Thursday, May 14, 2009


Why you ask - well - it is very rich and addictive so you might as well add some ice cream on top! He He

Cake recipe:

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this THE most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!
You are going to print this out straight away, aren't you?

(See pictures below)

TRY IT - YOU WILL LOVE IT! See you soon! Renee

Monday, May 11, 2009

Late Night Stampers Blogging Stars!!!

Late Night Stampers Blogging Stars

I am a proud member of the Late Night Stampers group, which is an excellent source of support for those who love Stampin Up. Lots of us are SU demos, but not everyone is. We share ideas, techniques, cards and talk about our stamping world. The friendships we make there are amazing. Mary Jo Price has come up with a fantastic plan that will help us support and encourage each other even more. There are "teams" of bloggers who have pledged to visit each other regularly. If you look in my side-bar, you will see my group and the blogs listed there. If you are looking for inspiration and fun, you are more than welcome to hop over to some of these blogs with me. Sometimes when I don't feel like being creative but want to work on my crafting, I go blog hopping for inspiration or just to see what other crafting friends are up to. If you haven't tried it---go ahead and give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lining Wedding Envelopes!

I saw this on Martha Stewart and decided I just had to share it with you! This would make wedding invites and their envelopes look spectacular!

A skillfully lined envelope hints at the elegant invitation inside.

Tools and Materials:
Decorative paper
Bone folder
Paper cutter
Scrap paper
Glue stick

Lining an Envelope How-To
1. To make an envelope liner, measure the width of your envelope, and subtract 1/4 inch. For the length, fold back the flap of the envelope, and measure from the bottom of envelope to tip of flap, just under the gummed strip. Using a paper cutter, cut a sheet of paper to these dimensions.

2. Slip the paper into the envelope, and fold the corners down just below the glue line, using a bone folder to create sharp creases. Remove the paper from the envelope, and cut off the corners along the folds.

3. Insert liner sheet into envelope, and fold down flap. Lift up the envelope flap, keeping the liner folded. Slip a piece of scrap paper under the liner flap to protect envelope from glue. Run the glue stick over the edges of the back of the liner.

4. Slip out scrap paper. Close down the outer flap over liner, and rub with fingertip to adhere glue to flap.

Make envelope liners to match the theme of a wedding. Print lacy patterns, bright colors, photos of the bride and groom, and more -- the options are endless.

I just love sharing cool ideas! See you soon, Renee

Happy Mother's Day to ALL!!!!

I was sent this little poem and I really want to share it with all the MOMS out there! Happy Mother's Day to ALL of you!

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom .

I LOVE being and MOM and a GRANDMOTHER! Hooray for Moms every day, but especially today! See you soon, Renee