Monday, April 30, 2012

Dash and Albert Rugs

I have been lusting over Dash and Albert rugs for some time now. I finally made a purchase and, after spending forever debating on colour, decided on a new entrance runner in Blue Heron. Below, a gorgeous kitchen (Decor Pad), also with a Blue Heron D & A rug.


From the D & A website:


They make beach totes and throws too. I have a beach tote and it is so durable for a day by the water. You can shake the sand right out. 

 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies


These are SO good and so simple. They are perfectly sweet, creamy and slightly tart for spring. I wanted to create something that had the rich taste of butter, yet didn't have butter as the dominant ingredient, so I mixed butter and light olive oil. They turned out wonderfully. If you make these, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. They have that beautiful crunch on the outside, but are super moist and chewy on the inside.


Ingredients:

1.5 cups organic cane sugar
1/4 cup organic cane sugar, for rolling
zest of one medium lemon
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup salted butter, melted
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon extract
juice of one medium lemon
2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 heaping tsp baking soda


Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, cream cheese, melted butter, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract and vanilla essence until smooth. Beat in egg until incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder.
4. Fold flour mixture into wet mixture and mix together.
5. Roll 1 1/2 inch dough balls with your hands, and roll each dough ball in remaining sugar to coat. Place about 12 cookies on one cookie sheet, spaced 2 inches apart.
6. Bake 10 minutes. To ensure a moist, chewy centre, don't overbake! Let cookies cool 3-4 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. They are best stored in an air-tight container at room temperature. Makes approximately 3 dozen.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Homemade Kitchen Mason Jar Labels

I just created my own custom made labels for the old mason jars (thanks Grandma!) which hold my grains, spices and other staples. I used a package of inexpensive white labels from Staples, and then I used turquoise scrap book paper for background colour. I painted a thin layer of matte mod podge onto each label so that the labels would be wipable if dirtied by sticky kitchen hands. They are tied with paper raffia.



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