Friday, May 27, 2011

Simple clutch turned into vintage one:)

Some time ago I bought this grey clutch and forgot about it. Recently I find it and it seemed a bit boring for me, so I decided to decorate it in vintage style. I love vintage style-it's romantic, feminine and I adore that lace stuff used in vintage things! When I go in lace shops, I hardly get out of there:)
First I wanted to sew beads all over edges, but it was so hard and uncomfortable. That's why I just made three rows of beads at the end:) I made lace roses separately and then attached them with glue.


Do you like the result?

Another set for winter

When I saw the pattern of this scarf in internet I immediately wanted to try out that. It was fun, fast and beautiful!

Just love berets, I think they are feminine! You also can see white beret at the corner of the photo, that is also my favorite one, I combined crocheting with knitting. Here is closer look:

Here is the pattern, that I used for the red scarf (found in internet):

Monday, May 23, 2011

Crocheted hat and a scarf with roses

I love combining grey and pink, it seems so feminine and soft! Some time ago I found some interesting patterns in internet and started my work. I finished it relatively fast as I was interested in result and couldn't stop myself:)I made a cap and a scarf for myself, but Sevinch was also interested in wearing them:)That's o.k, as we always share our caps, hair bands, hairpins and earrings. I can't wait till the day when we will share with our clothes too:)

I used 50/50 acrylic and wool. If someone is interested in patterns, just write me, then I will search for the patterns, as soon as I find them I will post it here. I have a big mess in my computer-don't remember where is what:)

Mango sherbet/ice cream

I find out that sherbets are delicious, natural, healthy and just freshing treats! The best thing about mango sherbet is adding no sugar or any other ingredients! It is great just as itself!
As much mango as you like
You need sweet, ripe mangoes for sherbet. Wash mangoes and peel off the skin. Cut in halves and remove the seed. Put in food processor and blend it to puree. Just pour in plastic containers and put in freezer until it will harden. Now you can enjoy your delicious and healthy treat as much as you want!
I also make yogurt-mango dessert layering them by turn, sprinkling over some coconut or nuts, yummy!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Crocheted doll for my daughter

Being a fun of crocheting, I try to make different things. Mostly I like that crocheting is faster than knitting. This doll was made by me some time ago, by the request of my little princess. She asked me to make a doll with a long, long hair, that she could brush it and make different hair styles. So this was the result of my 5 days of work.

Sevinch named her Alisha and carries her all along with herself. Alisha is her favorite doll, she even sleeps with her.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My ribbon embroidered pillows

Last year I was interested in ribbon embroidery. I have searched internet and some books and learned techniques. These are my firs works and I think they are beautiful. I have so many plans in my mind, but my laziness stopping me:) Do you now some kind of cure for laziness? I want to stitch so many things-pillows, table runners, bed sheets... when? I don't know, maybe after I will find some cure for my worst habit-doing nothing:)

Fast strawberry banana and chocolate cake in microwave

What can I say about this cake? It's just very easy to make, takes no time, fluffy, fruity, moist and just yummy!
4 eggs
1 cup of brown sugar
4 tbsp of cream
2 tsp of baking powder
3 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 and 1/4 cup of plain flour
Strawberries and bananas for filling
300 grams of milk chocolate
200 ml of cream
For syrup:
1 cup of water
4 tbsp of sugar
I used my smallest baking tin, which is 7 inches from one side to another.
Whip egg whites until stiff peaks and add in sugar, whip 2 min more. In separate dish, quickly whip egg yolks with cream,cocoa powder. Add egg yolks to the whites and gently stir. Mix baking powder with flour and add in to the egg mixture. Stir gently. Cake batter is ready. I divide it in three (turned out that batter was divided not in equal parts, but that's o.k)and bake each part separately using my small tin for 3-4 min in max power. Baking time varies as microwaves are different, just check the cake with a wooden stick- it must come out clean when inserted to the cake. While you bake cake layers, prepare syrup. Just put sugar in water and boil until sugar will dissolve completely.
Melt chocolate in double boiler or in microwave. Whip cream with melted chocolate.
Slice up fruits. Place one cake layer in dish, sprinkle with syrup before spreading chocolate cream. Spread cream evenly and place sliced bananas on top of the frosting.

Now place the second layer on top of it, sprinkle again with syrup, spread cream and place strawberries.

Cover with the last layer and spread the rest of the cream on top, decorate with whole strawberries.
Let the cake rest in fridge for 30 min before serving.

Chocolate candies with puffed rice and nuts

I love making my own home made candies, as I can experiment each time with different ingredients:) This time I wanted to try puffed rice and nuts, believe me-it's yummy, crunchy and delicious!!!
1 cup of puffed rice

1 and 1/3 cup of mixed nuts (I used cashews and almonds)
200 grams of chocolate (dark or milk or even white one)
Toast nuts and grind them in food processor, don't grind them in powder, you should feel nuts in candies.

Melt chocolate in double boiler or in microwave. Mix all the of the ingredients immediately as chocolate can harden and it will be difficult to mix. Shape your candies, I used my cupcake pan and empty chocolate box for this purpose.

Put candies in fridge until they will harden and then enjoy with a hot cup of tea!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pita stuffed with falafel

Today I baked some pita bread and fried falafels for the stuffing. I love falafel, it is good source of protein and just yummy!
For falafels:
1 full cup of dried chickpeas, soaked in water for overnight
1 onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
A bunch of coriander
Salt to taste
1 egg
Pinch of ground pepper
Oil for frying
For pita breads:
200 ml of warm water
1 tbsp of quick rising yeast
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of sugar
Plain flour as needed
Tahini, tomato and salad leaves for serving
First it is good to prepare the dough for pitas, as it must rise for an hour. So, dissolve salt and sugar in warm water, add in yeast and start adding flour until you will form very soft and a little bit sticky dough. Grease a deep pan with an oil and put the dough in it. Cover with a dry towel and let it rise in warm place.
Drain soaked chickpeas and wash well. Put in cold water and cook until chickpeas are half done. Drain well.
In food processor, combine onion, garlic, coriander, salt, pepper, egg and drained chickpeas. Run the processor until all the ingredients are well blended and turn in one smooth paste.

Now form falafels with two spoons or just with your hands.

Fry both sides of falafels in some amount of oil until golden in color.

Cover falafels and set them aside.
When the dough is ready, divide it in 6 pieces. Place all of the pieces on floured surface and roll up each piece in 1/4 inch thick circles. Bake in well preheated oven until breads will puff up and turn over and bake for about 6 min or until light golden. Take out and immediately wrap with a dry cotton towel.
Open up each pita with knife or just with hands, spread some tahini, place salad leaves and sliced tomatoes on top, put in 2-3 falafels and enjoy this gorgeous, delicious, healthy and just yummy home made burgers:)