Pumpkin Juice

Halloween, and all this magical Fall! This time is perfect for the HP books, movies, knitted striped scarves and pumpkin juice.

I really like the concept of this Bottle Pumpkin Juice, but I’m not sure that it is healthy as the original wizarding beverage. You know, the students at Hogwarts drink it all the time: on breakfast, lunch, at feasts or on other occasions.

Well, in our world there is still no ‘London Pumpkins & Sons’, but instead we have Dinah Bucholz’s The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. So, let’s make our own HP pumpkin juice!

You need:

  • 1 small pie pumpkin (or 1 cup canned pumpkin)

  • 2 cups apple juice

  • 1 cup white grape juice

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

You need to do:

For fresh pumpkin, preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Split pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and place pumpkin on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour or until soft.

When pumpkin is cool, scoop out the flesh. Discard the skin. Using a spatula, press flesh through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Scrape and mash as you push until you have 1 cup of pumpkin. Discard the pulpy mass in the sieve.

Pour apple juice, grape juice, pineapple juice and pumpkin into a pitcher; stir well until combined completely. Chill your juice until it’s very cold. Enjoy!

And… Happy Halloween!

Gryffindor Sock Bookmark

I am so happy that the second illustrated HP book is out! Yes, it’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and, of course, I made a new bookmark for it!

As you can remember, I made a little owl bookmark for the first book, but this time I decided to choose a Gryffindor Sock just like the one that gave freedom to Dobby.

I made my bookmark from felt. You can use this pattern for yellow base and then sew the red stripes on it.

Gryffindor Sock Pattern

Gryffindor Sock Pattern

Now let’s look inside of this beautiful illustrated edition. The images in the second book are much darker than the first. But since the story is significantly darker, it makes perfect sense. The artwork is incredible! I love it and now just have to impatiently wait a year for Prisoner of Azkaban!

Chocolate Crinkles

dsc_0009Let’s bake some chocolate crinkle cookies! They are so delicious, soft, moist, chewy and fudge-like on the inside, and slightly crisp on the outside. Well, they are just incredibly good! And there’s some kind of magic in these delightful cracks.

To make chocolate crinkles you need:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 3-4 tbsp powdered sugar

You need to do:

downloadsMix the cocoa powder, sugar, and vegetable oil in a bowl. Add eggs, then stir in the vanilla. In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

Stir flour mixture into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough bowl with plastic wrap, put in refrigerator, and chill for 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).

Roll the dough into one inch balls. Coat each ball in powdered sugar before placing onto parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool and then enjoy!dsc_0009dsc_0003

Coffee Fairy and Her Girlfriend

On the occasion of the International Coffee Day I want to show you one wonderful cross-stitch. Please, welcome Coffee Fairy!6

She’s cute, funny and, of course, she makes a great coffee.And here is the cross-stitch pattern, so you could make your own Coffee Fairy.2345

But wait! This Coffee Fairy also has a wonderful girlfriend. Her name is Tea Fairy. And she knows everything about tea. I think you will like her too!67You can use this pattern to make it.1234

And may your coffee and your tea be magical… 🙂

Cute Patchwork Templates

DSC_0310Few years ago I made this colorful quilt. One side with squares, the other one with triangles. Recently I decided to decorate some squares with cute patchwork pictures.DSC_0320DSC_0305DSC_0318DSC_0279DSC_0319DSC_0314DSC_0317DSC_0313DSC_0316

Rabbit, squirrel and dog, teddy bear and yellow duck, sailboat, rain cloud and umbrella, moon, crown and clover leaf, fish, bird and snail, sea horse and rocking horse, Sanbonnet Sue and Sam, flowers in the pot, apple and even cupcake. All these things are cute and perfect for quilt decoration or single patchwork pictures, even for kids cut-outs.

I’ll show you some templates and you can use them in your own projects.2019181615141312111098765432117

And here are some more pictures of my colorful and cheerful quilt.DSC_0315DSC_0312DSC_0311DSC_0308DSC_0307

Half Moon Kitty

DSC_0088One more Tilda toy for your collection! This lovely Half Moon Kitty is my favorite handiwork for gift giving. I even enjoy the process of making it and wish you the same. 🙂

To sewing Half Moon Kitty you need:

  • Fabric

  • Filling

  • Threads

  • Needle

  • Scissors

  • Lace

  • Ribbon

  • 3 buttons

You need to do:

Cut the pattern pieces out and apply a pencil contour to the fabric. Do it with a small allowance for seams. Cut all the details out

Moon Cat Pattern

Just click on the image with the pattern and it will open in high resolution

Neatly sew correct details together, leaving holes. In these holes you’ll put fillingMoon Cat Pattern1

After you’ve filled all body parts, sew up the holes. Try to do it with a hidden seam as shown:

Now attach paws and tail to the body. Sew them with cute small buttonsMoon Cat Pattern 2

Choose color for eyes and nose and arrange kitty’s face with the threads. Then you can decorate your kitty with lace and ribbon.

For the small fragrant pillow I used some cute fabric patches and dried lavender. Just sew the pillow to the paw and your Half Moon Kitty is ready to be a perfect gift!DSC_0084DSC_0082

Vegan Blueberry Apple Oat Crisp

DSC_0010This vegan lazy girl’s crisp is perfect for breakfast. It’s rustic and fuss-free and utilizes fresh or frozen fruit, whatever you happen to have on hand. I like it with some blueberries and apple but it’s also tasty with rhubarb and raspberry.

For Vegan Blueberry Apple Oat Crisp you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup blueberries

  • 1 apple peeled, cored, and cut

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • some nuts (on your choice)

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or vegan butter

How to make:

Preheat oven to 375 F (180 C).

Mix berries, apple slices and cinnamon togetherDSC_0002

Grind the nuts. Combine oats, nuts, maple syrup and oil (or vegan butter)DSC_0003

Toss berries and apple slices in a baking dish. Sprinkle with oat blend and bake about 20 min.DSC_0008Enjoy your vegan breakfast!DSC_0013