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11  COOKING / Dessert / Super Easy Cocoa Cake on: August 30, 2010 03:15:12 PM
I'm a fiend for baking desserts from scratch, and last week I was dying for a cake, which is something I haven't made in awhile. Since it's only my boyfriend and I in our house (I doubt the cat wants to partake) I hate to make big cakes because so much of it goes to waste. I was looking around for a good chocolate-ish cake recipe that was either simple to half or catered initially to a smaller size. I stumbled on this little gem in an old 1962 Betty Crocker cookbook, and whattaya know, it's an 8x8, the perfect size for us.

Easy Cocoa Cake
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup milk

Heat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease and flour 8x8 cake pan (I used a square glass casserole dish and instead of flouring the dish I "floured" it with cocoa so there wouldn't be any ugly white marks. And hey, who doesn't like more cocoa?). Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl. Stir in wet ingredients. Mix and pour. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center is clean.

I wasn't sure how it would turn out, since I'd never made this before, but I loved it! It turned out at the end that I hadn't thought to pick up any more powdered sugar, so I didn't have enough to make frosting, but I decided to try it sprinkled with the little bit I had left over. I served the cake with sugared strawberries, chocolate syrup, and chocolate ice cream, and it was delicious.

12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mandalas on: August 28, 2010 09:24:32 PM
Well, I'm not really much of an artist when it comes to actually having to draw anything; I usually stick to collaging/stenciling/crochet... anything that I don't have to actually draw out much. But lately I've been drawing mandalas just to relax and zone some, and since I haven't been on here much or posted anything lately (which will hopefully change now) I figured I'd throw them on here.  Smiley These were done with ink and colored pencil. There are lopsided parts and white spaces that would normally irk me, but since it was more of a non-serious work, I try to think of the flaws in them as part of their meaning and charm. And like I said, I'm no artist, so please be gentle.  Grin


This one was done as a reflection on my Native American ancestry and the elements in nature.


This one was really just some idle doodling and I think it came out really strange. O.o

Thanks for looking.  Smiley
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Paint/Paper Collage on: June 08, 2009 04:35:44 PM
I did this collage on the cover of an old book using acrylic paint and cut outs from various books. It's one of the only collages left from the 20 or so I made from 2005-2007 that my ex boyfriend decided to rip to shreds (which unfortunately included my favorite one I'd ever done that had over 9 hours of work put into it... le sigh. BUT I'm rambling!)... On with the picture...




14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Frankenstein Shirt & His Bride on: June 08, 2009 03:29:22 PM
So this is my first post to display anything I've done...
And since my boyfriend and I have been on a stenciling kick, I figured I'd show you guys what we've done so far.
Excuse my crappy quality pics, my camera is awful, but I did the best I could! I figure it at least gets the general idea through.



We used spray paint on this one(my boyfriend refused my suggestions to use anything else).


As for me, I usually stick with washable fabric paint on my things... mostly because I don't like waiting one wash for the smell to come out.
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