Monday, December 23, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

Just so you know, after finding this recipe, I think my husband is going to cut me off from Pinterest!  Yeah, right!  This is the most decadent - and delicious dessert I have come across in a long time and I have The Domestic Rebel to thank for these.  
You just HAVE to make a batch!  

Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Recipe type: Bombs
Prep time:  
Cook time:  
Total time:  
Serves: 15-18
My SIGNATURE recipe. Bomb your diet. Do it.
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 pkg fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark

  1. Let’s make some dough! In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the milk and vanilla; beat to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour and pinch of salt until a soft dough forms. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the mini chips.
  2. On a foil-lined baking sheet, drop rounded, (scant) Tablespoon-sized balls of dough. I used a cookie dough scoop for this and just scantily filled it so the cookie dough balls wouldn’t be so big. Freeze the cookie dough balls for about an hour to firm up.
  3. Cut the brownies into small squares, about 1″ in size. Pick up a square and gently flatten it with your palm. Fudgy brownies will flatten easily and retain their moisture which is why it’s important to make sure you use a fudgy brownie mix rather than a cake-y one.
  4. Place a cookie dough ball in the middle of the flattened brownie and very gently, wrap the brownie around the cookie dough ball. If the brownie cracks, that’s okay; just kind of roll it in your fingers until the brownie completely surrounds the cookie dough. Repeat until all cookie dough balls are covered, then return to the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
  5. Prepare chocolate bark according to package directions. Using a fork, dip each brownie truffle into the chocolate, coat completely, and allow excess to drip off. Return to the foil-line sheet and sprinkle the tops with the remaining cup of mini chips, for garnish. Store these bad boys in the fridge or freezer, in an airtight container.
 Let me know how you and your family like them!
They are "The Bomb" - Yes, pun intended!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

White On White

My Time To Craft has one last challenge for you before the Christmas festivities begin!  White on White is the theme, but the image can have color.

As you can see, I used a couple of embossing folders to give this card some texture.  The tree was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and it's background is from Spellbinders.  

Why don't you give it a try?

If you need a few  more tags for all of those gifts, just scroll down to my last post!
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa Tags

These cute little tags were inspired by Pinterest.  You can find the original post here.

Here is my version of the instructions:
2" scallop - for the beard
1 and 3/4" circle - for the face
3/4" circle - for the pom pom
3 and 1/2" tree from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (with the trunk cut off) - for the hat
A strip of cardstock cut with scallop scissors
Baker's Twine

That's it!  Quick and easy tags for your gifts!
Give it a try and let me know how yours turn out - only 6 more shopping days....

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Change is Good!

I haven't been posting as much as usual - you may have noticed!  The reason?  The amount of change in my work life recently!

Many of you know that I am an Instructional Coach in an elementary school.  At least, I WAS - at the beginning of this school year!  Due to a drop in enrollment at our campus, we lost 4 teachers in late September.  Classes were split up and reassigned to existing teachers. The only classes that couldn't be split up were a morning and afternoon kindergarten, therefore, I was reassigned to half-day Kindergarten with 55 students.  

The teacher who was teaching the classes left on a Thursday afternoon and I took over the class on Friday morning.  Just to clarify, she did not lose her job, she was reassigned to another school that had a high enrollment and needed teachers to reduce class size.  

When I walked into the room afterschool on Thursday, I was greeted by empty bulletin boards and very few supplies.  The crayons, scissors, glue, etc.  were in styrofoam bowls. Apparantly the containers belonged to her and she took them to her new school, which I totally understood.  What confused me was why she took their nametags!  I worked in the room until 9:00 and called it quits.  I was exhausted!  

The next day, I greeted my two classes and did my best to learn names!  Fortunately, I had been working with this teacher as a Coach, so the kiddos knew me.  

So, I hit the ground running, decorating the room, setting up rules and routines, and assessing the abilities of my students.  Before I knew it, I had to prepare for Parent/Teacher Conferences, Halloween, and report cards!  

Somewhere, in the midst of all of this, my principal pulled me aside and told me it looked like we were going to be assigned a new Kindergarten Teacher to reduce class size.  I was floored!  How was I going to choose the students for a new class?  They didn't need any more change!  After some thought, my principal decided not to create a new class.  Since I had a fabulous Observation Student, who was also a Substitute Teacher for the district, she would take over my classes with me as her mentor.  I would be reassigned (again) as the Intervention/Enrichment Teacher for Kindergarten.  

The parents were given a letter right after Thanksgiving and I spent some time explaining how beneficial this would be for their children.  The past 2 weeks have been spent co-teaching/mentoring Ms. H. (the new teacher), planning for my new position, and setting-up a new classroom.  Yes, my principal wanted me to set up a new classroom - even though I wouldn't have a class of my own.  

Tomorrow, I officially begin my 3rd job this school year!  Wish me luck - and pray that this job lasts until the end of the school year.  I don't think I can make another change!!

Things are calming down (yes, I truly believe this) and I have some more crafty things to share with you!  Be sure to stop back again soon!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Newtown - One Year Later

I wrote and shared this on Facebook one year ago.  I thought I'd share it here too.

One year ago we learned a tragic lesson about our society and safety in our schools. I wrote a long post, something I rarely do, that so many of you supported. Have we learned anything in this year? I thought I'd, here goes:
Yesterday's tragedy has compelled me to write. I probably won't get a single like or comment, but that's OK. Free speech is a wonderful thing.

I've spent nearly my entire life in a school. First as a student, in elementary and high school; as a college student, studying to be a teacher, and as a teacher for the past 26 or 27 years. I've always felt safe there. Unfortunately, there have been several school tragedies, but this one, shook me to the core. I see the faces of all the students that I have had in my classes, as well as the ones who now stop me in the hall to say hello, tell me about their day, or give me a hug. The faces of innocence. It breaks my heart that the children of Sandy Hook Elementary have had that taken away.

People will say that guns are the problem. Those of you who know me, know I do not agree. I grew up with guns. My Dad was a gunsmith and a Federal Firearms Dealer. We had guns all over the house. Most of the people I grew up with also had guns at their house. We were taught how to use them and to respect them. No one ever shot up a school when I was growing up.

Fast forward to today. We've had many tragedies and there are those say, "If we outlawed guns, we wouldn't have this problem". Yes we would, the true problem is the broken people. I'm no psychologist, but I'm sure there are countless reasons for people to be broken. These individuals will always find a way to hurt others if they want to. Making something illegal will not take it away.

What do we do? Start paying attention to our children. BE A PARENT! Don't give your children everything they want. Give them real consequences for their actions and be aware of what they are exposed to in the media. They should not be on Facebook. I can't tell you how many friend requests that I have blocked from elementary students. A 6 year-old does not need a new i-phone, nor should he/she be allowed to play Call of Duty Black Ops. (Yes, these are true stories. I have had parents tell me this about their children more times than I can count!)

If you know of someone who is struggling. Help them. Show your children that you care - about them and others.

I'd also like to ask the media to stop glamorizing/sensationalizing tragic events. We need to focus more on the good in people.

Do something kind today.
Love and prayers for all of us.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cute and Cuddly...

...Christmas Animals!  You know you want to be a part of this one!  My Time To Craft is challenging you to join us!  
Some Ruby cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Chevron Ribbon, and a stamp that I've had for years, completed this card.  I did emboss the Kraft for a little more interest.  

So, how about it, are you going to join us this week?  We'd love to see what you create!
Stop by My Time To Craft for some more inspiration...
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sketch Time!

Don't you just love a sketch to guide you?  Your design/layout is done, all you need to do is choose your paper, image(s), and embellishments!  My Time To Craft has this one just for you:

I used our Sarita papers and a retired leaf stamp to create this card:

I see this as a Fall card in non-traditional colors!

Why don't you give it a try and share your creation with us?  Be sure to stop by My Time To Craft for some more inspiration.  We have some new DT Members who are awesome!

Linking to Make It Monday.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom #25

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I am so thankful for all of you that visit my little corner of the blog world.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


We all love them.  They can be shiny or sparkly.  We can hang them around our necks - or - like this one, hang it on the Christmas Tree!

The instructions for making this bauble are all over the internet.  I used some leftover scraps and a red sparkle for the middle.  Honestly, it took about 10 minutes to make!  Gotta love quick and easy!
Now, how about you create a "Bauble" and share it with us at My Time To Craft.  We'd LOVE to see it!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Clean and Simple

That's right, one layer or less.  My Time To Craft is challenging you to keep it simple.  Can you do it?  If I can, so can you!

Now, before you say, Hey, she used Washi Tape, doesn't that count as more layers?  The Washi Tape is actually a stamp set from Close To My Heart!  Pretty cool, huh?  I just stamped each one in a different color.  I really like the look.

So, how about you give it a try?  Be sure to link up to the challenge at My Time To Craft so we can see what you create!  

Happy Crafting!

Oh, and don't forget, we're having  a Design Team Call.  I can honestly say this is the sweetest group of gals to work with.  Why don't you join us?

Linking to Make It Monday.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Quilt It!

The weather is getting cooler and their is nothing like a quilt to keep you warm!  The Design Team at My Time To Craft wants you to create a project that looks like a quilt.  
I created this card with scraps I had in my craft room.  The sentiment is on a piece of chipboard and I added some lace.  The stitching is faux - I used a journaling pen to create it. Pretty simple, huh?  
I hope you'll join us at My Time To Craft and create a "Quilt" of your own!  
We are also having a Design Team Call - maybe you'd like to join us???

Linking to Make It Monday.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


The weather is getting cooler and I'm pretty sure most of the butterflies have flown south.  The Design Team at My Time To Craft isn't ready to let all of them go, just yet!  The Challenge is...Butterflies!
This card was made with Authentique Papers and  a retired butterfly from Close To My Heart.  I always like to give my butterflies a 3D effect by gluing it by its body.  
Why don't you give it a try?  Be sure to stop by My Time To Craft for a little more inspiration.  We can't wait to see what you create!

Linking to Make It Monday.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

It was a beautiful day in the valley.  Thankfully, the weather is starting to cool!  We spent some time at the Farmer's Market and I did some baking.  I found this recipe on Pinterest - not only is it easy, it's delicious too!  Take a look:
I found the recipe here.

Pumpkin crunch cake

yield: 16 servings


1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup melted butter
whipped topping


Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease bottom of 9X13 pan.
Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in bowl then pour it into your pan.
Sprinkle your dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture.
Sprinkle chopped pecans and walnuts over the cake mix.
Drizzle melted butter evenly over everything.
Bake your pumpkin crunch cake for 55 minutes or until top is turning golden brown. Cool completely, cut and serve with whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers.
Recipe slightly adapted from Candle Pro.

You really need to try this one - you won't be disappointed.   
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


There are so many reasons for congratulating people.  The new challenge at My Time To Craft encourages you to just that!  I decided to get "outside of the box" and use the word 'Bravo'.

The stamp, papers, and sparkles are from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you'll join us on this challenge. Be sure to visit My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for you!

Linking to Make It Monday.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sorry, I Forgot...

Your Birthday!  Have you ever done that?  Hopefully not, but sometimes, it does happen.  Here is a  little card I made  -  just in case!
The sentiment is from Card Word Puzzle (C1494) and the image is from Look Who's... (D1502). Both are from Close To My Heart and are available by clicking the SHOP button at the top of my blog.

Be sure to stop by My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team created for you! 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shabby Chic...

...or Vintage!  That's our challenge this week.  Since I tend to be more of a "Clean and Simple" card maker - or, so I've been told, this was a nice change for me.
When I hear "Shabby Chic" I think of layers, lace trim, flowers, and buttons.  So, that is what I used.  I also added some chipboard and a pearl.  Hope you like it!

Be sure to visit us at My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team created.  We hope you'll join us!  Besides, it's World Card Making Day - you don't want to miss out on that! 

Linking to Make It Monday.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thank You

This is certainly a card that everyone needs!  I made mine using the Laughing Lola papers from Close To My Heart:
So, get out your goodies and join us in this challenge.  We'd love to see what you create.  The My Time To Craft Design Team has more to share.  Be sure to stop by!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Black Cat

It's never too early to think about Halloween!  This week at My Time To Craft we are challenging you to create a project using a black cat.  
This card was made with the new Eek and Shriek (B1429) stamp set from Close To My Heart. The best part?  The cat was cut using the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge - also from Close To My Heart!

Be sure to let me know if you'd like your own stamp set or Cricut cartridge!  Don't forget to visit us at My Time To Craft.  The rest of the DT has more to share with you!  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Colors of Autumn

It's September, and even though it's still warm, it is time to get crafting with those autumn colors.  My Time To Craft has the challenge to help you do just that!

Close To My Heart's Huntington papers were used to make this card.  The stamp set is So Grateful (B1395). After adding some twine and a pewter stud, the card was done.

Be sure to visit us at My Time To Craft and take a look at the rest of the Design Team's work.  We hope you'll be inspired to join us!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom #15

Lord, take me where You want me to go;
Let me meet who You want me to meet;
Tell me what You want me to say, and
Keep me out of Your way.

                                                                     -Mychal's Prayer

Never forget.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ice Cream Parlor Chairs Meet the Farm Table

Let me start this post by saying I love all things old - vintage - antique.  Ice Cream Parlor Chairs have been a favorite since I was a little girl.  I've had one since that time, but have always wanted a set.  Recently, I've also had the desire for a Farm Table - but have you seen the prices on those things?!  Being a "Thrifty Gal" , I decided there was more than one way to skin a cat!

While "antiquing", I came across this set of 4 chairs:
I managed to get them for a good price, so they came home with me.  They sat in the garage for a bit, while I went in search of the farm table.  I kept watching Craigs List and found this table:
Again, a good price, so it came home with me.  This pic was taken after we removed the legs to fit it in our vehicle.  Yes, I'm going to need a truck f I keep this up!  Did you notice the shape of the legs?  They just screamed, "Yes, I can be a Farm Table"!!!

When I got it home, my sander and I got right to work!  I'm pretty sure there were 25 coats of that orangy stain/poly, but my trusty sander cut through it!  Here's a peek of it when I got down to the bare wood:
This is also my "Glamour Shot".  You know - hair a mess, covered in sawdust and sweat - it was over 100 degrees that day!

I spray painted the legs and the skirt with white paint.  I debated on distressing the them and decided not to - for now!  I reserve the right to change my mind!  I stained the top with walnut stain, reattached the legs, and, this is what I had:
I needed to protect the top and had read about Polycrylic on a few different sites.  So, I decided to give it a try.  I had never used it before, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised!  It brushed on easily, dried quickly, and clean-up was a breeze with just soap and water.  This table ended up with 3 coats.

The table has been in use for about 3 months now, and the finish is holding up very well!
My husband volunteered to spray paint the chairs white.  Here's a close-up of one of the chairs:

The final look?  Here ya go...

Now, I know you just counted and came up with 6 chairs, not the four in the original picture.  Well, I bought 2 others.  They aren't a perfect match, but close enough!

I absolutely LOVE my new table and chairs and I'm hoping that. someday (hopefully soon), they will live in a vintage house!  Wish me luck on that one!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back again soon!

                Domestically Speaking Paint Party

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Open the Gates!

It's time for a new challenge at My Time To Craft and this time, it's Gate Fold Cards!

This card was made from Graphics 45 papers and it's intended to be a note card - plenty of room for writing inside!

Thanks for stopping by - and, be sure to stop by My Time To Craft to see what the rest of our Design Team created to inspire you!

Have a great weekend - and be sure to visit again soon.  I have a project to share that I think you'll just love!  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Summer Bucket List Results

It's Labor Day Weekend and that always signals the end of summer.  School has already started here, so, sadly, my blog has been a bit neglected.  Once I'm into my "school routine" the posting will improve.  So, please stay with me - I've got lots to share!

In the meantime -- Here are the Summer Bucket List Results:
FYI - Everything has a link!

1. Lose 10 pounds.  Well, I lost 2!  I was very enthusiastic about starting an exercise routine.  The very first day I started, my knee said, "Oh no you don't"!  I decided to listen because it really hurt!  I may be visiting the doctor...stay tuned for that one!

2.  Create one new thing from Pinterest each week for a total of 10 projects.  I completed this one!  Here they are:
  1.  Chicken Tortilla Soup
  2.  A Better Mousetrap
  3. Paint Stirrer Flag
  4. Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps
  5. Christmas Tree Ornament from Corks
  6. Jeans Pillow
  7. Jeans Apron
  8. Coffee Cup Cozy
  9. A Piece of Cake
  10. Soda Bottle Prizes
3.  Complete 10 Scrapbook Pages.  I completed 7:
  1. 4 are shown in this post
  2. 2-Page Christmas Layout
  3. Soccer
4.  Attend CK Convention.  Yes, I did - and it was a blast!  See the post here.

5.  Read 8 New Books.  This was an easy one since I LOVE to read!  I actually read more, but here are the ones I posted about:

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Where the Heart Is
  3. Maids of Misfortune
  4. Look Again
  5. Joyland
  6. The False Prince
  7. Guilty Wives
  8. The Fort
  9. Come Back
My Top Three (in no particular order):
  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Joyland
  3. Guilty Wives
6.  Take a Trip.  Unfortunately, we didn't get to this one.  We had a lot of "stuff" going on and we just couldn't fit it in.  Stay tuned, though.  That will be a post in the future!

Thanks for joining me this summer on my Summer Bucket List Quest!  I'm already planning another.  The question is...will we have to wait until next summer????

Happy Labor Day Weekend - Have fun and be safe!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Soda Bottles and Teacher Gifts

I couldn't post this idea from Pinterest until they were presented to teachers on the first day back!

The bottles were filled with glue sticks and dry erase markers.  There isn't a classroom anywhere that has enough of those!  The teachers seemed to really like them!  
Easy project:  Remove the label, cut an H in the center of the bottle, fill, tape & decorate!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom #13

Since this is the first week of school here, I wanted to share this very important quote.
Have a great school year, everyone!

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Now, there's something I post about a lot - NOT!  
All kidding aside, that is the new challenge at My Time To Craft.  I decided it was time to get another scrapbook page done, so I pulled out a picture of my son from when he was a little boy.  At this stage of his life, he told us he was going to grow up to be a soccer coach!  It didn't quite work out that way, but here's the page:

This page was created entirely from bits and pieces from my Craft Room.  It's amazing how many of them I have!  
I hope you'll stop over at My Time To Craft for more inspiration from the Design Team. We want to see what you create - maybe from some scraps YOU have!  
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom #12

Since today is the first "official" day back to school for teachers, I thought this quote was appropriate!  
"Welcome Back!" to teachers everywhere!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Christmas and Wine

I have been neglectful of my blog - my apologies!  Even though we are not "officially" back at school, I have 4 presentations during the opening days.  Needless to say, I've been a little busy preparing.

Here is a little Christmas project that uses those wine corks you've been saving:

This is one of those "quick and easy" projects - love those!  I used a knife to cut the corks into slices.  I recommend soaking them in hot water first so they don't crumble.  I used E-6000 to glue them together, wrapped some Baker's Twine around the triangle, added a small gold star, and had an instant ornament!
In case you were wondering, yes, this is a Pinterest project!
So, get those corks out of the drawer and make a few ornaments.  No corks in the drawer, time to have some wine!

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thank You!

It's August already, which means I'll be going back to work soon.  I do want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for "hanging in there" with me through my Summer Bucket List.  I truly appreciate every visit and comment you make here.  Now, I still have some time left before I reveal how I did, so stay tuned for a few more posts to round out the list.

On that note, My Time To Craft's Challenge for this week is to create an aperture card.

Once again, this card was created entirely with things from my stash.  I cut this card using my Artiste Cricut Cartridge - made it SO easy to cut that opening in the middle - and it's pink frame!  Add the stamped sentiment and some rolled flowers and the card was done!

Don't forget to visit My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team has created.  I hope you're inspired to create one of your own!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom #10

Now, you will do this every time you see ROFL.
You're welcome!  

Monday, August 5, 2013

Do NOT Read This Book!

That got your attention. didn't it?

I was SO disappointed in this book.  If you recall, I read another book by Lisa Scottoline and enjoyed it.  This one was difficult to read.  Here is the book description from Amazon:

Lisa Scottoline has delivered taut thrillers with a powerful emotional wallop in her New York Times bestsellers Save Me, Think Twice, and Look Again. Now, with her new novel, Come Home, she ratchets up the suspense with the riveting story of a mother who sacrifices her future for a child from her past.
Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her---though it is stressful---and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.
But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

First of all, there was no suspense to "ratchet up", the story was anything but "riveting", and the main character just was not believable.  As I read it, I kept commenting to my husband, "OMG, I can't believe she did that!"  I forced myself to finish the book and  if it had been the first book I read by this author, I would not read another.  I kept hoping it would get better - it didn't!

I'm sure my next book will be better!