Friday, November 1, 2013

I love my findings....Love Your's Too!

Okay, so one of the things that I absolutely LOOOVE to do is, I love to get the "crafty" flowing in me.  And what I mean by that, I either:
 
(1) learning how to do new things or
(2) teaching others how to do new things, either with my own knowledge or with my findings.
 
And how do I do that?  First stop: YouTube.com, baby!  If I haven't pinned it or haven't looked (through a Google) search for a tutorial to find it, my mind is going.  I mean....I can't stop this thing,
it is a machine.  And so is yours!  You've got to grow, guy.  You've got to grow, girl.  You can totally do this thing.  You can totally ROCK this thing out!  Share your love, share your passions, but most of all, share your findings & learn more.  You'll grow & you'll be happy that you now know it.  Now go and do, people.  Let's go and  Love What We Find.  And then, share it.  Happy Friday, Y'all!

xo -Bakie

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

{Digital} Freebies...Never Give Up on Your Dream!

I seem to really love this girl:)  And I have been "directed" to her site a number of times and on a number of occassions.  And so finally, I have to just share.  Uh?  "Where have I been?"  I've been here, but I have been busy, stuck in life, and stuck in my head.  And so now, I have finally sat down, and so it is, "time to share".  Okay....Let's Go!

And here we go!
{*Note: This blog has taken on new life.  It started out as just a baking blog and that has now morphed into a baking/cooking/crafting/what's new and crafty/this is my life blog.  I hope that you're here to stay for the journey:) xoxo -Bakie}

 
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Sketch Me Pretty: 11 Hand Drawn Circle Digital Graphics


I'm totally in love with transferring my sketches into digital graphics (See how to HERE!) I've always loved drawing- it's one of my biggest passions. The great thing about these graphics is that you can use them for anything. Website graphics, digital scrap-booking, chalkboard graphics, printables; the possibilities are endless!

By using these images you agree to my terms of use, which are included in the folder.

To see how to use these graphics in Photoshop or Picmonkey, see my tutorial here.



In this photo I used a combination of the Photoshop tutorial I linked to above, and my method for converting photos into shapes in Photoshop. That tutorial can be found HERE.


- See more at: http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/10/sketch-me-pretty-11-hand-drawn-circle.html#sthash.pqN72wnH.dpuf

Friday, August 30, 2013

40 days...many memories, many moments

I know what you are thinking...."Where have you been, Bakie?"   I know.  It has been a whole 40 days since I last posted and for good reason.  Last month we found out that my hubby's father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  And for that, we have temporarily re-located ourselves to the western part of the U.S. to be with him and help take care of him, etc.  So there you have it.  Like I said before, "for good reason" but with all of that being said, we all must eat.  Right?  So there will infact be more posts.  I have some goodies in store for you.  So, stay tuned.... this aficionado has got some treat in store for you.

Happy Friday All!

xo-Bakie

Saturday, July 20, 2013

What Two Ladies are Doing this Summer:)


I had the priviledge of learning about an awesome, awesome, ministry that helps support women in need in a special village in Kenya. On my blog Love Farm Cake I share a one-on-one interview with my friend, Kelly Lessard, as she talks about how she came to learn and be apart of the ministry at the Mercy House.
You can view the entire article here.
 
Happy Summer!
xo-Bakie

Thursday, July 11, 2013

On a Blog..Pictures are EVERYTHING.

 

I cannot emphasize that point enough...on a blog, pictures are everything.  And I mean EV-REE-THING.  It's the picture that "sells" you.  When you get a picture or walk past a magazine of some really good looking food, what's the first thing that goes through your mind?  "Hmm....that looks good..."  And what next, "That must taste good."  And that merely based on it's "looks"  (it's looks meaning, 1) looks, and 2) lighting and 3) positioning... the cleanliness of the plate and all of the details that are all around.  It can't just taste good.  It's got to look good.  This a (visual) BLOG after all.  So with that said, I am going to give you some of my all-time favorite foodie tricks because it's my passion that you see in what I capture both on the plate and on the screen.

Tip #1: Good Lighting/Natural Lighting
Okay, so you're having to take the picture with your cell phone (for whatever the reasons be).  Trick number one: don't worry about the background, just get that plate into some natural light.  The background is secondary.  If I see that odd, doors and windows are closed yellow light, you are not going to sell me as you would if you too your picture with the natural light flowing in, like you see on the cover of so many magazines;)
 
Tip #2: Get down on the level WITH the food.
Yes honey, stoop down.  This is your food after all.  Your product and your baby.  You have made it, now go and show that thing off, and proud.  Stoop down and get on the same level as the counter or plate.  Wherever the surface of your food item, I want you down on it's level.  Not these wierd above shots.  Now don't get me wrong, sometimes there's good in getting an above shot, to show a different angle.  (I know what you're thinking...."but you do it..."  Yes, but I only  and I emphasize only  do it to show a different angle.)  Why?  Because, I want you to approach my plate, not look in at a distance.  I am drawing you in with my pictures.  And I am not going to do that at a distance;)
 
Tip #3: NOW, set the plate/setting
This is not the first step.  Why?  Because you have to "respect the food" and treat it with dignity.  And once you've done that then you set the space.  And what do I mean?  If it's a dish that you eat with a fork, go grab a clean fork and set it on the edge of the plate.  Literally, make it look like, all that the reader has to do is to pick up the fork and start eating or...just take a bite.  It has to look that appealing and with the first to steps in place, you're good.
 
If it's a Thanksgiving or a Christmas meal, if you have it, go ahead and grab a nice holiday napkin, fold it, and set it under the plate just to the left. 
 
Got an idea for a breakfast in bed, write a little "possible note" to your honey, and fold the card at the top and set it next to the plate (on the right) to give your reader an idea of what they can do to make someone feel special.  In fact, your reader might even say inside, "my I'd feel good if that note/meal was prepared for me".  It's the reader's feelings and experience that you are giving and the story in essence that you are telling with your pictures. 
 
Won't you try these tips out today?  Okay, even if you're going to take a picture of your food with your phone, I want you to find a window, and make sure that it's during the day, put the plate on the counter, bend down with your phone at eye-level and then snap your picture and email it to me (bakiemesweet@gmail.com)  I can't wait to hear from you!
 
 
Happy Day!
xo-Bakie

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Restaurant-Style Burger, Right-at-Home

One of the things that I love best about being able to cook at home, is eating food that you can make yourself to taste just like something that you'd have at restaurant.  And that is exactly what we did with these burgers. 

For a lazy evening, we decide that we're eating in and that means, making dinner at home.   Out walks the ground beef, on, turns the grill.  My hubby grilled these for me but if he wasn't a grill-handler, we could make these same 4 patties indoors.
 
All you need for your burgers:
~One package of 93% lean ground beef
~Some all meat seasoning*
 
(*We like to use a combo of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder, all mixed up in a container or a baggie and we shake it on just about anything;)
 
 After are burgers were done, we grabbad few whole wheat buns (trying to make it restaurant-style so the whole wheat buns made it feel like something special), some dijon mustard, lettuce, a nice thick slice of tomato,

And these 100 calorie guacamole packets.  LOVE!  Okay, these little pre-made guacamole packets took our burgers to THE.NEXT.LEVEL!
Okay, add some bbq potato chips on the side, and you're good.  So happy that we're eating in tonight!
 
What are you making?  Do you have any restaurant favorites that you like to re-create at home?
 
Happy Eating Everyone!
 
xo-Chemeeka

Monday, July 8, 2013

Patriotic Berry-Rich Smoothie




 
Happy Monday to you!  I hope that you had a happy & safe post-holiday weekend:)!  I thought that this smoothie would be a great way to kick-off the week & a Monday morning at that;)  One of my little ones, has been begging, and begging me to make a smoothie.  So I have finally gotten around to it.  And so here we go....Easy, fresh, tasty and did I say, "healthy?"  Oh yeah.  Who is with me?

I have to admit that as much as this smoothie was healthy, it is tasty.  Here's what's in it:
 
1 1/2 cup lowfat milk
1/2 uncooked regular oats
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon of molasses (for good measure...er....something like that;)
(Well the blog name is Bakie Me Sweet after all:)

I could not find the bottom base to our blender so, in the food processor it goes.  I just pulsed this on medium speed.  And there we have it.  Easy enough, right?

 
For me, it is the perfect start to a Monday morning.  *Note: you could also substitute in 1/2 cup of plain unseasoned silken tofu for the 1/2 cup of lowfat milk.  Just as good, and would make it a touch creamier.
 
 
 And there you have it.  A great smoothie for a great start to your week:)  What are some of the things that you like to drink or make (besides coffee) that gives a real boost to the day?  I hope that you're having fun grabbing some of these recipes.
 
Happy Monday to Ya!
 
xo-Bakie:)









Thursday, July 4, 2013

Star-Spangled Blue Velvet Cupcakes-in-A-Jar

 
I thought that I would re-post this fun, delicious and need-I-say portable treat for you to try:)
 
Happy 4th of July Everyone!
 
xo-Bakie
 
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There's nothing like a portable treat when you're ready to enjoy yourself at a barbecue or picnic.  For this 4th of July I have decided to make my version of cupcakes-in-a-jar with blue velvet cupcakes-in-a-jar.  The recipe is super easy & promising to be a colorful treat!  Just start with:

Ingredients

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 tablespoons royal blue gel paste food coloring
1 tablespoon purple gel paste food coloring

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cupcake or muffin pan with 24 regular-size cupcake liners.

Place the oil, buttermilk, eggs, vinegar, vanilla, and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until thoroughly mixed. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder together and slowly add to the mixer on low speed. Scrape down the bowl thoroughly, as needed. Add the food colorings in a steady stream until desired shade is achieved; it should appear bluish-purple. Beat for another 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl one last time and mix for 30 seconds by hand.

Fill the cupcake liners two-thirds full with batter and bake until they form a semi-hard crust on top, about 25 minutes

Once they are cool, I slice them in half. You will have a stack of tops and a stack of bottoms.
Place 1 bottom in each jar. Put a layer of the frosting.

 Take the top of the cupcake and place on top of the layer of frosting.
Beautifully frost the top of the cupcake.
 Add sprinkles between the layers for that extra festive touch :)

For a double decker, cupcake and frosting add another cupcake, repeating the first three steps.  Lastly, attach a small wooden or plastic spoon with baker's twine & you're good to go!  This treat is easy, sweet, and has very little clean-up.  Bon Appetit everyone!

And a Happy 4th of July!
 -Chemeeka
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Monday, June 24, 2013

DIY {Fabric} Yarn Wreath (4th of July)

The 4th of July is coming and it's time to make a wreath, y'all!  It seems like the perfect occasion to make us a little wreath....well, ANY occassion is fit enough for me to make a wreath.  (Sometimes, I am just looking for an excuse to have to make a wreath, lol.)  So, let's get started:)  This wreath is super easy and honestly, I first saw it here on Pinterest.  And just knew that I had to make one!:)
 
For my door, I used the following
 
Supplies:
* spool of deep red yarn
* spool of rich navy blue yarn
*spool of ivory colored yarn
* 18 inch foam wreath base
* 12 inches of burlap or ribbon for hanging
 
*packet of white foam stars (mine came in a three pack of silver, gold and white & for this project I just use the white. 
 
I chose a premium brand of yarns.  There were were some that were of a thicker band but I wanted my yarn to almost look "silky".  So I made sure that the yarn that I chose was thin, deep and rich in color and even had a little shine to it.  (You'll see when we get to the end...) 
 
Okay so first I watched a YouTube video on this and I was so glad I did because I noticed a couple of things:
 
(1) If you're doing a yarn wreath, you must, absolutely MUST use a foam wreath base.  No a wire wreath base, or a twig wreath base. Absolutely not.  With wrapping a yarn, no other base, (except one that is COMPLETELY smooth, like a foam base will do!)
 
Second, when you're wrapping a yarn wreath DO NOT unravel your spool of yarn.  Keep it rolled and wrapped up & only pull out enough of the yarn for that cycle it around the wreath. 
 
Watch this video to see what I mean.
 
 
 
Next after I got this rotation going I went around and around.  Now, you see that we are trying to make this wreath in the similitude of the American flag.  So you want to have the blue cover the top left quadrant, just like it does on the actual flag.  And then on the bottom left quardrant and all of the right side of the (top and bottom quadrants) we're going to make our "stripes".  If you watched the video, you saw that you tie your yarn at the beginning point before you begin wrapping.
 
As you go, these little knots will be at the beginning and the end of all of your white and red sections.  Turn your wreath over before you at the hanging ribbon and stars and cut off any loose ends, above the knot.  If you cut "below" the knot, your yarn is likely to unravel, so don't do it;)
After you're done cutting off any of the loose ends, you're good to go with applying your stars. 
These stars have a sticky back and so you just peel off that sticky back and take your time pressing them all around the navy blue part of the base.  You're making up your stars section because you already have your stripes done.  (*Back note: Use your discretion as to how thick you want each section of white (or ivory) and deep red to be.  It doesn't have to be perfect, just rhythmic:)
 
And there you have your wreath!  Happy Independence Day!
 
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So what are you doing for this 4th of July?  Does your family have any special
"crafty" family traditions?  Making this wreath could be your first:)
 
 
 
Happy Crafting Y'all!
 
xo -Bakie

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bourbon Chicken & Sweet Potato w/Quinoa

How many different ways can you say, "yum"?  "Yum", "yummy" & "yumm-o".  There are several ways, and I am saying them all when I bite into this!  Perfect meal for the weekend, fast dinner, or just a romantic dinner for two but....I hear you..enough already!  Let's get down and get this recipe.

Bourbon Chicken
It's simple and as easy as pie!  P-I-E.  All you need is a rotesserie chicken from your local grocery store.  Yes ma'am.  Short cuts.  Glorious short-cuts.  De-li-cious shorts cuts.  Somebody say it with me, "Shortcuts!"  Next grab your:

Soy sauce (1/2 cup)
Honey (1/4 cup)
Powdered Ginger (1/2 tbsp)
Olive oil (2 tbsps)

And you are working it right now, like seriously.  (You know when you go to the mall and they hand you that little piece of bourbon chicken on the end of the toothpick.  Well, here it is!  Just chopped up your chicken from the store and cover it in this sauce.  But wait!  I am getting ahead of myself.

Step 1:  Chop up the roteserrie chicken from the store, keeping on the skin, and removing the bones.

Step 2: Make up your sauce (recipe above) and set it aside.

Step 3: Steam 1 1/2 cups of fresh chopped kale greens.  Set aside.

Step 4: Peel, chop and boil 2 small or one medium sized sweet potato.  Set aside.

Step 5: Sautee one cup of frozen bell pepper slices.  Preferably, yellows, oranges, and reds or oranges, greens, and reds.  (You get my point.  Just keep it colorful & if it's already sliced and from the freezer section- like at Trader Joes- you're going to get a much better price then buying it fresh.)
Set aside.

Step 6: Make up your red quinoa.  This is easy enough to find.  Trader Joes will have it but also check your local grocery store.  (Prepare, half a cup of quinoa, with one cup of water (or chicken stock).  Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss your quinoa, sweet potatoes, red pepper blend (again, the red preferrably for color), your kale greens and your chicken.  Make sure that your sauce is warm and then drizzle it over and toss again.  Delish!  Just like what you see in this photo:)

So what are you making this weekend?  Anything special?  Try this recipe and I am sure that you will make the tastebuds in your home, very, very, happy;)

Happy Cooking Everyone!
xo Bakie

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