Mini Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Drizzle

February 14th, 2012

Greetings all and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you who celebrate. Today is that holiday dedicated to romance, and the one thing I get excited about today is chocolate. Yes, Valentine’s Day is a day where I indulge, so I’m sharing one of my favorite dessert recipes, these little melty mini chocolate cakes that bake up in ramekins in just a few minutes, and then are drizzled in decadently sweet raspberry sauce.

mini chocolate cakes with raspberry drizzle cg

 

These make a lovely little presentation for a dinner party – but even better, you can keep the batter stored in ramekins in your fridge and bake them one at a time for your own personal chocolate dessert.

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DIY Pleated Pillow Sham

February 13th, 2012

Hello all, happy Monday!  I’m slowly working on redoing my 8 year old daughter’s room, it will be shades of gray, white, and yellow with some blue too.  I bought her a new matelassé coverlet for the end of her bed but beyond white sheets and a white duvet, I couldn’t find a pleated pillow sham that I like so I decided to make her one out of simple cotton fabric.

pleated pillow sham labeled

 

Two weeks ago I bought myself a new sewing machine after my old (and very basic) Singer started acting up.  I thought cleaning it would help, it did a little, but it was in need of a repair, so I took it in to have it looked at. The estimate to repair it was slightly more than the trade in amount so I decided it was time to invest in an upgrade – I plan to do a lot more sewing in my life so after trying a half dozen machines in the store, I decided on the Singer Quantum Stylist and can I just say Oh Em Gee sewing with this machine is a dream.

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