Cherry Bombs and too much frosting

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My awesome boss had a birthday earlier this month and it was the perfect opportunity to try out this new recipe I had been craving for several weeks. These were so incredibly easy to make but I can't remember when I've spent so much time on a recipe – she was worth it and since these were the bomb (sorry, I know that was bad), I will be making them again. {Although next time I will be making the work unfriendly version with the cherries soaked in pinnacle whipped vodka.}

When I found these online the recipe called for devil's food cake mix but I had red velvet so that's what I went with. And a word of caution – you don't need a ton of frosting! I got a little over zealous and used a large tub and the cake balls did not want to stick together so at 11pm I was in the kitchen making a pan of brownies to add to the mix. This worked okay but the cake wanted to stick more to me than the cherries!

I put the cake balls in the fridge overnight thinking the chocolate would stick better and I was pleased with the turn out. I'm sure these would be delicious with all kinds of different fruit, soaked in alcohol or fresh. If you make some I'd love to hear how they turned out! Happy eating!!

 

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Painting Party part 2

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A great group of friends had some fun Saturday night tapping into their creative side. The paintings are so different and that's what made last night such a blast! This is why I love teaching classes – thank you girls for a fun evening!!

Our painting.

Waiting for the paint to dry.

Still waiting but having a great time.

We had to pose by the boy's bikes since they crashed our party!!! Looking forward to doing it again!

 

To the moon and back, but not Mars and Nutella Gooey Butter Cake

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The other day I read an article about private space exploration and the possibility of a couple getting to do a fly by of Mars. The article said this needed to be a married couple because living space would be tight – about 1/2 the size of an RV and it would be for 501 days so you need to be cozy with each other. They also needed to be past child bearing age because the cancer risk will go up about 3%. The kicker – there will be no privacy, a limited supply of toilet paper, no showers, and drinking water would come from the couple's filtered sweat and urine – ummm, eww!

As G and I were laying in bed the other night on the anniversary of our first date four years ago we laughed about our goofiness and how well we work together. I told G about the Mars trip and he got really quiet thinking about it. He looked over at me very seriously and told me he would go fly by Mars with me. We could handle 501 days of being together and being goofy. So I thought about it and told him nope, I just couldn't do it. I'm not sure what happens when you run out of that limited supply of toilet paper, I couldn't go almost 2 years without a shower and shaving and I like filtered water but recycled urine and sweat is not my cup of tea. Once I put it that way, G quickly agreed. He leaned over and told me he'd go to the moon and back with me – now that is doable…well, if we still had a space program, we wanted to be astronauts and little details like that.

Not sure why talking about going to the moon and back, but not Mars put me in a baking mood but it did and the next morning I was in the kitchen working on another dish for the work potluck. The gooey butter cake has been a huge hit so I decided to try the Nutella version because who doesn't like Nutella?

 

These were fabulous!!!!! And easy to make. Let me know if you try them – this was adapted from Paula Deen's gooey butter cake recipe.

Cake:

1 (18 1/4-ounce) package chocolate fudge cake mix

1 egg

8 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup Nutella

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

8 tablespoons butter, melted

1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread Nutella mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

Side note – mine took the whole 50 minutes and I let them cool overnight. I cut them into squares and dusted with powdered sugar. Did I mention these were a huge hit? Enjoy!

 

Custom order projects

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Been busy today working on custom orders for friends and thought I'd post some pictures. Email me at sparklesandsprinklesohmy@yahoo.com for special requests!

 

Another shabby chic chandelier bird feeder.

 

Supplies for several wreaths.

And just because –

 

Here's a picture of Mr.Pickles eating the birdseed I put out for the birds this afternoon. Have a great weekend!!

 

Lemon sprinkle cookies

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Keebler used to make my favorite cookie, not overly sweet, tangy and covered in powdered sugar. Girl Scouts have them now but let's face it, no one wants to wait all year to enjoy their favorite cookie so while browsing Pinterest the other day I came across some delishishness. Lemon sprinkle sandies – cool citrus tang, sweetness of the sprinkles and I am one happy girl!

G found these neon sprinkles when he offered to go to the store for me the other day. I don't think he'll make a habit of it after I sent him off with a long list of some things he's never heard of. Poor guy – I should've warned him how unfun grocery shopping is.

 

So armed with the recipe and a strong desire to play with sprinkles I went to work. Just a note from the recipe – these cookies hold their shape best when frozen so I made these the night before.

 

They were so cute rolled in sprinkles and I was really tempted to throw them in the oven right then but I did as the recipe suggested, set them in the freezer and went to bed. I couldn't wait to get up this morning and put them in the oven. After a long conversation with my mom on if I needed to wait until the cookie sheet thawed some so I wouldn't warp my pan (which we figured was best – the cookies stayed frozen) I put them in.

And voila! They are the cutest cookies I've ever made and perhaps my new favorite since they remind me of lemon coolers but with sprinkles!! Hope you enjoy and if you make them, comment and let me know what you think. Work should be happy I'm coming in today!

 

Painting Party

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Last night I was asked to teach a painting party for a friend's birthday. After painting a sample and coming up with some directions the night before I grabbed my easel and headed out. It's been almost 2 years since I've taught and it was a blast! Everyone's paintings were fantastic and my favorite part was for the first time G painted and he really enjoyed it!

Doing one of the many things I love.

Hard at work.

Group photo! Happy Birthday, Krista!

Our his and hers – I'm so proud and we all had a great evening! If you'd like to have a private painting party at your place, email me at sparklesandsprinklesohmy@yahoo.com and we can set it up!

 

Cozy pet cave

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Well the furballs finally have a cozy little retreat to enjoy in the house. I painted the medallion and am so grateful to G for keeping an eye out for the perfect end table. Getting it home was another story but a little maneuvering and a bunch of tie downs we got it home. It fits right in with the eclectic artsy theme now going on in the house!

This is the “before” minus the fantastic removable medallion.

 

 

 

Frankie seems to like it! And I'm very happy with it too!!

 

New project preview and taking suggestions

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While on a quest for a functional and cute pet bed I came across an end table that had been repurposed for just that. So armed with several cans of spray paint, a screw driver and an amazing little end table find I have started on the little cozy pet cave. Did I mention that I LOVE spray paint? I have it in every color and am always looking for objects to transform. Anyways, here's a picture of the before without the top medallion piece and once I finish painting that I will post the after.

 

Isn't it fantastic? It is exactly what I've been looking for the past several months. I took the doors off for the cozy pet cave and they're perfect for another project I just can't decide on what I want to do with them so any suggestions will be considered and appreciated! I met an awesome friend last night who does beautiful wire work on frames and I think it would be great on these but they're thick and I'm not sure it would work so help me out and who knows I might just send you one of them!