11.18.2014

Pumpkin Spice Filled Chocolate Bundt Cake


Hello!  Hope you had a great weekend.  My sister Kathy had us over for dinner recently, and she asked me to bring dessert.  I have to tell you, this cake was all about not having to go to the store and using what I already had on hand. I had really been craving something with chocolate and pumpkin. I knew I had a chocolate cake mix in my pantry so I was thinking that I'd make a chocolate cake with a pumpkin cheesecake filling but, I didn't have enough eggs.  I had to come up with a plan B.
Since I also had a yellow cake mix and a can of pumpkin in my pantry, I decided to make a pumpkin spice cake and put it in the middle of the chocolate bundt cake.  I topped it with a chocolate ganache.

Ingredients For The Cakes
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix & the ingredients it calls for

Pumpkin Spice Cake
1 Box of either Yellow or White Cake Mix
1 Cup of Canned Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger

Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache
1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 Cup heavy cream

Instructions for Chocolate Ganache
Over a double boiler, melt your chocolate chips.  Add the cream and whisk until smooth.  Let cool in the refrigerator until completely cool. Whisk again before putting it on your cake.


Instructions
Make the Chocolate Ganache and put in the fridge to cool.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spray your bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Make your chocolate cake mix following the instructions on the box.
In a separate bowl, mix the ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice Cake.
Pour half of the Chocolate Cake Batter into the bundt pan.
Spoon in big dollops of the Pumpkin Spice Cake on top of the chocolate cake mix being careful to not let it touch the sides of the pan.
 Cover with the remaining Chocolate Cake Batter and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Remove cake from pan when it's done and put it on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet or some wax paper.  Let it cool completely before you put on the Chocolate Ganache.
The cookie sheet catches all the dripping Chocolate Ganache.  Then, you can move it onto your cake plate after you've frosted it.
This cake was delicious!  The perfect combination of chocolate and pumpkin with all of the spices that remind me of fall.  The chocolate ganache was just enough to keep it moist but not make it too sweet.
I did have some leftover Pumpkin Spice Cake batter so I just made some cupcakes out of them.  You can never have too much cake or too much pumpkin! I can't wait for pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
Have you made anything with pumpkin lately?

11.13.2014

Leopard Print Placemats {DIY}


I'm still working on some projects for our Thanksgiving decorations.  I want things to be lively and fun this year so, I had the idea to make some leopard print place mats.  They were inspired by my leopard print flats that I've been wearing a lot this fall.

Originally, I was thinking of sewing some from drop cloth and then painting the leopard print on to it.  But then I remembered that I hate to sew I had some white burlap and decided to use that instead because then I wouldn't have to sew, which immediately made me like this project 100% more.

SUPPLIES
white burlap
black craft paint
metallic gold craft paint
fabric medium
paint brushes
scissors
After I cut the place mats down to the size I wanted, I pulled off some of the side strands to give it a frayed edge all around.
To paint the leopard print, I first used the metallic gold paint to make dots all over the place mat.  Then, I painted the black border on each of the spots.

I'm loving how they turned out!  What do you think?  

This weekend, I'm going to a friends Pampered Chef party, which I'm excited about because she said we were making home made ravioli.  Yum!  What are your plans for the weekend?

As always, thanks so much for reading today!

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11.11.2014

Gilded Coasters


Recently I picked up some glass coasters at Target (where else?) for a pretty good price, $10.00 for four agate look-a-likes.
I thought they were looking a little plain around the edges though and I wanted to add a little bling to them.  Because if you sit around too long in my house, you will either get painted gold or white.  At first, I was going to use gold Rub-n-Buff, but couldn't find it anywhere, which tells me that I really need to clean out and organize my craft supplies.  Maybe after the holidays?  Did I just say the holidays?  Is Thanksgiving just a few weeks away and Christmas really next month? 
I never found the Rub-n-Buff but I did find a gold metallic marker.  Would that all my projects were this quick and easy! 
I didn't seal them, so I'll have to see how they hold up after they're washed off a few times.
They're going on the stacking side tables that I finally got around to finishing.  I had to resand the top of the smallest one and spray paint the legs that I decided not to do a gold dip on.  Do you see Jacob on the couch watching TV?  Completely oblivious to his mom taking pictures.  Doesn't he look comfy though?
I love how the gilded edges look with the deep green of the coasters and how they play off of the gold thrift store lamp that I made over and wrote about in this post.  Just plain pretty next to that lamp and some white hydrangeas from Trader Joe's.  I love these pretty little details in a room.

Thanks so much for reading today, and Happy Veterans Day to all of you in the U.S.!

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11.06.2014

Guest Posting at Tiny Prints Blog!


Hi guys!  I've had a cold this week so, I've been a little out of commission.  I'm very excited though, because today I'm guest posting over at the Tiny Prints blog!

Last year, I started a tradition of gratitude cards at our Thanksgiving dinner.  This year we're using the beautiful navy blue chic damask contact cards, that Tiny Prints provided us with, as our gratitude cards.  I love how they turned out!
Hop on over to the Tiny Prints blog and check it out!

11.02.2014

Falling Leaves Art Work


I hope you all had a happy Halloween.  I think I've eaten my weight in Halloween candy, but I'm already gearing up for Thanksgiving, since we'll be having it at our house again this year!

I've really been inspired all of the vibrant fall colors and wanted to bring some of that indoors.  I needed some artwork to fill a blank wall where I'll be setting up a dessert table. 
I decided to take a hand-me-down picture that I wasn't using and convert it into some fall art work.  I also used some fall leaves from the craft store and spray painted some of the them gold, and some Glue Dots.
The picture is attached to some solid foam core board so I just took it out and turned it over.  Then, I attached the leaves with the glue dots in a random pattern so that they look as if they're being blown in by the wind.
I put it back into the frame and set it up on my dessert table.
Very fast and easy, and I can easily take the leaves off since I attached them with Glue Dots.

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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10.28.2014

Peeking Mummy Wreath


I can't believe that Halloween is this Friday!  To get us in the Halloween spirit, I decided to make a wreath for the front door.  I had this idea in mind for a mummy peeking through the wreath with his hand sticking out.

I made this when it was late in the afternoon and was running out of light, so I don't have pictures for each step of the process, but it's not rocket science, it's a mummy wreath.

Supplies
white foam wreath
gauzy fabric 
rubber glove
Kleenex
cardboard
black sharpie
florists wire
glue gun

1. Wrap the gauzy fabric around the wreath, hot gluing it at the start and end.
2. Stuff the rubber glove with Kleenex.
3. Wrap a piece of gauzy fabric around the top half of the glove and tie it in the back.
4. Cut out a "U" shape large enough for the head from the cardboard, and draw some eyes on it with a Sharpie.
5. Attach some of the gauzy fabric onto the cardboard with the glue gun, making sure to leave part of the eyes showing, and enough room on the bottom to glue it onto the wreath.
6. Here's the part that I didn't get a picture of.  Lay the wrist of the glove onto the wreath, take your florist wire and wrap it around the wrist of the glove and around the wreath, twist the wire in the back to secure the glove onto the wreath.  Cut off any excess wire.  Cover the wire with more gauzy fabric.
Use your imagination here.




7. Last, glue the mummy head onto the inside bottom of the wreath, behind the secured hand.
And there you go!  A Peeking Mummy Wreath!  

I just realized that I haven't even bought any Halloween Candy yet.  Are you ready for Halloween?

10.23.2014

Dining Chair Makeover {Before & After}


Good morning!  Today I wanted to show you my dining room chair makeover.  I was able to get four of the six chairs painted.  I decided to save the other two chairs for later, so we would have somewhere to sit, since what I thought was going to be a quick weekend project has dragged on into a two week ordeal.

Anyway,  here's a before and after shot.  Clearly, it's not the exact same chair, but I didn't get a good before shot, so I took a picture of one of the captain chairs that still needs to get a makeover.
I think I have officially turned into one of those people who paints everything white.  I do love white, but I also considered painting them the same Benjamin Moore Dragon Breath like I used on the consignment table and coffee table makeover that I did.  So, I painted one of them with the Dragon's Breath, and decided that I didn't like it.  I wound up using Rustoleum's Heirloom White spray paint instead.  The black chair just didn't like right in the space to me.
For the seat cushion covers, I found a gray curtain panel at Target on sale for $20.00.  I was able to cut it into six pieces so I'll be able to cover all the chairs with it.  I actually recovered all four, but I did it late one evening, and I was tired so I did a crappy job on three of them.  Now, I'm going to have to redo those which does not make me happy.
Now, I need to decide about how to redo the table.  It has a nice inlay around the border, the only thing is that it is just a veneer so I wouldn't be able to sand it and stain it a different color.
It does need to be sanded though, because there are a lot of scratches on it and it has a pretty slick finish.
My original plan was to just paint it Dragon's Breath and have the chairs white.  So, it would look something like this.
I don't know though, I'm considering painting the table white too.  I'm also curious to see how the table sands down to see if maybe I might be able to stain it, but I don't know if I want to add another wood tone to the room.

I'd love your feedback on the table.  Should I paint it white like the chairs or the charcoal gray Dragon's Breath? 






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