Friday, May 22, 2015

Noting Hill Mini Quilt - Pattern Tester

My secret sewing reviled ... :) about 2 weeks ago, Nadra from Ellis and Higgs sent me e-mail ask if I want to try her new pattern , I love try a new sewing skill - as I told her, that I am just a beginner and occasional quilter , so don't expect me to do the perfect sewing but she still send me her pattern to try. So, what else I can tell ? I do really love the result, cutting a small pieces is not 'really' my favorite thing, but as soon as I sit on my sewing chair, everything just come easily.

I made 2 time mini quilt using her pattern, but I wasn't happy with the first one, I choose a very similar color of fabric for the roof, so the result is not really "pop ups .. "  and than in the last minute, I made the second quilt , I really nervous since I didn't have enough time to sew any more, our office is really busy , but since I had an experience with the first mini quilt, I know what should I do ..  voila... I love it !!
For you who want to try a new level of sewing , please check Nadra website, HERE .. she will launch her pattern very soon.  The pattern is so clear and easy to follow ... trust me, even you just a beginner, you always can tackle it ... (ps : I had fun add flowers around the window panel)


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Banana Muffin with Cinnamon Sugar Crumbs

When I have a day off, I always dedicate my self to ... mixer !! aack, this is so wrong since I have a secret sewing due in 2 days !!  Alright I am getting nervous now, but the 2 cake eater will have a happy tummy this afternoon.

Banana Muffin with cinnamon sugar crumbs is a second baking for today, the first one is marble chiffon cake (again) LOL - I know.. I know... but my weekend will be busy, so I think baking 2 goodies will be a good idea , any one call me 'sugar rush lady' ?   hahaha..

Banana Muffin with Cinnamon Sugar Crumbs
Ingredients :
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
4 over ripe bananas
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted, cooled
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecan or chocolate chips , your choice
Cinnamon Crumbs :
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp. butter melted
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

Directions :

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly butter muffin tins (mine : 12 muffin)
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together like you mean it, for a good 3 minutes. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in the nuts and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about halfway. Give them a rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out. Sprinkle the crumbs over the top of batter
Bake until a toothpick stuck in the muffins comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before turning the muffins out. Serve warm or at room temperature

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chocolate Snickerdoodles

When we (me and my daughter) go to Grocery Store near by our house, she always get 1 free cookies, - isn't nice ? she always pick a snickerdoodles cookies . She loves that cookies so much.  I looking for recipe, and found one - called "chocolate snickerdoodles" .  Without hesitation, I follow that recipe, no skip anything ..follow the directions. I was so upset with the result, the cookie is so HARD ..!! like rock , I need to throw all of them to the garbage bin, well , I just don't want my kid eat and broke her tooth .. 
The next day, I try do it again with so much adjustment from me , and just follow my guts .. and I just love the texture . 3 days in row bake this cookies, I share the cookies with teachers, friends, co-worker , they absolutely love it ... don't ask about my daughter and hubby , :)) you know the answer.
Chocolate Snickerdoodles
Ingredients :
2 cups of All Purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 stick of unsalted butter 
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar for rolling , (see below how to make cinnamon sugar)
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg powder
Directions :
Pre-heat the oven 350 F.  Line 2 baking sheet with parchment
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, baking powder
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium high for about 1 minute, until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time. Beating well, stir in the vanilla, scrape the bottom of the bowl.
On low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients, continue mixing only until the flour disappear.
Divide the dough into ball, roll the dough ball in the cinnamon sugar and place them on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. With damp finger flatten the dough ball slightly until the are 1 inch thick.
Bake the cookies for 12 minute, until golden brown at the edges and set in the middle. Cool on the baking sheet before transferring them to racks to cool completely.
Yield : 24 small cookies