Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
- 1 (1-pound) box graham crackers
- 2 (3 1/4-ounce) boxes instant French vanilla pudding
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Butter the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. Line with whole graham crackers. In bowl of an electric mixer, mix pudding with milk; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Pour half the pudding mixture over graham crackers. Place another layer of whole graham crackers on top of pudding layer. Pour over remaining half of pudding mixture and cover with another layer of graham crackers.
For frosting, blend together sugar and cocoa. Add butter and milk, mixing well. Add corn syrup and vanilla. Stir until creamy. Cover cake with frosting and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
You take water for granted until you don't have it - or at least I did! Due to the drought that has plagued this part of the country (Texas), the land has dried so much that it is contracting. Our soil here is mostly clay so anyone familiar with that knows that it causes the houses to shift which can be very damaging. Our house has moved so much this year that there is a gap that spans a couple of inches between our door jam and the top of the door! We were just talking about putting a soaker hose around the house to run at night to prevent the house from shifting too much and breaking any pipes. We are under a water restriction and any watering has to be done at night to conserve.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
There are a lot of steps involved in listing an item.
- The whole process starts when I shop for the materials for my wreath. Sometimes I go into the store with an idea already in my head and other times I pick up a flower and the idea for a wreath is there! I usually spend about an hour in the store perfecting my purchase, and I usually only buy the materials that I need for that particular wreath without buying any extra flowers.
- Then I make the wreaths, which can take at least a couple of hours arranging, perfecting, gluing and making sure it looks exactly how I want it to look. This is when I put a girly movie on and get to work!
- Then come the product photos - my house is way too dark to take the pictures inside, so I go outside. I have to take the pictures in the morning because I get the best light during that time. It also helps that I have a super-duper awesome camera at my disposal.
- I perfect my product photos in Photoshop - cropping, enhancing and tweaking the colors a bit.
- I also write out each description and add up the cost of the wreath.
- Finally I can list it on Etsy and hope that it finds a good home.
It can be a long drawn out process which is why I am shocked that I have been able to get all of these autumn wreaths listed in this amount of time!
Monday, July 20, 2009
It has been a very busy weekend for us. This past weekend was the Poco Bueno Fishing Tournament that is held every year in Port O'Connor, Texas - my husband's home town. This is the biggest fishing tournament on the Texas coast, and boats come from literally all over the country, by invitation, to participate. My husband has been working the weigh station for many years now - he told me how many, but I forgot, I'll have to ask him again! His Dad worked the weigh station before him and he was even the weigh master.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
- 1 3/4 cups whipping cream
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounces French bread with crust, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)