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Cake. | Baking

I've been on a bit of a baking binge lately.

I swore off sugar because I need to stop my cravings, but somehow, cake always ends up coming out of my oven.  It's the weirdest thing.

The other day, I thought, "These blueberries in my fridge look delish.  They'd look even better in a coffee cake." It was pretty much all downhill from there.

This is a recipe I converted from one of my cookbooks to make it gluten free and refined sugar free.  It was outrageously delicious.  I shared a few pieces with a coworker who is also gluten free, and then shoveled the rest into my mouth.

Then, there were cake balls.  Not just any run-of-the-mill cake ball, mind you.  Oh no.

Snickerdoodle cake balls.

They may not look pretty, but they're RIDICULOUSLY delicious.  These I made for the department picnic yesterday, and they were gone in no time.  Best part?  No one knew they were gluten free.  I feel like it's my calling in my baking life to take all these fantastic recipes I have in my cookbooks on my kitchen shelf and convert them to gluten free.  And, if I'm really feeling sassy about it, refined sugar free and dairy free, too.

Last, but not least, there was strawberry shortcake.

Strawberries infused with sugar, making that runny glaze that seeped off the berries and ran down the cake.  Homemade whipped cream that had me licking every last piece of evidence off the beater and spatula.  Good lord there is nothing quite like homemade whipped cream.  This cake was not gluten free (this was also for the department picnic), but next time, it sure as heckfire will be.

It's been quite a while since I've been around, but now you know part of what's been keeping me busy!  I hope to pick up a needle and thread at some point this weekend, since it's been too long since I've done that, too.  

Next week is the big 4th of July holiday!  What's everyone up to??  BBQ's?  Parties?  Fireworks????  


Some really cool photos, and a little distress paint | Mixed Media

Hello all my  lovely friends :-)

It's been too, too long since I sat here at my computer and shared some creative vibes with you all.

If you've kept up with me on Instagram, you've seen a few WIPs, some stitching related, others, not so much.

Because I don't have enough projects going on at once, and I need another obsession like a friggin hole in the head, I decided to try my hand at mixed media.

Yep.  Mixed media.  Paint + pictures + stamps + glitter + ribbons + Mod Podge + whateverelseyouwant = your very own unique piece of art.

My uncle's birthday was last week, and where I usually get him something from the St. Joe's bookstore, this year I decided to do something a little different.  My cousin, who is an astounding musician, has been touring with his band, The Heavy Pets, and whenever he's in town, we all head to the venue to see him play.  It's a TON of fun, and I've been able to get a few really cool pics of him playing on stage.

So, I thought it would be cool to take a few of these, plus some that I snagged from online, and make something out of them to give my uncle for his birthday.

Now, I've never done mixed media.  Ever.  So to take these pics and just wing it was a little daunting....but I knew I could make something pretty cool.

I took a blank 10x10 canvas, Tim Holtz distress paints, and went to work.

I just painted random sections all over the canvas and let it dry. Then, I took a background stamp, some arrows, and the sentiment, and stamped them onto the paint.  Since the canvas gave with the weight of me pressing onto it, it kinda created this distressed look, which was totally cool.  The OCD in me was freaking out for almost all the time I did this, since it wasn't perfect, but then I reminded myself that that's the whole idea behind mixed media.  Then I relaxed.

I swear.

Once the stamp ink dried, which wasn't that long, I started figuring out the layout of the pictures.  Then, out came the Mod Podge, and I modged them on there good and tight.  (PS - you heard it here first - I created a verb for Mod Podge. boom.)

Ta da!  That's my amazingly talented cousin playing his bass at various shows over the past year :-)  

If you have ever thought of trying something like this, you should TOTALLY do it!!!!  It's A LOT easier than you think!! The part that takes the longest is waiting for the paint to dry, which I let dry overnight before I attempted to do any of the stamping, etc.

So there you have it!  If you've thought of doing something like this before, DO IT DO IT DO IT!! It's fun, you get to be messy with paint, and the best part of all - you have a cool piece of mixed media art that YOU MADE.  

Happy Monday, everyone!! Now, go forth and be creative!!!!

Much love ~~~