Friday, February 27, 2009

Recipe courtesy of guest chef Erin Carey - Chocolate Madness!

Chocolate Madness!
1 lb dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 lb unsalted butter
1 C. sugar
1 C. heavy cream
8 eggs

Combine cream, sugar, and butter in a sauce pan over a medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, remove from heat and add chocolate. Stir until melted. Whisk in one egg at a time, do not add too fast! Pour into a 9 in" greased pan and bake at 325 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Test with a toothpick about 2 in" from center. Keep at room temperature until cool to the touch, then refrigerate at least 3 hours to overnight.

Chocolate Glaze
8 oz. dark chocolate
4 oz. butter

Melt butter and pour over chocolate cover and let stand a couple minutes then whisk till smooth.Remove cake from the pan and slowly pour glaze over cake to coat, use a spatula to create an even glaze. Leave at room temperature until glaze is set. Serve with vanilla sauce or raspberry sauce or whipped cream.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Helpful Household Hints!

I love when I stumble across helpful household hints that I can really put to use, and so, I am sharing a few of my favorites with you today!

1. Removing Permanent Marker - Permanent marker on appliances and counter tops can be removed with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. Easy as that!

2. Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

3. Fresh Smelling Clothes - Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linens too!

4. Cleaning Artificial Flowers - To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake, and the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!

5. Removing Burnt on Food From a Pan - To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop. Wipe clean and rinse with water. What a pan saver!

Hope you find these helpful! Feel free to leave comments with your great tips and stay tuned for more to come!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Camden's Winterfest in Review

This year was the 7th annual Winterfest held in Camden's Harbor Park, and the event grows each year! With ice carvings, sled rides, winter crafts and more, their were events to appeal to the whole family. With the weather this year, the snow and ice were abundant and melting was not a concern! Use the link below to visit out local website called Village Soup for the full story on this and other local events!