Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mississippi Mud Cake

I came across a recipe recently that was glorified Rice Krispie Treats.  They would have been glorified for me because they were chocolate.  They used the plain Rice Krispies but chocolate was added.  Rice Krispie Treats are okay, but you'll never hear me say, "Hey, you know what would be good right now?  Rice Krispie Treats."  I think of kids when I think of them and that is exactly why I would have been making them.  My kids would have liked them.

I called my mother the other day to ask her a question regarding the characteristics desired as a wife, mother, etc.  I mentioned her mother in the conversation and how she always thought well of everyone no matter what they said or did.  My mom then asked, "What do you think my mother would say to your question?"  

When it came time to use the mini marshmallows, I had my grandmother on my mind and ended up using them to make her Mississippi Mud Cake.  Yum!  Normally it is made in a 9x13 pan but this time I used a jelly roll pan and it was perfect.  This is a rich dessert so to have a normal square but half the thickness was perfect.  Not to mention that is lasted longer than 24 hours in our house. 

Mississippi Mud Cake

1/2C butter
1/2C cocoa
2C sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1-1/2C flour
pinch of salt
1t vanilla
1-1/2C chopped nuts
1 pkg. mini marshmallows

Preheat oven at 350 and prepare pan for baking.  Either grease a 9x13 pan or line a jelly roll pan with Parchment paper.  Melt butter and cocoa together; remove from heat.  Stir in sugar and eggs.  Add flour, salt, vanilla and nuts; mix well.  Pour into prepared pan and bake

9x13 pan - Bake 35-45 min.
Jelly roll pan - Bake 20-25 min.

Icing:
1 lb. Confectioner's sugar
1/2C milk
1/3C cocoa
1/2C butter (*use 1/3C)

Mix together until smooth.  (It is helpful to sift the sugar and cocoa powder. You can tell from my picture, that I didn't based on the cocoa specks.)

Sprinkle marshmallows on top of hot cake and put back in oven for 5 minutes.  *I usually make a single layer of the marshmallows, completely covering the cake.  Depending on the size of the bag you may have some marshmallows left over.

Put icing on hot marshmallows.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Quilt . . . Almost Done


I've been working like crazy on this quilt trying to get it done on time.  I'm going to be late.  There is always something going on that seems to prevent me from getting to it and there are times I just need a break from it.


I've been machine quilting it and I'm about half-way done.  I need to finish 8 blocks and the outer poinsettia border.  It really is lovely.
Once I get the binding on, I'll post some pictures.  I know I'll be done next week, but the pictures may not get posted.  I still have Christmas cards to make.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Christmas Quilt

I'm working on a quilt for my mother for her birthday in December.  It is a special year because she will be turning 70. I wanted to give her something special and living far away, it is a hard to make it a special day in person.  She is down-sizing planning to sell her house and move to another state in the next few years.  I decided to make her a quilt.  My mother knows I'm making a lot of quilts for Christmas this year, perhaps she speculates that she will be receiving one.  What cracked me up in one conversation was she asked if I had started my Christmas cards yet.  Nope.  While I need to be sewing 40-60 hours a week to be done by Thanksgiving, I haven't figured in time for the stamping that needs to happen.  Somehow, I didn't budget in enough time for Scouting either.
The poinsettia and gold material is quite elegant in person.  There is a sheen to it with the gold thread that outlines the leaves/flowers and the print of the gold material.  It really is lovely.
My regular quilt shop had Christmas in June and a sale of 30% off Christmas fabric.  I took advantage of that sale.  I wasn't happy with one of the materials I had picked out but color-wise, it worked.  I had pieced any of these blocks together when I purchased the fabric, I just took a sample with me to make my purchase.
The fabric sat in the bag and after I pieced together half of the quilt (3 of these blocks are duplicated, I have 4 more to sew) and then I put them together to get a visual of what the top would look like.  It was not a pretty sight.
I looked for material at my quilt shop again and saw nothing that I thought would work.  I went to a shop closer to my home and found material for the backing that had the shine that would flatter the gold and poinsettia material.  I found material for my border and sashing and now I can't wait to finish this.  It will be beautiful!!  
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Surgery

I count myself very fortunate that I have a high tolerance of pain. I have to admit, I have wondered if that is a bad thing.  I had surgery on Tuesday.  I was told that my pain would probably be around a 5 or 6, if it reached a 7 or higher, they would give me pain medicine.  I don't even think it was a 1.  I got home around 6:00, my aunt called within minutes.  We talked for a while and then my son drove me to a meeting.  The funny part is when I talked with my aunt she mentioned she was going to send flowers but I didn't sound bad at all.  I told her to hang up and call me back and I'd do better at not sounding so good.  She laughed, as did I when I came home from my son's doctor appointment and saw flowers by the door.

My biggest pain from the procedure was from the IV they put in.  It left a nasty bruise on my arm (2" x 1-7/8").  Ouch!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Block 9 - Pocahontas

I've been so busy on another quilt that I put off working on this block.  I think I may have procrastinated on it because I wasn't looking forward to the doubling the triangle to get the 4 diamonds.  I should have pressed my seams open for it to lay better.  I managed to get it done in time for the Saturday Sampler.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

OWH World Card Making Day Blog Hop

I just experienced one of those needed do-over moments.  I made the card below first, recalling measurements but not the direction the card was supposed to be going.  I had to adjust the Old Olive CS, because that measurement seemed small.  I went to link up to the sketch and discovered my error.  I was going to go with it because it is late, I'm tired and there are dishes to do.  I couldn't do it.  I tried but I couldn't post it today of all days.  The above card is my do-over.  I like it.  I'm going to do the dishes and go to bed.  We've got 4 girls sleeping over but I will sleep through their laughs and chatter.  Enjoy!
I used Sketch 175 to make this card. 

Stamps:  Gently Falling, Chalk Talk
CS:  Pear Pizzazz, VV, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
Misc.:  Brads, Woodgrain EF

Click the image below to continue.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Christmas Card Swap

Every year I participate in the Christmas Card Swap on VC Rocks.  There weren't as many players this year, but I'm still glad I was able to be a part of it.
Anita Watson made the card above using Calm Christmas and Dictionary stamp sets.
Catie Palmer  used Naughty & Nice and That Rotary stamp sets
Elizabeth Kratzer used Ornament Keepsakes.  Nice to see the Holiday Framelits used.
Ellen Boyle used Lovely as a Tree and Greetings of the Season
Jane Hignite used the Four 4 You stamp set
Leanna Kerr use Joyful Christmas
Sherry Davis used Best of Brides and Babies and More Merry Messages
The above card is unknown.
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