Showing posts with label Mother's Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mother's Day. Show all posts

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mother's Day Chalk Board Card {DIY}

What is the best present to give to a mother for a mother who lives far a way on the other side of the globe like my mother?

I know this would be a perfect gift for her because it would reminds her of when she thought me on how to do embroidery stitches when I was a little girl. My mother was a good seamstress and very good in sewing and in embroidery. In fact she is very good in anything; cooking, gardening, crafting, anything that has to do of creating things  with her two hands. And I think I got these traits from her. I knew she would be thrilled opening the envelope to find this pretty card from her daughter tucked inside upon arriving.

I am going to send this card away tomorrow. So here are the images of this lovely mother's day chalk board card.

I am so in love with this skeleton key tied with a pink velvet ribbon. Got it from Ebay.  I styled and put this key on my inspiration board too. Last seen here.

I also love this sugar bowl I got at Goodwill in Delray Florida for USD 1.50. I am crazy for a small pretty thing like this one. Although it is the only one and missing the lid and  the creamer; it is always useful to put flower on and display it somewhere in your living room.  And also pretty as  a background for photo styling like these images.

If you are interested in making this card {of course you can make it for any other occasions too} you will find the step by step tutorial here.

I do hope You had a fantastic week end.

And thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lemon Drop Cake {Mother's Day}

Today's post is honoring 'a mother' for Mother's Day. Here I created a fun cake from a fun daughter to a fun mother. 

The inspiration came one day when I baked the 'Cat's Tongues' cookies or in French 'Langues de Chat' from the Laduree recipe book my husband got me a while a go. As you can see the Cat's Tongue cookies decorated circular on the side of the cake.  Then Natasha from Say G'day Saturday invited me to join her Mother's Day group pin board at Pinterest. Then I thought to myself; gee.....Mother's Day is here already! One thing lead to another I got inspired to create a special cake for Mother's Day. 

I wish my mother is here with me. Unfortunately she is in Jakarta, Indonesia. I know she will be thrilled and happy to have this cake as I know she is one crafty lady herself. I thought a lot about her when creating this cake and it's mini banners. Perhaps one day I can show her these pictures. 

First my apology for I posted so many pictures because I can't help myself. As usual I took so many pictures simply because I am very passionate about styling and photograph pretty things.

Here they are!

Lately I am into embroidery. This pink heart created using French Knot stitch I learned from Youtube. I think it is adorable. I will make a post for this embroidery in the future. 

Do you see the word 'mother' on the mini banner topper?
Mini banner topper for a cake tutorial is here.

Although this cake is made out of a cake mix from a box; surprisingly this cake is  delicious. The secret is to pour the sugared lemon juice over the cake {recipe below}. And it's super easy to make too. 


Lemon Drop Cake

~ 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist lemon cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs are needed for this cake as mentioned on the box.
~ 1/3 cup powdered sugar
~ 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 or 2 lemon)

1. Heat oven to 350 deg. F. Grease bottoms and sides of pan with shortening or cooking spray
2. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Pour into pan. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes.
3. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice. Poke top of warm cake every 1/2 inch with fork. Drizzle and spread lemon mixture over top of cake. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. Remove cakes from pan.

Low Fat Cream Cheese Lemon Frosting.
~ 1 cup low fat cream cheese
~ 1/2 stick butter at room temperature
~ 3 table spoons truvia sugar plus 4 tablespoon regular powder sugar.
~ 2 tsp lemon juice
Mix all using electric mixer.
Spread frosting on the cake.


Cat's Tongue Cookies

~ 9 tbsp butter
~ 1-1/3 cup icing sugar
~ 2 tsp vanilla extract
~ 2 egg whites
~ 1-1/4 cups cake flour
Equipment; Piping bag fitted with a 5 mm plain tip

1. Cut the butter into small pieces and put in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Using a wooden spoon, soften the butter until creamy. Remove from heat and whisk until homogenous. Add the following ingredients; confectioners' sugar, vanilla and the egg whites. Whisk together.

2. Sift the flour and add to the mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until homogenous.

3. Preheat the oven to 325 deg. F Transfer the batter to the piping bag fitted with a plain tip Pipe 2-1/3 inch long strips onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave space between each one, as they will spread during baking.
4. Place sheet in oven and bake for 14 minutes until golden brown. Allow the biscuits to cool to room temperature on the baking sheet before removing with a spatula. When they have cooled completely, store in an airtight container.

You can dip the biscuits in dark, milk or white chocolate or colored white chocolate using food colouring and place on parchment paper to dry.
For recipe above; I am using white chocolate with red, blue and green food coloring.

~ A handful white baking chocolate chips (depends on the amount of cookies)
~ 1/2 tsp milk
~ food coloring of your choice
Melt over a steam water. Keep stirring until all chocolate has melted. Put a side and cool for 3 minutes then add food coloring of your choice. Immediately dip ends of each cookies and let it dry for about half an hour.


Good Luck Everyone and thank you for stopping by!

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