February 2010

  • Come Hiking With Me!

    Tammy over at Tamdoll's Work Space nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award over a month ago! 

    And now, just as I am finally ready to accept, I suddenly realize I was nominated last year by Chris at Prism Trail!  However, since I have already selected my nominees and prepared the text and digitized the images before realizing this, I am going to accept again! 

  • Just letting you all know I am taking a short break!

    We have been experiencing so many, many interruptions in service while with Clear that we feel we have no choice but to go through the process of finding another provider.

    I will begin posting again once the new service is in place and I can be relatively certain that everything I am working on won't be lost because we have blinked off line again.

    I will do my best to respomd to e-mails, but I am staying away from blogging and commenting until the new service is in place and has proved itself roadworthy!

    Hopefully that will be soon!

    In the meantime, I will be nesting  -  and hatching new projects!


  • Making Chocolate Boxes on Valentine's Day!

    Peggy Alter
    , chocolatier and accomplished pastry chef invited Diane and me to her unofficial Valentine's Day open house to make chocolate boxes!

    You can read Diane's version of our play date here!

  • MIA - Baking Cookies!

    I've been a bit occupied these last 10 days!  Baking cookies for all the lovely people who refer our wedding photography services to brides!

    We bake, wrap and deliver close to 2000 cookies every Valentines!

    Last year I posted several of my favorite recipes from this project.  And my Double Frosted Brownies here!

    I added a couple new cookies this year I am very excited to share.  I promise to post the recipes by the end of this month! Especially the Potato Chip Cookies.  Yum!

    And - while I was busy baking....

    My pussy willows exploded!  A lovely French variety that is pink when it first opens.

    And my orchid opened!  We will have this blossom around to enjoy for at least two months!  Orchids take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to bloom, but when they do, they aren't in a hurry to leave!

    Now! Take a quick look at my flicker pool!  See the Danish woven paper hearts?  Angie (At Home in Mexico) just taught her class to make them and posted some of the results! See the full story here!

    She kept them simple and let the girl's imaginations run wild!  Some are decorated with markers - one even a clock!  And don't miss the bows!  I love the bows!

    Thank you , Angie, for going to all the trouble to share these with us.

    Next time - watching Diane build her white chocolate box!


  • Sweethearts

    Sweethearts at fourteen.  Sweethearts still!

    First date - "The Creature from the Black Lagoon".  Romantic huh?

    We met in science class.  That's us in the back row!  I loved learning about science.  He loved explosions!  Nothing's changed!

    Happy Valentine's Day to my Sweetheart.

    Happy Valentine's Day to each and every one of you in my new, crafty family!

  • Valentine Treat! Almond Chocolate Cake/Torte

    The recipe for this yummy, dense, jam covered almond and chocolate torte found it's way into my recipe box many, many years ago.  The cake is very simple to make and frosting it couldn't be easier - simply cover it with jam after baking?

    When I make this torte on Valentines Day, I bake it in two little 8" heart pans - one to eat and one to give!.  But a 9" or 10" spring form pan is recommended.  The recipe makes 1 - 9" or 10" cake or 2 - 8" heart cakes.

    Chocolate Almond Torte

    3/4 cup unsalted butter
    7/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
    5 eggs, separated

  • A Valentine from Chris!

    Since we are all celebrating "Love" these next 8 days, I want to share a gift of love that I just received from Chris!

    Yes!  I am one of the thrilled and lucky people to receive some of these fabulous polymer tiles Chris recently posted pictures of on her blog Prism Trail

  • Futuregirl Rules!

    Read Alice's (Futuregirl) post "Thanks for visiting" just published on Make & Meaning - read it right now before you read another word here!  I mean it!  Do it now!  "Thanks for visiting"!

  • Celebrating "Halfway to Spring" - Also Known as Mid-Winter!

    Almost open in time for Imbolc!  Paphiopedilum Orchid!

    I am celebrating "Halfway to Spring" or Imbolc or Candlemas by taking a walk in my garden and peering into every container looking for signs of spring returning.

    Crocus are just pushing through the soil.

    Hellebores are already forming tiny blossom buds almost before they are 2" high.