Black bottom cupcakes

cream cheese and chocolate blackbottom cupcakes
blackbottom cupcakes made from scratch
Blackbottom Cupcakes that are moist and delicious

These black bottom cupcakes are a dangerously delicious favorite to everyone all year long. The middle of these are moist and delicious of a mixture of cream cheese and mini-chocolate chips

This quick and easy recipe to make for potlucks, after dinner snacks or whatever your need may be. You won’t be sorry to make these.

During a recent recipe share on Instagram, I felt like sharing this fabulous recipe that I have been making for over 25 years, and is a family, friends and co-workers favorite. Making these are super fast and easy, just be sure the cream cheese is softened prior to mixing them together.

blackbottom cupcakes made from scratch
Black bottom Cupcakes that are moist and delicious

Every bite is just so good and just having one is never enough.

blackbottom cupcakes made from scratch
Yield: 21-24

Black bottom Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Moist and delicious Black bottom Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg cream cheese, 8oz, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 TBL apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Heat oven to 350ºF.

line muffin pan paper cups or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/8 tsp salt. Mix until light and fluffy. Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt. Make a well in the center and add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir together until well blended. Fill muffin tins 1/3 full with batter and top with a dollop of cream cheese mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes

Notes

This quick and easy recipe to make for potlucks, after dinner snacks or whatever your need may be. You won't be sorry to make these. Below are a few items that I used in making this recipe.

New Orleans experience

New Orleans Experience

by guest Cheri Payne

A New Orleans Experience written by guest writer: Cherie Payne

A few years back, my husband and I booked a trip to New Orleans. He had been in the past for business, I had always wanted to go to the town nicknamed ‘The Big Easy’ resting on the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartin. We landed on a muggy fall afternoon, made our way out of the airport and hailed a cab. The humid warm air was much heavier than I was use to. Once outside you could see the thunder clouds in the distance rolling in. I love a good storm! By the time we made it into downtown it was clear the storm was heading our  direction.

We checked in, dropped our bags off in our hotel room and quickly ran back downstairs to storm watch. The rain had just started and thunder roared over the city, clapping so viciously you could feel the storms energy. This was my place, I was captivated. How can city slam into your soul so energetically? We spent a week on our first trip of now any together in New Orleans. The longer we were there the more enamored we became. We were attracted to the City of New  Orleans history, architecture and resilience.

A massive tourist destination, with locals working and playing contently alongside visitors from all over the world. It makes it very easy to lose yourself here. The French Quarter can’t be missed. I urge you  to explore outside of it. City Park is beautiful, and you can easily spend a day wandering. The market is another don’t miss. Grab a picnic lunch and some beignets, get on the streetcar and head out. Explore Magazine Street and the Garden District.

The St. Charles Streetcar through the Garden District to Audubon Park is mesmerizing. Walk the park till you reach Magazine Street and walk back towards downtown along Magazine. Many fabulous boutiques and independent shops, restaurants and street artists. There is so much to see and explore in this  unique historical town. I have met a few people that have said they would never go back. Some can’t see past the dirt and smells. Some even say the French quarter is vulgar. I say, yes  the city is not sparkly, it is no Disneyland.

The French Quarter is more than just Bourbon Street! The rest of the quarter is full of antique stores, boutiques and restaurants. New Orleans is a 300-year-old city with historical buildings scattered randomly throughout that have been able to withstand the tests of time the city has endured. Surviving hurricanes, fires, humidity, sinking foundations and content tourism, especially during the famous Mardi Gras in February. Allow all the history and hardship speak to you when you take in this beautiful city full of folklore and mystery. Wander the streets with an open mind and heart, and appreciate the resilience, and unique culture it has to offer. The Big Easy might sweep you off your feet and get into your soul, if not you can always count on lots of fun.

how to set and decorate a Vintage fall tablescape

Simple ways on how to set a beautiful fall tablescape on your dining room table.

Hello and welcome to the Skinny Table Runner Blog Hop hosted by Diane from South House Designs. If you’re visiting from Barbara at Mantel and Table, or if you just happened to stop by, I’m so glad you’re here!

got a BEAUTIFUL handmade Burlap Skinny Table runner, shown in the above picture from Diane at
South House Design.

I got 2 and split them between my centerpiece to lengthen the table and under the end place settings. The nice thing about this runner, each time you wash it, it becomes more of an aged look, and with the fringe ends and the sewn long sides, the character just gets better and better. I highly recommend getting these runners to decorate your space.

setting a fall tablescape with vintage items.

Are you thinking about how you are going to be decorating your table for fall dinner and Thanksgiving? I have been thinking for a while on how I was planning to makeover my dining room table, and then the idea came to mind quickly.

Welcome to my blog. I am a newbie and learning as I go, but you know, taking beautiful pictures and writing is relaxing (except the small neighbor dog that BARKS AND BARKS AND BARKS). I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, once of the most UPPER and Northwest towns you can go within Washington State. You will find me mostly in my garage (my shop) with my laser machine, or designing/making/painting signs. I have products listed in the blog, if you are up to checking out some finds. https://pnwfarmhousedesignco.com/shop/

Finding elements that help dress the table

I recently fell in love with White and Brown Vintage transfer plates, and when I contacted my friend Tonya, she is a collector of many vintage items, and she was happy to lend me some items for my tablescape decorating.

I got a BEAUTIFUL handmade Burlap Skinny Table runner, shown in the above picture from Diane at https://southhousedesigns.com/products/skinny-table-runners/.

I got 2 and split them between my centerpiece to lengthen the table and under the end place settings. The nice thing about this runner, each time you wash it, it becomes more of an aged look, and with the fringe ends and the sewn long sides, the character just gets better and better. I highly recommend getting these runners to decorate your space.

I found a few years ago at a restaurant, they use their used Alcohol bottles(bourbon, brandy, etc) as personal water refill bottles on the table, so I asked friends that when they were done with their bottle to recycle them to me. Yay! My guests love them.

Now, the vintage bread board is from my friend Kate in Waco, TX, she has a shop next to the Silos. I got some ‘faux’ cheese and ‘faux’ break to set out as a filler on the table.

The Skinny Table Runner Blog Hop continues with Diane at South House Designs. You can find links to all the inspiring skinny table runner styling below!
Don’t forget to have a link to order my runners: Washed Linen Skinny Table Runner – South House Designs

https://southhousedesigns.com/products/skinny-table-runners/

Barbara Diane Katrina Darla
Mantel and Table South House Designs PNW Farmhouse Design Co Vintage Joyce Marie

No Sew Diy Boho americana flag

no sew DIY boho americana flag
no sew DIY boho americana flag

No sew DIY BOHO Americana Flag

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: easy

Guide to creating your own Flag. A fun no sew diy Boho Americana Flag instructions by PNWFarmhouseDesignCo. A beautiful decor piece for Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Customize the ribbons/materials to fit the look you visualize.

Instructions

I started off measuring how large I want the whole project to be. When I started, first I had purchased fabric that had the stars on it already and cut the 50 stars out.... after assembling the whole flag, I found the material was TOO small for the size of my flag.

First, paint the 3 foot wood dowel so it can be dry to adhere your fabric to it.

Next, I took a blank navy blue canvas material, and cut it to 15" by 23" giving an inch at the top to adhere to the dowel. Once material is cut, I adhered the vinyl stencil of the 50 stars that I designed and cut. If you do not have a vinyl cutter, you can order from me the vinyl stencil that I have designed to fit the 15" x 23" cut material, link in the material list.

Take the fabric paint and sponge brush applicator and dab the white fabric paint to the stars. Once dry, you can peel off the stencil.

You can, at this point glue (or you can sew if you choose to) rick rack trim around the stars/blue fabric. Glue the stars portion onto the wood dowel.

Next, I went and cut strips of red & white ribbons and material to 52 inch strips.

Lay down everything as you go, so you can visualize and plan your flag and how you want the different fabrics and ribbons to look. I personally liked a lot of white sheer fabric and layered the ribbons on top.

Once you have it how you like it, start gluing this baby up! Glue the sheer first, then the ribbons. I like to glue it all about an inch to hide the freyed ends behind the dowel, so when it's hanging/ displayed, the top will look clean. Totally your choice.

Finally, once this is all glued on, I would cut the rope to the desired length and staple gun it to each end of the dowel. Option, you can drill holes on the top of each end and place rope through and make a knot big enough to support the dowel.

Hang it and enjoy this beautiful wall decor.

*Pin the image to your craft, Memorial day or Fourth of July boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest.

Notes

*disclosure, but sure not to hang this anywhere near a flame and this would be very flammable.

*This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link! *

How-to
No sew DIY BOHO Americana Flag

First, paint the 3 foot wood dowel so it can be dry to adhere your fabric to it.

Assembly

Making this No sew DIY BOHO Americana Flag, I started off measuring how large I want the whole project to be. When I started, first I had purchased fabric that had the stars on it already and cut the 50 stars out…. after assembling the whole flag, I found the material was TOO small for the size of my flag.

Stencil & painting stars

Next, I took a blank navy blue canvas material, and cut it to 15″ by 23″ giving an inch at the top to adhere to the dowel. Once material is cut, I adhered the vinyl stencil of the 50 stars that I designed and cut. If you do not have a vinyl cutter, you can order from me the vinyl stencil that I have designed to fit the 15″ x 23″ cut material.

Purchase here https://www.etsy.com/listing/822037365/50-stars-stencil-one-time-use-to-be-used?ref=shop_home_active_2&frs=1

Take the fabric paint and sponge brush applicator and dab the white fabric paint to the stars. Once dry, you can peel off the stencil.

You can, at this point glue (or you can sew if you choose to) rick rack trim around the stars/blue fabric. Glue the stars portion onto the wood dowel.

Making the stripes with material

Next, I went and cut strips of red & white ribbons and material to 52 inch strips.

Laying out the design

Lay down everything as you go, so you can visualize and plan your flag and how you want the different fabrics and ribbons to look. I personally liked a lot of white sheer fabric and layered the ribbons on top.

Once you have it how you like it, start gluing this baby up! Glue the sheer first, then the ribbons. I like to glue it all about an inch to hide the frayed ends behind the dowel, so when it’s hanging/ displayed, the top will look clean. Totally your choice.

Lay out your fabric
Hanging on a dowel

Finally, once this is all glued on, I would cut the rope to the desired length and staple gun it to each end of the dowel. Option, you can drill holes on the top of each end and place rope through and make a knot big enough to support the dowel.

Display for all her Glory

Hang it and enjoy this beautiful wall decor.

no sew DIY boho americana flag
No sew DIY boho americana flag

*Pin the image to your craft, Memorial day or Fourth of July boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest.

Packing for Travel


PACKING FOR TRAVEL

Who here tends to over-pack? ME! I know I do. I even have notes that remind me NOT to over-pack. As a result, I went ahead and purchased a few gadgets to help me pack and not have to take extra bags. My over thinking brain of what I ‘might’ need, needs a new process of plan ahead with outfits and go with the glow mentality. Over packing stresses me out and not bringing something stresses me out too.

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How many subscriptions are you paying for that you’ve forgotten about?

I just realized why I am so broke (just kidding), but in all seriousness. Have you looked at all the auto deductions that we have taken off our credit cards or checking accounts. WOWZERS. Last summer I left my full-time job to manage our home/family and to start focusing on blogging and my home business in making signs.. and started to look over the auto deductions… ummm. It wasn’t fair to my husband that I had these items coming to me and he works so hard. I do enjoy my @Amazon deliveries and no I do not need that monthly subscription of perfume, or that streaming subscription. Man does that really add up. Let’s break down a SAMPLE of what sort of items that a typical female or family may have monthly deducted.

  • $20 Stitch Fix, if you purchase something the $20 goes towards your purchases
  • $21 Rocksbox, jewelry rental, the monthly can go towards if you purchase an item
  • $14.95 Scentbird, you get a list of purse size spritzers to try. 
  • $49.99 fabfitfun, cheaper if you do the annual subscription box
  • $10.86 Xbox, monthly gaming subscription for kids to be on the X-box and play games
  • $10 Ring (camera/security system)

That is over $125 a month.

This list can go on and on.  I just added up and was like, uh…..  so removed, unsubscribe I went.   It honestly felt so freeing to cancel so many I was subscribed to.  And now I get more enjoyment out of the ones I really want – such as that Annual @FabFitFun subscription.  @FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box, meaning you’ll only receive it four times a year. Each box contains $200+ worth of goodies from skincare, makeup, home, fitness, fashion, and more – all hand-picked by the FabFitFun team!  

This society have such an impulsive mindset these days with social media and the click here, shop now options and all our credit cards are all saved so there is no stop and grabbing that credit card, taking the time to enter all the data so by the time it comes to ‘checkout’ you may think in that time span, what am I doing? I do not need this, I have a trip coming up I am saving for, or my kids have school clothes they need or new shoes…. 

My goal for 2020 is to really be mindful of what I purchase. 

What are things that have helped you be more mindful of purchases?

Please share below in the comments.  Don’t forget to share this on either Pinterest or your social media.  More people will need this epiphany too.

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