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Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

The other night I had this craving for bread pudding. Bonnie’s made a few in her time that were pretty amazing and with this gnawing in my belly I thought I’d follow in her footsteps. After searching and finding some that looked yummy, Moviestar proceeded to tell me he wanted something chocolaty for dessert. Well, I’ve never had a chocolate bread pudding before but what the hell!? Let’s give it a try.

The coolest thing I saw in one of the recipes was using hawaiian sweet rolls for the bread crumbs instead of regular bread/french bread. It really helped make the pudding sweeter and more moist. Super yummy.

Once the rolls are cut into 1/2 in. cubes, put ‘em on the ol’ cookie sheet and harden them in the oven.

While the bread is toasting, mix your “pudding” ingredients, then once the bread is done, mix it into the pudding. I know it looks a little gross….. but trust me, it’s yummers. Then pop this bowl in the fridge for about an hour or so.

Now, this is where you can get a little creative. Like   we did! I wanted to do single servings in our ramekins and Moviestar was craving some serious chocolate so we filled each ramekin halfway with the pudding and topped with a layer of chocolate chips {a little too much if you ask me. Maybe a little less than this next time}.

Then we filled the rest of the ramekins with the pudding and placed a few more chips on top. Then you’ll want to pop them in the oven.

Mmmmm….. double chocolaty goodness fresh from the oven. They were sooo good.

Single-Serving Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed Hawaiian sweet bread
  • 2/3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk or vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350°. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until toasted. Remove bread from oven; decrease oven temperature to 325°. Combine milk, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg in a medium bowl then stir well with a whisk. Add bread, toss to coat. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Once chilled divide half of pudding/bread mixture evenly between 2 ramekins. Sprinkle evenly with half chocolate chips. Divide remaining bread mixture between ramekins. Top with a few more chocolate chips.  Place ramekins in an 8-inch square baking pan. Add enough hot water to pan to reach 1 inch. Bake at 325° for 35 minutes or until set. Serve each pudding warm.


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My Less Cluttered Home: Command Center

One of the things my reorganized home needed was a fresh Command Center. Now as my usual, this isn’t a completed job {I’ll share that at a later date} but it’s a huge improvement and well on it’s way.

The first thing I wanted to do was fix up the board I have in our kitchen. It’s not really being used properly as you can see below. Uhhhh …. it’s filled with junk! Including an old prom picture of mine with my old friend Dax that I’d pulled out over a year ago. I have phone numbers scribbled on the chalkboard that I don’t recognize and at least 10 business cards we don’t need to keep. So after clearing out all the junk on here and tossing what we don’t need, I ended up with a clean slate.

Then I looked at the fabric and realized it didn’t go with my green, yellow, red and blue color scheme in the kitchen. So, if I wanted to keep it, it had to be recovered. Though I don’t have a play-by-play for you, I pulled the paper backing off, unplugged the buttons, covered it with my new fabric {attaching with hot blue}, pushed the buttons back in {this was really hard} and put it all back together.

Now it’s fresh and bright and fits my kitchen!

Next was to get some hanging files or compartments to hold the mail, pens and even some writing pads. But, I really try hard to make this kind of stuff myself {if I can} so that it’s FREE.  I had brought some small boxes home from work and after cutting, bending and hot gluing, I had some perfect compartments that only needed to be painted or covered.  I had some simple wrapping paper and spray glue so I just decided to cover them.

Ta Da!

I wanted the small one for the pens to be a different color and I didn’t have any paper, so I just used fabric.  I’m not crazy about how it turned out but it’s still cute anyway! Then I just push-pinned them into the wall {not sure if it will hold for a long period of time but it’s held so far.}

And there you have it! Another Free DIY from stuff in my own home. I know you can do this too if you just think outside the box. What other creative DIY’s have you done that didn’t cost you anything? I’d love to hear about it. It inspires me!

For my latest Free DIY, check out my Jewelry Frame


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Lisa - April 19, 2013 - 5:54 am

Lindsey:
I love the DIY tutorial. While I have a landing center for my home, I don’t seem to transfer this idea to my classroom as successfully as I would like. You have inspired me!

Thanks for the reminder.

My Less Cluttered Home: Jewelry Frame

Hello again, my Organizing Pals!!!

Last week when I shared with you some of the progress I was making on my hall closet, I showed you a sneak peak of what I was going to be working on over the next week on top of my organization and decluttering. I’m sure after you saw that empty frame you just got ants in your pants waiting to see what I was going to do with it, right? Yeah not so much. But maybe you should have been…. :)

I have a whole crap load of jewelry. {See below for the official load}

Some of it’s just cheapy stuff I got from when I worked in a local womens clothing store with a fabulous discount. However, some of these pieces are dear to me and/or are expensive necklaces that I couldn’t ever part with. So, I went through all of this and got rid of a small plastic bag amount. The rest needed a fun and pretty home. I knew just what to do and always wanted to try it.

So, I started with a pretty frame Moviestar and I used in our wedding. I had thought about attaching chicken wire to it, stringing fishing wire across it or putting a strong back on it with pretty hooks or knobs but in the end guys, I just can’t spend any money. I’m really trying these days to do as much as I can with what I have in my home. Spending a whopping $0. So what I did was take that ol’ frame and this section of a window cover which I figured would work and look pretty in our room.

Now, it didn’t quite fit as you can see, so I had to trim it up.

After measuring it out, I realized I needed to cut about 1/4 in. off each long end {the other ends were almost too short so I didn’t need to touch them}.

Once trimmed I wanted to attach the plastic window cover but didn’t want to ruin the frame with super glue, nails etc. so I hot glued. Only time will tell if it actually holds up but so far I haven’t had one problem! I did however only glue the top part an leave the bottom loose so that I could move it if the jewelry was giving me issues. A little flexibility never hurt no one!

Here is the finished product hanging on the wall of our bedroom, just above the dresser. I’m not quite ready to reveal our dresser top yet {seeing as how we are doing some work on this small bedroom of ours..} So this is just the frame. Sure you’re cool with that.

And ta-da! The finished product. Doesn’t it look purdy? I’m pretty pleased with how it worked out because now I can actually see the jewelry I have instead of scouring the endless boxes of tangled mess after mess. Now, I do still have a box or two that I’m keeping my good pearls and rings but this is really helping me see what I’ve got. Plus, it’s so pretty in my room!!!

Now how can you make your own? What ideas can you share on how to do something similar with what you have? Think outside the box and search your home for a way to do this for free yourself!


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veronica lee - April 11, 2013 - 5:05 am

Love the idea!

Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
Have a nice day!

Scarlet Paolicchi - April 9, 2013 - 4:41 pm

What a fabulous idea- thrifty & beautiful!

I’ve added this page to my StumbleUpon. :)

Lindsey - April 9, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Heather- Thanks! I’m glad you like it. I hope it works out for you too. It’s so cute here and makes picking out my accessories in the morning so much more painless! Have a great day. -Lindsey

Heather - April 9, 2013 - 12:22 pm

OMG! This is so cute – and using an old window covering is genius. Totally going to try this for my own room.

Wedding of the Week: Budget Beauty

It has been a little while since we showcased a real wedding, and we have come back with a fantastic one. A lovely bride, Vanessa, sent us photos of her handcrafted wedding day. Vanessa says:

“My husband Mike and I were married last August 5th at the Inn on the Twenty in Jordan, Ontario.  It was a part of a winery called Cave Springs. Our photographer’s name was Ben Benvie. We chose a yellow and grey color scheme for the wedding and went from there. As a teacher, I am used to doing a lot of projects on a limited (or non-existent) budget, so I created the programs, chalk boards, candy bar, water bottle labels, place settings and much more by myself.  My husband is a great photographer so we made the table numbers from photos he took.  My mother created the centerpieces as well as the ceremony flowers.”

It is amazing that this couple was able to put together her own wedding with a bit of help from family? I am impressed that it turned out so beautifully. You cannot even tell that this wedding was created on a budget or that any component was DIY. Brides could take a few lessons from Vanessa. See the lovely wedding for yourself!



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Wiebke - June 20, 2013 - 3:12 pm

I LOVE this dress! Is there any way to get to know where she bought it?

Thanks! :)

Dark - April 8, 2013 - 9:28 am

Beautiful Dress, Bride, Setting.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Happy Couple!
May You Always find reason to smile
May your Love carry you past all the tribulations
And may each glance you share be tempered with love and meaning ♥
HUGS
Dark

Lily’s Pleated Headband

Right before Easter, it was my little niece Lily’s 2nd Birthday and I just had to make something for her. Yes, I love shopping as much as the next girl but I also love to create, if you didn’t know by now.

So, I got to searching. She’s such a precious girly-girl with smiles for days and I wanted to find something that would suit her now, but be able to be used as she got a little older. Plus, I wanted something slightly unique.  Since my sister loves to get her all dolled up {“Always something in the hair” she says}, I thought of a headband. Now as I was “pinning” I came across this website and loved the pleated headband tutorial and colorful options. It got my creative juices flowing!!! Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional shows you {and me!} just how to do this. Thanks Jess!

So here’s mine:

Using an old and unique button like this bunny, helped give the headband the extra “umph” I was looking for. Plus, it’s slitghly big on her now {would you believe no one had those thin elastic headbands in Jess’s tutorial? I’d think I could find them anywhere!} but it stays on and she can grow into it too. Heck it fit me and my sis.

And little miss Lily loved playing around in the backyard lookin’ spiffy on this Good Saturday afternoon.

Get the full tutorial at Craftinessisnotoptional.com


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Scarlet Paolicchi - April 6, 2013 - 2:07 pm

This looks so cute & really simple! I think my daughter would love one for the spring.

I’ve added this page to my StumbleUpon. :)

Lindsey - April 4, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Lisa- Thanks for visiting! Glad you like mine. It was super easy and I didn’t have any problems attaching it to the headband. Once it was made, I hot glued it to the headband and then cut out some felt to sit underneath like the tutorial and I just hot glued that all down. The hot glue may not last forever but at least it’s an easy fix if it starts to come up. Good luck making your own!

Lisa - April 4, 2013 - 7:08 pm

My daughter would love this–I checked out the original and the directions seemed simple enough for a novice seamstress like myself to complete. Any problems attaching it to the headband? Yours is delightful.

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