10 December 2022

Garlicky Roast Mushrooms


 Enjoy them on their own as a meat-free meal with a green salad.

Or present them as a sidekick to your next steak meal.

Super quick to whip up, you'll be devouring them in 15 minutes!


To make it, you will need:

6 portabello medium-size mushrooms.


Trim the stalks.

Place in a non-stick baking dish.


Dice 2 cloves of garlic and finely chop 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme sprigs.


Sprinkle over the tops of the mushrooms.


Mix 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 5 Tablespoons of olive oil.


Drizzle over the mushrooms.


Grind seasoning of salt and pepper over top and place in a preheated oven heated to 180 degrees Celcius.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.


Serve immediately.


I served mine as a main meal with a bacon, chicken and vegetable stir fry.

You can enjoy them on their own with toasted sourdough bread for breakfast.

Or they are delicious with steak and coleslaw.

#mushrooms #sidedishes #healthyfood

1 December 2022

Pretty Pressed Flower Vase

Pressed Flower Craft

Homemade gifts are always wonderful to receive, so here is an idea for gifting.

You can place the pressed (not dried)  flowers onto any glass object.

I have used a preserving jar that has a nice shape with square faces.

Pressed Flower Craft

The first thing you need to do is gather the flowers.

Select various flowers and leaves.

And more than you need in case of any pressing fails.

This does happen!

 This technique is the old-fashioned way where you use a book.

Just like we did when we were kids, before the invention of flower press contraptions.

Pressed Flower Craft

Just place the flowers and leaves between two pieces of newspaper.

Insert in the book.

Do this with all the flowers and leave a gap of about 10 pages between every insertion.

Pressed Flower Craft

Make sure you use an old unwanted book as the moisture may ruin the pages.

Pressed Flower Craft

Put the book in a warm place. 

Pressed Flower Craft

Add more weight by piling more books on top.

Leave for two weeks.

Pressed Flower Craft

Then carefully remove it from the newspaper and place them on a white sheet of paper so you can see what you will have to use.

Pressed Flower Craft

Pressed Flower Craft

On the side of the clean glass vessel, Spread a layer of Mod Podge glue.

Pressed Flower Craft

Place your flower design onto that.

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Leave to dry.

Then proceed on around the jar or on one face - that is entirely up to you.

Leave to dry once more.

Pressed Flower Craft

Then place a final coating of modpodge on all the flower areas.

Dry for two days.

Pressed Flower Craft

Seal with clear spray sealer.

Dry again.

There is quite a bit of drying time involved, but it really is worth it in the end!

You can use dried flowers, but I find pressing for a few weeks is sufficient.

The glue seals any moisture left in the flowers as does the sealer.

Pressed Flower Craft

To finish I tied a simple thin rope bow at the neck of the jar.

Pressed Flower Craft

Fill your vessel.

I have placed a bunch of garden flowers into my jar.

But you could display dried flowers in the vase.

And tied a simple twine bow at the neck of the jar.

Fun to create, this is a lovely homemade gift, or keep it for yourself.

#flowercraft #DIYgifts

22 November 2022

Cinnamon Xmas Tree Decorations

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

 Delicious aromas of cinnamon permeate the air in your home when you decorate your Christmas tree with a few of these DIY decorations.  

To make about seven decorations 3 inches in diameter all you need is the following:

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

 1 cup of cinnamon

3/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce plus 1 more heaped Tablespoon.

And 3 Tablespoons of white PVA glue.

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Mix all in a bowl and knead well until a dough is formed.

The more you knead, the better the consistency.

Sprinkle more cinnamon on the bench and roll with a rolling pin or press out into a circle that is 1/2 inch thick.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

Cut the circles using a glass.

Or use shaped cookie cutters.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

Or press a design into the dough.

I used icing shape cutters.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

Use a nail or straw to make a hole for the hanger.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

Slide a spatula under the dough.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

 Place the ornament gently on a baking paper-covered tray.

Bake in a 180 degrees oven for 20 minutes.

Leave to cool overnight.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

Add a string or ribbon then hang it on your tree.

Or as in my case my upcycled bat branch from the Halloween decor.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

I added mini pearl lights to the branch tree and added a single wooden deer ornament.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

To finish it off, a pair of ceramic white deer standing in the front is surrounded by wooden heart lights.

Simple, but perfect.

cinnamon Christmas ornaments

And oh my!

The cinnamon ornaments make it smell like 


Grab a cuppa, and visit

 my Fine Art America gift store


'Tracey Lee Cassin Design'  

#cinnamondecorations #diychristmas 


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