In the Kitchen With Maja

Posted by Maja Nowak

25 February, 2014 - , ,

Hello Maja Fans, it’s Maja here with a yummy post for you ๐Ÿ™‚

I must admit I’m not the best cook. I can cook only several meals that are edible and I don’t even try to cook anything that requires more than an hour in the kitchen. However, I never say never and just in case, for future use, I collect cookbooks and recipes. Which means I’m sometimes in need of a recipe notebook ๐Ÿ™‚

mdcook0For this one I used the most “kitchen” collection from Maja Design, i.e. Ska Vi Ta En Fika? That mini plaid pattern looks so much as a kitchen tablecloth! I also chose the yummy plums design to make the background for a hand-coloured stamped image. I like to secure the corners of notebooks with metal protectors so that they endure everyday use.

mdcook1I also made a custom closing band using ordinary elastic band and a pearl brad to block it. Of course, the band was white, but that was not a problem – I used a Promarker in the matching colour to change that ๐Ÿ™‚ Thus you can easily create custom bands and ribbons – just remember to colour over a craft sheet or a piece of plastic, as markers stain until wet. Once they’re dry, the colour is sealed.

mdcook7Next, I also like to decorate the wire with a piece of ribbon and button that also is a decorative topping for the string with a metal mini spoon that can be used as bookmark:

mdcook2As much as plaid, I associate lace with cozy home kitchen – so there it is, made with an edger punch:

mdcook3I always add a pocket for some loose pages on the inner cover – here I decorated it with a die-cut doily and chipboard cutlery:

mdcook4Recipe Notebook:

Maja Design papers:Ska Vi Ta En Fika? Sockerkaka bs, Plommonkaka, Marzipanbakelse bs, Favoriter, Favoriter bs.

Other: stamps Inkadinkado, Marianne Design; die Cheery Lynn Designs; chipboards; brad; edger punch Martha Stewart; ribbon, charm, protectors, rubber band – from my stash.


Speaking of recipes, let me now share my favourite muffin recipe. As I mentioned above, I’m not a good cook and I’m very likely to spoil something, forget an ingredient or two or finally burn a meal ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yet these yummy babies are always perfect and they take no more than half an hour to make!

mdrecWhat I love about this recipe is that you can easily change it to your taste and needs without losing the yumminess and puffiness ๐Ÿ™‚ I for instance use cane sugar, soya milk and mix rye flour with wheat flour, I even add just water when I don’t have milk at hand. You can also add whatever you like to create various flavours using the same portion of batter (you have enough for 24 muffins, so just add nuts, or almonds, or bluberries, or raisins and you have a muffin party in 30 minutes!). Perfect for Mardi Gras!

And speaking of muffins – here’s a sweet muffin cupcake card:

mdcook5I die-cut the muffin and placed it over the cups design and added a pin-up girl badge and glittery roses to get a cheerful babe card ๐Ÿ™‚

mdcook6Muffin Babe Card:

Maja Design papers: Ska Vi Ta En Fika?: Cheesecake bs, En Kopp Te, Chaite, Chaite bs; Vintage Frost Basics: 22nd December bs.

Other: stamp Lemonade, die Marianne Design, badge, ribbon, lace, roses, pearls – from my stash.


Buon Appetite ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • mm Maja Nowak says:

    Just in case the photo doesn’t show clearly enough:
    For 24 muffins:
    250 g sugar
    250 ml milk
    250 g butter
    4 tablespoons cocoa
    500 g flour
    4 eggs
    3 teaspoons baking powder

    1. Melt butter, take off the fire and add sugar, milk and cocoa. Stir together until mixed. Cool down a bit.
    2. Add eggs, flour and baking powder and stir shortly, only until mixed.
    3. Fill the muffin paper cups up to 2/3.
    4. Bake in the pre-heated oven 15-20 minutes at 160ยฐC (always check the time with your cooker. The muffins are ready when a wooden stick put inside comes off without batter residue)
    Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    LOVE your post – just fun, bright cheery and so well done. Yummy recipe book too.

  • The recipe book is such a fantastic idea…and you are so right…these papers are absolutely perfect for it! I, too, am not a cook…..I cook a handful of really good recipes and that’s it. It is just not my thing. Thank God my husband can cook…and thank God for restaurants! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your scrumptious card too! and I am always looking for an easy recipe that is hard to mess up to add to my repertoire!!! so THANK YOU! Occasionally I like to give people the illusion that I can in fact cook! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What a beautiful project Maja!! Love the tip using the marker pen on the elastic! I love the way you staged the photos as well, gorgeous!! Love the card as well! xo

  • lovely projects today Maja!! perfect choice of papers! xxx

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    I just LOVE this. Your best posting so far. Gorgeous!