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I am a mom of 2 very energetic but amazing kids, and a crafter after they are off to bed. That's my work over on the left, linked from my Etsy shop.

Friday, December 10, 2010

How did - I - become.... vintage???

Etsy holly day blog hoppers- one post down and you will find the cranberry goodness you have come for, as well as the link to Cinnamon Spice's blog.

I was browsing through some Etsy shops the other day, looking at all of the fascinating, interesting, and some just plain strange things that are out on the market today. It is such a curiosity to see what kinds of things people in the past have collected and created. Kinda weird, once again, but curious.

It dawned on me, while wading through the memories for sale, that some of mine might be in there too. In the vintage section, I mean. I am dating myself here- but to qualify as vintage it must be 20 years old or more. Gads. This means that my youth- everything from my Duran Duran tapes to the Francois et Marithé Girbaud jeans I loved so much- all qualilfy for the vintage section.

I regretted tossing those jeans (tossed not that long ago- I was holding on for sentimental reasons, reminders that I was actually once that tiny chicky). They were awful- well, first rate back in their day, with the high waist and such. I guess I should have kept them- maybe I could have sold them for a few bucks and afforded a holiday flavored latte (how did coffee get to be 5 bucks a cup???)

So, here I am, in the vintage section. VINTAGE. ack.
I need a glass of wine- which in my youth I would NOT have appreciated with the fine sense that I have now.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Holly day Etsymoms Blog Hop- Cranberry pudding with delicious butter sauce

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a gift pack of over 30 pages of vintage paper ephemera by http://www.etsy.com/shop/countrychiccottage
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a set of toddler pajamas in a style of the winner's choice from http://heatheregley.etsy.com/
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Today we're sharing a recipe for steamed cranberry pudding with warm butter sauce, brought to you by quirefly.etsy.com

Greetings, and Happy Holly Day. Welcome to this stop on the Etsymom blog hop- I hope that you have had many good tips, recipes, and suggestions for a fabulous, festive season! Our Etsymoms are pretty creative ladies and have some excellent advice for amusing your children and dazzling the relatives. Who needs Ms Martha S. (you know who I mean... ) when you have Etsymoms?

My addition- steamed cranberry pudding with warm butter sauce. I think it may be more aptly named warm butter sauce with a hint of cranberry pudding- the sauce is just sooo yummy. This is similar to a pudding that you may be familiar with from the big holiday craft shows- but it is simple enough to make. Enjoy!

You will need:

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup hot water

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup molasses

2 cups fresh cranberries (dried just doesn't do the same in my opinion)

1  1/2 cups flour

  • Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water; add sugar and molasses, mixing well. Blend in cranberries and flour.
  • Grease a loaf pan (a coffee tin can also be used, but make sure you have enough room at the top for the cake to rise). Pour in the batter, and seal tightly with tin foil.
  • Place the pan in a large stock pot or roaster with 4 or so inches of water in the bottom. Cover the pot and seal again with tin foil.
  • Cook over medium heat for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Cooking time really depends on the heat of your burners and the moisture level. I like to check the pudding after about an hour (the toothpick test) and check for water to make sure the pot hasn't boiled dry- no amount of yummy butter sauce will save that burnt pudding!
The sauce:

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Over low heat, combine the butter and sugars until the butter is just melted and the sugars nicely blended in. Add the cream and bring to a boil. Let the sauce boil for a minute, remove from heat and add the vanilla. You may need to test the sauce repeatedly before served, just to make sure it has blended properly ; )
Serve the pudding warm with butter sauce- I also like to add a touch of vanilla ice cream to balance the flavors.

Thanks for stopping by- I would love to hear your comments on the recipe, reviews of the holiday season, suggestions for what to do with my bored children over the holidays.....
And off you go to the next Holly day blog stop- Cinnamon Spice Crafts
Happy holly days!