Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wedding apron

Tomorrow I am off to Chicago, for a wedding this weekend. I made the short pleated apron from In Stitches as part of the wedding gift (which also included a set of wine charms and a dishsoap apron). I think the apron turned out pretty well, but I suspect the pocket is too small to hold anything.

Pleated apron
Apron in the backyard

I hope the bride likes it!

Monday, February 26, 2007

No-fill cupcakes

Dan and I went to an Oscar party yesterday, a perfect excuse to make cupcakes! I wanted to fill my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe with whipped cream, using my mechanical pastry bag. While it is wonderful for frosting, I was not so successful with filling. It seemed to push mostly air into the cupcake, while the whipped cream was compressed and pushed out the sides of the pump...very messy...I managed to get a bit of whipped cream into some of them, but one doesn't know which cupcake until it is bitten into, or cut in half...

Filling chocolate cupcakes
A filled cupcake, but what about the others?

Most of the whipped cream seemed to get everywhere but inside the cupcakes....and eventually I gave up. The cupcakes were frosted with coffee buttercream and cacao nibs.

Blurry cupcakes
Blurry cupcakes

I forgot to ask the party guests if their cupcake had filling inside...not sure when (or if) I will try this again. The Oscar party was lots of fun, and although I did not win the Oscar ballot contest, I came in second! Yippee!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Year of the golden pig

Happy Lunar New Year 4705!

Plum blossom
Plum blossoms outside Chez Arrow

Friday, February 16, 2007

Little bits

I used leftovers from these bags to make a couple more dishsoap aprons.

Dishsoap aprons
Kitchen wear

I used Mariko's pattern for the green one, but it came out a bit small for the dishsoap bottle...so I put it on the hand soap bottle...

Too-small dishsoap apron
Not a good fit

The other apron fits the dishsoap bottle...

Dishsoap apron
A better fit

Speaking of bottles, I recently noticed this tree in my neighborhood!

Blue bottle tree
Blue bottle tree

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

My favorite citrus

I love pomelos. Over the weekend Dan got a humongous pomelo at the farmers market, just in time for the upcoming lunar new year celebration. Here it is next to a Meyer lemon and an Oro Blanco grapefruit, two other citrus fruits I love.

Citrus line up
The citrus lineup

I don't think the picture accurately demonstrates just how big it is...I should have photographed it next to the beagle. It must be at least twice the size of her head.

Arrow squinting in the sun
Arrow squinting in the sun

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Candy from Canada

Dan was in Whistler, British Columbia last week, purportedly for a work function...though skiing was involved...but the important thing is that he brought back lots of candy!

Candy from Canada
Candy loot

The peanut butter and dark chocolate Kit Kats were both delicious, and I am enjoying the Smarties today. I love their bright colors and thick outer candy shell, which I like to crunch down on slowly. While I do like my M&Ms, I wish the choice of both were available here!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Zippy

The handles finally were sewn onto the baneful box, which went more smoothly than expected. I also made a zipper pouch with a bit of pretty Japanese fabric, and gifted both to my friend Cheya for her birthday. Even though I do not have a zipper foot for my sewing machine, zippers are far more manageable than Timtex!

Birthday presents for Cheya
CD holder and zipper pouch

Inside the pouch
The lining

And Arrow the beagle finally got to meet Minnie, Cheya and Rick's Boston Terrier. She is the cutest little puppy, a bundle full of energy. Next time I hope to get photos of the two pooches together!