Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cake Batter Chex Mix? Oh C'mon, You Know You Want Some!

Also known as 'puppy chow', 'cake batter buddies', 'muddy buddies', etc. Hey, I don't know why it has so many names, but it apparently does. Anyway, I made some of this earlier today, & considering that it was mostly just things that happened to be chillin' in my pantry, it was pretty dern easy.

Wanna make it? You're going to need the following things:

1 box of Corn Chex (I used the 'big' box.)
1 bag of white chocolate (You can use almond bark, but I like chocolate.)
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of heavy cream (I'll be honest, I used way, way more than one tablespoon, but I blame that on the fact that I am Southern & cream is never put to use in the 'recommended' quantities.)
1 cup of powered sugar
2 cups of yellow or white cake mix (Not the batter!! The dry mix.)

Ready? Here we go:

Throw your white chocolate chips, butter, & heavy cream in a bowl. 

Pop said bowl into the microwave & do 20-30 seconds at a time. Watch carefully, because nothing is more awful than having to throw out burnt chocolate. Love the chocolate, pay attention to the chocolate. I beg of you...

When it all starts to melt together, it will happen fast. I think I threw this back in the microwave another 25 seconds & it was totally melted & ready to go.

You can also melt this down using a double boiler...but seeing as I have no double boiler in my life, I have no photos or opinions of making in it one. 

In a different bowl , throw in your Chex cereal. 

Slowly pour in your chocolate mix & stir it all like it is going out of style. You need to coat everything. I'd say to coat things evenly, but I am *so* not able to actually do that in my kitchen. Hey, I never said I was perfect...

Put your cake mix & powered sugar together in a bowl. Mixing them together so that they're  not just cake mix with powdered sugar on top is probably a good idea. I spent like...30 seconds mixing them with one another.

Know that bowl of chocolate coated Chex you've got just hanging out waiting on you to give it some love? Go get it. Dump, fold, drop, or any other version of 'add' your cake mix & sugar mixture on all that chocolate-y goodness.

I guess you could technically stir it all together, but I took the easy way out-I put it all in a Tupperware bowl, snapped a top on (tightly!), & shook it like I was at the Chex Shaking Olympics. No, I have no photos of myself shaking the Tupperware, you're just gonna have to trust me on this one.

And get this:

Store these bad boys in an air tight container, and nom whenever you're in the mood for some cake tasting goodness.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The ornament blitz is in full swing!

I don't know if it's due to a need for crafting or a need to make pretty holiday things, but my love of filling Christmas ornaments with various things has become a slight obsession. Yes, I'll fill them with just about anything that I can make fit. (The ones in these photos are for sale in my Etsy shop.)  

I was feeling kinda 'green' when I filled these with old paper bags & brown paper.

I think I had a 'festive' need for shiny things when these happened.

There may not be a white Christmas in TN this year, but I made sure to get some snow in my life.

Tinsel, tinsel, tinsel. Oh how I love tinsel.

Have something you want in a cool Christmas/holiday ornament? I do custom orders & all that jazz, all you've got to do is let me know! Contact me & let's see what I can do for you.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What To Do, What To Do...

So I made my last old window into a cute art type thing to hang in my extra bedroom. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Here is that story.) Anyway...I've got another window sitting in my garage, see?

Please ignore the old door behind the window. That is not the door that will be my headboard, it is a totally different door that is going to get some love sometime soon.
Since I'm not going to keep it, I'm trying to decide whether I just want to stencil something on the glass panes, if I want to straight out paint the panes, or if I want to ModPodge something on to it. I mean yeah, doing something custom for somebody is always fun, but at the moment I haven't had anybody that needs a super awesome window that Ginger spiffed up just for them in a while.

Hmmm...I'm currently stumped. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Remember that window I 'rescued' while I was in DC a couple months ago?

Well, whether you do or not, this is what I ended up doing with it.

I love the look of old typewriter keys, so after finding pics of the ones I wanted, I got busy. After cleaning the heck out of the window to make sure I got as much grime & such off as possible, I set to ModPodging! It took a few coats to get everything smoothed out and even looking, but now that it's all done, I can't decide where I want to put it!

Yes, I love ModPodge.