On a scale of 1 to 10, I give peanut butter + chocolate a 27. So I did a little hand lettered version of the delightful duo, with bounce letters and a faux calligraphy effect. The flourishy little “and” was fun — I’d like to practice that type effect more. Tools Micron pen
Awhile back, I made candied orange peel for the first time, with the intention of putting it in Stollen. Happily, there was enough for the Stollen as well as some Orangettes. I’m not bit on chocolate and fruit (chocolate-covered strawberries being the exception) and orange + chocolate has never sounded appetizing to me, so I didn’t know if I would like these. Which was fine, because they’re a gift for my mom and I thought it would be the sort of little confection she’d appreciate. But after tasting one, I was converted. At least when it comes to homemade chocolate-dipped candied orange…
I did a little materials shopping over the last few weeks that got me in the mood for some summer style creations. Can’t wait to make some preppy classics!
A. Bag Dispenser in Plaid and Denim / B. Reclaimed Denim Leash There’s something about the menswear combo of dark wash jeans with a crisp plaid buttondown. It just says “Fall” to me. The weather is finally cool enough to walk around outdoors in dark colors — even better when the sun warms them up a little to take off a chill. That’s the inspiration of this product pairing of a plaid and denim poo bag dispenser and an upcycled denim leash. It looks especially good with dogs that have dark fur (I discovered this with Bosco, our chocolate Dachshund!)
I’d love to have a yellow layer cake recipe in my list of go-to recipes — those recipes that I know work, taste great, and don’t demand great feats (or fancy ingredients) to make. I’ve made a couple of attempts at this classic (once as a small layer cake and cupcakes, and as mini vanilla cupcakes). And those were made with freshly milled soft white wheat flour. For my husband’s birthday, I splurged on cake flour that I had leftover in the pantry rather than whole wheat. So I was able to follow a recipe for buttermilk cake as written. Well, almost….