Isn’t this an exciting time of year? It’s almost spring! If you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as much as my green-beer-drinking friends at the Brew Crew, you might want to make this adorable cross-stitch pattern from About.com. To see the pattern larger and get the full stitching instructions, check out the pattern here!
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Are you excited? I’ve always enjoyed this holiday because it gives me a chance to spoil my niece and nephew (Leslie and Lucas) as well as Ben. Most people want a yummy dessert; but they either want ME to make it, or they want it to be easy (that would be my sister Violet).
So here is a simple recipe for cake pops. It just so happens that the recipe has been modified to be lower cal, but please don’t mention that to skinny little Violet!
Servings: 48 • Size: 1 cake pop • Calories: 102.5 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1.4 g • Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 68 mg
- 16.5 oz package yellow cake mix(or flavor of your choice)
- 6 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt (Chobani)
- 1 cup water
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- baking spray
- 48 oz Wilton colored candy melts (20 oz used total, calculated in n.i)*
- mini cupcake liners
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a the cake pop pan with baking spray.
Combine all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat
until combined. Place the batter into a pastry bag or large Ziploc bag
with the tip cut off.
Pipe the batter into the prepared cake pop pan and bake about 18 minutes
(I rotated the pan after 10 minutes to be sure they baked evenly). Let it
rest 5 minutes before opening the pan.
Place cake balls on a wire rack and repeat with remaining batter. Using a scissor, cut the seam off the balls.
Refrigerate the cake balls for about 45 minutes, this helps the chocolate stick to the cake.
Melt some of the white chocolate melts in the microwave according to package directions, careful not to burn the chocolate. Insert the tip of a bamboo stick into the melted chocolate, then into the cake ball (this helps hold the stick in place) and dip each ball into the chocolate, then onto a sheet of wax paper.
Repeat with remaining balls and chocolate. When the chocolate hardens, place into mini cupcake liners and top with sprinkles and drizzle with chocolate if desired.
Makes 48-50 balls.
*I weighed the chocolate on each ball to calculate the nutritional info. Although the recipe calls for 48 oz of chocolate, not all of it will be used, but you will still need to buy extra so you have enough to coat the cake balls. I calculated 0.4 oz of chocolate on each cake ball.
Okay, I misspoke in my last issue. But that’s okay. I couldn’t wait another day to share this with you. Isn’t she beautiful? I think she’s as ready for springtime as I am! And she’s on this blog of free cross-stitch designs. My only problem is that I can’t click through to the pattern. Can you? If so, or if you know how I can get this pattern, will you let me know?! Thank you!
Hi, there! I won’t “talk” with you again before February 12, so I wanted to go ahead and give you a few links to some Valentine’s Day embroidery patterns:
If you’d like to embroider a card for someone you love, check out this easy pattern at Prick And Stitch is My Craft.
There are several free Valentine’s Day Sewing Patterns at Sewing Support, including pillows, cards, sachets, and even a Valentine’s dog collar! Wonder if Angus would like one of those?
For those of you who enjoy machine embroidery, there are links to some freebies at Embroidery Pattern Central.
Also, check out the pretty paisley redwork hearts at About.com Embroidery.
If you stitch up something, be sure and share it with us! We’d love to see your work!
So I, Frankenstein came out on the 24th. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks really cool. I started thinking about how someone might make a cake to celebrate the movie premiere. I did a search and came across this really cool cake. Click this link to get the full information and/or to leave a comment.
Below, I’ve included the trailer to I, Frankenstein. What do you think? Is this a movie you’d like to see?
Hi, there! Isn’t it beautiful? It’s the cover for my latest adventure written by Amanda Lee. THREAD END will be out on June 3, 2014.
In THREAD END, everyone in Tallulah Falls is excited about an antique textile exhibit being displayed at the Tallulah Falls Museum. But the morning after the premiere, I find a dead body wrapped in a kilim rug in the alley behind the Seven-Year Stitch. The victim appears to be a visiting art professor in town for the exhibit. Did someone decide to teach the professor a lesson, then attempt to sweep the evidence under the rug? Along with my boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, I must unravel an intricate tapestry of deception to find a desperate killer.
A great series with enough suspense and smart sleuthing to hook readers every time.”—Romantic Times
“Entertaining…Readers will enjoy spending time with the friendly folks of Tallulah Falls.”—Publishers Weekly
“A well thought-out, free-flowing story that captures your attention and keeps you interested from beginning to end.”—The Romance Readers Connection
“The writing is lively, and the pop culture references abundant.…A smartly written cozy that neatly ties up all the loose ends surrounding the murder but leaves the reader wanting to know more about the amateur detective, her friends, her life, and her future.”—Fresh Fiction
“Smart and interesting, well patterned and deftly sewn together.”—Once Upon a Romance
I hope you’re looking forward to the new book as much as I am!
Is learning to decorate beautiful cakes one of your New Year’s Resolutions? The Cake Carousel of Richardson, Texas, has put their spring schedule of classes online. You can check it out at their website.
The Wilton School’s classes began January 10 and are already slated through the end of the year! See class schedules by month.
If you’re a cake decorating instructor and would like for me to pass along your class information, please let me know!