Thursday, May 20, 2010

Brownies: a Recipe

Made these last night! (from here) First time I've ever used baking chocolate and it was pretty fun! All I had to do with it for this recipe was stick it in the microwave and melt it but it was still fun!


One Bowl Brownies

Ingredients
• 4 (1 ounce) squa
res unsweetened chocolate
• 3/4 cup butter
• 2 cups white sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

2. Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine in large bowl at HIGH for 2 minutes or until butter or margarine is melted.

3. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts.

4. Spread in greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake for 35 minutes (do not overbake).

Make them, try them, they are delicious!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Personalized Wedding Card

I was finally able to make a wedding card for our friends! I'm so excited with how it turned out!
I had some ideas floating around but I just couldn't decide on anything. Then when I saw the 411 Sketch I knew that was the perfect design and I am so in love with this card!
Their wedding colors were so pretty, I really wanted to incorporate them into the card. As you can see by his tie the bright blue had to be in there but lime green was also one of their colors. I thought if I used too bright of green on the card it wouldn't look as classy so I went with the darker paper and it's perfect!
I really hope they like the card!
I'm so happy for them!
Don't they look gorgeous together? And so happy!
Congrats guys!

Monday, May 17, 2010

My favorite cookies: a Recipe

I try to bake something at least once a week and I like to try new things each time. But when you get that craving for your favorite cookies you just have to pull out the oats and get baking! These are my most favorite cookies in the world, nothing tops these yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of milk!
Oatmeal Spice Cookies

In a small bowl combine:
1 C Flower
½tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
½tsp Nutmeg

In a stand mixer add:
¾C Brown Sugar
¾C Chocolate Chips
½C Sugar
3 C Oatmeal
¾ C Butter, softened
1 Egg
1tsp Vanilla extract

Gradually add in flour mixture.
Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 mins.
Enjoy with milk!

Make them and enjoy them, they are wonderful!

I was also able to make a few cards this week.
A friend of mine got married last week and so I made a card for them. 
The colors on their wedding invitation were lavender, white and black. Unfortunately I don't have anything lavender at all so I just went with a classic Black and White card. I hope they like it!
I'm so glad I have this wedding stamp set, I've been able to really wear it out this year!

My Uncle's birthday is today so I made him a card this weekend and sent if off in the mail. Boy cards are really hard for me to make. I don't have a lot of stamp sets that are boy and I love to use ribbon which isn't very manly. I think this one turned out really great though even with the ribbon.
The simpler you keep things I think the better when it comes to masculine cards. The over embellishment is what makes them look so girlie I think.
But boys still like the detail you put into a card and appreciate the time and effort to make something just for them. I hope he likes this one!

Until next time.... happy creating!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Cake Poppers

I decided I wanted to try jelly filled cake poppers. There was a little trial and error but I found the yummiest way to make these. I was a little worried that the jelly wouldn't taste very good so I added a little cool-whip to it. Well if you try to make these, the jelly is just fine. In fact, it's better without the cool-whip. All you need is a yummy frosting. Oh and with the white cake, they taste better after they have cooled, don't try them hot out of the oven, you will be disappointed.
Here is how they turned out!
Just a little white cake mix, baked in the mini-cupcake pan. Cooled then cored and filled with Raspberry jelly. Frosted with a little homemade vanilla frosting and finally sprinkled with pretty sugar sprinkles.
mmmmm mmmm mmm!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Birthday Card

I wanted to try another Stamping 411 challenge and I liked the style of the baby card so much I used it to make my Father-in-law's Birthday Card!
It turned out so cute, I loved it! 
The bear is so fun! I wish I would have taken a shot of the inside, it was different and really cute too! Here is the envelope, I added the trees to go with the bear, I just can't stand plain white envelopes.
I've got another wedding card to make this week! I'll post it soon!