Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
For my own sanity, I'm done posting everything we plan to include in the shop before Christmas. I have to spend a little time on our own shopping, baking, and Christmas cards, so the Stone Lotus shop is fully stocked for Christmas. Mom and I are planning to discuss our plans for next year when we see each other at Christmas. We have so many new ideas and directions we would like to explore, so stay tuned in the new year! (Hopefully some rings and some wall hangings and other home decor items! You know you're excited!)
Merry Christmas from Stone Lotus Pottery!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Combine all ingredients except preserves. Beat at low speed for 2 -3 minutes. Coat pan with nonstick spray. Press half of the dough (roughly 1 1/2 cups) into the bottom of your pan. Top with preserves and remaining dough crumbles. Bake at 350 F for 42 - 50 minutes. Should be just lightly browned. Watch the edges and turn down to 325 F if it's browning too quickly around the edge. I like to use glass pans so I can see what's going on.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here are my loaves of bread, cooled and wrapped in plastic wrap.
Some tissue paper or I've even used Christmas napkins.
Start with a piece of cellphone (it's clear so it's hard to see), a layer of tissue paper or the colored napking (face down of course), and your bread. You'll need more than you think. Give yourself plenty of material to work with, you can always trim the tops later. This one is about 2 to 2 1/2 feet long.
I find it's easiest to grab two opposite corners and scrunch first.
Then grab the other two sides. Not sure why, but this is much easier than grabbing all four at once.
Tie with ribbon and slide on a gift tag so you can write what it is. Surprises are fun, but with so many food allergies out there, it's better to be safe on this one.
Use these bags for mini muffins, cookies, or candy. They come in a variety of sizes, but remember you will need to leave the top half or so empty to have enough room to tie them up.
Some may argue that all this packaging is wasteful and unnecessary. I argue that if you're going to give a gift, it should look like you took a little time to put it together. You can choose recycled products, reuse gift bags you received, and search your closets for other baskets and containers you might have on hand already. Presentation is half of the gift, and it's the first half. Make a statement and let the recipient know you care. Plus, I find all the ribbons and paper fun, so I love it!
Have fun baking and wrapping. I'll have another good recipe for Raspberry Bars next.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
You can check out their website at http://www.golfcuffs.com/ to see everything they offer. Buying handmade can be a little harder for the guys, but this is a cool idea. It's a bit more expensive than some options, but thought it was worth passing on.