Friday, March 14, 2014


I have to say this is one of the better chocolate cakes I've ever made! So moist and really easy to make/bake! (Recipes below.) I didn't use the icing recipe that was with the cake recipe b/c I didn't want chocolate icing I wanted Vanilla Buttercream icing!! YUM!
Tip: )most of you might know this already but I got this from my mom) Once the cakes are cooled and ready for the icing, place the first cake upside down so the rounded top is on the plate bottom, then ice the top (which will be flat b/c its the bottom of the cake). Then once iced do the same with the top cake, so the flat bottom is on top. Why do this... well its for looks only! LOL... so, it really doesn't matter, but it does make a really pretty cake, that's perfectly round and portioned. 

Put all the icing left on top of the cake then ice the cake from the center out to the sides and edges. 
Now that you've got a beautiful cake... its time to dig in!!
The Best Chocolate Cake Ever Recipe from: Add A Pinch
Quick and Yummy Buttercream icing from: Food Network

Hope you have a great weekend... sit back relax, eat cake and check out the March edition of Create Magazine (it is free)!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pictures Aren't Great But The Memories Are... Who Cares, Scrap Them Anyway!!

This layout is a great example of "not" great pictures but fantastic memories!!
My nephew, Noah and I were playing with my Polaroid camera and he was amazed that the pictures, how they came out of the camera and that he could hold them too. We had so much fun that day playing outside and inside but I was so busy being an Aunt that I didn't take any really great pictures so these little Polaroids and one iPhone picture was it! So cares?! The memories will last forever so scrapbook them anyway!! 

I'm so happy I decided to scrapbook these little pictures so I can always remember our time together but especially on that day! When our kids, nieces, nephews and whoever else looks back at our albums they are going to be looking at the pictures more then the actual layout so don't get caught up in the "my pictures aren't good enough to scrapbook" because really its all about the memories of that day not the quality of the photos!! 
Products used: My Minds Eye, Jenni Bowlin, Little Yellow Bicycle, Am Crafts, and Glue Arts. 
Happy Hump-day!! 
Don't forget the check out the March edition of Create Magazine!
Its free and filled with so much inspiration!! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Edition of Create Magazine!!

I'm so excited to announce the March issue of Create Magazine! 
I love being on this design team but I love the magazine even more! Create is packed full of projects, sketches and great info. Go check it out! 
Here is a sneak of my 3 layouts I created in this months magazine:
This one is: "It's a Party! 
This one is: "Smile Jacob"
and the last one: "She is Family"
Go check out the great work of many ladies in this months issue!! 

Have a great day!! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

9 Years Old and Lookin' Good!!

Our sweet Savannah, was tied to a tree and abused, that's how I first found her. Rubber bands around her muzzle, caked in mud and her own fecal waste up to her knees. After convincing the owners that I JUST HAD TO HAVE HER THAT SHE REMINDED ME OF MY CHILDHOOD DOG (which was a wee bit of a lie because I had a German Shepherd) and many tears about why I had to have her they finally sold her to me for $30 (a few more than they had in her, so they said)! I think really they just wanted this crazy crying lady off their front porch! LOL! It worked because she was home with me and bathed within an hour of driving up, to their house. Savannah has been a blessing to us since then. She's a bit camera shy and doesn't like people or objects in her face, I'm guessing that stems from the abuse, so it's really hard to get a picture of her but sometimes when she's not paying attention I can snap a few pics. Like these that I took of her on my chair on the back porch. Savannah is a beautiful lab mix, only weights about 43 lbs loves to sun herself and hunt squirrels!
Below is just one of the many layouts I've created using her pictures. 

I love this pattern paper by Bella Blvd with sweet words typed in throughout the paper. 
Products used: Bella Blvd, Maya Road, Nikki Sivils, Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey, 

Have a great week!! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Day with Lanie

Last week Lanie called and asked if I'd join her for a food tasting for her wedding that will take place this Spring. I, of course jumped at the chance to spend some time with her. We had so much fun, many laughs and I realized how much I miss having her working with me everyday! I'm so excited for her upcoming wedding.  Lanie got some GREAT news today as well, she  has been in the fight of her life battling cancer over the last year and half, and today she found out all the tumors in her pelvis and abdomen are gone and the other tumors are small and stable. This is such great news!! So please keep her in your daily prayers!!
Here are a few pics of our day together...
The food....
Regular and sweet potato martini's (no alcohol)! 

The wedding tasting crew!
We love you Lanie! Can not wait to see you walk down the isle. 
Guess who turned 9?!
Our sweet Savannah! She is such a love and requires so little, Savannah has really been the worlds best dog! Here's to another 9 years my sweet girl!! 

We love you Savy!! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

My Semi-Homemade Pizza Recipe...

Oh Boy! We are having homemade pizza tonight!! 
I make semi-homemade pizza at least once a week, its so much better than any store bought frozen pizza you can buy. It is a bit more time consuming than a frozen pizza, but honestly its so easy! Non-cookers/bakers can make this too, super easy! I change it up a bit... I learned this from my mom as she made this pizza all the time when I was a kid! Seriously, it is so good!! 
This picture is of my semi-homemade pizza. 
The Recipe:
1 box of Chef Boyardee Cheese Pizza Kit
(I buy the family size, it makes 2 pizza's.)
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil -several tbsp) 
Pizza Seasoning (in the seasoning section of grocery store)
Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
Basil (fresh or dried)
Parmesan Cheese (the powder kind)
2 Bags of Pizza cheese (it is labeled "Pizza" cheese)
Any toppings you want to add (I like simple, turkey pepperoni and onion)

1. Follow the box directions to make the pizza dough, I subsitute veggie oil for EVOO.
2. Once dough is raised, I spread out the dough one half on a pizza stone (I prefer stone) and the other half of a metal baking sheet (I only have one pizza stone). Then lightly brush EVOO over both pizza doughs, sprinkle the pizza season on the dough along with the a small amount crushed red pepper and parmesan cheese. This part isn't on the box this is my "add-on" step. 
3. Now place in the oven until the dough is bubbly and just starting to brown, about 10-ish mins, but oven times vary. 
4. Now add the pizza sauce (from the box kit)  and all your toppings.  I just add my turkey pepperoni, onion and one bag of pizza cheese per pizza. Now back in the oven until the cheese is bubbling, turning brown on the edges as well as the crust edges are browning.
5. Once out of the oven I sprinkle dried basil on top along with a small bit of the powdered parmesan cheese and let it sit for at least 10 mins for the pizza on the stone and the metal pan only 5-ish mins. 
6. I love to cut the pizza in squares and gobble it down. 
Tip: I use kitchen scissors to cut my pizza, they are better than any pizza slicer, learned this from my momma.  

Now go make semi-homemade PIZZA this weekend!!

(Images from Chef Boyardee website.)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday!

I love "Throwback Thursday"!
 It is so fun and I love seeing everyones pictures on Facebook and Instagram from back in the day. I have a few here for you too, all these are meaningful to me in one way or another. Let me share the stories...

These two cuties are my uncles, my uncle Steve and uncle Danny. My moms brothers, that I grew up with, loved and adored. (They adored me too!) Here they are holding me, when they came back from Vietnam. These two loved and adorned me daily, they would also use me to pick up ladies too! I don't blame them tho.. LOL! I always felt very loved by them. Sadly, my uncle Steve died a few years ago to a brain aneurysm, he is the one not holding me. He is missed greatly, such a wonderful human being and man.  Kindness descried him 100%!  
So this picture has always cracked me up... the little toe-head boy is my younger brother Ryan and his little neighbor girl friend. Can you see that he has peed his shorts? This child wanted to play 100% of the time and was a wild-child too. I would ask him "Ryan do you need to go to the bathroom?" he'd say "no, sissy. I fine."! Really???  Look at the front of his shorts! I think he needed to go... when I asked him, but he didn't want to stop "play" to go to the bathroom. This is one of my favorite pictures growing up. Love that boy so much to this very day!
This is my little sister Emily, I just love this picture, its framed and up in my kitchen so I can see it everyday. I love my arm around her, love our similes and just love her!! 
This is my very first friend, and best friend for years. We were neighbors and went to school together, and our moms where the best of friend too! We both were casted for the Bambi play here in Springfield. I was the skunk and she was the rabbit. 
Sharon Arnold and Nikki Kinney in 1977.
I really need to scrapbook these and tell the stories so I'll always remember and so other will know the stories behind them. 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Remembering Hailey

I'm sure most of you have heard about the sweet little 10 yr old girl that was kidnapped and murdered within 3 hours of her adduction here in my hometown. It was so heartbreaking but our community has come together like nothing I've ever experienced before.  
This is my candle at the walk.
At the end of the walk people that had carried candles in jars left them at the feet of Hailey's family at the vigil. 
My city thought a couple of thousand might show up but we had more than 10,000 people show up! 

Also a few motorcycle groups showed up from around the country to support the family and also keep some of the protesters away. (I don't want to say the name of the protesters because I don't want to give them a name or any publicity for the dishonorable thing they are doing.) The motorcycle men and women lined up their motorcycles and made a human chain so no one could get by them and the vigil would be protected. These riders are wonderful and so refreshing knowing they are on the side of good.  
Here are a couple of my girlfriends, Tina and Kim that went with me to the candlelight walk and vigil last Saturday night. We are so thankful to be from a city that has stepped up in every way possible for the grieving family of Hialey Owens. 
If you would like to contribute to the memorial fund our local bank Empire Bank is taking donations. Here is the link if you'd like to donate some money. 
Thank You!

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