RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn

RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn #homemade #party #treat #snack
Candy popcorn is a tasty treat you might remember your grandma or great-grandma making. My mom remembers her grandma making this every christmas. What I love about this recipe is the color! You can make your popcorn any color you like. I chose pink and green and it turned out so pretty and delicious. The taste is similar to kettle corn, but sweeter. This would be a great snack to serve at parties, baby showers, or birthdays.

RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn #homemade #party #treat #snack

Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn
 
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Adapted from Cooking Classy
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup popcorn kernels, popped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup half and half
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Food coloring
  • Special Tools:
  • Candy thermometer
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Pour popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl, set aside. In a saucepan whisk together sugar, half and half, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Heat mixture to 232 degrees, stirring occasionally. Once it reached 232 degrees, remove from heat and mix in the vanilla and food coloring. I recommend adding a few drops of coloring at a time until you get the color you want.
  3. Drizzle mixture over popcorn. Gently stir until mixture is evenly coated. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Stir popcorn mixture well, and then bake for another 6-8 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake. You don’t want your popcorn to lose its pretty color and turn brown.

RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn #homemade #party #treat #snack

DIY: Mini Summer Notebooks

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
Summer is here! And with the sunshine come vacations, camping trips, weekend getaways, and other outdoor adventures. Any time I plan a trip, I always make sure to bring a little notebook with me to record all the special memories that happen along the way. This mini notebook is the perfect companion to any adventure, plus it uses recycled materials and is easy to make!

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Materials:

• Colored Card Stock or other pretty paper (for your notebook cover)
• Stamps and ink pad (to decorate your cover)
• Recycled papers (for your inside pages)
• Bakers twine (for the binding)

Tools:

• X-acto knife
• Ruler
• Cutting board
• Paper cutter (optional)
• Bookbinding Awl
• Bone Folder
• Bookbinding needle

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

1. Cut your papers to size

For the cover, I chose a thick colored cardstock. The thicker the notebook cover, the better. You can also try using handmade paper. For the inside pages, I used a variety of recycled papers I had on hand like lined notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, construction paper and even some pages cut out of old books and magazines.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

I wanted my notebook to fit easily into my backpack or purse so I chose to make the finished size 4.25”x5.5”. Using my paper cutter (or a ruler and x-acto knife works too), I cut all my papers (cover and inside pages) 8.5”x5.5” inches, which when folded in half, will become the finished size.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

2. Decorate your cover

To decorate my cover, I decided to carve my own stamp. And since I plan to take this notebook with me on a camping trip, I chose to carve a campfire. I also stamped the word “summer” below using my set of alphabet stamps.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Feel free to decorate your cover however you want! You could also collage your cover, draw or paint something, or cover the entire thing in wash tape. It’s up to you!

3. Prep your inside pages

I chose 15 sheets of paper for the inside of my journal, which when folded in half will become 30 pages. This is the perfect amount for me to fill up while on vacation.

To prep the inside pages for binding, gather the cover and inside pages together (in the order that you want them to be) and fold the entire thing in half making a crease in all the pages. You can use the bone folder to get a nice clean fold/crease.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

4. Bind Your Notebook

Starting at the middle of your book (cover page is on the bottom), take 5 pages from your stack. Using a ruler to measure, draw two dots 1 ½” apart at the center of the fold. Take the bookbinding awl and punch a hole through all 5 sheets where you marked with the pencil. Set aside. Repeat this process two more times, or until you have holes punched through all your pages.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Reassemble your notebook back to its original order. Using a piece of baker’s twine and a bookbinding needle (or other needle with a large enough eye to thread the baker’s twine through), stitch the notebook together. Then tie a knot and trim.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

One final touch you can do (which is totally optional) is to trim your finished notebook. You’ll notice that with the pages folded in half, the inside papers peek out of the cover. You can use a ruler and x-acto knife to carefully trim the excess making for a clean, finished notebook.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

That’s it! Now you have a fun little notebook to take with you on all your summer adventures. Do you have any other summer travel traditions? Like making a photo album of your trip, collecting ticket stubs, or pressing leaves and flowers you collect along your way?

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

DIY: Strawberry Pin Cushions

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift
I’ve been having a lot of fun working on little sewing projects lately. I had been eyeing this tutorial by Down Grapevine Lane for so long; I’m excited to finally be able to try it out. I enjoyed the time consuming hand-stitching involved as I have not practiced that in a while and it made for the perfect lap project while watching TV with my boyfriend, James.

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift

All the materials used I found in my grandmother’s sewing room (she has more fabric than most fabric stores!). I chose four different purple toned fabrics and was lucky enough to find a piece of real wool felt perfect for the leaves of the strawberries.

Read full tutorial >>

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift

As I made them, I decided to omit the white felt flower and instead sew a cute oval “thank you” tag into the top of each strawberry. These will make for the perfect thank you gifts and I can’t wait to give them to our first Adventures In Making contributors! You heard me right, we are currently looking for new creative writers. Each month, we plan to send out little thank you gifts to everyone who contributes. Read more about becoming a contributor >>

Handmade Strawberry Pin Cushions #sewing #gift

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

alissa-biopic_200x200Please welcome our very first guest blogger, Alissa Thiele! Alissa is a Portland based artist who’s photography & illustration work is inspired by the Pacific Northwest – the mountains, mushrooms, ocean, and sea otters. Alissa loves creating jewelry with kitschy, vintage gems. Her work can be found at many locally owned stores and in her Etsy shop at www.atealeaf.etsy.com.

Does your home need a little sprucing up? Make this crafty paper garland to hang on your walls, windows, or doorways. This fun DIY is a perfect decoration for your next special event, holiday, or even just year-round. Plus it’s a great craft project to do with your friends and family – what better excuse for a craft night!

Supplies:

Butterfly Template
• An old book you don’t mind cutting up (thicker pages work best)
• Ink (Speedball calligraphy ink works great)
• Baker’s twine
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Stapler
• Paper hole punch

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

1. Choose Your Shape

Take your scissors and cut out the butterfly stencil. If you are feeling extra creative you can make your own shape. Maybe a clover, flower, heart, or circle. It’s best for the shape to be about 2”-3” in length & height.

2. Use An Old Book

Find an old book that you don’t mind cutting up. Remove 3-5 pages from the book. An X-acto knife & ruler make it easy to do, but you can also tear them carefully. Using a pencil, trace your butterfly stencil onto a page. Be sure to trace in an area that has lots of text (or fun illustrations!). Depending on the size of your book, you should be able to fit about 3 butterflies on the page.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

3. Cut Out Your Shape

Next, paperclip the rest of your removed pages below your traced page. Now we can cut lots of butterflies at once! Carefully cut out the butterfly shapes with scissors.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration
DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

4. Form The butterfly

Gather 3 of the butterflies that you just cut out. Put them together & fold them in half vertically. On the fold, staple the center of the butterfly. With your hole punch, make a hole above the staple (this is how you’ll string the butterflies into a garland). Finally, fan out the butterfly wings. So pretty!

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

5. Dip Dye Your Butterflies

Now we’re getting to the fun part! First create a work space where you can dye and dry the butterflies. I like to put down some plastic wrap on a table and then add a layer of paper towels so it’s extra ink proof. Then put a half cup of water and a teaspoon of ink into a glass. Take your butterfly sample and submerge it halfway down. Hold for 10 seconds, making sure the ink gets on all sides of the butterfly. Remove it from the ink, blot excess ink on paper towels, and carefully lay it out. Pro Tip: stand the butterfly up on the paper towel so it doesn’t get bent while it dries.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration
DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

If you’re happy with the color repeat STEPS TWO – FIVE to make more butterflies. If not, add more ink or more water as needed. Keep it interesting by alternating between dying the tops and dying the bottoms. Make about 10 completed butterflies.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

6. String Into Garland

Almost done! After all the butterflies have dried, cut a piece of baker’s twine about 6 feet long. String the butterflies on the twine, tying a knot in between each to prevent them from sliding too much. Now hang up your awesome new garland on your doorway, ceiling, window, or wall!

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

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DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters + Champagne Cocktail

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

Bitters is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients. A classic cure-all and drink flavoring, if you go to any cocktail bar here in Portland, you’ll find it used in many different drinks. I usually stick to using Angostura or Peychaud’s at home, but after reading this book, I decided to try making my own. I chose two different kinds, orange spice and cherry licorice. Both turned out good! My favorite way to use it is in a champagne cocktail (recipe below). You could also use it to make a Manhattan or Old-Fashioned if you are a fan of bourbon.

To make bitters at home you need to infuse a combination of botanicals and high proof alcohol.

Bittering Agents: Angelica root, birch leaf, burdock root, dandelion bark, gentian root, licorice root, wormwood, calamas root, wild cherry bark, and orris root are all great places to start.

Flavor Agents: Try any combination of allspice berries, anise seed, caraway seed, cinnamon, citrus peel, clove, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, hops, juniper berries, lavender, lemongrass, nutmeg, rose hips, sarsaparilla, or star anise.

You can also use dried fruits, nuts and beans (like cocoa or coffee)

To learn more about making bitters, I highly recommend getting a copy of, A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All: Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons.

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

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Homemade Bitters
 
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Recipe type: Digestive
Cuisine: Beverage
Ingredients
  • Orange Spice Bitters

  • 1 cup Everclear
  • 1 medium orange
  • 4 tablespoons burdock root
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, cut in half (approx. 1 ½ inches)
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon honey dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water
  • Cherry Licorice Bitters

  • 1 cup Everclear
  • 1 medium orange
  • 4 tablespoons burdock root
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon honey dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water
Instructions
  1. Remove the orange zest in strips with a vegetable peeler and discard the white pith. Combine the zest with the aromatics and herbs in a wide-mouth canning jar. Pour the Everclear over the top and add in the liquid honey and about ⅓ cup of juice from the orange. Cover with a tight fitting lid and store at room temperature. Allow to steep for at least two weeks. Give the jar a good shake every other day or so.
  2. After the steeping process is finished, strain into a clean jar using a coffee filter. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

I ordered some 4 oz glass bottles with droppers from Specialty Bottle to package my homemade bitters. Gatsby style labels are courtesy of Evermine. I love the classic, vintage look.

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters #diy #cocktail #infusion

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Recipe: Champagne Cocktail
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: Beverage
Ingredients
  • 1 glass of champagne
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1-2 dashes of bitters
Instructions
  1. Place sugar cube in bottom of champagne flute. Add a few dashes of bitters. Top with champagne. Cheers!

RECIPE: Homemade Bitters + Champagne Cocktail #diy #infusion #aromaticHas anyone else tried making their own bitters? Do you have any favorite flavor combinations? I think I want to try making a lavender bitters next…

DIY: Aromatherapy ‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillows

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

I’ve been struggling with neck and back pain for over a year now. Chiropractic and physical therapy haven’t seemed to be working so I’ve been looking for alternative, DIY treatments to manage my pain and heal. The first thing I’ve started is learning and practicing yoga. I’ve found that the gentle stretching and relaxation techniques that yoga promotes help to calm my nervous system and relax tight muscles. One of my favorite poses that I do every day is called Legs-Up-The-Wall. I try to hold the position for 10-15 minutes at a time and always feel better afterwards!

A prop I like to use while doing the Legs-Up-The-Wall pose is an aromatherapy eye pillow. I find that it really helps me to relax! Rather than going out and buying one, I decided to make my own. Inspired by my own feline pets, I made this cute ‘Cat Nap’ eye pillow. It was such an fun sewing project, I wanted to share my pattern and process.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

I ordered my herbs in bulk from the San Francisco Herb Company. Beware that they aren’t joking when they say ‘bulk’! I have A TON of these herbs on hand now. I’m ok with it as I know I’ll find more ways to use them. But you can also look for a local herbal apothecary in your area. Here’s a little info about the herbs I chose:

Lavender: Soothing, relaxing and eases headaches.
Chamomile: Calming, relaxing, and said to keep bad dreams away
Lemon Balm: Relieves stress, anxious and nervous feelings, insomnia, stress, and headaches.

Check out The Mountain Rose Blog for more herbal suggestions and their effects.

‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillows

Note: This is an intermediate level sewing project. I used my sewing machine, but this project could also be done completely by hand.

Also, I have included links to videos on how to do the basic embroidery stitches I used for the cat face. Another alternative if you don’t want to embroider is to buy fabric markers and simply draw the face on.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Supplies:

‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillow Pattern
• Cotton fabric (I chose fabrics in calming colors like blue, purple and green. Plus some pink for the inside of the cat’s ears)
• Pink and black embroidery floss
• 3 tablespoons of each: dried lavender, chamomile, lemon balm (I ordered in bulk from the SF Herb Company)
• 1 cup flax (purchased from the bulk section at my local grocery store)

Tools:

• Sewing machine & thread
• Fabric scissors
• Pins
• Craft scissors
• Pencil
• Transfer paper
• Iron & ironing board
• Small embroidery hoop
• Needle

Step One: Cut Out Your Pattern

Print out the pattern provided and cut out with craft scissors. Following the instruction on the pattern, cut out all your fabric pieces using fabric scissors. Iron all your pieces flat.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Two: Draw the cat face

Pattern piece A is the front of your pillow and also where you will embroider the cat face. Fold your fabric in half and iron. This fold will be your center guide for the face. Lightly sketch the eyes, nose and mouth freehand with a pencil. If drawing freehand isn’t your thing, you can also use transfer paper to trace the cat face directly from the pattern onto the fabric.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Three: Embroider the cat face

Cut a length of black embroidery floss and thread it through your needle. Using a Back Stitch, embroider the eyes and mouth of the cat.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Next cut a length of pink embroidery floss and and rethread your needle. Back Stitch the outline of the cat’s nose, then use a Satin Stitch to fill in the outline (note: you’ll notice in the video, she uses a split stitch as an outline instead of the back stitch. Feel free to do either).

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Now that your cat face is complete, you can begin sewing your pieces together!

Step Four: Sew the Cat Ears

To sew the cat ears, put two pattern C pieces together, right sides facing in. Use a small pin to hold in place. With your sewing machine (or by hand), sew around the top sides of the ears leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for the second ear. Turn both ears right side out and press with an iron.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Take pattern piece D and pin to the center of each ear. Sew again along the top sides of each ear, leaving about a ¼” seam allowance.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Five: Sew the pillow

Next it’s time to sew all the pillow pieces together. Pin the ears, front side facing down onto the top of the cat face. Be sure to place them equal distance apart from the center. Next place piece B on the top, right side facing down and pin together with piece A.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Sew all the way around, making sure to sew through the edge of the ears, leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Leave about a 2-3” opening at the bottom edge (so we can fill the pillow with the flax and herbs).

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Trim notches where indicated on the pattern (be sure not to snip through your stitches) and then turn right side out and press with the iron.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

Step Six: Fill the Pillow with Herbs

Add 1 cup of flax plus 3 tablespoons of each herb of your choice. Carefully hand stitch the opening closed.

DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal
DIY: 'Cat Nap' Eye Pillows + Free Sewing Pattern #craft #herbal

RECIPE: S’more Trail Mix

RECIPE: S'more Trail Mix by Adventures In Making blog #homemade #favor #snack

S’mores are one of my favorite treats. You’ll often find me roasting a marshmallow over the stove in my kitchen late at night, chocolate and graham cracker in hand. I recently made up a batch of S’more Trail Mix for a woodland theme baby shower I hosted for my brother. Not only did this recipe make for wonderful favors to send home with our family and friends, but it was super easy to make. Feel free to adapt this recipe to suit your tastes.

RECIPE: S'more Trail Mix
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • Honey flavored Teddy Grahams (Golden Graham Cereal would also work great)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate Candies (I used M&M’s)
  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • Mixed Nuts
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Keep fresh for up to 1 week in an airtight container until ready to serve or package into favors.

 

RECIPE: S'more Trail Mix by Adventures In Making blog #homemade #favor #snack
RECIPE: S'more Trail Mix by Adventures In Making blog #homemade #favor #snack

DIY: Herbal Sachets + Free Sewing Pattern

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

These sachet pillows are a simple sewing project and make gifts or favors for any occasion. The best part is that you can coordinate your fragrant herbs and fabric to match your theme, color palette and season. I chose to use lavender, chamomile and lemon balm for their relaxing effects and fresh spring scent.

Supplies Needed:

• Cotton fabrics (three different colors/patterns of your choice)
• Herbs (I ordered mine in bulk from the San Francisco Herb Co.)
• Tablespoon & funnel
• Sewing machine, thread & pins
• Iron & ironing board
• Sewing scissors
• Kraft scissors
Free sewing pattern

The first step is to wash and iron your fabric. Then download and print the free sewing pattern. Using kraft scissors, cut out the template pieces. Then pin them to your fabric and cut out with sewing scissors.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Next take your two front triangle pieces and place them together (right sides facing in). Use your sewing machine to sew along the longest side of the triangle leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Iron open to form a square and trim the triangle edges where indicated in photo below.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Place your front and back pieces together, right sides facing in, and sew all the way around with a 1/4” seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 1-inch opening on one side (see photo below for reference).

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Trim the corners, making sure not to cut too close to the seam (you don’t want to make a hole in your pillow!)

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Turn your pillow right side out using the opening you left and iron flat. I like to use a pencil or pen to push out the corners completely.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Using a funnel, fill your pillow with herbs. I added about 2 tablespoons of each to make a nice plump looking pillow.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

The last step is to carefully hand-stitch the opening closed.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Personalized favor tag courtesy of Evermine.com



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RECIPE: Oatmeal Cake & May Wine

Recipe: Oatmeal Cake #mayday #beltane #spring #dessert
Last week my boyfriend James and I celebrated Beltane for the first time. Beltane is an old pagan holiday that celebrates the midpoint between spring and summer. It’s traditionally celebrated by having a bonfire, sipping may wine, eating a traditional oatmeal cake, and of course, by constructing a May Pole. Festivities begin on April 30 and are continued through the next day, May 1st.

Although we didn’t have a May Pole, I did make a small mobile decoration out of an embroidery hoop and ribbon to hang in our living room.

For dinner we made herb & citrus baked chicken (recipe from The Comfort of Cooking) with a green herb salad with strawberries, avocado and goat cheese. Both turned out delicious!

May Day Decoration #beltane #diy

For dessert, I made the traditional Beltane treat, Oatmeal Cake. I adapted a recipe from Jenny Can Cook and it turned out delicious. It has a muffin-like texture making it the perfect dessert when topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh berries. Plus you can have a slice for breakfast with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey the next morning!

Recipe: Oatmeal Cake #mayday #beltane #spring #dessert

 

Recipe: Oatmeal Cake
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole grain pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tablespoon oil (canola or extra light olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
  • ⅓ cup diced pecans (preferably toasted)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Pour boiling water over the oats in a small bowl and let stand, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer and a large bowl, beat oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed until thick.
  4. On lowest speed, slowly stir in warm oats, followed by the flour mixture. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. Next prepare the topping. In a small bowl combine the softened butter, brown sugar, flaked coconut and diced pecans using your fingers.
  6. Cover cake with topping and broil for about one minute until just browned. Be sure to watch it carefully as it will brown very quickly!

Recipe: May Wine and Oatmeal Cake #mayday #beltane

 

Recipe: May Wine
 
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A traditional drink served for Beltane and May Day.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • ½ cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 small bunch of sweet woodruff (or substitute with an herb of your choice)
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine and sweet woodruff and let infuse for at least 1 hour or overnight. I wasn't able to find any sweet woodruff so I substituted some pineapple sage instead. Feel free to do the same with any fresh herb of your choice.
  2. Next pour in the champagne and strawberries. Serve over ice.

 

RECIPE: Passion Cookies For May Day

Recipe: Passion Cookies #beltane #mayday #homemade

To celebrate the beautiful weather we are having here in Portland and to welcome the coming May, I decided to whip up a batch of Passion Cookies. These cookies are the perfect spring treat. Sweet, spicy and crunchy. I plan to treat myself to some May Wine and cookies tomorrow evening to welcome in the warm weather and the May.

Recipe: Passion Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1¾ cups whole grain flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 5 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup crystallized ginger, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • Red sugar sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar then beat in the egg and molasses.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a medium bowl, then stir into the wet batter. Add crystallized ginger and mix until combined. Place dough in the refrigerator to chill at least 20 minutes.
  3. Using a rolling pin and a floured surface, roll out the dough to about ¼" thick. Cut out with a cookie cutter. Press one side of the cookie into a plate of red sprinkles then place sugar side up onto the baking sheet, about 3 inches apart. Bake 9-11 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe: Passion Cookies #beltane #mayday #homemade