Of parties and heartbreakers

March 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

Life has gotten fuller this week. Not much crafting was done but I did get to gather my friends to warm my home almost a year too late.

More pics and info on that later, and details on how you can contact the lovely Iya to set up your party too. In the meantime I just wanted to introduce you to someone who’s taken up my heart and my energy 24/7 recently:

Yep, there’s my hunny-bunny Pet Lee, AKA Bunny Boo. We’re still on the getting to know you stage and she mostly ignores her humin until she feels it’s time she got more food or water, but I love this tiny furry bundle. Expect to see more of her here. So if I’m not at my sewing machine and/or blogging, just know that I’m probably babbling like an idiot to Pet Lee, hoping she’ll find me worthy of a happy blinky.

Slutty brownies

February 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Admit it, you clicked on this post just because you wanted to know where the “slutty” come in. I’m-a let ya finish but while I have your attention, I wanted to get your opinion on the new name. You don’t want to know the origins of it, trust me. Suffice to say the last word rhymes with “Junkie”. Anyhoo, thoughts? I’m really liking it and think I’ll start to make labels with it on. Let me know what you think. In the meantime, you can find out what makes these brownies oh so good and filthy from The Londoner.

Joy on a stick

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

I must admit, I’m easy. Cheering me up takes nothing more than a few sweets (preferably chocolate), and even just beautiful pictures of cheerful looking sweets. See? Very easy. Wedding Guide has put together a linky party of desserts on a stick from all over the interwebs. Even if you never have a wedding or don’t know how to cook, be like me and let some sweetness brighten up your day. 

Nutella and cocoa cupcakes

February 6, 2012 § 5 Comments

There’s a whole story behind these cupcakes and I’m going to let Jen over at How To Simplify  tell you while I ogle her presentation, my imagined yummylusciousness of these cupcakes and once again have the should I-should I not battle with myself over getting an oven.

My mama’s flan

February 4, 2012 § 4 Comments

Today was crazy bag making day, slowly ticking off the items on my must-make list. I made this:

 

Modesty Fashion has the tute for this Anthropologie inspired bag on Cut Out and Keep. Then I also made the final version of the practice bag I made last week, adding oversized rivets this time.

While deciding what handle to make for this one, I’m taking a break to enjoy Number One on my long list of comfort foods: leche flan, the kind my mama used to make. When I was a kid, she’d make leche flan for very special occasions and upon my very persistent request. While I’ve learned to make it myself, it makes me miss home and family so much I avoid making it unless I’m seriously homesick – which for no apparent reason I am right now. So here’s my mama’s surefire recipe for joy:

1 can condensed milk (I used a 395g can)

1 condensed milk can of water

4 egg yolks

That’s it. Mix together till smooth, strain into a steamable container. Steam for about 15 minutes, let cool, refrigerate for an hour or two (or until you can’t control yourself any longer) and enjoy a little sweet taste of home.

Cheesecake stuffed strawberries

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I crave cheesecake and am too lazy (or cheap) to get myself the real stuff, I grab a graham cracker and layer on cream cheese and whatever jam I have on hand. This actually works. Trust me. Try it. But today I saw this and it looks (and probably tastes) a little more sophisticated than my half-assed version. Let’s all try this one out, shall we? Seems healthier too . . . well, okay, it’s got fresh fruit, right? Recipe from the Sweets Life

Tiramisu pancakes

January 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yes, there is such a thing and it looks too gorgeous to eat but sounds so delicious you can’t help yourself. I’m obviously not interested in writing this post as I busily write down the ingredients and adding a MUST GET asterisk to each of them on my grocery list. The lovely people at the Ivory Hut have graciously shared their recipe with us here.

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