Learning, Crafting and Cooking, oh my

Life has been a bit busy lately. I finished up an amazing class, Jenny Doh offered. If you get a chance, you should try one of her classes. It is a journey inward, to openly express outward what your heart desires. Be sure to check her site to see other online courses, she is offering.

I received a subpoena to go to court last week, in regards to an accident, I witnessed last year.  It was a case of reckless driving. I also went to the Dr again; I am having some issues.  I had more labs Monday and go back tomorrow, to find out the results.  I hate going, but who likes to go?!  This is why I haven't been posting as much.

Today I am going to share a recipe with you. My daughter wanted to make something with her friends.  I had the ingredients for Black Bottom Cupcakes. Afterwards our house smelled amazing. I made some for me. I had a sugar free cake mix and adjusted the filling:

l 8 oz pkg of Light Cream Cheese
1 egg white
1/3 cup of Splenda or Stevia
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet(Sugar-free) chocolate chips( half of the bag)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

I added 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour to thicken this mixture. Sugar blends differently, than Splenda. The flour helps.  I baked them at 350 F for 15-17 minutes.

I was stunned to be published in The Stamper's Sampler Feb/Mar 2012 issue


 Here are the tag ladies I submitted. I stamped on buttons, silk flower petals, tiny tags and fabric. I also was published in the Special Surfaces section.  I had no idea!  I went to the mail and thought, mmh maybe one thing.  I have a few things inside. The cover says, cards to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are some amazing, unique and unconventional techniques.  It is a real treat to be part of this wonderful issue. Thank you Stampington!!!  You really surprised me~

My daughter's friends enjoyed hearing me gasp and wondered what all the fuss was about. Our beagle, Buster took part in running to and fro to help me celebrate. :D

This page is called "Closer Look"   My work is in squares: 3, 5, 7 and 9.   I stamped a feather, a tea bag, added a tiny rose by threading it through the lace and stuck more flowers in the holes of a button. 

Try to get over your fear and do it anyway! Whatever your dream, take a chance. You never know what may happen! 


Anonymous said…
Yikes! I think I just gained three pounds looking at that chocolatey goodness. And thanks for the encouraging words. I always need those.
Wanda said…
Oh those cupcakes look Delicious my friend. Congratulations on being published. Your work is so creative and thanks for the push to get some things done.
love the TAG LADIES pic from the magazine, congrats on getting published in it!
Vicki Sheehan said…
congratulations ellen...your art is so pretty! those cupcakes look really good too :)
First time visiting your blog! I love it!!
Look forward to seeing more :)

Carrie Burtt said…
Your life is certainly full in hard and beautiful ways Ella! I hope all goes well with your lab work.....the recipe looks delicious! Thanks for all the wonderful encouragement over at my blog!!
Kristin said…
YAY ELLA!!!!!!
I am SO happy for you! I will definitely have to pick that one up - too bad I was late in reading this as I was at Joann's just today and would have gotten it if I knew. OH WELL, now I HAVE to go back to get it, lol!
Congratulations my talented friend, you deserve it (and that beautiful cupcake ;)
I do hope you are well - and that the chocolate helped! I will be thinking of you and sending you good thoughts, xoxoxo
Scarlett Clay said…
I am SO thrilled for you, what a happy surprise and well-deserved recognition!! Love ALL of your unique pieces, awesome! And wow, that cupcake photo has me drooling...yummm :)
Lisa said…
Hi Ella,
trying to catch up today with blogging, and I have gotten lost wondering around and reading your posts. Congratulations on this publication. I am going to buy this magazine, and get a better look.
I love your profile...chalk and fortune cookie sayings!

Just wanted to stop by and visit,
Have a great weekend,
Ella said…
I want to thank all of you that commented! I have been really sick, it meant so much to me~

Lisa-Thank you so much for stopping by! Your art reminds me of the joy I had with this medium. YOU are so talented~ Keep submitting you will get there! Thank you! Happy weekend to you~

Scarlett-Thank you, the cupcakes are wonderful! You will love them~
Hope everyone is getting better in your world!

Kristin-Thank you, your good thoughts and chocolate did the trick. I am on the mend, thank you! You are so Sweet!
I will be by to visit~ :D

Carrie-Thank you,yes,I'm getting better! They finally figured it out and I'm on antibiotics. Thank you for your thoughts! Your blogs are beautiful!

Jenelle-Thanks so much for visiting me! I will be by to see what you have been up to :D

Vicki-Thank you so much! They are delicious~ :D I hope life is good for you!

Dezzy-Thank you so much! Maybe next time I'll use our favorite color, green ;D

Wanda-Thank you so much! Your blog is so inspiring! I hope you write a book :D

Stephen-Phew, be glad it is virtual 3 lbs, lol ;D Thank for coming by~