Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Salted Caramel Frosting + Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting
Photo by: DonnaMarie Photography
This is a truly surprising flavor frosting!!!!

I baked this cake for my mother-in-laws 83rd birthday & everyone went crazy over it...especially her!
It is my new favorite flavor frosting!!!!
You can use either your favorite cake recipe or box cake with this frosting...it will make ALL the difference in the world!

I baked a 9 X 13, but you can make it any way you wish...
even cupcakes would be great!

Bake your cake or cupcakes than prepare this frosting.

To start you have to make the salted caramel sauce 1st.

Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1. Combine the sugar, water, and the corn syrup in a large saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
2. Cover the saucepan and let it cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
3. After 3 minutes, remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
4. Do not stir from this point on...."swirl" the liquid around the pan so that the caramel doesn’t burn.
5. Continue to cook until the caramel turns an even amber color then remove from the heat and let stand for about 30 seconds.
6. VERY CAREFULLY Pour the heavy cream into the mixture. The mixture will bubble up significantly and is very hot.7. Stir the mixture, again being careful. Add the butter, lemon juice, and salt. Stir until combined.
8. Pour mixture into a heat proof bowl.. Stirring occasionally, allow to cool until thick like molasses and warm to the touch, about 20 minutes.
(Store extra in a sealed container in the refrigerator.)

                                                        Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Frosting

2 sticks butter at room temperature
8 ounces of cream cheese
3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 cup salted caramel sauce (recipe above)
1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy.
2. Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar into the butter/cream cheese mixture and beat to combine.
3. Add 1 cup of the salted caramel and beat to combine.
4. Add additional powdered sugar until the frosting is the consistency you desire.
5. Beat until light & fluffy (about 3 minutes)

To frost cake...begin by using the handle end of a wooden spoon & poke holes all over the entire cake.
Pour about 1 cup of caramel sauce over cake & spread quickly so that it drips down into the holes.
Allow to settle (about 3 minutes)
Spread frosting onto cake & add pecan or walnuts.
Using your wooden spoon, drizzle caramel sauce over cake.

             Than lightly sprinkle entire cake with coarse sea salt.

         Than get ready to watch this delicious cake disappear fast!

Hope you enjoy!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How To Make Your Own Bath Salts

Making your own bath salts are fun & easy.
You can make it yourself  to give as gifts to friends and family.
Wonderful Mother's Day gift!

Bath salts have many healing principles
 Physicians have been known to advise patients to bathe in the sea, or routinely take salt baths at home in order to alleviate skin conditions, improve circulation, or as a general restorative.  Many natural salts contain healthful minerals such as calcium, magnesium, or potassium.  Salt baths are also credited for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. 

Needed Ingredients
Epsom Salt
Sea Salt
Baking Soda
Container to store bath salts
Optional: food coloring & fragrance oils/dried herbs

In a large bowl mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1 cup of sea salt, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda & mix well.
If you are coloring your salts...add just a very tiny drop of food coloring & continue to mix well. DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH, food coloring has moisture & will clump your salt if to much is added.
If you are adding fragrance oil add just a drop or two now & mix well.
If you are adding dried herbs place about 2 tablespoons now & mix until well incorporated.
Place salt into a well sealed container, you want to avoid exposure to humidity.

Add about 2 tablespoons to your bath.

You can chose many ways to package your bath salts here are a few ideas.

                                                                From: Decorators Nest

     Choose antique jars or mason styled jars, either in clear or color.
From: URU Decor

Or you can find beautiful decorative bottles like these that I also found on Etsy

From: Abbey James

From: My Best Friend Soap

Or you can put the bath salts into  plastic bags & place it inside pretty packaging like this. 

                                                           From: Handmade With Love13

You can put together a beautiful gift basket for your mother or gift giving occasions. Include items such as these:

Crocheted 100 percent cotton washcloths from: Hawthorn Street

                                         Little wooden scoops from ClarkeWoodWorks 

You can also add a pair of cozy slipper, lotions, handmade soaps, bath brush & loofah to create a beautiful gift basket.

Or another idea would be to tie an antique spoon to the side of the jar or bottle with pretty ribbon & a hang tag with direction.

                                                                 From: OakPawnandJewelry

From: BlossomandTwig

Bath salt is also excellent for a pedicure.
Soak your feet in a warm salt bath, scrub using the crochet washcloth and than dry completely. Rub pure virgin olive oil onto you feet massaging it in for about 5 minutes.You will have the softest, smoothest feet in town & your feet will thank you!


Monday, April 30, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

                                                Thinking of MOM!

A beautiful handmade Mother's Day card from ByVic Ink on Etsy

Personalized Baking Dish by ScissorMill on Etsy

Sterling Silver Mother's Necklace from Ivory Cove on Etsy

Pretty Cosmetic Bag Case by Pinned Pretty on Etsy

            Hand Crocheted Cozy Slipper by RindCounty on Etsy

Sweatheart Apron by My empty Nest Design on Etsy

Scrumptious Cupcake Jars by Twisted Cupcakery on Etsy

Custom Leather Droid Case by PageLeatherWorks on Etsy

Bible or Book/Journal Cover by ZhouLijaun on Etsy

                            Recipe Box  by Kelleys Paper Crafts on Etsy

A New Bible  available at many stores

There are tons of gift giving idea for mom! Please visit these shops & help support handmade items from these gifted artists.
Other ideas might include garden makers, planted pots, customized tote/market bags, yard decorations, artist brush holders & so many more. Hope you enjoyed the few ideas I posted for you!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Never Alone

Photo & Text Design by: Donna Kaminski

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm.
The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man! Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.
It was then that he discovered his father sitting next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We, too, are never alone.
Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting beside us. Whatever challenages you might be face right now, know that God is not out of your reach.  

Moral of the story: Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there. 'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'

Author Unknown.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Lord Is Near

Photo & Text Design by: Donna Kaminski

If your feeling down & haven't much hope, know that God cares about you. Turn to the Lord Jesus & He will heal your broken heart.