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11  Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (with PICS!) in Dessert by Joyful Abode on: February 23, 2008 07:25:28 AM

This carrot cake recipe is so simple, and so delicious... mmm....
I took half of the cake to work, and a few of my coworkers decided to hide it from the others, so they could eat it for lunch-dessert two days in a row, rather than sharing it with everyone. haha.
The other half? Well, I had one piece.

And my husband ate ALL THE REST before I could slice myself another. Good thing I love him, huh?

More photos and the recipe are here.

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12  Shishsa Stitch (with pic) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Joyful Abode on: February 12, 2008 01:40:56 PM

This is one of the (many) really neat things you can do with embroidery... adding little mirrors or shishas via a "frame" of foundation stitches, overworked in blanket stitch and a border of backstitches.

I'd love to see your shisha projects in comments to this post. Smiley I've already searched Flickr (not much there) and Craftster (also pretty rare), and I want to see more!!!

If you don't know how, I've written a tutorial with step-by-step photos that is hopefully easy to understand.
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13  Pumpkin Crumble (with pic) in Dessert by Joyful Abode on: January 30, 2008 04:35:00 PM

I stole this recipe from my stepmother's recipe cards. (I copied it, so she still has it. I'm not THAT mean.)
It's so simple. A can of this, a can of that, a box of cake mix... some nuts.
And so delicious. Like pumpkin pie without the crust, but with a cakey layer on top.
Or like pumpkin bars, but upside-down.
Or like... pumpkin crumble.

You eat it by scooping bits of it with gingersnaps or Nilla wafer cookies.
Or dump some in a bowl with vanilla ice cream.
Or scoop it into your mouth with your fingers.
You know, whatever you want.

The recipe is here.
What is your favorite pumpkin dessert recipe? Not saying this is mine (I love pumpkin so much...) but it's up there.
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14  Curious George Cookies (with pic) in Dessert by Joyful Abode on: January 30, 2008 04:30:04 PM

So delicious... I'm not a fan of bananas but I LOVE them baked into stuff like cookies or bread, I love banana pudding, banana chips (dried bananas), banana-flavored candy... just not bananas by themselves.

So I made these cookies with some leftover bananas I had from a project I did with my preschoolers.
They're banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
Super soft, but they hold up when dunked in milk. Not like other cookies that fall apart and get mushy in the bottom of your glass.

We ate them all.

They're gone.

Recipe is here if you'd like it.
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15  My kitchen window treatments -vintage aprons (With pic) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Joyful Abode on: January 04, 2008 06:02:23 AM

I thought this would be a great way to display my favorite vintage half-aprons, since I don't wear those much... I use full aprons when I'm cooking.
I love that I can see my collection every day!

(A few more pictures here)
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16  Chocolate covered fruit (with pic) in Dessert by Joyful Abode on: January 03, 2008 03:17:52 PM

Have you ever made chocolate covered fruit before? It's so simple and delicious.
Basically you melt the chocolate (careful not to burn it!) and mix in a little shortening for smoothness.
Dip your fruit and let the chocolate harden. Here in FL that means putting it in the fridge for a few minutes.

It's sooooo yummy.
Today I did cherries and clementine wedges.


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17  Newlywed Gingerbread (with pics) in Dessert by Joyful Abode on: December 21, 2007 03:53:34 PM

Last year, my then-fiance and I made up a batch of these gingerbread cookies to share with our families. This year, my husband and I (hehe) did it again, this time doubling the recipe.

We packaged the cookies into tins along with little bottles of our homemade vanilla extract...

Hopefully everyone will love them! They taste quite yummy. We sent them to 5 different families, and are hand-delivering 3 more tins. I also took a huge chunk to work with me this morning and got a lot of compliments on them.

I'm SO GLAD we got our kitchen island... I don't know how we would've done it without it. This or Thanksgiving!!!

Lots more pictures (process pictures) here, and the recipe is here.
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18  Not-so-simple shortbread in Dessert by Joyful Abode on: December 11, 2007 07:55:32 PM

I LOVE shortbread... it's one of the simplest, most basic cookie recipes, but the perfect mix of three ingredients (butter, sugar, and flour) yield the most melt-in-your-mouth-delicious cookies.

I like to dress mine up. Above, I have dipped my shortbread into melted chocolate and sprinkled with sliced almonds.

Here, I shaped the cookies by flattening balls of dough. Then, after they were baked, but while they were still warm, I melted Andes mints between two of them to make a sandwich. So delicious. Reminds me a little bit of Milano cookies, too.

What are your favorite things to do with shortbread?
Of course, I love it plain too.

My favorite shortbread recipe and more pictures are in Joyful Abode.
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19  My first craft show... booth set-up advice? in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by Joyful Abode on: December 01, 2007 08:57:56 PM
So I'm about to embark on my first craft show, next Saturday! I'm really excited.
Today I threw up one idea for a set-up in my driveway.

I've since thought of a few things to change to make it better, but I want your opinions and advice! I think aprons are kind of a hard thing to display, because you really can't show them in all their glory in a small space, you know? The deserve to be hung, worn, and shown off. I felt bad sticking so many of them onto hangers (in the back, on the lattice things).

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20  Fajita nachos...sooo good. With pic. in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Joyful Abode on: November 30, 2007 08:34:55 PM

These were so delicious, with homemade chips and everything. As always, more words and recipe at Joyful Abode.
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