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Better than Sex Cake

4 Aug

There have been many Better than Sex cake recipes fly across the internet. And many coinciding  narratives to the “Better than” mystique…  Paula Deen says that if this cake is better than sex while you’re in your 20’s, you’ve got issues; but when you’re pushing 60 –  this cake can give sex a run.  And in another tidbit, a coworker didn’t care much for the  name – so at work functions this cake became known as ” Better than Waterskiing Cake.”

So, in honor of Mr. Richard Diehl “liking” Good Food… I bring you Better than Water-skiing Cake.  (Do you like Good Food, too? Find us at www.facebook.com/likegoodfood.)

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare
  • Cool Whip
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare yellow cake mix as directed using a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. While cake is baking, combine the pineapple and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Remove cake from oven and using a fork, pierce holes into cake. Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and set aside.

Prepare pudding according to package directions, add coconut. Spread pudding mixture over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.  Cover top of cake with whipped cream.

Ice Cream Lemonade Pie

30 Jul
I like pie.  And during the summer,  I am a junkie for lemonade.  This pie melds my 2 favorites,  lemonade and ice cream into my dessert passion -pie.   Trust me – this one is a keeper.
Ingredients
1 pt. vanilla ice creamIcecream lemonade pie
1 (8 oz.) pkg. of whipped topping
1 (8 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 graham cracker pie crust
Directions
Mix topping, ice cream and lemonade.  Fill pie crust and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Newspaper Upcycled into Wallpaper

30 Jul

“Newsworthy” is this upcycled newspaper wallcovering  – made from 100 percent recycled newsprint from Weiztner Limited:

Weiztner Newspaper Wallpaper

“Using an age-old technology of upcycling old newspapers, 100% real newsprint strips are handwoven on a loom and then paperbacked to make Newsworthy suitable for the wall. A wonderful, tactile alternative to an expected grasscloth.”

Newspaper to wallpaper

My upcycling techniques are not as industrial intensive as those practiced by Weiztner.  See my textile projects here, several examples of how I transform reclaimed materials into daily use products.

Profile of a Quilter

29 Jul

The Grand Junction Sentinel has a profile of quilter Charlotte Warr Andersen of Salt Lake City. It features some interesting background about this award winning quilter and her accomplishments over the decades. Andersen has a particular focus on quilts featuring portraits of individuals, a technique she’s been perfecting for nearly 30 years.

Reading about people who found success in your craft, whether it’s quilting or anything else, is always inspiring. It helps stoke the creative fires on slower days. Looking at their work can serve as source of ideas.

My work can be seen at Etsy store, maybe you can find some inspiration there.

Upcycling Old Ties

16 Jul

Father’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, or Chanukah are all days when a man may receive that go to gift. The gift the kids go for at the last minute when they can’t think of anything else. The gift the wife or girlfriend may give, because she’s tired of him dragging out that same ratty old one when they go to visit her parent. The tie. Any man who wears a tie on a regular basis has probably gotten one as a gift and most who never wear them have or will some day. So many of these ties will never be worn. They sit in the closet collecting dust until discarded or sold in a Yard Sale.The ties are being collected and sewn together into any number of new configuration. Chairs, handbags, lampshades, and skirts are being made out of ties by various people.

chair from recycled ties

purse from upcycled ties

dress from upcycled ties For some examples of other upcycled fabric head over to my Etsy store.

Strawberry Pecan Salad

15 Jul

I hope you didn’t mash all your Strawberries into yesterday’s Jam recipe.

Add fruit to bagged greens. It’s a welcome change from the plain Ranch/French/Italian dinner salad.   Consider adding bacon for a bit of additional protein and this salad is a cool meal on a hot summer’s day.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) bag mixed salad greens (arugula, red oak leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, etc.)
  • 8 large strawberries, sliced
  • 8 grapes, seedless and cut in half
  • 1 (7 ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans (or glazed)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Raspberry Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


Cardboard Stool

15 Jul

Today’s  project comes to us from Dangerously Fun. Although they mention buying fresh cardboard from an art supply store, this is a great use for large pieces that line wooden pallets, or breakaway boxes you can pick up from your local grocery store.

This near-danger free, easy to make stool is a beautiful, functional use for cardboard.  View my Etsy for more beautiful, functional recycle/upcycle products.

Cardboard Stool

Materials

  • A. 3/8″ cardboard, 30″ x 40″
  • B. 3/8″ cardboard, 23.5″ x 48″
  • C. 3/8″ cardboard, 24″ x 72″
  • D. White Glue

Tools

  • E. Compass
  • F. Box Cutter
  • G. Straight Edge
Directions

  1. Cut and fold part A, which will form the seat. It is made of multiple 11.5″ diameter circles folded over each other to make a strong sitting surface. The narrow strip is folded around the circumferance of all of the circles to hide the edges.
  2. Cut and fold part B, which is the weight-bearing element in the stool. It is just a large sheet that is rolled into a tight cylinder. You can make folding easier and more precise by using a straight edge and a blunt instrument to score parallel lines into one side of the cardboard. The cardboard will then fold nicely along these lines.
  3. Cut and fold part C, which is mainly decorative. This piece has thin diamonds cut out of it, allowing the middle to be pressed in when it is rolled up. The result is an hour glass shape.
  4. Test fit the parts, and then start gluing things together. It will look most impressive if none of the glue is visible.
  5. Let the glue dry fully before you sit on the stool. If you have built the stool well it will be quite sturdy, but you should sit fairly still. Tilting or leaning will wear it out quickly.

Cardboard Stool