Pure Random

I can’t quite figure out what I wanted to blog about today, so I will talk about different subjects, and give you a peek at what is going on in my mind…

Warning, it is quite diverse and a few different subjects at one time.

Food:

(Not my picture. XD)

I did it! I actually tried baking with the fresh strawberries, and let me say, it was delicious! Let’s just say the cake didn’t last long enough to take a picture. My family (aka: Me, my husband and my daughter) LOVED it and it was eaten pretty quickly.

My daughter’s 2nd birthday is coming up, so I may try something like this again for her cake (I am baking it for her this year to try to save money for the zoo!) so this is definitely an idea that will be shelved and saved for future reference.

Design:

Have you seen this picture going around?

You know what I’m going to point out, right? ….

I hope you answered THE RUG! *laughs* LOOK!

It’s an older style more traditional rug but it fits in this room VERY well! I would have never thought of placing this rug in this room, but look how beautiful it looks? Isn’t it fantastic? So I tried to see if I can find a rug similar to this on eSaleRugs.com

I think I found some close ones… what do you think?

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Then I found a colorful version. ;P

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Now, the colorful one isn’t exactly the same, but I thought it was interesting!

Kids/Family:

And I am really excited! My baby is turning 2!! It’s amazing how fast time goes by! And we know what we’re doing for her birthday. She isn’t going to get many presents, but she is going to visit…..

*trumpets*

THE ZOO!

We have been wanting to take her to the zoo since the first time she watched We Bought A Zoo! She loved that movie and it was her favorite for the longest time. And now, she gets to see a zoo! We figured that she is old enough now to actually enjoy it and have fun, so it’s the great “First Trip” (besides the cross country drive… but all she saw then was the backseat while wrapped in a blanket. *laughs*)

This is where we are going!

Riverbanks zoo and garden in Columbia, SC! I am truly excited. I will probably be taking a lot of pictures. My facebook friends are going to get a lot of new photos in a new album pop up on their feed soon after this. *wink*

I have been trying to plan this, but I think, in the end, winging it will just be the best thing. See what she wants to do and where she wants to go. Should be a blast.

And….

That is a look at what goes on in my brain at one time. It is quite… amusing how it jumps so quickly to all of it and bounces back between them.

What is going on in your mind today?

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Going to attempt…

Alright, I have always wanted to experiment with this, but I am always to scared I’ll mess it up, but people do it ALL THE TIME.

What if it ruins it?

What am I talking about?

Putting fruit in a cake mix and baking it. *laughs*

But this will be attempted tonight. I will cheat a little and use this mix:

Yes. Going to try. And the strawberries:

Except there are a LOT less. Must admit, me and my husband have been snacking and eating. But hey, there are still some to try!

I also have this:

Such a wonderful Combination.

And trust me, I’ll let you know how it turns out. ;P

Any recipes you tried? Did it work or did it fail? And for all those who cook with fruit IN the cake, any advise?

Delicious, Here I Come!

Can you tell? I’m HUNGRY! And so I started looking at possible recipes. And would you know that FoodNetwork.com is the WORST place to look! Want to know why? They  have lists and catagories and recommendations and GAH! I am drooling just thinking about all that I have seen. Not fair, by the way. I am STARVING now.

So we’re going to do the same to you. I am going to have a BUNCH of pictures here to show recipes I found, and I’ll post some. In fact, let me do a few entries for different themes. Maybe. But for sure, here are the photos. O.O (And if you want the recipe, CLICK ON THE PICTURE! Or just wait for my entry on the recipe. Yum…)

Main Chicken Entrees:


Seafood and Snacks:


Deserts:




And the topper to my hunger (Now I have HUGE cravings!)

Ingredients

  • 14 graham cracker squares (7 full sheets)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 1 percent low-fat milk
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

In a food processor, process the graham crackers until finely ground. Add butter and water and process until the crumbs clump together. Press the crumb mixture into bottom of pie plate and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.

In the meantime, make the pudding. Put the gelatin in a small bowl, add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Set aside.

In a medium saucean mix the 2/3 cup of sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add half of the milk, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the rest of the milk. Turn the heat on to medium and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla and reserved gelatin. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and let set for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Whip the cream and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Before serving, garnish the pie with the whipped cream.

In Celebration Of…

I am VERY excited about my new feature “Designer of the Week!”

And as I was preparing the entry, I realized, it’s not fair to my Designers if I do it at the END of the week, so why not wait until Monday to start it with a BANG!

But I still want to celebrate it’s coming, so … here is a recipe!

And as you scroll down and come back up here, you may look at me with curiosity. Why celebrate with WHITE cake? Why? Because all good cakes start with the basics! You can easily decorate this and do anything with it! Add chocolate swirls, add sprinkles to make it confetti cake, you name it! It becomes it!

Plus, White Cake is my favorite. *wink*

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

 

Simple, Delicious, and striaght to the point!

Now I am ready for Some Designers of the Week!

May The Odds Ever Be In Your Favor

I did it.

I finally saw the movie I have been wanting to see since there was even TALK of them making it! I was a fan of the books, and let me tell you, I was NERVOUS. About what you may ask? Since I loved the books, I had to wonder if they’d keep true to it in the movie or somehow mess it up.

And let me tell you, the Hunger Games Movie was QUITE fantastic. I was quite happy with the results.

Yes, I am speaking about the Hunger Games! And to celebrate that it was a fantastic movie, I decided to do two things:

Celebrate with a rug picture and a reciepe. Which comes to my theme for this week: Nature.

How in the world did I get Nature? you may ask. Well, because of the background of the Hunger Games has a lot of nature in it, it really sparked that thought in me. And so, when I was just looking around for things that reminded me of the Hugner Games, things with nature is what stood out to me. Which I have no complaints about.

First, the lovely decor and rugs that I love so much.

This rug I chose because of the green and brown. It does have a slight earth/nature feel to it while still being modern. In my mind, this rug fit the nature feel.

And now, the recipe: (Thank you to IHeartCuppyCakes.com for this recipe!)

INGREDIENTS

favorite vanilla cupcake recipe:
(For cupcakes
2-1/2 cups AP flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup sugar
12 tbsp (1-1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 large egg + 2 egg white, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk)
favorite vanilla frosting recipe, tinted green
favorite chocolate frosting recipe
18 lollipops
tiny red heart sprinkles
Oreo cookies crumbs

INSTRUCTIONS
Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

Now, if you want to see how she made the tress, she shows step by step on her site, so click on the link above the picture to reach it!

And that, my friends, is how I celebrate Hunger Games. ;D

In The Spirit of Easter!

I have struggled today. Yes, because I cannot decide what to write about. I wanted to do something with Easter in mind, that everyone would enjoy. But is very hard thing to do without writing the SAME thing as everyone else!

I could go into the spiritual meaning that it has for me, but I cannot find the words.

I could talk about how I celebrate it…. but alas, I am not really doing anything this year because I am working.

So what can I do?

Show you bright and colorful things that brings joy to your heart and may cheer you up. Because Easter is one of color of of happiness. It brings smiles to everyone around, and tends to be in good weather (in my experience). Whether you are celebrating because of the joy you have for your savior has risen, or celebrating it for just the joy of bright colors and a new beginning, it has special meaning to us all!

And so, bright colors and happiness, that is what I am doing for Easter.

(and as with all the pictures I use, they do not belong to me and credit goes to the appropriate places. ;P)

(PS: Coolest Cake Ever!)

Are you smiling yet? ;P

Let me know other what else makes you smile and I will try to add more pictures onto this and make it a happy post!

The Forgotten Itch….

With all my careful planning, with all the thought I had put into yesterday’s entry, I regretfully say that there was something I forgotten to include in my list that is quite embarrassing.

The Itch of Cooking.

*blushes* Yes, I have to say, I forgot to include cooking on my list! (But in my defense, I was trying to avoid thinking of food to make sure I wouldn’t become hungry before dinner! *laughs*)

What would my blog be like if I didn’t include recipes? EMPTY!! I normally include recipes here and there! And it’s because, I seriously, truly like and enjoying doing so.

But cleaning up after is an entirely different story. *wink*

So, to make up for my brain forgetting to list this yesterday, I will give TWO recipes today to make up for it!

First, one of my childhood favorites! Chicken n’ dumplings! Unfortunately, I do not have my grandma’s recipe at hand, but that’s okay. Being a mom, sometimes I don’t have the time to do everything the way my grandma did. And with that in mind, I will show you a quick recipe for it, from Betty Crocker. ( Click here for the actual site)

 Ingredients:
1  1/2 cups milk
1 cup frozen green peas and carrots
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed creamy chicken mushroom soup
For the Dumplings:
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/3 cup milk 
Paprika, if desired
Cooking Directions:
 1. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk, the peas and carrots, chicken and soup to boiling in 3-quart saucepan, stirring frequently.
2. Stir Bisquick mix and 1/3 cup milk until soft dough forms. Drop dough by 8 spoonfuls onto chicken mixture (do not drop directly into liquid). Sprinkle with paprika.
3. Cook uncovered over low heat 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer.
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Now, for the desert.
These are easy to make and are a hit with just about everyone. Yum… I am craving them now. ..
But now is not the  time to dream of these treats! But rather, show you the recipe.
(Again, here’s the link.)

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package low calorie chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the dark and light chocolate cake mix. Add the eggs and oil, mix until well blended. Roll dough into 2 inch balls, and place them onto the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten the balls slightly with the back of a spoon.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
  4. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese and confectioner’ sugar together until smooth. Spread between two cooled cookies.

Now, ENJOY my apology!