27 January 2013

Lemony Lemon Bars

These are delicious and extremely lemony bars with a wonderfully silky filling. I made them this week because I needed something cake-like but was not really in the mood for cake (which does not happen very often) and they taste so fresh and lemony that you actually feel like eating fruit creme :)

Lemony Lemon Bars

You need:

                                              1.  1 1/2 cups flour                                          
2. 1/4 tbs salt
3. 4 organic eggs 
4. 1 2/3 cups sugar
5. 1/2 cup butter
6. 1 1/2 tbsp organic lemon zest + 1 cup fresh organic lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 180 °C (around 350 F). Use a lasagna form or another baking pan that is around 20x30 cm and line it with baking paper. 

Now make the crust. For this you just put the flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, the salt, the lemon zest and 1/2 cup butter in a bowl and blend with a mixer or with the hands to get a nice and fluffy dough. Pour the dough in the pan and press it flat into an even layer. Bake for aprx. 15 minutes. 

While it is baking, make the filling. Mix the 4 eggs (I only used 3 because I didn't have more and was to lazy to go out, but it made the filling very moist), 1 1/3 cups of sugar  and the lemon juice (which is best freshly squeezed from organic lemons) until you have a nice blend (not too long!). Pour it on top of the hot crust and put it all back into the oven. Bake again for 15-18 minutes.
Let it cool completely before you slice it into small bars!


Believe me, they won't last long!

26 January 2013

Five Things

A beautiful turquoise plate from Butlers that I now use as a fruit bowl.

The funniest fridge magnet. It looks like the goat is coming out of the wall.

Super cute mini cupcake cups from IKEA - soon to be used!! 

Fresh parsley from my little kitchen garden.

New tree studs for my Dawanda Shop.

25 January 2013

DIY - Fabric Rose Necklace

This is a very easy and fun way to create your own fabric necklace. The best thing about it is that it is very versatile and individual - you can use any fabric you like and make different necklaces for all your favourite outfits. 

Fabric Rose Necklace

You Need:

1. Fabric
2. Strong Glue
3. Scissors
4. A Pen
5. A Necklace Chain
6. A Round Charm 

Step 1: 

Draw about 10 circles on your fabric ( I made them a bit bigger than my round charm was to get a bigger flower but basically your charm is a good size orientation). Once your circles are all drawn cut them out.

Step 2: 

Fluff your fabric circle between your fingers. It helps here to use a toothpick. Pinch it in the middle of the fabric from all sides to create a little flower-like bunch.

Step 3: 

Add glue to your charm and push the bottom of your little fabric pom pom onto the charm. Hold on to it for a few seconds till the glue is dry. Now repeat that with all the fabric circles until the whole charm is covered and you have the pom pom flower the way you want it to look. 

You can vary this necklace in many ways. I made mine not too thick because I wanted to create a rose-look. When you use more fabric it looks more like a pom pom or a different kind of flower. You can also cut the edges of the fabric more trimmed - personally I like this fluffy look. 

21 January 2013

DIY - Baked Roses

I saw this idea on pinterest a while ago and wanted to try it ever since. It has been snowing non stop for five days now and what is better in between snowbound study sessions than a short bake-break. The roses  are just perfect as little giveaways or if you want to brag a little at your next afternoon tea party ;).  Very easy to make and so beautiful in the outcome!

Here is the recipe in pictures:

Baked Roses

16 January 2013

Pin of the Day

Looking Back

Christmas seems long gone by now. But since I forgot my camera charger at home -  and just got it back today - I hadn't been able to sight this year's pictures before. Now I did and here are just a view moments to remember the wonderful time. 

The beautiful Advent calendar my mother made for me this year.

Under the tree at my grandparent's house.

My Holiday nail polish with (elfisch) silver sparks.

Raised pastries  - we eat them traditionally before the gift giving.

14 January 2013

DIY - Framed Owls

For my birthday I got a beautiful little handbag from a friend. The beautiful little handbag was wrapped in this equally beautiful wrapping paper. I knew immediately that I wanted to use it for something but could not decided what for. Yesterday I had an idea and today I realized it - Framed Owls. I really like Owls (obviously) and I like having lots of funny, framed pictures in my apartment. So I decided to use the paper for an owl-silhouette-collage. So easy, so fast, and sooo cute!

Framed Owls:

What You Need:

Colourful Paper
A Photo Frame
Black Carton Paper

Step 1:

Cut out the colourful paper in the size of your photo frame.


Step 2:

Draw the silhouette of three cute owls on the black carton paper. I just did it without a sample but I am sure there is a lot material on pinterest you could use.

Step 3:

Cut out big owl eyes and a beak from the colour paper and glue it on top of the owls.


New Earrings

Since the Christmas spirit has had very positive impacts on my Dawanda Shop this year I was able to buy new supplies and create new jewelery. Many packages arrived during the last weeks (always so exciting!! :))  and these are my new shop-favourites (since Blackbirds are my all time favourite birds).


Snow came over night. Finally!! :)