Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cranberry Orange Bread... Good Anytime!

I woke up this morning with a craving for Cranberry Orange bread!  It is one of my favorite quick breads to make; so easy and so delicious.  Obviously it is really wonderful around Thanksgiving and Christmas time; but seriously, I love it all year!  I buy cranberries when they are inexpensive during the holidays and throw them in my freezer and they always taste fresh!  

Since I couldn't manage to get the craving to pass (smile!) I decided the best thing to do was just make the bread.  I thought since I am WAY overdue on a blog post, this would be a great thing to share with you today!    Here we go.... 

In a large mixing bowl place:
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar

Mix with a whisk.

Whisk together:
2 beaten eggs
1 cup orange juice
4 tablespoons melted butter
4 tablespoons hot water

Make a well in your flour and pour the egg and orange juice mixture into the well.  

Grate the peel from one orange and add to the dough mixture.  

Mix the flour mixture and egg mixture together with a large spoon.  Don't be concerned if all the flour isn't mixed in.  This is a stiff batter.

Add to the batter:
2 cup raw whole cranberries

Gently mix in the cranberries until all the flour is incorporated.

Grease and flour two loaf pans and spoon half the batter into each pan  The batter will not pour.  It is very thick and very stiff.  

Generously sprinkle raw sugar crystals over the batter in each pan.  

Lots of sugar crystals are very good!!!  

Bake one hour at 325 degrees until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  These loaves of bread will not rise more than a few inches.  Remove from pans and let them cool.  

Slice, butter and serve when warm!

Or my favorite? Butter the slices, broil under a broiler just until bread is lightly toasted and eat for breakfast.  Or lunch.  Or snack.  Or just whenever you are craving it!

This bread will freeze excellent!  

For my printable recipe, click here and enjoy!  

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Cutest Little Pig!

This darling little pig moved into my sewing room today!  I've been on the look-out for a sweet little vintage animal planter for a fun little pin cushion project and this darling little pig was just the one!  I though I'd share the project - it's easy and such a great gift for someone.  Or to brighten up your sewing room!

You will need:
Vintage ceramic planter (found on eBay or antique store)
Fabric scrap
Small felt scrap
Needle and thread
Pillow stuffing
Glue Gun

Cut your fabric scrap into a large circle and hand sew a gathering stitch around the edge of your fabric circle.

Pull the thread, forming a pocket.

Stuff the little pocket with pillow stuffing and close the pocket by pulling the thread tight and tying a knot to keep it closed.

Take the small piece of felt, cut it into a circle and glue that on to the little pocket to close off the opening nicely.

Set aside the little pin cushion and run a bead of hot glue along the top of the planter.  

Quickly stick your pin cushion in the hole and you're done!

I just think this little pig pincushion is the sweetest little addition to my sewing room!  

Happy Sewing and Crafting, friends!