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11  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Filled Butter Cake, or the way to obesity in just seven ingredients! on: August 04, 2009 12:12:25 PM
I was looking through one of those little Family Living recipe booklets (specifically "Gifts for Friends", I'm sure there's a joke in there about giving this to your "friends" so you'll look better by comparison) and came across this recipe. I knew from the moment I read the title that I had to go home right then and make it. Fortunately for my GPA, I waited until lecture was over, and then dashed home to mix up some deliciousness.

It didn't really wind up being that cakey. The "batter" was more like cookie dough, and required a lot of spreading. It's pretty freaking delicious, though.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 (F). Cream butter and sugar, add milk and vanilla and mix until blended. Sift together flour and salt, add to creamed mixture and stir until blended. Melt chocolate chips (with some oil, if necessary). Spread half of cake dough/batter in 6 or 7 inch pan (mine was springform, I don't see why that was necessary, though). Spread melty chocolate over dough. Spread the rest of the dough/batter over chocolate. Cook about 40 minutes, or until edges are brown.

Om nom nom. Cakey buttery doughy goodness.

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Obama! on: June 29, 2009 02:06:30 PM
I feel like the Obama craze has died down somewhat, but I'm still a bit obsessed. Wink I actually started this juuust after the election, and it has taken me this past seven or so months to finish it. Roll Eyes It's only five colors, about 5" x 7". I'm so proud! I can't wait to get him framed and on my wall.

I made the pattern myself, with a very carefully selected picture. It took a lot of modifying, etc. to get it just the way I wanted, but I'm quite happy with the way it came out. Smiley

13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cthulhu fhtagn! on: June 25, 2009 04:46:09 PM
This is almost certainly the most complex amigurumi project I've done so far. I saw this pattern a while ago and filed it away in my "To Make" images, but it took an outside source to get me to go for it. I had a friend comment on a little octopus I made that was sitting on my desk. Knowing that he looooves cthulhu, I offered to make an adorable little cthulhu instead. Naturally, I wound up actually making two. Roll Eyes The beaded one is 100% silk, and the fluffier one is a blend of some sort, but I think it's mostly angora. Soooo soft!

I am so very proud of myself. They took a while, but it was well worth it.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Mardi Gras Party! on: June 25, 2009 01:57:20 PM
Yeah, okay, I know Mardi Gras was months and months ago, but I'm just now uploading the pictures to my computer.  Roll Eyes

This is sort of a follow-up to this post. If you want more details about the party and the recipe I used, it's all there.

Here is one of the two cakes, with buttons inside:

And here is a picture of all the stuff laid out:

You can also see all the crowns/hats I made in that one. From left to right: the king's crown is sitting on top of the male peasant hat, the merchant's kippa and money necklace, and the queen's crown on top of the female peasant's bonnet. You can also see bits of the chips, salsa, and homemade cookies that were out. :>
15  COOKING / Dessert / Delicious (and ridiculously chocolatey!) Lava Cake on: May 05, 2009 11:29:57 PM
I did this crazy modified king cake thing for Mardi Gras where instead of one person getting a baby, we all got buttons that defined different roles for us for the evening (there were two peasants, a merchant, and a king and queen). Anyway, the point for this post is that I made a "test cake" to make sure the buttons would all stay where I expected and that everything worked out okay. It did! Sadly, I do not have a picture of the actual Mardi Gras cakes because they were finished at the very last second and we immediately ate them, but I do have my test cake. I actually think the test cake is cuter because the cake is the perfect shape to be a volcano. Grin The Mardi Gras one just had green, purple, and yellow sprinkles on it instead of red and orange.


Ignore that there blue sprinkle.. he's just a bit of water waiting to get washed away by the hot magma coursing toward him. Certainly not a sprinkle that somehow managed to get on my otherwise totally awesome cake.

I am a sucker for cake mix in a box, so I used this recipe to fancy it up a little. The chocolate "sauce" on top is just chocolate chips mixed with a bit of oil and melted. It was ridiculously moist and chocolately and yum.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Resin Goodies :D on: April 02, 2009 12:38:26 PM
Here are some of my latest resin goodies. I have so many new ideas and not enough time to do all of them.. le sigh. I need a couple weeks to just do batches and batches of ideas.

Also: Holy crap yes that unicorn one does glow in the dark. One of my friends came over and stole the dinosaur glow in the dark one I made before I could even take a picture.

17  COOKING / Dessert / Strawberry/Sugar Cookie Tartlets on: March 30, 2009 06:45:05 PM
This is adapted from a recipe clipping my aunt sent me. The original recipe said to use pre-made refrigerated cookie dough, but I decided to be difficult and make a batch of cookie dough from scratch. It was probably more delicious in the end, but I think the pre-made dough would have been easier to work with.

Basically, you use sugar cookie dough and press it into muffin pans to make little cups, which you then bake (in the muffin pan) for ten minutes or so. The filling is 8 oz. cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together, then add the rest of the ingredients and beat again. Divide the cream cheese mixture between all your cookie cups and top with fruit. Bake another ten minutes or so. I think I actually added the fruit after the baking was all done, so you can do it that way too.

They were extremely delicious and filling like no other. I could only eat one before I was all tarted out, so even though the recipe only makes about twelve, that should be plenty.

Aaaand of course, here are some pictures of the final product:

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resinresinresinresinresin (Shiny new things with lots o' pictures) on: January 19, 2009 04:45:11 PM
It has been so long since I've posted resin goodies! I decided to take pictures of a whole bunch of my older ones, and I just mixed up a new batch that I can hopefully put up in a few days.

The cat, dragon, and unicorn are all hand-drawn (and then scanned in and printed out again) originals.

Sooooo.. which one's your favorite? Grin
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Charm/Noisy/Dangly Beaded Bracelets (Fat with delicious pictures) on: January 19, 2009 05:54:00 AM
I still don't know what the standard name is for these guys. Roll Eyes It took me forevveeeeeer to finally take pictures of these darn things, I kept putting it off and putting it off.. but here they are!

There's a wonderful tutorial already here, if anyone's interested. Here's the link.

They're made with all sterling silver--the chain, the clasp, even the bead pins!

20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Turtle Bread! on: January 12, 2009 08:36:52 PM
I'm not so good at making bread yet, but I thought this was just too cute. I saw the picture on the front page of Allrecipes on New Year's Day, and knew I had to make it. Here's the recipe, if you'd like to give it a go yourself.

Isn't he frigging adorable?

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