Wednesday, December 30, 2009

AMULETO Convertible Crochet Cuff Bracelet and Necklace By anadiazarte

AMULETO Convertible Crochet Cuff Bracelet and Necklace is an exotic art piece to be weared and enjoyed by all women that appreciate the versatility of a necklace/bracelet.It is made of 100% cotton thread in shades of blue, gray and beige with green felted wool bead closure, the focal point is a beautiful lampwork bead in dark blue, green and gold, created by the prestigious artist from Arizona, Jodi Price.Measures:Pendant: 3" x 3 1/2"Cord: 15 1/2 inches
An Ana Diaz Arte Original.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Black Cake Recipe for Christmas!!!

(The photo is from a Christmas trip to Leavenworth, WA!, lovely place!)

Black Cake Recipe
Perfect for Christmas!!!, Enjoy :)


1 pound raisins; minced

1 pound prunes, pitted; minced

1 pound currants, dried; minced

1 pound cherries, glace; minced

6 ounces lemon peel, glace; minced

6 ounces orange peel, glace; minced

3/4 liter Passover wine

3/4 liter rum, dark

2 pounds sugar, dark brown

4 1/4 cups cake flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, grated

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups butter, sweet; softened

10 large eggs1 tablespoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup almond paste

In a large bowl, mix all the fruits thoroughly with the wine and the rum; let the fruit macerate, covered, at room temperature for at least two weeks. In a heavy skillet combine one pound of the brown sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, and gently boil the syrup, swirling the skillet occasionally, for a few minutes, or until it is reduced to 1-3/4 cups. Let the syrup cool; reserve. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg together into a bowl. In the large bowl of an electric mixer cream together the remaining brown sugar and the butter until it is fluffy; then beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla, the flour mixture, and 1-1/3 cups of the burnt sugar syrup, reserving the remaining syrup for another use. In another large bowl, combine well the flour mixture and the fruit mixture and divide the batter between two buttered and floured 10" springform pans. Bake the cakes in the middle of a preheated 350F. oven for two hours, or until a tooth pick inserted in the centers comes out with some crumbs adhering to it. (The centers of these cakes will be quite moist.) Let the cakes cool in the pans on a rack, remove the sides and bottoms of the pans, and wrap the cakes in foil or wax paper. Let the cakes stand at room temperature for a week. Roll out half the almond paste between sheets of plastic wrap to form a 10" round and remove the top sheet of plastic wrap. Fit the almond paste layer over one cake, trimming the edge if necessary, and remove the other sheet of plastic wrap. Roll out and fit the remaining almond paste onto the remaining cake in the same manner.

serves/makes 2 cakes

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Emerald and gray RUGOSA BRIZIX Freeform Crochet Cuff Bracelet By anadiazarte

This is a very special Freeform crochet cuff bracelet featuring a precious Lampwork Focal Bead named BRIZIX, a pattern of plunged bubbles in an ocean of Aquamarine, Turquoise and Emerald Green, a Wonderful handmade Artwork from the prestigious Arizonian artist Jodi Price @ The crochet Bracelet is made of 100% cotton thread in shades of Emerald green, and 3 tones of grays, with green glass beaded crochet round button closure.The name RUGOSA comes from the round crochet center simulating the "Solitary Rugosa Coral", they are an extinct order of coral that were abundant in Middle Ordovician to Late Permian seas .
Measures:Lampwork Bead measures:7/16 of an inch x 5/8 of an inch.Bead was made on a 1/16" mandrel, handmade with high quality Moretti(Italian) and Lauscha glass and has been properly kiln annealed.The crochet cuff bracelet measures 8 inches long x 2 1/2 inches wide, please convo me your wrist size as this can be easily adjusted
Free tissue paper wrapping with any order. If this is a gift, let me know and I can add a special note for you and package it accordingly. An Ana Diaz Arte Original.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Now 15% OFF @ my shop just for my blog followers

Hello friends!:
December is here!!!, how exciting!, everybody is in a Holiday mood, and so I!!! I would like to thanks all my blog followers, I am offering 15% off of everything in my shop, this offer is just to my blog followers!!!!, please enter promo Code: BLOG15off during check out in note to sellers... and I will refund your money via Paypal!