Monday, February 28, 2011

Fun finds...

So while my boy is sleeping (he was up all night coughing with a fever) I decided to do some "window shopping" while taking a break from all this blog designing and here are some fun things I've found:

From www.etsy.com/shop/Grainyman
He has some great prints and these are just a few of my faves...


He's got a whole series on VW bugs and I think they'd be awesome framed or clustered together. Makes me want to buy them now so that I can use them to decorate Ezra's dorm room/apartment for when he eventually goes to college.
(Yes I AM Becky Bloomwood from the "Shopaholic" book series and I can pretty much justify any purchase)



From http://designartist.cafe24.com/:
This super cool deer cut out would be fantastic for a modern take on a "rustic" look for a boy's room.


I'm crazy about this "tree book shelf". Super cool and eco friendly.


While browsing the latest party featured on www.hostesswiththemostess.blogspot.com I saw this really neat pick punch (www.pickpunch.com) which can be used to make your own guitar picks with any image you want. Check it out:



The cost of the punch is $24.95 and each sheet which yields about 60 picks is $3.00.


Some samples...


This is how it was used for the party. Check out the picks lining the edge of the table...


Now it's back to work for me!

Fabulous new digital scrapbooking freebies!




I honestly have no idea what you can use this one for. Maybe a blog button or stationary header... I made it a while back and decided instead of deleting it to just include it as a freebie. If you use it please send me a pic to see how you made it your own :)


Click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer and simply slip your photo underneath the fame and presto! You have an adorable scrabook layout or new blog accesory :)

My favorite oscars looks...

So I didn't get to watch the Oscar's last night b/c myself and Jenni Roseland from the blog mentioned in the prior post were up all night trying to figure out why her Mac and my PC were showing totally different things on her blog design.
***(Just FYI if you have a Mac you need to use the Ethereal template for some odd reason for it to look right)
BUT this morning I couldn't wait to see the dresses online. Here are a few of my favorites:





Sunday, February 27, 2011

Here's another one :)

Here's another fun new blog design. Jenni wanted something bright and sort of vintage with all black text.
She's got an amazing blog with some great photo treatments and I highly suggest you check out her site.

New blog design...

Sorry I've fallen off the face of the Earth these past few days. I had to work all week and this weekend and I've been working on the blog below and coming across lots of brick walls with it's codeing. I have to say that I really sometimes want to throw in the towel with this whole blog design buisness since I have no formal training and may spend HOURS trying different codes to just figure out how to change something like 20pixels. SOOOOO frustrating. So for now this one is close to finished I hope. Click on the button below to check it out.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What I've been working on...

So since my computer has been infected with a virus I decided to venture out to the fabric store and start working on another project that I have been inspired to do. I wanted to learn how to make these little fabric "yo-yos" to add something to my etsy shop. Here are the tees I made the last few days.








I love the LSU themed ones b/c I fell head over heels for these great Tiger buttons! Aren't they GRRRRReat!






I can custom make any look you want (I hope) and I still have several more color combos to go with some really neat buttons as well so keep your eyes peeled and keep checking back at my etsy store to see the new designs :)
www.etsy.com/shop/adoptafrica

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another milestone...



I'm thrilled to announce that since I put my counter up a little less then 1 year ago we've gotten 20K hits on the blog. I'm hoping to have that number triple this year so spread the word and keep coming back for more! Love you guys!

What's for dinner?

Vingar glazed chicken that's what and it's A-freaking-MAZING! I got this recipe from some magazine and it's been in heavy rotation ever since. It takes a while to make and is super messy (2 things that would make me immediately throw away a recipe card BUT this is so delicious that I suck it up, put on my big girl panties and look forward to the end result).
Let me say also that I don't like vinegar. I never cook with it and don't like pickels or that kind of thing but whatever it does to this chicken makes me LOVE it.

First get some chicken pieces with skin on them. Cut the large pieces in half. Marinate for 15 min. - 2 hours prior to cooking in 1 cup red wine vinegar, 2 Tbs. minced garlic, and 1 Tbs. fresh Rosemary.


Remove from marinade (set aside for later) and season each piece on both sides with salt and pepper then coat a skillet with olive oil and brown each piece thoroughly. Once the chicken is browned add 3/4 cup chicken broth to the skillet and let simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the reserved marinade to the chicken. Increase your heat and let cook down until it's reduced to a glaze type thickness (~30 minutes).
Doesn't this just look delicious!


And because I just wasn't busy enough I decided to make my first cake pops as seen in this book:


I saw some photos of 'Cupcake' cake pops and just had to make them. Here's the basics:
Bake any flavor cake you want (it's recommended to use a boxed cake) as directed by the recipie. Once it's completely cooled use your hands to crumble the cake into super small pieces.


Next add 3/4 tub of whatever flavor frosting you like to the crumbles and mix until it's doughy. Then roll into balls.


Place in freezer for at least 15 min. or fridge for a few hours. If you want to just make plain cake pops then simply ignore this next bit.
To shape your cupcake pops use a small flower shaped cookie cutter and roll each ball into a cylindrical shape and stuff the bottom portion into the cookie cutter leaving the top to mushroom out like a "muffin top" :)



Place them top down onto your wax paper lined baking sheet and put back into the freezer for another 15 min. During this time melt your chocolate (I used the colored melting chips from Michael's) in 30 second intervals until just melted. Next holding the muffin top dip the bottom into the melted chocolate and place back onto the wax paper top down.


Quickly dip a lolipop stick into the chocolate and insert into the bottom of the cupcake. (the chocolate gets hard really quickly so be prepared. I cracked several of my cupcakes b/c I took too long). Place back into the fridge while you melt your top coat of chocolate. Now holding the stick, dip the top of the cupcake into your top color and invert and place in your styrofoam holder (with premade holes). Quickly place any sprinkle/candies you want to decorate with onto the cupcakes, then stand back and smile at the cuteness :)


For the plain cake pops just roll them into balls then dip in chocolate. I opted to pipe a second color onto the pops for a little something extra. I spun the pops upside down to remove the excess chocolate on my first dop and got this tootsie pop look by accident. (Note: I left the plastic cover on my styrofoam which makes it much easier to clean up any drips)





I wanted to bring them to my friends at work and my sweet hubby was nice enough to help me put little baggies on each one :)



Ezra was crazy about them - yummy!!!