Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lovely Decadance: Easy German Apple Pancake Recipe

Dan and I had a little sweet tooth yesterday evening after I snuggled into my fuzzy celestial pajama pants and made a cup of Tension Tamer tea with honey to soothe my evening to a relaxing close.  I got to thinking about the recipe my mother-in-law was telling me about for a German Apple Pancake.  This is not like the thin little pancakes you're used to, it's more like a big ole delicious apple cake.  She had been at Costco during the Black Friday shopping invasion and got a free cookbook they were passing out.  In this cookbook she found the recipe for this delicious apple cinnamon wonder and tried it at home.  She was raving about how simple and delicious it was, all made in the microwave, and I thought it sounded intriguing so I got online and found the Costco recipe myself.  After making sure I had all the ingredients I figured I'd give it a try.  She was right, it was super easy and really good.  I didn't have the Krusteaz pancake mix they suggested, but I did have an off-brand one that I used.  I had to add a little more water than the recipe called for to get the batter the right consistency, the Krusteaz brand mint be different, but it worked out great in the end.  I used a mandolin slicer to do the apples and that made it really easy to get them thin. 

My Apple Pancake and a cup of tea, both warm and delicious!  (Magic is Afoot mug available in my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/MickieMuellerStudio but you'll have to make your won Apple Pancake!)

The only problem is, now I have it in my house and I may just make it vanish little sliver by little sliver, oh well, it did warm our hearts and our tummy's last night.

German Apple Pancake

Apple topping
1/2 cup of butter (or margarine)
2 cups peeled, thinly sliced apples
1/4 cup sugar (or splenda)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Pancake Batter
1 cup Krusteaz Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

To prepare topping, place butter in a 9 inch microwave safe pie pan.  Microwave on high for 45-60 seconds.  Stir in apples, sugar and cinnamon.  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high 3-4 minutes or until apples are tender.

To prepare batter, place pancake mix, water, vanilla and cinnamon in a medium bowl using a wire whisk.  Pour evenly over the cooked apples in the pie pan.

Microwave uncovered on high 3-5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let stand 3-5 minutes. Place a plate on top of the pie pan and using hot mits flip it upside down onto the plate and remove the pie pan.  If you wish sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. 


Friday, November 11, 2011

Fairy Friday: Join Me For an Interview on Blogtalk Radio Tonight

Hi All! 

Well in 45 minutes I'll be doing an interview on Pagan Perspectives a Blogtalk Radio show!  I'm pretty excited to chat about art, magic, fairies, Voice of the Trees and who knows what else!  It should be a really good time, so I hope you can join me live at 6:00 PM central time, or listen later on at your convenience.

Sitting on a log, waiting to talk on Blogtalk Radio!


Had a great time with Rev. Sylvanis last night on Pagan Perspectives, we talked about art, fairies, creating oracle decks, music, inspiration and more!  He played some really excellent music too, it made me feel like he was listening at my art table because it's the kind of music I love to listen to while creating!  Also, congratulations to J.P. Plank for winning the Voice of the Trees deck and satin art bag giveaway!  Super nice people, and had a great time!
Here's the link, enjoy!



Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Night Magical Movie: The Secret of Moonacre

Who wouldn't love that gorgeous room?!

I recently spent some time with fellow fantasy artist Christine Bowman who is known for her enchanting mermaids, fairies, angels and wildlife art.  She also runs a wonderful business called Eco Emi mailing boxes of simply beautiful samples of earth and animal friendly all natural products to try, a great way to learn how to sift through the sea of green product to find the ones you love, so clever!  Christine, like myself, also loves to have either music or movies going while she creates and loves many of the same movies that I do.  Today, on this rainy November day I'm working on a piece far too large to fit on my old wooden art table, and I decided to watch The Secret of Moonacre a lovely film that was recommended to me by Christine.  It's a beautiful, opulent piece of cinema in the true tradition of the fairy tale.

Young Maria Merryweather's (Dakota Blue Richards) father has died, and leaves her a book in his will, a book that tells the legends of her family's history, "The Ancient Chronicles of Moonacre Valley."  Left orphaned she and her caretaker Miss Heliotrope (fabulously played by Juliette Stevenson) leaves London to live with her miserably cranky uncle Benjamin Merryweather to Moonacre Valley.  She soon learns that there is a long time feud going on between her family and the De Noirs who also live in the valley.  The house seems enchanted, and mysteries abound and nothing seems to be as it appears, she decides she must learn more about her family's history. 

She learns in the book of a story from hundreds of years ago about a woman who was so loved by nature that the moon granted her a gift of enchanted pearls that could see the truth in men's hearts.  The woman became known as the "Moon Princess."  The Moon Princess was of the DeNoir family and was to marry Sir Wrolf Merryweather.  When the princess showed the family the moon pearls on her wedding day, they all become greedy, jealous and possessive and the families are driven apart and a curse falls over the valley.  As Maria learns more she discovers that she must locate the pearls before the next full moon or the valley will be destroyed. 

This movie is like a living painting, the scenes, costuming and sets are nothing less than beautiful.  I love Maria's room at Moonacre Manor, the walls and ceiling entirely painted with murals, I would feel right at home there.  Every morning she discovers a new gorgeous dress and cookies waiting for her.  Tim Curry plays the Lord of the DeNoir family with his usual delightfully wicked gusto. 

The band of DeNoir youths that she encounters seem to have wardrobe reminiscent of goth versions of the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange, (but less crude of course, this is a PG movie after all!) I also just love the character of Loveday, the gorgeous, mysterious and reclusive lady who lives in a magical earth house with all of her animal friends. 

If you love a rich tapestry of mystery and magic with a fairy tale flavor, make a cup of tea and indulge yourself in this delightful film.

Monday Movie Featured Item:
Moon Goddess Wall Sconce, available in our Etsy Shop, made right in our studio!

This Moon Goddess wall sconce is an elegant decoration for any moon princess.  Even if you can't paint every corner of your room with magical moon murals, a little art can bring magic into your home.

This wall sconce is made of an iron frame with a 6x6 inch ceramic tile with my Moon Goddess art. We print the art right in our studio and then the print is heat pressed onto the tile and mounted in the iron frame. Hangs easily on the wall, and holds a tea light candle easily either in a tin or clear plastic cup. 

Bright Blessings!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fairy Friday: Sacred Source, Even Better in Person!

A box arrived the other day, and inside were my two Celtic Oak Fairy Plaques, my first look at the new line of hand painted limited edition plaques from Sacred Source!  I carefully opened up the carton and then opened one of the boxes containing the plaque, and even after having seen the pictures, I was floored.  If you think the pictures of this piece in their catalog and on the website look good, I'm here to tell you, you will be even more impressed seeing it in person!  Their artisans did such a great job creating this piece based on my artwork!  The sculpting and painting is exquisite.  I've tried my best to capture it here showing different angles so you can get the full effect of the work and detail.

I've sent energy for every one of these fairy plaques to bless the home she comes to rest in with vibrations of abundance an prosperity she carries a golden coin with the ogham for oak and an acorn for all the potential of growth and harvest!  I suggest waving her through some patchouli, saffron or your favorite prosperity incense to bless her and add a little extra magical boost before hanging her up!

I love how they did her face!
I can't wait to see the rest of the line in person, I'll share detail shots of them also as soon as I get my hot little hands on them!  :o)  Enjoy!

Even her little toes!

I have to figure out where I'm  going to hang mine...no probably not in the tree!  LOL

Fairy Blessings!