Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Settling In

It's been 4 months since we've been in the new place and we're pretty much settled by now. Of course since we're all unpacked and the Christmas tree went back in the box a couple of months ago, it's been looking incredibly bare in the living room. Other than the piano and the console table, there's really not much else there.

Every time I come home from work and walk through the empty living space, it's a constant reminder that it really is time to dress my nest. It doesn't frustrate me because my daughter's are just starting out and really needed the help. I'm just glad that I was able to be a blessing to them by giving them the living room and dining room set.

We ended up putting the rocking chair and an old director's chair that we've had for years by the windows temporarily. I know the chairs are a little mismatched, but it beats sitting on the floor.
When we do get a couch, it'll go in the same place.

Anyway, all of this gives me a chance to see how creative I can be starting from scratch. Hey, I don't know if any of you have seen 'Design Star,' but it's a show that comes on every year on HGTV. They should actually have new episodes coming up real soon. Basically, they feature a handful of upcoming interior designers that compete against each other. They are all shown an empty room. Sometimes they are paired up, sometimes they work alone, but they are all given a limited amount of time to transform an empty space into a fabulous room.

Well that's how I feel... like an artist, standing before a blank canvas. I am about to create something fabulous. Right now, I'm sitting quietly on the carpet with my legs folded beneath me. There's no music, no television and I'm not holding a cell up to my ear. The only things I'm listening to are my own thoughts and I'm telling you, I can envision exactly what I want to do with the space. The only problem is, unlike the designer's on the show, I wasn't given a few thousand dollars from the show's producer's to make it happen.

So... I have to remember to be patient because it's going to take time. Hey, and while I'm busy decorating, hopefully I'll be able to inspire someone along the way. Stay tuned...

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chocolate Cupcakes

We just celebrated my husband's birthday. Unfortunately, since all of our money was wrapped up in the move, I couldn't afford to buy him a present. I did however, make him one of his favorite meals for dinner, stromboli, and for dessert... chocolate cupcakes. I wanted to share the cupcake recipe with everyone because I guarantee that if you have a sweet tooth, you'll love it. I give this recipe two thumbs up. I stumbled across it online and was surprised to see that it was also tested  by Redbook. So enjoy...

Chocolate Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspon vanilla extract
1 cup cold water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat sugar, mayonnaise, and vanilla extract until combined.

Beat in flour mixture in thirds, alternating with water, until blended. Beat 1 minute, scraping bowl occasionally.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

Bake 22 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in cupcakes comes out clean.
Let cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. 

Top with frosting.

Then enjoy.

 Mmmm mmmm good!