Here are the previews I got this weekend! I am in love with them! Visit Photography with Darla's Facebook Page for booking!
I apologize for the lull around here this past week. Things are changing quickly and moving at a VERY fast pace. I had a photo shoot on Tuesday and have two Thirty-One parties going on right now (yay!). I have some personal stuff going on that is changing around that way things work out right now and so my husband and I are trying to figure everything out. I promise to be back in full swing next week! In the meantime, know these things:
- I (should) have a preview of the some of the awesome photos from my shoot with Photography with Darla soon.
- I have some amazing things in store for my business coming to the public very soon, one of them is already public. That is our new line of greeting cards! For now, you can buy them here via Etsy.com. As of July 1st, 2013, you will be able to buy my products on my own website as well. I am falling in love with it more and more every time I work on it. And yes, I myself am building it on my own. Here is a preview of one of the styles of the greeting cards:
- Another thing you can rest assured is that I have an awesome DIY project your kids will love you for that you can use this summer! It is coming this next week!!!
I will see y'all on Monday!
Here is an updated pic showing some new makeup tricks (I did it for the photo shoot) and reflecting the weight loss... I am officially down to 192! Yay for this life change!
This short video is for those that my mom is directing to the website so they can see the kittens they are adopting. I hope you enjoy!
Here are my Cheater PB cookies. They are some of the easiest homemade cookies you will ever make, but so delicious! I am including the recipe below, but you can find it on the Featured Recipes Page also.
You will need:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup oil (I used canola)
1-1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter
2 large eggs
Optional: chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Mix all ingredients until blended well. Scoop into a greased muffin tin (about 1-2 tsp size per muffin cup). Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Allow to cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack for remainder of cooling period. Store in air-tight container.
By using the cake mix, you get the pre-measured flour, sugar, etc. By using the muffin tin, you contain each cookie in its own round shape so you don't have a bunch of funky shaped looking things you have to cut up afterwards. Just use a spatula to pop them out and ta-da!
So I got a request from my photographer client to turn some garage sale frames into chalkboard frames to be used as photo props. They were black-ish brown with some cute detailing (silly me forgot a true "before" pic of this one), and she wanted black chalkboard, but wasn't too sure how the photos would turn out if she had black on black.
So I suggested that I could turn them white and then antique them a good bit since that is kind of her signature style, as is mine now. She loved the idea. :) Now for the tour!
Here is the original color of the frames, but this is the back, as you can tell.
I made this as well as some Cheater PB Cookies for our Family Mother's Day Luncheon this afternoon. I did it Saturday afternoon so I could relax and it was so super easy. Everyone loved the pie and the cookies, but especially the pie. It is super creamy and rich. I cut it into 8 pieces, but would definitely recommend 10-12 because it is so rich. If you like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, I am sure you will love this decadent tasting dessert! Give it a try! I posted the recipe below, but it is also up on the recipe page for you already with a picture as well.
1/3 cup butter, melted
Put all oreos into the food processor or blender and blend until consistently smooth like sand. Mix in melted butter until it looks like wet sand. Press into a 9" pie plate and make sure to press all the way to the top of the sides, don't skimp. Cover with plastic wrap or Wax paper for protection and chill in refrigerator for one hour.
Filling: *(Prepare once crust has chilled)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 c. creamy peanut butter, softened (microwave for 10-15 seconds)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 oz. Cool Whip
Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla, and brown sugar until smooth. Add in 8 oz. of Cool Whip and fold in until mixed well. Pour filling into crust and smooth top over. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
Optional: Place a large dollop (remaining 4 ounces) of Cool Whip just before serving.
Serves 8-10. Don't ask about calories.
This was breakfast this morning... Let me just say... OMGosh! These were soooo good and even Little Man was begging for more after I started sharing with him, which was a big mistake, since I only had three for myself. Read more for the recipe!
Here is yet another one of those "free for the taking, waiting for the trash truck" items we saw a couple weeks ago while out and about in town.
We didn't have room in the truck with us at the time, so Jeremy dropped us all off at home and went back for it. Luckily, it was still there when he got back, so he loaded it up and brought it home. It has been sitting in our garage since then, untouched, because we have had other projects going and not a lot of time.
As you can see, this was missing knobs when we picked it up. Actually, this is with three added knobs compared to when we picked it up. The bottoms of the drawers were pretty banged up also, and the back was kinds sloppy. It definitely made sense for it to go to the trash for someone who didn't have the time or skill to redo it.
I am trying to come with an easier way of making sure I not only keep my tasks organized so I have a schedule for the week, but so I can make sure the tasks were done. Having as many kids around as I currently do, I tend to forget if I have already done a certain task (such feed the dogs or take my medicine... or eat).
I made this printable to help me maintain the organization of the weekly schedule so I know I am still keeping up with all of it and I can look back and see that I did it. I made a blank version for y'all if you want to use it (just comment and let me know). My personalized version is highlighted on the days I want certain things done.
So for mopping the hard floors in the house, it works best in my schedule to do so on Sundays and Thursday when I have the least amount of people running around the house. To remind me of this, I highlighted the box in a light yellow. You can do this to the blank version with a yellow highlighter if you wish. :) Then, once a task has been completed, you just check it off so you know it is taken care of.
Here is the free download.