Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A versatile piece!!

Look at all the ways you can use this great stand, 

I am decking mine out in fall decor. How will you use

yours? just $31.96 this week only in my outlet 

There are 16 deals on special this week and 9 of the 16 are under $10. Start your holiday shopping now while the savings are great

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Choose Joy

Ever have one of those months where every time you turn around something is breaking?
For me it started with the ice maker in our fridge and then a spring in a recliner broke. Not big things, and the part is already here for the ice maker, the recliner is repaired under warranty. A few days go by and the oven door explodes. Yes Explodes. It was not being used, just on warm, no food in it and the glass just blows out all over the place. So, 17 year old oven now needs to be replaced, went to get one and of course it has to be ordered (we live in a small town) but yay new oven on the way. Next the air conditioning system breaks down. After the 3rd service visit it is now told that we need a whole new system. Yikes, what is going on here. (well it is 15 years old)  Next morning the toaster quits working and today the fan that we use in our bedroom breathed it's last. I have two choice here, I can be upset and angry or I can be thankful for the things I do have, like food and shelter and a loving family. 
You see, in my thinking about all of this, yes, it is costly and yes a lot of things happened at once but really they are all just minor inconveniences. There are people all around me that have lost jobs or lost homes in huge forest fires, there are folks who don't even know where the next meal is coming from. My issues are small compared to those things. It is all about perspective and attitude. You see, we can deal with our circumstances in anger or resentment or we can choose JOY in spite of our circumstances. I am choosing Joy 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

National Zucchini Day

It's national Zucchini day so let's celebrate with cake!!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

  • Custard sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil and butter until well combined. Beat in the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; gradually beat into oil mixture. Stir in the zucchini, chocolate chips and almonds.
Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube or fluted tube pan. 
Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.For sauce, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and cornstarch. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and extract. Serve warm with cake. Store leftover sauce in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.

If you need something pretty to serve it up on,
don't miss my deal of the day today in my on line store!!
hand painted bowls and salad plates just $9.96 each set of 2

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Nifty Fifty sale going on now

Now is the time to get the Sara Blaine Jewelry  items you have always wanted for a great discount.
Don't delay get those items ordered soon. 
Special deal : if you spend $250 you can get any item of your choice for 70% off ( message me for that deal)

Here are just a few of the items you can choose from.