Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crafty Sasse Wednesday Link Party 23

Features from last week:
StoryCrafting With Joy's Heart Art -  What a great Valentine's Day gift with your own pictures.

Something Swanky's Pixie Stick Cupcakes - This are almost too pretty to eat!

ReMadeSimple's Milk Jug Love -  What a great way to recycle those old milk jugs.

Thanks for everyone who shared their projects. If you were featured, please grab a button here.
You have also been pinned on my Pinterest here.

You know the rules.
So let's get this party started.

Don't forget to check out the giveaways going on right now!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Zebra Cupcakes & Shine Giveaway

Zebra Cupcakes
This time I was a little lazy and bought pre-packaged white cake mix.

Follow the directions on the package.  Once the cake mix was done, I divided into two equal parts.
One bowl I put to the side, the other I add about 1/4 cup of Hershey dark chocolate cocoa powder.

I was left with two bowls - one with white cake and the other chocolate.
To make the zebra pattern, I added some white then a little bit of chocolate.  Repeat.
Then wait patiently for them to bake.
Add frosting.
Ta Da!
Linking up HERE!
Today's Creative Blog

And now an extra special treat for you, my friend.
Have you ever heard of Ashley from The Shine Project?
If you haven't, read her story here.  You will instantly love her.
I'm really excited about being able to help with The Shine Event here in Dallas.
Now the really exciting part, how would you like to be an owner of one of these shirts?
Click here to enter to win your own Shine shirt

Macrame Project Giveaway

I'm really exciting to introduce to one of my new sponsors, Macrame Project.

What is the Macrame Project?
The Macramé Project is a Direct Trade project of The Eden’s Rose Foundation. The purpose of this blog is to raise awareness of a community development program in the low visibility areas of Ecuador. The Projects are funded primarily through the sales of our macramé, made by the People our programs help. In addition to purchasing macramé, we have lots of ways for you to offer your help to aid People in need. We have outlined many options for Supporting  The Macramé Project. Each option is a viable way of helping and making a real effect in the lives of people and families in the Eden’s Rose Foundations direct trade community projects.

How awesome is that?  Anything involving helping and giving back to others I'm in.  They are non-profit that does direct trade so it benefits people directly.
Click here to read more about what they do.
They want you to have a chance to receive $50 credit to their online store.
A giveaway that helps others?  Win/Win.
AND if you subscribe by email to their site you will receive $10 credit to their store.
So even if don't win the $50 credit, you still walk away with a $10 credit.
Click here to enter!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sunday Social

How to participate:

1.  Follow your hosts (The Kurtz Corner & The Sasse Life) via Google Friend Connect.
2. Follow the Featured blog. (Stone and Rose)
2.  Link up your blog's home page -- not a specific link or you will be deleted!
3. Visit at least 2 other blogs and make some friends!

4. Let your friends know by posting this button. The more, the merrier!

The Sasse Life

Featured Blog:
 Hey there!  My name is Catherine from Stone and Rose.  I am so excited to be Kim's Featured Blog today!  I am a high school English Language Arts teacher and I live in Alberta, close to the Rocky Mountains, with my husband, son, and a variety of critters- both wild and somewhat tame.  I love to work on projects (the largest one to date being the construction of our new home), read good literature, and watch bad TV.  I have only been blogging since July, but I am good and thoroughly hooked!  I am constantly amazed by all of the creativity, humour, ingenuity, and charm of the people out there in the blogging world.

Some interesting (?) facts about me:

1. I have never been able to touch my toes.  And I am not working too hard on making that happen, either.  Although it was a tad  embarrassing in elementary school when everyone else was able to shape themselves into a pretzel

2. I am equally comfortable in jeans and boots or a pencil skirt and heels.

3. The toughest DIY project I've had to date (aside from building a house) was scraping a buffalo hide.  Disgusting, monotonous, and physically demanding labour that ended at the hospital with a family round of tetanus shots!!  

4. I am terrified of heights.  Any and all family hikes conclude with my husband carrying me back down whatever tiny hill (or roof, or ladder, or scaffold) I insisted I could climb.

5. I love photography and am learning how to use my new DSLR  But I am uncomfortable having my own picture taken and usually end up looking like someone who is either deranged or very angry.

Each week I blog about home projects, fashion, photography, and all things rustic and vintage.  I would love to have you all stop by and say hello!!
Let's get social now!

Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway Winner

And the winner for the Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway is....

Amber Eames


Friday, January 27, 2012

Rolo Cupcakes

Cupcakes + Rolos = Ahh-mazing

Yesterday on my personal Facebook account I posted that I wanted to make some cupcakes with Rolos.  Luckily, my professional cupcake maker friend, Yuri, shared her chocolate cupcake and caramel frosting recipe with me.  Drooling yet?  Now I want to share this with you.

Chocolate cupcake recipe:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
3/4 cup hot, strong-brewed coffee
3/4 cup bread flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Use hot coffee to melt chocolate and cocoa in a large bowl and mix until smooth, either let cool or put in refrigerator but it does need to be completely cooled. 

mix the rest of dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
mix liquids and eggs into the cooled chocolate coffee mixture.
add dry ingredients to liquids and whisk until you have a smooth batter. 

Fill each cupcake lined pan 3/4 of a way and if you want to insert a rolo in each one, you can do so now. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until cupcakes are firm. 

Cool completely.

To make the caramel sauce, I used this recipe.

Caramel Frosting:
1 1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 TBS vegetable shortening 
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 TS vanilla extract
1/4 cup caramel

Beat butter and shortening until smooth
gradually add powdered sugar on low speed
add vanilla and caramel mix until fully incorporated.

*If you want to try salted caramel frosting use 1 stick of salted butter and 1/2 unsulted than sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

After the cupcakes cooled, I put the frosting on then drizzled the rest of the caramel sauce onto the frosting.

We also can't forget the secret ingredient.

The little Rolo I put in the center before baking.

The last step is find an honest person who can be your taste tester. It's a very important job.

I think Cooper approves.

Thanks to Yuri for sharing her recipe.
Thanks to Coop for being such a cute taste tester.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Coop Smash

Many of you might know my sweet little boy.
Here's Cooper.
Well, today started out like a normal day.  Mama goes to the gym.  Coop goes to the nursery.  After my workout, I came back to a surprise. 

He escaped through the front door of the nursery.
So the lady at the nursery put a book case blocking him from getting to the front door.  To their surprise, Coop knocked over the book case and escaped again.  Sigh.

Now they have note saying "Strong baby, will escape" about him. 
Apparently, he really is my own little baby Hulk.

Have any of you had any trouble with your precious little ones and daycares?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crafty Sasse Wednesday Link Party 22

Features from last week:

Home Is Where My Heart Is' Painted Stripes - I am jealous of their room!

Something Swanky's Red Velvet Pancakes - These look SO yummy.. Did I mention with cream cheese frosting?

The Kurtz Corner's Cupcake Cakeballs -  How adorable are these and they are on top of Reese's.

Thanks for everyone who shared their projects. If you were featured, please grab a button here.

You know the rules.
So let's get this party started.

Just in case you missed it, we are having a Cutting Edge Stencil giveaway, click here for details.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Social

How to participate:

1.  Follow your hosts (The Sasse Life & The Kurtz Corner) via Google Friend Connect.
2. Follow the Featured blog. (Uncommon)
2.  Link up your blog's home page -- not a specific link or you will be deleted!
3. Visit at least 2 other blogs and make some friends!

4. Let your friends know by posting this button. The more, the merrier!

The Sasse Life

"Bonnie and I are sister-in-laws who have a great deal in common. We love God, sewing, decorating, and pretty much all things crafty. This all started when Bonnie made my senior prom dress (the gold sequins still pop out of our sewing machine). We are stay-at-home moms who run a part-time business,Uncommon Designs. Our business is comprised of our blog and the shop where we sell our handmade items (such as fabric, kitchen textiles, holiday decor, and accessories).  
Over the last six months we have really focused on our blog and have enjoyed it more than we ever imagined! Our apothecary jars have always been a hit throughout blogland and we also are known for our craft tutorials and party styling! We have a weekly link party, Uncommonly Yours, UncommonEvents where we share party styling tips and inspiration, and will be hosting a Valentine series "Love is in the Air" at the end of the month!"
Some Fun Facts About Us...
1. We both graduated from Clemson University {Go Tigers!} and our husbands did as well ....and both sets of our parents did too!! Needless to say, our children feel like they have no choice! ;)
2. We both HATE having our pictures taken...think Chandler from "Friends" in the engagement episode! { if you haven't seen it, you should, it's funny stuff!}
3. We both are computer challenged...we have quite a few "Talk to me like I'm two!" conversations a day...one a year age went like this.." HTML what? I have no idea what you are talking about!" Baby steps...
4. We may or may not be the types of moms who let their children get mohawks for good grades, dye a purple streak in for good grades, and eat icecream for dinner! Hey...it is only hair and who doesn't love icecream!
5.We both have a slight addiction to modern quilting fabric, burlap, and beautiful trim! We can spend hours picking out fabric for a project!
Thanks Kim..looking forward to Sunday! Please let us know if you need anything else! have a great night! 
                                              ~Trish and Bonnie~  
          follow us at... www.uncommondesignsonline.com  
 Join us each Wednesday for our "Uncommonly Yours" link party!      

Email Kim at kim@thesasselife.com if you would like to be the Featured blog.
I'm guest posting over at Casey Leigh today!

Friday, January 20, 2012

16 Months Old

Our little man is 4 days shy of 16 months old. It amazes how much he has changed and learned in these short 16 months.

He loves blocks.

But I don't care what toy you are, nothing compares to this one.
His beloved elephant.
He wants to sleep with it, eat with it and play with it at all times.
Forget cuddling with mama, where's my elephant?!

Does your child have a stuffed animal or blanket they can't live with out?  If so, what age did they start getting attached to it?


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crafty Sasse Wednesday Link Party 21

Features from last week:

Mom 4 Real's Painted Trunk - I love how this turned out, looks great!

The Farm Girl Recipes' Peanut Butter Cup Cake - I know, I know another peanut butter cake.  What can I say other then peanut butter wins me everytime.

The Crafty Scientist's Paint Chip Quatrefoil Art - What a easy and cheap what to decorate.  Love how this turned out.

If you were featured, please grab a button here.

You know the rules.
So let's get this party started.

Just in case you missed it, we are having a Cutting Edge Stencil giveaway, click here for details.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DIY Dino Hoodie

I came across this idea on Pinterest and LOVED it! Here's a little tutorial on how I made it.  It's really simple.
Sewing machine

Step 1: Fold felt in half and cut triangles.

Step 2: Unfold the felt and line it up with the seam on the hoodie. 

Step 3: Sew the felt to the hoodie.

Step 4: Sew the triangle flaps together so they become one.  I used a zigzag stitch for texture.

Step 5: Wear and become a dinosaur.  Don't worry, Aiden and Cooper will show you how.