I’m Back!

Long time no see blog! I am back, hopefully on a pretty regular basis. Now that school is over I have time for crafting fun again. I am working on quite a few things right now. I joined my first ever quilting bee, and am a part off two different hives. I have 12 blocks to make between the two hives and so far have completed 6. So now I just have the one hive left. I will post pics when I get them taken, before I send off the blocks. I am also working on a block for a charity quilt for a foster child. I love doing blocks through Quilting for Kids. I just know that the quilts that come together, that I am getting to help with will be appreciated and well-loved. My latest charity project is through Kristy at Hopeful Threads. Her monthly challenge this month is sewing boy’s shorts for Children in Families in Cambodia. Cannot wait to see how many pairs get made.And if that is not enough,I am working on two baby gifts for some friends at my husband’s work. I have a lot on my plate and only a couple weeks to finish it.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope to be back soon with pictures of completed projects. Thanks for reading.



Dear Blog…

Sorry for the long time between postings. I had every intention of posting a lot more, but between school and the cold from hell my husband brought home to share, and other family medical issues, I have been a terrible blogger. For the foreseeable future I will be taking a break, until all the medical issues are figured out and school calms down a bit. I hope to have a least a St. Patty’s Day post, as I have a cute and easy little project to share. If you are out there following I apologize for going silent without word. I hope you will understand. Thank you for reading and hopefully I will be back to the blog more often soon.

Lisa :)

Valentine’s Day Cuteness!

Thought I would just share some gratuitously cute pictures of my little sweets in the Valentine’s attire I made and posted about yesterday. They were absolutely in love with their shirts, and my little man kept telling everyone he had a special Valentine’s tie shirt. *Swoon*

I hope you enjoy! Oh, and the big old moose was their Valentine gift from their grandma and grandpa.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I finished my kids Valentine’s outfits at the absolute last minute! I guess that can happen when you have school, and family, and life to contend with. But I finished nonetheless.

Here is the tie shirt I made for my little man.

Complete with heart-shaped tie tack.

He is going to be a little heart-breaker in this for sure!

And here is my little princess’s shirt.

The heart is applique, as is the tie on  the other shirt, and then there are the fabric yo-yos finished with button centers.

And of course, I could not let a holiday go by without a hair accessory. This time I made a fabric yo-yo clippie with a fabric-covered button center.

I just cannot wait to get them all dressed up! I will post pics of the kiddos modeling their outfits as soon as I can.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful day today, whether you are single or attached. And remember to show the ones you love that you care. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Butter Cream

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you ready? Do you have dessert planed for you and your sweetie(kids)? No worries… I have got you covered!  How about some Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Butter Cream? What says romance more than dark chocolate and the spice of cinnamon? If you ask me, not much. This recipe was posted for the first time on Tuesday on Sew Bittersweet Designs, when my best friend let me invade her blog for a day for her Valentine’s Day Showcase. You should definitely check out all the amazingly creative women she is featuring! Now let’s make some cupcakes!

First off let’s talk cocoa powder. I love dark chocolate and was so excited too come across this deliciousness. Thank you Hershey’s!

You can of course use any brand, or type of cocoa powder you choose, this is just the one I like.

You will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

First we are going to cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar.

I use my trusty KitchenAid stand mixer, but a hand mixer will work just fine.

Mix them until they are fully combined and look something like this.

In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the dry ingredients.

Mix with a spoon until combined. Should look something like this.

Set this aside.

To the butter and sugar mixture add your eggs, oil, warm water and vanilla. I like to crack my eggs into my glass measuring cup with my oil, that way if there are any shell pieces they are easy to get out.

Mix until fully combined. Your mixture should now look something like this.

Now it is time to add in your dry ingredients. This is best done 1/2 cup at a time. Mix between each addition. Once all mixed, your batter should look like this.

It should should be thick, but still fall off your mixer’s paddle.

For this batch I used a Wilton brand heart-shaped silicone mold pan, and Wilton brand silicone heart-shaped cupcake molds. They look like this:

I filled the small heart molds about 2/3 full and the cupcake molds to the line on the inside. Here they are before baking:

Then I sprinkled the tops with some pretty nonpareils,

and baked.

If you use small molds like my blue one, or mini-muffin tins, it will take 7-10 minutes and normal size cupcakes will take 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

While you are waiting for your cupcakes to cool, let’s get started on the frosting. First you want to cream together the butter and the shortening.

Sift your powdered sugar. I used 2 cups for mine.

Beat until fluffy. Once it looks like this

add your cinnamon extract,  cocoa powder and milk, and mix completely. Start with 3 tablespoons of milk. If you want a thinner butter cream, add more. (3 was perfect for mine) It should look something like this

From here you can either spread on your frosting onto your yummy cupcakes, pipe it on nice and pretty.

Here are my cooled cupcakes…

And here they are all dressed up!

And what would making cupcakes be without a little helper?


Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Butter Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

For the cake:

6Tbsp butter
1/4C packed brown sugar
3/4 granulated sugar (or superfine sugar)
2 eggs
1/3C veggie oil
2tsp vanilla
1.5C flour
1.5tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon powder
1tsp salt
1C cocoa powder (I used dark chocolate)
1C warm water

For the Frosting:

1/2C(8Tbsp)unsalted butter (softened)
1/2C(8Tbsp)  shortening (room temperature)
2-3 cups powdered sugar
3/4C cocoa powder
3-5Tbsp milk
1/4tsp cinnamon extract

Makes 18-24 standard cupcakes. I got 12 standard size and 24 mini hearts out of my batter. Bake minis 7-10 minutes. Standard size  10-15 minutes.

I hope you enjoy your cupcakes. Thank you for reading. Thank  you again Melissa for letting me share my recipe. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Project Progress and a Feature

So… I am busy getting my craft on! This week I am working on finishing up Valentine’s projects for my kids. Here are some sneak peeks of my projects.

There are buttons,

fabric yo-yos,

fabric hearts,

and  more that I have yet to finish.

I will hopefully be posting the finished projects later in the week.

What are you working on? Anything special for Valentine’s Day?

Today, my first recipe tutorial is being featured on my best friend, Melissa’s blog Sew Bittersweet Designs, in her Valentine’s Day Showcase. Thank you SO much Melissa! :) I will post the recipe here on Thursday. Please go check out the rest of the ladies in the showcase; they are all making some amazing stuff.

I hope that everyone is having a great week so far. Stay tuned!

Hello There!

Hello world! Welcome to my crazy busy, crafty life! I am a wife and mother of a 3-year-old little man and a 1-year old little princess. That alone would keep most anyone busy, but on top of that I am a nursing student and now a blogger. I love to quilt, make hair accessories for my little princess, do fun crafts with my kids, and bake. It is not very often in my house lately, when there is not a freshly baked treat of some kind.

I hope that you will join me on my blogging  journey. I promise I will show you some fun things along the way. Thanks for reading.