Friday, January 28, 2011

Cardboard Letters

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Okay, sorry it took me a while to post something.  I was in Hawaii basking in the sun :)  I'll post pictures soon.  Here is a little something I started before Hawaii and decided to finish up today.  I love those cute block letters everyone uses to decorate with, but rather than buying some I decided to make my own for free.  Sure they don't look perfect, but they get the point across and I'm sure when people come over they aren't noticing the little details.  Here's what I did:

I drew the letters on some cardboard I had left over from a box of diapers.
 Cut out my letters
 And painted them.
 I also painted a piece of cardboard for the base.  I used white pipecleaners around the base so you couldn't see into the cardboard.  I used hot glue to assemble them and wa-la!  In this picture you can really see the lines from the cardboard, which I don't love, but at my place they aren't as noticeable.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tissue Gift Wrap Kissing Ball

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I have zero decorations for Valentine's Day so today I decided to make my first one.  The best part is that it was free!  I made a kissing ball out of computer paper and tissue wrapping paper.  Here's how I did it:

First I took some paper and crumpled it into a ball.  I continued adding layers and crumpling it until I got to the size I wanted.  I then glued the paper down to keep it in place.
 Then I made flowers using some red tissue gift wrap that I had on hand.
I glued the flowers to the paper ball as I went along.
I added a ribbon before I put the last flower on it so I could hang it up.  And that was it!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dried Oranges

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I saw this post a while back on Delia Creates and today I decided to start one of my own.  So far I have only dried the oranges and haven't done anything with them yet.  I'm super excited to do something of my own with them.  I'll show you what I come up with once it's done.

On Friday I'm leaving to Hawaii for a week :)  So it probably won't get done until I get back since I have a ton to do to get ready!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Molten Chocolate Cake

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This would be a great Valentine's Day dessert. I got the recipe off of It looks cool and is yummy too. I have also put strawberries on top.  Delicious!


          • 4 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
          • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
          • 1 cup powdered sugar
          • 2 eggs
          • 2 egg yolks
          • 6 Tbsp. flour
          • 1/2 cup thawed Whipped Topping
PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Butter four 3/4-cup custard cups or soufflĂ© dishes. Place on baking sheet.
MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until butter is melted. Stir with wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar until well blended. Blend in eggs and egg yolks with wire whisk. Stir in flour. Divide batter among prepared custard cups.
BAKE 13 to 14 min. or until sides are firm but centers are soft. Let stand 1 min. Carefully run small knife around cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto dessert dishes. Serve immediately, topped with whipped topping and a side of ice cream - depending on your oven you may need to cook it less. DO NOT overcook. I cooked mine for 12 minutes.
If desired you can store the batter in the fridge - just make sure to let it sit at room temperature for an hour if you do so.