Friday, July 26, 2013

Orange Dreamsicle Trifle and Raspberry Frosted Devil's Food Cake

Dreamsicle Trifle and Raspberry Frosted (Triple Berry) Devil's Food Cake

Orange Dreamsicle Trifle

Tomorrow is my daughter's 18th birthday! She requested this little orange, creamy dessert! It has become a family favorite. Though the recipe calls for it to be a layer cake, I do not have the space in my refrigerator to keep such a tall cake in, plus it slides and falls apart if someone opens the fridge without due caution!

So I turned it into a "tear it up in pieces, layer the cake with orange cream kind of cake". It still tastes delicious!

Orange Dreamsicle Trifle

Bake any yellow cake according to directions. (boxed mix or homemade)

Once cooled, punch holes all over the cake. I used the end of a spoon to make holes.

Mix 1 small package of orange jello with 1 C boiling water. Mix to dissolve. Then add 1 C cold water. Stir.
Pour into holes and over top of cake.

Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Then take 1 small package of vanilla pudding and mix with 1 C whole milk. To this, add 1 small package of orange jello. Stir to mix well. Fold in 1 large tub of Cool Whip (16 oz). Do not stir. 

Put a large dollop of the pudding/jello/cool whip mixture in the bottom of a trifle dish. Take 1/4 cake and break into bite sized pieces. Place cake pieces in the dish with some orange showing towards the outside of the dish. 

Cover the cake pieces completely with the pudding/jello/cool whip mixture. Repeat until all cake is used and end with layer of pudding/jello/cool whip.

I sprinkled 1/2 tsp of an additional package of jello mix (dry) on top to get some darker orange color and this can be done between layers as well...  I garnished with orange fruit candies.

Pretty and yummy!

Not being sure if everyone coming tonight liked orange, I decided to bake a chocolate cake too and frosted it with a homemade white frosting to which I added some seedless raspberry jam to add color and flavor.

Raspberry Frosted Triple Berry Devil's Food Cake

This was actually pretty and yummy too!

I garnished the cake with frozen raspberries and then placed frozen mixed berries around the platter.

Close-up of the berries. My daughter and I love berries! With a couple sprigs of mint leaves, it looked really pretty!

No special recipe for this. Bake any devil's food cake, make white frosting, add seedless, raspberry jam. After frosting the cake,  melt baking chocolate on the stove with a spoonful of butter or shortening and then drizzle over the top of the frosted cake. Garnish with fresh or frozen berries.

I did try small amounts of each cake. Both were delicious! Best of all, both were SO easy to prepare! Try it, you will like it!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Journal With a Purpose

My daughter made me this beautiful journal and matching gift box quite some time ago. I know she intended me to use this journal but I did not want to spoil it by writing just anything in it. I guess I have been reserving it for something a little more special than just a few handwritten, random thoughts.

Then I saw Diane's (from Lavender Dreams) recent post.  Click here to see Diane's post. In her post she gives us a glimpse into creative journaling. She calls it her art journal . After reading her post I had an epiphany!!! I knew exactly how I wanted to use my beautiful journal and I am so excited to get started.

I will use it to creatively journalize my favorite things and all the things I am grateful for! This is going to be fun! 

I love the shade of green my daughter used to cover this journal.

On the inside cover: "to mom love jenn".

Each page corner has a hand stamped decoration....did I mention that I love these colors?

Must have taken some time to stamp the entire journal....

I love these little leaves.

So pretty....

Of course, this is my favorite part!!!!! (Above)

This little box held a handmade bar of smelled sooooo good!

I really like the natural look of the paper that she used to cover both the journal and gift box.

close up view!

A perfect gift for this mom!

I think my daughter will be happy that I have finally found a purpose for this lovely gift. I have Diane to thank for giving me inspiration for this project! I am also honored that she included a gift tag from me on her journal page (page 1 in fact) dedicated to her blogging buddies. 

Someday this journal will be full of words, pictures and other snippets of my favorite things and all that I am grateful for. I hope it looks every bit as creative and artistic as Diane's. I would like to make entries every day. It cannot hurt to purposely make oneself more conscious of all of life's blessings on a daily basis. I have much to be thankful for! ....and having new blogging friends is the icing on the cake!

I will post an update when I have a few pages to share.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wristlet With a Sunny Disposition

The Heat is Still On!

The color of my most recent sewing project seems appropriate for the extremely high temperatures we have been experiencing for a few weeks here in New Hampshire....this girl has been on fire! ...and not in a good way! 

I love summer. Don't get me wrong! But the heat and humidity are not my friends. They just don't agree with me.  I am both happy and relieved to report that the heat will become less extreme beginning tomorrow. I cannot wait! I am going to open every window in the house. I love temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's and zero humidity! 

I sat out on my very hot porch today and finished sewing this little batik wristlet. I could not even sew in a straight line. Seriously!

This is a practice project. I am making up the pattern pieces as I go. The finished bag is approximately 6"x8" and self-lined. I made the wrist strap a bit longer and attached a little bow.

Anyways, another project completed... Tonight we are expecting storms ahead of the approaching cold front. I say, "bring on the rain!" Hope you are cool wherever you happen to be! 

"Reds, yellows and oranges conjure up sunlight and fire, while the blues and blue-greens evoke snow and ice, sea, sky and moonlight."

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Angel Obsession

This was a busy day and a hot and humid one at that! Luckily I got to spend some time today chilling at an ice rink! Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter and more humid! 

I worked on some more angels today....I finished this one!

She's cute. Tied on to a pair of candlesticks, she would make a nice hostess gift for the holidays. 

Or tucked here....

or there....she adds some country charm wherever you place her.

Started a few more angels too! Here they are lined up on my ironing board. They haven't earned their wings yet....soon though! They are a great way to use up fabric scraps and lace. I plan to make my next batch of angels out of  white and cream colored fabrics.
I admit they have become my latest obsession. They are very fun to make, can be completed quickly and can be personalized for a thoughtful gift. I promise that this will be my last angel post for a while. 

Speaking of angels, below is my furry angel, my beautiful girl Ellie! She was rescued in the South and brought North. We found out that she was heartworm positive even though she tested negative prior to her arrival in December. It can take six months to test positive.

She has had a rough day. Prior to heading to the rink this morning, I dropped her off at the vets. She began the injection portion of her heartworm treatment today. I picked her up this afternoon and she has not been feeling well. Her activity will have to be restricted for the next several weeks.

In this photo which was taken a couple of days ago, I was in the middle of a photo shootand she jumped up and sprawled out on my crocheted table cloth! Ahhhh! She likes to be in the middle of my business at all times. I love her to pieces! She is a sweet dog and I am so glad we were able to adopt her! I am hoping she does not suffer any complications during her treatment. PAWSitive thoughts for Ellie please!

That's all for now! I will be sleeping with the dog tonight as she seems to be uncomfortable and a bit restless. 

To see prior posts (angel making) Click HERE

and HERE !

"Believers--look up, take courage. The angels are nearer than you think."
Billy Graham

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Angel Got Her Wings!

I think I may be in heaven.....

My newest little angel....she just earned her wings about an hour ago!

I spent yesterday trying to figure out how to make my angels that I originally had made from recycled curtains (see yesterday's post HERE ). Today I really wanted to tweak the wings and determine and cut actual pattern pieces so I decided to pull out some fabric scraps. After seeing her completed (my little angel above) I know that I can use any fabric and use a multitude of embellishments and I can actually stray from white and cream colored fabrics and still create  something that resembles a little cherub! I love her!

Here she is standing up....

She is very cute! I like the lace around the wings.... and the rough zig-zag stitching.

Here they are together....the second one was so much fun to create! The first one, well, I nearly hurled my sewing machine out the porch window because it was giving me trouble.
I cannot wait to make some more of these little cherubs! Heading to Joanne's to get some spanish moss to try adding some hair.

I imagine that soon I will have an entire choir of these little angels! I will keep you posted.

Another Angel Update: Three's a Charm!

The angel (below) has 2 rows of lace edging around the wings.

Soul sisters.....

....and then there were three. 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Making Angels in the Rain

It's raining.....again. We've got a little bit of lightning and thunder too. My afternoon goal has been trying to come up with a prototype for an angel that I had posted HERE that was made from recycled curtains. Let me tell you, it was a whole lot easier making her from old curtains than from scratch! But I plugged away, trying numerous ways to construct the wings, etc. 

With Christmas only a little more than five months away, I want to start early on ornaments and gifts.

Here is the recycled curtain angel from my older post: (please note the hair--this will make sense to you at the end of the post) To see the entire old post, click on link in first paragraph.)

Here is the angel I have been working on this afternoon: she has a pearlised beaded halo, padded wings but no hair, yet. 

She is looking a tad bald...shall I add the hair or not? That is the question!

Remember, this is just the "rough draft."

She is pretty cute, I think.

Her body is a clothespin. (not the clip type) Her dress is a tube about 14" long, shirred over the clothespin and glued in place.
I sewed a channel on each side to produce the ruffle on each side. Then  3/4" eyelet lace was glued around the three sides of the dress.
Her wings are a top layer of eyelet, a piece of felt and white cotton fabric for the back. 

Now, does she need hair?

"Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves?  Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is a angel's favorite hiding place."
Carrie Latet

Check out this angel update:  Click HERE!

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