Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Life Inspired by Pinterest - 3-2-1 Cake

I am really tired today so I should be going to bed to maximize my time to sleep while Russell sleeps but I had to share this yummy delight I discovered a few days ago. I have already shared it with my Mom who is an amazing cook and she has already passed on the goodness to two of her friends. (If she's passing it on then I know it's good!) Ah the delish goodness is spreading. Let them eat cake!!!

While browsing about on Pinterest I saw this simple sounding recipe for individual servings of cake. I love me some cake but with only two people eating solid foods in our family there is little reason to bake a whole cake. I mean really, when one box of cake mix can make a 9x13 pan worth of cake should I risk eating half a cake or maybe more? I think not. Especially now...

So innocent looking my sweet little chocolate cake.

It's just so easy... 3 Tbsp of the cake mix (I followed the suggestion of Angel Food and Devil's Food), 2 Tbsp of water and 1 minute in the microwave and BAM you have cake! (Follow this link for the whole recipe.) Now think about it... This is not your normal rich and decadent Devil's Food cake. You're not adding any oil or eggs or anything else to the mix but water so don't go in expecting Devil's Food or you'll be seriously disappointed. However if you go in expecting a lovely light spongy chocolate cup of goodness then you will be pleased. If you cook this delight up and find it's just not quite enough chocolate to fix your sweet tooth just double the recipe in either an extra large sized mug (it will NOT work in a regular sized mug, I tried and failed... Save yourself the mess!) or a microwave safe bowl and cook for a minute and a half and you'll have plenty of chocolate goodness to go around.

I turned this one out onto a plate. It's hard to see but there are some yummy molten chocolate chips in there. :)

I have found if you're looking for something a little richer just add in some chocolate chips (I prefer the semi-sweet and 1 Tbsp will do if you're doubling the recipe, less if you're making the original amount) and you'll end up with something similar to a molten cake. YUM! You could also dress it up with some whipped cream or even some vanilla ice cream. I have a feeling it would be equally tasty with other delights added in like chopped nuts, maybe some toasted coconut, or even some rich caramel sauce. I say make it your own!

MMM some vanilla ice cream? Yes I think I will.

So if you're looking for something simple and sweet make some tonight. It's so easy and because you can keep the mix in an air tight container you can easily have some yummy cake tomorrow too. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Headband Take Two

So I'm seriously on a roll. Russell is was napping and I am sneaking in some time to share what I created. I did a variation on the headband in this post. And created this one...

Yeah I'm hiding behind the camera again. WA HA HA.

I made it a little bigger because I think I was just on a roll and forgot to stop but it still worked out ok. I am excited to get some buttons to decorate my headbands. I think they will be really cute. Also I am coming up with ideas of how I could possibly add some jewels or other embellishments to them. I'm definitely hooked on crochet!

It's so hard to see the detail on the black one. Sorry. I need to learn to take better pictures and edit them better for my blog but for now I am lucky to have any time to post anything so sorry it's poor quality. Perhaps one day I'll learn to present a better blog post. :) Who wants to teach me? HA HA HA!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hooked on Crochet

Back to back blogs are you kidding! I must be crazy to stay up late and post for a second day in a row. Actually I am just really excited about what I've accomplished in the last 24 hours. First because my husband is awesome I got to craft with my friend Pam today. I worked on a cross stitch project I've been working on for quite some time which was wonderful. Also it's nice to talk to someone who actually talks back to you. HA HA HA. (Russell's not too good at answering back when I talk to him... HE HE HE...) I had a lot of fun and it was good to do something a little different for a change.

Another accomplishment, I went back to YouTube and learned how to do a couple more basic crochet skills.

First crocheting in a circle.

Then the magic circle. The idea for this is that if you make something like a beanie you won't have a big hole in the top of it if you just used the regular circle method. Very cool.

I happened to see a suggested video that showed me how to make what looked like a cute headband so I decided to check it out. Turns out it was a beginner project that only took a few basic stitches to complete so I went nuts and cranked one out. I don't have a cute button like the one shown in the video but buttons are only a quick trip to the store away...

I know... I made the headband in black which obviously blends in with my hair color... I only have black and white yarn and the headband is supposed to be made with a thicker fluffier yarn but I had to make due and I think it turned out cool anyway. And yes I am hiding behind my phone in the mirror. Come on! It's past my bed time and I already took off all my makeup. HA HA HA!!!

Ok now I seriously need to go to bed but I wanted to put together this quick post to share my accomplishment for the day. Good stuff!

P.S. Sorry the pics stink. It's late so it's dark where I'm sitting and  I don't have much time to mess with anything because I should be sleeping right now.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Learning to Crochet

Ah I am excited for all the new things 2012 will bring. Obviously it will be a learning experience as Russell grows but Joe and I still have goals for ourselves for the year. We created our goal poster even though it didn't get done until this month and one of my goals for February was to learn to crochet. There are just so many cute things I have seen lately that I want to create so I figured why not learn how to create all this lovely cuteness. Plus I feel working on a crochet project is something I can do most any where very easily.

I actually learned to crochet before but I don't know that I actually made anything at the time. I can't even remember who taught me how to crochet so this time I went online and with the power of YouTube found THIS video. It said it was for the absolute beginner so I figured it would be perfect to at least refresh my memory on some basic skills. The video itself is only about 6 minutes long and by the end of it I was well on my way to creating a small dish cloth.

Of course Minx decided she wanted to either eat the yarn or keep my feet warm while I worked so I told her she could keep my feet warm. All the other cats are just chillin' sleeping while I YouTubed my way to the beginning of my first crochet project. Boo-ya! I can tell it won't be perfect and I am pretty sure I have screwed it up already but hey things like this take practice right? :-P

Just wanted to share one of the family pics we took this month.

Ok time to get wrapping things up and get to bed. I'm still trying to work out this whole sleep/have time for me balance. Decisions decisions... To sleep or crochet... HA HA HA. Good times but be sure to bookmark my blog because I already have found some projects I want to try after I master some more basic skills. It's going to be an epic 2012.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Life Inspired by Pinterest - Bird's Nest Breakfast Cups

Ok so I swear I'm still out here but it's quite an adjustment being a mom so at some point I'll figure out how to squeeze in some blogging with everything else that goes on during the day. HA HA HA. But today I wanted to sneak in a quick post about something I'm trying out. It's my life inspired by Pinterest. If you haven't found Pinterest yet you are missing out. It's a site where you can basically bookmark things that interest you in a very visual way. I love it because I can find new recipes and crafts to try as well as some ideas for fashion, home style and more. If you're on Pinterest follow me so I can follow you back!

One of the first things I have tried since finding Pinterest were these delish Bird's Nest Breakfast Cups. I saved them on my Nom Nom board where I stash all things yummy looking and food related. Now remember this is my life INSPIRED by Pinterest. I have never been one to follow a recipe 100% plus I tend to use recipes for inspiration to use things I have on hand which is what I did with the Breakfast Cups.

I thought I had some hash browns but I didn't so I sliced up some potatoes I had really thin (I would have used my mandolin but it's packed somewhere) and lined an extra large muffin tin (yep the regular muffin tin is packed somewhere too) with the potatoes and baked those instead of using the hash browns. Joe likes scrambled eggs better than most other types of eggs so I also totally scrambled my eggs before adding them. Oh and because I didn't have any bacon at the time I added some prosciutto after the potatoes had cooked for a bit. I let the prosciutto cook for a bit to get crispy too before adding the scrambled eggs and it worked great. I also didn't have any cheddar cheese to use but I did have a piece of this hard Parmesan type cheese that I used and it was tasty. MMM...

That was one of my first inspirations from Pinterest and I am excited to try some more of the great things I have saved. The eggs were supper fluffy, the potatoes were crisp on the outside and cooked perfectly on the inside and that crispy prosciutto was amazing. I have already tried some other awesome things I can't wait to share with you. Now to just find the time in the day to get on here and share some of the love. *Sigh... So be patient and come back to find out what other inspirations I'm enjoying.