“What is it?” #4 – the answer

Happy Friday, everyone, and a very happy welcome to our first 2011 spring weekend as well! Hooray! Our “What is it?” post this week received many, many guesses (click here to read them). Here is our full photo:

This French Fry cutter was picked up at an antique shop in Pennsylvania. The cutter pretty much sits quietly in the utensil drawer at home, but evokes memories of that trip when I see it.

See you next Wednesday with yet another puzzle!

Apple sauce Irish soda bread

Irish or not, your eyes will certainly be smiling when you taste this yummy soda bread. Made to share in celebration of  St. Patrick’s Day at our photo shoot today, this recipe was easy and quick, and baked itself to perfection! Irish soda bread traditionally has raisins in it, but this time dried cranberries were used in place of the raisins.

Even with all the expensive photography equipment available at the photo shoot, we still used a cell phone to take the picture! (“The best laid plans…”) A piece of the bread found it’s way into the styling for one of the photographs to appear in the August issue of Create & Decorate. A very productive loaf of bread!


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup low fat buttermilk  (if you don’t have buttermilk, see below*)

1/2 cup apple sauce

2 tablespoons margarine, melted

1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 8-inch round baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

3. In small bowl, combine buttermilk, apple sauce and margarine.

4. Add apple sauce mixture to flour mixture; stir until mixture forms a ball.

5. Turn out dough onto well-floured surface; with floured hands, knead (choice of) dried cranberries or raisins into dough. Pat into 7-inch round pan.

6. Place dough in prepared pan. Cut cross in top of dough, 1/4 inch deep with kitchen shears or a sharp knife. Lightly spray top of dough with nonstick cooking spray.

7. Bake for 35- 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert to release from pan, and turn right side up to cool completely on a wire rack.

* Noelle researched a terrific way to create your own buttermilk: Mix one cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, or lemon juice. Stir and let stand for 5 minutes. This is how I made the buttermilk for the Irish soda bread shown above.

This flavorful bread is worthy of baking the other 364 days of the year as well!

“What is it?” Wednesday #4

Ta-daaa! Here we are again—halfway to Friday. Noelle and I decided that we stumped too many of you last week, so we are hoping that we have made this week’s puzzle a little easier, and more fun for you to take a guess!

Well, what is it?

Leave your guess as a comment to this post, and we will (once again) post the results, and guesses, on Friday!

Budding Artist Scholarships

“Expression in words provokes thought, while expression in paint generates experience.” – Kristin Abraham

Do you know an art student that could use scholarship money to assist their creative learning? We all know how difficult it is to save for continuing education and college, and that every little bit helps, whether for tuition, books and supplies, or housing. We recently found out, that Krylon® Products is supporting the arts by giving back to the fine art community that has supported them for over 60 years. 

In 1947, Krylon® introduced the first aerosol clear protective acrylic coating. Today, their name is synonymous with fine art preservation and high-performance clear coatings, artist sprays and adhesives. This year, Krylon has announced their Third Annual Clear Choice Art Scholarships. The program will award $13,800 in money, grants and art supplies to future artists and their schools, including five $1,000 scholarships and five $500 grants for winners’ high schools.

“Krylon is proud to invest in and recognize the artists of tomorrow by awarding scholarships that help them pursue their dreams today while also meeting rising tuition costs,” said Katherine Merkle, Krylon brand manager. “To show our support for the artists and their high schools, each of the winners’ high school art programs will also receive a package of our artist sprays and adhesives, from which multiple students can benefit.”

The scholarship program is open to high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores in the United States and Canada. Students are required to submit a portfolio, artist’s statement, letter of recommendation and transcripts.

In addition to the $1,000 scholarships, the five recipients will receive a package of Krylon artist sprays and adhesives, worth approximately $120, for use in their work. Each of the high schools from which they will or have graduated from will be awarded a package worth $300. Ten additional students and their high schools will receive gift packages as well.

Scholarship applications are due by April 30, 2011. Recipients will be notified by July 15, 2011. To download the application form or for more information about the Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarships, visit www.krylon.com/art.

Be sure to view all of the inspiring artwork of the 2009 and 2010 scholarship winners on the site as well.

2010 Scholarship winner, Malliccaaii Green. Motherboard, Charcoal Pastel

“What is it?” Wednesday #3 – Answer!

If you recall, I did tell you that we were going to make the next puzzle more difficult. Well, Noelle and I obviously made this #3 game too intimidating because only three readers were brave enough to post a comment! Hmm… as Salvador Dali said, “Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” (That translates into “Don’t be afraid to guess, friends!”)

Here is the full photo of the image of the “What is it?” Wednesday #3 treasure found in a local shop.

Now to make things even more entertaining, if you own a treasure that you would like to share with our readers for our “What is it?” Wednesday game, please email your high resolution, digital photo to editors@createanddecorate.com. We would enjoy to use your items for future guessing game posts!

Remember to check the answers from our brave guessers!

Until next time!

“What is it?” Wednesday #3

Woohoo! It’s Wednesday, people! Halfway through the work week, and time to play the Create & Decorate “What is it?” game.

Well, what is it?

Leave your guess as a comment to this post, and we will (once again) post the results, and guesses, on Friday.

“What is it?” Wednesday #2: Results

Happy Friday! We know you are on the edge of your computer chairs waiting for the answer, so without further delay, here is the full image of our “What is it?” treasure #2:

Many of you guessed correctly—a vintage hand mixer!

Ok, friends, the gloves are officially off! We now know that your are too smart for us, and we have to challenge you even more. Just wait until the next “What is it?” Wednesday post…

Please check out all of the fun guesses you will find posted under our original close-up photo. Click here!

“What is it?” Wednesday #2!

Back this week (by popular demand!), is our “What is it?” Wednesday challenge. We have once again supplied you with a close-up photograph of one of our junking treasures. Are you able to stretch your imagination and solve our puzzle? To play along, simply leave a comment below with your guess. We will post your answers and the full photograph of the item this Friday. You gotta love a little midweek nonsense!

If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our ‘It’s “What is it?” Wednesday‘ post from last week.

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf

March is recognized in the United States and the United Kingdom as Women’s History Month. (As if we could fit credit to all of women’s contributions to this world into one month!) These 31 days are acknowledged worldwide to highlight contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

We all have women in our lives that may not have changed the course of historical events, but have certainly affected our paths. Mothers and grandmothers, educators and mentors, just to name a few. If you are so inspired, please leave a comment to share a moment in your lifetime in which a woman has played a part in affecting your path in an instrumental way. We look forward to your stories (click on link to read) and reflecting with you.

My grandmother, Pearl, 1964.

Learn more about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries by visiting http://womenshistorymonth.gov.