Monday, January 16, 2012

Lovely Share...

One of my readers was nice enough to share this photo with me.  I'm a bit late in posting (isn't the end of year overwhelming for all of us?), but I wanted to share it with you all still.

Vicky used my freebie pattern to make these cute little bird ornaments.  I'd made them out of paper, but think they look oh so cute in fabric.  Can't you just imagine them in lovely springtime colours to welcome in the warmer weather?

You can still find the pattern to download for free over in the right sidebar.  And if you feel so inclined, I'd love to see what you make of it as well!

Thank you, Vicky for sharing!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Martha Stewart Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

I had a request from somewhere else after mentioning this, one of my favourite soup recipes for this time of year, so I thought I would share it here as well.  I got it from one of my Martha Stewart Living mags many years ago so thank you, Martha and crew for such a delicious recipe!

1 Tbs unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped
4 red or golden apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 C chicken or vegetable stock
2 1/2 C water, plus more if needed
1 jalapeno chili, thinly sliced for garnish
Sour cream

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes.  Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 10 minutes

Add apples, salt, cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, stock and water (just enough to cover) and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are soft.

Puree and thin with more water if necessary.

Garnish with diced apples, jalapenos and sour cream if desired.

I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as we do!  Bon app├ętit!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.  All can be found here:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

As I'm Waiting...

... to recover from the end-of-year festivities (which can be pretty heavy duty in France, believe me!), I thought I would share the finished product of the Red Mini mixed media painting I was working on as a special order present.  I love this technique and hope to be making more soon!

Also, to celebrate my big 4-0 which just passed, I'm offering 10% off all orders in both my Chichiboulie and Atelier&Cie shops for the next week.  

To take advantage, all you have to do is enter the code ENCORE at checkout and 10% will be taken off your order.

Best wishes for the new year!