Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I'm a Betty Crocker Girl - Banana Bread Recipe

When I was little and learning to cook, my favorite cookbook was my mom's Betty Crocker Cookbook. I think it was the 1986 paperback version... Over the years, that wonderful cookbook has been used hundreds of times, and the pages have gotten worn.


One of our favorite worn pages is the page that contains the Banana Bread recipe. And I'm continuing the tradition with my 2005 copy. It was a very thoughtful birthday gift from my husband, knowing how much I missed using my mom's copy.


The banana bread recipe has changed over the years from the version my mom and I still make, but here's the newer version from my 2005 copy:




Banana Bread
(Betty Crocker Cookbook, 2005)



Prep: 15 minutes. Bake: 1 hour. Cool: 2 hours 10 minutes.

Makes 2 loaves, 24 slices each.



Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
3 medium mashed, very ripe, bananas (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts, if desired.


Directions:

  • Move oven rack to low position, so the tops of the pans will be in the center of the oven
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Grease bottoms only of two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans, or ONE 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, stir sugar and butter until well mixed. Stir in eggs, mix well
  • Stir in bananas, buttermilk and vanilla; beat with a spoon until smooth
  • Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened
  • Stir in nuts (optional)
  • Divide batter evenly between your 8 inch pans, or your ONE 9 inch pan
  • Bake 8 inch loaves for 1 hour, 9 inch loaf for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes in pans on wire racks
  • Loosen the sides of loaves from the pans, and remove from the pan and place, top side up, on wire rack.
  • Cool completely (about 2 hours) before cutting. 
  • Wrap tightly and store at room temp for 4 days, or refrigerate for up to 10 days.



 Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: RetroGrandma

Today's featured shop brings new life into old books. Say hello to RetroGrandma, an Etsy shop with over 1800 sales and sparkling feedback! Based in Saskatchewan, Canada, you'll find a wide array of items, including hidden book safes, purses, bookends and more.


Here are a few of their items that caught my eye:






















Make sure to check out RetroGrandma for great deals on vintage upcycled items!


Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The First Tomato and Vintage Recipes

So, earlier this summer, my wonderful neighbor offered me 3 tomato plants-Apparently, she had planted all of her seeds, thinking that some of them wouldn't sprout, and ended up with 98 tomato plants! I gladly took the plants, with the warning that I'm not exactly known for my green thumb. I'm better with vegetables than I am with flowers (I'm still not sure how my marigolds are alive), but I was cautiously optimistic.

Through many waterings, some Miracle Gro, and a lot of coddling, I finally have...my first tomato!




There are also a few more on the same plant that should be ready in another day or two. I'll admit, I'm pretty excited. :) There are also at least 10-12 more green ones on the other plants. Certainly not enough to can mass quantities of anything, but definitely great for salads, sandwiches and more!


And on this glorious day, after doing some cleaning, I came across one of my favorite vintage cookbooks. It's a 1968 copy of Better Homes and Gardens' Cookies and Candies. Now, no matter how old the recipes are, cookies and candies NEVER go out of style!




I just love the vintage pictures!

The pages may be yellowed and the spine may be cracked, but the recipes are tried and true. So, I thought I'd share one with you! It's definitely a classic.


Chocolate Chippers
(Better Homes and Garden's Cookies and Candies, 1968)


Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon soda (Baking soda)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce package (1 cup) semi sweet chocolate pieces (Chips)
1/2 cup chopped California walnuts (Optional)


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cream shortening, sugars, egg and vanilla until fluffy
  • Sift together dry ingredients and stir into the creamed mixture
  • Stir in chocolate, and nuts (optional)
  • Drop from teaspoon 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes
  • Remove from pan - Makes 3 dozen cookies


Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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MelodyAndWords : Custom Book Jewelry

I get incredibly excited when friends of mine sign up for Etsy! Melody, a friend of mine from our young school days, has recently set up her shop, MelodyAndWords, on Etsy, and she's already had two sales! She is incredibly creative, and I love her product ideas. I thought I'd share a few of her items with you! :) 





















Make sure to check out MelodyAndWords today! :) 




Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: JoyBelleJewelry

Featuring hand-stamped jewelry and accessories, JoyBelleJewelry's owner Joy showcases her talent in an array of gorgeous and gift-worthy items. Joy is a stay-at-home mom, who has her hands full with her children and running JoyBelleJewelry!

Here are just a few of her items that caught my eye:



Handstamped Faith Necklace - Walk by Faith Not by Sight - Sterling Alternative - Hypoallergenic Stainless Steel - Ready to Ship










Hand Stamped Rectangle and Disc Necklace - Hypoallergenic Stainless Steel - Sweet 16 or Graduate - Inspirational Scripture Proverbs 31







Handstamped Sisters Keychain - Hand Cast Pewter - Made in the USA - Sisters are Best Friends Keychain

Make sure to check out JoyBelleJewelry!

Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Only a few more days left...

For the month of July, Jewelry in Candle's featured Scent of the Month is Watermelon! There's only a couple more days left to get in on this amazing deal.






You can get a 21 ounce, 100% all natural soy wax Watermelon candle, with your choice of jewelry inside, for only $19.96!


Watermelon Candle



If you prefer wax tarts, we've got the deal for you! Get this jumbo pack of Watermelon tarts, with your choice of jewelry, for only $12.76!

Watermelon Wax Tarts


Grab onto this deal while it's hot!




Sneak peek: Next month's Scent of the Month is....Cotton Candy!



Cotton Candy Candle



Starting August 1st, you'll be able to get a Cotton Candy candle for $19.96, or a Cotton Candy wax tart pack for $12.76! You can pick your choice of jewelry: a necklace, earrings, or your size ring!


Cotton Candy Wax Tarts


What a deal!
Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FREE Baking Basics Class from Wilton!


Join Beth Somers, instructor at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating!

If you head over to Craftsy right now, you can sign up for a FREE baking basics class!

The class description says.. " Make cakes with no crumbs, no crowning and no cracking, so you have a flawless decorating surface – every time! Join pastry chef Beth Somers as she demystifies bakeware, pan preparation and measuring techniques. You'll learn the proper way to combine your ingredients and avoid over-mixing, so you always end up with a tender cake. Then, you'll see how to level the top of your cake and cut it into layers to make room for your luscious, homemade filling. Beth also will teach you how to use a spatula to spread smooth, crumb-free icing and another "tip" for achieving a rich, textured look. To top it all off, you'll pipe an easy, elegant star border and embellish further with wonderful decorations!"

It's a great class for beginners, or even seasoned bakers who just want to brush up on their technique! Check it out today!



Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Maine Blueberry Cake Recipe






So, I am a huge fan of berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries... I'll take them all! Sometimes, though, if you're absent minded like me, you buy too many blueberries and you don't have enough time to eat them before they go bad...oops. This is where one of my favorite recipes comes in!

My maternal grandfather grew up in Maine, and my mother spent a lot of time there during the summers, on family vacations. I've only been to Maine once, and I was too young to remember it, but whenever I bake this cake....it makes me feel like I'm there. :)


Maine Blueberry Cake


Ingredients:

3 & 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 & 3/4 teaspoons baking powder (Or, 1 tablespoon plus 3/4th a teaspoon)
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (I prefer fresh)
Additional 1/4 cup white sugar


Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour your 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Sift your dry ingredients together into a bowl. (Flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg)

In another bowl (either fitted to a stand mixer, or in a bowl that you can use a hand mixer with), cream your butter and sugar together. Add in your eggs, one at a time, followed by your milk and vanilla.

Gently mix your dry ingredients into your butter/sugar mixture, making sure to fully incorporate it. You don't want any lumps, but try not to over-mix your batter.. No one likes a tough cake! :)

Finally, gently fold in your blueberries. Pour your batter into your greased 9 by 13 inch pan! Now, here's my favorite part: sprinkle the additional 1/4 cup of white sugar over the top. (When it's done, it'll be nice and crunchy on the top..It's so good!)

Now, pop that pan of awesomeness into your oven for 45-60 minutes. Times will vary, depending on your oven.. Everyone's oven is a little different! :) I'd suggest peeking in on it at around 40 minutes, just in case your oven runs a little hot.

You'll know it's done when it's pulled away slightly from the sides, and you can stick a cake tester (or toothpick!) into it, and it comes out clean.

Now, I know it's super tempting to just dive into that cake right now, but burning your tongue won't do you any good! :) I'd suggest you let it cool for at least 45 minutes before you slice it, giving the cake time to firm up. Or, if you're super impatient and you have ample fridge space, just pop it in there after it's cooled on the counter for 15-20 minutes, and that'll speed up the process!


Summer may be coming to a close, but you can make this recipe year round! Frozen blueberries work well when you're in a pinch, or you don't want to pay out of season prices for fresh. Just make sure to dust your frozen blueberries with a small pinch of flour before you put them in the batter...That will help them not to sink to the bottom. :)

Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Items Coming Soon....

Just a quick note... This weekend, or early next week, I'll be adding new items! I have some wonderful handmade crochet washcloths to list, and I also have several skeins of discontinued Red Heart yarn to list! Here's a quick list of what I've got...


1 Red Heart Hokey Pokey yarn in Spearmint
3 Red Heart Bright & Lofty yarn in Snowcone
6 Red Heart Light & Lofty yarn in Creamsickle
3 Red Heart Baby Clouds yarn in Pink Lemonade
3 Red Heart Light & Lofty yarn in Country Club
3 Red Heart Light and Lofty yarn in Bikiki



Check CraftyGirl Merchandise in a few days to see the listings!



Until next time...stay crafty!

-Katie

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!



 Ready for an awesome sale?

Honeydew Melon Tarts
 Honeydew Melon Tarts, B2G1 FREE! Coupon code july4th


Jewelry in Candles is having a sale right now for the 4th of July! From July 4th at 12am EST to July 6th at 11:59pm EST, if you buy 2 wax tarts, you get 1 free! Use coupon code july4th to get your free tart! They're all natural, 100% soy wax tarts in amazing scents, with YOUR choice of jewelry! Choose between a necklace, earrings or a ring (in your size) in each tart pack.

You can get amazing scents like this...




Hazelnut Coffee Tarts
Hazelnut Coffee Tarts, B2G1 FREE! Coupon code july4th






Or this...






Lavender Wax Tarts
Lavender Wax Tarts, B2G1 FREE! Coupon code july4th





Make sure to check it out today! =)



Until next time...stay crafty! :)
-Katie
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Representative, Jewelry In Candles

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nail Polish Creations

Culinary school, and working in restaurants, broke me of my love of painted nails for a while. Now that I'm out of school and not working in a restaurant, I can go crazy with whatever colors, shapes or sizes of nails that I want! Etsy is filled with many creative sellers, including a wonderful lot of sellers who make nail polish in more colors and styles than you can even imagine.

Here's a few of my favorites!



Candy Shop---Handmade/Homemade Glitter Nail Polish
Candy Shop---Handmade/Homemade Glitter Nail Polish, $5.00






Bijoux 151  - 5 Free Nail Polish, Vegan - Blue, Cerulean
Bijoux 151 - 5 Free Nail Polish, Vegan - Blue, Cerulean, $12.00






Haywire:  Custom-Blended NEON Glitter Nail Polish / Lacquer
Haywire: Custom-Blended NEON Glitter Nail Polish / Lacquer, $6.00+





galaxy nail polish, Handmade nail polish, nail lacquer, gliter nail polish, custom nail polish 15ml
galaxy nail polish, Handmade nail polish, $7.00





Holographic Top Coat, Spectraflair Rainbow Spectrum 5 Free Nail Polish by MDJ Creations
Holographic Top Coat, Spectraflair Rainbow Spectrum, $9.75





Moonlight Bay Matte Shimmer Nail Polish from Life's a Beach Collection
Moonlight Bay Matte Shimmer Nail Polish, $10.00





All of Time and Space - Custom Doctor Who Inspired Glitter Nail Polish
All of Time and Space - Custom Doctor Who Inspired Glitter Nail Polish, $8.00





Purple to Pink Thermal Color Change Nail Polish
Purple to Pink Thermal Color Change Nail Polish, $10.00


So, no matter which nail polish you choose, you're sure to get great quality, a great style and a great deal from our lovely Etsy sellers! :)


Until next time...stay crafty! :)
-Katie
Owner, CraftyGirl Merchandise
Representative, Jewelry In Candles

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