June Bug

I am not sure if you have met my dog yet. But you should. 🙂 When we got her, she was tiny.

And cute.She chewed on our grass.

And loved to fly through the air.  I swear we didn’t throw her.

Now, she loves to sleep with toys in her mouth.

I am not kidding.

She licks like crazy.

And sort of looks like a lion. Or chewbaca.  Or maybe those little monkey critters in Star Wars.

But most of all, we love her for being, well, June Bug.

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

I love me a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk.  Yum-o! In case you haven’t been watching the news lately, I live in North Texas and it has been H.O.T.  I was dying for a glass of chocolate milk but dont buy regular chocolate syrup.  I did have water, sugar, cocoa, salt and vanilla on hand, so I tried to make my own.  Famous last words right!?

First, I made a simple syrup of one part water to two parts sugar.  In my case, I used one cup water and two cups sugar.

I brought the sugar water to a boil until all sugar was dissolved and then added a half cup cocoa, some salt and a little vanilla.  Not super scientific but worth a shot….in the dark…chocolate.  hehehe 🙂

Once the mixture was the consistency I thought looked good…I let it cool on the stove a little bit. At this point, I had NO idea how it tasted because it was boiling hot!!

Once it cooled down, I poured it into this sweet little container and left a little bit out for my chocolate milk.  BOY was it chocolate-y!!

Have you ever made your own chocolate syrup? I would love to know if there is a better way.  For now, I will go with the less-is-more-but-oh-so-delicious chocolate syrup I made that sits in my fridge!

Keeping It Simple

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Fabric Organizer

After purchasing my sewing machine a few months ago, I have already accumulated a plethora (school starts in less than a month…working on bringing back my vocabulary :)) of fabric. In combo with my husband at a bachelor party, this weekend was the perfect time for some cleaning and re-organizing of our office/craft room/study room/gun room.

We have a tiny home with even tiny-er closets.  Between the enormous gun safe (and I mean enormous) books, desks, and two people’s stuff, there is really not a whole lot of space left to put this fabric and it was dying for a home!! Err…my husband was dying for it to find a home.

Since we are on a budget (I also adore re-budgeting when he goes out of town, yep I am that girl), purchasing something new was out of the question.  Plus, I really don’t have any more floor space to put stuff and hanging something on the wall is out of the question in such a small room.

So, I found this old shoe holder from college and went to work.  It holds my fabric perfectly!!

Magic (oh my gosh I love this stuff) Shell

I. Love. Magic. Shell.  No lie. 

But I rarely buy the stuff because a) I will eat it all in one week and b) nothing that goes from liquid to solid like that can possibly be made with ingredients I can pronounce.  We try to eat relatively healthy around this place, so Magic Shell is really a once in a LONG while purchase.

But, then (while I was supposed to be studying…) I saw this, a homemade magic shell recipe.  Studying got thrown out the window…or just shoved the side for a few minutes…and I whipped this up.

And to make things even better, I poured it on ice cream.  Right in the container.  And it got hard. And it was good. SOOOOO good.

Find Homemade Magic Shell Recipe here

**I made a few changes.  I added 3/4 c. chocolate chips and used unrefined coconut oil.  It definitely has a coconut-y flavor, so be sure to use refined if you do not like coconut.  Mine tastes just like an Almond Joy!!!**

Red Velvet Cake cookies with Cream Cheese Thumbprint

The other day, I bought two boxes of red velvet cake mix at the grocery store. Because it was on sale. I don’t really even like red velvet cake! About two weeks ago, I made cake pops with the first box. They turned out alright but made me feel a little bit sick. Yep, I am the girl who really doesn’t like icing but wants to because everyone else likes icing. Icing mixed with cake covered in chocolate just did not do it for me.

But a cookie, I LOVE a cookie. So, I decided to make cookies with the cake mix and add a little cream cheese because everything is better with cream cheese!

Red Velvet Box Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Thumbprints

Box of red velvet cake mix

2 eggs

1 stick butter

2 tbls. vegetable oil

1/4 c. cocoa powder (i wanted theme to REALLY taste like chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla


Cream Cheese Filling

1/2 package cream cheese

1 tblsp milke

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350 F.

2.  Cream butter, add one egg at a time until incorporated, and then add the vanilla, oil and cocoa powder

3.  Mix the cake mix in until all ingredients are incorporated, but no need to kill it.  Just get everything mixed up.

5.  Beat cream cheese until smooth, and powdered sugar and milk to taste.  (like I said, I am not a huge frosting fan, so I make mine less sweet).

6.  Drop cookies onto a cookie sheet.  Then create a thumbprint depression and fill in with heaping teaspoon of cream cheese mixture.

7.  Bake for 8 minutes, let rest on the sheet a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!!!


new bag AND updated lighting!

Ever since I started Gradschool, I have been study-study-studying all of the time.  Now, it is getting close to my finals for one of the classes, and I want to do anything BUT study!  So, I am compromising and studying-something else-something else-something else-studying.  Sounds like a plan, right?

After my first bag train-wreck…it looks WAY cuter in the picture than in real life…I made another one and actually used burlap.

I know the lighting is super bad (still using my phone!) but this one turned out much better.  After making it, I decided I wanted the lining on the outside because it was so much better than the scratchy burlap! And, ps., burlap sheds all over.  Boo burlap.  But the bag turned out super cute.  Even June (the cute pup below) thinks so.

Now, on to the lighting.  My home, goodness I love it (no, really I do), is about 12 years old and NOTHING had ever been updated, touched, painted, redone before we moved in, EXCEPT the carpet.  As you can imagine, there was brass EVERYWHERE.  We have since replaced almost all of the lighting in the house, with the exception of our entry way, dining room (both for another day) and the outdoor lighting.  During one of my many online blog searching, I came across a blogger who had (cleverly) spray painted her existing brass outdoor lighting and it looked fantastic!

It was already ugly, so what did I have to loose?  So, $5.97, painters tape left over from repainting last summer and some old newspaper later, I was ready to start.

You might think this is a little much, but TRUST me, the last thing you want on the side of your house is black spray paint!

At this point, I was SUPER nervous that I had not actually taped EVERYTHING and somehow the reveal was going to show how I had ruined my house…

But, turns out, I didn’t ruin my house!  A little sand paper got the excess spray paint off of the grout and viola!

Cute Bag via La Maison Reid

After finding this blog, and more specifically this super cute bag at La Maison Reid, I decided I had to at least try to make it!

Now, I am NO expert sewer, but I can thread a needle, so I decided to give it a shot and here is what I got!

Now, it took me longer than Mrs. Reid for sure, but I learned a ton! I cannot wait to make another one and use actual burlap. 🙂