I've been busy making some new things and putting together new kits to list in my shop. You can tell it's my shop by the name, Annie's Shop. Pretty creative, eh?
It's been raining off and on these past few days, so I'm cranking up the music, doing a little bit of deep cleaning, (blech!) and "taking care of" Monkey, who was up in the middle of the night chucking up his dinner, which was all the proof we needed to verify the suspicions that he doesn't chew his food. He's currently using his fancy duck tape to decorate the bottom of his skateboard. In other words, he's feeling just fine. It's nice to get a cuddle or a hug from him whenever I want, though.
While I'm finishing up my cleaning, laundry, and creating, (and I've talked about up-chucking!) I'll leave you with pictures and recipes for the desserts the two oldest made for the dessert and service auction to raise money for Scout and Girl's Camp.
First of all, the lovely Cookies and Cream Cake baked by the equally lovely Natalia. She wasn't so much into holding the cake for the picture, but here she is on the table in all of its Holstein glory.
Cookies and Cream Cake
For the cake:
1 package white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil
3 egg whites
1 cup crushed Oreos
Combine the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites using the instructions on the cake mix box. Fold in crushed cookies. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake according to cake mix instructions. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
If you're OK with canned frosting, use your favorite brand of cream cheese frosting or here's a recipe for homemade:
For the Frosting:
6 ounces cream cheese (3/4 of an 8 oz brick)
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tsp. vanilla
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla til light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in enough of the remaining powdered sugar to make frosting spreading consistency.
Spread frosting over the top of the bottom layer, then stack other round on top. Frost the top and sides. Decorate the top with cookies, and crush the remaining cookies and smoosh them onto the sides. That's how the cookie crumbles.
Next up is Brian's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies. There's nothing better than peanut butter and chocolate. Put those over brownies with some cream cheese in between. Oh. My.
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
1 package of Brownie Mix made according to package directions.
1 8 oz brick of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup of miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
Bake and cool brownies.
Mix cream cheese, brown sugar, and peanut butter until fairly smooth and spread over cooled brownies. Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups on top of the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate leftovers. If you, by chance, have any leftovers.