Please enjoy this fun movie cake competition video!
Crochet Geek teaches us how to crochet a napkin ring! So, you can make a tableful for tomorrow’s meal…or simply make one and use it as a Christmas ornament.
Today Shawna McGreevy shows us how to make a beautiful fondant portrait!
Today Mary Corbet of Needle N Thread teaches us how to do a trellis stitch.
Cake Supplies Plus is teaching us how to make modeling chocolate!
Do you have your Halloween costume yet? If not, fear not! These guys have some ideas for you:
I simply have to share this recipe with you from Cake Central:
Cooking spray 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 cups freshly roasted pumpkin ¾ cup granulated sugar ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar ½ cup butter, softened 4 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ? cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Work pumpkin in food processor into a smooth paste. Spread pumpkin over 2 layers of paper towels; cover with 2 additional layers of paper towels. Let stand about 10 minutes. Scrape drained pumpkin into a bowl.
Place ¾ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and ½ cup butter in a large bowl; beat with mixer at medium speed 3 minutes or until well blended.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla.
Lightly spoon 3 cups flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife.
Combine flour and next cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture and ¾ cup buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Lightly coat a 10-inch bundt pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack.
For cupcakes, fill 2 paper lined cupcake tins and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
8-ounce cream cheese, softened ½ cup butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted ? cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Slowly incorporate powdered sugar alternately with buttermilk, beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Add vanilla. Continue beating until blended.
Spread frosting over cooled cake, slice and serve.
Sprinkle cinnamon over cream cheese frosting for an additional garnish.
Today I’m all excited about Just CrossStitch’s newsletter. This one at the link I’ve provided discusses finishing techniques and offers readers a free beach pattern.
These three adorable beach scenes are glued to ceramic tiles and used for coasters.
While you’re checking out the Just CrossStitch newsletter, you might want to take the magazine up on its offer of a free issue. I just received the Christmas ornament issue, and it’s terrific!
Spotlight: Needle-Felted Flowers
The random number generator chose number 3 for our book giveaway winner! And that is…Sharon Dixon! Sharon, please send me your mailing address via private message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get your book in the mail right away. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the book!
If you didn’t win, there’s a giveaway going on at Goodreads through October 16 wherein five copies will be given away. Plus, I’m sure I’ll be doing more giveaways soon. After all, what’s Halloween without a treat or two?
And speaking of gorgeous cakes….
I want to give a shout-out to Rosemary Galpin, whose recipes are included in BATTERED TO DEATH, for her success at this year’s Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show! Rosemary won first place in the Master’s Chocolate, Chocolate category for this gorgeous cake.
And she won second place in the Master’s Tiered Cakes – Non Wedding for this beauty:
And…are you ready for this…? Our Rosemary Galpin won SECOND PLACE in the prestigious GRAND NATIONAL WEDDING CAKE COMPETITION with this stunning creation:
Hi! I’m already getting excited about Halloween! Are you?
Maybe some of these complimentary Halloween patterns will get you in a be-stitching mood! (See what I did there? Cool, huh?)
For more beautiful free patterns, check out Tiny Modernist Cross-Stitch on Facebook. They’re currently offering a lovely autumn pattern featuring a pair of squirrels, an adorable fall house with moon and owl done in redwork, and a sweet fall pattern with mums. Tiny Modernist posts a new freebie each week and also offers generous discounts from their online shop.
Have you made any BOOtiful cross-stitch pieces yet this year? (See what I did there? Yeah, not as clever as be-stitching, but I’m trying, folks!) If so, please share them with us!