Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Love These Chocolate Chunk Blondies




Ingredients
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 1/4 pounds semisweet chocolate chunks or semisweet chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 x 12 x 2 inch baking pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and mix well, scraping down the bowl. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and with the mixer still on low, slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture. Fold the walnuts and chocolate chunks in with a rubber spatula.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes exactly. Don't overbake! A toothpick may not come out clean. Cool completely in the pan and cut into bars.

A wonderful Barefoot Contessa Recipe

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fragrant Cinnamon Hearts to use as Sweet Little Scented Gift Tags.



Love the Beautiful Colors of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint I Created a few Cinnamon dough Hearts ready to string for sweet little Valentine's Day Tags
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Cinnamon Dough Recipe:

Ingredients:
3 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
1 Cup Cinnamon
1 Cup Nutmeg
1- 2 1/2 Cups of Warm Water

Directions:
1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
2. Add in the water a little at a time, keep adding water and mixing well until the dough is formed.
3. Roll the dough to desired thickness and begin cutting out shapes with a cookie cutter. Recommend to Roll out dough between waxed paper until thickness is 1/8 to 1/4 inch 

Create: 
Place ornaments on an ungreased baking sheet and use a straw to make holes for hanging the ornaments. 

Bake for 1 1/2 hours at 225 degrees. Place on a wire rack and return to the over for another 1 1/2 hours to ensure the ornaments are completely dry on the bottom.

Let sit and cool, then decorate. 

I painted my Cinnamon Hearts with Milk Paint.  It sticks well to the hearts and then Crackles for a nice Rustic look.  The Milk Paint does not smell so it allows the Cinnamon Scent to remain Nice and Fragrant.  


How To Make Bath Bombs- A Sweet Little Gift for your Valentine



Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

Dry ingredients:
  1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  ½ cup citric acid - Sifted
  ½ cup corn starch
  dry herbs or flowers (optional)

Wet ingredients:
  2 ½ tablespoons sweet almond oil
  ¾  tablespoon water
  ¼ - 1 teaspoon of essential or fragrance oil
  

3-dimensional mold or deep dish style soap mold
squirt bottle with witch hazel or water

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Mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.  Mix the wet ingredients in an old jar with a lid so they can be shaken well.  Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with your hands.  The citric acid my start to fizz, so pour slowly and work the liquid in as you go.  The mixture should be damp enough to hold together.  If needed, mist with witch hazel or water.  Work fast to press the mixture into the molds.  If you're using a 2-part sphere, fill each side and then press together.   Let bombs dry in the mold for a few hours.  Larger spheres may need more drying time.  Remove from mold and let dry for 1 week before use...

Friday, February 07, 2014

Milk Painting Canning Jars



I Love Painting the Simple But oh So useful Mason Jar... Great for Gift Giving filled with Flowers or Treats.

I painted these jars with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint... I wanted a Charming Pink Color.
I mixed equal parts Ironstone and Tricycle and added a little bit of Shutter Gray  until the color was Just Right:  I am calling it So Sweet Pink..

I like to paint Jars to use up the left over paint from bigger projects.  I hate to waste the paint so these are perfect for that..

Now, How to get that Milk Paint to Stick to a Glass Mason Jar?

I first Spray paint the outside of the Jar. I use the cheapest white flat spray paint usually the $1 a can white Spray paint. Lightly Spray the outside of the glass jar a fine even coat.  Then let dry.  Sand lightly.

Next, Mix up your milk paint.. Add equal parts bonding agent. now paint your jar.   I Let the paint dry overnight.  The Milk Paint will just completely flake off the glass jar with with out the added bonding agent.

Now the Fun Part- Distress the jar lightly with fine sand paper to remove a little paint here and there .
I then Highlight the jar details with a Walnut Distressed ink pad.

To make the Jar's finish more durable. Spray lightly with a Clear Coat Shellac..

I embellished with bits and Pieces of Vintage Lace, Cute little tags,  and my homemade Cinnamon Hearts that I also painted with Milk Paint..


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Making Sunburst Cards


I have been working on organizing my Craft Room and Found so many Paper Scraps laying around.  I put them in a box and nearly threw them away.  I have been seeing all these fabulous cards out there Called "Sunburst" cards and thought it would be a great way to use up all those papers.
They are a fast  ( if you have all you paper cut up) and Fun way to make a variety of cards.

We will be making PostCard ones today with 4-H kids...  That way they can glue the scrap pieces onto a postcard without having to have had to precut a bunch of card stock.

To start cut up all your paper scraps into 1 1/2 inch x 4 inch pieces:


To make these cards:

Base of Card:  5 inch Card Base- Kraft card stock cut into 5" x 10" and Folded

Scallop Die cut Circle , Trim, flowers, and pearls:  Could use any embellishment


CARD 1:

4 patterned paper rectangle cut into  1 1/2" x 4"

Cut each rectangle in half to make 8 triangles

1 scrap piece of card stock cut to 3 1/2" x 5"

Mark the  Center Point on the  Cardstock and Glue 8 triangles lined up against each other starting at the Center point

I use a glue stick and paste the entire Card stock rectangle.

Now the Fun Part:  Trim all pieced of paper that hang over the Card stock rectangle.

That it now you can create your Card by Adhering it to the 5inch Card Base and Embellish as you wish.



CARD 2:

1 Scrap piece of card stock cut to 2 3/4" x 5"

IF using this size of base:  use 18 rectangles

Follow directions as for Card  1


For a little Texture- I ran a few of the Sunburst pieces in an embossing folder through my sizzix die cut machine.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bridal Shower Cookies and a Cookie Decorating Class







I had a Wonderful Time Demonstrating a Cookie Decorating Lesson at a Bridal Shower Last Weekend.  I wish I would have taken better photos.  Everything was so Beautiful... From the Home to the Food to the people....








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