Carrot Muffins: From the oven to the sketch pad

I love carrot cake! What I love more than carrot cake is carrot muffins! They are more easier to make and in my opinion they taste and look better! This was my first time I make those muffins, they attracted my artistic eye so bad that I had to paint them! Check the sketches at the bottom of the post.
  • 12 muffins approximately
  • 1 egg
  • 150 gr sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼  tea cup of orange juice/grapefruit works too
  • ¼ tea cup oil
  • ½ grated orange/grapefruit zest  
  • 2 full tea cups of grated carrots
  • 1 tea cup flower
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla aroma
  • 1 tea cup full of grated walnuts
  • ½  tsp  Cinnamon and Ginger  powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp Coconut flakes 
 For the cream:  
  • 1 packet (200gr) of natural cream cheese (Filadelfia or the cheeper one work fine as well) 
  • 125 gr Mascarpone
  • 5 Tbsp powder sugar 
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest 

Start with mixing all the “moist” ingredients: eggs,oil , the orange/grapefruit juice. Then add the sugar and the honey. Whisk them good but without using an electric mixer . 

Add the carrots and the zest. Mix all the ingredients well and add the “dry” ones last: flower, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla aroma, spices, walnuts, coconut.
Set the oven to 180ºC and bake 25-30 min. Leave the muffins to cool down.
Meanwhile you can start preparing the cream. Just mix all the cream ingredients in a ball using an electric mixer. You can use whatever decoration you have and want.

As I said I love carrot cake so I got really inspired and tried eating and painting at the same time. The result was : lots of colors and muffin decoration everywhere :D
But it was a fun experience. Stay tuned for my next cooking-painting experience. I take also requests!
P.S Pastries only! :-)

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FHT present in Etsy european captain summit: "A class reunion for Etsy team captains" Via Etsy UK

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A class reunion for Etsy team handmade and vintage goods

Photo by Marlen Müller
Story by halloemily
Published on Apr 17, 2014 in Seller Handbook
Blog_Authorenbild_EmilyOn a grey Saturday morning, 30 ladies climbed the stairs ofbetahaus in Berlin. Many of them had traveled from other countries and had never before met in person. They had one thing in common though: all of them were Captains of a European Etsy Team.
On March 15th and 16th those 30 Team Captains from Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Germany, France, the UK, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, and even Israel came to Berlin for Etsy’s very first European Captains’ Summit.

photo by Marlen Müller

Etsy Teams are groups of (mostly) sellers that either connect around a field of interest or their location. Find out more about Teams in our FAQs.
Being on a team is a win-win: it allows you to make friends and improve your business at the same time. (Francesca, Captain of Etsy Italia)
Through my team, I met some amazing people who now I can proudly call my friends. I also got a lot of moral support at times of need, good laughs during late nights and crucial help for my first steps on Etsy. (Nafsika, Captain of Etsy Greek Street Team)ETSY-TEAM-CAPTAINS-SUMMIT-gruppe3
photo by Marlen Müller
Teams are great resources, but the very best ones have great leaders. These leaders, called Captains, have the rewarding yet challenging job of bringing their team members together to make everyone better. This challenge was the topic of our Captain Summit, and the reason these 30 leaders came to Berlin for a weekend of Team work.
We are all dealing with the same issues, no matter on what side of the planet we are…and the nice thing is – there are many ways to deal with our challenges and I can learn from others’ solutions. (Limitz, Captain of Etsy Israel)ETSY-TEAM-CAPTAINS-SUMMIT-gruppe2
photo by Marlen Müller
It was a weekend full of brainstorming, group discussions, workshops – and fun!
At the summit, I learned that managing skills do not mean being bossy. I learned that a team can advocate for handcrafters’ rights and that Etsy is more than a place to sell, it is a group of friends, a community. (Jennifer, Captain of Finland Handcrafters Team)ETSY-TEAM-CAPTAINS-SUMMIT-promos
photo by Marlen Müller
Many captains presented projects that they had realized with their team and gave tips and inspiration to other teams.
Annabel from the Dutch Ka-Ching Collectief for example talked about her team’s experience with organizing pop up shops in Amsterdam. Hands popped up after her talk as the group of captains asked details about organizing inventory and marketing.
All captains acknowledged the challenge surrounding high postal prices, when Aisté from the Lithuanian Team gave some insight into how her team fought against a Lithuanian postal reform which would have made selling internationally on Etsy an impossibility.  Karli, a spirited captain from Brighton, talked about how to find the right partners in crime – leaders that will help Captains to run a team successfully, efficiently and make it fun. Her empathetic personal philosophy on recruiting the busiest people to be leaders for her team garnered laughs and approval.  And all captains learned a little bit more about the Etsy programs available to them when Nafsika explained how her Greek Team is really active inEtsy School (an educational program exclusively available for Teams) and hosted several workshops for new sellers to teach them about Etsy.ETSY-TEAM-CAPTAINS-SUMMIT-preso
photo by Marlen Müller
These are just a few of the many inspiring community stories that came up over the weekend. All of them illustrated what groups can do together.
Single-handedly we can achieve a lot but as a community we can achieve a whole lot more! The power of a community is huge and the possibilities for what an Etsy team can achieve are endless. I was hugely inspired by what other teams had achieved.(Rachel, Captain of the Dorset Etsy Team)

4 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring!

Spring is at our doorsteps and it is time to spring clean and spruce things up a little. But if you are finding that time is a luxury at the moment, don't let your home decor suffer because of that. Here is 4 quick and simple way to bring the spring right into your home in the shortest simplest way!

1) Change up your walls!

A coat of fresh new colour paint would be wonderful, but what if you just do not have the time to spend. The simplest way would be to change your wall art! May it be new paintings or wall vinyl, these are best ways to change up the way your room looks without worrying about the permanent effect. When summer comes around they could be whipped off the walls or repositioned to the new season.

Hello Pink by iSeeWonders, Wall decal quote: Enjoy the little things by MadeofSundays, Chikadees Flight by ColorfulSimone, Birth of Spring by behindmyblueeyes

2) New pillow covers

Pillow covers should be washed anyways, so what is better than to freshen up your home décor with some bright new cover while the previous ones are being washed. Choose the latest prints and colours or saying that best fits your moods in this season.

Set of two pillow covers by Tuuni, Cotton Pillow cover by MarikkaBiyana, Organic Cotton Pillow Case by LEMPIdesign, Linen Pillow Cover by BeanieonHelinaShop

3) Time to change your kitchen accessories!

A great way to refresh your décor is to get change up your kitchen accessories too. New functional designs has a great way of giving an uplifting change to your kitchen and enhancing tasks in the kitchen.
Tray Valjoliljat by NamiaDesign, Wool Felt Drink Coaster by aikafeltworks, Wooden Cutting Board by Somewherestore, Frolicking Flounder by VillaYlle

4) Add new small storage

Adding new storage in the latest season colours not only will brighten up your room, but also help you keep untidiness at bay. With the appropriate size and functionality, your room will be tidy and looking fresh, in no time!

MAJA Äimänkäki Round Basket by Äimänkäki, Linen-Cotton Tea Cozy 'Babushka' by StudioNille, Fabric Bin by Kotona, Black Crochet Bowl by Mairea