Sunday, November 13, 2011

Anyone Else??

I thought I'd start posting more (ha! Cause seldom isn't here or anything?!)

Wanna hear what's gone on in my life lately?!

Well, I got divorced. Married almost 2 years. I think people look at that "word" as failure rather than, I gave it all I had but all I had didn't give me. That make sense? In other words, somethings just aren't meant to be. There for a while days were tough but I think I've became a stronger and better person because of it all.

My beautiful Grandma also passed away. Watching her slowly fade away was/still is the worst thing to go through. She passed away on a Wednesday night. Earlier that week, Monday, I had found out I just got a new home for my daughter and I -- No more sharing a room with my child in my parents home! (Don't get me wrong -- I do love my parents and forever owe them!) That Wednesday I had also bought my very own brand new furniture set .. Ah .. Love. I felt like I was on cloud 9. Things were going so well for me. I also had bought a new car that month too! Yahoo! Then my Grandma passed away. I moved the next day. I'm not sure I ever got to fully grieve her loss. She taught me the many beautiful things about life.



My cupcake business really took off right after she passed away. At first it was one or two orders here and there.. Then it became three to four dozen .. to five and six dozen. Now it seems nothing to have five orders in one week of a few dozen a piece. I actually had a weekend off this past weekend -- that never happens! Ha! However, I could not be prouder of myself!

Speaking of proud -- I made a goal to lose 10 pounds. Not because I consider myself overweight but because my "fat" jeans were becoming my "skinny" jeans and at $100 a pop -- I'm not buying me new "fat" jeans.  Because my shirts, don't need to look like they have built in tires around the waist. And because my daughter deserves to have a mommy proud of how she looks. Somedays I would walk by a mirror and not look at myself. That's an awful feeling to have. Onto the wonderful part, I'm down 6 pounds :o) Only 4 more to go!

So -- anything new with you?


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

White Chocolate Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Whooo! That's a mouthful!

Raise your hand if you've ate a slice of heaven aka Red Velvet cake?!
Not I.
Raise your hand if you've had the new ice cream by Ace of Cakes star Duff?!
Ok maybe not Duff himself but Blue Bunny sells it and I'm eating a bowl now.
Me!
Raise your hand if you love brownies?!
Me!
And last but not least, if you really raised your hand -- you rock!

I bake. A lot. Too much. Just kidding.

My latest thing .. These brownies.
Fair warning:
The pan will be gone in one day. Maybe one hour.
Don't share.



First, go here..
Read her post.
Make those brownies.
Omit dark chocolate.
Add about 3 Tablespoons of White Chocolate pudding mix to the egg mixture.
After you swirl in the cream cheese I poured white chocolate chips on it and baked accordingly.

Here's the recipe so you won't have to browse other sites.
Yes. I'm that nice in real life too :o)



Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
1/2 cup butter

2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp red food coloring

2/3 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt



8-oz cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.

In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add in the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Batter should be red. If a brighter red is desired, add an additional 1/2 tsp food coloring. Add flour and salt into the bowl and stir until everything is just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.

Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

Prepare cheesecake mixture. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Drop in dollops onto prepared brownie batter. Gently swirl two batters with a butter knife.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned.

Cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving, either at room temperature or chilled.

Brownies can be refrigerated, covered, for several days.


Makes 16 large brownies or 24 smaller brownies





Monday, May 30, 2011

Ooops! Oh my!

Hey!

So do you LOVE my new layout?!
I do!
I finally cracked down and had this super sweet gal make me a custom blog layout and I love love love it!

It seems the boring bug is going around a lot lately.

This t-shirt. Boring. So boring so, I paid $6.99 for it at TJMAXX.
That store and I have a love/hate relationship.
I love finding fun things to tear apart and make new.
But I hate digging. Hate it. Well, sometimes, when I'm kid free, not working, not sleeping, not eating/driving, or anything of the above.. I'll make a slight appearance and see what I can destroy.
By destroy, I mean, tear apart.


And yes, I am sucking it in. I only wished I looked that way on a regular basis!


The after



I cut about 3 inches off the bottom. In the top picture you can see it's long.
I cut that section into 1 inch strips and braided. And braided. And braided. I don't braid. My baby girl is bald. This was a challenge.
I used liquid stitch around the collar and called it a job well done.

All the credits go to this gal who says it was an "oops" but I say it's an "ooh-la-la"






Sunday, May 22, 2011

*New Design Layout*

This sweet lady I came across online is designing a new blog layout for me and I could not be more excited to show it off!

Please be patient with me! I promise you won't be disappointed!

Xoxo,
Abby



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

From Frumpy to Fantastic!

When I moved back in with my parents I became rather bored. I no longer had a space of my own or crafts to do .. I wanted to do something that would make a statement.
Something bold.
Something daring.
Something not me.

I asked on a Facebook post if anyone had stools or ottomans to let me have .. When my mom told me she had one in storage. She promptly went out that day and found it.

It sat there ever since.

Until today.

I took the ragged, paint dripping, sittin' in a corner, wooden stool to a whole new level!

Hope you enjoy!


A hammer and muscles can do a little damage ..


Spray paint the legs "Lagoon" blue and let dry. Paint. Let dry.
Repeat until the can is empty or finger is cramping.



Cover seat in fabric of choice ..
Go bold.
Go daring.
Go for the gold.



Reassemble stool/new-improved-never-gonna-look-the-same ottoman and enjoy!


This project took me roughly 3 hours to do with drying time and a bowl of chocolate ice cream in between!


-Abby








Sunday, May 8, 2011

Headband Tutorial!



Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful Mothers out there! I hope everyone's was filled with love and lots of relaxation!

I recently went thru my camera and found a tutorial I made and completely forgot to post!
Don't tell anyone :)

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Start by raiding someone's hair accessory drawers.. My drawer was my Mom's.
(HI MOM!)


Next grab a fun fabric .. This happened to be one that I made a dress refashion for Charlotte when she was smaller.



I next cut it into 3 strips and made into rosettes


Next step is to wrap it in a fun ribbon ... making sure to glue it every so often. This is where you can hide blemishes and it helps hold it together.

 I then cut 3 circles of fabric and laid on top of one another and glued to each other.
I put a glob of glue and sprinkled a few silver beads on top. I glued the rosettes on..burnt the edges to the flower .. and wa-la!

The end result is a super cute headband!!


Place it on your model and bribe her with brushing her teeth :)


Saturday, May 7, 2011

*Personalized Stool*

My daughter just turned two a few weeks ago. With that said, she is obviously not of my height so getting up and down off of my bed is a challenge for her. I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and stumbled upon mini stools. They're plain jane, nothing fancy to them but it is the perfect height for her to climb up.. or get into things she doesn't need to be in. I should have thought that one thru a little more ;)

Long story short .. this is what I came up with!

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I spray painted the stool hot pink and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
I then put a heavy dose of Modge Podge onto the top..

Next I laid down scrapbook paper .. zebra print :) and did another doseage of Modge Podge to let it seal.
 (I also cut the paper down to size)

While it was drying I cut my daughters name out using my Cricut.. I placed her name on there.
It's a lighter shade of the pink .. more Modge Podge ..


The grande finale! Her brand new stool made all while she was asleep! :)


I also added little pads to the bottom of it so it wouldn't scratch the wood floors :)
This child was like a kid in a candy store with her new toy!

I've linked to these parties:











Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special
 
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Sunday, February 6, 2011

It's A Birthday!

Cake that is :)
I recently baked and decorated this for a friend of mine's mother ..
The bottom layer is red velvet and the top is chocolate .. Mmmm!!

I decorated it with homemade fondant and a snow white icing .. Mmmm! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Baby Shower Cake

I recently, as in today, did a baby shower cake.
I was told the little one is a girl and will be named Emma. (How sweet?!)
The mother to be's favorite color is yellow.
We had a picture to sort of go off of but this is what I came up with:

There were also some extra cookies which sadly were too large to fit on the cake.

How is that crown held up you ask?
I cut two straws (about the depth of the cake) with the bendy parts attached.
I placed them behind where the crown would sit and bent the straw over to help hold it.
Does that make sense? Haha! Regardless, I then covered that up with icing.  

The same client who ordered the above cake -- ordered the below cake in November.


Hope you have a wonderful week!
Stay warm!



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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Runner's Block? I Think Not!

I believe I may have just decided to do the dumbest thing I've done in a while.
However, its a new year, so why not start it off with a bang?!

I just signed up to do a challege of running 100 miles in the month of January.
And in case you weren't aware, it's cold outside.
And I hate the cold.


This should be fun.