Saturdays With LeAnn

Dad's Garden

Saturdays-with-LeAnn

Hello, my crafty friends!  I hope that you have had some time this month to relax and enjoy the warmer weather.  This is such a wonderful time of the year as we get ready to jump into all those summertime activities. Make sure to take the time to snap lots of photos!  My plan today is to inspire you with some fun projects to add enjoyment to your day and inspire that creative side of you.

Only You By Cari Fennell

As scrapbookers, we know it is all about sharing the memories you preserve with your family, friends, and future generations. This beautiful masterpiece layout captures a special moment.  It is a great thing to feel the joy and fulfillment that comes from what we have created.  What a special photo to capture the emotions and story in this lovely layout. Isn’t scrapbooking all about recording life’s tender moments?

Only You

This gorgeous baby layout was created by Cari Fennel, one of Prima’s very talented designers.  Whether you just had a baby, a grandbaby, or even if your baby is now a teenager, this is a perfect layout that will be a high priority on your list to create.  Check out all the fun dimension that you can create using the boxed flowers from Prima.  Now that you are in love with this layout, let me take you on over to Cari’s blog Just Me And My Maryjanes where you will find the supplies and tips to start to create your own layout.

Dad’s Garden By Peet Roeven

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what better way of telling your father you love him than with a handmade treasure?  Flowers don’t have to be just for moms.  Dads love and appreciate them, too! I thought I would share this fun card for dad with you today. This great card was created by Peet Roeven.

Dad's Garden

Sometimes coming up with an idea for a father can be somewhat challenging.  I know when it comes to shopping for my husband, I never know what to get.  However, I find that a handmade treasure from me is something that he will treasure for years to come.  There is nothing better than receiving a card that has taken some time and thought.  Let’s celebrate Dad this year with a handmade card!  Let me escort you over to Scrap Album where you will find all the materials you’ll need to create your own card.

Spring By Michele Kovack

Are you ready to try a new technique?  Tim Holtz® Distress Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects for a mixed media project.  You can color directly onto your surface and blend with water, then layer with distress inks and stains for more creative possibilities.

Spring

This stunning card created by Michele Kovack was used with the fun Distress Crayons.  Michele also used JustRite dies to create her focal point.  I love her beautiful arrangement with the flower, leaves, and ribbon, along with her beautiful color scheme.  Please let me escort you over to Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker.  You will find so many inspired projects created by Michele Kovack.  Enjoy trying a new technique!

Stenciled Garden Pots By Jennifer Priest

Looking for something to do with all of those clay pots that have been collecting dust in your garage? Let’s add a personal touch to your terra cotta pots and add some beauty to your porch, backyard deck, or garden.  Who would have ever thought to add a variety of art forms from simple to detailed painting, stenciling, decoupage, and mixed media, to a terra cotta pot?  Clay pots are smooth and the perfect crafting surface for all ages!

Stenciled Garden Pots

Add a little imagination and you will be so impressed what you come up with!  I highly recommend stopping by the Sizzix blog for a fun visit.  You won’t want to miss out on Jennifer’s great techniques.  Click here and I will take you over to a full tutorial video on how to stencil terra cotta pots.  Have fun creating!

Mint Chocolate Chip Layered Cake By Elizabeth LaBau

This is a busy time of year with all of the summer picnics, reunions, and parties.  This delicious cake will be the hit at any gathering you attend.  It is such an eye catcher and is every bit as good as it looks!  It is the perfect combination of chocolate cake with a creamy mint frosting.  A classic combination that creates a classic celebration!

Mint Chocolate Chip Layered Cake

This fabulous cake is made with a moist devil’s food cake, and filled with a smooth, creamy mint buttercream flecked with bits of dark chocolate. This dessert is one that will obviously only last no more than a day, two at the very most!  Click here to get this fabulous recipe.  You will be thanking me for posting this, so go ahead and give it a try! 🙂

My hope today is that you have been inspired and are ready to create!  Have a wonderful week ahead.  Thank you for the visit today!

Black Forest Cake

Are you a cake lover? This is one of those cakes that will certainly make your mouth water! My father came to the United States from Germany when he was a young man and I have such a love for my heritage. When I found out this cake originated from Germany (called Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte) I knew I just had to make it. I can honestly say I truly loved it! It is a delightful combination of chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream. Not only is it scrumptious but it is simply gorgeous! I found this on the Bird On A Cake blog created by Robin.

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed with 1 cup milk)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

Instructions 

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line the bottoms of two 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper and grease the sides.  Bring a small pan of water to a boil and keep it simmering while you mix the other ingredients.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and cherry extract.  Beat with mixer until combined.  Add 1 cup of the boiling water and carefully stir until it is mixed in.  Beat for 1 1/2 minutes with mixer.  Batter will be thin.  Pour the batter into prepared pans and bake for 20 – 24 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).

Chocolate Ganache

Place the chocolate chips in a small metal bowl.  Heat the cream over medium heat.  Watch it closely and immediately remove from heat when it starts to boil.  Pour over chocolate chips.  Wait for 2 minutes, then slowly stir the mixture until all the chips have completely melted and it is thoroughly combined.  Stir in the vanilla.  Let the ganache cool until it reaches a thicker, spreadable consistency.

Whipped Cream

Chill a large mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Pour heavy cream into the bowl and whip until peaks are just about to form.  Add vanilla and sugar, beat until stiff peaks form.  Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.

Assembling Your Cake

Level cake layers and place one layer on a cake plate.  Spread 3/4 of the whipped cream on the cake layer, leaving one inch of space around the edge.  Reserve 12 cherries and set aside; drop the remaining pie filling by spoonfuls on top of the whipped cream.  Place second cake layer on top.  Spread thickened ganache on top of the cake, just to the edges.  Garnish with remaining whipped cream and reserved cherries.

Hope this has inspired you to try this fabulous desert. Happy baking!

Neapolitan Cupcake

When I think of Neapolitan, I think about ice cream and childhood memories.  These fun cupcakes are so easy to make, they look so cute, and they are very yummy.  Neapolitan cupcakes are a great desert for a bridal shower, baby shower, or even a wedding.  We found this delicious photo on www.foodvee.com which links to an awesome blog called One Good Thing by Jillee.

Neapolitan Cupcake

Here is the recipe which is featured in a book by Lizzy Early called Your Cup of Cake.  She has a wonderful blog too.  Make sure to check it out.  The recipe for these cupcakes can be found here.

I hope you have a great time making these!