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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Kyela

I think her expression says it all, she even knew the names of her Dino's...(the only one I knew for certain was the "T-Rex").


 
This cake was made for an 8 year old girl who loves Dinosaurs....can you tell :-).

 
I was going to just buy the Dino's from a toy store but I decided to try and make them and I'm SO glad I did!

This was my favorite one of all...it has such personality :-).
 
 






"The Man Cave"

I thought this was hilarious!

"Death of The Man Cave"

(from L.A. At Home)

 The time has come to leave the man cave — to bulldoze the bro bunker, to kick the kegerator to the curb. The safe house for the Y chromosome is no longer safe; the perimeter has been breached. The man cave is no longer a tenable refuge from the real world.

The handwriting appeared on the beer-postered wall last year when the phrase “mom cave” began to spread and “man cave” joined the list of phrases from our lexicon that are misused, overused and targeted for their general uselessness, much like “baby bump” and “the new normal.” But the real blow had to be the news earlier this month that a man cave would be among the amenities at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show. Yes, the man cave has gone from sacred space to flower-show bait.

The spirit of the man cave has been co-opted by so many marketers hawking grill tools, barware and even neon lights in the shape of the words “man cave” (in case it needs to be spelled out for the fairer sex, one presumes) that if we don't roll a boulder to block the mouth of the cave now, the strip-mining will continue unabated until Hallmark rolls out a line of man cave cards (“Greetings from the grotto!”) and guy-asylums across the country will groan under the weight of scented candles.

 

Definition of Man Cave

According to most definitions, a man cave is a space in the home where a man can entertain, relax, and enjoy his hobbies without having to worry about his wife's home decor aesthetic. Man caves are a type of modern-day den or study, but they often focus more on fun than work.

 

Some man cave examples include:

(From "About.com)
  • Musical Man Cave: A soundproofed basement packed with musical equipment for band practice.
  • High Tech Man Cave: A game room featuring high-tech home theater equipment, the latest video games, and surround-sound.
  • Theater at Home Man Cave: A home cinema with movie theater-style chairs and a popcorn popper.
  • Sports Man Cave: A sports haven with a big-screen TV, a mini-fridge for refreshments, and memorabilia from your favorite sports teams.
  • Home Bar Man Cave: A home bar featuring a saloon-style bar and a pool table.
  • Arcade Man Cave: An old-fashioned arcade with pinball and other console games.
  • Card-Playing Man Cave: A poker room with a gaming table and storage for snacks, drinks, and stacks of cards.
  • Workshop Man Cave: A garage filled with tools and equipment for working with your hands.
Check out these RIDICULOUSLY huge Man Caves I found online!
 
I really don't get the car.

This one by neices boyfriend would LOVE! He plays his music loud all the time...though, if he didn't have sound proof walls, I'm sure their relationship wouldn't last long :-).

If we had this one my daughter would claim it because she loves to bowl and loves video games.

When I saw this one I thought immediatly of my husband, he has always wanted bookshelves to put all of his favorite books on.

This would probably be my husbands DREAM Man Cave because he is a sports fanatic. 24 years and I'm still NOT. I think even if we had this room I'd still leave to go watch "I Love Lucy".

This reminded me of the "Tim The Tool Man Taylor" man cave. Or "Mr Fix It"
 
 
And here I am, thinking I was doing something buy purchasing these cute signs for my hubby's 16x8 foot computer room?! No wonder he said it was "too small" to be a man cave! my poor hubby, but....
 
 
it's the thought that counts right? :-).

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Little Bit Of Pecan Heaven!

Just thought I'd share some of these recipes from blogs I found....I LOVE pecans and these recipes made my mouth water!! Just click on the name and it will take you straight to the blog and recipe.



 





NOW THAT'S A MOUTHFUL!



 
 
 







YUMMY! This should be a crime.

 
More yummy recipes later!
 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pecan Almond Butter Bars

This recipe was adapted from  Color Wheel Meals "Chocolate Banana Sunbutter Bars".

3 cups dried Tropical Fruit & Nut Mix ground into a ball about 13 minutes
1/2 cup oats ground into a flour
3 tsp. good vanilla
2 tbsp coconut
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup Almond Butter
1/4 cup dark Maple Syrup
1/3 cup (half and half) honey roasted sunflower seeds and regular plus 1/4 cup pecans, ground into a ball
1/2 cup each dark and milk chocolate chips, melted
 
Place ground up tropical mix with coconut, ground up sunflower seeds and pecans and ground up oats in food processor and process until combined. Add in sea salt, vanilla, Almond butter, and dark maple syrup blend until a ball forms.
Press into a pie or 8×8 glass dish and set aside. Melt the chocolate 50 secs at a time in microwave.  Pour and spread melted chocolate over pressed mixture. Place in freezer for 20 -25 minutes to set the chocolate.
 
Tropical Mix, Chocolate Chips, Ground Oats, Dark Maple Syrup, Almond butter and Sunflower seeds pecan mix.
 
 
 
The Tropical mix will form a kind of dough due to the fruit. "Color Wheels" grounds just the dried banana chips to make a powder.

This is a mix of Ghirardelli chocolate and Nestles milk chocolate chips.



Food processed sunflower seeds and pecan mix. The oil in the pecans causes this mix to form balls as well.

Oats ground into a powder.



Place ground up tropical mix with coconut, ground up sunflower seeds and pecans and ground up oats in food processor and process until combined. Add in sea salt, vanilla, Almond butter, and dark maple syrup blend until a ball forms.

Press mixure evenly into a dish of your choice. Depends on how thick/thin you want them.

Melted chocolate, stir to be sure all chips melt to have a smooth layer over your bars.

Pour, spread and chill. I taped dish on counter to remove bubbles and create a smooth layer of chocolate after spreading.

Use a hot knife dipped in water, wipe dry and cut. Store in air-tight container separated by wax paper.

 These should last for about a month in the freezer, just take out  a section when you want to enjoy!