Saturday, February 27, 2010

SnickerCake~Sweets for the Sweet~!

I said last week when I posted my poppy seed cake that I'd try to get back with my husband's Snicker cake, this week..
He does most of the baking but even I can do this one, as its easy as pie- um I mean Cake:-)  I didnt actually have time to bake so I just made a cute tag for this recipe..
1...Choose any Chocolate cake mix- or your favorite from scratch chocolate cake. This can be done as  cupcakes but a sheet cake is really the best option-9x13.. Mix and bake according to directions.
2... While the cake is still warm~using a skewer:: we use a chop stick saved from when we had japanese food:: poke holes approx. every inch in the cake. Wiggle the skewer around gently, you want holes about the size of a no. 2 pencil.
3... Using a double boiler~melt 3 Snicker Bars and 1 tub of premade icing.. DO NOT BOIL, just melt, till pourable. Some of my friends who tried this said you could do this melting in the microwave, so if you;re familiar with doing such things that way, go ahead. He always uses the double boiler method.
4... Pour this on top of your cake very slowly or keeping it mixed, spoon over the cake. Try to make sure the chunkier parts of your icing are evenly distributed, so everyone gets some of the nuts and caramel from the snicker bars.. Allow to cool, cover and refridgerate for about an hour.
Thats it Folks~! Cant you just taste all that chocolate in different textures, Smooth , crunchy, caramely,lol
 I hope you enjoy it as much as we do..
Thanks for stopping by...We always enjoy your company and your comments.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Too Cute Teapot

I had to work this afternoon, didnt get in till a short time ago and realized this was Marty's first Tabletop Tuesday. Have ya'll noticed its a syndrome of mine to always be in a rush and doing things I knew I wanted or needed to do at the last minute..
 But I got lucky and had just found 2 new items for my dining table and what better way to show them off than at Marty's party...I've added her link to the bottom of this post so please be sure to go visit her and see all the great folks blogs who are also participating..

 Its this teapot adorable or what?  I found it at goodwill a few weeks ago and for 5.00 I had to make it mine.
I've never seen another like it and it suits my green dinnerware perfectly.
I love my frenchy style fruit on the table cause it adds a little color to my black and white tablecloth and napkins.
Did you spy that bunny over in the right corner of the last photo..?
Lets take another peek at him.
There he is peeking out behind my glassware, wondering when he'll be getting his close up.. So I dont want to hurt his feelings and risk him feeling I dont love him as much as my new teapot  :-)
 I said Him but maybe its a HER bunny.. I guess I should name her Gloria Swanson since I could clearly hear her say"" Yesssssssssssssss Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my close up""...
ok, for you younger folks that wont be as funny as the vision of Norma Desmond's demented face and fluttering lashes getting closer and closer to the camera  .. giggle
I am joining Susan for  Tablescape Thursday  at Between Naps on the Porch. Stop by her blog and see all the other folks who are participating.

Tabletop Tuesday HERE
 Thank ya'll for stopping in for a visit and dont forget to click the link and go see Marty and her other Tabletop participants..
 Come back anytime,. I'm always tickled to see you...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Yellow In Many Shades

 A YELLOW party ~ at Mellow Yellow Monday..
please visit her blog, link is below.
I also joined in Meta Monday since Before I didnt have my yellow out to display and now I do.
So thats the before and after part...:-)
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
I'll try to remember where each item came from- how much they were and any other vital information about them.
 The set of yellow dishes you see in the plate holder are from walmart. They are now on sale for only 29.99, 8 dollars cheaper than I paid last year.. To my eye they are beautiful and always make a lovely table setting. Just as important is the fact that they are heavy and sturdy, dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are deep and keep stews, soups or hot cereal warmer alot longer than most of my other bowls... Mr. Rooster I got off ebay for 24.oo I believe... he's a cutie and a keeper...
This is my first time participating in Mellow Yellow Monday.. I looked around the house and found as many of my yellow items as I could..
Most of the other items were fabulous finds from Goodwill.
The salt and pepper ..shakers were 50 cents.
The yellow platter with blue floral was 2.50
The large Rooster display plate was 3.00
My rooster salad plates are from homegoods- 4 for 7.99
My Biscotti cookie jar another goodwill find for 4.00
Pear plate was a gift from my DD and I adore it.

 I love all my yellow items and I hope you do to.
I'm sure after I post I'll remember where some of my other yellow pieces are ..
Hopefully it'll be spring soon and I can show you a whole bed of marigolds in shades of yellow.
 Thanks for stopping in to see my Yellow and please come back often..
Hugs and happy Thoughts to All

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Yummy Cake ~ Eat or Share or Both:-)

  I missed Foodie friday but its never too late for some yummy poppyseed cake. I like to make these and give them to the neighbors for all the kind things they do for me.. Maybe I can get my post ready before next friday , cause I have the bestest Chocolate cake to share with ya'll... 

I'm almost embarrassed to post my tea recipe- its the lazy gals version of Russian Tea, but Country Lady asked so here it is...
1 container of Lipton Tea with Lemon ~ 1, 8 oz. jar of tang ~ 4 cups of sugar.. shake it up and divide into washed/dried jelly jars , label , cap and tie with pretty ribbon.. This way it lets folks know they can keep or toss the jar when they are done with it.


  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/8 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift together the flour, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar and salt. Then mix in the lemon peel, poppy seeds and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. In a saucepan over low heat; cook 3/4 cup white sugar and the lemon juice until stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool to just warm or to room temperature.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack-place a cookie sheet underneath this rack. Prick the top of the cake several times with a toothpick. Brush the top of the cake with the warm or room temperature syrup, allowing lots of the syrup to run down and soak into the sides and bottom of the cake. Cool slightly in the pan before removing the cake to the wire rack to cool completely. When completely cooled, wrap the cake in foil or plastic freezer wrap and let the cake rest at least one day before serving to your guests.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Suzanne's Bedroom Makeover~So Beautiful

 I am so proud to post her Makeover for you all to see. It really is a Miraculous Transformation.
 I'm adding what she has to say about this contest win and process.. There are also caption under her photos on the RMS link.. On the Designers link you'll find out about Suzanne winning the makeover. Since all that is in different writing i wont bore ya'll with alot of text from me, except to say what a beautiful room is it and how happy I am for her.... Congrats Suzanne on your win and Kudo's for all the hard work you and your hubby did to make this all come together...
I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
In her own words- below
"I’ve always wanted the help of a professional designer and my dream came true when I WON a bedroom makeover from Susan Taylor of Black-eyed Susan’s in Yardley, PA. I had been visiting her store and following her blog for a while and grew to love her style. She spent a lot of her (free) time w/ me giving me ideas for other projects in my first house when I would walk in there armed w/ photos and swatches. Then one day while shopping in there, I bought a ticket to win a makeover! Redoing my bedroom wasn’t first on my list of to-do’s…until I bought that raffle ticket and won it. Smile Though she was willing to change which room we tackled (my living room is still unfurnished!), I thought it best to stick with what I won…the “bedroom” makeover. Oh, she threw in the master bath design, too…which was a nice surprise on top of it all. (And a necessity. Couldn’t leave that room w/ out even a coat of paint on the walls, could we?)
I'll be blogging her bath in a seperate post..
Being still so indecisive about what I wanted, I spent countless hours gathering inspiration pictures from blogs and from the members on the HGTV message boards (without telling them, except a select few, why) before it finally clicked…there was one home in Susan’s portfolio that I couldn’t stop thinking about and looking at. I asked for that color palette and we ran w/ it.

The prize included her design services, and painting. We ,my husband and I, did a lot of the work ourselves: painting furniture, etc. – I found some things in consignment and antique shops, craigslist and e-bay..Thanks very much to my HGTV PM buddies who watched a lot of the progress and special thanks to Sonny for making my photos look the best that they could be. Smile"
 And now for the best part~~ the photos.. When you go to the link I'm posting you'll see paint color she used and where she answered other questions you might like to know...
 Here are some links for more photos and Suzanne's own captions.. She also answered many question for folks on RMS as to which items she purchased and from what sourse. Her paint colors is also there..
RMS - As of today, I am #6 in the top-rated for this month AND All time
 Susan Taylor of Black-eyed Susan Interior designs
Picassa link-- also with Suzanne's captions.
See, I told you~B E A U T F U L.. The plates, mongramed chair and pillow, wall color, birdies and art.. This is truly a DREAM room and I hope you all enjoyed seeing it..
  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me.. Come back often, I love having company..
If you have a moment, please leave me a comment and I'll do my best to respond as I want ya'll to know how appreciated you are and that I do read your words..
Brighest Blessings

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Shades of Blue & a Bunny Too

I'm trying to participate in two parties at once.  This is something new for me and I hope I've done it correctly.
I dont have a lot of blue and white yet as I just started collecting last summer.  Then I found this tiny bunny with a sweet blue flower on its neck and just knew I had to add it.
I hope you enjoy my display as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Thank you Barb and Tam for hosting these Tuesday Parties for Us..
Tam at The Gypsy Corner ~ ~ Three or More Tuesday

Barb at Grits and Glamour ~ ~ Tabletop Tuesday

  I teach psp Graphics class so I just had to make a tag using this display for them to use as a sample for tonights class.  They'll get the blank frame and have to fill it in with their choice of items.


Its all of Ya'll's fault you know, that I had to start collecting Blue and White.  After seeing so many beautiful displays in your homes, I just had to have some too.
The plate on the left, below, really is blue and white , its just a deep teal blue which makes it look almost black in a photo..
I plan to go thrifting with a friend of mine friday and we'll definatly be scouring the shelves for more Blue and White items..
Last but not least, I thought I'd add a my most favorite baby. Out of 109 I have made, she was the one I had the hardest time putting in a shipping box. She had a blue bunny too..  There had also been a couple of new real babies born among my friends and I was thinking making a print like this with their babies in it would make some nice wall art for them once it was framed.  they wouldnt be able to find this on any store shelves so it will make a one of a kind Memory. I can add Their favorite poem and birth date- weight - height- baby's name and such.  
as always, Thank you so very much for stopping by to see me. I cant tell you how much it means to know you visited, so please if you have a moment , leave me a comment..
Brightest Blessings  to (ALL))