Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Desserts = Recipe Cards

It seems like forever since I've posted anything...actually, it has been over 2 weeks--Holy Cow!

Thank you to everyone that gave me your recipe's and ideas for our Christmas dessert. All of them looked so yummy. I have to admit, I took the super easy way out. I went to the best chocolatier in the south, Peterbrooke, (based in Jacksonville, FL with stores across the South East) and picked up one of the "Make at Home Truffle Cake". I simply added eggs and butter and we noshed on fabulous chocolaty goodness after filets, twice baked potatoes, and green bean bundles.

However, I still chose a winner for the recipe cards! I have not made these yet, but totally plan to when we make it back home. Emily's "Death By Chocolate" is a heavenly mix of chewy brownies, creamy pudding, cold whipped cream and crunch toffee...my favorite things!

For those of you that missed her recipe, here it is:

Death by Chocolate
The easy version

1 (18.25 ounce) package brownie mix

1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

6 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered toffee bars, frozen and crushed

In a 9x13 in pan, bake brownie mix according to package directions. Cool and crumble. Make pudding, according to package directions, with milk. In a large trifle or other glass serving bowl, place half of the crumbled cake. Spread half of the pudding over that. Top with half of the whipped topping, sprinkled with half the crumbled candy bars. Repeat layers in the same order. Refrigerate until serving.

The hard(er) version: Same as above but make your own brownies from scratch.

Congrats Emily! I will contact you for details about your recipe cards.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Daffy Sugar Socks

That's right "Daffy Sugar Socks" is my Elf Name! What's yours?
Click here to find out!

photo courtsey: ImageZoo.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Give Me the Dish on Desserts

Hey Y'all!

I can't tell you how good it feels to be out from under the mound of work that has been suffocating me for the last few weeks!

Now it is time to start thinking about shopping and baking. In fact, tonight I have started my holiday baking: chocolate peanut butter fudge, (the first batch did not turn out and I'm giving it another shot), Chocolate Chip Candy Goodness Bars (a recipe given to me by Susan {Fiddler's Three} and I totally made up the name) and Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing (a heavenly treat that Courtney, one of my cookie swap partners, sent and I'm ga-ga for!) I plan to send most of these things to school with Dr. Chick and then give the others to family and friends, but love to bake!

**These are the Chocolate Chip Candy Cookie Goodness Bars. Please excuse the metal pan, it is going to school with Dr. Chick with no need to return. I am usually a DeMarle snob**

If you're interested in any of the recipes, email me!
Along the lines of recipes and baking...I am in charge of the dessert for Christmas dinner with my family. My sister is hosting the fam this year and is taking care of the main course...filets, veggies, potatoes, etc. and I'm in charge of the dessert. I have no idea what to take.

I need y'alls help! What is your favorite (read: EASY) dessert that is also festive. I will be baking at my inlaws home since we will be staying with them for the holidays.
Any insight you can give would be greatly appreciated!
And the best part is that the winning recipe owner will be given 20 Personalized Recipe Cards of their choice! I'm willing to give in return!

**Dr. MC is allergic to pecans so whatever I make must be sans pecans.**

***We are not really fruity dessert people but do love some chocolate!***

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Nina!

One of my greatest blog friends {Nina} celebrated her 28th Birthday this weekend! Happy Birthday Miss Nina, I hope it was a special day--you deserve it!

You MUST check out this chick's blog. She is amazing...I wish I had half the energy she does! Once you "meet" Nina, you will know why she is such an amazing and sweet friend. Spend some time with her on her newly designed blog (it looks fab!) and you'll be going back for more--I promise!
Happy Birthday, Girl!

Friday, December 12, 2008

'Tis the Season

Hey Y'all! The machines are humming along and I am enjoying some Christmas music while I work. I am so thankful that I am in my warm little studio healthy and able to work.

Y'all know that Danielle did my blog makeover (love that girl!) and she is doing such a great thing on her blog. Her goal is to donate 20 winter coats to children in China through an organization called: Love Without Boundaries Coats and Cribs for Kids.

You can help out! Purchase a raffle ticket on her blog for a basic blog makeover and you'll do your part to keep the children warm this winter. It doesn't take much (time or money) if I can do it, you can too! Buy one ticket for $6 or 3 tickets for $12.

Merry Christmas Blog Friends!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Santa's Elf Sure is Busy!

Oh how I miss my bloggy friends!
I am overwhelmed with the response Monogram Chick has had this Christmas season. I was totally not expecting it, but am thrilled to have such fantastic customers! I hate that I had to stop taking orders last Friday, however it is the only way it will be possible for everyone to have their personalized gifts in time for Christmas.
Every minute I have is filled with stitching. Sadly, there is no time for blogging. I miss y'all! Every once in a while I get over to a few of your blogs to lurk and speed read. I am looking forward to a 2 week Christmas break to catch up on all that I've missed and to fill you in on the Monogram Chick happenings!
Please don't leave me faithful readers, I'll be back. I promise, I will.
PS-Thank you for the sweet Birthday wishes, you sure know how to make a girl feel special! I agree with y'all, Dr. Monogram Chick sure is wonderful!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wish the MonogramChick Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to the MonogramChick!!
This is Dr. Monogramchick again. I wanted to interupt once again to secretly wish my wife and best friend Hapy Birthday!!! (she doesn't know what I am up to as she is collapsed on the bed with stitching exhaustion :) ) The MC truly is my best friend and the best wife I could ask for!!!
Please send her a shout out in the comments wishing her a happy birthday!!
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Merry SITSmas!

*****It's Up! Go enter....NOW!*****
We are the 7th Hour of SITSmas fun.
Check out the The Secret is in the Sauce today! Each hour they are giving away a different Christmas goodie. Monogram Chick will be making an appearance over there today! Sometime during the day (I do not know the hour) you will have the opportunity to win 2 Personalized Plates! Whether you personalized them for you, your kids, or for "Cookies for Santa", these plates are the best!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm Back!

Holy Cow! We didn't roll into our driveway until 4 o'clock this morning, but we are home safe and sound. I know that there are many travelers who were not able to make it home and will be stranded for days, so I am thankful to have made it in the wee hours of the morning.

A few reminders for this week....

Tomorrow will be the SITSmas giveaway. The SITS girls {The Secret is in the Sauce} are great, check out their website and you'll be addicted too!

Thursday I'll be celebrating the big day with bloggy birthday fun you won't want to miss.

Friday is the last day to place an order at http://www.monogramchick.com/ to gaurantee Christmas delivery, please order now {pretty please?}

I will not be around as much in the next couple of weeks as I try to process and stitch orders (often past o'dark-thirty at night), but I will be lurking and missing y'all and will come back in full force once ALL the orders are shipped.

Until then, I will leave you with some "Preppy Decorating Tips" I found out in cyberspace. Maybe y'all will have time to pull some of these off, because right now I can only dream that the Christmas elves will come give my house some preppy Chirstmas decor!

  • Cable-knit cuffs add a soft touch to stockings trimmed with playful belts and a bow
  • Tie ribbons to boughs or loop them into a chain for your tree
  • The mantel will look nice dressed up with evergreen branches sprinkled with glass balls and mini white trees. Finish the look with swag of twisted ribbons.
  • For something different with gift wrapping, skip all the holiday-themed gift wrap and use colorful stripes or cheerful checks. Coordinate the colors and mix as many different patterns as you desire.
  • To liven up your window views, string glass ornaments on bright ribbons across the window.
  • Balance preppy polka-dots and striped prints with solid-colored balls.
  • Create a corduroy stocking: Stuff a store-bought corduroy stocking with paper. Fold a six-inch length of cable-knit fabric over the top of the stocking and affix with hot glue. Attach bows and belts with hot glue.
  • To make ribbon chains for the tree: Each loop: layer two equal lengths of coordinated (not matching) ribbon; affix lengths with double-sided tape. Align ends to make loop and attach with double-sided tape.