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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Embossing Card

I created this card last year and I can honestly say I do not remember for whom I made it. I got the inspiration from one of the ladies blog that I follow. It was simple to do and took no time at all. 
 I embossed the wreath 3 times with the embossing powder. Right before it will completely cool off I added the next layer of power and zapped it with the heat gun. This created a more metallic raised look.  

You can see the thickness of the wreath on this picture. 

Materials Used:
  • Cricut cartridge- Sweethearts
  • Regular cardstock paper in black and white for the wreath
  • Stampendous embossing powder - White opaque
  • Zing! Embossing power- silver metallic finish
  • Inkadinkado- Thank you wood stamp
  • 4 X 5.5 in white card from Recollections

Monday, February 23, 2015

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake

I made this cake for Deepak and he ate it all, do not think he shared with anyone!! Instructions were simple to follow and it smelled delicious. Deepak said it was really, really good. Found this on Pinterest (of course). 


                                                               http://juliasalbum.com/2014/06/strawberry-chocolate-chip-cake/

Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips plus more for sprinkling the top of cake
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
  • **I also used blueberries inside of the cake batter-made it a little softer but it still came out good.** 
Instructions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9x3-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Grease the side of the springform pan or square pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine butter, Greek yogurt, and 1 cup sugar and, using electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy - no more than 2 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to medium, mix in the egg, beat until light and fluffy. Then mix in milk, vanilla.
  5. Keeping the mixer speed low, mix in the flour mixture, gradually, just until combined. Do not over mix.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips into the batter. Transfer batter to springform pan. Arrange strawberries on top of the cake, cut sides down and close together. Place chocolate chips in spaces in between.
  7. Bake cake for about 1 hour until the top is golden brown and the tester comes out clean. In the last 5-10 minutes of baking, you can take the cake out of the oven and sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top, pressing them lightly into the top of the cake (the top of the cake will already be baked and a bit crusty) - it will make for a nice presentation. Return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes, to allow chocolate to melt a bit and look even nicer!
  8. When the cake is done baking, let it cool (still in the baking pan) on a wire rack. After cake has cooled for about 40 minutes, release the cake from the springform pan. At this point, if the cake is cool enough, you can slide your hand under the cake, between the parchment paper and the bottom portion of the springform pan and move the cake with the parchment paper attached to its bottom onto a cake plate easily.


Beautiful Table

So last summer Deepak made a beautiful outdoor table for his aunt. It took him about 2-3 days to complete and we helped in the staining of the table. He did a marvelous job. I have already hired him to do a dinning table for our house and a day bed! He will be very busy this summer. 

He was at the end of construction here. 
We could not wait to use it, so we had dinner that same day!
Finished product!!

Who wants to hire him!?? ;)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Aprons

During the holidays I made several aprons. The pattern is from Simplicity (A2319) and I got it at Wal-Mart. I did change some of the finishing, one being the strap that goes over your head (I made it to my size and it is stationary--the pattern has it where you can adjust it), also I cut the pockets from a different fabric to make it a little interesting. I made a total of 3: one for me- Thanksgiving theme, one as a Christmas gift- green with silver hearts and one for a child.



Child Apron


I got all the materials for the apron at Joanns.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Year!

I have finally graduated nursing school and  I am currently working full-time on a PCU floor! I am so happy to have finally finished. I am going to work really hard at keeping up with the blog and keeping myself motivated to do more crafting and scrapbooking/card making! I have lots of projects I have done since school finished. I will make sure to take pictures and post them.

I wanted to share a recipe I did last week, which I got from pinterest. Deepak and I try to have at least 2 vegetarian meals a week and it is hard to find new recipes that we both like (mainly that I like!). This was super easy and fast to make. Try it it is delicious! 

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

                                                  http://damndelicious.net/2013/12/02/roasted-red-pepper-alfredo/