With winter just around the corner, here are some items that will keep you cozy and warm.
I’ve been dying to make a terrarium for a while. Every time I passed by a plant shop I would stop in and contemplate buying the supplies. I finally decided to make one and purchased all the supplies at a cute little terrarium shop in Ballard. I decided to go with a tropical terrarium because I have a tendency to be over eager regarding watering and thought I would do best with plants that actually want water, plus I’ve been eyeing this glass container for some time (closed containers are better suited for tropical terrariums, while open ones are best for succulent plants).You will need: a glass container, a few mini plants (either tropical or succulents), a large handful of small pebbles, a few cups of soil, a handful of charcoal, and a variety of medium pebblesFirst: create a small layer of pebbles on the bottom of the class container (this will allow for drainage). Second: on top of the pebbles put a layer of charcoal (approx. 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick). Third: put 2 or 3 inches of soil on top.
Next, plant the plants in the soil by creating small holes and placing the roots in the hole and filling with additional soil if needed. Lastly, layer some medium pebbles on the top of the soil. For tropical plant care, keep in a shaded place and lightly mist with a spray bottle on occasion. For succulent care, place in the sun and lightly mist very rarely.
What type of plants to you keep in your house?
Fall has definitely arrived in Seattle. You can’t get much better than July and August in the Northwest, but when the sun is out on a crisp fall afternoon it’s pretty great. We decided to inaugurate fall with an afternoon of apple picking. After arriving at the apple farm we were slightly disappointed to discover that we didn’t get to actually pick the apples from trees – instead we got to “pick” them out of large barrels. But the apples still went to a good use in this caramel apple tart.
Directions: Put the brown sugar, half and half, butter, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, continue to boil for another 6-8 minutes while stirring constantly. Add the vanilla and allow to boil for an additional minute. Remove from heat and pour into a container to allow caramel to completely cool.
Directions: Preheat oven to 410ºF – Mix the butter, oil, water, sugar, and salt together in an oven proof bowl. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Be careful when removing the bowl as the butter will pop. Stir in the flour and make the ingredients into a ball. Place the ball into the tart pan and flatten, bringing the edges up slightly. Poke holes into the bottom to allow heat to escape. Cook in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.For the filling: 1 lb apples (peeled and sliced), 1 tbsp butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp corn starch, 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Filling directions: While the tart is cooking, put the butter and apples into a frying pan and cook until the apples are soft. In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, corn starch, and cinnamon – pour over the apples and continue to cook for two minutes.
To finish the tart up: After the crust has finished cooking, pour a generous layer of caramel onto the bottom, then layer the apples on top. Drizzle some additional caramel sauce on top of the apples and bake for 20 more minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream and more caramel for best results.
For my second post to celebrate one year of Silk and Cinnamon, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite party decor items. Any one of these decorations will surely liven up any party. Be sure to check out my cake topper bunting post if you are looking for a simple way to decorate a cake.
As always, thanks for reading.
This week marks 1 year of Silk and Cinnamon. To commemorate, this week’s posts will have a celebratory theme. To start, I’ve compiled some of my favorite tablescapes, including a Texas inspired wedding and Kentucky Derby themed decor.
Here’s to the past year – cheers!
Summer has been beautiful in Seattle and to me, nothing represents summer better than homemade pie. I made these mini cherry pies not to long ago, I love anything that is mini and these were no exception.
I used this recipe for the crust and used a large cup to cut out the circles. If you have a circle cookie cutter that is 3 or 4 inches in diameter that would work even better.
For the filling: 3 cups of pitted cherries, 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch (makes 6 mini pies)
Combine the pitted and halved cherries in a saucepan on medium heat with lemon juice, water, cornstarch, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let cook about 10 minutes, stir frequently.
Bake on 375 for 25 minutes or until cherries are soft and crust is golden.
Let cool and combine with ice cream for best results!
I was able to make this miniature bunting with craft supplies I had lying around, it’s perfect for adding a little decoration to the top of a birthday cake or a bunch of cupcakes.
You’ll need: card stock, stamps, thread, colorful straws, a stamp pad, and some scissors1. Cut out small triangles – mine were about 1.5 inches across by 2 inches2. Prior to sewing across the first triangle, make sure there is about 5 inches of extra thread. After sewing across the first triangle place the second one’s corner directly next to the first’s corner. Continue doing this until the correct amount of triangles are connected. Leave about 5 inches of extra thread on the end.3. Stamp a letter on each triangle to spell out the celebratory phrase. 4. Use the extra thread on the ends to attach the bunting to the straw. I used a needle to pull the thread through the straws once and then tie off the thread.
Place on a cake or a couple of cupcakes for some simple decoration!
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a chocolate cake but this recipe was probably the best chocolate cake I have ever had. The cake was the perfect combination of fluffy and dense and the frosting was light and flavorful. For a layer cake, it was relatively easy and ended up being perfect for an evening with friends. Print the recipe card here. I used this recipe for the chocolate buttercream.
Hope you have a great weekend,
To fill the pillow, use a 20 x 20 pillow insert, I found mine at ikea. Also, to make this tutorial simpler, you could just skip the cording step. And if you are not a sewer, you can buy a similar version here.
Next up on my to do list… a headboard. I think these pillows would look great with a light gray/blue headboard like this one.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
This sangria recipe ended up being super simple to make and was perfect for a summer evening with friends.
one bottle of white wine
1/4 cup of sugar
one orange (sliced)
1/2 lemon (sliced)
1/2 lime (sliced)
3 oz. brandy
1/2 liter of club soda
Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher and let sit in the refrigerator over night to achieve the best flavor.
Pour and enjoy this refreshing drink in the sun,