Death by Chocolate


Let me begin by saying that this recipe isn’t vegan (although I’m sure we could figure out how to alter the ingredients to make it so), or healthy, or sugar free, or fat free, or from scratch, or anything like that…but, it’s damn good none the less!

1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker or whatever you like will do)
1 box chocolate pudding mix
1 tub of whip cream (Cool Whip or whatever you like will work)
1 bag of Heath Toffee Bits (you can find these on the baking isle in most grocery stores)

Make the chocolate cake mix, per the instructions on the box, (or you can always make yours from scratch, if you’re feeling ambitious), set aside, & let the cake cool completely before assembling. Make the pudding mix, per the instructions on the box (again, you can always make yours from scratch, if you like) & set aside. For the whip cream in this recipe, you can use Cool Whip or make your whip cream from scratch & set aside.

Using a round, glass trifle bowl (this works best, for presentation purposes – it’s fun to see all the layers) layer the ingredients twice in this order:
1. Use half of the chocolate cake to make a layer on the bottom (don’t worry about breaking your cake up, just fit half of it in however you can on the bottom of the bowl).
2. Then layer half of the chocolate pudding mix (spread over the layer of chocolate cake already in the bowl).
3. Then layer half the whip cream (spread over the layer of chocolate pudding already in the bowl).
4. Finally, add a layer of toffee bits sprinkled on top of the whip cream.
5. Repeat the steps above once more, for a total of two layers.

This isn’t fancy at all & takes almost no time to make (especially if you use the box mixes), but it looks pretty & is delicious to eat; enjoy a slow, blissful descent into chocolate, coma-inducing oblivion!!!


by Valerie | 12.25.09 | Recipes | 1 Comment »

Puppy Love

What’s better over the Christmas holidays than enjoying some puppy love!?!

Puppy Love


by Valerie | 12.22.09 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »

Happy Hanukkah!


Happy Hanukkah!!! Here are a couple of fun Hanukkah songs I just couldn’t pass up sharing…

by Valerie | 12.18.09 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Lil’ Red



Ryan & I exchanged gifts early for Christmas & had a nice Chrismukkah (Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!) last night, since we’re traveling to El Paso to spend the holidays with our parents there. My sweetie is the best at buying me gifts too, I have to say; he got me some really great stuff & put a lot of thought into each gift.

He gave me an adorable red coat, which I’ve been wanting for about two years now & have nicknamed “Lil’ Red”, from Orchid Lane; some really great grey, cashmere gloves from freehands (pictured below) that the tips of the thumb & index finger come off of so that you can text & answer your phone & still keep the rest of your hands warm; a cool, purple scarf from Heavenly Metal; a necklace that he bought for me at the Shadow Art Fair; & Zzang candy bars (one of my faves!). Thanks to my sweetie, I will be not only warm & cozy, but also very stylish this winter!


by Valerie | 12.16.09 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »

Family Ties


Family & friends are so very important to me; without them, I would live a very sad & lonely life. I count myself lucky that I treasure the memories I have of growing up & spending time with my grandparents & relatives as a child.

I had a special bond with one of my grandparents in particular – my grandmother on my Dad’s side; her name was Mozelle & we called her “Mema” & it always seemed to suit her! She & my granddaddy were married almost 64 years, when she passed away three years ago this month. I think of her often & can’t say enough good things about her.

To list just a few things about her, she was a beautician in Abilene, TX for 30 years, she loved word search puzzles, she made a mean homemade pie, & she was full of spunk her whole life – which I could never get enough of! One word that I love to use to describe my Mema is sassy & I just loved that about her; she was always so much fun & never made me feel anything short of infinitely loved.

Mema would drive us (my cousin Trina, my little brother Clint, & I) through town & when she went under the overpasses she would honk the horn as loud as she could, we’d roll down the windows & scream as loud as we could, & then we’d all giggle. She bought me my first Cabbage Patch Kid doll, & you probably remember what a big deal those were! Our school art projects would hang on her bedroom wall or be proudly displayed on her dresser for years; she was always so proud of us. She had no qualms telling me, in the sincerest way possible, that if someone were really mean to me or hurt my feelings then they were being “a horse’s rear”. When I went off to college, she knit me a throw blanket & would send me on my way with care packages full of goodies & sweets every time I stopped by their house.

When she passed away, I found a pile of letters she’d saved in a sewing basket & one of them was from me when I was 5 years old. She was my cheerleader, my friend, my family – she was the best grandmother a girl could have & not a day goes by that I don’t miss her & count myself lucky to have had her in my life!

by Valerie | 12.09.09 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

An Audience for Innocence

A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s no secret that I’m crazy about the holidays; I am full of Christmas cheer & love getting into the spirit of the season…spending time with family & friends, warm fires (if you’re lucky enough to have one of these), cozy sweaters, snow falling outside (depending on where you live, of course), lots of yummy treats, taking time to relax & celebrate, looking back on the past & looking forward to the new year, etc.

One thing that I really enjoy is watching holiday movies – you know, to help with the Christmas cheer & all; there are lots of great ones out there, in my opinion, & one of my favorites is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I think it helps us to feel like kids again, which you have to love, & I came across this beautiful quote by Charles Schulz himself – he said, “There will always be an audience for innocence in this country.” So, here’s to capturing a little childhood innocence of our own this holiday season, no matter what our age might be!

Here’s one of my favorite clips from the movie…

(Photo above from Entertainment Blogs)

by Valerie | 12.08.09 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 2 Comments »

Deck the Halls, Part 2


I love to decorate the house for the holidays; it’s always my favorite time of year & I love to come home to cheery holiday lights, a Christmas tree all done up with ornaments & lights, garland, mistletoe, & potted poinsettias. When it’s cold outside, coming home to a warm house filled with lights & color feels extra nice!



by Valerie | 12.06.09 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze | 1 Comment »



I picked up my new glasses (pictured above) today at SEE here in town on State Street & I love them; I even treated myself to a pair of prescription sunglasses!

The staff were great, the store is cute, & the glasses were a lot of fun to look at & try on. They run limited productions of their eyewear & once they sell out of one style, they bring in new ones. If you’re in the market for a pair of specs, I highly recommend checking this place out!


by Valerie | 12.03.09 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

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