Mi ahijado

Earlier this year, my man and I were asked to be padrinos to a beautiful boy.  Even though we don’t practice a religion, we felt very honoured that our friends had such confidence in us.  We very happily and gratefully accepted.

My comadre wanted her little guy to wear a traditional baptism outfit, but here in North America, it was almost impossible to find.  I then decided that I would gift my little ahijado with an outfit made lovingly by hand by me!  However, little did I know what a sewing feat it would be, given the fact that I have such limited sewing experience, but it’s rather wonderful what one can achieve when love is the main driving force!

I must say that I was very happy with the result.  I think my ahijado was too!

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This moment

Inspired by Soulemama {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

The people I live with love Nutella.  I don’t buy it often since a regular sized jar would be devoured within a couple of days by at least two of those people (you know who you are!).  I’ve been wanting to try a homemade recipe for a while so that my lovers of this kind of spread can eat as much as they want without all the fat and sugar that’s put in the commercial stuff.  I found quite a number of  recipes on the internet, so I tweaked a couple yummy sounding ones and this is what I came up with.  Four ingredients, (ok, 5 if we’re counting the couple of drops of water that I added) and that’s it – we have ourselves some incredibly delicious chocolate hazelnut spread!  Way better than the store bought kind.  Apparently it should last a couple of weeks on the counter, but I think our jar will be empty by Friday!

Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups unsalted hazelnuts (roasted at 350F for about 15 minutes – turn halfway)
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or to taste)

Once hazelnuts are roasted, let cool a bit and then place them in a clean dish towel.  Fold the towel and roll the nuts which will take off most of the skins (don’t worry if there’s any skins left on some of them).  Put the hazelnuts in a food processor (I used my  heavy duty blender) and grind them for several minutes.  Once you’ve reached a smoothness that you like, add the vanilla extract, salt and maple syrup.  Blend this mixture until smooth and then add the cocoa powder and blend.  At this point, I added a few drops of water to get an even creamier texture, but it’s up to your personal preference.

Put in jar and enjoy!

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From bleh to yay!

A few years ago, my belle-mère came home from Provence with, as always, lovely gifts for all of us.  That year, she gifted me with a white with brown polka dots linen smock.  As sweet a gift it was, it looked terrible on me.  I looked like I was wearing a sac de patates!  So, into the pile of ‘to do something with one day’ it went.

For the last year, I’ve been slowly de-cluttering my home and, at the same, trying to get things done that I’ve been putting off for a rainy day.  While cleaning up my atelier last week, I came across the white linen dress that I had tossed aside awhile ago.

So, this afternoon, with the help of some indigo dye, scissors and my sewing machine, I transformed the sac de patates from bleh to a lovely yay! tunic.  I think it’ll now be well worn!

Happy last weekend of August!

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