Thursday, May 30, 2013

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookie


Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies
These cookies are buttery and soft, and very simple to make. The coconut and lime are just hints of flavor. They are a twist on the basic sugar cookie, but sweet and tasty. 

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one large lime, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut
  • ½ cup sugar for rolling cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you haven't already toasted your coconut just put a layer of coconut on a cookie sheet and bake it at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Watch out. It goes from white to burnt really quick if you aren't watching closely.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
  5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and toasted coconut.
  6. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. I made mine too big and they ran together. These do spread quite a bit. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
  7. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks

Thursday, May 23, 2013

At Last Party Supply: The First Straw

Since 2007, At Last has been providing events and crafting with a glamorous touch. Over the years, the company has branched another section, offering the Party Supplies options to their clients at a discounted cost. Lead by the creative mind of Dianne Valladares, she proudly presents the newest At Last Party Supply for this summer. For example, the company sells straws in bulk. Straws are very popular, they are festive, and both cost and eco-friendly.

Here we have designed a Memorial Day/4th of July Facebook cover for the company, showcasing their straws and fun ways to use them in drinks. The bottom left corner is the logo, in the 'Facebook profile window' and the background image is the 'Facebook Cover image'. I was able to alter the cupcake lids to incorporate the new logo and matched the colors up to the patriotic theme, suitable for that summer time period. The logo itself is red and white, with a nod to the Coca-Cola font and a vintage and fun theme. Perhaps that will also change over time, with colors for the seasons.

Taking the new logo, and using the new products on the FB item order list, here is a new FB design for the cover. Basically, we have some light gradients used in the background and sticking to a basic red and white color palette. Simplicity sometimes is more effective in drawing in the eye. We also showcase actual product and the company logo on stickers, which are coming soon.

Check back at At Last Party Supply for more party needs!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Recipe: Toasted Ravioli

My Recipe: Toasted Ravioli
Love this recipe, I feel a sense of pride in sharing this recipe with all of you. I did not follow a recipe online. This is something fresh and new.

Bread crumbs: mix of home made from french bread, panko, plain crumbs and optional parmesean cheese, and herbs. Basically, use what you got lying around your kitchen.
Herbs: Basil, oregano flower, chives, (whatever you like) try to get some garlic in there, few pinches of salt, pepper, pinch of sugar. You could also use an Italian spice mix.
Dip: mix of egg & fresh herb like chives 

Then dip both sides in bread crumbs, put on baking sheet sprayed /wiped with cooking oil. Toast each side for 4 min at 400 degrees.
They will puff up inside if you overcook.
You can use the same breadcrumb mixture for chicken. Just use separate bowls and avoid cross contamination. 400 degrees in oven. Bake 4-5 minutes, then flip and bake another 5 minutes until cooked through.

Friday, May 17, 2013

My Carbonmade Banner

Check out my portfolio here courtesy of carbonmade:
So here is my banner. It is in the profile section of a member's account, and it is the image and link that appears in the searchable database. I wanted the image to integrate well with a black background, since that is the color of the website. I found the bright green and white popped off the page. The tea has no real significance, other than I just like it, and I like tea in general. I did not design the tea bags, but I manipulated them to layer on one another and cascade with proper lighting.

This is the original, the website automatically crops your photo. This is why I included both examples.
Carbonmade is a website which offers space for online portfolios at an affordable or free rate. Over 640, 000 portfolios are listed, and Paula Mazzoli is one of them. Please visit my site!

My blogger banner
You can find this banner on the bottom of my blog. I wanted to use my logo but in a more exciting way. I wanted the eye to be intrigued by the color and imagery. The manipulation of the imagery is taken from layers of portfolio examples that are overlapped by my contact information. The logo is now on a three-dimensional tilt, no longer flat, with shadowing behind it. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some Felt Food Sets: A Simple How-to

PM Felt proudly presents some of the work done by the creator and designer (me!) I use eco-friendly materials and custom create each item. I have several categories for felt food which includes, but not limited to: sweets and treats, fruits and feggies, breakfast dishes, and dinner dishes.
Click Here for a Felt Sewing Donut Tutorial

Felt Item List: Felt, embroidery floss, pen & paper
1. Create your template: Make a square, circle, whatever shape you like.
2. Cut the shapes out and use them as tracing templates onto pieces of felt. 
3. Sew the sides together, leave a gap to fill 
4. Fill with polyfill, cotton balls, spare felt
5. Sew the last side closed. Done!
6.Package up your goodies to give away or store. Store with like colors.

Monday, May 13, 2013

8-Bit Video Game Felt Toys: Tutorial and Template

8-Bit Video Game Felt
I made a matching game out of felt squares, with a fun theme of 8-Bit Video Games. They are stitched together with embroidery floss and eco-friendly felt and filled with a polyfill. These items are chosen from the Mario series on Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80s and 90s.

Mario Matching Game - black one side, item on other side - 2 of each or a la carte

To Make Your Felt Squares:

Sample Template for:  Mushroom / Star / ? Block Square 

Felt Square Item List: Felt, embroidery floss, pen & paper
1. Create your template: Make a square, and create your shapes. 
2. Cut them out of felt and stitch onto a square. 
3. Sew 3 of the sides second square to the square with design.
4. Fill with felt
(if creating a memory matching game, make sure all the backsides match & do not overstuff).
5. Sew the last side closed. Done!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Welcome At Last, Your Logos

I wanted to share my latest work, promoting the new branches of the At Last company with my designs and ideas. As of now, At Last is an events planning, party supplying, crafting company created and overseen by the CEO, Dianne Valladares. Dianne will take you under her wing as a client and confidant in your party planning needs, whatever they may be. She is making people's dreams come true, and I am helping her design dreams come true. My work for At Last is inspired by Dianne's ideas and input, which are both refined and enchanting.
I will be posting more for these sites as time passes, so check back often for updates and party planning needs. Dianne will be more than happy to assist you with purchases, planning, and other party needs.

Please take a moment and visit At Last on the internet: