Wednesday, September 29, 2010

pumpkin bread

I love recipes that call for a good dose of pumpkin. Don't you?This is my go-to recipe for pumpkin bread...thank you, Missy. Chocolate chips are a must for me, but sometimes I kind of like the cream cheese frosting with the bread. Today I decided a chocolate cream cheese frosting might be just the combination to satisfy both cravings. [nailed it]

pumpkin bread
courtesy of Missy

Dissolve 2 tsp. of baking soda in 2/3 c. water

Add the following to the water mixture:
2 c. pumpkin
4 eggs
1 tsp. vinegar
1 c. oil
3 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
chocolate chips (optional)

Mix together in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Grease your loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes for a regular loaf pan. 25-30 minutes for mini loaves. Test with toothpick before removing from oven, just to be sure.

chocolate cream cheese frosting
courtesy of Betty Crocker

1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
2 to 3 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Add 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled , to the butter.

Beat cream cheese, butter and chocolate mixture, vanilla, and milk in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth.

Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Store frosted bread, cake, or any remaining frosting covered in the refrigerator.

More pumpkin to come...'tis the season.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

crush[es]

I believe as I was growing up, I always had a crush. Crushes were fun for me; there was no commitment...mostly because my crushes didn't even know I existed...like Pierce here.

He was probably my first crush. And I had to be young because I barely remember and Remington Steele aired from 1982-1987 [this I know, thanks to googling]. I do have vague recollections of this crush, the knowledge that I've always found Pierce easy on the eyes, and my sister's reminding me of how much I loved him when I was younger to prove that this crush did in fact exist.
Oh, Harrison! I think that's all that needs to be said. He was pretty much a constant in my life once I saw him as Indy. His role as Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger solidified a place in my heart for him-for pretty much ever. And yes, The Fugitive. I believe I watched that one like a kazillion times.
This may come as a surprise. Patrick Stewart. But I loved him. I'd watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, reruns and all, just to catch a glimpse of him as Jean Luc. And considering I was in high school at the time, I think this one genuinely classifies as my ultimate old man crush.
And then there was Colin. Yes, it was his role as Mr. Darcy that brought him to my attention while I was in college. Let's just say that he totally nailed the role because I know I wasn't the only girl to recognize him.
I know these are but a few past celebrity crushes I've had. Probably the most relevant, since I posted them. The list could go on though: David James Elliott, John Michael Montgomery, John Paul Gosselaar, Bryon Russell, Ben Affleck [had his Armageddon poster], Sully from Dr. Quinn, and those are just the celebrities. Whew! [I was a little boy crazy]

{And clearly I don't take credit for the images...and can't exactly recall where I found them.}

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

celebrate good times

Just finished celebrating a very special little princess' birthday...

Complete with the birthday banner I made awhile back and a variety of balloons dispersed around the celebration.The cake made to order. [nailed it] And homemade party hats for princesses and knights in attendance.
Also, simple little goody bags for the attendees.

We'll chalk this one up as a success.
I made the little banners [for the chairs] the night prior and I think I'll stow them away for future parties or friendly gatherings. And I also like to spice up our party table with wrapping paper; it's quick and easy and should be already on hand.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

am a fan

I am a fan of marta's am a fan series. Well, her blog too.

But I love how she links to all her great finds in one post every so often...and I usually find myself to be a fan of most of her finds.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

l.b.j.

Before I lose this info...forever in this ole' blogosphere I wanted to bookmark it.

And by bookmarking it, I mean to link to it via my blog, so when I feel like getting digital with any future projects. I can and will reference Lyndsay of Lyndsay & the Johnsons post How I Create My Designs. Plus I think the posters she made are darling.

Thanks for the know-how, LBJ. [Not that I know if you even have a B for a middle initial, but I like to think that you do]