Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Its Raining its Pouring...

But I took these before the rain.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I know you have all been wondering about the here it is.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Oh My Lemon Loaf

I literally had to keep myself from cutting off a slice if this bad boy till the AM. Why because the lighting in my place is awful and I wanted to give it the lighting it deserved. Its Tart and Tangy just the way a Lemon Loaf should be! Plus moist and the Icing well its to DIE for. Or at least that is what my taste buds are saying. You be the judge...

1 3/4 cups flour
1 package Vanilla Jello
1/2 teaspoon baking soda, baking powder, and Salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons Butter Softened
1 Tablespoon Lemon Extract
1/2 cup lemon Juice
Zest from 3 lemons
1/2 cup Veg Oil

1 Loaf Pan well greased.

Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees F

Dry Ingredients: Mix Flour, Jello, Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Salt in bowl and set aside.

Wet Ingredients: Blend together Eggs, Sugar, Butter, Lemon Extract, Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest.

Mix together the Dry and Wet ingredients. Add oil and Mix well.

Pour mixture into Loaf Pan and place on middle rack in oven for 10 minutes.

Lower temperature to 350 Degree's F and continue to cook for another 40 minutes or until when tested knife comes out clean.

Tarty Lemon Icing
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablesp0ons of Whole Milk
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Mix all together and pour over Loaf. Note I did this by sight so be careful with Milk and Lemon Juice if you make the icing to watery its harder to get it stiff by adding powdered sugar so go SLOW!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I have a Confession...I LOVE Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies. And I've been in love with them since I was 5 years old.

Ever since I was 5 they would be in my lunch box (minimum of 3), waiting on the counter after playing outside, in the car on a long car ride, or in the freezer for midnight chocolate binge.

They are a bakers best friend! They always turn out just perfect (as long as you follow the directions). But skip the Nuts. When did Nuts enter the world of Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Yes, I'm baking them as I tomorrow PROMISE!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


So in a few short days it will be V-Day. Have I done anything to prepare? NO. Do I plan on doing anything to prepare? NO. Am I so busy I cant see straight? YES.

Don't get me wrong I am going home visitng the family in wonderful 75+ weather, kayaking around the bay, and eating ribs (yes, my favorite). I don't know...if that doesn't sound like a good V-day weekend/Prez day weekend I don't know what does!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

my student assistants are spoiled

Okay so I spoil my student assistants, but it keeps them happy and well fed...

Recepie Exchange

So I'm doing a Recipe Exchange. It's through email so I thought I would share the recipe I have submitted.



* 1 stick unsalted butter (don't throw away the wrapper)
* 4 ounces semisweet Chocolate, with 60 percent cocoa solids (a little over a handful)
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* Special equipment: 4 (2/3 to 1-cup capacity) ramekins
* One Baking sheet


Preheat to 400 degrees F.

Butter the ramekins with the wrapper from the one stick of butter.

Microwave or in a bowl the dark chocolate and 1 stick butter, Mix together with a whisk or spatula and set aside to cool a little.

In another bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar and flour with a hand whisk and beat in the cooled butter and chocolate mixture. Divide the mixture between the 4 buttered ramekins. Bake for about 20 minutes, by which time the tops will be cooked and cracked and the chocolate gooey underneath.

Serve Hot in the ramekin or do what I do and get Vanilla ice cream and put in a bowl and pour the chocohotpot over the ice cream using a spoon to scrape out the inside...Yes I'm a FATTY!!!

Its one of THOSE Days

Its one of those Chocolate and Coke kinda days...I'm at work...its 6am...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I have a love hate relationship with Ikea. I love their Fabrics and Lighting. I pretty much hate everything else about that place. It drives me crazy to go there it's a visual overload! This weekend took a quick trip to look at tables for my computer. Ended up getting something from the As Is Area which will need to be "Hacked". I did however stop myself from purchasing every form of fabric available their. Ikea has some of THE BEST fabrics! I had to literally stop myself from even looking this time because I got a sneak peak online. Don't ask me how but I was able to abstain from purchasing.

Friday, February 5, 2010

favorites #5

How about some easy skirts?

Grosgrain Skirt

Twirly Skirt

Simple Gartered Skirt

Circle Skirt

Market Skirt

Pencil Skirt

Ruffled Skirt
Does this make anyone else wish it was summer and their legs were tan instead of pasty white?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Have Cake Will Travel

So a friend of mine at work likes okay LOVES when I bake. We have gone so far as to strike up a deal where he provides something and I bake it up! This week it was Lemons and I'm Addicted to the Lemon Loaf at Starbucks so I attempted to recreate it and came up with this.

Its close but not exact. Its a little denser and might need a little more lemon flavoring. Hopefully he will give me more lemons for me to try.

But here is the Recipe:

Starbucks Hack Lemon Loaf

3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
4 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk (take milk add 3/4 teaspoon of lemon juice allow to sit for a few minutes until curdling)
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon extract
No stick spray
1 12 cup bundt pan or 10 inch angle food cake pan

Pre-heat oven 325

In bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt (dry ingredients)

Melt butter in microwave if you dont have time to let it sit out and soften. Mix together butter and sugar add eggs one at time. scrape sides as you add eggs to ensure proper mixing.

Alternate addition of buttermilk and dry ingredients (buttermilk, dry, buttermilk, dry)

Add lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. Make sure it is mixed in well.

Grease pan add batter place in oven to bake for 1 hour.

Allow to cool.

1 1/2 cup powedered sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
Lemon Juice to taste (for me 1 1/2 tablespoons)

Mix all ingredients together until you get a consistency you like. Add milk to get more runny but make sure to add slowly its easier to make it more liquidy its harder to make it stiff if you add to much.

Pour over cake as you choose!

Cut a slice sit on the couch and enjoy the fruits of your Labor!

Monday, February 1, 2010


I have this thing for Nutella...Okay its an obsession. It seems to make bad day magically melt away with one spoon full of chocolaty nutty goodness. But when your out of Nutella what's a girl to do? Brownies and ice cream to makes that frown turn upside down :)

Favorites #4

Okay do you know how many different pillow tutorials there are out there??? A LOT and I mean dauntingly to many. So here are a few of my favorites.

The Magic Pillowcase...Ive made these before and I love them!

French Seam Pillow Case...French seams can seem a bit scary but trust me they are EASY

Holiday Pillow case

Note: The french seam pillow case tutorial could be applied to all of these tutorials

Envelope Pillows

Easy Envelope Pillow Cover...These are super easy I can attest to that!

Silhouette Pillow tutorial with piping

Gathered Pillow Cover

Euro Sham Pillow

Ric Rac Pillow

Zipper Pillows...yes im still afraid of zippers!

Easy Pillow Cover with Zipper

Zipper Enter Gallery to see step by step with Photos

Decorative Pillows


Pillow with Ties...I'm in the middle of making these for the couch that I continue to promise to take photos of

Felt Flower Pillows

Pleated Pillow...note the zipper and the great link to a tutorial!

Scrappy Pillow

Reverse Applique Pillow

Ruffle Pillows...I used it to make these

Button Throw Pillow

Next...maybe some zipper tutorials to boost my confidence?

And the Winner is...

First off thanks to each and everyone of you for entering! I really appreciate all the support and getting to see all your blogs!

And the Winner is comment number 25

Carol said...

Congratulations on 200 posts! I love stopping by and seeing what you're up too! I remember when we bought our first couch, I thought my husband was going to have a heart attach when he saw how much a couch costs! LOL Stop by and visit me sometime!

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