Sunday, June 20, 2010


They do when they taste like this.  This morning, I baked Glorious Morning Muffins for my husband.  D. is a wonderful Dad, kind, caring, patient and loving.  He and my teenage son play together as friends, but he is also firm when he needs to be.  I tell my son that my hope for him, is to grow up to be the same kind of Dad as my husband.  In fact, these muffins are a lot like him - sweet, hearty, unassuming, and healthy...ish. 
Give them a try for your favorite Dad.  (I guess I should make them for mine,too).
Sift together in a large bowl:
 2 1/4 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. ginger
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Stir into mixture:
2 cups grated carrot
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
In a separate bowl, whisk
3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
Pour this mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients.  Blend just until mixed, DO NOT OVERMIX.  Spoon into muffin pans until full (I use the fluted paper cups, because you won't have to grease the pan,  so clean up easy). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 - 16 minutes (the range is great, because cooking times vary.  It took me 18 minutes, but the way you tell if they are done is to sink a toothpick into the center and it should come out clean, with very few wet crumbs.  Plus, you'll know because the tops are nice and brown and they smell wonderful.  Feel free to add your favorite ingredients for extra flavor.  They'll be a hit with your Dad!
Happy Father's Day, to all the wonderful Dads in my life, including my Father-in-Law, because I am his favorite daughter-in-law, and with a very special Happy Father's Day to my own unique, smart and funny Dad, who I am so lucky to have in my life, and who loves to cook, just like I do!
Love ya', Dad!  Cheerio'!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Thank you for following my blog. As you can see, I have made some changes, which I think, I really like. But, I would love to know what you think. Do these changes work for the Armchair Studio blog?
  • Does it look more professional?
  • Does it look more eye-pleasing?
  • Does it make you want to read?
Does it make my photos stand out?  Please leave a COMMENT when you visit.  I appreciate you and your feedback.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


There are a few books I plan to read this summer, and one I want to finish.  I have a thing for first novels - I love to read them!  

  •    The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

  •     Girl with the Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

  •     Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

  •     The Feasting Season, by Nancy Coons (1st Novel)
 and I really want to finish:

  •     Queen of Beauty, by Paula Morris (1st Novel)
And I will definitely have to show off one of my new bookmarks, as I read and sip my dry cappuccino with my blueberry scone (available in my etsy shop)!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I've started doing some serious thinking about taking my online jewelry business global.  I love to travel, so my reluctancy has nothing to do with a lack of desire for different cultures.  On the contrary, that's the part of going global that really appeals to me!  My reluctancy is simply fear.  Fear of complication, fear of completing a customs form incorrectly, fear of something costing more than I anticipated, fear of something not arriving and having a unhappy customer halfway around the world.
But, after researching through the Etsy forums, I am beginning to wonder if I am missing out on a huge market that could be both rewarding, and lucrative. 
I do love chatting with artisans from other countries, why wouldn't I want to include them among my customers, as well?  I may have to plan a couple of visits to the post office to see if I can get a handle on this.
Follow me to see if I take the plunge...  


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