Remember the Devil’s Food Cake cupcakes? Last night we had them with mascarpone icing instead of ice cream. A few tablespoons of mascarpone, about 3/4 tablespoon of powdered sugar and an eighth of a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste–mix it well and watch it disappear. Seriously, someone is going to lick the bowl, it’s so good.
I made the cupcakes from Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake mix–with some serious Melissa P tweaks. These are more like Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes. I added one teaspoon of cinnamon and over one teaspoon of vanilla bean paste. They’re perfectly fine straight out of the box. I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.
It may have been the weather. It may have been the chocolate. Or it may have been the stack of Loulouthi waiting for my attention. Whatever it was, it motivated me to make this bag for my sister. This is my free pattern, the Movin’ and Groovin’ Bag.
I’m sure you aren’t surprised to see that I tweaked it a little too. I added fabric bands along the top and attached them with binding to match the bag body. And I widened the strap and added a decorative “ribbon” band using another print.
The bag closes with a magnetic snap instead of velcro. You can also see that I added a band to the lining. Okay…so I tweaked it a lot. I confess. I just get carried away when I have all these prints that want in on the action.
Today I switched gears completely. And I’m hoping you will decide to do the same. Scott at Blue Nickel Studios is collecting 10.5 inch squares to make quilts. These are for Bumble Beans Basic Quilt Gather. Here’s Scott’s post with details. And here is Victoria’s page on the project.
It doesn’t take any time at all to stitch up a 10.5 inch square. So grab some scraps and sit down at the machine for a few minutes. Don’t think about it. Don’t put it off until later. Like Nike says, “Just do it!” And if you need a nudge, grab a cupcake first.