Gned, Gnorm, and Gnick Gnome

I think these gnomes are the cutest! See each on individually below with description. If you would like to add these to your collection, please do the following so I will get credit for your order.

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Gned – Solar Lantern Gnome

Donning the traditional red cone hat, our friendly gnome inspires smiles in the garden. His handy LED solar lantern will provide 6-8 hours of light at night when battery is fully charged. Caterpillar on mushroom glows too! Hand-painted, weather-resistant resin. On/Off switch.    9 1/4″h, 7 1/2″w. $40.00

Gnorm – Napping Gnome Votive Holder

Lovable fellow finds time for a snooze against a mushroom stalk. Includes glass votive cup for use with a votive or tealight, sold separately. Hand-painted, weather-resistant resin. 4″h, 4 3/4″w.  $15.00

Gnick – Gardening Gnome Votive Holder

Red-capped friend tends to his patch of the garden. Includes glass votive cup for use with a votive or tealight, sold separately. Weather-resistant, hand-painted, resin. 4 3/4″h, 5 1/2″w   $15.00

Tin Lantern Tea Light Holder

This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. So simple, easy, inexpensive and not to mention the recycling factor. All you need to make this is a tin can, water, a hammer and nails. Charlotte has the full picture tutorial here.

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Mix or Match: 3 Dozen Tealights for just $25 or 3 Dozen Votives for just $35.

In addition, I am running a giveaway through 4/29/12 and if you are in need of wax anyway, you would automatically qualify to enter the Clearly Creative Tea Light Holder Giveaway!

Tea Light in a Mason Jar

I am always looking for new ideas on how to display candles. I happened to think this was really cute.  Denise at I love this and that has all of the directions for this Candle in a Bottle.  The thing I like about this is that you don’t really need much.

Supplies:

Reading Book Paper

Scissors

Glass Jar or Bottle

Glue

Rope or Ribbon

Tea Light Candle

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Mix or Match: 3 Dozen Tealights for just $25 or 3 Dozen Votives for just $35.

In addition, I am running a giveaway through 4/29/12 and if you are in need of wax anyway, you would automatically qualify to enter the Clearly Creative Tea Light Holder Giveaway!

Snicker Salad

Snickers, Green Apples, Vanilla Pudding, Cool Whip, and Milk. Sounds Heavenly, right. This looks like a delicious treat suitable for any party, get together or pity party on the couch..lol.

I did see a couple of comments on the post at Erica’s Bloggity Blog where I found this lovely recipe that some people use cream cheese instead of pudding. I think I might try it this way because cream cheese sounds like an interesting addition.

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Mix  For those of you who may also be trying to cut out as many preservatives and chemicals from your diet as possible, and because it is delicious!

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Mix

When I found this recipe for homemade vanilla pudding, it made me smile. I have been trying to cut out most if not all sources of processed food chemicals from our diet and I have been very sad about the things we may have to give up forever. Thanks to Brown Eyed Bakers DIY Vanilla Pudding Mix, Pudding won’t be one of them 🙂

 

Dump Cake Two Ways!

Photo Credit: Pioneer Woman

OK, so I promised dump cake two ways. The first way is one of my favorite comfort foods that grandma used to make. I love it because it is warm, gooey, delicious, buttery and just completely wonderful.

Traditional Dump Cake

Here is the recipe:

1 16 oz can crushed pineapple

1 20 oz can cherry pie filling

1 box yellow cake mix

1/2 to 2/3 cups chopped nuts, optional

1/2 cup butter* (2 sticks)

* I implore you to use real butter, you will thank me for it later 😉

Directions:

  • Lightly grease bottom of 13 x 9 baking dish.
  • Dump crushed pineapple directly in baking dish and spread evenly. 
  • Dump cherry pie filling over top of crushed pineapple and spread evenly.
  • Evenly sprinkle dry cake mix over top of cherry pie filling
  • Sprinkle nuts if using them on top of cake mix
  • Cut both sticks of butter into thin slices and place on top of dry cake mix covering the entire thing
  • Do NOT mix
  • Pop into 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour until top is golden bubbly

Now, get a fork, hide in a corner and eat right from the pan as if to have it all for yourself! (Yes, I really do. Well, I don’t really hide in a corner, I just threaten to pierce with a fork  anyone who comes near me dump cake…lol)

Now, I have always enjoyed my dump cake and as brilliant as I like to think I am, I find myself wondering why I never thought to make it with chocolate cake! This Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake from Lynn is absolutely brilliant. Like a chocolate cherry coke on a fork. You will need Cherry Pie Filling, Coca Cola ( or any cola of your choice) and a chocolate cake mix to make this delight a yummy reality.

I have been on a mission to put less preservatives in my families mouths and I am wondering how this would work with home made cake mix and or home canned fruit. Stick around, I may just  have to try it out and see how it goes.

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Dough Dip!

I usually skip all recipes for cookie dough dip despite how good they look because I always thought they were actual cookie dough with raw eggs. To my surprise, the only ingredients found in this recipe for Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Dough Dip from Robyn at add a pinch are cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate chips and toffee bits!

This looks like it has all the necessary flavors for an awesome cookie dough taste without the risk of eating raw eggs. I Love it! Can’t wait to try it!

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White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

This weekend when I went shopping, I finally picked up a tub of Kraft’s new Philadelphia Indulgence, White Chocolate flavor. I was thinking this would be a good treat for my bagel and boy was I wrong. The flavor of the cream cheese was delicious, but for some reason it didn’t go well with my bagel at all, but it did inspire me to create my very first original icing recipe.

 If you haven’t tried this cream yet, it is delicious all by itself. It is so smooth, you could probably eat the whole tub of it right off of the spoon.

Recipe:

2 unsalted butter sticks (room temperature)

1 tsp vanilla

3-4 cups of powdered sugar

1 8oz tub of Philadelphia Indulgence Cream.

I used white chocolate but I am sure the regular chocolate flavor would work as well.

Directions:

  • Cream Butter and Philadelphia Indulgence
  • Add vanilla and mix until blended
  • Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

I piped this lovely icing atop a devils food cupcake and it seems to be getting rave reviews from the family. I hope you like it. If you decide to give it a try, let me know what you think 😉

 

Mocha Chocolate Mousse Cupcake

Pinterest strikes again! Don’t these look sinful? Grace at My Sweet Life came up with this recipe for a Mocha cupcake with Chocolate Mousse Icing and they look fabulous.  The cupcake recipe sounds divine with ingredients such as cocoa powder, espresso and buttermilk to make it moist and delicious.

Two of my Favorite Things: White Chocolate and Strawberry

Two of my favorite things, white chocolate and strawberry. I love them both, so I was glad to find Amanda’s Recipe for White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate and Strawberry Icing These look so yummy and delicious that I cannot wait to try them. I should have called this post three of my favorite things. I just love a yummy cupcake 😉

Tutorial on Swirling Icing

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