Nothing But Honey Bundt Cake

A little of this a little of that and you have a honey of a bundt cake!  This is one of my most asked for recipes.  It is a cake that can be made in advance and refrigerated until the party begins.  It takes a few ingredients from your pantry and an orange.  You will love this comfort cake especially this spring, with resources limited and we are all craving a bite or two of something sweet.

It had a hint of honey and orange, and the fragrance made my kitchen smell like my favorite Tea & Honey candle.  Oh my gosh I was in heaven.  It only took about an hour to make and because it isn't too sweet, it would be a perfect cake for a brunch too.  Again the secret to this cake is the pudding in the mix and the Honey Orange Glaze that is brushed over the cake. This extra hint of flavor sends it over the edge.

To make this cake you will need....

Nothing But Honey Bundt Cake

One Yellow Cake Mix
One Small Package of Vanilla Pudding
3 Eggs
1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Cup of Water
1 Teaspoon of Real Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 Orange
3 Tablespoons Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixer add the cake mix and pudding packet.  
Add eggs, oil, water, vanilla, and sour cream.  Mix together. Zest the rind of the orange and add to the batter.  Squeeze the juice of the orange into the batter and mix together.  Add honey.

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.  Tip over and tap the bottom to release the cake.   Let cool while you make the glaze.

Honey Orange Glaze

1 Cup of Sugar
3/4 Cup of Water
3 Tablespoons of Honey
Juice of one Orange

Add ingredients and bring to a boil for 3 minutes. 
 Brush onto cake with a pastry brush.  Let soak in while you make the frosting.

Cream Cheese Orange Frosting

4 oz. of Softened Cream Cheese
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar
Juice and Zest of One Orange
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3-4 Tablespoons of Milk

Add all ingredients in a mixer and whip on high.   Add milk a little at a time until you get a smooth consistency.  With a large spoon drizzle the frosting over the cake in a back and forth motion to cover the cake.  Sprinkle with a little orange zest.  

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Salvia & Grace Flourish Wildflowers

What a crazy time in our lives with the drastic changes to our everyday hustle and bustle do to the illness that is affecting most of the world.   Most of us are being asked or compelled to stay indoors, our ability to work has been altered, and for sure we miss the association with family and friends.  We were in California when the state cancelled everything, then our home state of Utah closed down...and then more and more.  By the time we came home, we we felt lucky to find food in four different grocery stores and even more fortunate to have a box of toilet paper from Grove on our doorstep.

After unloading our van, which was loaded with 600 kits for our California Pinners classes (which didn't happen) and cleaning the house from top to bottom, we both took a deep breath and our hearts felt heavy.  Heavy for everyone whose lives have been changed, and especially for those who are sick and lost.   It took a day or two to get into a new rhythm.  Mike had to restructure a few of his remodeling jobs and I had to cancel most of my teaching/workshops for the spring.  And once that was through, all I wanted to do was go pick up this Flourish embroidery hoop with all of it's warmth and familiarity and stitch.

Hand stitching is a comfort to me.  I picked it up as a single mom years ago, and stitched my way to sanity and a little joy with each piece I worked.   I have found that when life gets turned upside down, finding something you love to do with your hands that is simple and familiar can settle what seams out of control.  It seems like each stitch is one thought going up through the fabric of consciousness and then back through the cloth and out of mind.  

I have been working on our Flourish Wildflower Embroidery Hoop for two years, which makes if even more loved.  Slow stitching at it's best.  This month's flower is the Salvia which is a member of the Sage family and it represents the virtue of grace.  I though about how grace fits into this time in our lives.  If you take the meaning of grace as being accepted for where you are, loved for who you are, and acceptance.  It makes perfect sense this value is something we all need right now.

Each of us has been affected by the virus that has changed our world, and we all handle it in different ways at different times.  One moment we feel energetic to make a difference and the next we can feel like the world is heavy on our shoulders.  I have to admit, high stress slows me down, until I get back in a grove.  I accept this about myself.  I refuse to judge myself for the feeling that weigh my heart down at moments.  I choose to give myself a little grace, forgive the negative thought and choose a better way.  It is all grace...all love.

When I went to stitch this sample, I decided to through a curve and add thin silk ribbon to the varied blue blossoms instead of embroidery floss.  I wanted a little extra texture to the Lazy Daisy stitches, and I am happy with how it turned out.  You can watch a highlight video on my Instagram on how to stitch them with silk OR you can go to the Tweetle Dee You Tube Channel and watch how to stitch the Lazy Daisies with floss.  Either choice will be beautiful.

The stem was a simple Back Stitch with a variegated floss which I then wove a secondary thread through each of the stitches to give the stem a little extra texture.   

The leaves are a little different.  If you look closely at the leaves of the Salvia flower they have delicate little "barbs" of them.  So, I created a base for both leaves with a Satin stitch across the width of the leaf, following the shape to the points.  Once that was filled in, I made simple stitches up the center to create the "vein", then I made long straight stitches from outside the satin stitched edge into the center to meet up with each of the straight stitches.  

This created the little "barbs" and added a little something extra.  The thread I used was a varigated pearl cotton type thread from Sue Spargo  called Eleganza Bird's Eye.  I love her thread collection for embroidery.  The way her pearl cotton is woven creates quick color variations and it is silky smooth to embroider with.  Plus, let's talk about the dimension it brings to my embroidery!  No other floss can give the umph.

The silk ribbons I used were from a company named Thread Nanny.  They offer collections of thin dyed silk ribbons that come on spools.  This is helpful because it eliminates some tangling and ware that comes when suppliers "bunch" up their ribbons.  Pulling their ribbon off a spool makes it smooth and straight, ready for stitching.  

Of course, the word "grace" is stitched in Ecru DMC Pearl Cotton and is made with a simple back stitch...tiny stitches needed to get around the curves.  

To download the patter for the Salvia & Grace Flourish Wildflower, right click on the image and print it OR you can trace it right off of your tablet screen onto your fabric with a Pilot Frixion Pen.

I speak for both of us in wishing you all the love, protection, and blessings you need to get through this health situation.  If you need a virtual hug, reach out to us through a DM or email.  We love you and thank you for your support for our little home business.  It was created out of love and we hope you find some inspiration and hope here.

Keep celebrating, dreaming and creating  

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Pansy Petal Embroidery

There are a few flowers that thrive in the coldest temperatures to summer's heat, but none as sweet as the little  Pansy Petal Embroidery  For a flower with such delicate petals and leaves, it is the first bloom in flower beds as the snow is beginning to melt.  I can plant it knowing it will thrive no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.  

Then there are the colors.  So many different shades and combinations of color.  Even the stems and leaves vary in their shades of green.  So, when I was wanting to stitch a spring floral onto my hand-dyed stitching cloth, with it's shades of grey and lavender, the little pansy was my first choice.  Each of our naturally hand-dyed stitching cloth pieces is batch dyed using plants, nuts and seed to get a vintage soft appearance to the cloth.  This allows for the colors of the embroidery piece to stand out.

We now have this Pansy Petal Embroidery Kit and Pattern available in Our Shop.  Our patterns include the artwork, stitching guide and suggested colors as well as how to instructions.  Our kits include the pattern, hoop, stitching cloth, batting, floss, needle, scissors and marking pen.  Basally, everything you need to complete the project is sent in one darling little bag.

One of my most loved jobs at Tweetle Dee is drawing in black and white a floral or element and then adding the colors.  With this design, I began with blending the flosses into one beautiful variegated strand and then the black and white came along.  So, a little backwards, but if you know me well, you know I am a very unconventional designer and am happy in the end because I never follow the rules.  

My only rules are that is has to look well-loved, and be what came out of my heart and mind.  If you haven't tried one of our embroidery kits, you should!  All of the stitches are super simple and rewarding too.  Our YouTube Channel (link in the sidebar) as hints for how to start as well as demos for the different stitches.  We would love to have you join us on the channel and try something new or again.  

We love you...we think you are all the most awesomeness friends and we love creating projects that are simple enough to do in a day or two and are beginner, yet beautiful. Thank you for reading our blog, shopping Our Shop, coming to our classes and sharing us with your friends.  We have been blessed by each of you.  I hope you have a fabulous week and go try something new today, celebrate a history, dream big and know we are cheering you on.

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