Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
These past few days have been HEAVEN for my dog Baxter. He has spent as much time outside as possible. Which of course has gotten him into trouble a few times, but most of the time he just lays in the grass and watches for squirrels and chipmunks (the source of said trouble when he tries to follow them into their homes under the patio and digs some holes).
Fri I didn't have to work and it was a beautiful 70 degrees outside so we decided to pack up and go to the pack for a while. He had so much fun. We played fetch, laid in the grass and unfortunately for Baxter, got stung by a bee(we think). Here's some great shots from our time at the part on Friday.
And a quick message from Baxter, "no more internets mommy, come play outside with me!"
I will definitely be spending a lot of outside time with him in the weeks and months to come. He loves just laying outside in the sun then playing for a little while, then relaxing and cooling off in the shaded patch next to the house. I can't blame him it is utterly beautiful outside(even if it's supposed to rain again tomorrow, at least it will be warm rain!)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Well I finished my quilt square for my cousin's wedding quilt tonight. It made me really think how fun it was to plan my wedding and get ready for it. She is about 4 months out now. It's so weird to think that as of Saturday I'll have been married for 6 MONTHS already.
The colors are all the colors her BM's(myself included) will be wearing and we will be carrying sunflowers. The center brown fabric I used for my own wedding on my Escort Card board. I wanted some way to pass on something from my wedding to her. This was the perfect way.
Her mother's wonderful friend is organizing this and I can't wait to see the finished product. I received my own wedding quilt as a wedding gift with scraps of fabric that meant something to each of the givers. I will certainly treasure it as I hope she will love hers.
Next project: I'm knitting them an afgahn as their wedding gift. As well as designing their wedding invitations. Which I really need to get started on!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
- 1 package Cake mix any brand (I got a lemon cake mix, but really you could use whatever you like)
- 3 cups Fresh raspberries (enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
- 3/4 cup sugar (I used Splenda for Baking)
- 1 package Raspberry jello 4 oz. size (I got the sugar-free package)
- 2 1/2 cups Miniature marshmallows
2. Grease 13 x9" baking pan (I forgot to grease the pan. I just cut around the sides and then inverted it. Since the berries are on the bottom they don't stick so all you have to worry about is the sides.
3. Cover bottom of pan with raspberries
4. Sprinkle berries with sugar
5. Sprinkle berries with jello
6. Cover berries with marshmallows
7. Pour prepared cake batter over all
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes
9. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto serving tray.
You could also use fresh strawberries, blackberries or any other fruit you want really. The raspberry and lemon combo was so good. Everyone was raving about the cake last night. I will definitely make this again.
I forgot to take a picture, and really it didn't look all that amazing since I forgot to grease the pan. I will have to make it again and take a picture of it.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So I finally got what many call, "The Post Wedding Chop":)
I went from This**Please excuse the horrible bed head I don't wash my hair before I go to the salon so it was quite gross today. Not to mention that I've been sick this week so I wasn't caring about my appearance.
I really love the new cut. It is drastically different from what I had or have had for a long time. I had no clue what I wanted going in to the cut other than I wanted different. I let my stylist use his creative mind to pick something appropriate for me, and it ended up well.
I now have a ziploc bag of hair that I will be mailing off to Locks-of-Love tomorrow. If you have never heard of this organization they take donated hair of at least 10" in length and use them to make hair pieces for children who have lost their hair to medical illnesses such as alopecia areata or cancer. This is the second time I have donated my hair and I am happy to do so. I have really thick hair so hopefully it will go a long way to helping a child feel more secure with themselves while struggling with their medical issues.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Fold the corners onto each other like shown in the website directions. It's really hard to explain, but they end up looking like "nurse's caps".
Transfer the dumplings to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. The dumplings can be wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 1 day or frozen for up to one month. Once frozen, do not thaw before cooking, start directly with step 3.
Uncover the skillet, increase the heat to medium-high, and continue to cook without stirring until the dumpling bottoms are well browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes more.
Slide the dumplings onto the paper towel-lined plate, browned slide facing down, and let drain briefly (if you let them sit too long they will start to stick together. Transfer the dumplings to a serving platter with scallion dipping sauce.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I used a boxed cake chocolate cake recipe just because this was going to be an invention anyways, so I at least wanted the cake part to taste good. I used Devil's food cake which was really good, but next time I would try something that would be a little firmer. It was hard to hold these and bit them. They were really moist, they fell apart very easily
I then used a disposable piping bag with a large round tip to pipe marshmallow fluff into the cupcakes. THis was rather messy and didn't result in a lot of fluff inside the cupcake. Next time I will use the idea I found afterward from Baking Bites and cut out a cone shaped section and then pipe the fluff that way.
I then made some peanut butter buttercream frosting from a recipe I found on the Wilton website.
- 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 cups (approx. 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar, sifted
Makes: About 3 cups.
Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add peanut butter, milk and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.
The frosting tasted great. However, it was rather liquidy. It really needed more confectioners sugar. If I make this frosting recipe again I would wait to add the milk until after the confectioners sugar. Also I should have let the frosting cool in the fridge and set it would have piped much better and have been more firm.
The finished cupcake. I did add some cookie crumbles to the top which tasted really nice.
A cross section of the cupcakes. Unfortunately when I went to cut this one, it toppled over before I could cut it so the icing was all messed up. But you can still see the piped mashmallow fluff in the center.
Over all these were really delicious. Josh has eated 5 today. I would modify these with the few things above, but they were still delicious!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Unused items from bathroom baskets-$10
2 Fall Themed Rectangular Baskets - $5ea or both for $8.50
2 small green gourds- $5 for both
4 4" galvanized pails-$2ea or all for $6
Amber colored Pillar Candle Holder (used for memorial Candle) -$5
Olive Green tea light holders -$5 for both
Various spools of fall colored ribbons, some new, some partly used
#3-(orange shimmer ribbon) - $2
#4(Gold Sheer ribbon)-$1
#5(Navy and Yellow skinny ribbon, only used about 1ft of each)-$2 for both
#6 (orange sheer and opaque ribbon NEW)-$4
#7(3 spools Fall printed ribbon) -$2
5mm flat sequins (approx 1000)-$4
Burgundy Organza favor bags 3x4 (approx 30)-$3
Foam-core covered with batting and Brown Leaf embossed fabric-$5 for both SOLD
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