It's warmed up quite a bit today, most of the snow we had last week is well on its way out. For the short term anyway. The snow we did get sure has forced us to turn our minds toward Christmas--we've been doing a lot of thinking about it around here but haven't exactly been taking active steps toward any form of effective preparation. That is until now.
Today I came across an old red woolen sweater that I hadn't worn in years. I had seen alot of different ideas around recycling sweaters for assorted projects on the internet,and since my sewing machine was already set up I got to work right away. After a productive morning of franticaly felting, cutting, sewing and adorning, the Mr was happy to help out with the arranging and fastening stage of the project.
I think the "sweater" turned out great! This was just what I needed to give myself a Christmas kickstart.
I love to sew. I am inspired by beautiful patterns and coordinating fabrics, the clean lines, the efficient whirring sound and feel of the machine.
I'm just finishing up Bari.J.'s Keeping it Real Apron Tutorial so I'll have a pretty little reversible apron to inspire me in the kitchen when I start my Christmas baking. (Jeepers, better get on this...) Honestly, this tutorial is terrific. It has the potential to turn even the most challenged crafter into a sewing goddess. I'm thinking there may be handcrafted aprons under a few Christmas trees this year! Finished photos coming soon.
PS. Wishing all you readers from the US a warm and Happy Thanksgiving this weekend (and here I am talking about Christmas already)!
Well okay, so maybe they're not real Olallieberries which are impossible to find anywhere in Alberta in late November... Blackberries work just as well and happen to be right there on the supermarket shelf all plump and juicy just asking to be baked. I really wasn't sure this type of dessert would go over in a household that loves heavy rich chocolate and globs of sweet icing, but I was proven wrong. I baked this Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon it was completely gone.
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Preheat oven to 350F
Butter and flour an 8" round cake pan, lining the bottom with parchment paper
In a large bowl mix aggressively:
3/4 cup soft butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup ground almonds
1/2 tsp almond extract
Pour into the cake pan, pressing the batter out towards the sides from the centre
Top with 1 cup of berries placed in a pleasing design
Bake on middle rack 40 - 50 minutes
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from pan
Place on decorative plate and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar
Serve and enjoy!
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This is a very versatile cake and so simple to put together. I love the almond flavour and the moist heavy texture. Try it with blueberries, yum!
Well here it is--Olallieberry's very first post. I look forward to sharing with you a little bit about what I do, how I do it, and why. And even more than this, I look forward to stepping into a fresh start and what for me is the prospect of learning something new.