A Book

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Hi friends!

Yep, I am still alive. And doing fine. Thanks for asking… (well, actually, quite a few of you have really asked and I have this to tell you – you are SO sweet, whether you asked or not 🙂 )!

Although my blogging activity as of late might be suggesting something else, I am here and crafting away. Forever 🙂 .

When I was planning the introduction to this post, I thought it would be great to tell you that you couldn’t see me here for so long because I have been using all the time of no-blogging to write a book. Because I am such a busy bee. And that would be, my friends, a lie. Ha-ha. That time was in fact spent being a full time Mom. It’s that simple. 🙂 But that thing with a book would not be so untrue because I actually made one. Last night.

 
 

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And this is it.

 
 

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A sticker Christmas book for my little baby.

 
 

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Because when it comes to toys, one thing we are sure of over here… books are the choice number one. That baby of ours turns those pages like nobody’s business.

So, the other night, I gathered my Christmas sticker and gift tag collection and made a little present for Mr. P.

I had a blast putting it together!

 
 

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There is a page with a stocking.

 
 

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There is a page with a penguin.

 
 

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There is a snowman page.

 
 

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And a few other pages full of sweetness.

 
 

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My little boy likes his new book very much… and my heart could not be happier.

I hope I will be bringing more projects here on this page soon. This is a place I love very much and I am so thrilled when there’s something new waiting for you over here.

With lots of love,

Petra

NOTE: If you’d like to try making a similar baby book project, to be on the safe side, I recommend using some strong glue to make the stickers adhere perfectly or even laminating the pages of the book to withstand the severe scrutiny possibly performed by a baby. 🙂

FUN FACT: The 3D effect that you can see in the pictures was swiftly changed into a 2D effect after the first use. 🙂

IMPORTANT FACT: I love you. 🙂

P.S.: I wish you a very Happy Holiday season.

 

Soft Potato Biscuits

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Hi guys! It’s biscuit time!

I have a real treat for you today. If you like biscuits, then I am sure you will become fans of these potato ones. Us, in the little household of ours, definitely are.

 
 

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These biscuits are soft and flaky, almost like puff pastry. They are full of gorgeous buttery flavor. And they even have potatoes incorporated in them which adds them a new, unusual and very tasty dimension.

 
 

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They are definitely worth trying.

Enjoy!

With lots of love,

Petra

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Soft Potato Biscuits
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Serves: 30 biscuits
 
Ingredients
  • 3¾ cups + 2 tbsp (500 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) milk, warm
  • ¾ cup + 2 tbsp (200 ml) water, warm
  • ½ cup (100 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 packet (7 grams) instant dried yeast
  • 1½ tsp salt, divided (1 tsp in dough, ½ on potato filling)
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp (125 grams) unsalted butter, semi-frozen
  • 1 large potato, cooked with the skin
  • 1 egg
  • sesame
  • coarse salt
Instructions
  1. In a bowl of your stand mixer, combine the flour and the dried yeast. Add the warm milk, water, 1 tsp salt, vegetable oil and mix until combined and not sticky (about 10 minutes).
  2. Allow the dough to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Place the dough on a well floured surface, roll out to about ⅓-inch (1 cm) thickness.
  4. Grate the butter and the potato over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle with ½ tsp salt. Fold the dough in half. Then fold into thirds. Roll out again into about ⅓-inch (1 cm) thickness. Allow to rise for about 20 minutes.
  5. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  6. Using a 2.5-inch (6.5 cm) floured round cutter (or the edges of a glass or mug), cut out rounds.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg lightly. Brush the top of each biscuit with the egg wash, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds and the coarse salt.
  8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for about 25 minutes, or until golden.
  9. Enjoy!

 

This recipe was adapted from here.

Soft Melt-In-Your-Mouth Lemon Cookies

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I have a real treat for lemon lovers out there.

These wonderful lemon cookies will touch your heart.

Guaranteed!

 
 

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Containing lemon juice and lemon zest, they are packed with rich and fresh lemon flavor.

It’s the real deal, guys.

 
 

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And the texture?

Tender and crumbly, dangerously addictive with their melt-in-your-mouth quality and powdered sugar coating.

 
 

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Mmmm.

 
 

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I wish I could deliver their scent to you right now. Soooo amazing!

 
 

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To bring these yummy lemon cookies into your life, feel free to follow the directions below.

Enjoy, dear friends.

With love,
Petra

 
 

Soft Melt-In-Your-Mouth Lemon Cookies
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Serves: 25 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2¾ cups (360 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (230 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups (170 grams) confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one large lemon, finely minced
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup (60 grams) confectioners sugar for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  6. Roll 1½-teaspoon portions of dough into balls, and roll each one in the confectioners sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1½ inches (4 cm) apart.
  7. Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and let stand on the cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

 

This lovely recipe was adapted from www.mybakingaddiction.com.

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One-Pot Garlic Cheddar Pasta

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Another one-pot meal?

Oh, yes. Oh yes, I did. 🙂

 
 

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Have I already mentioned I’ve been a ‘little’ obsessed with this kind of cooking recently? I think I might have noted that once or twice… and I guess I can see I a veeery nice and bright future for me and one-pot dishes in the future. 🙂

 
 

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This one-pot pasta recipe is another flavorful and super quick dish that will make your belly happy. There’s cheese, there’s garlic, there’s pasta, what else is there to wish for…

I dare you not to feel comforted… 🙂

With love,
One-Pot Petra

 

One Pot Garlic Cheddar Pasta
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Serves: 3 - 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp (40 grams) unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk, or more as needed
  • 8 oz (230 grams) uncooked fettuccine
  • ½ tsp salt, or more to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • ½ cup ( 50 grams) shredded extra sharp white cheddar
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a pot, over medium high heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 second, until fragrant.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, milk, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to simmer, add the fettuccine, simmer until cooked all the way through.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.
  6. Add more milk if you find the sauce too thick. Heat through.
  7. Serve immediately... and most importantly, enjoy!

 

This yummy recipe was inspired by www.jollycrumbs.com.

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