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New Pattern – Crochet Flower Rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

Do you remember the flower madness that I showed you a couple of days ago?

That madness, it actually was my big plan to create a rug. A circular area rug with lots of flowers in it.

After a lot of crocheting, tweaking, unraveling and crocheting again, I am happy to present my newest design to you – I named it the Crochet Flower Rug!

And of course, there is a pattern. As usual, it is packed full of pictures to help you with your crafting process. This time, there’s 46 of them!

 

crochet pattern - flower rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

I hope you will find this project useful and will decorate your home or office with it. It will sure bring a bit of ‘romantic’ into your space.

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

 

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Without A Machine

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

Are you in the mood for some good and rich homemade ice cream?

Then you’ve found a good place!

This vanilla ice cream is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is combine only three ingredients! Yes! Just three! Great, ha? After that you just freeze the mixture in the back of your freezer for a couple of hours and the feast can begin!

You know what? I really think you should try this! It is soooooo good!

 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

1. To make your ice cream, first, in a larger bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

2. Add the condensed milk and the vanilla extract in the bowl.
 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

3. Gently fold to combine.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

4. Now for the freezing part – pour the mixture into a freezer friendly container.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

5. Smooth out the surface and put a lid or plastic wrap on the container.

6. Place the container in the back of your freezer and let freeze for at least 6 hours.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

Enjoy this delicious treat, dear friends!

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

With love,
Petra

(This yummy recipe was inspired by growingupgabel.com.)

 

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Without A Machine
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups (300 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a larger bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add the condensed milk and the vanilla extract in the bowl.
  3. Gently fold to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into a freezer friendly container.
  5. Smooth out the surface and put a lid or plastic wrap on the container.
  6. Place the container in the back of your freezer and let freeze for at least 6 hours.

 

My Mom’s New Passion

handmade jewelry

I might have said it a few times before and now I have to say it again – in addition to being the sweetest, kindest and most generous one, to me, my Mom is also the most skillful, hard-working, inspiring and the most amazing person I have ever met or known in my whole life. I have talked about her amazing painting, gorgeous woodcarving, sculpting, gardening or her knitting and crocheting skills in my previous posts. She is absolutely 100% self-taught and in her creative process she always lets her imagination inspire her.

Just recently, during my latest visit, she’d once again left me speechless when she showed me her newest passion – jewelry making.

She says that she’s just starting and that she’s learning basically all her skills from a jewelry channel on TV, but wow, for a beginner, I think her creations look great! She makes rings, pendants and bracelets. Just have a look… I love them all!

 

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

handmade jewelry

Thank you for letting me share, Mom! You are the best! And I also have this little suspicion that you might be an angel on Earth!

Love,
Petra

 

Crêpes With Pastry Cream And Strawberries

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

Crêpes have always been a very dear-to-the-heart dessert here in our household. We just love them to bits. This recipe or this recipe or this recipe might be a good proof of that.

When I recently stumbled upon a recipe that used pastry cream for a crêpe filling I became quite intrigued to learn what this thing called ‘pastry cream’ might be. And why have my crêpes been missing it all those years? As it turned out, the pastry cream is a simple-to-prepare vanilla custard. It tastes very lovely. And with the addition of fresh fruit, it will turn your crêpes into a finger licking summery treat! Recommended! Yum, yum!

Here’s how you can make this recipe too…

 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

1. To make the pastry cream, in a medium saucepan or pot, combine the milk, little bit of the sugar and the vanilla bean cut in half lengthwise. Place the pot over medium heat.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining sugar until the mixture has lightened in color. Then add the flour and cornstarch. Whisk again to combine.

3. When the milk is steaming and almost boiling, remove the vanilla bean halves, scrape the seeds out and add the seeds back into the milk mixture. Whisk to combine. Then pour the hot milk over the egg mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, whisking constantly, until the mixture is homogeneous. Transfer the mixture back to the pot and continue whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened and boiled for a good minute.

4. Take the mixture off the heat. Let cool. Then transfer to the fridge and let cool completely.

 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

5. Prepare the crêpe batter by whisking together all the ingredients. Cook the crêpes in a buttered or oiled preheated cast-iron or a non-stick pan on medium heat.

 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

6. To serve, top each crêpe with a generous dollop of pastry cream and lots of strawberries.
 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

A scoop of ice cream and some chocolate topping might be good additions too.

 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

Finally, fold the crêpes or roll them. And enjoy!

Love,
Petra

(This lovely recipe was adapted from kitchenhealssoul.com.)

 

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Crêpes With Pastry Cream and Strawberries
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Serves: 10 crêpes
 
Ingredients
  • Pastry Cream: 2 cups (500 ml) milk
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • Crêpes: ½ cup (125 ml) milk
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • ½ cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Finishing touches: 2 pints (1 kg) fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced and mixed with a touch of sugar to bring out the fruit juices
  • ice cream and chocolate topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the pastry cream, in a medium saucepan or pot, combine the milk, little bit of the sugar and the vanilla bean cut in half lengthwise. Place the pot over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining sugar until the mixture has lightened in color. Then add the flour and cornstarch. Whisk again to combine.
  3. When the milk is steaming and almost boiling, remove the vanilla bean halves, scrape the seeds out and add the seeds back into the milk mixture. Whisk to combine. Then pour the hot milk over the egg mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, whisking constantly, until the mixture is homogeneous. Transfer the mixture back to the pot and continue whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened and boiled for a good minute.
  4. Take the mixture off the heat. Let cool. Then transfer to the fridge and let cool completely.
  5. Prepare the crêpe batter by whisking together all the ingredients. Cook the crêpes in a buttered or oiled preheated cast-iron or a non-stick pan on medium heat.
  6. To serve, top each crêpe with a generous dollop of pastry cream and lots of strawberries.
  7. Finally, fold the crêpes or roll them. And enjoy!