Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I am in the middle of pumpkin carving and cooking.... Just 2.5 hours till the guests are coming... Photos tomorrow!

Everyone, have a happy Halloween!

More Halloween

Friday, October 30, 2009

I got up in the morning and I decided to start Halloween program immediately. I formed these marzipan figures to the cakes.... Soon a plan of another cake came into my mind. Won't be three deserts too much? Let's see.... I am sure we'll need a cake for the spiders...But what about the ghosts?

But to tell you the truth it was not a big work this morning as I got the marzipan from a confectionary....

Here are the spiders:

And the ghosts:
Have a happy day!

Halloween is continued

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I 'made' some more decorations.... Not much, but I wanted to post something Halloweenish today as well :)

So this is the welcome suitcase at the door. I think Sir Henry matches Halloween as he is a black cat but unfortunately he is not spooky enough.... At least he likes guests....

And I renovate last year's wreath and added some extra pumpkins to it. This is for today :D

Halloween time starts....

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I mean, started.... When I made these invitations to my halloween guests. Did I mention that I love the orange-black combo.... with spiders?

Adventures of my ice cream balls

Monday, October 26, 2009

The story began in September when we had the Procion party at Kicsoda's. We worked with fabrics but the knitting ladies decided to dye yarn. I got a big yarn ball from Ahama so I tried to dye too. I used Kicsoda's bowl and hid my little pieces in them. She washed mine too and on Friday she brought them to me to the meeting.
They were beautiful, I loved them in the first moment. We made little balls (this is all I had.... yes, I am wondering now why I didn't make more...) and they were like ice cream balls.
Do you agree?

The only thing seemed 'makeable' was a short scarf. Kdatta gave me the idea about her short scarfs so I made one.

I tried it on but my B was not very happy with it and neither I when I looked into the mirror.

So I decided to start again with a normal scarf. But the first one was too wide so the yarn seemed not enough. Then I started again.... This is the 5th version I made at the weekend.

It is wide and long enough to wear (I think).
And yes, it is very simple but I like it. (With home coloured yarn you do not want to use a complicated pattern, I think it is colourful enough - at least for me.)

The only problem: the edges. I followed the 'inverse before the last' rule but it is still not good. I really do not know what to do with them.....

Wedding present

Saturday, October 17, 2009

This is an old topic in a new post. On the 3rd Oct one of my friends had her wedding. She is a really nice girl and I'll never forget what she did for me on my wedding. She is a good musician playing the flute but she was nervous all the time playing solo in the church. But as a present I got a wonderful flute solo. She played Ave Maria on my wedding and I started crying I was so surprised and happy seeing what she did for me.

Now it was our time to give her a present so our choir stood together after about 5 years and we sang during the ceremony. It was something like travelling in time plus I was happy to do something for her. This is a small something I sewed her as a present.

It is a 'Home blessing'. I got one for my wedding from another friend's mum. (It was a small paper one and it is still on our fridge.... I can remember I. all the time I see her present).
So the idea came and I started to sew. I used my favourite kitchen combo (the 3 fabrics together). Luckily I had some leftovers so I could start quickly and finish before the wedding! (Amaizingly this time I was not in a hurry).
I hope she likes it.

Australian chocolate cake

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Years ago we got an Australian cook book from my brother-in-law. There are wonderful recipes in it. I found this some weeks ago when I wanted to bake something for my colleagues' birthday. I changed the recipe a bit, here is my version.

125 g butter (vaj)

165 g caster sugar (porcukor)

2 eggs (tojás)

1 teaspoon vanilla essence (vanilia kivonatot használtam)

80 g blackberry jam (áfonyalekvár)

165 g flour (liszt + 1 csom. sütőpor)

60 g cocoa powder (kakaópor)

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (szódabikarbóna)

250 ml milk (tej)

Chocolate buttercream

50 g dark chololate, chopped (étcsoki aprítva)
25 g butter (vaj)

3 teaspoons cream (tejszín)

30 g icing sugar (porcukor)

1. Preheat the oven 180 Celsius. Grease the base and sides of a deep 20 cm square cake tin and line with baking paper.
1. Melegítsd elő a sütőt 180 fokra. Vajazz ki egy 20 cm-es négyzet alakú tepsit és béleld ki sütőpapírral!

2. Beat the butter, sugar with electric beaters until it is light and creamy. Add the eggs gradually. Add the van. essence and jam until combined.
2. Elektromos robotgéppel verd fel a vajat és cukrot, amíg világos és krémes nem lesz. Add hozzá egyenként a tojásokat, majd a vanilia esszenciát és a lekvárt, míg összeáll.

3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Using a metal spoon, fold the combined sifted flour, cocoa and soda alternately with milk. Stir until the mixture is just combined and almost smooth.
3. Tedd a keveréket egy nagy tálba. Egy fémkanál segítségével keverd bele a lisztet, kakaót és szódabikarbónát tejjel felváltva. Keverd, míg összeáll és sima lesz.

4. Pour into the tin and smooth the surface. Bake for 45 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 15 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
4. Öntsd bele a tepsibe és simíts el a tetejét. Süsd 45 percig, vagy jó sütéspróbáig. Hagyd a tepsiben 15 percig, majd hagyd hűlni egy rácson.

5. To make the buttercream, combine the chopped chocolate, butter, cream and sugar in a small pan. Stir over low heat until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Spread the chocolate buttercream over the top of the cake with a flat-banded knife.
5. A csokikrémhez tedd az aprított csokit, vajat és cukrot egy kis lábosba. Alacsony hőfokon kevergesd, amíg egységes és fényes krémmé szelídül. Egy lapos kés segítségével kend a tortádra a krémet. Nem klasszikus édes torta, keserűkedvelőknek ajánlom! Édesítésként tettem rá a habot. Jó étvágyat!

Old jumper

Friday, October 2, 2009

This is a jumper I wore once. I was a college student when we had a kind of knitting magazines I liked. (It was a German one published in Hungarian only for half a year or so...) I found this pattern there and the phylosophy lessons were just perfect to knit it (we had a very clever teacher, I think she should have been very clever but awfully boring..... It was not easy to not sleep, but knitting helped as it kept me awake and I was able to make notes while knitting...)
So I kitted this patchwork jumper (at that time I didn't know what pw was...). I had to make the little squares and then sewed them together.
I started it too late so it was hot when I finished, and I waited for the next winter and then the jumper disappeared.....so finally I didn't wear it......
2 years ago I found it, (it was too small - unfortunately) but there was no people around me to give it to. But the daughter of my sweet colleague grow a lot in summer it fits her now. I was so happy she liked it. (She is in it since she got it even when they danced :) )
I quickly made a pic on the last night when it was in my home: