Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Best Fudge Cake Ever!!

Best Fudge Cake Ever!!!
For real!
I have to say if you've ever made a Hershey's cocoa cake it's pretty similar but this is a fast and easy cake to throw together while the kiddos are at school.  I frosted it with a buttercream icing but it would be really good with a fudge icing or ganache.

Fudge Cake


4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) all-purpose flour 
1 oz. (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) unsweetened natural cocoa powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda  1/4 tsp. table salt  4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and warm  1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar  2 large eggs  1 tsp. pure vanilla extract  1/2 cup hot water 
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 350 F. Grease the bottom of an 8x2- or 9x2-inch round cake pan.
In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the eggs and vanilla; stir until well blended. Add the flour mixture all at once and stir just until all the flour is moistened. Pour the hot water over the batter; stir until the batter is smooth. Scrape the batter into the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes for a 9-inch pan; 35 to 40 min. for an 8-inch pan. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 min. Run a thin knife around the edge and invert the cake (peel off the parchment if necessary). Invert it again onto the rack and let cool completely.

Once cool, time to ice the cake.  If you're going to use a ganache then set the rack over a baking sheet or foil. Pour the warm ganache over the cake and use an icing spatula to spread it over the top of the cake and down the sides. Let set for about an hour before serving.  If you're going to use a buttercream icing just make sure cake is completely cool and ice as usual.

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by y'all.  Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Many blessings,
Laura

Monday, August 29, 2011

Princess + Ghost = AMAZING

Hey y'all!

I have to tell you it's been hard, very hard on my family the last couple of weeks.  School started back up on the 4th, football practice is in full swing, I somehow got suckered into being my daughters cheer coach (btw i'm not a cheerleader) and to top it off, we've had some major family issues are going on.  Y'all just pray for us all.  I'm usually a pretty strong mom, friend, daughter and person in general but this has really been stressing me out and testing my faith.

Yep, so move on!  My momma always said "I promise you if you throw yourself a pity party no one will come"......ok at 8, 13 and maybe even 20 something I didn't get it but now I do.  ;)

SOOOOO let's sew or craft :)

I saw this on Pinterest and had to make one!!! These are by far not the best directions but it does the job.

Forgive the pictures as I am not a photographer.

You're gonna need white tulle, thin elastic, ribbon, white ribbon and some black fabric scraps (sewing machine optional).
For this project I made it to fit a little one who's about 15 months old and is wearing 12mths clothes.  The chest measurement was 21" and from under the arm to the floor is 23".  You'll want to measure the little ones chest and from underneath arm to floor.  

I had the tulle already bought on a roll so I used that but you can purchase it by the yard and cut into 2" strips.  I cut around 55 40" strips.  

Cut the elastic a 1" to 1 1/2" smaller than the chest measurements.  



I double knotted the elastic and also run a few hand stitches through the knot for support but you can machine stitch it together if you like.

I put my elastic around a book (yes Martha) to make it a little easier for me.  

            
Take a strip of tulle and fold in half.
Run the folded end under the elastic or ribbon and pull the loose ends up through the folded loop. 

Tighten it up but not too tight, just enough to keep it secure.

Keep on keepin' on till you get all the way around.

Find where you want the front to be and you can either knot the ribbon that ties around the little ones neck or you can do a quick machine stitch or you can leave the halter ribbon off.

Next you'll want make the eyes and mouth.  I just drew out some shapes on a piece of paper and pinned on the netting to see how the size and placement looked.  I did have to play around with the size a bit.
Cut out the eyes and mouth with your scrap fabric.
I hand stitched the fabric on one top layer of netting to 1st make sure it looked ok and 2nd to keep it secure before applique stitching.  You can leave it hand stitched or add some fray check and glue onto the netting.  You can also glue a little piping trim around the edges to cover up any fray.  I preferred to run an applique stitch around the edges.
                       
When you get done, try it on the little one to make sure the length is good.  Trim it up if you need too but don't make it too perfect, she is a little ghost :)  My little "fill in" princess wasn't too happy with me or anyone that day :( but she's still cute!

So there you have a little ghost fit for a princess!

Hope you guys enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Many blessings,
Laura

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer yummies

Look at what someone brought to me today from their garden
:)

They are officially my new BFF!

                     
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes!
And a bag of peppers.  Needless to say the tomatoes didn't last long and I made lots and lots of pepper sauce!

Hope you all are having a great end of Summer!

Many blessings,
Laura

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ready for Autumn

It's hot......too hot.......I'm melting

This is me about 3 hours into the day

I'm ready for Fall

I love the fall......

The colors 

The smell of wood burning

Fresh air (not this humid stuff)

Comfort food that will warm you up

And beautiful natural decorations for the home :)

I'm ready....are y'all?


Have a wonderful day :)
and
Many blessings,
Laura

Monday, August 8, 2011

Did you win?

Congrats!

Ms. Paula at Raising Home is my winner of my 100th post give away!  

Paula if you'll email me your info i'll get this sent out to ya!

I have to say i've met some great blogger friends out there who I follow along with on my Twitter, 

  

Facebook
 

and now my newest addiction Pinterest.  
(if you'd like to follow along with me on any of these, just click on a pic or need an invite just let me know!)

Some of y'all out there are a riot and I enjoy our cyber time together for sure....I'm gonna make us some shirts one day! lol   

So thanks to Paula and all my followers old and new for following along with me and giving me some great advice and wonderful inspiration.



Here's to many more posts and many more great blogger friends :)

Blessings,
Laura

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Drawing for my 100th give away!

Don't forget to sign up for my 100th post give away here!


4 lace napkin rings, a cookie jar towel holder and 4 napkins with free monogramming if you like :)

If you're already a follower, you're in!  If you want a couple extra chances just follow along on my Facebook or Twitter.

Look i'm down here just trying to survive this heat!!!! I can just walk out the house and i'm sweating like Satan's wife! lol!

I'll be drawing the winner and hopefully posting sometime this weekend :)

Thanks for all you wonderful followers who give me great advice and leave such precious comments!

Many blessings, 
Laura

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cheer camp hair bows!

Hey y'all!

Thought i'd show you my quick pinwheel hair bows that I whipped up for Katrina's cheer squad for cheer camp.
I'm gonna tell ya, you don't know what you're missing until you've been to cheer camp.  I will also say that it was quite a shock during the awards ceremony that they asked us coaches to come up front and do our best kick or jump.  What's even more shocking is the fact that I made it up off the floor and back down without severely hurting myself! LOL!  Thank goodness my UPS man wasn't fast enough with the camera for that one :)
Anyway, here's a simple pinwheel hair bow.
You can make these curly ribbons by wrapping them around a dowel rod.  I secure the ends with clothes pins.  Put  them on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 mins on 250.  It does come up a little stink baking those ribbons so you might want to turn a fan on or open a window for a bit.

They'll come out looking like this.

Take your pin wheels and add the curly ribbons or whatever flair you like.
             
I also like to add covered buttons from matching dresses. 

Or look at these cute theme buttons i'll be putting on the girls football hair bows for the games.  

Hot glue your pin wheels to the hair barrette or clip (I use lots of hot glue).  Pull off any fly away glue webs and you've got a cute hair bow.

Once you get the hang of it, it literally takes about 30 minutes from start to finish!

If you'd like a full tutorial on making pinwheel hair bows or the boutique bows, check out Birdsong Bows.  Deanna has the best tutorials and if you follow her on Facebook, she is always doing a flash sale here and there and you can find great deals!

I'm going to be linking to Get Your Craft on Tuesday over at Today's Creative Blog.....come on over and join me :)

If you haven't stopped by and signed up for my 100th post give away you better hurry!!!! I'll be drawing a winner on Friday!  

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!

Many blessings,
Laura