Yummy Chocolate and Cream Cheese Heaven

So, I am expanding my blog to the goodness of life…yummy delicious bites of heaven…food. A few days ago I needed to make a little something that was yummy and delicious that when you take a bite you think, “What is the recipe?!?” And boy did I! I made Fudge Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing.

They sure do look fancy, taste delicious and are easy, easy, easy to make in a jiffy. I found the recipe on a website and slightly changed it.

Here is the original ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package low calorie chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

***I used two boxes of chocolate fudge cake mix. To tell you the truth I am all about using low calorie recipes whenever I get a chance but I could not find a low calorie pre-made cake mix for the life of me. So, I wanted it to be simple so I choose the calorie fully loaded box and went with it.

Preheat the oven at 325 degrees. I gathered all the ingredients for the cake, sandwich first and mixed them:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package low calorie chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil

Here are the ingredients:

Mixing was pure heaven because I am on a visit to my Mom’s house and she has the absolute best Kitchenaid. I wish, wish, wish I had one of my own. They make any baking job magically and perfectly mixed together in a matter of seconds!

Next, you will need to spray your baking hands with cooking spray. I prefer the olive oil spray. Something about olive oil just makes me feel like I am doing something so much better for my body. (Ha ha) Pinched a small ball of dough that is about 2 inchs thick and roll in the palm of our hands.

Place about 1-1 1/2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Then you will need to spray the back of a spoon with cooking spray and gently press down the center of each ball to help the cookie spread out slightly when baking.

Bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes. I also like my cookies to be on the gooey side, so I set the oven timer for the shorter time frame and watch. Most of the time I take them out of the oven early and let them cool on wax paper before I play with them to help them get to be a more solid state.

While the cookies are baking, it’s time to create the cream cheese icing. Combine the cream cheese and powered sugar together and set aside until the cookies cool down. Then spread the icing on bottom of one of the cookies to create your yummy chocolate and cream cheese sandwich heaven!

Time to play!- My little sister had a birthday party to attend that afternoon so we dropped some food coloring into the icing and have some fun with a giant sandwich cookie!


Invitations and More

One of the most costly expenses in the wedding budget outside of the food and drinks is the invitations. There are a few different options to tackle these costly expenses as a thrifty crafter:

1-Have you thought about evites? The cost of your invitation is zero, zip, NOTHING! I know, I know it’s VERY untraditional. Maybe if you’re not totally comfortable with the whole evite for the wedding day. What about evites for the Engagement Party, Bridal Shower, Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties, or the Save the Date?

2-Evites not an option, scrapbook? Have you heard of  Archiver’s? They have a 1,000 and 1 amazing ideas for everything that falls in the realm of weddings.

3-Online graphics- There are also options to design the graphic yourself and then send them out. Apple’s are ideal for this because of their user-friendly templates.

I am fortunate enough to have a fiance that is a graphic designer. We designed some thank you cards recently. We didn’t want to print up a ton of thank you cards because we didn’t want to over print so we just went to our local Kinko’s. We printed up the number we figured we needed + 2. (Because everyone makes a mistake.)

Hair Comb for my Cousin!

As I mentioned earlier today, I have been occupying my time with wedding craftiness for others lately. My cousin, Rachel, is getting married this August. I simply can’t wait to celebrate her wedding day with her. We have very similiar taste so she asked me to make a few things for her special day. She came, as apart of my entourage, to help me select my wedding dress at the bridal boutique. When she was there she fell in love with a beautiful hair comb that was made of pearls and crystal beads. She checked into purchasing the hair comb but I quickly stopped her and told her I could surely do that myself! It was the perfect new DIY project for me!!! I quickly studied the piece and figured out how I could make it myself at home. It took a little while to gather all of the necessary supplies. I traveled to a few craft stores and finally found what I would need to make her beautiful hair comb.

Hair combs. This was actually one long hair comb that I cut in half.

Pearl and crystal beads

Silver thin wire

Wire cutters and a thin nosed jewelry tool.

The creation:

I began by cutting a long strand of the thin wire and beaded the pearls and crystals from the end of the wire strand and twisted the wire in between each set of the beads.

I feed the beads on to the wire to make a “leaf” like look, twisted the wire and then added more beads to create a second leaf.

I, then, attached the long beaded strand to the hair comb by twisting the end between the teeth on the hair comb.

Next, I made additional beaded strand to fill in the middle and….VA VOOM…I created the beautiful hair piece my cousin eyed at the bridal boutique!

Hope you like it, Rach!

Secret Little Gift Unveiled

f you have been following my blog, you know I have made a “secret little gift” for my bridesmaids. I presented a little sneak peek of the little gift. During our engagement party we “officially” asked our wedding party to be a part of the wedding. I got the girls a single white peony and a single yellow tulip (our wedding flowers) tied together with a gray ribbon.I made each bridesmaid their own bridesmaid t-shirt with different embellished design. The idea is that they will wear the t-shirts as we get ready on the day of the wedding.

One of my Besties, Leah. We have known each other since our freshman year of college!

One of my other besties, Stephanie. We have also known each other since our freshman year of college.

Another best friend, Laurel. Laurel and I have been friends since 8th grade. We meant when I moved to Michigan. For almost all of our friendship we have lived thousands of miles apart. We have also stayed in close contact.

Another of my best friend’s, Erica, could not make it to the party. I later gave Erica her secret little gift.

My little sister, Abby is the cutest 13-year old I know!

My older sister, Stephanie is my maid of honor. She is a wonderful role model, friend and sister.

My fiance, Randy, chose to give all of his groomsmen his favorite liquor, Jack Daniels shooters. (of course) He was awful creative by giving his two younger brothers small 5-hour energies.

Our Little Engagement Party

Hello crafters! It’s been months since I have posted anything on my blog. I would say it’s because I have been busy, but I can’t say that in full truth. I have been fortunate enough to have the summer off because I am a teacher. Although I have been busy, I could have found some time to write a quick post. Truthfully, I got a little burnt out with wedding ideas.  I also started to make all of my wedding craftyness and realized, “Where am I supposed to keep all of this stuff until the wedding?” So with no more said, I put a small hold on my wedding crafting and planning.

In my spare time I have spent some quality time hanging out with family and friends, working out this body to become wedding fit and crafting for other’s weddings. Not much of my own wedding crafting has taken place but very very important wedding events have passed. Here is my attempt to get you back up to speed!

At the end of May, I was blessed to have some of our family and wedding party travel to Denver for an Engagement celebration weekend. Two of my besties planned an amazing and semi-secret Engagement Party for us. We held the party at my soon-to-be in laws house. It was the perfect location with a beautiful backyard and porch, open kitchen and comfy family room. It nicely housed the guests, food, drinks and laughs.

The semi-secret party was “semi-secret” because I knew that we were having an Engagement Party but did not know anything else that was going to take place. Stephanie and Leah sent e-vites to the guests. This worked great because then the girls gathered recipes from the guests. The girls then selected a large amount of the recipes and MADE them for the party. They spent two days cooking, baking, and of course tasting their creations in preparation for the party.

They created food labels that indicated who contributed the recipe. It was so nice because all of the guests just got to show up and enjoy their recipe, work free!

Their home-maker skills did not end there! They threw some craft skills in, as well. They created a photo collage of pictures of my fiance and I throughout the time we have dated.

They also used a coffee table book of Denver as our guest book.

They had the book open to a picture of the Denver Airport, where my fiance proposed.

The party was a filled with great food, drinks, friends and family. Thank you!