Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I've got some mother daughter matching aprons in mind for that top fabric and the bottom stuff will be made into a mei tai for a friend. Can't wait to get started, I have so many projects to get done and life is just getting so busy!
I also managed to pick up this adorable fabric at Value Village yesterday. I've got some kids art smocks planned for it.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I've always been a huge fan of brownies so when I found the nearly perfect recipe a couple years back I swooned! Seriously, if it weren't for my husband chocolate would be the love of my life. Anyway, I made them for my moms group a couple weeks back and a couple people asked for the recipe so here it is!
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
5-6 ounces dark chocolate
1 tbsp corn syrup (I haven't tried leaving this out for fear of the gooey factor not working out but I'm sure you could try it. let me know how it works if you do)
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
Melt together the butter, sugars, dark chocolate, and corn syrup in a medium pan over med-low heat. Stir constantly until the mixture is blended and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.
This is usually when I like to grease and flower an eight inch pan so it's all ready to go.
Sift together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder and set aside.
When the chocolate mixture has cooled to warm, beat in the eggs and extract. Fold in the flour mixture.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 mins until the top is crisp and the edges are starting to shrink away from the pan. The inside will still be soft and chewy.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
The entire project ended up costing me about $3... for the stencil. That's it!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
As of now I plan (or have started already) to plant tomatoes, potatoes, butternut squash, beans, peas, carrots, lettuce, asparagus, and onions. I'm doing some tomatoes in the garden and some in pots on my deck, that way I'll have enough to make tomato sauce this fall.
and after I sanded it down...
I'm definately looking forward to eating most of our meals on our "new" table this summer. I have also been thinking about doing some stenciling on the top.... I'll have to go see what Michaels has in that department.
We also got Travis' dad to pick up some big jugs from a farmer he knows to make rain barrels. Trav cut off the top, rinsed them out really well, and put a small tap on the bottom. Then he got some bendable rain gutter attachments and placed them going into the barrels. He also built some stands for them. Hopefully this will save us a bunch of water.