Friday, March 28, 2014

My Master Chef

Pretty much every Friday for our family is pizza night. Well, several weeks ago my son Jordan, who has been watching Food Network with me for years, decided he wanted to make a pizza from scratch. He printed out the recipe online and asked me to purchase some yeast for the dough.

We had to go through the process of letting the dough rise and knead the dough back down several times.  I really was unsure how long this was going to take since we had to go run an errand. My husband decided to purchase a pizza just in case this one didn't work out, but it turned out very well. The dough was very thick, but very tasty.

Jordan wants to become a chef when he grows up. He checks out cookbooks from the school library constantly with kid friendly recipes. Some of the recipes are some what complex. At times I'm thinking this is a little too advanced for me.

That is why I call him my little master chef.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

iRun 5K Race

This past weekend my church hosted a 5K race to benefit Wellspring Thrift store.  Wellspring is a unique store that uses their profits to house young women who are leaving the sex trafficking industry.

We had 160 runners, joggers and walkers for the 5K, and about thirty people run the one mile race. The 5K started with a warm up with a Zumba instructor. I wish I took a picture, but I was having fun with the Zumba exercise.
The runners also donated canned goods to the Lawrenceville Co-op. There were a total of 700 cans given to the food bank.  
The race also had vendors tables at the race. We had several booths like Pampered Chef, Premier Jewelry, and a few other busineses and some yummy baked goods.
Jodi baked these yummy cake pops for the race. They were fantastic!


I had a booth as well promoting my painting parties.
My husband, daughter and two sons, also raced in the one mile race. Would you believe my little Jordan beat his big brother and sister to the finish line.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Products

I have been playing around with some designs to add to my shop. These designs were actually made  just before the holiday season. I thought now would make the perfect time to add them since spring is finally upon us.

For many years I have sold two dimensional magnets, but I decided to try my hand with some fun three dimensional designs. Magnets are really good sellers when I exhibit at local arts festivals.

I don't know why I keep thinking of designs about the home, but I am just drawn to this theme. I'm sure it is because I am a stay at home mom. I thought a plaque would make a good product to carry in my Etsy shop and to carry at some local galleries that sell my work as well.

When I have been running around with various activities with my kids; it sure is nice to come home and relax. Well, sort of with three kids.

God bless!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Inside My Studio

For the past few weeks I have had a hard time balancing creative time with home life lately. I guess you can say I lost my mojo. I had some ideas, but I just couldn't implement them lately.

Well, I finally sat down and painted a little. I have been thinking of making a chevron clock for sometime, so I finally found a stencil at my local arts and crafts store that was perfect!

My second favorite medium like I showed a few weeks ago is working with polymer clay. I am making several pieces for myself, but I decided to make some pieces for my mom, aunt, and maybe even some special teachers.

I think this jewelry would make great gifts for Mother's Day or someone's birthday.
Even though I don't have much jewelry in my shop, it is nice to try something different from time to time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marbelized Cake

As many of you may know, I am an admitted chocoholic. On Sunday I usually make a dessert for the family dinner. My kids all time favorite dessert is marbleized cake. I usually use Duncan Hines yellow cake mix. To marbleize I use Hershey's cocoa powder for the chocolate center.

For the glaze I also use 1/4 cup of Hershey's cocoa powder and confectionary sugar, softened butter, and about one to two Tbsp. of milk. I really don't have a recipe for the glaze, so I just wing it as I go. Sometimes I use my cookbook as my guideline, but I might cut back on the recipe if it is too much for what I am doing.

The cake turned out moist and yummy!