Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Little Stamping Time


I took a little time last week to sit at my desk and stamp a little.  I've been going through my stamps and all the things that go with it to sell, donate, and send to my second cousin.  I ended up sending her around $750 worth of stamps, paper, punches and embellishments.  One of things in my stash is several flavors of washi tape.  I've used it on one card, loved the ease and then it has sat in my drawer.  I made several quick thank you cards that my son can use to thank family that has come from out of town to attend his graduation.



The next card gives me a little jump start on Christmas cards.  Eight cards down 100+ to go. I'm not anticipating being behind this year with cards due to being in a new area and I don't imagine I will be as overly involved as I will be by the end of our assignment.
I saw this next card as a birthday card on Pinterest.  I was considering it as a Mother's Day card but I think it is best suited as a birthday card.  Still need to stamp the greeting on it.
This next one was in the Sale-a-bration flyer.  I have no inspiration on how to use the "cork" embellishments.  I thought this would give me a jump start.  I'm still not feeling it.

Card #1 - Thank You
CS:  WW
Stamps:  Lots of Thanks
Ink:  markers - Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Misc.:  Season of Style washi tape

Card #2 - Merry Little Christmas
CS:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, WW
Stamps:  Merry Little Christmas
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Misc.:  Season of Style washi tape, linen thread

Card #3 - Pinterest Birthday
CS:  Pool Party, Basic Black, WW, Sweet Sorbet DP
Stamps:  Petal Parade
Ink:  Pool Party, StazOn Black
Misc.:  Designer Vintage Faceted Button, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Card #4 - Thank You
CS:  WW, Sweet Sorbet DP
Stamp:  Petal Parade
Ink:  StazOn Black, Crisp Cantaloupe
Misc.:  Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, Scallop Tag punch, Dimensionals
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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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