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Food, Treats

I don’t often make cakes but of course, there are those occasions that call for a special cake. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or welcome new little one this recipe is my go-to! Yep, it’s all homemade and will take an extra step but over 12 years ago we stopped buying cans and boxed items for our cooking and as a result, our overall health is better. I also enjoy the cooking process so there’s that too!

Here it is…ENJOY baking homemade and eating with incredible goodness!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp fresh vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup Nutella

For the whipped cream:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 round baking pans with parchment paper and spray the parchment with baking spray.
  2. In medium saucepan melt butter. Add the cacao powder and stir until smooth. Pour in the boiling water, let the mixture bubble up to 20 seconds or so, then turn it off and set aside.
  3. In a measuring picture or bowl, mix together the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside.
    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in the hot chocolate mixture, stirring gently until it’s halfway combined and less hot. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and continue stirring gently until the batter is combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes os so, until they are just set. Remove them from the pans and set aside to cool completely. (I cut each cake in half to create 4 layers…not ever again!)
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream by whipping cream and powdered sugar together until nice and thick!
  6. To assemble, turn one layer upside down onto a serving platter. Spead half of the Nutella onto cake and half of the whipped topping over the chocolate. Place the second cake on top and repeat. I added fresh strawberries and blueberries to this cake. You don’t want to assemble for an hour before serving as whipped cream will look soggy…hence mine. Cut with a hot serrated knife. I cut my cake into 2 to make it bigger…I won’t do that again…got too wobbly.
  7. Enjoy every dreamy bite!
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Coffee Time

Oh this set is fun! I just loved making these! A little putsy…but worth it. If you decide to make a shaker card with this set that is your putsy part. But a simple card is just as cute!

Shaker Coffee or Tea Cup Card

Snowflake Die cute card 3d look using white decorative paper

BURRR..but cute!

So simple…of course when you have the right tools anything is simple. This snowflake die makes it quick and easy for your card to turn out beautiful. The one receiving this card will be blown away! You do need a BigShot to use dies. I love mine because I can do multiple cardstock, metal, felt, and so much more. It is a tough machine and is a wonderful tool for your craft room.

I also beautiful paper Stamping’ Up use to have, but am sure you can find some that will meet your winter look. Vellum would also be striking!

Teeny Tiny Tea Cup

Winter card making

Well, this little idea of course just fits who I am on so many levels! For one, I get to make a cute card using fun background papers and two, well…it’s TEA! You can make them for any occasion and of course, add your favorite tea blend as a gift. Attaching to a gift or put a tea bag inside will make a special person feel loved. The bling is a fun add on too.

Wouldn’t these be great for Valentine’s Day? I made these for the ladies bible study but the ideas are really endless. Enjoy.

Winter card making
Winter card making

Snowman Tags

Making these tags is super simple with the die cut Top Note and of course the background paper and ribbon. I also used some fun googly eyes which added even more character to each one. The eyelets are bigger and heavy duty to attach the ribbon. They sure don’t need to be but when making tags I like to use the heavier eyelets. I also use the “quite” eyelet tool called the Crop a Dile vs. hammering the eyelets. This makes my hubby VERY happy!

Winter card making

Winter Wishes and Thank You’s

Lastly is my winter kinda monochromatic cards. I say kinda as I added the foiling paper for color. I also used the shimmery white cardstock from Stampin’ Up! Anytime I can get a shine or sparkle on a card just makes it for me! I used the star or snowflake folder for the background again you need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to get that image impressed. It came up lighter on my Thanks card as I used less of a sandwich when rolling it through my Big Shot causing a less impressed image. The Pine Cone die cut and Spellbinders Alphabet set were the dies I used. LOVE my alphabet set as I use it a lot!

Winter is a great time…

Yes, this is a perfect time to stamp some cards you may need in the days and months you don’t want to be inside. I do enjoy taking the cold days (today is -23) and make my summer birthday cards and ranch ministry thank you’s. NOW…back to stamping and I just got 2 new sets and one of them is a horse set from Stampin’ Up! So excited…hope to show you next month what I created.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Living Naturally, Paper/Cards, Sewing
Making herbal tea is a daily thing for our family. We enjoy making herb teas using my love of blending many different herbs. But the best part is making it all special especially when I give it as a gift. One thing I love to do is make individual tea bags full of my special blends, but it is hard to find a tea bag that will work so I decided to create my own. I decided to use coffee filters or Bulk Herb Store has some too. Sewing makes it fun as you can add a colored thread to make it match a gift or a theme. Thinking about all this Viking stuff around here, purple thread tea bags would be fun! Stamping is another added love so getting out stamps to go with the persons’ personality or if it’s a special occasion like a birthday.  I, of course, used our touch of simple ranch life which became my platform to make the tea bags. I hope you will find it just as fun and your special touches will be a delight for the receiver. Let me know what you think by making a comment below. I enjoy seeing the ideas as well as ways to improve my own ideas. SO…here ya go! Now for the fun part! Stamping time! Grab some fun background paper and favorite stamps, stamp and cut out. The final step, tape to your dangling string. Done! I am sure it looks adorable. You can go into Amazon and search favorite stamps if you are not into western. Here are some I did. Think how wonderful it would be to get a get well card with a fun box full of tea bags with herbs that will help whatever their illness. Very special and a homemade touch! OH, I love it…enjoy making some and giving them as gifts! Again, let me know by making a comment. God’s blessings, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Crafts, Ranch Life
We indeed love our coffee, tea, and cocoa especially this time of year! Being outside most of our day we fill up an air pot full of one of these beverages which sure keeps us motivated. Indeed, having a place for my teas has been a challenge. So I asked my hubby to build me a shelf that I can put items on. I love the idea of coffee bars you see on Pinterest but none of them fit our tiny kitchen. Instead, together Dan and I created what would fit for us and of course the ranch life. I put chalk labels on the jars for my teas so they can be anything that fits into your lifestyle. You can fill them with cocoa items, like marshmallows, cocoa in different flavors, or whatever works for you. The hooks are all different. We are in the process of making more for the Etsy Store. I am hoping to post them this week. Another fun project was this one. WE STILL DO! This is such a great gift idea for new married’s to already celebrating years together. The chalk on the end gives the couple a yearly tradition of changing the number of years. I prefer using chalk markers vs. chalk. Last longer, and of course the colors stand out more! Our Etsy Store As with everything we do, what we sell and when folks purchase from the blog, the proceeds go directly back into our ranch ministry. When you shop with us, you are giving double! Your purchase is one, the other is eternal! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Spread the word by sharing the blog with your loved ones. We love sharing our life with others! God’s blessings upon each of you, Love deeper, talk sweeter every day! Lee and Dan
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