Monday, May 23, 2016
This is a yummy recipe for Oatmeal Cake. It’s very easy to make, and turns out delicious and moist. I used a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
Ingredients for the cake –
· 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
· 1 ½ cups hot water
· 1 cup white sugar
· 1 cup brown sugar
· ½ cup butter (room temperature)
· 2 eggs (beat the eggs)
· 1-1/3 cups flour (plain)
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 teaspoon cinnamon
· ½ teaspoon salt
Ingredients for the topping –
· ¾ cup butter
· 1 ½ cups brown sugar
· 1 ½ tablespoons evaporated milk
· 1 ½ cups coconut (I used Bakers)
· ½ teaspoon Vanilla flavoring
· 1 ½ to 2 cups chopped pecans (optional, but really adds to the yummy-ness)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the oatmeal and water and let it moisten while you prepare the rest of the ingredients for the cake.
Cream the butter and both sugars. Mix in the eggs.
In another bowl, mix the flour, the baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add half the flour mixture to the creamed butter/sugar mixture, then mix in the moistened oatmeal and then the remainder of the flour mixture. Be sure to mix between these additions.
Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake 'til done, about 35-40 minutes. I usually check it with a toothpick to be sure it is baked through, and then I let the cake cool a short while before mixing the topping.
When you get ready to make the ooey gooey topping, turn on your oven to broil. In a saucepan, add your butter, brown sugar and evaporated milk and vanilla. Bring it to a boil while stirring. Boil for one minute. Remove from burner. Stir in the pecans and then the coconut. Pour it over the cake and spread it over. Then put it in the oven to broil for one minute.
After letting it sit for a while (to soak in the topping), I love to eat mine with a glass of cold milk. Give this yummy cake a try, it’s so easy to make, and great to take to gatherings.
Monday, May 2, 2016
We have had some hot sticky weather here in Australia over the last few weeks. I have been throwing out so much fruit as it was going soft really quickly so my daughter in law gave me this easy recipe so I can use some of the soft bananas. She actually uses all gluten free ingredients and it tastes just the same.
2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
5 Tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 bananas, mashed
2} Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
3] whisk up all wet ingredients
4] mix together the wet and dry ingredients
5] Bake for 30 minutes and check, cook more if needed
You can remove the cinnamon, vanilla and honey for your own taste.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
As a professional jeweler who earned a bench jeweler diploma from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts (http://www.revereacademy.com/), I find myself occasionally wanting to brush up on old skills, or gain new ones altogether. I learned basic stone setting at the academy and wanted to push those skills a little farther.
I had the opportunity to go to a week long session at the New Approach School for Jewelers (http://newapproachschool.com/) to study comprehensive stone setting. Some of the techniques would already be familiar but many would be new and tricky to learn! The instructor was well known for being excellent and he has taught thousands of students both in his school and via DVD instruction.
The instruction was solely on setting techniques. We did not create the jewelry that we set stones into. The techniques we learned were as follows:
Flush Setting. We set both colored and colorless stones. Colored stones often have a heavier base to saturate their color, so they need to be set slightly different from clear stones.
Gypsy and Heavy Walled Bezel Settings. In both cases you need to refine a seat for each stone prior to setting it. Both settings use a hammer and punch in order to move a fair amount of metal over the stone.
Bright Cut Setting. This techniques requires you to create a seat for the stone. Next, you set the stone by creating prongs to lock the stone in place. You then carve away the metal around the stone at an angle. Lastly, you can add a mill grain to finish to the edges.
Claw Prong, Traditional Prong and Square Stone Prong Settings. The ring on the left begins as a traditional prong setting that is then modified to create a talon like appearance to the prongs. The middle ring is a traditional, Tiffany style prong setting. The ring on the right is set by creating a seat within each prong to accommodate the square edges of the princess cut stone.
Regular Channel and Floating Channel Settings. In a regular channel setting, you create a seat for each stone in the floor of the channel, and with a hammer and punch, move the metal over the stones. In a floating channel setting you carve a precision seat in the walls of the channel. You then manipulate the stones into their seat. Lastly, you tighten the metal around the stones.
Gaining new skills is always an exciting challenge and a great opportunity to expand your creativity. I definitely recommend doing it!
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Babbleon is one of the great shops that offers rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings on Etsy. Bonnie is a member of the JewelryonEtsy Team and hails from Ogden, Utah. Married with 2 babies (fur babies that is). she was born and raised in the great state of Kansas. She started selling her jewelry on Etsy in 2009.
Bonnie works with many different materials and her shop is filled with bright colors. There is something for everyone so be sure to stop on over to browse through the shop. You'll be glad you did!!
Here are some of the other items for sale in Bonnie's shop.
|Chakra Bracelet and Earring Set|
|Butterfly Pottery Cuff|
Leather and Copper Bracelet