snack saturday

Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bites

1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
2 oz (56 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup (75 mL) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (125 mL) seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
3/4 cup (175 mL) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts
24 walnut halves

1. In glass bowl, melt butter and chocolate in microwave, stirring once, until melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in applesauce, jam and sugar until well blended. Lightly beat egg with egg white and vanilla. Stir into chocolate mixture. Gently stir in flour and walnuts.

2. Use light cooking spray to grease mini muffin pan. Spoon batter into pan, filling to top. Top each brownie with one walnut half. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until tester comes out clean, about 10 to 12 minutes.

3. Let cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to rack and cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

to custom or not to custom

I get asked this question a lot; would you custom this quilt? Why didn't you custom this/that one? Most of the times custom/freehanding quilting comes down to cost; it can get pretty pricey depending on what you have done.

When I was at Quilts Canada last year, I went to Mark Lipinski's trunk show and was shocked to see that most of his quilts are not customed. They were quilted with simple pantographs or meandered. Why? It doesn't take away from the fabrics/piecing.

Tilly brought in this Judy Niemeyer quilt. Judy is another quilter who mainly pantos her quilts and I did the same with Tilly's quilt. In fact, the pattern I put on Tilly's is the same pattern that was quilted on one of Judy's quilts.

See how the quilting doesn't take away from the quilt?

I love it. Another fabulous quilt from Tilly.


Dawn is having a giveaway; two sets of 6 fat quarters of the new DS Quilts Collection by Denyse Schmidt.

Hurry over to her blog to enter.

snack saturday


For the first time ever, I've made Paska.

I used the recipe from one of my favorite recipe sites, Mennonite Girls Can Cook(pictures also taken from there)

You will need 4 or 5 loaf pans . .or you can free form little twists or use muffin tins. .. just adjust your baking time. the oven closely.

2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
In a large bowl, put your yeast, sugar and warm water. Let sit 10 minutes. .if it hasn't poofed up . . either your yeast is old, or dead . ..if that happens, start again. There is no point in going on without nice poofy yeast.

1 medium lemon
1 medium orange
Take your citrus and peel it very thin. I use a vegetable peeler. You don't want to use any of the white part of the peel. Put the thinly sliced peel in the blender.
Once you have removed and discarded the white pith of the citrus.. .chop your lemon and orange . .removing all the seeds. Add the chopped lemon and orange to the blender.

1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup of real butter
In a microwave safe bowl, heat the butter and milk until the butter melts. .or do it in a saucepan on the stove.
Once it is melted .. .add it to the blender. Start the blender .. and begin to puree.

2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Start the blender on high and allow the citrus, peel and milk, butter mixture to run for about 2 or 3 minutes.
Add the eggs, sugar and salt.
Continue to run the blender for another minute or two until very smooth.

Measure the milk/citrus and sugar mixture. . it should be about 4 1/2 cups. If you have a bit more or less that is fine. .you will just adjust the flour likewise.
Pour the mixture, along with the yeast mixture into a large bowl .. or the bowl of your kitchen machine, which has a dough hook.

Add flour. . .one cup at a time until you have a smooth soft dough .. .it will be sticky. I think about 7 cups of flour should be right. . but it will depend on the size of your eggs and the size of your lemon and orange. With a plastic bowl . .it is easy to tell when the dough has enough flour because it will stop sticking to the side of the bowl ..but with a metal bowl you really do need to stop the mixer often and touch your dough before adding additional flour. It really is best to stop the machine once it is getting close. . and knead the last bit of flour by hand. . .a little at a time until it is smooth. Do not add more than 7 1/2 cups flour. . allow it to remain sticky. If you measured the milk mixture and had 4 1/2 cups. .7 cups of flour will be enough. . .sticky but enough.

I am going to add this info now for 2010 readers. . . . The amount of flour is a guide. .if your dough is still super sticky add a little more flour a dusting at a time. Look at the picture in the collage of my dough .. .that is how it should look. It should be able to hold its shape. There will be several factors in how your dough could be different than mine. . .the flour you purchase or how you fill your cup of flour. . I scoop and shake to level. Or. . it could be that you have slightly more liquid. Dont' despair if you think it is still too sticky. . .go slow. . add a dusting more. .turn the dough on the counter and knead until you are out of flour again. .and then give it another dusting and continue this way until. . .it looks like mine in the picture. . .I hope this helps. . I really do.

After kneading it by hand or with the machine for about 8 - 10 minutes. . .transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, a tea towel and allow to rise until doubled. This should take about an hour. .to an hour and a half.
At this point, give it a bit of a punch down and let rest at least 10 minutes or up to another hour.

During this time prepare your pans. I spray mine with Pam. Make loaves and let rise until doubled in bulk .. .or about an hour to an hour and a half.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake the loaves about 20 minutes. .but again it totally depends on the size of your pans.
Allow to cool on cooling racks. . I put them in the freezer unless we are eating them the same day . .

Paska Icing
1 cup of soft real butter
4 egg whites (keep in mind that young children, pregnant women and people with compromised immue systems should avoid raw egg whites). ..I found egg white powder this year that is pasteurized.
2 teaspoons vanilla
enough icing sugar to make a soft icing. It will harden again in the fridge.
Beat all together until light and smooth....and spread on each slice .. .and sprinkle with colored sugar.

to market, to market

Sadly I'm not going but some of the quilts I've quilted are!

Barb is a new pattern designer for Moda. When she brought in this first quilt, I had to quilt it. And then keep it. But that's not allowed; me keeping it that is. But Barb did give me the pattern so I can make my own lol.

Isn't it beautiful?

Here's what I did. I stitched in the ditch the border squares and brought the lines out into the black outer border. That made a very fun pattern(and for some reason I didn't take a closer picture)

For the white around the door, I followed a pattern in the fabric.

Next up, straight lines in the door itself; mimicking how the wood grain would be in a wooden door.

Inside the wreath and the birds, I quilted 1/4inch on the inside, following the shapes.

I absolutely love how this turned out. And I really wish I had gotten to quilt more of Barb's market quilts but it didn't work out time wise for me. Next time!

quilt monday

Another baby quilt for a soon to be born babe. I love love L-O-V-E the Lily & Will line. I just ordered some of Lily & Will 2 and can not wait to play with that.

Quilted with Folk Heart.

snack saturday

Chocolate Espresso Pirouette Parfaits

1 canister (14.1 ounces) Chocolate Fudge Rolled Wafers
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup prepared instant espresso or regular coffee
2 tablespoons sweet Marsala wine
4 ounces mascarpone cheese (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup grated bittersweet chocolate


Reserve 8 whole wafers for garnish. Cut the remaining wafers into 2-inch-long pieces.

Beat the egg yolks and granulated sugar in the top pan of a double boiler over hot water with a whisk for 5 minutes or until the mixture is thickened.

Stir the coffee, wine and cheese in the pan. Cook and stir with a whisk for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the double boiler. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.

Beat the heavy cream, vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Divide the espresso cream among 8 glasses. Top each with about 1/2 cup wafter pieces. Divide the whipped cream and the chocolate among the glasses. Garnish each with 1 whole wafer.


I'm supposed to be making a baby quilt out of this,

But then I spotted this in my Google Reader and spent today making lots and lots of HSTs.

Baby is set to arrive in 5 weeks, lots of time still to make that quilt right?

wordless wednesday

I have

The bestest friends. Since my surgery last Tuesday(and I am feeling fantastic. So good to be up and around already. 1 week down, 5 more to go lol!), we have had dinner delivered. Every single night. And it's going to continue right through the weekend.

Today I made up some thank you cards to go with all the dishes that we must start returning lol.

Sweet and simple; I love this Thank You stamp from the $1 bin at Michaels.

hurry on over

to PS I Quilt.

Rachel is giving away this yummy modern workshop fat quarter bundle courtesy of Green Fairy Quilts.

Or don't and give me a bigger chance of winning :p

quilt monday

Pattern- Spot On from Camille's book Simplify

Fabric-Lollipop and Frolic by Sandi Gervais for Moda.

Now we just need baby!


I wrapped up work for six weeks.

Tomorrow, I am having surgery. It's very routine surgery; but the recovery is going to take six weeks. Six incredibly loooooooooooong weeks.

I have finished quilts to bind,

Some new embroidery blocks to play with. And lots of secret stuffs to show.

I figure I'll be bored spitless within two weeks; we'll see how the recovery is going.

Blogging over the next week(maybe a bit longer) will be sporadic. I'm doing last minute baking/laundry/cleaning and spending time with the kids; don't want to spend that time scheduling some posts.

See you soon.
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