Archive for February, 2010

I spent this past Saturday night with three wonderful friends, one who had a birthday to celebrate~ Instead of going out, we decided to stay in and had a lovely Thai dinner. There was seafood ceviche, shrimp and tofu spring rolls, Thai vegetables and a fabulous Coconut Shrimp Curry. I was asked to bring Dessert, and as luck would have it, the January issue had a recipe for Coconut Cake. How appropriate!

It called for coconut milk in the cake, along with shredded coconut and chocolate chunks. There’s also a quick glaze made with more coconut milk and coconut flakes. I thought it was pretty good, but surprisingly, a little dry. The recipe said it was similar to a coffee cake and it was, for it seemed a little casual for a birthday celebration. It would be great on a brunch buffet or for an afternoon tea. Either way, it was easy and came together very quickly. And it helped us celebrate a birthday!

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Artsy Clutch

I just finished my first Artsy Clutch from Amy Karol’s Bend the Rules Sewing book. It’s the cover project and it was really very simple. I like it well enough, but I think next time I will use a lighter cotton flannel. The clutch turned out pretty “fat.” The button in the photo is temporary. While it looks great, I really need a two-hole button so I can sew it on tight enough to act as a closure. The best part was choosing the fabric, since both sides are seen. I’m looking forward to playing around with colors and patterns as I make more!

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pARTy Cards!

Jen hosted another pARTy this past weekend and I made a few cards. I brought a box of old paper samples I found while cleaning out my office, and after a lot of digging I came across these stamps/stickers. They were perfect on these two cards.

I made a few more with other goodies I found in the box. I need to make more, there’s nothing better than saving $4 and sending a homemade card. And they’re easy to make. Do you make your own cards or buy handmade cards? I’d love to hear about what you’ve made or where you’ve found cool cards. Leave a comment and let me know.

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I found this recipe for Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Cilantro Pesto in the Star Tribune a couple weeks ago and it was a wonderful new way to prepare tilapia. The crust was crunchy, the sauce was light and flavorful. We served it over mashed potatoes. I think we’ll be borrowing this method again, and again.

Note: I searched and searched for the recipe on the Star Tribune site, with no luck. But I did find it on the Washington Post site. Enjoy!

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be happy

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Amy Butler Placemats

I’ve been sewing again and this time I made a set of placemats for my Mother-In-Law for her birthday. They turned out to be remarkably easy. The hardest parts were cutting out the huge pieces of fabric and trying to fit the finished placement on my desk as I sewed it. Overall, I think they turned out pretty good. There were a few things I would do differently, but nothing major. I followed a simple pattern from Amy Butler’s In Stitches.

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