Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I blogged this back in the Spring since I always make cheesecake for Easter. This recipe has been in our family for many years and I'm the lucky one that gets to bake it each year. It's a little time-consuming, but worth every bite!
Have all ingredients at room temperature, especially the cream cheese.
For the crust, mix together 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 oz. butter, 3 tablespoons sugar. Spread into a spring-form pan and press lightly, pressing some of the crust mix up the sides a 1/2 inch or so.
Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 16 oz. cream cheese, 16 oz. ricotta cheese, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Mix well, making sure there aren't lumps of cream cheese. Add 4 eggs, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 1 pint sour cream. Mix well and pour into prepared pan.
The directions say to bake 1 hour, but that is never long enough. My guess is that this is a recipe for a double batch and that you could make half of this recipe and bake it for an hour. I always bake mine longer, until it is done or at least almost set in the middle. There are different techniques to cheesecake if you want to read up on them. Some say to turn off the oven and let it cool completely in the oven. I bake mine until it's done and take it out to cool. It's no big deal to me whether or not it cracks...and it usually does. If you want it pretty, read up about it on Martha Stewart or on Food Network perhaps, or just spread berries or whipped cream all over the top. It tastes just the same.
I haven't tried this one, but if you're in the mood for a Pumpkin Cheesecake, this one has a gingersnap crust and sounds delicious.... Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake. And, while you're there, pick up a copy of my favorite Pumpkin Roll recipe from Libby's (a Thanksgiving staple at our house). Enjoy!
Monday, September 29, 2008
I finally got a banner for my shows. All these years I've been meaning to make one, but I am not at all "artistic" in that sense of the word. I certainly didn't want it to look shabby and unprofessional and I couldn't come up with any creative banner ideas. I saw that MonsterPromos makes an economy-sized one in vinyl so I ordered one. I think it turned out great. I might drape a scarf or make a fun edging to make it more eye-catching and textural.
So now I just have to wait until my next show in November to use it. It will be perfect for tent shows, but that will have to wait until next summer.
I am tempted to hang it off my front porch in the meantime! I guess the kids are embarrassed enough with the "knitting nerd" sticker on the car.
Visit monsterpromos and get a banner of your very own - or a custom car decal (I love mine)!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
They are usually overgrown with mint and weeds, but I found some ripe raspberries at the edge of the garden today.
Look at the orange pollen on the weeds! I think it is goldenrod. It's a good thing I don't have allergies.
Knock on wood!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I was lucky and found a four-leaf clover on our walk/run yesterday. It was pretty wilted by the time I got back though. It's early fall, so there wasn't much color on the leaves yet. I did find a few small colorful leaves, and brought home some huge sycamore leaves.
I'm hoping people will be feeling the chill in the air soon and will be stopping by to see all the lovely accessories in my shop. I will be taking advantage of the nice weather and photographing several new listings today, hopefully before the rain arrives.
We enjoyed this bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Cider. It was like sipping champagne and is best served cold. We also had Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale. I'll have to get a picture of it's beautiful pumpkin color. It was lightly spiced and delicious.
Here's a pretty pick for Friday Finds on Etsy - in keeping with the Autumn theme.... Leaves of Leather, Upcycled Earrings from SweetWolf.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
It is chilly here! Had to break out the slippers this morning. I had these in my shop for a long time, but decided to go ahead and snag them for myself! As you can see, I've been dusting the floors with them all morning. I am sipping my coffee and catching up on some blogs.
My favorite everyday coffee is Eight O'Clock Columbian, ground fresh in the morning, of course. How about a Caramel Macchiato without driving to Starbucks? You can download the Starbucks Coffee Recipe E-Book for free from this site.
Oh and I'd be happy to make a pair of slippers for you too!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Late to the party since I've seen lots of people doing this. It is fun though! Let me know if you make one too. I'd love to see yours.
1. Gadget sleeping with Tricia, 2. Three-Cheese Macaroni with Thyme-Parmesan Crust, 3. Amazing Grace, 4. Perspective Matters (964 unique and cool people count this photo as a favorite), 5. North By Northwest, 6. Coffee Tray Cat, 7. Wooden cell phone, 8. Cappuccino Dream, 9. The moon above a lake of digital water, 10. Friends Forever, 11. worried, 12. mesmerizing
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
I found this game from KathySmash! flickr.com/photos/kathysmash/2864697646/
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker).
1. What's your first name? Tricia (not Pat)
2. What's your favorite food? homemade macaroni and cheese
3. What high school did you go to? Franklin
4. What is your favorite color? black
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Carey Grant
6. Favorite drink? coffee
7. Dream vacation? cabin in the woods
8. Favorite dessert? chocolate cake
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? a Mom
10. What do you love most in life? a walk in the woods
11. One word to describe you? worried
12. Your Flickr name? LazyTcrochet
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here are a few heart favorites for this Friday. Enjoy!
I Love Vera - a vintage scarf from theluckyfish
Tin Man's Heart - genuine sea glass necklace from SeaFindDesigns
petit amor - silvertone bracelet with needle felted wool hearts from petitelibellule
Extra-special thanks to scottieacres for being my 1000th heart!!! You made my day!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So, I've been trying to take it easy. I don't deal with stress very well. I either end up over-doing it and hurting my back with chores, or wiped out with a total lack of energy or creativity. These past few weeks have been a mixture of both I'd say.
I am trying to finish a sweater in time for Saturday's Fall Fashion Showcase on Etsy. Everyone has been bad-mouthing the showcases in the forums, but I like to schedule one once in awhile to showcase something new and exciting. Now I just have to finish it in time!
My garage sale stuff is pretty much organized. As soon as I can price everything, I'll open the doors and, hopefully sit around and crochet for a few days straight. You can look forward to some new recipes in the near future. Comfort food sounds in order.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Without a doubt, black is my favorite color and has been for quite some time. No, I was never into the Goth scene and I don't always wear black. Many people wear black because they believe it makes them look thinner. I just find that, in fashion, black is sleek and classic.
I sorted through my supplies and realized that I have enough black yarn to make approximately 4 sweaters! There are a few purse handles waiting for inspiration along with a beautiful (but way too small, even for my daughter) black sweater with a feathered collar. I believe it is wool, but I'll have to remove the feathers if I wash or "full" it. I'm sure I'll find something fun to make with all these things.
I don't often make things to keep for myself. I so love making something and showing it off on Etsy or at craft fairs. I am, however, making a Luna Lovegood-style cardigan in black. I hope it looks good on me! Here are some of my favorite past designs in black. And, since the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival themes are either your favorite color, or to tell about a challenge or contest, this post fits both themes. I designed this black clutch for a Wedding Challenge and it received the most votes in the Fiber Arts category (originally posted here). That was a lot of fun!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Congrats to joeyandaleethea - Featured EtsyBlogger for September!
These designs are so adorable. Everything from baby bibs and onesies to toddler anklebiter pants and "Monsterlicious" jeans and hoodies.....joeyandaleethea rocks!
Stop and check out all the fun designs. There's always something new to see.
Visit EtsyBloggers to see what the team has been up to!
Monday, September 8, 2008
When my kids were little I crocheted slippers and used glow-in-the-dark fabric paint dots on the bottom to make them non-skid, or less slippery. It was fun, but at the time I was thinking how cool it would be to have glow-in-the-dark yarn.
Bernat has introduced Glow In The Dark yarns! What a fun embellishment yarn that will be. Of course I instantly think Halloween and spooky crafts. Think of all the other ideas for kids safety - backpacks, hats, mittens, bicycle gear, etc. I may have to make my husband a glow hat for commuting.
With the light pastel colors available from Bernat, handmade glow worm-type dolls will be all the rage!
Bernat's Glow In The Dark yarn is now available at some Michael's, Pat Catan's, or Hobby Lobby Stores. Here's a link to find some in your area... Find Glow In The Dark Yarn.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
"Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing that tomato should not be included in a fruit salad." ~ Unknown
Look what I found in my garden! These two were on different plants, but had the same odd characteristic schnoz. I made some pasta sauce with a bucketful, but these two were just too cute to cut...yet.
Here are a few fun tomato finds on Etsy...
The Tomato Teapot Purse from uniquelynancy
Marjji Girl - Tomato
Handmade Felt Tomato Catnip Toy
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Yeah! I just found out that I've been accepted to participate in an upcoming show with I Made It, in Pittsburgh! It's the Sundae Flea Market to be held on September 28th in Schenley Plaza (near Pitt in Oakland). As a former PA resident, now living between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, it will be a great opportunity to head to the city. I love being a part of the Cleveland Team on Etsy and the Pittsburgh I Made It folks are so incredibly organized and talented. Don't let the "flea market" fool you. There is a great interest in all things handmade!
Visit the I Made It! Market website at www.IMadeItpgh.com for more information.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I don't often choose blue. I don't know why. Blue used to be my favorite color when I was little. I think it was probably because everyone told me that it matches my eyes. Nowadays, I opt for black more than any other color.
I've just had a total lack of concentration today. I've been trying to finish the last sleeve of this sweater and have had to rip it out 4 times today! I keep messing up the count. At least crochet is easy to tear it out to an exact point and start again. But, when I keep messing up over and over again, something tells me I should just walk away. Maybe it was the long weekend? Maybe because it's not a color that I like? Maybe because it's 85 degrees in September! I think I'll move on to something else....
I'm thinking I need another cowl like this one that I made last year. This was one-of-a-kind yarn, but I'm sure I can find something pretty. I really liked this design. No wonder I can't concentrate! Too many ideas, so little time.