Saturday, July 27, 2013

For the love of handcraft ..

Pillow Block by Fitri D. // Rumah Manis
I've been making many pillows lately ; is always fun to see the final result. Most the time I never plan on specific design - everything just cross my mind, see the piles of left over fabric from last quilt and voila.. fun pillow.

See this pillow above ? I think that is perfect block design for a bike-lover. What do you think?

And see another pillow bellow , I even add a simple message with hand stich on the bottom of yellow block pillow. This pillow is for a lady who loves yellow bee (the chevron pillow is backing view for yellow block bee pillow)

See, make something for someone and add their character into it. They will love it.

Contact me or email me if you like me make something for your love one too. Believe me, so much worth it to see 'star' on their eyes when they accept the package of love.



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Almond Marzipan Cake and how to spend a summer break

Marzipan Cake by Fitri D. // Rumah Manis
How about this .. summer day in Midwest the temperature is between 90-100 F plus this month is Ramadan's months mean is fasting day for me for almost 16 hours everyday and another plus : summer break .. voila.. perfect, huh ..

Alright, the Ramadan-fast itself is not really big deal to me, but having a little one who have a very long summer break and not be able to go vacations this year.. is really big deal.

So, how to make her not to get bored easily, especially after month of summer-camp is over and still another month and half to go.. ? ask her to bake, do a little crafting activity and give her break with invite 5 of her best friends having pool party at home .. she absolutely love it

(hand stitches)

Like this recipe, I got from Patricia - I do love to visit her blog, Technicolor Kitchen .. she always posting a very simple recipe, which is a perfect for my little one to bakes something simple, without making a mess during or after baking. She can read an ingredients, measure it, mixing the ingredient and bake!!

Easy almond cake
Recipe :How to Be a Domestic Goddess

250g unsalted butter, softened
250g marzipan, softened – I got a chocolate cover marzipan which is adding a lot of flavor to the cake.
¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
6 large eggs
1 cup + 1 tablespoon (150g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter a round 20cm (8in) cake pan (with high sides), line the bottom with a circle of baking paper and butter the paper as well.
In a food processor, process the marzipan, butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the almond and vanilla extracts and process again. Add the eggs, one at a time, down the funnel, processing after each addition. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and process until incorporated. Transfer to the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 50 minutes (checking from 40) or until golden and risen and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan over a wire rack, then carefully unmold. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Serves 8-10

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Thank You .. *I'm back*

The Package by Fitri D. // Rumah Manis
Forgive me not updating my blog for almost 2 and half months - and I know some of my friends and contacts still looking after me ; wondering where am I going ? What happened with me . For that matters I would like to say Thank You that you are so loyal to me.

I'm still around , kind of busy with my family to take care , but I promise I will come back when I have a plenty time like before to share my recipes to you and visiting you again.

You know, sometime life is going to different direction without warning - our life just turn to other directions that we never expect . It was sad, it was nerve- racking . For some reason, I need to be strong ; I must to believe that everything happen for a reason - always rainbow after rain. I have no energy to be sad, and at the end we know, there is Allah always help us to find the way out :)

I (we) always feel blessing that we have many family and nice friends around . To me , is so easy to see who is your truly friend is , they who come to you during hard time and not always in a good time. Trust me, is not always about money, but just simple question, if we still alive or not.. that is mean a lot to me.

I know I cant thank you enough for what friends, family did to us but just let me share a little thing that I made from the bottom of my heart. How grateful I'm - to have you as my family friends .
Thank you R, Thank you F .. you guys are awesome supportive friends..