Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fall Tree and Links to Other Projects

Here is a picture of a cool fall craft project that I did with some friends a little while ago. It was fun and pretty easy. The idea was originally posted on this blog:

It was also posted here, along with a lot of other really cool projects:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Apple Pecan Quick Bread

I had some apples that were getting a little soft to eat so I made this bread (more like a coffee cake) to use them up. I baked a double batch in a shallow pyrex baking pan. I find that quick breads cooked in a loaf pan are almost always undercooked on the inside and too dry on the outside. For this bread, I substituted half the apples for cranberries as the recipe suggests. I also added about two teaspoons of cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a dash of nutmeg to the batter. Finally, I sprinkled cinnamon and sugar over the top to create a crunchy crust when baked. It was delicious - very moist and the cranberries' tartness offsets the sweetness.

Here is the link to the recipe below. I got it off Epicurious but it is orginally from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook.

Skull ATCs

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fall Colors

After a particulary crappy day at work, I took a little stroll around the neighborhood. A gazillion tree and leaf photos later, I felt able to deal with human kind again.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Happy Birthday, Laura!

This week was my friend and roommate's 21st birthday. Yes, she is practically a child still. But now one who can drink legally, I guess. Above is a banner I made out of cardstock and strung with ribbon.
Above is a snapshot of Laura's cake. Actually, it is a brownie with brownie bites all around. The attempt at an actual cake was a disaster. It looked terrible - lopsided, oozing filling, the frosting was separating, ugh. Anyway, Laura loves clocks and Laura loves cheeseburgers. So, here she is (yes, that lumpy figure it supposed to represent Laura. Sorry, Laura) eating a cheeseburger and sitting on a giant clock that is covered in cream cheese frosting.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

More ATCs!

The theme for this swap was "Movable Parts". So, I did this mushroom pop-up above and the record player one below.