Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Princess Room Ceiling and Flowers

I painted this Princess Room about a week ago and returned today to finish it up. Remember this room?!
I painted it Pink Ribbon, and it turned out lovely ♥
...but the ceiling looked a little, well...not quite fit for a princess!!!

So, my client requested that I paint the ceiling...
Check it out!!! 

I think it turned out Fabulous, what a FUN room!!!
I also painted the powder and the shower room. 
THEN,  I added the decorative touch! 

 I painted some swirly, ivy vines, then added some flowers in colors chosen by the client.  She asked me to just go with it and paint anywhere so this is what I did...

I hope I have inspired you to paint a room in your home!

Maybe you could paint YOUR ceiling pink like this!

I will be returning to do one more detail layer flowers,
 just to make them POP !!!

Please let me know what you think...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake

This is the most perfect chocolate cake I have EVER had!!!  My dear friend recommended this recipe to me and I have not used another since ☺ I usually make the frosting as well,  but sometimes my husband requests a bundt today...
I must admit, every time I make a bundt I recall the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding!  
If you have not seen it, it's hilarious!!!

 If you are a chocolate cake fan, like me, I HIGHLY recommend that you pick up some Hershey's Cocoa and follow this recipe,  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!!

Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake
2 cups Sugar
1-3/4 cup All-purpose Flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
1 cup Milk
1/2 vegetable oil *
      *I use extra light tasting extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 cup Boiling Water

1. Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour two 9 inch round baking pans. 2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour into prepared pans.
 3.Bake 30-35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes; Remove from pans to wire racks.  Cool completely.

Frost with "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting* (not pictured here)

*"Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting
 1 Stick (1/2 cup) Butter
2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
3 cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1. Melt Butter. Stir in Cocoa. 2. Alternately add Powdered Sugar and Milk, beating on Medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed. Stir in Vanilla. Makes about 2 cups.

Recipe from~ Hershey's Cocoa Container, more at

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Princess Room Before/After

This week I had the pleasure of turning a wonderful little princess room,
 into MORE of a princess room!! 

The walls, when I arrived, were a khaki/camel, not quite fit for a princess. 

She requested a light pink and had me pick the color. 
As long as it was light and didn't end up making the room look like pepto bismol,  which seems to happen to a lot of people ☺

I went with a color called pink ribbon. 

Here is after the first coat of paint,  it brightened the room up tremendously!! 

Here is the finished room!!!

I LOVE it!!! 

The little princess had no idea I was painting her room pink, she is at the beach ♥ 
 She had been asking for it to be painted pink for a while,
when she gets home from vacation she will be TOTALLY surprised!! 
I am looking forward to hearing all about it!!!

I will be returning in a few days to paint some decorative touches around the vanity mirror in the bathroom,  that I also painted to match. 
Will post pictures soon!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Carrot Cake Bars

These delicious carrot cake bars are so easy to make my daughter helped me do most of the work ♥  I even had a bag of baby carrots in the fridge, just waiting to become a tasty treat for the family!  Happy 4th of July to you and yours!!! 

Carrot Cake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup slightly beaten egg whites
  (about 7 or 8 egg whites)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup cooking oil
( I use extra light tasting extra virgin olive oil)
3 cups shredded carrot
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
8 ounces cream cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350, grease 15-by-10-inch baking pan, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.

3. In medium bowl, stir together egg whites, applesauce and oil.
Stir into flour mixture. Stir in shredded carrot.

4. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake 25 ~ 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool completely on wire rack.
5. In medium bowl, beat together sifted powdered sugar and cream cheese until smooth.

6. Spread frosting over carrot cake, slice into 36 bars.  Serve and Enjoy ♥

Recipe from fitness magazine, June 2011

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