Monday, October 10, 2011

How to put your ereader or iPad in a book style cover

This how to article is for my buyers who have purchased a book style cover from me. Remember these covers are snug as we don't want the device to fall out so it is important that you ordered the correct cover for your device. The other thing is is that my covers are made to be used on their own. The fit may not work if you have any other hard case or skin on the device already.
Step one: I find that is is easiest to place the device into the two interior corners first. As you can see the next two corners are under the device and look difficult to impossible to put into place. Trust me they are not but at first it may seem awkward.

Step two: Take one of the unused corners and with your fingers tug the top triangle shape piece of fabric back. This might cause the corner of the cover to bend back; this is alright as I use a flexible interlining materials. You may have to use some force on it. Do not worry these corners have reinforced stitching.

Step three: you are going to repeat step two on the last corner. Sometimes this final corner can be a bit awkward because it will be the tightest. Think brand new fitted sheets on a bed. Just stay calm. Sometimes, I find it helpful to place the device and cover on a table and then while pulling the fabric back, using the body of the device and my fingers or fingernail to kind of push the fabric along and over that last device corner. The image below shows me doing that.

Step four: you should now have the device in the cover. yay! Practice this a few times and you will be able to take your iPad or ereader in and out of the cover with ease. If there is puckering of the fabric at the corners don't worry. It should eventually relax and smooth out. Sometimes, this occurs when the fabric was cut on the bias which has a bit more stretch than the straight of grain.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Coffeecake - a start of autumn treat

The Autumn season has started at least in name. In many areas the weather is starting to get that crisp fall edge to it. The leaves are turning color and starting to fall from the trees. I don't know about you but for me that signals that start of craving more robust homey type foods like roasts, casseroles, soups, stews, things baked with apples and pumpkin. For the last couple of days I have really been wanting coffeecake.

That was what I made this morning. There are lots of recipes for coffeecakes. Recently I found this one on the King Arthur Flour website for their Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake. It is soft and dense with a center layer of brown sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder (for color it doesn't add flavor). Then there is of course the usual cinnamon sugar topping. The recipe makes a big 9X13 coffeecake which is a bigger amount than I ever need to make. So this time I halved the recipe. The other change I'd make, in the future, is to add more butter to the streusel topping because I thought it was a bit dry.

Recipe: Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake
By: King Arthur Flour (original 9X13 inch recipe)

Joanna's half the recipe changes

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 plus tablespoons melted salted butter (I think I'd prefer a bit more butter than the 3 TBS next time)

Mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon, Add the melted butter and use a fork to work the mixture into a crumbly mix, set aside.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa (this is for color and wont add flavor)

Mix all ingredient in a bowl and set aside.

6 Tablespoons softened salted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1/4 cup plus about 2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
1 3/4 cup plus 2 table spoons all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350. Grease pan. you can use a 9 inch cake pan or because I worry that this is a lot of dough I use an oval pan that has deeper sides than most cake pans.
Cream together the butter, salt and sugars. Mix in the baking powder and vanilla. Add each egg one at a time mixing to combine after each on. Mix in the sour cream. Now add 1/3 of the flour and mix until just combined, add a 1/3 of the milk and mix until combines, repeat adding the rest of the flour and milk in roughly 1/3 increments until combined.
Add half the batter to your prepared pan. Sprinkle with the filling mixture. I ended up not using all of mine. Top with the rest of the batter. you can take a knife and swirl through the batter and filling mix to swirl it if you like. Top with the streusel topping.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until edges are golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool at least 20 minutes and serve. Goes great with coffee.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pre-Holiday Etsy Sale

Once again we are all sitting here on October 1st thinking about Halloween candy but soon it will be thanksgiving and shopping and presents for Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, and probably a bunch more winter time holidays. In an effort to help you get your holiday shopping done early I am having a one week sale in my etsy shop. Selected items, the current count is 99 things, have been marked down by 40%. This will be my best sale offer this holiday season. I have added handbags, messenger bags, laptop sleeves, wristlets, ipod pouches, covers for ipad, nook, kindle, and kobo all to a special sale section. There is no need to remember a coupon code as prices have been already marked down. Sale Ends October 8th at 12am PST.