Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Gift in a Jar: Butterscotch Brownies

I hope you all are having a nice slow and cozy Advent and holiday season so far. I know these short days can be so hectic and not so cheery to many, and please know that I am thinking of you. I have learned over the past few years, this season, although filled with pretty lights, sweet gifts, and yummy treats, is most importantly a season of preparation and stillness. Remembering our sweet Savior's first coming into the world as a baby in a manger and preparing our souls for when He comes again. Thinking of Jesus' Earthly life is so comforting to me because it reminds me that he gets me. He fully understands the trials we are going through, and He is right by our sides, through every painful and every joyous moment.  I hope that thought comforts you too, and allows us all to be grateful for Him first, send extra love to others second, and soak in all the wonderful magical things this season brings third. 

In the spirit of Christmas and gift giving, I wanted to share a homemade project with you this year that you can cozy up indoors and make for your loved one.  It's a simple brownie mix that you could gift on it's own or pair it with an oven mitt for a little gift set that is sure to warm the heart and the belly. I paired my brownie mix with the oven mitt I designed for my crochet class on Skillshare. If you may be interested in making this little mitt, you can head over to my class to see how it's done. If you are already a crocheter, feel free to just download the pattern or skip over to the project videos.

I love using natural and simple materials when I create things whether it's gifts or just a little something for myself. I think it offers a peaceful and warm feel made with intention. I chose to use simple ingredients for the brownie mix that you most likely have on hand, and my oven mitt was made with pure American wool. For the wrapping, I used a natural linen fabric, a bit of twine, and a tree clipping. I very much hope you enjoy making this gift and gifting it! 
Brownie Mix:

1 1/4 cup flour
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
butterscotch morsels

Mix all brownie ingredients in a bowl with a handful of the butterscotch morsels. Slowly add the mix into a 1 quart mason jar pressing down the mix firmly into the jar as you go. I used the bottom of a small glass for this. Add another handful of morsels to top the jar off and close. Print out this label and add to the top of the jar. Place the oven mitt on top of the fabric, then the jar in the center of the oven mitt standing up. Gather the four corners of the fabric at the top of the jar and securing with the twine. Decorate with your tree clipping. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Essential Crochet Basics Class for Skillshare

A few months back, I was contacted by Skillshare to see if I would be interested in creating a course for their platform. If you aren't familiar with Skillshare, they are an online learning community with tons of wonderful classes on a wide range of topics. I actually learned to knit by taking a Skillshare class in 2014, and talked about my experience in this post.  I was a bit hesitant at first, because I am quite a shy person. Throughout school, and even now, I would DREAD presentations, as I tended to sound as if I were running a marathon while giving my public speech. My husband, being the most incredibly supportive person he is, ended up convincing me to give it a try. Creating this class was no small feat for me. Not only am I camera shy, I am not so great with technology either, so the filming and editing portions of this class were a learning curve for me. That said, I LOVED designing this project and sharing my skills in this class. I don't know how people learned much of anything without the internet. The majority of my crochet skills were learned through kind people sharing their knowledge online. So although I feel uncouth as a teacher, I do hope this class can help others who are interested in this craft.

This class is brimming with basic crochet techniques including how to get started, basic stitches, and finishing techniques. You will learn how to crochet in rows and rounds. And you will walk away with the cutest oven-mitt to gift or keep for yourself. It is an intensive beginner class, but I wanted to teach all of the core crochet techniques that makeup most crochet patterns that students can come back to and reference as they work through other crochet projects.

So if you are interested in learning this craft, or if you are already a fellow crocheter and simply want to make the oven mitt class project, you can enroll in the class by following this link. The first 25 students can enroll at no cost. I really hope you enjoy the class!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rosemary Satsuma Fizz

This time of year in Louisiana, it is quite easy to spot an overfilled satsuma tree with its fruit weighing down its branches on a quiet street corner or neighborhood yard. When we moved into our house last year, we were so happy to find our very own baby satsuma tree growing in the backyard. Our satsumas are still ripening, but luckily there are plenty of this delicious little fall citrus to go around down here, so I get them in bag fulls from friends and family. I love a good gin fizz, so I thought I would substitute the lemon juice for satsuma juice and add in a hint of rosemary, which I also have growing wildly. It turned out so refreshing, but still tasted like fall. I hope you enjoy!

 Rosemary Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5-6 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Simmer sugar and water together in a sauce pan and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the rosemary and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it stand for about 10 minutes before removing the rosemary.

Rosemary Satsuma Fizz

1 oz gin
2 oz fresh satsuma juice
2 teaspoons rosemary simple syrup
sparkling water or club soda

Combine the gin, satsuma juice, and rosemary simple syrup into a cocktail shaker or mason jar with some ice and shake well. Pour the liquid into a cocktail glass and top with sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a slice of fresh satsuma and rosemary.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Indigo Girls

After swooning over natural dyes for years (especially recently after this gem of a book was released) I finally stirred up a vat of indigo to play with. My very best friend and I spent a whole day experimenting with different patterns and designs on flour sacks, canvas bags, silk scarves, and of course yarn! I must say, my little fiber and textile loving heart was so full and happy.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Little Things

The Little Things posts are links to a few things I am loving lately. A good day revolves around good and happy moments, gratefulness, and  sometimes delighting in little things that make your heart smile. I hope these links bring a little joy to your day, too. 

A glad heart is excellent medicine.
Proverbs 17:22

I have never taken a Craftsy class before, but all of their bread classes are sure enticing.

This quote by Robert A. Ward is one of the most loveliest things I have ever read.

Brooklyn Tweed released their Fall collection this week, and I am swooning over the His and Hers heme. My favorites are the Auster design for him and the Spearheads design for her.

Another design released this week is Tavia, the sweetest most elegant and romantic knit skirt you could imagine. I already have an extra skein of Finch in this colorway, so I may just be casting on ANOTHER project this weekend.

This pan-fried fish recipe has been cooked for supper several times in the last few months at my house. It is simple and fresh and delicious. I highly reccomend!

I've added this rosewater facial spray to my daily routine after I apply my moisturizer in the morning and evenings and I love how fresh and clean it makes my skin feel!

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