Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekend in Review

Remember this?  I put it on the floor to measure it because it was getting so big and I would really hate to make it too big.  That would just be bad; if it didn't fit.  Ha!!!  Right.

Turns out it isn't even close to being big enough for the space.  I'm quite sure that the room is growing.  I can hardly lift it but I have A LONG LONG WAY to go. (Please excuse the sheet hanging on the bed below the comforter.  I store my antique quilts on this bed covered with a large cotton sheet and it seems as if the sheet was showing).

We took a little side trip to Topaz, a Japanese internment camp a few hours away.  It's long gone but there was a great little museum in a nearby town.  It just made me sad.  I know WWII was a scary time for Americans but to say it was a horrible injustice to imprison Japanese-American citizens is somehow inadequate. 

Our town had a Plen Air Arts Festival, contest and studio tour, and I bought this beautiful local honey at my friend Vickie's farmers market. 

I made some cupcakes to eat at the monthly extended-family dinner and two of The Daughters came home. It was a good weekend. 

I hope yours was good too.

Chocolate Cupcakes
1 box of chocolate cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker)
1 small box (4 oz.) of chocolate instant pudding mix
¾ cup of canola oil
¾ cup of milk
4 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl mix the wet ingredients. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix for 2 minutes until blended. Scoop into cupcake papers and bake for 14-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.

Let cool and frost with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

*For high altitudes: add 1 more egg and ¼ cup of all-purpose flour to the dry mix.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces of softened cream cheese
4 ounces of softened butter
2 cups of powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
½ cup of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients until light and fluffy. 

Linked to Friday Potluck.


  1. Sounds like a perfect weekend! Did you ever do a tutorial on that rag rug? It's looking GREAT! And thanks for the cupcake recipe -- they look delicious!

  2. bonnie, i remember when you started that rug - it is turning out beautifully... i love it! happy monday to you...

  3. Hi Anna,

    I did do a tutorial but have yet to post it. I thought I would celebrate the completion of the rug with a little giveaway to get someone started on their own. I just have to get the darn thing done. I am loving it though, I just picked the wrong space to put it in. I should've made a smaller one.

  4. O goodness, that rug! Beautiful! I'm still waiting for that rug braiding lesson.

    Just looking at those cupcakes and reading the recipe caused me to gain 5 pounds! Yum. I've never had cream cheese chocolate frosting.


  5. Oh my gosh I love braided rugs! I have always wanted one under my dining room table but it is so large it would take me forever to make one. Wanted to tell you that I took our whirly popcorn popper and the ingredients needed for the popcorn recipe you posted a while back to our girlfriend weekend a couple of weeks ago. It was a hit and I had to copy the recipe for all my friends. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Your rug is beautiful...can't wait to see the end result.

  7. Thanks everyone for the comments.

    Brenday, so glad you liked the popcorn. It is addicting.

  8. Hi Bonnie! I love your rug! The colors and the thickness are so pleasing!

  9. Love your rug Bonnie! Did you have to cut up all those strips yourself?! I thought about crocheting a rag rug a while back but couldn't face all the cutting of the strips ;).

  10. I love the rug too!

    The museum sounds interesting...it's incredible that that took place:( Some of them were land/homeowners and came home to nothing!

    Chocolate cream cheese frosting sounds like heaven!

  11. Bonnie, the rug is BEAUTIFUL !! Love ,love it. My rug was not as big as I thought when I threw it on the floor where I made it for, bummer. It is huge to me to have on a table to work on, I can not even think of working on it in my lap. So we must just carry on and get our rugs the size they were meant to be. Again I love how your rug is turning out.

  12. Found your blog from http://thimbleanna.com/ . . .

    Love your rug and your wooden floor!