Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hot Cross Buns!

Thanks to modern technology, even folks with my health problems can bake bread. I'd never be able to knead the dough but with a bread machine - Voila! Note: Fiskars kitchen shears make a better cross than a knife does.
I hate store bought hot cross buns which taste heavily of nutmeg and candied citron and artificial lemon topping. These are made with mace which is a bit more delicate in flavor and these have no citron! Dried apricots and currants  (our new machine has a cycle where the fruit can be kneaded in near the end, too!) and the frosting has some lemon zest and natural vanilla. Very yummy!
So Happy Easter folks and thank you tradition for inspiring this baking and modern technology for allowing this to be possible for me.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns![

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Whiff of Spring


I love to photograph the garden in spring. I love this photo with the honey bee and mason bee doing their jobs. Of course, with a name like Pear Tree these blossoms are always appropriate.
Here are a few more garden pics.





Today is a must pay bills and do some art work day. Still getting those ATC's done and then there is class homework! I got a great kit from Club Scrap and am anxious to do a few LO's, too. Hope it's a great spring day for everyone!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

ATC's

OK folks, I missed a post last month. I think that means more blogging this month.

This is a drawing I've done for an ATC request on the Fiskateers board. I always tell myself that creating several small pieces of art is really more than I should undertake. Then, I get the yearning for the challenge. This is going to be simpler than what I've attempted in the past.
I'm going to print this image out and color it and attach to a piece of cardstock. I may add some techniques, glitter and jewels but an original drawing is, I hope, sufficiently "arty". After all, a lot folk use rubber stamp images or use phtos. Anything "art" goes on an ATC. I always like to see what folk create.Obviously, the theme is Mermaids!
Often, I do interactive ATC's flip books, shaker boxes, etc. This, so far, is pretty conventional. Not to say I did not challenge myself, I did. Maybe I need to have the beach horizon line appear higher, not sure. I was trying for her sitting at the edge of an island. Oh, well, it may have to do. I have some art homework and some scrapbook projects to complete. Do not ask me if the house is picked up. You know it is not!
I tried to go "junquing" today but was not inspired by what was in the shops I visited. Maybe I'll try again later in the week. My problem knee and my neck problem really put the brakes on much shopping!
As I noted on FB - meniscus tears in my left knee with a 2 month wait for surgery.
Looks like some great light outdoors right now. I can certanly move well enough to grab a few photos of the flowering fruit trees so I'll post this for now. Yes, I'll try to be a better blogger this month.