Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Ok, so technically, this is not a "Craft" but it was too good not to share! With Spring here, well for most people, we are still digging out after a foot and a half of snow a couple of days ago :) I thought this was perfect! I have always wanted to try making my own body scrubs and now I get to try these thanks to Elle&Blair!! Please note that if you have sensitive skin- like me, the sugar scrub is probably best:
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake Roll
MARCH 4, 2013 BY DOROTHY KERN
This Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake Roll is out of this world! A chocolate cake rolled and filled with a whipped caramel then frosted with chocolate and pecans. Turtle indulgence to the max!
Have you ever been so afraid to try something that you worked yourself up into a frenzy about it and then convinced your brain you couldn’t do it so why try?
Yeah, that was me and cake rolls. Until now.
I am serious, the ease of making this cake is unfathomable. It was easier to make than any cake I’ve ever made, ever.
It starts with a box cake mix. I found the recipe in one of those Betty Crocker books you get at the grocery store. It used only part of a cake mix, and fills exactly one jelly roll pan. And, because it’s cake mix, it bakes up great.
When the cake is hot, straight from the oven, you turn it over a (clean) kitchen towel that’s been dusted with powdered sugar. It comes out the pan easy, because there is foil lining the pan. Peel off the foil, and roll up the cake in the towel. It rolls easy – no ripping or universe exploding.
I filled this cake with the caramel filling. Basically it’s caramels melted with heavy cream, chilled, and then whipped, almost like a ganache. A caramel ganache. It’s so easy to make and spreads like frosting. It’s true magic!
Once the cake is cool, you simply unroll it carefully. It does not break or sprout a cape and fly across the room. It’s just…bendy cake. Frost the center with the caramel and roll it right back up. It’s happy to do so.
Frost it with a chocolate glaze and top with toasted pecans. (You could also fill the center with some pecans. Which would be wonderful. I didn’t because my dad was eating some of it, and he can’t eat nuts.)
Slice, and enjoy the fact that you have accomplished something amazing and magical. Something that should have been hard, but wasn’t. Something that everyone will think you slaved over and worked super hard for hours to make.
And well. Why not let them think that? What they don’t know won’t hurt them…and they’ll think you’re amazing.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
This is such a cute project for your little ones this Easter or any time. I think I was more excited about this project than my little ones were- they are just so cute!! Brought to you from Craft Jr. Here are simple pipe cleaner finger puppets: