Friday, January 29, 2010

Reese's Peanut Butter Cake

This is so yummo! The combination of moist chocolate cake and creamy peanut butter frosting is the best. What makes this cake extra special is the Reese's baking pieces found in each yummy bite.
Here's the recipe for you to try:

Chocolate Cake



1 Devil's food cake mix

1 box instant chocolate pudding mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup milk

1 t. vanilla

2 cups chopped Reese's baking pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together everything except the Reese's baking pieces. Batter will be thick. Stir in the Reese's baking pieces. Pour batter into a greased cake pan. For cooking time, use the directions on the back of the Devil’s food cake box as a guide and usually add 10-15 mins to whatever it says. It usually takes around 45 mins for a 13x9 pan.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 stick butter

1/2 c. peanut butter

3-4 c. powdered sugar

1/4-1/3 c. milk

Cream together butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer. Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Next, pour in the milk until icing reaches desired consistency. Lick the beaters! :)

Spread on cooled cake and top with mini chocolate chips. Enjoy!



Happy Friday!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Milestones

Drew has finally learned to feed himself!
Over the last few weeks, he has mastered the ability to pick up small pieces of food and bring them to his mouth.
This may not seem like an amazing accomplishment, but this small milestone is very significant to the mother who has been his primary source of food for the last eight months. :)
It is also another small step from infancy to childhood and eventually to adulthood.
Each time Drew masters another skill it is both exciting and a little sad.
It's sad to think that he will never be this age again.
Although I look forward with anticipation to future milestones...
I am content to enjoy each and every moment.
When I look back at my baby boy...

I want to remember...

the joy of each milestone...
and the blessing...
of being a mother!

Super "Sdeals"


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

All Grown Up

Our little boy is growing so quickly and we are enjoying every single second!!!

DIY Magnetic Board

I've been working on another craft project... :)
The inspiration for this project came from the Ballard Designs catalog. Ballard Designs has awesome home decor but at a pretty hefty price tag. This board sells for around $40 in the BD catalog. I was able to make one for under $8! I found the tutorial for this project on a craft blog, but I forgot to bookmark the page and can no longer find the blog. :(
Here are my instructions if you want to make your own!
Here's what you need:
Sheet metal -- I used a 12" x 17" piece pre cut from Lowes (cost -- around $5.00)
Fabric -- I used an upholstery type fabric (cost -- around $2.50 a yard)
Ribbon (cost -- around $.30)
Drill
Hot glue gun
Instructions:
Drill two holes in the top of the sheet metal. You will use these holes for the ribbon. Attach the fabric tightly to the backside of the sheet metal using a hot glue gun. Using scissors, poke through the fabric where the holes are at the top of the sheet metal. Thread the two ends of the ribbon from the back of the board to the front of the board. Leave enough of a ribbon loop to hang the board, then tie the ribbon in a knot or bow. Snip the ends of the ribbon and hang! :) I didn't end up hanging my board, so I just made a bow.
Now I just need some super cute magnets... :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

8 Months Old!

Drew was born 8 months ago today. The time has gone by too fast! We are so thankful for our precious Drewster! :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Little Nest

Here are a few of the projects I've been working on! First of all, I want to say that I do not consider myself a crafty person and in fact I don't especially like the word "crafts". This word conjures up an image of a little old lady with a cross stitch sampler sitting in a rocking chair. That is SO not me -- at least not yet... ;) The other association I have with the word "crafts" comes from my childhood Sunday school class. This memory involves construction paper, scissors, and a lot of Elmer's glue and is definitely not something that I would love to waste long hours of my life doing! Thankfully, the word "crafts" has taken on a whole new meaning for me after being inspired by some of the amazing ideas seen on these crafty blogs mentioned below! Here is my version of some of the awesome ideas that I found...

I found the inspiration for this framed chalkboard here. Instead of using foam board as suggested in the tutorial, I used the original glass from the picture frame. I also found chalkboard spray paint which was cheaper and easier to use than chalkboard paint in a can. This was super simple to make and cost very little money out of pocket. I plan on using my leftover spray paint for clay pots to plant herbs in this spring. :)
The idea for the wooden letters came from a tutorial on this blog. I used basically the same concept to make the coasters in my previous post here. I also used an acrylic spray sealer after the final coat of mod podge to finish off each letter.
A couple of months ago, I purchased a super cute name tag for Drew's diaper bag from Etsy. After I received this awesome laminator for Christmas, I decided to design & laminate my own tags to give as gifts.
There are so many great craft ideas on the internet to inspire even the very uncrafty! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rocking Horse

Drew loves his new rocking horse from Grandpa & Grandma. He holds on for dear life and smiles big as daddy rocks him back and forth. As a side note, you will notice that he also loves to wear his bib backwards. I'm pretty sure he thinks he's too tough to wear a sissy bid while riding a bucking bronco! ;)

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