Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Earthquake Cake!

I'm not kidding, that's the name of this cake recipe Earthquake Cake...and although it looks like a mess when it's done, it tastes wonderful! I made it last week for our Bible study group and I thought you mike like to try it too! 

So, here is how you start....Butter and flour a 10 X 15 pan (and it is a good idea to use this size pan) and mix 1 Cup of Coconut and 1 Cup of Pecans and press them into the bottom of the pan. Then mix up a chocolate cake mix, German chocolate is good, but use whatever one you like and pour it in the pan over the nuts and coconut. Then mix up powdered sugar, cream cheese and 1 stick of oleo or butter and spoon the mixture over the cake...see picture below!

It looks funny, but it will taste good!

 Bake in it the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour...and as it's backing the chocolate cake rises and it has an "earthquake" effect on the dessert!

 Here's the finished product...It doesn't look so pretty, but my does it taste wonderful. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! ( Now for exercise class!)

Earthquake Cake

1 cup coconut
1 cup pecans
1 box chocolate cake mix
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 8oz. cream cheese
1 stick oleo/butter

Mix the coconut and pecans, press into buttered, floured 10 X 15 pan. Prepare cake mix as directed and pour over coconut and pecans. Mix together sugar, cream cheese and oleo. Spoon over cake mixture. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.

The results will be earth shattering!


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday's Favorite Finds!

 Today I have 3 finds to share...I just couldn't pick which one I like the best! You'll have to let me know which one is your favorite...although, 2 are similar! Enough, here they are!

 I loved these 2 old ladders I found yesterday! The white one is full of paint, chippy, and has that great handle for carry in the middle...won't this make a great porch prop...surrounded by mums, pumpkins in the fall and daffodils in the spring? I think this is my favorite....

Here's the BIG BOY...a vintage extension ladder with great wood and blueish-green paint splattered on it! I could see this ladder in a loft style apartment, or hanging in a hallway with pictures in between the rungs. How would you use it?

But seriously, this bench is my very favorite for this week! I love the legs...some chalk paint and a slipcover is what I think is needs, but maybe you like the orange? It is perfect for behind the bed, along a wall, tucked under a table for additional seating. The sky's the limit...I may have just talked myself in to keeping it!

Finally, just a shot of leaves to encourage you that fall is really coming and one day soon this heat will pass!

Happy Weekend!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

~ Forever Rebecca~ Dreaming in Cream~

I recently got to visit the home of my friend and long time barn shopper, Rebecca Ballard. I knew her home would be a real treat to see, so I took my camera along! Settle back and take a look at all her fabulous uses of vintage treasures, hopefully, you'll get some ideas of your own.
Vintage wedding toppers.... Displayed so cute!
Look at what she did with all those clock faces from the barn!

Cream tree in decked with gold and silver!

Can you guess what her table topper is?

I just wanted to curl up with a book and hot tea....

Did you know that Rebecca is in the business of making all things beautiful? She has been cutting and sewing for lots of years and her handiwork is well worth the wait! Love these monogrammed, slip covered chairs above...

Don't they look sassy in their ruffles?

Wreath with all vintage ornaments and decor...this gets lots of use at all the weddings she helps with...

She not only decks the mantle, but also the doorways of her home...

Love the mantle...she made all those stockings out of white sweaters! How's that for going "green"?
I also really like how she uses her everyday collections (swans) in her seasonal decor, that lets her personality shine all year through!

Eye candy...I told you!

You could just stop and look everywhere...She says, "It's not done til it's overdone!"
Rebecca also shares of love of other colors...check back for more installments of RED and her office/workspace!
If you need wonderful and well-made bedding, curtains, pillows, slipcovers, cordcovers or anything else you can dream up made, I would encourage you to give her a ring. She's loveable, local and current in her knowledge of industry trends/colors/styles!
(She helped with my Rebekah's room makeover and I LOVE it!)
For a quote, give her a ring:
Forever Rebecca
Rebecca Ballard
903-253-3010 cell

PS. Just a re-post today from my old blog...I know, it's really summer, but don't the holidays sound wonderful? Start Dreamin'...Autumn, Pumpkins, Thanksgiving, Christmas...it's really just around the corner!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A pity party...

I snapped this picture the other day when we where once again dropping off furniture in the barn.. There is literally a one person path in there, it's just very full. Yeah, right? But, I just wanted your pity for just a minute...it's soooo hot in there....how am i going to organize these junk treasures?

Well, I love ya'll, so it will get done...It's a challenge,but (secretly) I wouldn't want it any other way!

I'll be sweating the pounds off this way for sure!
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Green with Envy Before & After!

 Well, I was dying to try AS Chalk Paint color called Antibes Green and was waiting to find the right piece of furniture and then I stumbled across this desk and knew it was going to go "green". I love the clean, modern legs and fresh look to this desk....

 Here is her before shot...I also found this bench and thought I would paint them to match...they were need of some TLC for sure!
 Well, that green paint, dark wax and colorful fabric transported them right back into style!
 They are a cheery set once again...

I will price them separately, but I do think they look great together...I also thought a clean, modern black chair would look great with this desk also, but I didn't have one handy for the photo.
 Hope your week is off to a cheery and bright start!

By the way, our Facebook challenge was a hit with 500+ votes for some great camps! Pine Cove and Rockin' C Ranch came out on top with the most votes, so we'll be sending the donation $ their way for scholarships. We also appreciate all the supporters of Royal Family Kids Camp, Camp Heyday, and Camp Kennedy... Aren't we glad there are so many great camps in our area? We are blessed to live in East Texas!

Also linking to : shades of amber
She has a chalk paint giveaway going on, so link on up!

Linked also to:      Perfectly Imperfect  

Furniture Feature Fridays">

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Favorite Friday Finds!

 So, If you are new to following us, every friday I post my favorite find for the week. Almost always those finds are vintage, wonderful and will be available for purchase at the next barn sale. But, this week I had a great find to share with you and I confess, they are not old...
 Burlap Drum Lamp shades...brand new! Now you know I have lots of lamps at the barn to put these on...I can see them with white, glass, metal, or colored lamp bases.....
 And the best part? They are from Target. $14.99 each. This is the medium one, I saw the small size also for $9.99, not sure if they come in a large size. I know...what a deal. Now, don't you think you could jazz them up a bit? Cream rosettes, vintage brooch's, ribbon, buttons...the ideas are endless for all of your creative minds!
And, of course, I bought I pair! I know, you're shocked!

Now, back to work...One last thing, this is last day to vote for your favorite non-profit camp on our face book page! Voting is just one easy click away!
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Fun & Functional DYI project

 Do you ever have a project in your mind and you just never seem to get around to it? Well, that was how this project started. I love ribbon and wrapping presents. There is nothing more fun than having the perfect gift for someone and then wrapping it in an extra special way. To me, it completes the gift...anyway, my ribbon was never in one place or organized, so here was my idea...

If you live in the south, you know what this item is, what it is used for and you probably have one hanging in your house. It's supposed to be used for a gun rack, but I had a different idea. I bought this one for $5 at a garage sale....

Painted it white and hung it correctly on the wall....

 Bought some dowel rods at Lowes and put all my ribbon on it! The entire project costs me under $10, it looks cute and is functional!
It is the start to my gift wrapping space...I hung up my sweet vintage B-day banner,  I have control of the ribbon, now for a fun tape/scissor holder and I'm ready. Watch out world, a crazy wrapper is on the loose!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A sneak peak....

 Love this black vintage scale? It could be yours... It's our first giveaway when we reach 50 followers!
You have to be a follower to win...so hop on over and sign up....
Speaking of sign ups, you can also get these blog post via email now! This is a really cool feature. The blog post shows up in your inbox the day after we post it picture and all. Can't get enough and want the latest on our upcoming sales? Sign up on our email list thru constant contact...Don't worry, we only email out around the sales and we will not give your email to anyone else!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My all time favorite CAKE!


~~ Chocolate Chip Cake ~~ 

 This has been my favorite cake for awhile now...it's not a new recipe, you may have had it before, but if not, well someone needed to introduce you to it! It's very simple and if you like to bake, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already!

 I had my cutest helper making it today....
 It starts with a yellow cake mix, you have one right?

 Then add your dry ingredients...
Then add the wet ones....

 Put it in the Bundt pan - Make sure you spray it well with Pam...

The hardest part is getting it out of the pan nicely...

Dust it with powdered sugar...

And DIG in!

Chocolate Chip Cake

1 box of yellow cake mix
31/2 oz. box of instant chocolate pudding
1/2 C. sugar
3/4 C. water
3/4 C. oil
4 eggs
8 oz. sour cream
12 oz. package of chocolate chips
Mix first 3 ingredients ( cake mix, pudding, and water ). Add water and oil, then mix. Add eggs one at a time while mixing, then sour cream. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour in greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on your oven. Let cake cool before removing from the pan.

A couple more things...this recipe is from my best friend, Jana who lives in Missouri now. Every time I make it, I call her and chat while it is baking. It always reminds me of her and our sweet friendship...she's just one of those people who you can always count on to listen and love you no matter what! Friends like that are few and precious.

Hope you like the cake...just a warning - it's addictive! The pudding and sour cream make it extra moist....I can smell it coming out of the oven now...go on, try it out and call up your best friend while it's baking!

One last thing, we are having a contest to nominate your favorite non-profit camp this week on our face book page...we'd love to have you hop on over, like us and put in your favorite camp's name...the 2 camps with the most votes will split 100% of the Preview Party donations for the fall sale! 

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