Highclere Castle

Made famous by Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is one of the most impressive estates in England. To learn more about the history of the castle, see http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/



Cheesecake Recipe

From www.allrecipes.com. This is the best cheesecake recipe I have made, it tastes just like what you would get at the Cheesecake Factory. Rich, delicious, and easy to make.

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Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Ready In: 7 Hours 30 Minutes

Servings: 12


15 graham crackers, crushed

2 tablespoons butter, melted

4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3/4 cup milk

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup all-purpose flour


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.
3. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.

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Homemade Frappuccino

*Emily’s Homemade Frappuccino-87 Calories*

Okay, so starbucks wasn’t around in the 50s, but coffee sure was. Here’s a frappuccinio that won’t use up all your vintage crafting money (with less than half the calories)!

What you need:

-1 Starbucks Via [5 cal]

-If the VIA it’s not a mocha flavor add 1 tbsp of powdered chocolate. [12 cal]

-1/2 cup 1/2% milk [30 cal]

-1 Tsp vanilla extract or syrup [12 cal]

-1.5 Tbsp white sugar [25 cal]

-8-10 ice cubes

Total calories: 87 (compare to Starbucks: 190 for a tall)

Blend to taste. Add whip if desired.

(For variety: Experiment with hazel, cinnamon, and other chocolate syrups to replace the vanilla.)

**My camera is currently out of order, so until I can get a picture of my creation I had to borrow a photo from cookingforseven.com

Use buttons as wax seals– Find unique buttons with embossed images (I chose British crests), rub vegetable oil over the button, and press into sealing wax for 3-5 seconds. Easy as that!

Children’s Storybook Art

Sometimes I have days where I feel artsy and want to sketch, but I don’t have the motivation to complete intricate or realistic drawings. This is my solution: Children’s art. I search through our bookshelves of children’s books and find one that sparks a sweet childhood memory. In this instance I choose the lovable Peter Rabbit. [A very vintage subject. Peter Rabbit was illustrated and published in 1902 by Beatrix Potter.] All it took was a few minuets of sketching. Then, I grabbed a box of my favorite medium for storybook art: chalk pastels. I used chalk layered with colored pencil for the finished product. I absolutely LOVE chalk pastels because they are so flexible. I can smudge them, erase them, blend them– anything I want! And they are wonderful for creating a soft and vintage tone.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I had to take them with my ipad due to a broken scanner and dead camera battery. [I use my iPad for almost all my projects, and I love it. But I still despise the camera.]

Wood Silhouette Box

I just finished this project as a last minute gift idea for a friend. I thought it would be a good first project post! It’s super simple, and takes less than an hour to complete.

Box Lid:

  • wood box [I found mine at Michaels for $4.99]
  • Image for silhouette [I actually took my friend’s cute artwork and made it into the silhouette I used for her box!]
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Scotch tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Black pen
  • Tracing paper
Step 1: Size image to fit your box, and enhance the colors so the lines are more visible.
Step 2: Trace the image with tracing paper and cut out shape with scissors. [Use an exacto knife for inside edges.] Use double sided tape to attach silhouette to box.
Step 3: Tape around the box’s edges.
Step 4:  Outline artwork with black pen. [Be sure to test the pen on a piece of wood that will be covered by paint. Ink, especially from sharpies, can bleed causing unpredictable lines.]
Step 5: Remove silhouette outline and paint the top of the box. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape from the edges.
Inside Lining:
  • Scrapbook paper [To match the lid design, choose a paper with a contrast color the same shade as the wood.]
  • Tacky glue
  • Old paintbrush
Step 1: Cut a piece of scrap booking paper to fit the inside dimensions.
Step 2: Use the paint brush to spread tacky glue across the bottom, place the paper inside and press down.

Silhouette artwork credit: Madisyn Tilford (c) 2012

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