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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Snow, New Members and Some Cards, of course....

The weather forecast was right - we got a lot of snow overnight and I can feel  my muscles after all the shoveling I did - what a great workout! I actually like shoveling snow - I know its weird. and this is how it looked like this morning:

A winter wonder land! Isn't it gorgeous? Except for the all of a sudden low dangling electrical wires....

And now a welcome for my new members:

Anja (hauiline)

Go and checkout their blogs - they are fabulous! 

As my welcome gift to you - I made a cake, which I would love to share with you, but since that is impossible I'll share the recipe. I made this cake quite often - everybody in my family loves it, even my husband who gets very picky, when it comes to sweet things. And the best thing about this cake is that it gets better as it gets older, usually its the other way around. So in case you'll give it a try, bake it at least one day beforehand, to let the flavors develop.

Cardamom Vanilla Pound Cake

2 1/4 sticks unsalted softened butter
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
add one by one
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 1 T vanilla extract
Mix in
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk,
alternating dry ingredients with the milk

Spoon batter into buttered and floured bundt pan; bake at 350°F for about 1 hour
Cool in pan 1 hour, then invert onto a rack and cool completely, about 1 hour more.
 You may dust the cake before serving with confectioners’ sugar if you want.

This recipe is from epicurious – only slightly altered.

Are you still with me? Here are those cards I promised:

I tried myself on the technique so fabulously explained by JJ Bolton on the C&S 1st bonus day class. Everybody probably know her, if not, I linked her name to her blog. I fiddled around with that technique, which is really not that difficult to do, but it is time consuming. I cut the triangle shapes with my Big Shot and Lifestyle Crafts diamond shaped dies. I am not so happy with the first card. Probably should not have cut the corners on the upper right, but it is, what it is. It improved a bit with adding Stickles to the hearts. I am entering this card in the "Love Theme" VSC #8 Challenge.

With the second card I gave up on the spacing, just taped the die cut together with Scotts tape and trimmed it to a conical shape. I like the second card better. I am entering this card into the die cut divas untraditional Valentine's card challenge.

The sentiments are Hero Arts Hugs N Hearts (Cl301), Hero Arts Spring Borders (Cl128).

Have a great weekend and enjoy the snow - if you have any!
Thanks you all for those lovely comments you keep leaving on my blog - they are all very much appreciated!


Kelly Griglione said...

Wasn't it beautiful outside today?! Love the two cards you made from the card class. JJ is amazing, isn't she? The colors you picked are so fun, great technique!

Unknown said...

That cake looks delicious! and I really like your cards! thanks for playing along with us at the Die Cut Diva's blog.

Mary J said...

The snow looks beautiful!

Thank you so much for the recipe - it looks yummy!!

Mary J said...

Oh, and fab card too honey!

Tieva-Design said...

Danke für deine lieben Kommentare auf meinem Blog, super schön Werke zeigst du hier, einfach super schöne Karten!

Viele Grüße

Sigi said...

Wow, was für eine tolle Winterlandschaft. Hier in Deutschland liegt zwar auch Schnee aber nicht in dieser Menge.
Deine Karten sind toll. Hast Du die Chevron-Pfeile von Hand geschnitten?
Liebe Grüße

Arlene said...

I am going to jot down that recipe on the cake. Sounds yummy.

Love your non-traditional Valentine cards. The colors are great - neat arrows.

Thank you for joining in on the Die Cut Diva's challenge blog.

Unknown said...

what a winter wonderland indeed! i have the same sort of view today after the same storm system hit southeast new brunswick (canada).
i adore these cards you've made. jj's designs are phenomenal!!! so are yours :)

Brenda said...

You're right, this technique did look like it was quite time consuming but I love the results you achieved with those nice funky colours! Thank you for visiting my blog the other day!

Corinna said...

Vielen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar auf meinem Blog. Ich hab mich natürlich bei dir umgesehen und mag deinen Stil.
Hab einen schönen Tag,
liebe Grüße, Corinna

Rosmarie said...

tut mir leid, dass ich dich in den letzten Tagen so vernachlässigt habe!! *schäm*
Ich habe mir aber alle deine tollen Sachen angesehen (so viele!!!) und mache jetzt hier halt, weil es da gerade so verlockend nach Kuchen duftet... ;-) der sieht echt superlecker aus!!

Um auf deine Frage zu antworten...
wenn du einen Post oben anpinnen willst, schreibst du deinen Beitrag und stellst ihn wie gewöhnlich ein!
Dann machst du deinen Post nochmals unter "änder" auf, als ob du was ändern möchtest und öffnest rechts auf deiner Seite die kleine Uhr "planen" und dann klickst du auf "Datum und Uhrzeit einstellen". Hier gibst du das Datum ein, bis wann dein Post oben angepinnt bleiben sollte! Klick OK und dann oben Aktualisieren und dein Post bleibt oben hängen bis zum von dir eingestellten Datum!

Hoffe ich hab es dir einigermaßen verständlich erklärt aber wenn du Fragen hast, kein Problem, wenn ich kann helfe ich dir gerne weiter.

Ach ja, deine Fotos sind wirklich wunderschön! Alles sieht so traumhaft und friedlich aus...
Bei uns gibt es immer nur Regen Regen Regen!!!
Schön sind auch deine beiden Karten! Waren bestimmt ein bisschen aufwendig zu machen, mit der ganzen schnibblerei und kleberei...

Liebe Grüße Rosi

Pajalu said...

Wow gorgeous photos, beautiful cake & fantastic cards - what more could one ask for :o). I love the cards they look amazing & those colours are so wonderful & fresh together. Thank you for playing along with us at Die Cut Diva's.

hauiline said...

Hallo und lieben Dank für den netten Willkommensgruß ... der Kuchen sieht soooo lecker aus!

Liebe Grüße

Unknown said...

I like them both, Cornelia!!

Barb Ghig said...

Great take on JJ's card...both of your cards are so pretty!
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful winter wonderland photos, and for the recipe! Looks yummy!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Fabulous card! I love the bright colors you used! Thanks for joining us at V's Sweet Ideas!

gRiSeL™ said...

Beautiful CAS card! How you created that arrow--SO clever!! LOVE the pop of red!! Thanks for playing along with us at V's Sweet Challenge!