Sunday, January 13

A giveaway to start 2013.

I hope 2013 is treating you well.
I have quite a bit on my plate, I'm teaching two courses in Surface Design at NIFT this semester.The Fiber Book group on Stitchin Fingers has a fabric book page swap which I'm excited to be participating in.
 My Crazy Quilt Journal 2012 is a work in progress which I hope to complete and show you by the end of this month.
I intend to practise and hone my baking skills, try my hand at yarn bombing and I want to embroider atleast 12 cross stitched Santa ornaments by the end of the year. 
 I think having a giveaway on my first post in 2013 would be the perfect start to another wonderful year of interactions and collaborations which have enriched my life thanks to the awesomeness of this world of blogs.    
There are two macrame necklaces with oxidised silver charms to be won.
There's one with little silver fish and and the other with elephants.
So here's what I'd like you to do
Leave a comment on this post letting me know
1. which necklace you would like the fish or the elephants and
2. recomend a simple recipe which involves baking and produces fantastic mouth watering results OR point me to a cross stitch pattern for a santa ornament which will transform my x'mas tree .
Please see that there is an email id which will allow me to contact you should you win.
And finally could you visit the Million Little Stitches pages on Facebook and like it, I'd really appreciate the gesture.
On 26th January, the day we in India celebrate as Republic Day I'll pick the two winners.
The giveaway is open to all worldwide.

Here's to a wonderful week of learning and discovery.

28th January 2013
Hey Folks here are the winners of the giveaway.
Hueisei wins the Elephant necklace and Marta wins the Fish necklace.
Marta thanks for the prompt reply with your postal address, I'm waiting for Hueisei to reply. 

Thanks for the participation and for sharing tried and tested favourite recipes. Thanks to all those who liked my facebook page and made the number of likes swell.


hueisei said...

Happy 2013 to you :D
I love to win your giveaway. I love the fish. :D

Eco Mom said...

Wish you a wonderful, fruitful and creative New Year! :) The macrame necklaces are so beautiful! I'm more of an earring girl, so I won't pick one, but because I so love your idea, I'm going to participate anyway with a link to a simple baking recipe for Zucchini fries,,10000001831902,00.html. There's also a healthy vegan version of this (with pictures!) at Will check back to see others' suggestions as well! :D

Marta Brysha said...

I have searched high and low all my life for the perfect Apple pie recipe. I finally found it last year (see below). I have been an avid baker since I was 12 years old (35 years, yikes!), so when I say I have been searching all my life, I really mean it. The necklaces are both sweet, but the little fishes have caught my eye. I love your blog and always take a look as soon as you post something. Also, have been visiting your FB page as well. Happy blogging 2013

Apple pie

A traditional apple filling in a sweet and crumbly homemade pastry.
Ingredients (serves 8)
• 1 3/4 cups (260g) plain flour
• 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
• 185g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
• 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 tbs milk
• Demerara or caster sugar, to sprinkle
• Filling
• 8 large Granny Smith apples
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 45g unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp ground cloves

1. Sift flours and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Add butter and rub lightly into flour with your fingertips. Lift mixture high above the bowl as you rub, to incorporate air into the pastry and make it lighter. Continue until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir through sugar. Lightly beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon chilled water, then drizzle over flour mixture. Start to bring the dough together by cutting the liquid into the dough with a blunt knife, then form into a smooth ball with your hands, adding a little more water if necessary. Divide dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes.
2. To make the filling, peel and core the apples, and cut each into 8 pieces. Toss immediately with lemon juice in a large bowl, to prevent apples from discolouring. Place the butter and sugar in a large frypan over medium-low heat. When butter has melted, add apples and spices, then stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until apples have softened. Set aside to cool.
3. Roll out the larger pastry ball on a floured workbench to a 30cm circle (about 2mm thick). Roll pastry around rolling pin, then unroll over a 22cm metal pie dish. Gently press into corners and allow excess to overhang. Place filling in base with a slotted spoon. Roll the small pastry piece to a 25cm circle. Beat remaining egg with milk, brushing some on rim of the base. Top with small pastry.
4. Lift the pie dish and cut excess pastry from edges with a sharp knife. Crimp edges of pastry together with your fingers. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180°C, place pie dish on a baking tray. Brush top of pie with more beaten egg, sprinkle with demerara or caster sugar. Cut four small air vents in the centre of the pie and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Maya Sara Matthew said...

@Hueisei thanks for being the first to participate

@ Eco Mom (Ila)- Zucchini Fries will be the second recipe with zucchini in my cooking repertoire.

@ Marta - thank you for sharing your apple pie recipe that is very generous of you.

Kathleen said...

1. I love both necklaces but a bit on top would be the fish

2. Recipe is for whole grain vegan cranberry-nut muffins and it's outstanding.

Thanks for the interesting entry rules!!

Kathleen said...

1. Both necklaces are lovely but I favor the fish a bit.

2. Recipe is for whole grain vegan cranberry nut muffins. Absolutely delicious and so easy.

thanks for the interesting entry rules.