The desert that was made for the New Year but didn't make it into 2013 every crumb was devoured before the sun set on this day so I will have to make more
if you are bored, Google the history behind this desert that is named after the ballerina Anna Pavlova
I love deserts with a interesting history
Pavlova is so very tasty and easy to make, especially with a stand mixer and perfect if you find yourself with a few egg whites
Pavlova Recipe 4 large egg whites 1 cup super fine sugar (I process regular sugar in a food processor) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon white vinegar 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
Preheat over to 250. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixer bowl, whisk the egg whites on medium until they hold a soft peak. Gradually add the sugar, spoonfuls at a time, while beating on high spead. Continue beating until the meringue holds a stiff peak and is glossy. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. To check, feel the meringue between your finger and it should feel silky smooth with no sugar grit.
Beat in the vanilla. Sprinkle the vinegar and cornstarch over the top of the meringue and gently fold in by hand with a spatula.
Spread the meringue on the parchment paper making a 7 inch circle, smooth out the edges.
Bake 60 minutes until the outside is dry and a pale cream color. Turn the oven off and cool completly in the oven. The Pavlova will crack as it cools.
Serve with lemon curd, berrries, and whipped topping. The lemon curd is optional as the Pavlova is good served with frest fruit of choice.
a few pictures because I get so many emails wanting pictures of my journal pages
it's not that I don't want to share but this last journal seemed to have more personal stuff that I just didn't feel comfortable putting on my blog and no body wants to see journal pages with blurred out spaces
mostly just clip and paste but that is what I felt like doing this past year
The Sanctorum of Buccaneers a shrine for lost and forgotten things that have been found while gardening a place where newly found items can find a spot a soldier keeps guard over a jar of coins
not all marbles remain lost "Aye Matey"
Sewn slippers started with a wool sweather that I felted, that was used for the outside Harris tweed on the inside leather slip stitched on the bottom because all that felted wool is so very slippery on tile floors
My favorite part of the holidays are when things slow down and I can get lost in projects. It is a joy to savor the process and I loved making this little silk blouse.
This blouse was make using Loes Hinse Italian blouse pattern. I love the collar and front placket of this pattern, very feminine and the Betsey Johnson silk fabric was a perfect match. A gorgeous slippery sliding silk. It took a big deep breath to bravely cut into the silk but once started, the blouse came together nicely. In my stash of stuff, I found these vintage little black buttons. The buttons are just the right size for the silk and enough for the front but I had to find two plain black ones for each cuff. I don't think any one will notice.