Hi everyone and happy Sunday night. I have had a lengthy absence again-more health issues and my computer crashed. I am just going to jump right in with some recent copycat crafting and baking.
I don't know about you, but I love going out for dinner. My husband and I try to go out for dinner every Friday night. After a long work week, we are usually ready to kick back and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning up. We have a set four or five restaurants we go to. Because we are trying to keep to our budget and be able to go once a week, we don't order appetizers or dessert. We went out to Olive Garden last week and I had to order chocolate mousse cake to take home. I have been reintroducing chocolate back into my diet because I am not entirely sure it has been the culprit as my stomach problems have persisted long after giving it up. Anyhow, the chocolate mousse cake is to die for. As I was taking a bite of it here and there Friday night after we got home, it dawned on me that it reminded me of something else I have made before. So I set out to make a copycat version of it Saturday and I feel I was pretty successful. I bought a box of dark chocolate brownie mix and prepared it like it instructed on the package. I baked it for a little less than it called for so it would be more cake-like. I cooled it completely and set about mixing two packages of dream whip topping mix, a cup of milk and a splash of vanilla in a deep bowl. After whipping it until stiff peaks formed, I added two small packages of chocolate instant pudding and 1 3/4 cups of milk. I continued whipping until it was mousse-like in consistency and smooth and fluffy. I piled it on the cooled brownies and spread it around. I sprinkled with chocolate jimmies and there you have it. Refrigerate and serve. It is delicious and I think I will now be able to resist ordering dessert at the Olive Garden again! Now if I could just find a substitute for Red Lobster's crustless cheesecake!
Now I want to share two jewelry sets I made. I started out with two necklaces I saw on the Anthropologie website. They were so pretty but I believe they were around $100 each! I knew I could make something similar for very little money. Above are pictured my creations. Here are my inspirations.
Well, the weather is getting nice here. I am counting down to the end of the school year. My class graduates June 24 and I have the rest of that week to work without kids. I just missed 8 days in a row of work due to illness so it was difficult to get back in the swing of things. This three day weekend helped me continue to rest up. I hope you all have a great week ahead. Take care. Nancy