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Recipes as Art

Posted in Crafting, in the kitchen by Allie on February 27, 2011

Samson’s Auntie Joshna is an accomplished chef (published!) and activist who champions seasonal, local food that is wholesome and delicious. I am constantly using her as a resource for my cooking and baking, and she’s given me several great recipes that my family loves. One that I keep returning to is her Apple, Blueberry, Almond Spelt Cake (only I omit the almonds, ‘cause I’m allergic) which is hearty, rich and delicious. It’s also a great way to use up those blueberries everyone keeps sticking us with because I mentioned one time my kid loves them*.

It also happens to be, Joshna tells me, the first recipe she developed on her own, from scratch.

This made it the perfect recipe to turn into a housewarming gift when we went to break in her new kitchen with February’s Marshmallow-a-Month (more on that later). The idea of recipes as art is not new, and I’m thinking this would be a great way to keep handy those recipes you use all the time but just can’t seem to commit to memory. I designed this one in Photoshop, printed on cardstock, and framed in an Ikea frame. Start to finish it took me about an hour. . .


* Which, of course, will cause Auntie Joshna to roll her eyes because those winter plastic-packaged blueberries drive her crazy because the story of the winter garden does not include blueberries, but I guess this cake is better than letting the blueberries rot, right?

Crafty Project: Framed

Posted in crafty, house by Allie on February 13, 2011



Oh my god guys! I am so excited about this new project of mine that I just had to share it with you before it went up on the wall. I’ve pretty much been planning the layout since I took this picture in October of 2009 (!), but it took me a while to find an affordable way to do it. Now everything is framed and ready to go. My heart was all aflutter as it started taking shape on the floor.

Next week we hang, which may prove to be tricky. Hopefully Hubby and I will still be married. Stay tuned.


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Framing & Bob Ross

Posted in crafty by Allie on February 11, 2010

I thought I’d post someome low-key crafts while I furiously work to catch up on a backlog of wedding albums and my big craft project for Valentine’s Day.

I recently took (stole) a bunch of unused frames from my parents’ basement and decided to finally frame some things I’ve had lying around.

You may remember this:

Well, a while back I purchased this from Accessory Addiction to go with it, and today it’s finally up.

I also managed to cut and frame some wrapping paper that’s been laying around for my framing project for the laundry room.

When I was going through the frames at my parents’ house, I actually stumbled upon this, which is one of the first crafts I remember doing myself. I mean, we all did crafts at school–tissue paper covered bottles, hardened play-doh hearts, pine cones adorned with cotton, masquerading as owls–but this was the first time I saw something and without a teacher or Highlights magazine to help me, decided I was going to make it myself.

Believe it or not, this is a child’s rendition of a Bob Ross painting.

I cut that “canvas” out of the middle of a tablecloth, and painted it with watercolours. Yep. Signed my name and everything.

At least my mom had the decency to frame it, rather than kick me out for the whole tablecloth thing.

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