of them I'm busy making a little present. The first one is for a baby girl. It's a gazelle that I named Gisèle, the third pattern I made from the book Pica Pau by Yan Schenkel.





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The Donkey with poncho (also made from the above mentioned book) was featured by Creative Jewish Mom and by Nifty Thrify Things!


Thanks, Sara and Vanessa!

Unicorn Pinata

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This week my youngest had her 8th birthday. It was on a school day, so besides unwrapping presents we didn't much yet, but this weekend we will celebrate for family. Next week her own friends from school will come over. Normally we go somewhere, a zoo, a swimming pool, a theme park or whatever, but this year my daughter wanted to stay at home and play Bingo. It's something they do sometimes at the after school childcare service and apparently she loves it so much she finds it party worthy. I bought little presents to win, most of them having something to do with unicorns, because unicorns are it in our house at the moment, enough for everyone to don't go home empty handed. 
Besides the bingo to fill up the hours, I made a piñata. A unicorn piñata of course. 


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The Unicorn that I crocheted for my daughter's birthday was featured by Strawberry Butterscotch, by Sew Can Do and by Creative Jewish Mom!



Thank you very much, Anna, Cheryl and Sara!

Made It #2

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~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~
Last week I made the delicious Stroopwafel Cake, that was gone in less than an hour (no, not only because of me) and let you know that I would make French Onion Soup this week. Well, I did. 
I still remember the first time I ate onion soup. The name by itself didn't make me particular enthusiastic, but I was eating out with my parents while we were on vacation on Menorca and they pushed me a bit to try the soup, because they tried it before and were quite lyric about it. So I couldn't say no. Glad I didn't, because I'm a onion soup fan ever since. 
I didn't follow the recipe exactly, because after making onion soup a lots of times, I know what I like and what not, but it's a good basic recipe. 
Instead of four yellow onions, I used: 2 yellow onions 2 red onions 1 …

Little Snail

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From the Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies book by Lalylala I made this snail. I don't like snails at all, especially the naked ones, but this one has a house and the house is what made me give in!



Burro Mexicano

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After making the Unicorn for my daughters birthday, I wanted to make more from the Pica Pau book by Yan Schenkel. Because I'm a lover of donkeys and once in my life hope to owe one (I think they're so hilarious and beautiful at the same time) I chose the donkey.  I love his little Mexican poncho!
 Beneath the poncho he's wearing a tough striped shirt!

But the best part of this donkey is his tail!

Made It #1

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Finally everything is back to normal; husband to work, children to school. The days I'm normally off from work, the house is mine and mine alone again. I can clean, bake, crochet, whatever I want without people getting in my way or making a mess of what I just cleaned up.
So this is also the week I can pick up the Made It item on my blog again. I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from it, so I set it as a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload.
First one of the year is this Stroopwafel Cake (find the original recipe here), stroopwafel being a dutch treat made of two thin waffles with cane sugar syrup between it. 


Instead of the ingredients in the recipe I used an instant cake mix (only add butter, eggs and a bit of milk). I teared the stroopwafels to pieces and mixed half of it through the batter. After baking the cake I put the rest of the waffles on top of the cake and fixed them with sugar cane syrup. 

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Crochet Unicorn

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As told last week my youngest daughter is about to turn 8, so the upcoming weeks I'm busy with making a lot of birthday related stuff. She chose the not so original unicorn theme, but original or not I love to make all things unicorn. 
There's always at least one birthday present that I like to make myself and fortunately there's a lovely unicorn pattern in the  Pica Pau book by Yan Schenkel that I ordered a couple of weeks ago. 
So cute, don't you think?!



~*~ The Reindeer Garland that I crocheted for Christmas was featured by Pattern Paradise!  Thanks, ladies!