Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pinterest Pinup: 3-2-1 Mug Cake

The original post called this 1-2-3 Cake, but I think 3-2-1 makes more sense.  As if mug cake wasn't simple enough already, this one is made from boxed cake mix!  I did it twice and it worked beautifully both times.  I don't think it matters, but I used Betty Crocker cake mixes. The first time I did chocolate, and the second time I did strawberry.

Once you've got the mix in your cupboard, all you need any time you want cake is a mug, a fork, a Tablespoon, and two minutes!

If you're making dessert for a small group (not more than 6), you can even use the same mug over and over to make multiple cakes and just turn each one out onto a plate.  I did that when my in-laws were visiting a couple weekends ago, and they seemed very impressed.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Etsy Product: Pocket Dolls

I've completed another set of Pocket Dolls for my Etsy shop!  A variety set of five dolls is $12.

Here's the previous set:

I must say, my favorite part about making these is doing their hair!

You can also order these individually custom-made as Mini Me Pocket Dolls for $3 each.
It's fun for little girls to have a doll that looks like themselves, but there are even more possibilities!  Imagine giving your daughter a doll that looks like Mommy, so she can take you to school with her.  Or get a set made to represent your little girl with her sisters, cousins, or friends.  Or get a set made to look like her favorite characters, such as Disney princesses.  The options are only limited by your imagination!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


The good ship Sunshine & Sunbeam Crafts has launched on her maiden voyage!  Here's a peek at what's available:

Simplified Recipes: Chicken Tikka Masala with Naan Bread

Mr. T and I both LOVE Chicken Tikka Masala -- also known as Butter Chicken -- with Naan bread, but I only make it two or three times a year because it's an elaborate process of marinating and cooking that spans hours and takes a lot of dishes.

I recently thought, "There must be an easier way," so I googled "crock pot chicken tikka masala" and... score!  I quickly discovered that almost all of the links referred to the same recipe by Cooking Classy, so I pinned it and told Mr. T that as soon as we caught up with the dishes, I would make it. That day arrived this weekend.  It was great!  

As I was making it, I thought, "I bet I could make Naan with Rhodes Rolls."  So I googled that, too, and found that Simply Modern Mom had already successfully tried it, doing exactly what I had imagined, with the addition of garlic.

Not including utensils, the entire process takes six dishes/pans: a cutting board, a mixing bowl, a small cup or bowl (used in both recipes), a crock pot, a rice cooker, and a frying pan.

You can click on the two links above to view the original blog posts with these ladies' recipes and photos.  I made some substitutions, mostly to work with what I already had in my kitchen (because I generally don't stock fresh seasonings: I always use powdered).  My simplified versions are given after the jump break.