Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hello blogger girls! I think I'm getting the flu! Isnt that wonderful!? I'm pretending that I feel ok right now.. I managed to stay at work all day.. well, I left half an hour early, but I started half an hour early so it doesnt count!
anyhow.. we're ignoring the flu symptoms for a few minutes here.. How do you like the crown I made? Its for the faeriezine bunny crown swap! I made two the same. I'm so glad I did, because I wouldnt want to part with this! God only knows what the heck I'm going to do with it.. but anyways.. I have a bunny crown one for me and one for my swap partner.. whoever that will be! here are a couple more pictures of it from the other sides and also a picture of both crowns together.. I was surprised, I had no idea what I was doing, as I've never made one before, It really was fun and not difficult at all!

And then there is this sweet sweet sweet little mint box that my daughter Jennifer made into my valentine present! The little tag and heart fit into the tin! Is that tooooo cute or what! She is such a thoughtful girlie! I think I'll keep her! then theres the little bunny. i do have to admit that I was inspired by the little bunnies made by Nicole bowen (earth angels awesome artist!!!) I thought I wanted to try making one. Mine did come out cute, but hers are really to die for!!!!! I love all those earth angel girls. that includes my littl friend Debra! from hophopjingleboo!

Ok then theres these two pictures.. I baked alot on sunday.. made homemade soup, choc pie, homemade bread, lemon pie adn this dense choc loaf.. You have to try this recipe from Nigella Lawsons cookbook.. (forgot name of book!)

One more thing.. before I post the recipe! I've heard from a few of you that youve completed your doll swaps! pictures girls!! gotta have pictures!! Please email them to me and I will post them all!!
Ok, I now have to take my germs and go to a longaberger party just to make a quick appearance and to order something I cant afford!!

This is sooo awesome! REcipe from Nigella lawson..
1 cup (2 sticks) soft unsalted butter
1 2/3 cups dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted.. (i used ghirardelli choc)
1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tbsp boiling water.
preheat oven to 375 F. Grease and line a 9x5 inch loaf pan. line with parchment.. (I used wax paper.. which worked great)Cream butter and sugar either with a wooden spoon or with an electric beater, then add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Next fold in the melted and slightly cooled chocolate, blending well but not overbeating. then gently add the flour, to which you've added the baking soda alternately spoon by spoon, with the boiling water until you have a smooth, fairly liquid batter. Pour into the lined loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes at 375 then turn the oven down to 325 F and cook for another 15 or 20 minutes. the cake will still be a bit squidgy inside, so an inserted cake tester or skewer wont come out completely clean. ( I baked mine for about 55 minutes total). Place loaf pan on a rack and leave to completely cool before turning it out of the pan..SOOOO GOOD!!


Dolly said...

Oh Viv I am so sorry you are getting sick!
Thats no fun!
Drink lots of orange juice and chicken soup!

Sending lots of hugz,

P.S. I love love love your bunny crown...its way too cute!

T=ME said...

So sorry to hear you have the bug. Aren't you brave to ignore it. I LOVE your crowns!Hope you're all better real soon! Hugs, Terri

Scrappy Jessi said...

darling crown!

Fran said...

OH MY! YUMMY YUMMY food. Now I'm hungry. :-) Sure does look good.

Hope you feel better soon. I talked to my daughter in PA and she has the flu.

Love the bunny crown. Your creations are WONDERFUL

JenW!~ said...

Sorry to hear you are sick. LOVE the crowns. They are so very cute.Can't wait to try the receipe. Thanks for sharing.

Bumpkin Bears said...

mmm that lemon meringue pie makes me feel hungry - it looks just like what my mum used to make :) It was worth reading your blog for that memory :) Catherine x

Susan said...

Smart lady making an extra crown for yourself. Sure hope your feeling better soon.

Genevieve Olsen said...

Oh I hear you we have one illness after another around here! Oh My I love your bunny crown! I have not made a meringue pie in years!!! I hope that you are having a great week!!!

Altered Route said...

Love the crown!
Say,I tagged you over at my blog if you want share a little bit about yourself...if you feel up to it. Get to feeling better!

Mary Isabella said...

Awesome crown!!!! So sorry you are not feeling well. So many are sick. Please feel better soon...

Lori said...

Viv, i hope it's not the flu:( i have had two really bad cases of that in the past, NOT fun!!! feel better soon!!!

your bunny crowns are darling and the little Nicole Bowen inspired bunny is so so cute...i recognized it right away as being inspired by her:) her stuff is SO cute!!!

Gina2424 said...

What a beautiful crown! What a beautiful banner! And what a darling little chickie with cute suprises inside and out was in my mailbox today! Thank you so much for doing this swap with me. I love your boxes and your paper clay and paper crafting talents! Yours goes out Monday!

Valita said...

Love your crowns! They are adorable!

Sabii Wabii said...

Oh my I love your bunny crown! It is really great. It was a good thing to make two. I would have kept one also! Hope to get you as a swap partner someday!