Thursday, February 16, 2012

This Isn't a Goodbye...

Nope, I'm not leaving.  But I am consolidating.  One of my goals for this year was blog more...or better.  I haven't done either one.  At least not here.

I have realized that in order to manage my family, real life job, and digi scrap business I need to consolidate and focus on what is really important.

My family is important.  And they deserve more of my time.

You are important.  And you deserve the best designs I can produce.

To be my best me for all of you I need to trim some things from my life.  This blog is one of them.

You can find me at or at Hope to see you there!!!! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

{Not So} Explosive Brownies

One of my personal goals for the new year has been to make more foods from scratch.  I used to cook all the time and lately we have been relying more and more on packaged foods.  Preservatives... Yuck.

So in keeping with that goal I made brownies Saturday night.

They were awesome.  Totally delish.  Even my non chocolate eating husband loved them!

{Princess B loved them too- she just wasn't so crazy about the high chair! I had to take a pic of that chocolate covered face before I finished setting her free!}

I used the Brownie recipe off the Toll House Baking Cocoa container with some adjustments because I was not really prepared for brownies.

Here is what I used:

1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar (unpacked)
3/4 cup oil (softened butter would be ideal, but I was out of butter)
2 Tbsp water
2 large eggs
2 tsp Amaretto ( I used Disaronno- If you want to be really un-explosive you could follow the recipe and use vanilla extract)
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup Toll House Baking Cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray your favorite Pyrex bakeware (or whatever pan you wish.  Pyrex explodes quite well though) with cooking spray.

Combine sugar, oil (or butter) and water in large bowl.  Add eggs and Amaretto.  Stir until well mixed.

Combine remaining dry ingredients in separate bowl.  Add into sugar mixture and stir until well mixed (about 50 strokes).

Bake 18-25 minutes. is the important part:  Leave the Pyrex with the brownies on the stove over night.  You can go ahead and cover them with aluminum foil or plastic wrap for freshness.  In the morning, have your husband cook you breakfast.  When he puts the sausage in the pan be sure he turns on the wrong burner...on high...and doesn't realize it for a good 5-10 minutes.  Step back and KABOOM!  You will have glass everywhere and flaming brownies on the stove.

Note the sarcasm in that last paragraph.  Please do not try to blow up your glass bakeware.  Its highly dangerous and very messy.

Thank God hubby had turned to open the refrigerator.  Thank God we also gorged ourselves on brownies the night before so not too many were on fire.  I didn't know brownies could burn like that!!

I now have a very clean kitchen.  We had to dismantle the stove to get to all the glass and molten brownie. I also discovered my home made dishwasher soap is excellent job cleaning the inside of my stove.  And everyone in my family is okay.  At the end of the day, that is the most important thing.

But I sure wish I had a brownie.  Or two...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Chocolate Valentine

I love February.  Well mostly I just love chocolate!  And Valentines Day means that there is no shortage of chocolate.  And I love pink...and glitter...and hearts.  February just sort of speaks to my inner girly-girl!  So, I made a kit to make my inner girl happy!  Chocolate Valentine is a mix of pink and brown with hints of chocolate and glitter!  It is available at Divine Digital and My Memories and is 30% off all weekend (bundle is 44% off!).

The Chocolate Valentine Bundle and the glitter styles are exclusive to Divine Digital.

 Chocolate Valentine Kit is available at My Memories and Divine Digital.
 Chocolate Valentine Stackers are also available at Divine Digital and My Memories
Want to see some layouts?  I had help from some super sweet ladies Kara, Dawn, Katrina and Rachel!  Thanks to each of these lovely ladies!

Most of these layouts were created using the My Memories Suite Version 3.  If you don't have digital scrapbooking software, or want a new program that is super easy to work with, I highly recommend the My Memories Suite!  Save $10 on your software purchase and receive an additional $10 coupon towards scrapbooking kits when you use coupon code: STMMMS92444.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A bike for the holidays?

There is nothing better than the excitement of getting a new bike for Christmas as a child.  I love seeing the look in J's eyes when he gets a new bike or scooter.  I made this kit just for scrapping my little guy learning to ride his bike.  Grab Kids on the Go for just $.99 today only!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

I'm dreaming of a Cozy Christmas...

In reality we will probably be in shorts and flip flops this year.  Its been a warm autumn in Florida and when winter officially starts in a few days I think its going to be an equally warm winter.  There is something about 80 degrees that just doesn't quite feel like Christmas.  But we have lots of family coming to visit from Ohio that will appreciate the sun and warm weather!

In honor of wishing I could snuggle up with some hot chocolate and a good book here is Cozy Christmas.  $.99 today only!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Eeeek!! I goofed up my sale!

In every way possible :)

So to make it up to you I have 2 products on sale NOW!

Mint Plum

and Jake

We are racing around like mad getting ready for Princess B's first birthday party so I'm off to finish cupcakes and try to make my house a little more presentable!! Hope y'all have a great Saturday night!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Who wants a Skateboard for Christmas?

Today's sale is Sk8r Punx! Remember each special is good for just 1 day so grab it quick :)