Cinnamon Bread

I just got my new breadmaker from Zojirushi. I had an old one from the same manufacturer, but after over ten years, I was ready to invest in a new one. The old one actually still works, but it squeaks something fierce. And this new one makes a horizontal loaf instead of a vertical loaf, which is more like the shape I would come up with using my pans.

Starting with one of their recipes in the booklet provided, I made the cinnamon loaf. They had such a good idea to roll it out and cut it up like cinnamon rolls before putting it back in the pan to proof and bake. That’s why it looks so pretty! Great technique. Not sure why I didn’t do this before.

Normally I just use my breadmaker on the dough cycle, and then take it out, shape it, and bake it in my oven so that I can control the crust. But this loaf turned out pretty good baked in the machine. I am going to make a few more, and it may depend on which recipe I use, which way I choose to bake it.

zojirushi breakmaker

But I’m off to a good start! The breakmaker is a good looking machine (I realize that’s not an important factor for some of you, but I like good looking kitchen appliances!) Yeah, it’s true. I’m a kitchen appliance snob. Who knew?

So that’s my bread story. Does it relate to quilting? Nope.

Happy baking!


Easter Cake

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I made this bunny cake for Easter….an idea which I got off Pinterest. I made a german chocolate cake, and then iced it with chocolate frosting and then put on this edible grass from Cost Plus World Market. The edible grass didn’t taste that great, the cake sure was good. But I would definitely use the edible grass product again because it makes such a nice effect, don’t you think?

The Challenge is on!

Starting last year, my quilt group, the Lowell Pine Needlers, began an annual challenge.  We selected a specific fabric and everyone makes something using the challenge fabric.  Each person came up with a unique project and the results were displayed at the annual Blackberry Jam Quilt Show in late July. We had so much fun last year we decided to make it an annual challenge.

2015 challenge fabricThis year we chose a fabric designed by  Carrie Bloomston of Such Designs for Windham Fabrics. It’s called “Collage” and as you can see, it offers up a multitude of color opportunities.

It’s going to be fun to see what everyone comes up with this year.  And if you are thinking we just make quilts, or no! There could be baskets, or bags, or clothing, or aprons, or dolls…..we get to use the fabric in whatever way we want. So stay tuned. With enough time and energy, I will post pictures of the results in early August.

And don’t forget you can still buy tickets for our annual raffle quilt, which is another stunner this year. We are calling it “Shattered Ice.”

Happy quilting!