Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Woohoo for a new camera! It's nothing special just something to get us by until we can get a nice one, I'm just excited to get back to snapping some shots of the little ones.

Speaking of the little ones my youngest has a bathroom chart that he gets to put a sticker on if he uses the potty properly, if he does not then he has to remove a sticker. As a reward he gets to go out for ice cream once the chart is all filled up. E decided that instead of going out for ice cream he wanted me to buy some to share with his brothers and sister. I thought that that was kind of him to share his reward so I decided to make the experience a little bit more special. I've had a recipe for chocolate waffle iron cookies that I pull out once in a blue moon, I don't know why it's so seldom it's a super simple recipe and even the little kids can help out. Below is the recipe for these waffles along with a recipe for Chocolate Sauce that is
And again, super simple. Add some vanilla ice cream, chocolate sprinkles and a cherry on top and you've got it made! Your kids will think your the best.
Chocolaty Goodness!
Chocolate Sauce 
gather your ingredients: sugar, evaporated milk, cocoa powder, butter and vanilla extract.
  •  1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine butter, cocoa, sugar and milk in a saucepan and bring to a full boil for 5-6 minutes stirring continually. Remove from heat, add vanilla and serve or let cool, I don't like my chocolate sauce melting my ice cream....I know, I'm kinda weird like that.


Chocolate Waffle Iron Cookies
gather your ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, cocoa, flour and vanilla

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix the butter and sugar. Add eggs, cocoa, flour and vanilla. Mix well. Heat waffle iron. Using a cookie scoop drop dough onto each section, close cover and bake for 60 seconds or until waffle iron indicates it's done. Remove cookies to a cooling rack. Repeat until cookie dough is gone.

Don't they look tasty?

 Now time to put it all together! Gather the cookies, Ice cream (vanilla for me!), chocolate sauce, chocolate sprinkles (you can NEVER have too much chocolate!), and marciano cherries.

 Lay a cookie in a bowl, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, some chocolate sauce, chocolate sprinkles and a cherry on top.

And THIS makes it all worth it!
Enjoy your super EASY, super FUN and super FAST dessert!
The Laundry Will Wait!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

the intent to {someday} be awesome!

Okay, so until I get a replacement camera I will be sharing with you links to things I've found, tried and LOVED! Oh the Internet is a wonderful wealth of ideas for the a crafter, homemaker and someone just trying to live a bit more frugally like so many of us are these days.

Amy at Crazy Craft Bugs introduced me to making my own HOMEMADE dish detergent! It all started the other day when I realized we were out of dish detergent AND out of the dough to buy some more (we're on a cash system that I LOVE...more about that later!). I had pinned her idea on my pinterest pinboard with the intent to {someday} be as awesome as her....well that time was staring me in the face. I actually had everything but the citric acid on hand and that made it almost free! Instead of using citric acid I bought the 15 packets of lemon kool-aid instead (a whopping $4 spent).

Homemade dish detergent:

1 cup Borax (found on the laundry isle of any Target or Walmart)
1 cup Washing Soda (also found on the laundry isle)
1 cup Kosher Salt
1/2 cup citric acid, I've seen this in my local health food store in the bulk section, or 15 packets of lemon Kool-aid, make sure it's the unsweetened kind (or you can use 'Fresh Fruit' found on the canning isle.)

Mix all ingredients in a container and there you have it your very own homemade dish detergent!...yay I did it but I'm unsure that my status has changed from average Jen to awesome Amy.

p.s. over at Being Creative they have a similar recipe AND a fun find for storing you dish detergent. I saw these containers at both Target and Walmart.

Woohoo for saving some BUCK$ and WOW was it simple! Amy has some great ways for us to save some $$ along with fun craft ideas as well!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

visual fail

Okay, so I'm super bummed because I no longer have a camera to take pictures of my fun projects. It's been months since I've posted anything and it's KILLING ME! Honestly I don't know when I will be able to replace it. Until then know that I am busy crafting along and will get you all updated as soon as possible! Thanks for stopping by!