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7.30.2012

Living Room Makeover

Disclaimer: This post and shopping trip have been sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and Pollinate Media Group. However, all opinions are completely my own and 100% honest. 

I was recently given the opportunity to decorate my living room with some amazing decor items available at Cost Plus World Market. I've shopped at World Market a few times in the past, but have found myself there a lot more recently. They just came out with their Kingdom Animalia collection which is full of so many unique items!

As you all know, I'll be moving into my new apartment in the upcoming weeks and I've come to World Market for so many decor pieces. Then there were other pieces that I've been lusting over, like this map ampersand and storage basket rack. I seriously considered taking both home with me.

 
They also have an amazing assortment of door knobs which I loved. Maybe I'll be able to find a use for some of them in my new apartment. They're just too cute to pass up.

 
I also fell madly in love with these globes. They were all nicely grouped together and I personally think they would look great in a bookshelf nook or above someone's fireplace.


As for the goodies I picked up, I chose the zebra picture frame on the left. I'm always drawn to zebras and I knew the texture and color would go well with the living room at home.


By the end of my shopping trip, the cart looked like this, with some goodies underneath all those pillows too. I rushed home and couldn't wait to assemble it all together.



BEFORE

 AFTER
 
 
Wow, right? What an amazing difference a couple of pillows, a blanket, and some decor items can make! I am so happy with the way the living room turned out and it's all thanks to World Market. I am planning on taking all of these pieces with me when I move into my new apartment, so you're sure to see them again here soon!

Cost Plus World Market is giving away an African Safari Adventure for two to celebrate the new Kingdom Animalia Collection! Seriously, who wouldn't want to go on a safari? Sign me up!!

 The Grand Prize package includes:
  • A trip for two to Africa (5 day Trip for 2 to Africa- includes airfare, accommodations and excursions)
  • A $1,000 Cost Plus World Market gift card.
  • There will also be 3 first prize winners that will each receive a $500 Cost Plus World Market gift card!
  • The African Safari Sweepstakes runs from  July 14 to August 17 and you can enter the sweepstakes on the Cost Plus World Market Facebook page.
  • P.S. If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

7.29.2012

Meet Brooke from Covered in Grace

Hello Lovely Framed Frosting Readers!

My name is Brooke and I'm the girl behind the blog at Covered in Grace. There, I write about life as a mother, student, military wife, photog wannabe, writer and Jesus lover. My blog centers around my faith and all the things that I love. I would love it if you'd stop by and visit me from time to time!


Today, I a have something yummy to share with you all. It's made with one of my favorite recipes and so easy to do. I've been meaning to share it with blogland for quite a while, so when Danielle asked me to share a recipe, I knew that this was the one! It's called CRACK BREAD! Ha! You could say that it gets it's name because the loaf is all "cracked" apart, but really, I dubbed it Crack Bread because once you eat it, you can't stop, you might say that it's a smidge addicting. 

This recipe is really a two-for-one. The bread is made from my favorite beer bread recipe, and then it's chopped up and smothered with awesomeness that will linger in the memories of the lucky people that get to eat it for a long, long time. I get more requests for and compliments on this savory snack than almost anything else. The dudes drool over it and the ladies loooove it. So, with out further adieu, I'm going to jump right into the recipes. 


Like I said, the base of this recipe is made from my favorite, and go to, beer bread. This loaf stands on it's own. I make this so often to accompany our meals, or to take to potlucks. We always have the ingredients in the house.


Almost any beer will do: expensive or cheap, domestic or import. But...try to stay away from beers like Heineken or Corona. They give the bread a strange flavor. I love using hefeweizens, and beers like Blue Moon Belgian White give the bread a wonderful taste. But, cheap domestics like Miller or Bud work and PBR makes a great bread. Ha! Today, I used the Miller Lite. The hubs wanted to actually drink his Deschutes. 

So, I said this recipe was easy right? To make it, you just dump all of the {bread} ingredients, (flour, sugar, beer) into a bowl and mix it up. The batter will be sticky and stiff, but it should pull right out of the bowl when you go to move it into the loaf pan.

Before you put the dough into the pan, make sure you grease it down very well. I like things to be easy when I'm in the kitchen, so I use Pam Olive Oil Spray. The baked loaf will fall right out of the pan and there is virtually no scraping to be done at clean up.


Now usually, before I pop this sucker into the oven, when I'm making regular beer bread, I melt a stick of butter and pour it all over the dough. It gives the crust a delicious golden, buttery crunch (that I'm totally drooling over as I type this). But...we're making crack bread, so we're saving the butter for later. Pop the pan into the oven @ 350° for 50 minutes. 

When it comes out, it should look like this. And...your house will smell amazing. 


Let it cool for about 15 minutes or so, depending on how long you have until you want to serve it. Then...apply the crack. Bacon. Cheese. Ranch. Butter. 

You need to chop the loaf into cubes first. I have found that it's easiest to put the loaf in a casserole dish and then cut. 


The crack part of this recipe consists of: melted butter with 1-2 tBsp of ranch dip mix/seasoning mixed in, 4-5 pieces of crumbled bacon, and 1/2-1 cup of shredded cheese. First, mix the butter and ranch (I only use about 1 & 1/2 Tsp's of ranch-I like a lot less than some people, but some of my friends prefer when I go a little heavy on the stuff,) and then pour evenly over the bread. Then layer the bacon and cheese evenly and garnish with chopped green onions if you'd like. I like it. Makes it pretty. Ha! 

Then pop it back in the oven for about 20 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Serve warm, and try to get a piece yourself before it disappears! 


Yaya! Now you're done. Crack Bread is BOMB. I wanted to take a really pretty photo of the bread on a little dish with some great lighting and maybe a nice cold one next to it...but the family swarmed in and started devouring the stuff...and then the neighbors trickled in and helped to finish it off. It was gone in less than fifteen minutes. 

I hope you'll try it out. I'm sure you'll love it. And just in case you want to add my favorite beer bread to recipe box as well, here's the basic recipe for you too. 


Feel free to download/right-click-save the recipe cards and print them out for your personal use. =)

And give me a shout if you try out the recipe!! I want to thank Danielle for having me today!
This was definitely a fun post to do. Love yer face! Xoxo




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7.27.2012

Christmas In July: Night Two

The Christmas In July MEGA-shopping Event
continues TONIGHT at 8pm EST! 

 {actually I'll starting posting around 7:30pm!}

-- There will be 20+ shops EACH NIGHT selling discounted items with FREE shipping!
-- You MUST be a fan of the Framed Frosting Facebook page to participate in the event!
-- You MUST have a PayPal account in order to purchase shop items.


Here's How It Works:

1) Head on over to my Facebook page at 8pm EST. There will be instructions posted on how to claim/purchase your items. Also, feel free to comment if you have any questions!

2) A new shop item will be posted every couple of minutes, so be sure to refresh your page often! If you see an item you'd like to buy just comment on the photo with your PayPal email address. Also be sure that if there are different color choices, name choices, etc that you list those too!

3) There will be a select quantity of each item available. So that means if you want it, be quick to comment with your e-mail or the deal might become full and you'll lose your chance to buy!!

4) The MEGA-shopping event will be run in this fashion with about 20 shop items posted each night. Then over the weekend, shops will be sending out your invoices for the items you purchased!


Shops for TONIGHT (Friday, July 27th):

JEWELRY:
The Posh Daisy
Sassy Lemonade
Acute Designs
Bagatelle Designs
The Happy Times
Sparkling Waters Studio 
Mimi Baby Boutique
Always Faith

HAIR ACCESSORIES & FASHION:
Knotieties 
The Rogue Baby
Purse and Clutch
Eisley Rae
 
BLOG DESIGN: 
Royal Daughter Designs  
Texas Love Birds {blog planners}

ART & PRINTS:
Thumbprint Designs
Parada Creations
Kim's Knits & Pics
Dragonflight Dreams

OTHER:
Tookies Delectables
Our Reflection {burlap banners}
The Nook Store {handwrapped yarn letters}

Hope to see you tonight & Happy Shopping!!

Also, sign up here to receive the CIJ coupon e-mail which will go out on Monday! 

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