Saturday, March 27, 2010
Whatcha need: (I really need to let my southern drawl kick in just a little every now and then..hehe)
16 oz. of your favorite lotion
8 oz. vitamin E cream
7.5 oz. petroleum jelly
Now you want to add all of your ingredients together in a bowl. If you use regular petroleum jelly (it is cheaper), then you will want to warm it in the microwave for about 1-2 min. I microwaved it in 30second intervals. It won't get runny, but it does make it easier to work with. If you use the creamy petroleum jelly, then you don't need to worry with heating it....just dump it in as is.
I just used a rubber spatula and mixed the lotion and creams together. You want to make sure you get the jelly incorporated well and not in lumps.
After you get the lotion to your desired consistency make sure you have plenty of dry skin exposed...this next part can be messy.
You want to place the lotion into containers, either as gifts or for yourself. If you already have jars or bottles that is great!! I made my lotion for me and just put it back in the containers I just emptied. If you plan on filling a small mouthed container the easiest way is to fill a ziploc bag 1/2 to 3/4 full and seal. Then, you will cut a small hole in the bottom corner of the bag...and I do mean small b/c it will get bigger the more you work with the lotion.
Then just squeeze the lotion out of the bag and into your container. Once the bag is empty refill until your container is full or you run out of lotion. I use my feet, elbows, my husbands feet, elbows, and my kids (if i can catch them) to wipe off the excess lotion.
This lotion is very creamy and a little bit goes a long way. I really like to use this lotion on my feet at night and sleep in socks...you will wake up with soft, happy feet. With sandal season fast approaching this is a great way to treat your winter abused feet.
If you try this lotion let me know what you think!!!
I knew this would make a perfect baby blanket. It will be just the right size to cover a little lap in a car seat.
Here is the material I used.
1/2 yard of soft fabric, coordinationg ribbbon for the edges, and coordinating thread.
First, I folded my fabric in half and trimmed the edges into an even line. (Note: Be careful-I have read of some cutting misshaps with rotatry cutters this week, it has made me a little nervous.)
And your done...you have a perfect gift for a baby shower, or new baby!!
Mine cost less than $5 to make.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This is a new show started by two crafty twins. (Who happen to look a little like Marie Osmond, but they insist there is no relation...i still wonder). The first episode over at DIY Dish is about making cake pin cushions. I am not sure I would put pins in these cakes...they would be cute to set out as decorations, especially at birthday parties.
Anyway, not only are Kris and Kim hosting a cool new web show, they are also giving away 2, that is right 2, Janome machines. Janome sponsored the first web show and are giving DIY Dish viewers the chance to win either a Janome sewing maching or a Janome embroidery machine. Either one of this would be a great machine to own!!
So head over to DIY Dish and check out the show and the giveaway.
Have a great day!!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Here are the ingredients you will need for the cupcakes.
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups flour
1tsp baking powder
1//2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp fresh or frozen, thawed raspberries
1/3 cup sugar
3 cups powder sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp raspberry jam (seedless)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
Have a wonderful day!!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The othere night I had my family over for supper and decided that I wanted to make some cupcakes.
Let me explain why I am on a cupcake kick. Recently there has been a new cupcake store open in our town...and it is all the rage (great for them). The probelm...at least in my eyes...is that these cupcakes are $3.00 a cupcake!!! I have yet to go to this new store for fear that I will become addicted to these cupcakes..I know people this has happened too. And as much as my scales are cruching from my dessert kick...my wallet couldn't stand the same strains of these cupcakes.
From what I hear these are normal size cupcakes that you would make at home...with as much icing on top as there is cupcake underneath.
So, I decided to embark on my own cupcake journey and decide to make some chocolate cream filled cupcakes covered with ganache.
Here is the final product...well at least what is left.
Here is the recipe I used for the cupcakes and filling (from allrecipies.com)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 pinch salt
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 oz. chopped semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup heaving whipping cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line 36 muffin cups with paper liners.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking sodan and 1 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, 1 cup each of milk, water, and oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well. (DON'T WORRY-this is a very liquidy batter) Fill each muffin cup 1/2 full of batter. (I did about 3/4 full).
4. Bake in the over for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
5. Make filling: In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening together until smooth. Blend in confectioners' sugar and a pinch of salt (if you used salted butter, then I wouldn't add the extra salt). Gradually beat in 3 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Fill a pastry bag with a medium tip. Push the tip throught the bottom of paper liner and fill each cupcake.
6. Make the ganache: Place chopped chocolate into a bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan until boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon and spread the ganach on top of each cupcake.
7. If there is any extra icing...i had plenty. Pipe the icing ontop of each cupcake to decorate.
Have a great cupcake day!!
Hoosier Homemade--Cupcake Tuesday