Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's All About The Sweet Tooth

So I don't like Valentines Day. Why, if you care for someone, must you have a day to celebrate? Anyways, I do find some joy in the cute vintage Valentine cards with those ultra cheesy sayings and that certain style of cartoon drawing. Then the candy, of course.

That being said, to those of you who do hold such a day close, have a great one.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

PsychOut

My favorite gifts are the most random, or even better completely psychedelic. Very me.
Some visual treats from my favorite birthday loot.

Vintage fabric, which has "Klopman Mills. Div. Of Burlington Ind. Inc. 1973" along the selvedges.
Stackable groovy print mugs, made in Japan.
Giant garden mushroom, enough said.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Simple Delights

The day began with the sweetest little wake up snuggles from my best and furriest friend, who could ask for a better wake up call? The weather was mild (by Manitoba standards, that is), a new pair of pants was made for my new year, the abundance of sweets and good food were delightful, and the company was ever so wonderful. The day was quiet, yet busy, but a nice way to ring in my 24th.

Thank you to all for all of the special birthday wishes and surprises, it was an absolute delight.

Monday, February 4, 2013

CelebrateSweetly

 It's my last day being 23, and one more day to carry on my sweet themed (rather random) photos. A pretty little cake doodle that I had drew some time ago, with pink and yellow pens while looking through the most fabulous old Betty Crocker booklet. A quick doodle to try something new, and throw in my favorite boxed Mirror cookie press kit.

Tonight I will start putting up a few decorations, including some of these funny food doodles, a mirror ball, cupcake decorations, and perhaps whatever else catches my fancy this evening. Tomorrow is the day...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

GollyGee


It's almost the end of year 23! The day after tomorrow...

Great Grandmother's pretty old sewing kit with little old sewing bits, including the most delightful measuring tape with delicate little flowers. Too pretty. Throw in a sweet sketchy doodle, and life is just dandy.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CupcakeCountdown


My birthday is fast approaching, and the countdown has begun. Only a few days left until the 5th, and the preparations are about to begin. Tomorrow I will make something new to wear, gathering up some decorations, and tidying up.

To start things off, I unpacked the most adorable little glass cupcake decorations given to me by one of my lovely pen-pals this holiday season. Unfortunately they came in a little too late to be properly displayed on my tree, but a birthday seems most appropriate for their day in the spotlight. The packaging says "Afternoon Tea", and upon researching it turns out this is a small Japanese chain store with, you guessed it, tea! They also offer pretty little pastry foods, and the most delightful shop bits...the photos of these shops looked absolutely dreamy!

The countdown to cake and self indulgence begins...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Roll Up!


Rolling up to February...
Okay, a little cheesy. Anyways, I'm starting my birthday month off with a tasty roll cake with a twist. The twist? It's a turquoise blue colour. Why? Just because I felt like it. Adding a little colour just makes things a little more spunky, don't you think?

I had a pretty tasty recipe for a roll cake, one that I grew up with, but it used far too many egg yolks (10-12, yikes!) and I wanted a recipe that used a few less so that, perhaps, I might be able to make it a little more often without feeling so wasteful. Upon looking up other roll cake recipes, reading through reviews and suggestions, I ended up choosing a decent cake recipe that used only 4 eggs and mostly the same ingredients otherwise. Using only the cake from this new found recipe and combining it with the pudding filling from my original recipe (my favorite part anyways) this is what I came up with.

Cake:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Filling:
1 cup cream, whipped
1 pkg butterscotch instant pudding
3/4 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 375F. Sift powdered sugar over a 12"x17" area of a clean thin kitchen towel. Grease a 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan. Line pan with waxed paper. Grease only the surface of the wax paper. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Beat the eggs in medium bowl until frothy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar, water, vanilla and sifted flour mixture, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Immediately loosen the cake around the edges and invert cake onto the prepared towel. Carefully remove paper. Roll the cake beginning at the narrow end. Cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes.

Beat together pudding and milk until well combined. Mix in the whipped cream until blended. Unroll cooled cake and spread with pudding mix, about 1/2" thick within 1/2" of edges of cake. Roll back up and refrigerate (or freeze) for a few hours before serving.

Now, I don't have a proper jelly roll pan so, as usual, used a baking sheet. It works out just find, however you don't get a good "roll" look, as you can see. Nevertheless, it was delish.

Happy February all!