Friday, April 19, 2019

Coconut Buttermilk Bundt Cake

  • 1½ cups (340 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups (600 grams) granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs (250 grams)
  • 3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder
  • 1 cup (240 grams) whole buttermilk  ***I used milk with 2 tbsp vinegar***
  • 2 cups (100 grams) sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and divided
  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (360 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) fresh lemon juice

  1. Spray 2 (9x5-inch) ***I used a bundt pan*** loaf pans with baking spray with flour. Line pans with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan. Spray pans again.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Beat in 1¼ cups (63 grams) coconut and vanilla. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  4. Place in a cold oven. Bake at 300°F (150°C) until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, coconut milk, and lemon juice. Drizzle glaze over loaves; sprinkle with remaining ¾ cup (38 grams) coconut

Thank you Bake From Scratch for always delighting us!

I am an Artist who carries a camera and I help people feel better with my wellness business. Instagram: @pattifridaywellness

Friday, April 12, 2019

Orange-drizzled sweet potato cake


small sweet potato
1 1/2 cups 
granulated sugar
2 tbsp 
orange zest, (about two oranges)
2 1/2 cups 
all-purpose flour
1 tbsp 
1/2 tsp 
2/3 cup 
1/3 cup 
fresh orange juice, strained (about 1 orange)


3 tbsp 
1 tbsp 
candied clementines, (optional)


  • Prick unpeeled sweet potato several times with a fork. Microwave on high until tender, turning halfway through, 5 to 8 min. Let cool 20 min. Cut in half and scoop into a small bowl. Mash until smooth. Reserve 1/3 cup and set aside.
  • Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 350F. Spray a 9×5-in. loaf pan with oil.
  • Rub sugar and orange zest in a medium bowl with your hands to release the natural oils. Whisk in flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Whisk eggs, oil, 1/3 cup reserved mashed sweet potato and orange juice in a large bowl. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Scrape into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until a tester inserted into centre of loaf comes out clean, covering with foil if top browns too quickly, 60 to 65 min. Allow loaf to cool for 10 min in pan. Remove to a rack to cool completely.
  • Glaze: Whisk marmalade and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Brush loaf with glaze, then decorate with candied clementines.
Kitchen Tip: To make candied clementines, thinly slice 3 clementines into 1/4-in. rounds. Remove any seeds. Boil 1/2 cup each water and granulated sugar in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, then carefully add clementines. Simmer until slices look slightly translucent, about 20 min. Remove from heat, let cool in syrup before using.
Kitchen Tip: To make a round cake, increase canola oil to 1 cup. Pour batter into a parchment-lined 9-in. round baking pan. Reduce baking time to 50 min.


Calories 418, Protein 6 g, Carbohydrates 62 g, Fat 17 g,Fibre 2 g, Sodium 235 mg.
Thank you Chatelaine Magazine for always delighting us!

I am an Artist who carries a camera and I help people feel better with my wellness business. Instagram: @pattifridaywellness

Meraki Spring Artisan Show in Nottawa Ontario Easter Weekend April 20th 2019

If you are looking for a family/girlfriend (FUN) experience on Easter weekend, look no further than the Meraki Artisan Show in Nottawa Ontario on April 20th!  

While you could fill your day with activities such as kite flying, hiking, nibbling on hot cross buns, hiding chocolate or wearing your finest pastel kissed hat - this artisan show will be one to remember!  

Founder Sherri

Founder Michelle

Q&A with Meraki Founders Sherri and Michelle!!!

Q: When did you fall in love with design?

S:  Fell in love with design at a young age....maybe 5 years old when my Mum taught me sewing and crochet.

M:  As long as I can remember I've been admiring the accent jewelry people were wearing.  Every piece tells a story but it wasn't until I got into my mid 20s that I started to create my own pieces. Add in some interest in the healing arts, (sacred) geometry and numerology.....

Q:  Describe your creative work?

S:  My knitwear is usually multi-functional - a scarf can be worn as a wrap - dress it up or dress it down.  My jewelry is an attempt to honor antique and vintage pieces by rescuing damaged bits and reworking them into a modern whimsical design.

M:  It's all a blend of stone energies enhanced by the power of numbers and a hint of personal style (hopefully) appealing to the eye.

Q:  Coffee or Tea?

S:  Tea. 

M:  ☕☕ Always coffee!

Q: What is the perfect cake?

S:  The perfect cake is one shared with amazing friends after a delicious meal and a fabulous wine.

M:  A no-calorie chocolate shared with great friends!  Ha Ha!

Q:  What advice would you give new art business people?

S:  Be you.  Don't compare yourself to others...Just do you and never give up your passion.

M:  Follow your passion.  It's all a learning process.

Q: Favorite Artists/Designers?

S:  Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Kaffe Fassett, Frida Kahlo and Camille Claudel

M:  Nature.  Susan Seddon Boulet. 

Q:  How did you meet each other?

S:  Haha!  I bought a wrap at a show....then ordered another. We clicked!

M:  I believe at a show.  Sherri bought a bracelet but solid connections formed after a custom order.

Q:  How did Meraki come to life?

S:  After many visits and discussions over coffee and tea, we realized between us we could tackle our own show...curated and artisan only.

M:  Over a number of visits and chats that led into talking about lack of 'artisan only' shows in the area (at the time) - a small joking comment...."Maybe we should do one." - Followed by a thoughtful pause and here we are - into our 3rd year!

Q:  If you were about to host a dinner party, which 10 people would you invite?

S:  My Mum, Neil Young, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Michelle, Salvador Dali, Janis Joplin, A handsome singing guitar playing Scotsman and Irving Penn.

M:  Trick question. I'm an introvert! LOL!  So many possibilities:  Would have to go with my parents, Hubby (obviously) and my closest the mix are great storytellers, musicians and travellers. What's better?

Q:  Why should someone attend Meraki Market?

S:  This is Meraki's 3rd year!  I feel in that short time we have brought together a beautiful community of very talented Artisans.  It's amazing how much local talent we have in the Georgian Triangle and outlying areas.  Many visitors to our shows come back for the next show and the one after that and so on.  Visitors to a Meraki event will find unique handcrafted pieces and makers who are passionate not only for what they do but also passionate about their community. 

M:  Meraki is a growing community of Artisans/Makers.  People coming to Meraki are supporting local.  Handcrafted.  Small businesses are connecting with others thus strengthening the ties of community all the while indulging in OOAK (one of a kind) to decorate some aspect of their lives. 

Spring is definitely in the air. The robins have returned and the trees are starting to bud. It's time to refresh both our selves and our homes.
30 Artisans/Makers/Creators have been busy putting their all into bringing the finest selection of handcrafted work.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
10 AM – 4 PM

Admission is FREE!*

Celebrate Spring with a curated collection of incredibly talented local Artisans, Makers & Creators.

*****Spring Treat Bags for our first 100 visitors*****

Our guest GTHS will be on hand with information about the worthy cause and excepting your thoughtful donations.

*Admission is FREE - Georgian Triangle Humane Society is the charity we partner with and volunteers will be on hand greeting visitors and graciously accepting donations of animal food, blankets, paper products such as tissue and paper towels. Monitory donations are always welcome as well. Past shows have been very successful for the GTHS.

List of Featured Artisans:

Moonshine Mama`s -
Abbey's Sweet Treats ( Abbey's Sweet Treats )
Beards and the bees
Crooked Tree -
Pure & Lavish Soaps
Dancing Frog Studio ( Dancing Frog Studios )
Nancy & Mike R - homemade jams/jellies
Georgian Jewelry creations
Deezine ( DEEZINE Upcycled Clothing )
Taylor Made Designs ( TaylorMade Designs (Tracy Taylor) )
For Me First ( )
Macramé Magic
Germinate ( )
By Sherri Ann ( By Sherri Ann )
Tree Crows in a Tree Woodworking -
Wrightridge Farms - maple syrup & products
Spirited Earth ( Spiritedearthdesigns )
Teal Tree Glass Designs ( Tealtree glass designs )
Dirty Leather Work (Dirty Leather Work )
Creekside Solar Garden Lights( Creekside Solar )
2outsidethe box - 2OutsidetheBox
Wing it by William - bird houses, small decorative houses
Wool & Silk Inspirations ( Janet's. Wool & Silk inspirations )
Henna Creations - Henna Creations
Blingers and Thingers - Blingers and Thingers
Two Acre Farm - Two Acre Farm
Artisan By The Bay - alcohol ink on ceramic tiles, trivets & coasters
Willow Tree Collectables - Lavender eye pillows handstamped with fun words.

Food Truck on site too!!! YUM!!!

Meraki Facebook 

About Patti Friday:

I am an Artist who carries a camera and I help people feel better with my wellness business. Instagram: @pattifridaywellness

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