One Of Those Weekends…

It started on Friday evening, a series of unfortunate events and news that threatened to dampen this long anticipated holiday weekend…to include a heartbreaking Navy basketball loss to Army and compounded by the announcement that a worldwide shortage of vanilla beans will jack the price of vanilla extract sky high.  It shouldn’t have been a surprise when my car didn’t start this morning…hello AAA tow truck…but it was the last straw. What is a gal to do to turn this weekend around?  Make the most decadent dessert possible of course! Let me give you the recipe…just in case you are in need of a pick me up…

Molten Mocha Cakes ( could it sound any richer?)


The usual cast of characters

1. 1 package semi-sweet baking chocolate or 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2. 1 cup of butter…2 whole sticks

3. 2 cups powdered sugar

4. 1/2 cup instant coffee powder…any flavor

5. 5 Eggs

6. 4 Egg yolks…yes, you read that correctly

7. 3/4 cup flour

8. Garnishes of your choice

The Steps

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees

2. Butter 5 (1 cup) ramekins and place on cookie sheet

3. Microwave chocolate and butter for 2 minutes, stir well

4. Stir in sugar and coffee until well blended

5. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks

6. Stir in flour and stir well, pour into prepared cups


7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the sides are firm but the centers are soft. Let stand 1-2 minutes.

8. Run a knife around edges and invert carefully onto a dessert plate


But wait…the best part hasn’t happened!


Garnish, grab a fork and watch the explosion of chocolate goodness…instant mood lifter!


Of course, all the Princess needs for a great afternoon is a warm day, a bit of water and a couple of branches…Pooh Sticks anyone?

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Friday favorites #360

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Only One Heart

“We were given: Two hands to hold.


Two legs to walk. Two eyes to see.


Two ears to listen.


But why only one heart?


Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find.” ~Unknown

Lucky me…my two favorite valentines!

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I am dreaming of a new kitchen…just dreaming at this point. I imagine beautiful countertops, a large center island and a real pantry. Right now I  am content with what I have and my dreams…but it does not hurt to put some images with those dreams. The French doors “just measuring up” used on her pantry…dreamy…and pinned!

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Love is in the air!

I have never really decorated for Valentine’s Day. I really don’t like a lot of pastels and the idea of little naked cherubs all over my home kind of creeped me out. Then, I noticed all the cute decorating and party ideas all over blogland and something inside admitted that it looked…pretty cute. The challenge remained, however, how was I going to pull off this “love” decor with only what I already had on hand…a handful of vintage postcards and a few little vintage quilt hearts.  Then I remembered…the box of pink depression glass in the basement…never really used.  A few berry bowls and parfait glasses later I think it turned out very well!


Simple but pretty effective…


I just love how the enamelware candleholder and depression glass give the effect of valentines without venturing into “cutesy”.


I, and probably thousands more, totally stole this idea from Sadie Seasongoods. I mean who is brilliant enough to think of putting vintage valentines on a rug beater?


We are STILL waiting for snow…the Princess has stepped up her efforts with her performance of the snow dance.

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Happy Friday everyone! I love the weekend, I love the leisurely breakfasts of the weekend.  I can’t wait to try this heavenly breakfast pizza! Enjoy all the lovely features this week! photo Friday Favorites Banner 2.jpg

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Treasures from another land

Military life can be hard…moving, leaving friends, moving again…and repeat. On the plus side, the opportunity to travel and discover faraway lands can’t be beat. I have wonderful memories of time spent overseas and am very blessed that my home reflects that special time of my life.  Let me show you some of my favorites!


This gorgeous basket is an antique German wedding basket! They are very hard to find now in good condition, so I really am lucky to have one in my home.


Can you just image the history behind this Korean Apothecary cabinet?  I would love to have the labels translated. Medical care has certainly improved in 150 years or so.


A Step tansu is a staple in a Korean home. The best part is the ability to easily take it apart and rearrange the cubes in many different ways. Kind of like building blocks for adults.


OK, who didn’t smile when they saw this picture? Kokeshi dolls from Japan have that effect on people.


Of course this is our greatest treasure from another land…unique and priceless!

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