Monday, July 4, 2016

Cranberry Biscotti

Today's post is a Cranberry Biscotti recipe that I got from my recipe book called "The Kitchen" The Four Sisters Inn. A few years ago I vacationed in Monterey California and stayed at the Gosby House Inn and purchased their cookbook.

Cranberry Biscotti
13/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup light olive oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pure almond extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/4 cups unblanched almonds, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl mix together the olive oil, sugar, extracts and eggs. Mix well. Stir in flour mixture until well combined and then fold in cranberries and almonds.

Wet both hands with cool water and divide dough into halves. Roll dough into two 10-12 inch logs.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until tops of logs are light brown and beginning to crack. Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 275. Cut logs on the diagonal 3/4 thick. Lay biscotti cut side down and bake for 20 minutes. Or bake for 10 minutes, remove baking sheet from oven and turn over biscotti so that the other cut side is down on the sheet. Bake for another 8 minutes.

Remove baking sheet from oven and let biscotti cool on the sheet.

Recipe courtesy of Gin Yang, fan of Four Sisters Inn.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pocket Letter "Hot Java Mamma's"

Hi everyone!
This is my Sherri Baldy  Design Team pocket letter for June.
The paper I used is a printable paper pack called 'A Spot of Tea'
You can check out all of Sherri's designs here
The paper reminds me of summertime, kinda like a picnic! :)
If you click on the image you will get a larger view.

Thanks for stopping by!
Christina xo

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Enjoy the Little Things - Pocket Letter

  Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by. Today I have another Pocket Letter to share with you. The background paper is from the Sherri Baldy printable collection called 'Enjoy the Little Things'

Sherri Baldy MyBesties Shop

  I love using Sherri's colored printable because firstly I don't have to color the images myself, but more importantly I have arthritis in my hands and it saves me alot of pain in my hands from the back and forth movement in my wrists when coloring the images. It's Win Win!  If you haven't heard of Pocket Letters then I might be exposing you to an incredible new addiction!  It’s a form of mail art started by creator Janette Lane. It's an amazing snail mail trend!

Janette's Blog

  Click on Janette’s blog (link above) to learn all you need to know to get started on your own pocket letters, or do a Pinterest search and you will find no shortage of inspiration!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night. May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Coffee/Friendship Pocket Letter

Coffee with a friend is like capturing happiness in a cup! ♥
Sharing February's Pocket Letter for the Sherri Baldy My Besties 3D and more Design Team.

I love creating Pocket Art and I love putting together these nine individual pockets of art for friends!
One creates a pocket letter and sends it to their “pocket letter pal” who sends one back.  They are filled with goodies you can take out and use, or just leave as is.  I store mine in a 3-ring binder.
For the background I started out using predesigned and colored printables by Sherri Baldy Designs. Click HERE to see the printable.

Once all pockets are cut out (21/2x31/2) I start to embellish. Most items I use are from my stash/supplies in my craftroom and sometimes I will buy something new to go with a theme I am working on. I forgot to take a picture of the back but I am still working on that. I'm adding fun little things to the back pockets, I included some glitter, sequin, lace, tea bag, chocolate, gift card for Starbucks as well as a letter.

I love making Pocket Letters! The idea behind pocket letters is a cross between a PenPal and a scrapbook. Each individual pocket is an art, a unique creativeness... the possibilites are endless... sometimes I think I'll stop making PL's and then I make another!

Thanks for visiting!

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