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DIY: Spray Paint Botanical Art

There is no doubt that the urban jungle and plants in general have been trending for some time now. Everyone loves plants and flowers! That is why I was inspired to create a very easy to make botanical art print that is truly a budget DIY. You only need white paper in your favorite size, a can of spray paint in a nice color and a branch that you can find on your next walk with leaves in shapes that you like. With this simple procedure you can make plants imperishable. Very gentle reminders. Nature-Art Prints-DIY-cattledogs-KerstinR-April16 (1)

Honestly, when I tried it out the first time I was excited about the very fast result because I expected it to be a little more complicated. I've tried it a few more times since and have loved to experiment with different colors, branches and paper sizes. In only a few moments, you can create your very unique art prints. Hang them up with masking tape in a mix with other prints and photos or give it a frame and you get a very high-quality looking art print. Why not sign the lower right corner to make it a true original work? Maybe you have fun to make some gift cards with this method. Do you have other ideas for use?

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Some tips I can give you... * Keep the spray can not too close to the paper - the plant will blow away and create to many strong color points. Keep a good distance. * Use newspaper to protect surface or lay paper in a large box and remove on side, spraying in from the open side * Please do this outdoors, it's not good to inhale paint fumes the house will hold the terrible smell for hours. * Do not smoke while crafting! I hope you already know that though! * Wear an old t-shirt and shorts, something you wouldn't mind getting paint on. * Don't overdo it with the paint, go for light and airy * Don't tape the sprig or flower to the paper because then the tape outline will show! * Buy good quality spray paint, like Liquitex, or in Germany "Do It Spray" or (which also has very pretty colors) * Shake the can for the suggested amount of time on the can, or even longer! Then the spray is fine and even and won't come out in chunks or drips!

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Or try in soft pink...

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I wish all of you an amazing May! For me, one of the most beautiful months of the year. I'll return in June with another simple DIY for you to try. -

(Photography, Text, DIY, Styling: | Editor: Holly Becker)

Sour Cream + Goat Cheese Tartlet Recipe
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Hi everyone, I can't wait to share this yummy recipe with you today because it's perfect for Spring and Summer entertaining on the patio or for picnics. Cherry tomatoes would have to be one of my favorite veggies. Baked with chicken, in salads, to snack on – you name it! And heirloom cherry tomatoes are one sure way to brighten up any dish with an array of colors. This month I wanted to create a simple savory treat of goats cheese and cherry tomatoes. Originally I was playing around with an almond and hazelnut meal tart base recipe that I’ve made before, except it was way too crumbly without a baked filling. As this recipe didn’t have a baked filling I had to abandon the idea and fall back on my go to pastry recipe. Rachel Korinek | Two Loves Studio

Now I’ll be honest, this did make me feel a like a little bit of a failure. Working as a food photographer and constantly surrounding myself with amazing creatives and foodies, not to mention the easy reach of tantalizing recipes on social media, I can get caught up in the pursuit of ‘out-doing’ myself with each new idea.

Rachel Korinek | Two Loves Studio

Then it occurred to me that this isn’t what cooking and sharing recipes is about. I’m just a humble home cook, who sometimes has wins and sometimes doesn’t. I’ve made meals where my hubby and I both look at each other and think, well that was average! But it’s food that we get to eat together. We’re lucky enough to have that perspective on food. We don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from and have the luxury to make something else if my ‘nut meal’ base doesn’t work! ($12 worth of nuts of edible nothing!)

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Recipes should also be simple and accessible. If you don’t have the skills or desire to make pastry, or lack the confidence, is there anything wrong with buying pre-made pastry cases? I don’t think so. Joy should be in the process of cooking, and if we try and fail, it’s nice to have a back up plan up your sleeve.

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Now this recipe can be interchangeable with a good feta if goats cheese isn’t to your taste. Truffle oil is also an acquired taste for some, so please feel free to substitute with olive oil if you wish. (I love truffle oil with cheese dishes. I make a wicked white sauce for mac and cheese with truffle oil. Maybe I’ll make that for you one day).

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I’m a big believer in using what you have, so try to use the mini tart tins/muffin trays/pie tins that you have to make this recipe. The dough and filling will make 10-12 (6.5cm x 2.5cm deep mini tartlet cases) or 6 (12cm x 2.5cm deep tartlet cases, you may just need to spread the filling sparingly). It’s preferable to use something with removable bases, but if you grease up the tin enough you shouldn’t have any problems. Heck, you can even buy those disposable little aluminum pie cases if that’ll make your life easier. If you’re feeling adventurous make a pastry boarder, or don’t. I won’t judge you. Better yet, enlist the help of a friend who can teach you. (I had some help making these tart cases. There I said it. There’s no harm in sharing the love right?).

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Ingredients BASE 250g plain (all purpose) flour 150g butter, cold and cubed pinch sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg, room temperature 1 tablespoon cold milk

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FILLING 1 cup sour cream 120g goats cheese, crumbled 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons truffle oil 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/4 teaspoon cumin

1 punnet, (250g approx.) heirloom cherry tomatoes, quartered ¼ cup fresh chives, diced to garnish

Salt as needed

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METHOD On a clean and dry surface, heap the flour and make a well. Place butter, sugar, salt and egg into the middle. With clean hands, gently squeeze the butter between your fingertips, drawing in flour little by little along with the rest of the ingredients to cream them together. Keep drawing in the flour until the mixture starts to form a grainy texture. Add the cold milk and incorporate gently until the dough begins to form. Once the dough begins to hold, work the dough by kneading it a few times until smooth. (Make sure to not overwork it).

Preheat the oven to 180C.

On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 2mm thickness. Using a plate as a guide (a plate larger than your tart case), cut out 6 large or 10-12 (see notes) rounds and line your tartlet cases. Rest in the fridge for 20 mins. Remove from the fridge, prick base with a fork and blind bake for 10 mins, then remove your baking beans or liners and bake for another 5-10 mins until golden. (Be sure to watch the tartlets in the last 10 mins as different sized tartlet cases and ovens may vary cooking time). Remove and allow to cool.

Combine all of the ingredients of the filling in a dish and whisk until smooth. When ready to serve, spoon even amounts of the filling into your tartlet cases, place a few cherry tomato quarters on top and garnish with a sprinkling of chives. Try a drizzle of honey or balsamic vinegar if you are feeling adventurous!

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NOTES Makes 6 (12cm x 2.5cm deep tartlet cases) 10-12 (6.5cm x 2.5cm deep mini tartlet cases) (Best to use cases that are loose bottoms for easy removable or be sure to grease fitted bottom cases).

I hope that you love these as much as I do, see you again with a new recipe on June 1 - xo

(Recipe, Photography, Styling, Text: Rachel Korinek | )

Roasted Asparagus With Pickled Fennel + Mozzarella Recipe

Hi everyone, here's a new recipe for you to enjoy the best this season has to offer and by the best I do mean asparagus. I happen to be a big fan of this spring gem and I am always eagerly waiting all year long for it to appear in markets in spring. When it does, asparagus are dishes on the menu almost every day. That is till someone tells me to start obsessing with something else, but while these beauties are in season, rarely a week goes by without at least a few asparagus dishes. Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Asparagus, with it’s mighty flavor, doesn’t need much to make a delicious plate. Usually it’s enough to steam a bunch and serve with poached eggs and vinaigrette on top or with a pinch of cayenne make a lovely soup which I probably would have done if I had know we’ll get snow end of April. Even for Swiss standards here, there is something very wrong about snowflakes having a party outside, when just a few days before we could dine al fresco. With a bit of luck we’ll hopefully get back into warm and blooming spring soon and when we do, this refreshing dish will be perfection to enjoy with a bit of chilled rose wine.

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It’s very simple to toss together and pickled fennel can be made well in advance if needed, though a word of warning here: if you have never tried pickled fennel before, you should know it is completely addictive. I usually double the amount needed for the recipe, because by the time everything is ready to hit the table I usually have already nibbled my way through half of it. The simple salsa verde works not only here but for any recipe with cold meats or roasted vegetables.

Ingrediants, serves 2 Pickled fennel ½ large fennel or 1 small one, finely sliced 6 tbsp apple cider vinegar 3 ½ tbsp sugar pinch of sugar Roasted asparagus Bunch of asparagus 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt and freshly grounded pepper Salsa verde 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley 5-8 basil leaves, finely chopped 1 lemon zest, finely grated 1 fat garlic clove, minced ½ cup extra virgin olive oil lemon juice, to taste salt and freshly grounded pepper 1 buffalo mozzarella

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Prep Heat sugar, vinegar and salt till everything fully dissolves then pour over fennel Allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes and chill. Preheat the oven to 200C/392F. On baking sheet lined tray toss asparagus with a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Roast for 7-15 minutes, depending how thick the asparagus are. Mix all the ingredients for salsa verde, adding 1-2 tsp lemon juice, to taste. Serve roasted asparagus with buffalo mozzarella and pickled fennel, generously topped with salsa verde.

So if you love asparagus as much as I do, or even a little bit, this I can’t recommend enough to try this. I will be back again on May 25th with another recipe to celebrate what hopefully will be a sunny spring. -

(Recipe, Styling, Text, Photography: Gintare Marcel)

How To Make a Cherry Blossom Bouquet

I am so excited to share this arrangement with you because slowly flowers are starting to bloom here and spring is slowly coming! I am working already on the flower bed in my garden which is the reason why I'm so excited for warmer months... But I will stop indulging right here as we have the VERY BEST that spring has to offer for you today: cherry blossoms! Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

Flower bouquets are the perfect finishing touch of any interior setting, don’t you think? Of course I can drop by the local florist and buy the most beautiful arrangement - but I find it more rewarding to make one of my own. It adds personal touch to interiors, just like I did with a personal favorite image that I took in Paris of a merry-go-round as you'll see below. I love adding personal touches to my home, don't you? And with flowers, you are the artist!

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I will show you how you can make the most beautiful bouquets on your own! At my local florist I found the most beautiful branches of cherry blossoms and I instantly knew that I wanted to create a floral arrangement around these beauties! Along with the cherry blossom branches, I've added single-flower bunches:

* Pale orange french tulips * Fringy pink tulips * Bright yellow tulips * Pink ranunculus * Chamomile

As you can see, I picked similar pink colors to match the cherry blossoms, adding a few yellow and white touches to the arrangement. To get an interesting look, I wanted at least 3 different kinds of flowers that vary in texture, form and color because I knew this would support the depth of the arrangement that I envisioned.

In the very beginning I prepared a vase with water because I knew it would be a large-scale arrangement and I couldn’t arrange it in my hands alone. Before I started working on the arrangement I trimmed all the stems on an angle with a sharp knife and washed the stems. Then I was ready to go!

To me, there is no secret formula of how to arrange the flowers, just place them where they look best to you! I knew that I wanted the cherry blossoms to be the superstars of this floral arrangement so I added them in at the end. Also because they are so delicate, it was better to add them in the end to avoid losing too many petals.

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Using all the flowers I had, I needed to create a full body first, starting with the tulips, then I moved on to add more and more flowers. While I was working on the colorful base, I had in mind that one side of the arrangement will face the wall, so I put the cutest faces in the front. Think about where your arrangement will be placed once it’s finished, so it can shine from all sides or in this case, from only 3 sides. Also, I made sure that the colors of the additional flowers were in a random order so that they could correspond better and so they'd stand out.

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

Finally, I added the cherry blossom branches and went all the way! They stick out of all sides of the arrangement and to me it doesn't get any Spring-y-er (Is this a word??!) that that. I hope you love this floral composition as much as I do - cherry blossoms make my heart skip a beat!

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I couldn’t help it to make a wreath out of the leftovers... why not, right? This wreath could go on a door or door knob, a cabinet handle or simply on the wall on a simple nail.

See you soon on May 16 with another flower column -

(Photography, Text, Styling: Anastasia Benko. Editor: Holly Becker)

Chocolate Rolls With Roasted Strawberry Sauce Recipe

Are you ready for a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe? Hi everyone, it’s here with a new recipe for you to indulge in. I suppose after a festive period like Easter, where chocolate is the key player, something healthy should be in order, but these breakfast rolls are just a little too good not to share, and I can promise they will soothe your soul. I have been traveling like mad recently with quite a few journeys still planned in the coming months. As much as I love and thrive during travels, I have been longing for the comfort of my own walls and have been savoring every minute I get to be home these days. Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Very few things make me feel at home after travels more than the scent of fresh pastry, slowly finding it’s way to every corner of the house. Whenever I’m back, I spend every morning baking. These chocolate rolls have become sort of a tradition to be the very first thing I make, but then again chocolate is the answer to everything in my world. The weather has also been very generous of late and we got to have our first “al fresco” breakfast this weekend, dipping hot chocolate rolls into roasted strawberry sauce with a wonderful mountain view. If there is a breakfast heaven, I’m sure this was pretty close to it.

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

A word must be said about the roasted strawberry sauce. The taste of fresh strawberries we are getting here still leaves quite a bit to be desired so slowly roasting them, not only concentrates their flavor, but also leaves a bit of freshness. In short, they are the perfect companion for the gooey chocolate-filled rolls to savor precious moments.

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Ingrediants 5 tablespoons/ 75 g butter, softened 2 tbsp sugar pinch of salt 1 cup / 250 ml milk 0.25oz/7 g instant yeast 15.8 oz/450 g all purpose flour 1 egg 1 tbsp water Filling 6 tbsp/90g butter, softened 6 tbsp light brown sugar 3 tbsp raw cacao powder ½ cup chopped dark chocolate Roasted strawberry sauce 2 cups quartered strawberries 2 tbsp light brown sugar 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

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Process Sift flour, sugar, salt and yeast together. Warm the milk till it is just luke warm (anything more will kill the yeast). Stir the milk into the dry ingredients, using a mixer will speed things up here, if you prefer. Continue to knead the dough adding a few cubes of butter at a time. If the dough is too wet, add more flour. Continue to knead the dough till it no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, about 5-8 minutes. Cover with a damp towel, place in a warm spot and allow rising for about an hour, till double in size. You can make the chocolate rolls directly or if making the dough the evening before, place it in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 120C/250F. Dust some flour on clean surface for rolling, give the dough a quick knead, then roll out a rectangle. Combine butter with cocoa and sugar and spread onto the dough, sprinkle the chocolate on top. Next roll and slice the dough, arrange in a buttered tin, cover with a tea towel and allow proofing for another hour. While the dough is proofing, toss the strawberries with sugar and vanilla in an ovenproof bowl and roast for about an hour, then blend. Preheat the oven to 230C/445F. Beat egg with water and brush the rolls and bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve warm with roasted strawberry sauce.

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

I'll see you back here on April 27 with another delicious recipe, so nice to visit you here today! -

(Photography, Styling, Text, Recipe: Gintare Marcel. Editor: Holly Becker)

DIY Candle Holders From Furniture Legs
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Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

I'm particularly excited to share a fun DIY project with you today, to kick off the week, because it's a quick and effective one... You can't go wrong! In fact, the results are also comparable to what you can find in the design stores. I'm always on a look out for interesting objects that could be repurposed and transformed into something else. I look at everything with curious eyes, "Hmmmm... What could this become?". This time I tried using my imagination with wooden furniture legs. I spotted them in a local hardware store and instantly fell in love with their shape. I knew they could become something fun and useful and then, the idea of candle holders came to mind.

What I really like about them is that they are stylish but don'’t try to look too fancy. They are great both for special occasions like holidays and birthdays, and casual Saturday dinners with friends. I like the look of raw wood, however if you prefer more finished look, you can paint them in your favorite colors. I kept two raw and painted one with white paint.

SUPPLY LIST (for raw, add paint and a brush if you intend to paint them) - 3 different sizes (shape and color) of wooden furniture legs - A drill - Screwdriver - Golden metal wire - Golden curtain ring for decoration (and wood glue)

Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

HOW TO: 1. Some furniture legs already have screws inside so you will need to take them out before drilling - I've used a screwdriver for this, but depending on the leg you might find other tools more useful. 2. Once the screws are out, drill holes in the legs, big enough to hold your candles. I recommend checking (keep trying to fit the candle) while you drill to make sure the hole is not too big. 3. Wash all 3 legs well (to remove the dust from drilling) and wait for them to dry. 4. I have decorated one of the candle holders with a golden metal wire and glued a golden curtain ring on top of the other with hardware glue, however this step is optional.

Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

That's it! I can't tell you how much I love the atmosphere created with candlelight. I have a lot of candle holders at home, including some pricey ones by favorite design firms, but right now these three are my absolute favorites! So little money and time, yet so much happiness!

How do you like this idea? Is it your kind of DIY? Wish you all a beautiful day with lots of creative energy! See you here again with my next DIY column on May 9th!

Love, .

(Photography, DIY Idea, Styling, Text: Agata Dimmich, Editor: Holly Becker)