Happy 4th of July! With Raspberry and White Chocolate Blondies!

For the 4th of July party I went to last night (yes, on the 3rd), I made some delicious Raspberry and White Chocolate Fudge Blondies.  The recipe from Cooking.com calls them “brownies”, but to me, “brownies” means chocolate.  Brown chocolate.  Not white chocolate.  But whatever you call them, they are good! I forgot to take a photo of them, but the photo on the recipe is pretty accurate:

This is the second time I made them.  The first time I made them, I undercooked them a little.  Not that undercooking is necessarily a bad thing when it comes to cookies!  But they were a little too wet, not quite gooey.  So in this case, they were too undercooked!  I was using a glass pan.  I know that can throw recipes off a little.  I was also using frozen berries, which the recipe takes into consideration. But I think they were part of the reason for the “wetness”.  So what I did this time was to lower the baking temperature to 315 and bake for about 55 minutes.  They were much better this time.  Chewy and good.

I like berries for summer treats.  Doesn’t everyone?  And the mixture of the raspberry and white chocolate makes these really yummy, yet not too heavy.  I think these would be good with other berries, especially blackberries, or a berry mixture.

By the way, I also made these with whole wheat flour.  (I make everything with whole wheat flour.  I don’t own any white flour!)  That may have also played a part in the recipe not turning out quite right the first time, though whole wheat flour will usually absorb more moisture than white flour.

These got lots of raves at the party, and you can make these ahead of time.  So I highly recommend them!

MIVEST Gift Guide for the Guys

I just put together a gift guide for the guys over on the Made in Vermont Street Team blog.  It’s full of great ideas for both men and women, made by Vermont artists.  It includes prints, iPad covers, and coffee cozies.

And the MIVEST blog has links to all the members’ stores, where you can find even more wonderful gift ideas.

 

Find the blog post here:

http://vermontetsystreetteam.blogspot.com/2011/11/gift-guide-for-guys.html

 

 

Quote for the Day

I came across this quote today.  I’ve seen it before, but was struck by it again today.  So after posting it on Facebook, I realized it would be good to post here, too.

Here it is:

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off…
They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.

–Pearl Buck (1892 – 1973)

Good one, huh?

Tie Dye in the Rain

It didn’t rain long or much today, but it did rain while I was outside tie dying!  The sacrifices we make for our crafts!  It’s just once you are in the middle of tie dying, it’s hard to stop and pick it back up again, so I’d rather stand out there in the rain than stop.  Plus, I hadn’t really checked the weather forecast (obviously!), so I wasn’t sure how long it was going to last.  Of course, it stopped shortly after I finished up and was back inside.  Oh, well!

I was tie dying women’s shirts today, so I’ll have them listed in my Etsy store soon.  First, I’ll rinse them out and wash them several times tomorrow. 

Here’s a few photos, including of the cloudy skies!

Shirts tied up and ready to dye

The dying has begun!

Gray skies above that quickly turned to rain!

 

Truth be told, in some ways, the rain helps.  It washes away the dye from the table and makes clean up that much easier!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I was fortunate enough to spend Mother’s Day with 4 mothers this year:  my mom, my sister, my sister’s step-mom, and my neice!  So I made up a card for each of them.  Making 4 cards all at once made me realize that I’m a little out of practice.  I’ve known for a while that I have a couple of go-to designs for cards.  And while different embellishments can make those designs look different, when you’re making 4 at once, you kind of notice the similarities!   I need to expand my repertoire!  Luckily, I have a group of friends who get together and make cards.  So that helps.  I’ll post those cards next time we get together.

Here is a photo of all 4 cards.  The insides were a pretty basic “Happy Mother’s Day!”. 

 

 I hope everyone, especially all the mothers out there, had a wonderful Mother’s Day!