Monday, August 31, 2009

I Got Nothin'

I'm on a diet. But yesterday Jill made the already posted Too Much Chocolate Cake recipe. But since she's such a picky eater, she made it gluten-free.
Betty Crocker has made a at least one Celiac's dream come true by making a gluten-free cake mix. We have no idea what it tastes like made per the directions on the box, but we do know if you doctor it up with the same ingredients as in the Too Much Chocolate Cake recipe (substituting the cake mix itself, of course) it tastes almost identical to the recipe made with regular cake mix - which is super rich and super moist and super delicious!
Be sure to check out the ingredients in the chocolate chips you choose, as well as the pudding. Sometimes ingredients change but we know today that Jello chocolate pudding is gluten-free. Hershey's brand chocolate chips are too.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ice Cream Cake

After stumbling across this how-to video of this recipe, I just had to make it.
It was a huge hit! It's so simple too.
After reading the reviews, I doubled the filling mixture so there was enough to add to the top. I used alot more cool whip to frost it before freezing. Right before I cut it to serve, coated it in more crushed Oreos.

Oreo Fudge and Ice Cream Cake

1/2 cup hot fudge ice-cream topping
1 (8 ounce) tub cool whip, thawed
1 (4 oz) pkg instant chocolate pudding
8 Oreos, crushed
12 vanilla ice-cream sandwiches, unwrapped

Pour fudge topping into a medium bowl. Add 1 cup of the whipped topping; stir with wire whisk until well blended. Add dry pudding mix; stir 2 minutes or until well blended. Gently stir in chopped cookies; set aside.
Arrange 4 of the ice cream sandwiches, side-by-side on a 24-inch piece of foil; top with half of the whipped topping mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining 4 ice cream sandwiches. Frost top and sides of dessert with remaining whipped topping. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to loosely seal packet.
Freeze at least 4 hours before serving. Store leftovers in freezer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bathroom Furniture

Once upon a time about 5 years ago, I became impatient with my guest bathroom. The year before, in an attempt to update things in there, I painted over the very dark laminate of the vanity and got rid of the matching wallpapered light switch cover. I so wish I had a before picture, but I do not.

It was better with the new paint and such but I was still not satisfied. I was thrifting one day and stopped at one of my favorite thrift stores but they weren't open. As I was leaving I noticed this awesome piece of furniture - a buffet - in the window. I was in love. I'm telling you I went back to that store and gazed at it through the window 3 more times before they were actually opened. It was one of those places where the owner shows up whenever they want to.

Anyway, they finally opened and I finally got in there, pushed all the other customers out of the way (not really) and bolted straight to the buffet, asked how much it was, whipped out my handy little tape measure to be sure and took it home. (It was 60 bucks - a no brainer.)

I left it the original color because it went well with the new wallpaper and paint I was going to use.

After pulling out the old vanity myself (when I get excited about a project I can't wait around for my husband to get home from work to help me), and installing a sink and new plumbing, after a few days this is how it turned out.

I was able to salvage some space in most of the drawers by cutting and rebuilding the drawers around the plumbing. For the drawer that's directly under the sink, I removed the actual drawer and then permanently screwed the drawer front back in place so it doesn't open at all.

Today I took these pics of the antique dresser turned vanity I helped make for a friend. She's very close to moving into her newly built gorgeous home after a fire destroyed her other gorgeous home over 2 years ago.

Here's the before.

The sink she bought prior to buying the dresser was slightly to big for the dresser top so she had a counter top made to fit the sink and I think it turned out beautiful! We were able to save almost the entire bottom drawer for toilet paper storage.

Doing that vanity for her got me more excited to do one for my master bathroom. I've been looking for a looooooong time to find a piece of furniture that is precisely the right measurements and just last week I lucked out and got this beauty.

(Only I talked him down to $110. ☺)

I hope I can have it done in the next few weeks.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Eat Your Veggies

My friend made this cake from a recipe of a friend of hers. She claims it's moist and delicious. I'm going to post it even though I didn't test it out myself but I trust her. ☺ Thanks Jeanette!!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. flour
2 eggs
4 Tbs. cocoa
2 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 c. sour milk or yogurt
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1 bag chocolate chips

Blend butter, oil & sugar. Then add all liquid ingredients. Then add cocoa and dry ingredients. Then add 1/2 the bag of chocolate chips. Pour into a sprayed 9x11 baking dish. Sprinkle the other 1/2 of chocolate chips on top. Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Bake at 350 for 30-35 min. (I did mine for 40 min and the middle was still gooey.)


Apparently so. ☺

Monday, August 10, 2009

Duct Tape - How Do I Love You....

Let me show you one way.

On the hunt for a bolster pillow to go with my new black bench (yes, I kept it for myself), I found a nice $20 one at Ikea, which is a good price for as big and as nice as it is. But it was waaaaaay too big for the bench. I kind of knew it would be but I had a backup place to use it so I got it anyway. ☺

So, I had a thought to make a pillow the right size without sewing anything. In my opinion, some things just aren't worth taking the time to sew.

So I took an old king-size pillow and some good old duct tape - in fashionable colors - not that it matters - and folded the pillow in half and taped it like that. I thought about tying it with string, which would definitely work, but this was just way faster. Take note this is an old pillow, meaning not alot of poof left in it. I think a brand new one would be more difficult to tape down.

I promise that pillow has never been peed on.
It's just water-stained from going to bed with wet hair.

I put it in a bolster cover I already had (2 for 2.99) at Ikea, which I intend to change as soon as I find the right fabric to make a new one (that's definitely worth the time to sew) but for now this one is cute enough.

101 Things...

Tried this one from "101 Things To Do With Chocolate" by Stephanie Ashcraft.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Sandwich Cookies
1 white cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil until cookie dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop teaspoons of dough onto a baking sheet. Bake 8-11 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Do not overcook. Allow cookies to cool. Place a scoop of the filling between 2 cookies. Store in refrigerator. Makes 15-18 sandwich cookies.

1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 small box chocolate instant pudding mix

Whisk together the milk and peanut butter. Whisk in pudding mix and then refrigerate until ready to use.

*My kids liked these frozen.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Chocolate Chip Pie

Chocolate Chip Pie - a la Bridget

1 unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie crust
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup soft butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325°. Beat together eggs, flour, sugars and butter. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into pie crust. Bake 60 minutes or until center is almost set. Serve warm with ice cream and hot fudge sauce (if wanted).