Tuesday, March 27, 2012

nails on tuesday...

:) Hey There..anyone...
So for anyone who may be reading and doesn't know me..I have most recently gotten into taking care of my own nails. I used to LOVE going to a salon and getting my nails done...L-O-V-E...loved! yep.. and i cant honestly say that there isn't any particular time that i dont pass a nail salon and smell all the chemicals wafting out :s and wish i could just pop into a chair and let them drill away..but ive decided to stick to keeping up with them myself ..yay me!! i also get this strange little rush when i get to go to a store and stare at all the nail polish and choose just one...sometimes two if i can get away with it... so i was looking around online one day and found a bunch of colors that i loved by a brand called Island Girl..unfortunately for me they are only sold in ABC Stores which are located in Las Vegas and Hawaii..BUT also on the fortunate side my lovely sister happens to be stationed in Hawaii with her husband and kids :) yay!! My mother is out there visiting for a little while so i facebooked her my choices and this past saturday a package arrived with my beautiful polishes in it.. (thanks mommy!!!) So today im gonna show you one..and should i say this color is straight up my alley...
my two favorite things Pink and Glitter....

This one is called Mahalo Dream....heres some pics for you to enjoy!
the pictures dont really show the color as well as it is in person...my phone takes cruddy pictures and my camera is dead :(( but this color is awesome..it's a Jelly pink/clear base with glitter and flakes in it..this is 1 coat of essie grow something base coat, 3 coats of mahalo dream and 1 coat of essie ready to go top coat...
 That's all i've got for Ya'll today but coming up this weekend is my husbands Wrestlemania get together so ill have some sweets to show off here :)
 Till next time!! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

mmmmmm...... Brownies...

So i was in some severe need of something chocolate the other night...had no full cake mixes or any candy laying around so i had to dig around for a recipe containing things i already have in my cabinets....
Thus this really awesome and tastey brownie was born :)

1/2 cup butter or margarine; melted
1cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Creamy Brownie Frosting (recipe below)

Heat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit and grease a small baking pan.... instructions called for 9 inch squared but i think mine is somewhere about 8x9...im not too sure..

In a mixing bowl (I used this small batter bowl by pampered chef for everything) stir together melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and eat well with a spoon. In a separate small bowl stir together Flour, Cocoa powder, Baking Powder and salt; gradually add to the egg mixture, beating well until blended... you can add 1/2 cup chopped nuts if you want to but i dont like nuts in my brownies :).. your batter should look something like this...
at this point i add a good spoonful of Hersheys Hot Fudge Sauce because i like my brownies to be really rich and chocolatey...you dont have to, its just what i do..
Now spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan - Mine looks like this..
Next you want to stick it in the oven and bake it for about 20 minutes...until the sides start to pull from the pan and a toothpick should come out pretty clear...if you add a lot of fudge though keep in mind that the toothpick can get fudge on it if you stick it in a fudgy spot..
Here is what my completely baked brownies looked like..
While the brownies are baking however there is enough time to make the frosting :) my favorite part!!

3 tablespoons butter or margarine; softened
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Honey (you can use light corn syrup but i use honey)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

In your bowl beat butter, cocoa powder and honey (or corn syrup) until well blended. Add powdered sugar and milk- beat until spreading consistency.
Here is what mine looks like when its done being mixed...
Once your brownies are cooled you can frost them and enjoy...they are super yummy!!!!!
Heres a couple more pictures of the finished product...

And again YUM!!!!! :) J and I just had a piece each with a BIG glass of milk... and The Princess will be very very happy when she wakes up in the morning and sees these on the counter.....

Hope Ya'll Enjoy!

Hey Y'all!

I'm just going to introduce us here. This isn't my first blog but my last blog was mainly for my papercrafting hobby and i didnt pay to keep it going so here i am :) My name is Casey (a.k.a Mommy) and I am now a Stay At Home Mom with plenty of fun adventures and things that happen in my own home every day! So here i am about to blog about the stuff that goes on in my every day life...So now i will introduce my family
1st up is my husband- we will call him J. :) we have been married for 2 years this coming June
this was a picture taken during my maternity photo shoot so there is a little me int he background..hehe :)
2nd is my 4 year our daughter "The Princess"
she will only be referred to as "The Princess" she insists that is her new name now...
last up is the newest addition to the family...he was born in November so he is 4 months old now...he will be referred to as Baby J :))
I am excited to share stuff here and let ya'll see what kind of fun things we do. I am hoping to share just random things the family does, recipes, crafts..maybe even review some of my favorite things...
hope ya'll (if anyone is reading this...) have a great day!!!