Saturday, March 13, 2010

Recent Accomplishments

For my niece's birthday, I was told she wanted a journal with her name on it. I can do that! Mod Podge makes that a very doable, very affordable gift. Plus I just really enjoy covering comp books with fun paper :)
This one turned out VERY cute though - one of my best, I'd say.
But I couldn't giver her JUST a journal - the journal itself cost me nothing, I already had everything on hand.
So I made fun flower pens to go with it!
I also made monkey bread for my birthday, and attempt number one was definitely delicious.
Tonight, we had some couples over (finally, after postponing from getting sick :P). It was really fun! We had three other couples over, and now our house is really clean. That's really one of my favorite parts of inviting people over. It results in a clean home.
I was originally going to make symphony brownies for dessert. Then I stumbled across this recipe:

And my first thought was: that would be REALLY good with a chocolate base. After looking the recipe over, I also changed the fudge layer from store-bought ice cream sundae fudge sauce to ganache (less expensive!). Mine didn't quite thicken up like I wanted it to, but it was still REALLY yummy.
And instead of Ande's mints on top, I used crushed up grasshopper cookies (essentially the Keebler version of thin mints).
I think next time I'm going to make it into cupcakes. I'll use a thicker ganache, and pipe the cool whip on, then garnish with a cookie!
The taste, on the other hand, was perfect. I wouldn't change a thing.

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