Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Cupcakes

I want to wish all my friends Mele Kalilimaka.   Yesterday was a beautiful day for baking.  This was my view of Hualalai in the morning.  She was out in all her glory.  At the end of the blog I will show you a picture of the sunset.
 Quilt Passions had their Christmas party and I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache and peppermint buttercream frosting and put them on a serving tray lined with a peppermint candy sheet.  Very festive and delicious!  Here is the peppermint tray.
This is pretty easy to make.  Line up your peppermints, a little space between them, on a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet.  Bake them in a 325 degree oven for about 7 minutes.  Watch them really carefully.  As soon as they all blend together pull it out.  Cool slightly, carefully invert and remove the parchment.  Set it back on a cooling rack.  When it is completely cool set it in place.  If you wanted to shape it you could do that while it was still warm.
It would have looked prettier with only twelve cupcakes but I wanted to take as many as I could. 
Now for the sunset.

The streaky sky was interesting.  I was awake at 2:30AM and the sky was still streaky.  The streaks were in the west and went way high.  I would have thought they were northern lights if we weren't in Hawaii.  The streaks were still coming from the same place as they did at sunset and the moon was further north.  It was a lovely picture at night but my camera would not have taken a picture that you could see the unusual effect.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winners of the Happy Birthday Blog Hop

It has been so interesting to read about the meaningful quilts from everyone.  Quilts really do tell a story and it is wonderful that so many of you have quilts to treasure.  Hopefully you all had time to visit all the blogs because there were some wonderful prizes being given away.  I decided to give away two fabric bundles since it is the season for giving!  Congratulations to all and have a great Christmas.  Mele Kalikimaka!

My winners are:  For the fabric bundle- Nanbon44
                          Fabric bundle #2 - Janesquilting
                          Hawaiian applique kit-Andrea
 Please email me your  mailing address.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday - Quilter's Blog Hop Party

Welcome to all those that are participating in the Quilter's Blog Hop Party for Quilting Gallery's 5th Birthday.  A very big Happy Birthday to them!  It is always so much fun to hear from all of you as you pass through.  For this celebration there are over 170 Blogger's participating and everyone is giving away a present.  Join us by visiting as many blogs as you can.

For this Birthday celebration I will be giving away two prizes for those leaving comment between December 10-15 as explained below.  First is a collection of ten batiks that are generally 5" x 16".  These are new  fabrics that are from the fabrics that I have used to make my Hawaiian applique kits.

Second prize is a Hawaiian applique 18" pillow kit of your choice. One of the best things about my kits is that the applique is already cut out for you. The design choices are Hibiscus (shown as a finished pillow on the right), Bird of Paradise, Pineapple, Honu/Turtle, or Angels Trumpet.  You can see these designs on my website .  While on my website sign up for my newsletter for a chance to win a free pattern. 

In order to qualify for a prize leave a comment telling me about a quilt that has special meaning to you.  If you are interested in winning the Hawaiian kit please tell me what design you would like and what your two favorite colors are.  Two because I just might not have a fabric in your favorite color.  Have fun and Happy Holidays to all!

Please return to Quilter's Gallery to reach the other blogs.