quilted potholder : enid’s diy

Potholder DIY 3When we took our trip to America, one of the items that we brought back for my mother-in-law was a packet of fabric ornaments from Devil’s Tower Monument, Wyoming. She and my sister-in-law are incredibly crafty women. In fact, one of the first gifts that I received from Enid was a fabric bag that she had sewed, which was adorned with beautiful stitching. Since then, I have gotten many tailor-made gifts, all of which I love and use. This potholder is the most recent one, and is (secretly) my favourite to date.

I found it to be an extremely thoughtful gesture for Enid to use a present that was intended for her, and make something beautiful out of it, and to give it to her son and daughter-in-law. Thus, I asked her to collaborate with me on this post, so I could share it with each one of my amazing readers. Here’s how to make a quilted potholder.

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Emory

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 1.34.42 PMMaterials:

2 pieces 12”x 12” cotton fabric
1 piece 12” x 12” terry cloth (I used a new facecloth)
1 4” x 4” quilt square or any cute border print fabric
Matching thread
Contrasting thread

Potholder DIY 1Steps:

1. Turn quilt square edges under and press.

2. Center the quilt square on the right side of one of the cotton and stitch in place.

3. Place the two cotton squares right sides together.

4. Place your terry cloth square on top of the cotton squares and pin through all layers.

5. Sew around all sides and leave a 4” opening on the last side to turn it later.

6. Remove the pins and the trim extra fabric close to seam.

7. Turn the potholder onto its right side through the opening. I used a ruler to poke the corners out.

8. Press the whole potholder and fold the opening in so that you can sew it shut. I hand sewed the opening shut with matching thread.

9. Then I topstitched around the quilt patch with contrasting thread a few times, and that’s it!

Potholder DIY 4Potholder DIY 6This potholder is totally machine washable and dryable and because it is made of all natural fibers, it will actually get softer and thicker over time.

Enid

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a week of christmas: shortbread wedges

Shortbread8I’m a big fan of all things wedge, from shoes to food, but I’ve always hated the name. Being only one letter short of another word (wedgies) that instills unappealing mental images, is generally something that you don’t want to happen when thinking of delicious food. Potato wedges, pizza wedges, and now shortbread wedges, there’s really only one way to describe it all: YUM! Treats that are served as a finger food for multiple people are the best kind to have around in the holiday season. Hence why these shortbread wedges just had to go to the top of my list of Christmas recipes. Besides, shortbread is synonymous with Christmas, is it not?

Shortbread11This is one dessert that you cannot go without this holiday season!

Shortbread1Shortbread Wedges:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp granulated sugar

Steps:

Shortbread21. In a bowl using a wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy.

Shortbread32. Add flour until well-combined.

Shortbread43. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with parchment paper. Add mixture.

Shortbread54. Flatten dough with the palm of your hand to make a smooth and even surface.

Shortbread65. Using a knife, score the surface into rectangular pieces. Prick each wedge several times with a fork. Sprinkle with sugar.

6. Refrigerate until firm, approximately 30 minutes.

7. Heat oven to 300°F. Bake until golden brown, about 55 minutes.

Shortbread98. Remove, let cool, and cut through score lines. Then, devour!

Shortbread10Shortbread7<3

Emory

a blogger’s dozen: drinking fine chocolate (liv a lil chocolate)

liv a lil chocolate - HSB - Display Photo copyHello, friends! This post is a very bittersweet one for me, and I’ll explain why. The bitterness comes from the fact that today marks the end of ‘A Bloggers Dozen’ series. It began as an idea to reach out to other bloggers that I either admired, hardly knew, or that liked my own site, coupled with the desire to introduce more recipes into HSB, and grew into something much more than that. The sweetness is the fact that I successfully featured a new guest blogger each month, beginning with myself and now ending with my brother and sister-in-law!

When I first introduced this food series last January, I neither had direction as to where I wanted to take it, nor did I know how to approach any potential writers. Now, nearly twelve months later, I finally feel as if I have a good handle on how to present these posts to you, and I love the opportunities that have stemmed as a result from this series. I have formed friendships with a few of you from all over the world, and have learned the value in working together with someone, merely for the sake of our creativity and passion. We don’t get paid for this after all, at least not in the monetary sense. However, the benefits that I have reaped from this series have far outweighed any superficial profits.

Come January 2015, I hope to introduce a new series. One that is similar in that it features a new guest blogger each month, but different because it will not centre on food. More to come on that later.

The saying is that all good things must come to an end. I also believe in making an exit while still on top, and for each door that closes, another opens. That’s a shitload of platitudes. Yet, that opening that I speak of is in the incredibly delicious form of liv a lil chocolate. This is a company that not only do I have familial ties to, but one that is so new that it was just launched this weekend in Kelowna, British Columbia! I can honestly say with 100% guarantee, that everything that comes from liv a lil chocolate is absolutely amazing. Don’t only take my word for it. Try this recipe, and when your tastebuds feel so alive that you feel as if they may just jump out of your mouths, then go to this website and order some of their other forms of chocolate. Do it now. With Christmas being but days away, your family and friends will thank you for it.

I couldn’t think of a better way to bid farewell to ‘A Blogger’s Dozen’ than to feature a recipe from liv a lil chocolate, and the people behind it. Thank you for reading these posts over the last twelve months! Enjoy this one, and in the meantime, patiently await my new series that’ll begin again next month!

<3

Emory

Decadent Drinking Chocolate - 1Drinking Chocolate:

Ingredients:

40 g (1/4 cup) of dark chocolate shavings

250 mL (1 cup) of whole milk

Decadent Drinking Chocolate - 2Steps:

1. Select your chocolate. The type and quality of the chocolate you select will directly determine the outcome of the resulting drink. We prefer a 70% dark chocolate (this number represents the % of cocoa solids), which we find produces a rich, full-bodied drink. However, some prefer a drinking chocolate with a sweeter finish in which chocolate around 55%-60% cocoa solids may be more ideal.

2. For optimal dispersion of the chocolate into the milk it is best to grate the chocolate. Alternatively, the chocolate may be finely chopped using a knife.

3. Warm the milk in a saucepan. Once at a simmer (careful not to boil or scald) add the chocolate shavings. Using an immersion blender or whisk, mix the chocolate into the milk until completely emulsified and smooth.

4. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Decadent Drinking Chocolate - 3For centuries, from the Mayans to the Aztecs, chocolate was revered as a magical elixir and was consumed as a drink to nourish and stimulate both the body and mind. In fact, the history of chocolate is as rich as the substance itself as cocoa beans were once a common currency while the botanical name of the tree from which they grow (Theobroma cacao) literally translates from Greek to mean “food of the gods.”

While the chocolaty drink consumed by these ancient cultures would have been quite bitter and harsh, modern varieties of hot chocolate have been tarnished with “artificial flavouring” and the practice of mixing powder into water. Fortunately, it is incredibly easy to whip up your own batch of this velvety tonic and restore this drink into the hall of liquid legends.

This basic recipe will produce a true drinking chocolate that is incredibly more complex and decadent than anything delivered from a tin. For those that enjoy experimentation, this drink can be topped with whipping cream (as seen in the photo), enhanced with a pinch of cinnamon, or for those long, cold winter nights, complimented with a shot of Baileys. The possibilities of personalization using this base recipe are endless.

Chocolate is incredibly complex and naturally contains over 300 chemical compounds, many of which have proven, positive effects on mood, concentration and sex-drive. Additionally, the anti-oxidants and flavanols found in chocolate have been demonstrated to have many health-boosting effects. However, science aside there is one aspect of chocolate that is indisputable: in moderation its effect on the soul is immeasurable. After all, our time here on this little blue dot is limited and whether you prefer chocolate in a solid or liquid medium (or both), we encourage you to live a little and enjoy fine chocolate!

Jordan and Julia

have you seen haveheart

Reindeer5Christmas is but a few weeks away, which means that it’s time to start getting together your presents. Because Christmas isn’t about family, friends, and sharing the love. It’s all about getting gifts and seeing how far you can push yourself until you snap. Right?

I’m going to try and have a few DIYs this month, in honour of the season. This time of year is particularly taxing on wallets, so why not try to make some of your gifts rather than spending and arm and leg on that special someone? After all, you only have two of them. How will you be able to make that delicious holiday meal if you’re missing your appendages? 

Reindeer3That being said, I’m also going to make sure that these Christmas crafts are extremely easy to make! But would you really expect anything different from little ol’ me?

Reindeer2So for the first December DIY project, I made the most beautiful Reindeer Plates for HaveHeart Magazine. Largely inspired by similar plates that I saw on both Pinterest and UO’s website, I thought, ‘Well hey, those look quite fun. I could make my own version of that.’ Spoiler alert: they are! Plus they make great jewelry holders, serving trays, or general decorative kitchen plates. They’re just the perfect gift.

Reindeer1This is what you’ll need:

Toy reindeer

Plate(s)

Crazy glue

Paint (spray or acrylic)

Reindeer7To read up on how to construct a Reindeer Plate of your own, please click here. Enjoy!

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Emory

a painted teapot diy

IMG.jpgThis oh-so-lovely and oh-so-easy DIY is another great idea that I saw within my InstaCraft book.

Although the time that it takes to complete this project is roughly 35 minutes, 5 minutes are dedicated to doodling, while the other 30 minutes are all done in the oven. Why can’t all crafts be this easy? If they were, I would be able to post one everyday for my fantastic followers!

IMG_2.jpgThis is what you will need:

Teapot

Permanent marker(s)

IMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgDraw a design on your teapot. Place in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. Remove, let cool, and begin steeping!

IMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_9.jpgEasy peasy. I loved this simple, yet unique project so much that I’ll be drawing similar designs on my plain white mugs so that I will have a matching tea set. I would also like to purchase plates from the Dollar Store and create my own patterns on them. I may end up drawing on all of the dinnerware in my house, as well as recreating every craft within this book! Sometimes, nothing beats having a giant wave of inspiration. Happy Wednesday!

Emory

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