Freitag, 27. Februar 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #4


Welcome to our fourth weekend recipe! We chose a vegetarian quiche this week and hope you'll like it. Quiche is just such a versatile dish! I've made quiche with all sorts of vegetables, with ham and even salmon. You can eat it warm on a cold winters day, or cold with salat on a summer night. For our quiche we combined carrots, spinach and leek with creamy feta cheese...so yummy!!

Ingredients:
  • shortcrust
  • 250ml cream (ca. 1 cup)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 middle-sized carrots
  • 100g leek (1 cup)
  • 200g fresh spinach (2 cups)
  • 150g feta cheese (1 1/3cup)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1tsp majoram 
Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F). Line your baking pan with parchment paper and put the shortcrust into the pan. Slice the carrots and leek and drape them on the shortcrust. In a bowl, mix cream and eggs, salt, pepper, majoram and sliced feta cheese. 



















Add the fresh spinach and pour everything into the pan. Let the quiche bake in the oven for approximately 50 min. 
When you take your quiche from the oven, let it cool off and settle for a couple of minutes. That way it is easier to cut slices and you won't burn your tongue ;-)























We love quiche so much that we will for sure give you another recipe in the future. Any suggestions? Send us your favorite recipe!

Have a great weekend, xo Anne

Mittwoch, 25. Februar 2015

ON TV: BOOK PHONE DOCK

This project is an easy and cheap DIY with a huge effect. I needed a docking station for my phone so it wouldn't get lost under piles of fabrics and paper on my desk and came up with this idea.

Years ago I purchased a box of old books on the flea market, some of them were torn, some were literally ripped, but I've completed a couple of projects with them so far and don't have to feel bad for using a book because of the condition they are in.



supplies:

- hardcover book
- pencil
- cutter
- charger cable for your phone


First I decided where I wanted to position the phone on the book. I wanted it to be smack in the middle of the cover, so I drew a mark on the inside of the cover.

When cutting the hole, pay attention to the size of the cable. The hole needs to be the exact size or slightly smaller than the cable. If it is too large the cable will be wonky and the phone will be unstable. You can always increase the size of the hole but making it smaller won't work, obviously :)

Once I've cut the hole I mark the spot on the pages...

...and cut a cable tunnel allllll the way through all the pages.

Once the cable tunnel is completed, I arranged the cable in the book and plugged it through the cover. And the project is completed!

There are a couple of other book projects in the works that we'll share with you soon!
Do you like the docking station?
Ida

Dienstag, 24. Februar 2015

SIMPLE 4 STEP PILLOW CASE TUTORIAL




















Hello all,
today I am showing you a simple 4 step pillow case tutorial. It's the same pattern like Ikea and many other furniture stores use for their pillow cases. We have that old leather couch in our living room and although I love the worn look of it, I wanted to add something new and fresh to the picture.Being an optimist I believe that spring is coming pretty soon, so it's time for a little redecoration!

For a 48x48cm pillow you'll need:
  • sewing machine
  • 125x50cm fabric
  • matching thread


1.
Mark a length of 125cm on your fabric and add about 1,5cm of seam allowance. For the cuff, mark a line on the right side, then cut out the rectangle.


2.
Fold and iron the narrow sides of the rectangle, then sew both with your sewing machine.



3.
Turn the fabric around and fold it to the mark of your cuff. Make sure that the seam of the narrow side is on top! Then fold the cuff to the left side and pin it down.


4.
Stitch along the sides, turn the case inside out and put your pillow in. Done! 


What a quick and easy way to bring a fresh breeze into your home. I'm defnitely going to make more of these!
Happy Tuesday everyone,
love Anne

 

Samstag, 21. Februar 2015

1 MONTH OF OUR CREATIVE CHAOS!



Hello all,
today is the 1 month anniversary of our creative chaos! To us it seems that we started the blog just yesterday, as this past four weeks rushed by so quickly. And then again, it feels like we have been working on this blog for all our lives. You know that feeling, it's like when you meet someone for the first time but it seems that you've known that person for ages. 
We love our blog! We love working on new projects, we love writing the texts, we love to speak on the phone with each other (you might not know that, but we live in different cities!) four times a day. And we love our friends and families who encourage and support us and who let us speak about our creative chaos 24/7.

We've learned a lot in this month. We've learned that it is not the best idea to start a blog project at 5 p.m. on a foggy winter's day. We've learned that keeping a diy blog sometimes means to stand on a balcony with a saw in your hands at freezing temperatures and still try to smile at the camera (don't look for that pic, it didn't make it on the blog). We've learned that blogging also means that you do a lot of unnecessary things. For example cleaning your oven door for one hour to get a pic which you don't need for the tutorial but which you think would look super cool. And then totally forget about it. 

We've also learned that we love working together. Ok, we already knew that, but confirmation is always a good thing. But the most important thing we discovered in this past month is how much joy this project brings to our lives.

What do you think about our creative chaos? What were your favorite posts? Let us know!
Love, Anne & Ida

Freitag, 20. Februar 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #3



The basic recipe of the no knead bread has been floating around the internet and especially Pinterest for a while now. I actually discovered it in a book about two years ago and baked the first loaf last summer.


Special about this recipe is that the dough doesn't need kneading, only time.

It took me a while to find the mixture of ingrediences that worked for me, though. I started out with a mixture of spelt and whole wheat flour, then tried rye, and now I always only use organic whole wheat flour.

And then there are the countless options for other yummy additions... Nuts, seeds, herbs, oils, everything is possible!





ingredients:

- 400 grams (4 cups) of flour, you can mix two kinds or go with one

- 300 ml water
- sunflower seeds (I used roughly ½ cup)
- flax seeds (again, roughly ½ cup)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (not pictured)
- bread seasoning

A word about bread seasoning: when I started with the bread baking I purchased bread seasoning in a local organix food store. Then I looked up the ingrediences and decided I could make my own. I mix anise, fennel seeds, cilantro seeds and cumin in equal parts, keep it in a glass container and throw one teaspoon of it into the bowl when I bake bread.





Mix the ingrediences in no particular order except for the water, mix thoroughly with a spatula, and add the water. Fold the mixture until combined, cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it rest for 12 hours (or over night). The basic recipe states that the resting time can fluctuate between 12 and 36 hours. I let it rest for 30 hours once and the dough had started to get mouldy on top. Eeew. I usually mix everything at night and then bake the bread in the morning.





Once the dough has rested, I usually fold it again once or twice with the spatula. Grease a pot with butter, add the dough, put a lid on it and bake it at 230°C (446°F) for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the lid and put it back into the oven for another 20 minutes. And that is it!

After I remove the pot from the oven I let it cool for a bit and then the bread plops right out of the pot. I keep the bread on the counter and it stays good for about 5 days. Maybe even longer but after four to five days it's usually gone ;)

It may take a while until you find a mixture of ingrediences that works for you but I highly recommend this recipe. It's yummy, there are countless ways to adapt it to your taste and it's super easy to make!





Do you have a favorite bread recipe?

Ida

Donnerstag, 19. Februar 2015

HERRINGBONE STITCH






A tutorial for herringbone stitch in the round.
It is definitely my favorite pattern and pretty easy, too!

A few words about the video: it would have been easy to ask one of my talented friends who are used to filming and editing to do that for me. Since this is a DIY blog and since we're going to film a couple of tutorials along the way I decided I'd do it all myself so I could learn. I am aware that there's room for improvement :)




Enjoy the tutorial!
Ida

Montag, 16. Februar 2015

PORCELAIN PAINTINGS




















Hello my friends,
today we are showing you a really fun diy project! It is easy and you basically only need 2 things - perfect for a Monday afternoon.  I like to add a personal touch to my things and therefor always wanted to prettify our porcelain. There are some shops where you can choose from an immense variety of dishware, paint it and let it be glazed and fired. Although I love these kind of stores, I find it a bit expensive and you have to wait for a couple of days to take your masterpiece back home. So imagine my happiness when I discovered porcelain pens! They are comparatively cheap (between 4-5 Euro), come in many different colors, are easy to handle and you can fire your painted dishes at home! And the best thing:It doesn't matter which pattern you choose, if you want to write something on a mug, draw baby animals or simply want to fill your plate with dots - everything will look good!! Believe me.





















All you need is one of these pens (try your local hobby shop or arts supply store), a piece of porcelain (they even work on glass!) a pencil and a piece of paper to draw a sketch of your pattern.

For my plate, I went for stylized Ginkgo leaves. If it is your first project with porcelain pens, don't make your pattern too filigree as the point of the pens are roughly the size of a medium felt pen. 



Don't worry if you make a mistake when transferring your pattern on the porcelain. You can easily wipe the color off with a damp cloth. When you're finished, let the piece dry for 4 hours. Then put it in the oven (no preheating!) and fire it for 30 mins at 160°C (320°F). Wasn't that fun?





















My boyfriend might have to hide our best china, as I am totally addicted to porcelain pens!
Hope your week starts off well,
love Anne

Samstag, 14. Februar 2015

MIXTAPE VOL. 2 - LOVE SONGS





I don't care for Valentine's Day, never have, but I do like love songs. These are a couple of my favorites, from different genres and decades. 

What's your favorite love song?
Ida

Freitag, 13. Februar 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #2




















Welcome all to our second weekend recipe! Since this week seems to be on the origami side of life, we thought it would be funny to find a matching recipe. Well...try and search for origami food/recipe/dishes. You'll end up scrolling through countless pictures of nice origami hot dogs, pizzas, cakes, petit four - all made with paper, of course. Then I finally stumbled across a recipe for nutella braided bread, which looks just delicious. As there are severeal layers and there is some kind of folding involved, I think the bread fits into our origami week.
The original recipe is without brittle, but as my boyfriend likes to say: more is more! 

For a nutella bread with a diameter of ca. 25cm (ca 10inch) you'll need:
  • 450g all purpose flour (3 3/4 cup)
  • pinch of salt
  • 60g sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 2tsp dry yeast
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 30g butter (1/8 cup)
  • 180ml milk (3/4 cup)
  • ca 200g nutella (1 1/3 cup)
  • ca 40g brittle (1/2 cup)
Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Melt butter and milk in a pot and pour it over the flour. Add the egg yolks and knead everything thouroughly until the dough is smooth and you can easily form it into a ball. 

Put the dough back into the bowl, cover it with a dish cloth and let it rest for about an hour. It will almost double its size.


Knead the dough once more and form it into a large roll. Then cut the roll into four pieces.


Start by rolling out a piece of the dough, ca 30cm (about 12 inch) on a sheet of baking paper. Place a dessert plate on top and slightly press it down.


Spread the inside of the circle with nutella and sprinkle some brittle over it. Pull the sheet onto a backing tray and start with the next piece of dough. 


Already looks so yummy!! Put three pieces of rolled out and nutella covered dough on top of each other. Roll out the remaining piece and put it on top without spreading nutella onto it.


Cut off the rim by using the same dessert plate as mark.


Use a small glas or other round object to mark the center of your bread.


Gently cut the bread into 16 pieces.


Carefully twist one of the pieces to the left.


Repeat on the other side but twist to the right.


After twisting all pieces, press the ends together thouroughly with your fingers. Let the bread rest for another 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 180°C (360°F).


Don't waste the remains of the dough, make small wreaths for example. Therefor form two small rolls at a time, twist them together and make a circle. If you don't want to eat them right away, put them in the freezer. You can easily warm them up later.


Finally glaze the bread with the remaining egg whites and sprinke some more brittle on top. Put it right into the oven and let it bake for about 30-35 minutes.


I am so glad I tried this recipe as it looks and tastes just fantastic. 
Have a good weekend!
Love, Anne

P.S.: Yes, sometimes I do drink tea :-D

Mittwoch, 11. Februar 2015

BRING SOME COLOR TO YOUR HOME

It's the time of the year where I am desperately in need of some color. Or a trip to the Caribbean. Everything is grey, the sky, the streets, the fallen snow and even our moods sometimes. As I could add some color to our home in less than 30 minutes, I decided against the Caribbean and for the creation of an origami flower wreath to hang up our front door, which is painted in an ugly shade of brown. Interestingly Ida and I both thought of origami projects this week. What can I say? Great minds think alike ;-)


For this wreath you'll need scissors, origami paper the color you like, a small piece of ribbon, some florist wire and a wreath. I used a vine branch from my parents' garden and formed it into a circle, but you can choose any wreath you like. Maybe you have one left from Christmas that you would like to redecorate?




For the petals I cut out squares of 5x5cm. You'll need 2 squares for each flower. Start by folding the square in half. Then flip the sheet on the other side and fold the diagonals in half as well. 

Fold the sheet together and cut of a very small piece of the top.

Make a cut along all the folded lines, just about 0,5cm. 


Twist one end of the florist wire into a circle.

Put two sheets on one florist wire and make another circle at the back to hold the petals in place.


Gently press the flower together with your fingers. Go ahead and make as much origami flowers as you like and need for your wreath. Attach the flowers to your wreath and you're done! Wasn't that easy? 


I feel much more welcomed at home with this colorful wreath up on our front door! 
Have a colorful Wednesday, love Anne