October 12, 2014

Disney Frozen Cupcakes

Here is a batch of Disney Frozen cupcakes I made.  You would think that only girls would want to have a blue sprinkled strawberry flavoured cupcake with a Frozen ring on it.  However, I quickly found out that boys also love Frozen too!  Especially an Olaf or Kristian ring.  My take away from yesterday's party was all kids love icing, and nobody wanted Sven :(  Poor reindeer.....



May 21, 2014

Dairy-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins (With No Added Sugar or Oil Too!)


Recently, I've really been trying hard to live a dairy-free life (just to see if I felt a difference or not from my previous dairy-full life of greek yogurt, skim milk, cheese, and more greek yogurt).  Well, it's been hard - the hardest probably taking coffee straight up with nothing else in it, and also trying to just find things to eat on a daily basis that contain no dairy at all.  

So to all my lactose intolerant and dairy-free friends in the world, I'm with you in the search and BTW here's my recipe for devilishly delicious zucchini chocolate chip muffins that are dairy-free with no added sugar or oil.  It's moist and oh so satisfying with that added chocolate touch (you will have to find vegan dark chocolate chips for this recipe).  Enjoy!

Dairy-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins (No Dairy, No Added Sugar, No Oil too!)
 
Ingredients:
-          1 cup of zucchini – shredded and drained
-          1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour (I like using 100% whole grain whole wheat flour)
-          1 ½ tsp baking powder
-          1 ½ tsp baking soda
-          2 tsp cinnamon
-          ½ tsp nutmeg
-          2 medium sized bananas
-          1 tsp vanilla
-          4 egg whites
-          5 tbsp of unsweetened apple sauce
-          ½ cup of vegan dark chocolate chips (You can try "Enjoy Life" Mini Chips)

Steps:
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Line your muffin tray with paper liners or lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Put aside.
  3. In a blender, mash or puree the bananas.  Next, add vanilla, egg whites, and apple sauce and blend well in blender.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with your dry ingredients.  Fold the mixture together gently (careful not to over-mix)
  5. Add your shredded zucchini and chocolate chips into the mixture, again careful not to over-mix.
  6. Scoop mixture into your muffin tray cavities evenly.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  You know it’s done when you can poke it with a skewer and the skewer comes out clean.




May 6, 2013

Easy Panda Cupcakes

So I was looking for a quick and easy way to decorate cupcakes for a birthday party and found a wonderful way to make cupcakes look like panda bears!  This came particularly useful to me since I had bought a great big huge panda bear for the birthday gift.  So, keeping with the theme the cupcakes worked perfectly for the special day.

All you do is make your cupcakes and ice them with white icing (any yummy flavor will do).  The icing doesn't even have to be perfect, because what you will end up doing is turning the cupcake upside down and pressing it into some sugar powder to give it a fuzzy texture.

Next, take chocolate chips, chocolate melts, and some candy bits to form the panda face.  That's it!  So simple and such a crowd pleaser too!  Enjoy!!!


March 10, 2013

Createry Shop Mushroom Beret

Lately, my little gal has been into My Little Pony these days.  Apparently, there is some sort of following on My Little Pony beyond the colorfully sweet cartoons that have re-vamped a nostalgic memory for those who were 80s babies.

Never the less, it prompted me to knit some berets with a kaleidoscope of streaks resembling Twilight Sparkle Pony and Rainbow Dash Pony.  When I do get more time, I will try to assemble the pattern together and post it.  BTW, it also can be knitted for adult size heads too!





October 13, 2012

Castle Cake and Dragon



Here it is!  I finally did a castle cake!  I wanted to do this type of cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday, but was unsure about the plan of attack and ended up doing a cricut cake version of a princess castle cake.  However, this year I'm happy to say that I summoned the confidence to do it.  Inside is red velvet cake and the hardest part was probably my own lack of sleep and at the end I just got too tired to put any more details on it. 

The party went great, the cake was (to most of the guests) unreal that it was an actual cake they could eat.  Overall, we managed 30 kids hyped up on sugar, relatively no injuries, juice spills, and I even got Darth Vader to show up too!  Another successful birthday party done.

September 18, 2012

Loom Knitting Double Knit Cowl

I just had to try it.  I am a knitter and my weapon of choice are two sticks, but I have secretly been falling in love with looms.  I started with a circular loom making toques (I mean beanies to my American friends) and was surprised at how easy it was to loom knit.  So I decided to try this double knitting on a loom, where both sides look knit which is great for things that have to look finished on both sides.

So here is my double knit cowl done on a loom.  I have shown a photo of the loom below and used the entire length of it to get this scarf's width.  All I did was double knit until my piece measured 24 inches long, and then I stitched the ends together.

Easy, beautiful, and fun to make!




May 5, 2012

Elegant Blue Bird Baroque Cake


Happy birthday to my sweet little girl who is a big 2 today!  It has been awhile since I delved into cake making (exactly one year since my last cake!) and I completely forgot all my cake skills!  I couldn't even remember how to properly ice a cake, but here is the cake I made for her.  I really wanted  her to have an elegant cake rather than a "kiddie" cake.  However, as I was doing the baroque fondant pieces the cake started looking like a wedding cake!  So I kept the top more simple and added the birds instead of a floral topper.


The cake is a deluxe chocolate cake, tinted blue buttercream icing and the rest are fondant and gum paste.  I got this wonderful idea to place the birds on with little lollipop sticks to give it some varying height dimension.  Overall, not bad for a friday night's worth of cake making.  Happy birthday to my little one!

January 14, 2012

Free Easy 3C Chunky Collar Cowl Knitting Pattern


Who would have thought that I would be waking up today to a winter wonderland of 2 feet of slushy snow after having slipped through a surprisingly warm (and dry) holiday season?  Well, it looks like Spring has not sprung yet over here, so we may as well keep knitting to stay warm!

So far, 2012 has been good to me (all 14 days worth!) and I thought a free knitting pattern may bring more good fortune for the rest of the year.  I call this pattern my 'EASY 3C' pattern, Chunky Collar Cowl.  It's very easy to knit and very fun to wear (as you can see!)  I just love that deep purple against the fresh white snow in my backyard!  So hopefully all of you are having a good start to 2012 and if not, I hope this fun and free pattern will make you feel better, enjoy!

(Scroll down to get my free "EASY 3C - Chunky Collar Cowl Knitting Pattern By The Createry Shop!)

Easy ‘3C’ Chunky Collar Cowl
Knitting Pattern By The Createry Shop

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The Createry Shop patterns are protected by copyright. You may not post, rewrite, redistribute, copy, or resell the patterns in any form.  Patterns are for personal use only and is not for mass production. You may not sell the items made from the patterns without written permission from The Createry Shop. 
Size: One size fits most.  Finished item measures approximately 15”wide by 22” circumference.

Gauge Not important for this project.

Materials:
- 2 balls (3.5 oz/100grams, 109 yds/100m) of Loops & Threads Charisma yarn, Bulky #5, in color dark purple.
- Size US19 (15mm) straight knitting needles.
- Yarn or tapestry needle.

Pattern:
While holding two strands of yarn together:
             1) Cast on 28 sts.
             2) (RS) *K1, P1, repeat * to end.
3) (WS) *P1, K1, repeat * to end.
4) Repeat steps ‘2 to 3’ x one more time.
5) (RS) *K1, P1, repeat *to end.
6) Repeat step ‘5’ until piece measures 20 inches from beginning edge, ending with a WS.
7) (RS) *K1, P1, repeat * to end.
8) (WS) *P1, K1, repeat * to end.
9) Repeat steps ‘7 to 8’ x one more time.
10) Bind off all stitches.  Securely tie off last stitch.
11) With yarn needle and an 18” long yarn strand, fold piece in half and sew up the short ends of the knitted piece from the middle to one edge, as shown in the diagram below:


January 2, 2012

Leafy Lace Border Hat Knitting Pattern (PDF)


Ahh, 2012.  My first post for the new year and what better way to start it off than back to what I love knitting most, hats for children.  I've actually been knitting like a mad-woman lately.  It's all that season of giving that just makes me want to create more and more (and also give more too!).  I have quite the optimistic soul for this brave new year, hopefully you do too.  If not, well there's nothing a little knitting can't help right?

Here is my latest creation, a lovely leaf lace border around the knitted hat makes for a wonderfully cute head piece and just enough lace tones to make it complicated to knit, even though it's not!  Click on the buy now button below if you would like this pattern asap!


Details:
- Knitting Pattern in PDF Format.
- Step-By-Step instructions that are easy to follow and comes with a list of abbreviations for clarity.
- Skill level: Intermediate.
- Size: (0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-4 years old).

This is a knitting pattern in PDF document format! The pattern will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of receiving payment. I can provide the pattern in other formats if needed. So please ensure that you provide your correct e-mail address. Please contact The Createry Shop if there are any questions or help needed with the pattern.

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December 27, 2011

Quick and Easy Scarf To Knit Loopy Luxe Scarf


Quick to knit, easy to do for beginner knitters, and oh so stylish!  This loopy luxe scarf knitting pattern is perfect for anyone looking for a simple yet stylish scarf pattern that gives that clean look while keeping you warm.

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The finished knitted item is one size fits all and stretches so there is lots of room. The knitting pattern uses large straight needles so it knits up very fast without too much fuss!
Notes about pattern:

- Skill level: Easy.  Great project for beginners who want to knit something fast, stylish and useful!
- This is a knitting pattern in PDF document format! The pattern will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of receiving payment.
- So please ensure that you provide your correct e-mail address. Please contact The Createry Shop if there are any questions or help needed with the pattern.

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November 6, 2011

Easy and Quick Ribbed Cowl Knit Multi-Wear



Cowls are everywhere!  I must admit, I'm addicted to cowls.  This knitted ribbed cowl adds style and drama no matter where you're going.  You can wear it multiple ways to suit the fashionista in you (I've shown seven different ways to wear it in the photos, but I'm sure there are more!).

The finished knitted item is one size fits most and stretches so there is lots of room.  The knitting pattern uses large straight needles and chunky yarn or two medium weight yarns held together, so you know that it will knit up in no time!  Try it with a variety of big wooden, gold, metal, or fun bright buttons.

Notes about pattern:

- Skill level: Easy.

This is a knitting pattern in PDF document format! The pattern will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of receiving payment. So please ensure that you provide your correct e-mail address. Please contact The Createry Shop if there are any questions or help needed with the pattern.

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October 25, 2011

Easy Cheese Muffin Recipe

Mmmmmmmuffins!  I remember back in the day when I was a kid going inside a mall to a bakery shop named exactly that and all they sold were muffins.  That was the first time I ever tasted a cheese muffin, and every time I make these it brings back a bit of nostalgia.

Anyways, enough of me whining about days gone by.  Now it's time to pass along new memories to my kids! Hopefully, your sweeties will fall in love with this muffin too!  I based the recipe off of a basic muffin recipe and just added in the cheese.  You can try many flavours with this all-purpose recipe like blueberries, nuts, banana, etc. etc. etc.  Yummers!

http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/947422-Better-than-Basic-Muffins

October 16, 2011

Custom Made To Order Knitted Baby Hat Purple Present Hat


My latest project completed.  This custom-order baby present hat is making its way to a lovely home in Ohio!
Please feel free to contact me if you would like a finished custom order item!

October 9, 2011

Best Crumb Cake Recipe Cakeboss Inspired Createry Styled


So for this Thanksgiving I thought about making that famous Cakeboss crumb cake that everyone has seen on one of their episodes (remember the one where that lady drove all the way from who know where to get an order of crumb cake that was to die for?).

Well, I searched for the recipe and could not find it.  Then I ran into a book called "America's test kitchen" and their was a New York Style crumb cake that I sure was going to be a hit.  Then life took over and I lost the recipe.  Soooo.... after many crumb cake recipes and test tries I finally nailed down my own recipe for crumb cake.  It's light, buttery, sweet, and got that bit of caramelized butter and brown sugar flavour.  Dense enough to cut and pick up, but lightly crumbs in your mouth after a bite.  Distinctively 2 layered, you can serve as is but I added some brown sugar glaze drizzle on top and powdered sugar for flair!  Enjoy all you cake lovers out there!

The Createry Shop's Best Crumb Cake Recipe
Cake Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of butter, unsalted at room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup of buttermilk
- 2 cups of cake flour
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Crumb Topping Ingredients:
- 3/4 cups of butter, chilled
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of cake flour
- 3 teaspoons of cinnamon powder

Directions:
Cake:
1) Beat sugar and room temperature butter together until smooth.
2) Add eggs, milk, vanilla.
3) Slowly add in cake flour and mix well.
4) Line a 9x13 inch size pan with parchment paper or grease pan (I like parchment paper but to each their own)
5) Pour batter into a pan (I use a 9x13 pan), set aside.

Topping:
6) In a bowl, use a cheese grater and grate the chilled butter into this bowl.
7) Add cake flour and lightly toss mixture around, careful not to overmix.
8) Add white and brown sugar and lightly mix.
9) sprinkle this on top of the cake batter.
10) Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.
11) Cool and top as desired!

Infinity Scarf - One scarf with many styles!

Happy thanksgiving Canada! In honor of turkey day I was thinking of things to be thankful for.... and this knitting year I give thanks to the Infinity Scarf! This thing can be work so many ways, and it's in all the store and on TV right now too. There are tons of patterns out there to make it yourself, talk about getting your money's worth. Gobble gobble!




(Please note:  This pic is not mine, I found it online and it fabulously shows how many options you can have with this scarf!)
 

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