Newest family addition.  He smells just as wonderful as he looks.

Newest family addition.  He smells just as wonderful as he looks.

made: modern baby quilt.

I finished up baby’s quilt made up of all the squares from my baby shower.  I’m so so pleased with how it turned out.  First step was taking each square and zig-zagging the edges of each applique to make sure it was nice and secure and would fray very little in the long run—important since I’m sure I’ll need to wash it often.  Next I laid out all the squares and tried to balance the colors and designs, then sewed them together: first I made 6 rows of 5 squares, and then attached the rows together.  I used a twin grey sheet (only $5 at Walmart!) for the backing, and still had enough left from the fabric to make binding strips.  The hands-down best binding tutorial is found here.  I loved finishing the binding by hand-so satisfying to see it all finished so neatly.  This was such a wonderful baby shower activity put together by my sister and I’m happy when I look at each square and remember who picked out each design and fabric. 

This was the last “before baby” project—we’re ready now baby!  Come on out!

baked: coconut macaroons.  chewy and light….little pillows of coconut goodness.  I dare say even if you don’t love coconut you would like these cookies.  Alton Brown takes them over the top by dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling macadamia nuts on top, but I like them just. like. this.  Recipe here.

baked: coconut macaroons.  chewy and light….little pillows of coconut goodness.  I dare say even if you don’t love coconut you would like these cookies.  Alton Brown takes them over the top by dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling macadamia nuts on top, but I like them just. like. this.  Recipe here.

baked: black and white cookies.  A cakey sugar cookie all frosted up.  I was pleased by the taste at first, but hesitant about whether or not I’d make them again.  But then…I became addicted.  I’d probably double the lemon extract amount just to bring it out more and give a little more flavor to the base but they really did turn out deliciously soft and sweet.  Makes a LOT, so prepare to share. They’re also better when made with a friend—icing is tough work.  Thanks for the company, C!  Recipe found here.

baked: traditional chinese peanut cookies. 
These were lovely little melt-in-your-mouth tea cookies.  Based on the recipe found here.  I cut the recipe in half, and next time I might just measure things out by traditional measurements because the powdered sugar was a pain to measure out.) 
Chuc mung nam moi!

baked: traditional chinese peanut cookies. 

These were lovely little melt-in-your-mouth tea cookies.  Based on the recipe found here.  I cut the recipe in half, and next time I might just measure things out by traditional measurements because the powdered sugar was a pain to measure out.) 

Chuc mung nam moi!

Poor scared animals-glad this had a happy ending.  I would adopt more if I could.  Thanks for sending dad.

Apple Sharlotka via Smitten Kitchen.  Smelled wonderful, and tasted pretty good, but I much prefer making Dorie’s french apple cake.  Just a bit more rich, due to the addition of butter and rum.  This was more like a very moist, dense, bread pudding but with apples and just enough dough to hold it —mostly— together. 

Apple Sharlotka via Smitten Kitchen.  Smelled wonderful, and tasted pretty good, but I much prefer making Dorie’s french apple cake.  Just a bit more rich, due to the addition of butter and rum.  This was more like a very moist, dense, bread pudding but with apples and just enough dough to hold it —mostly— together. 

wednesdays with oscar #39: the usual situation when I’m trying to craft.

wednesdays with oscar #39: the usual situation when I’m trying to craft.

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Details from a honey bee themed baby shower for A & J.  My sister, of my baby shower cookie fame, once again came through with organizing the desserts.  Those are delicious mini vanilla honey cupcakes with a honey cream cheese frosting.  And the bees on the cake!  Made of fondant, each one!  I love the little smiles she added with the help of a toothpick. A lovely afternoon for sweet parents-to-bee. 

I do.  Two very important words. 

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