Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Bouquet of Spring



I made this design twice, once using the Martha Stewart punched Doily punch and the other without.

Materials
Cheery Lynn Designs - Lattice Heart & Vines
Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Heartfelt - small Camellia Carnations
Martha Stewart -Punch Around the Edge Doily & Butterfly
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Purple
Spellbinders - Classic Square Large

Decorator's Dream Cookie Recipe
This is a website I found that also has the recipe.
I believe it originally came from King Arthur Flour but I can't find it on their website)
This is one of the best cookies I have eaten and make a fun cookie to decorate or just eat plain

1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) butter
2 cups (8 ounces) confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons (1 3/8 ounces) light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract (note I use Lorann Oil Almond Emulsion bought from Amazon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, light beaten with 2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon baker's ammonia*, optional
3 1/2 cups (14 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour

Yield about 4 dozen 2 inch cookies
Baking Temperature 350 Fahrenheit
Baking Time 8 to 12 minutes

In a medium bowl cream together the butter, sugar and corn syrup until light and fluffy ( I use a Kitchen Mixer for this)  Beat in the flavoring and salt.  

Add the baker's ammonia to the egg and water, stir to dissolve.  Add this mixture,  then add 1 cup of flour to the ingredients in the bowl,  mix then second cup and mix then third cup and mix finally 1/2 flour mix.  You should have a nice smooth will mixture dough.

Divide the dough in half, put each half in wax paper then a plastic bag.  Flatten each slight.  Refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Take one piece of dough out of refrigerator, and flour a clean surface.  Roll as thin or thick , for slight less crisp cookies roll it out more thickly.  We roll Decorators Dream Cookies 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick.  Use flour under and on top of dough to prevent sticking.

Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter .  ( I am lazy so I just use a 2 inch round cookie cutter to make it go faster)

Bake cookies just until they're slightly brown around the edges.  Let cookies cool on baking sheet for several minutes.  Transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

*Baker's ammonia will make an ultra-crisp cookie
Personally I have used Baker's ammonia and it has no shelf life, gets hard from absorbing the moisture in the air.   So I just don't use it anymore.  One more thing, if you do use it DO NOT eat the raw dough, it really smells like ammonia.







Friday, March 27, 2020

Spring has Sprung


Well, the Black Bear is awake now in our area, how do I know that you ask.  He destroyed my bird  and suet feeder.  Pulled them off the Shepherds Hook which by the way he bent almost to the ground.  Then tore the lid off the suet feeder and left it is pieces.  Next,  on to the bird feeder, smashed the plastic tube and managed to get it in pieces also. 

It has been a few years since I had trouble with the bear, he is a large male around 200 pounds and most of the time I can just scare him off by banging on something loudly.  But he managed to sneak in the yard late at night  this time.

On my once a week grocery shopping event, I see things still have not calmed down in my area.  We are still in the shelter in place until April 6th and then it might be extended depending on the virus numbers.  Store still has the hoarding issue, no sugar, flour, paper products, rice, dried beans and now people are buying most of the canned goods.  Even all the eggs were gone.   I have gotten very creative on making dinners now.

Materials:
Heartfelt Creations - Small Camellia Carnation
Poppy Stamps - Climbing Vine
Spellbinders - Majestic Elements & 5 X 7 Matting Basics A

I had many people ask about caring for Orchids.  I get all my information on watering, re-potting and problems with Orchids by watching Miss Orchid Girl on You Tube.  She has over 400 Orchids, from the easy to grow to the exotics.

I bought all my re-potting supplies from a company called rePotme Orchid Supplies.  They have really fast shipping and most months have some kind of discount of their products.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Easter Lilies



Greetings everyone, I hope you are well and taking one day at a time.  Even though we are isolated right now you are now alone.

Materials:
Art Glitter
Impression Obsession - Easter Greetings
My Favorite Things - Lily
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Purple
Spellbinders - Grand Ovals

I have re-potted all my Orchids now, they really needed it.  Some I am sure were in the same small containers for years.  I just can't believe how pretty they are when in bloom.


The other day a friend sent me a funny note.

I heard there might be a food shortage
We may have to start hunting our own food
I don't even know where Doritos live.

We took a drive this weekend to the Skagit Valley, WA but of course never left the car only a handful of people out in the valley which was nice.
They grow acres of Daffodils and Tulips each year. The Tulips won't be in bloom until April.  All the pictures I have posted are from the Skagit Valley area.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/roozengaarde/photos/?ref=page_internal
Yellow Daffodils
White & Yellow Daffodils 
Miniature Donkey Farm in the valley
Swans getting bugs in the growing fields.




Thursday, March 19, 2020

Spring Basket

Hello and I wanted to thank everyone who stops bye.  I hope you are all well, I have been walking each day to try to relief the stress of living in a hot zone.  I have gotten really good and making cinnamon bread and cookies.  On my one trip to the grocery store each week I still see people hoarding items, especially toilet paper.  Still don't understand that, the shortages are being created from people buying more than they really need.

Some local craft distilleries are now making hand sanitize so more will be available to the Health Industries soon.

What are you doing to help relief the stress?

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers
Memory Box - Scalloped Cake Stand & Woven Basket
Nuvo Crystal Drops - White
Poppy Stamps - Dianna Border
Spellbinders - A2 Matting Basics A &  Ribbon Banners
Glitter for center of flowers.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Easter


Hello and I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by and commented on my last design. 

For today's design I folded the white card stock in half then used the scalloped die slightly above the fold so when it cuts the paper both pieces are still attached.  Then you have a fun little window to peek into.

I hope everyone is staying virus free and this pandemic passes sooner than later.

Materials:
Heartfelt Creations - Small Camellia Carnation
Impression Obsession - Tiny flowers
Martha Stewart - grass punch
Memory box - Fuzzy bunnies & stitched clouds
Spellbinders - Classic Scalloped and standard circles

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Peter Rabbit's Residence

Hello and thank you all for the lovely comments on my last design. Well, as many of you have probably read the Coronavirus has really hit Washington State hard.  I have never washed my hands so much in my life.

Today's design I used a Karen Burniston pop-up die, the only one I ever bought.  I find I can make a lot of fun designs using other manufacturers dies that work with the basic pop-up part. Also, the card folds in half very nicely to mail.

Materials:
Heartfelt - Small Camellia Carnation
Impression Obsession - Easter Joy
Karen Burniston - House & Fence Pop-up die
Memory Box - Stitched Clouds & Grand Alder Tree
Poppy Stamps - Egg Cetera, Country Baskets & Bunny Buddies
Spellbinders - Ribbon Banners
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