Archives for January 2011

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Brownies

Hands down, these are the best brownies ever!

Besides being incredibly delicious, these brownies stay soft for-EVER.  You can thank the buttermilk for that.  You never have to worry (like I do) that because your husband won't eat sweets with you, that you won't be able to eat the whole pan of brownies before they go stale.  This is the kind of dessert that you could pop in the microwave for 8 seconds and it will taste like it's fresh out of the oven!  You can totally fool you friends and family into thinking you bake fresh goodies every day!
I've been staring at this picture so long that I am still debating about getting my third brownie for the day.  But thanks to The Biggest Loser (which I'm watching right now), I'm fighting for the willpower to withstand the brownie temptation at almost midnight.
Want to make your own?  You know you're still in the holiday sweet-eating mode.... On to the recipe!
Old Fashioned Buttermilk Brownies
¾ c. margarine or butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 c. granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 T. vanilla
½ c. buttermilk
1 ½ c. flour
1 ½ c. semisweet chocolate chips
2 T. flour
2 T. powdered sugar
1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.   Melt butter and chocolate in microwave at 1-minute intervals, stirring in between.  Don’t let mixture sizzle.  When mixture is completely melted and smooth, immediately, stir in sugar; continue stirring until smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Stir in vanilla and buttermilk.  Add the 1 ½ c. flour.
3.   Toss chocolate chips with remaining 2 T. flour in a small bowl; add to batter.
4.   Pour into greased 9 x 13 baking dish and bake for 28-33 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center has just a few fudgy crumbs.  Let cool for 30 minutes.  Dust with powdered sugar.

Make it easy on yourself and just click to print your own copy of this recipe!
Thanks for being here at Oopsey Daisy!

Photo Thank You Cards

Surely you are ahead of me.  Your Christmas decorations are all packaged neatly and stored away for next year.  You've written all of your "Thank you" notes, and you've already completed a bunch of Valentine's Day projects.  Well.... I'm not there quite yet.
I finally finished my thank you notes for this Christmas.   Everyone adores Little Man, and I gotta say--HE IS SPOILED!  He received many gifts, and my Mama always taught me to be thorough when it comes to writing a sincere thank you note for each and every gift.
I wanted to try something different this year, and I'm sure it's probably been done before.  But new to us!  Instead of writing a generic thank you note, each family member will be getting a personalized photo card.  Each card shows Little Man enjoying the specific gift we are writing to thank them for!
Uncle John gave Little Man the shirt he's wearing in this picture, the dump truck, and you can see a hint of the pillow pet.
Aunt Kara gave Little Man some new bath toys, among other things.  So here is Little Man in the tub.  Yes, I strategically placed the "Thanks" graphic!
Grandma & Pop spoiled Little Man the worst.  This sled was one of his favorite gifts!
This picture was my "default" card for those gifts that were a little more difficult to picture!

This project is so simple!
* Just edit your photo of your child playing with his/her gift.  I chose to do my photos in black and white.
* I resized the photo appropriately... somewhere just under 4x6.
* I added the text in a red box I created in Photoshop.
* I inserted the image in a document, but placed it at the very bottom of a Word document.
* I printed my image on matte photo paper.
* I folded the image to create a card and trimmed the edges.
* Write your message and deliver!
Now if I can just get these cards sent and delivered, I can cross "thank you notes" off my list!

A Little Man Party for Little Man!

The countdown is on for Little Man's birthday!  He will be turning 2 in February, which makes my head spin.  As soon as Christmas is over, I start searching for the perfect party theme.  I'm a planner.  I have to be because I'm not like you amazing ladies who can think up an idea and bust it out in a week!  I never do things the easy way, so I need time to screw things up and eventually get it right!!
This weekend, I turned to my Facebook fans for some help, and I received some excellent recommendations! One of my readers, Staci, suggested a Little Man party.  I had never heard of a real genuine "Little Man" party before, so I googled it.  Apparently I've been living under a rock because Little Man parties are the rage!  And I can see why.  They are so stinkin' cute!  I've been bookmarking some amazing parties and thought I would share some of my favorite ideas.
Party Starters threw a whole darling "Mustache Bash" as an eleventh birthday party.
Check out these chocolate mustache lollies!!  Oh man, I would love to devour one of those right now!
These toppers are unbelievable!!

This funny little man party at Bliss Bloom Blog makes me smile because it was a second birthday party, and I can definitely see this working for my own Little Man!

I love the ties for the party favor bags.
More cute ties for a birthday banner.

 

Oozing with cuteness!

Create My Event featured this Little Man party that has a bit of vintage flair.

What a FUN photo op to take pictures of everyone with mustache holders!!

 

Alright.  I am officially amazed at these cupcakes.

 

I love her frugality!  She drew funny faces on good old paper plates and made delicious chocolate cake mustaches for them!  I love it!  And you don't even have to do this for a birthday; you can use it as a play date!

Finally, I found Maggie Muggins Designs' (I love this blog, by the way!) Little Man Tea Party.

There must be a mustache cookie cutter out there somewhere!  I love these mustache sandwiches.

 

And what could be better than a giant mustache chocolate cake?!  YUM!
Are these parties incredibly CUTE or what?!  The only problem is.... I can't convince Mr. Daisy of how cute a Little Man party could be.  He thinks it's all just a big joke.  I have a Plan B.  You'll just have to wait and see what it is!  But please, someone out there--throw a little man birthday party and tell me all about it!
Enjoy your week!

From Belly Sweater…. to this!

Can you believe it?!  
I'm back!  Ladies and gents (well, mostly ladies!), it's been a long road just to get this one lil' post up!  My computer made the long journey back from the fix-it shop in Tennessee, but all of the files were completely wiped out.  Thank goodness for Apple's Time Capsule that automatically baked everything up.  But holy moly, it's been a lot of organization and time out of my day.  I feel a million trillion years behind, but thanks for your patience!!  Hang in there.  I'll get my show on the road. Eventually!
Before I share this little project with you, I have to share a bit about my husband.  He is a big-time hoarder.  We have a whole collection of hotel soaps.  More batteries than I can carry in a plastic tub.  Don't get me started on Sobe drinks or light bulbs.  He also has almost more clothes than me, even though I would love to buy him a whole new wardrobe!  He has an entire collection of sweaters that I call "belly sweaters."  I finally convinced him to give away a couple of sweaters!  
I debated about what to do with his sweaters.  I actually laid in bed one night thinking up projects.  Then it hit me--why not recycle this sweater to enhance Little Man's wardrobe?!  I searched for a tutorial and found this amazing tutorial at Made to help me sew the ribbing around the neck and arm holes.  Dana is a genius!!  
Little Man is now wearing a sweater vest made from his Daddy's very own sweater.  And he knows it.  He wears this vest with pride!

If you're wondering what happened to the other sweater... well, I'm not a perfect seamstress!  I used the first one as my guinea pig, vowing to make this one perfect.  I should have taken a picture of Mr. Daisy modeling the sweater so I could show before-and-after's.

Getting dressed to go to church is so much easier when I remind Little Man that he's wearing his Daddy's sweater!

Like Daddy, like son.
(After all the cute pictures, he was due for just one grumpy picture!)

PS A new year, a new watermark for my pictures.  What do you think??
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