Quick hello, been busy working! We had a coating of snow here the other day and this is my back yard! No ducks but wow it was pretty. Nice pink clouds in the back and a white crust on everything else. Prettier in person:)
Also here are my new globe earrings($10.00, purchase here http://amandamackay.com/earrings.html ):
Got a new camera for Christmas, been testing it out like crazy as I am very partial to Canon brand, this one is a Sony, however, I will say, I am now a Sony fan, not only does it take way ore photos that I have to edit much less, but photos of people and faces come out nicer! The features are awesome, Here are some sample pictures with NO EDITING:
Sanford, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
I love saving money and trying new things, attempted tortillas today, a healthy whole wheat tortilla and they turned out great! I will never but tortillas again, it was super simple to make them! I am pretty sure you could just sub in all white flours if you prefer white.
2 cups white flour
3 cups of whole wheat
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 to 2 cups boiling water
Directions with pictures
1. Measure out the 5 cups of flour in a bowl and salt.
2. Take olive oil and rub into flour till it resembles crumbs.
3. Now boil some water in your microwave, and pour in and mix with a fork, keep mixing until forms a ball of dough, similar to playdough texture, then roll into golf balls.
4. Put your dough balls into a container and cover with a moist towel for an hour!
5. Now time to roll! hehe, take each dough ball and roll out as thin as you can with flour.
if you are fussy you can cut out perfect circles:)
6. Heat a non stick frying pan to medium heat, and fry on one side till bubbles start , then flip and watch, about 1 minute in total.
7. let the cool and then store in an air tight container.
You can also freeze them if you do not think you will use them all:)
Baking with kids can be a challenge for some, but for me, I find it fun, rewarding, cute and I love it! Maddy is my step daughter and she is such a great help in the kitchen. She listens, she helps and she even wants to help with the dishes afterwards. Riley is more of the taste tester, and always seems to appreciate that part too:) (recipe below pictures)
This weekend we made Jello and Cinnamon Rolls from scratch(not the can! lol) they actually turned out awesome and I found a cool tip on pinterest for cutting them and made a video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8tvteDKjx4
These are not cinnabon type cinnamon rolls, they are more like a pastry, flaky, biscuit type. They are what I grew up on here in Nova Scotia. We baked half of these one morning an then put the rest in the fridge until the next day and baked them in the morning, GOOD both times but the next day ones were stickier 🙂
3 cups of flour
6 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup white sugar
5 tbsp shortening or lard
1 1/2 cups of milk
2-4 tbsp of butter or margarine
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and white sugar, mix.
2. cut in lard, then stir in milk, you may need to finish mixing with your hands.
3. Flour a surface and roll out the cinnamon rolls in a rectangle type shape about 1 cm in thickness, this will take a bit of coaxing and flour.
4. with a knife, butter your dough, do not melt the butter, just butter with a knife gently.
5. mix brown sugar and cinnamon and spread over dough. Roll the dough up, cut (watch my video on an awesome trick for cutting them) and bake!
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees
A few people have asked me,where do I work from, a studio, office or if I work from home? Also is there more then one person making the jewelry? Who are you? Well I am Amanda Mackay
I solely run this website, I built it, I take all the photos myself, I promote the site, I write the blog, I make the jewelry, I ship and package it. This site and jewelry/bookmark/accessorie line is by, Me! Now let me correct that, I have had helpers, my step son who is 13 in December has helped me make items, my friends Amy and Holly who are also jewelry makers have also helped. They are my backup if I need help!
Here is my workstation, my dining room:
You can also see my latest quilt in this picture.
Why I started making jewelry? A few year ago I had many problems finding department store jewelry that fit my big ole neck, so I decided to make my own! A friend of mine Murielle Deon got me started and taught me all she knows. She was my biggest help! I took it from there and taught myself the rest, ventured into stamping, geocaching charms, bookmarks etc.
I live in Yarmouth, NS, I have a boyfriend and 2 step children that I adore, I love making anything myself, cooking, gardening, I love geocaching, photography and anything crafty! My whole family is a creative bunch, my dad is a knife maker, my brother creates chainsaw carvings http://mackaycarvings.com and my mother who tole paints, creates wreaths, and many other things.