Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dig Under Rocks Blog Has Moved!

Dig Under Rocks blog has moved! Check out the new and super exciting site and format over at Dig Under Rocks.  Drop me a line and tell me what you think once you get over there! Thank you so much for reading and checking in on the blog. I hope you'll like the new features too!  See you on the otherside!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

2012.. Changes Ahead! Sneak Peak!

I just wanted to share a sneak peak of what's been in the works... I've been taking a break from posts to put together a new site.. something that is going to tie a lot of my worlds together. I have the blog, my design work at Mattel, the jewelry I was selling on etsy.. and my professional portfolio site.. Somethings.. like mostly the current work I do at Mattel and for Barbie.. I can not share. It's top secret :)  However, when I started working here I started with designs for 2012... so.. designs should start hitting the market now. That.. I can share! I also can't wait to see it in stores! I've created a new blog, inspiration pin board and a bit of professional portfolio tid bits all in one. I am really excited to start posting directly from it and make it my primary link.. All posts from blogger are imported and this link will start redirecting soon.. More details very very soon! This is my first big project of 2012 and then all others should launch off of the new concept site! Yay!! Can't wait!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Cake Pops!

photo by: me

This weekend I took on the task of making cheesecake pops for my family, friends and co-workers.. instead of buying little gifts I just made a cheesecake, rolled it into balls.. and dipped, decorated and packaged.. soooo much easier than picking out little gifts! ha! It's a good thing I love baking and pretending I have my own little bake shop.. because it's a commitment- as I'm sure having your own bake shop is a major commitment..
So what's in the pops! This is the best part.. Bailey's Chocolate Chip Cheesecake!
They're kinda amazing and kinda like a cheesecake truffle.
The recipe goes like this...
  • 4 packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (room temp)
  • 1 c Bailey's Original Irish Cream
  • 1 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 bag mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 bag Oreo's (for crushing up later)
Preheat oven to 350º and start boiling some water. Use an electric mixer to blend all of the above (add the chips last and fold in). Wrap the bottom and up the sides a little of a spring form with foil. Place the spring form in a roasting pan and pour boiling hot water around (about 1 1/2" up the side of the spring form). Pour your cheesecake mixture into the spring form (there's no crust since we're making pops).
Bake about 1hr 30min (until center slightly jiggles)
Cool.. put in fridge for about 2 hours..
Crush up your Oreo's (just about the whole bag) and coat the rolled cheesecake balls in before freezing over night. scoop out balls (using two spoons because it's sticky)

For more tips.. check out my other post on Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops here..

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pantone 2012 Color of the Year! 17-1463 Tangerine Tango!

This is our year to shine, fellow Syracuse Orangemen! Pantone announced the color of the year for 2012 and it is.... Tangerine Tango! So bust out your orange gear... There's so many ways to bring this warm color into your world in 2012. 17-1463 is about to rock your new year!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Foodie Friday... Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops!

I'm doing an early Foodie Friday today since we're about to start a long holiday weekend! yay! Last weekend I made Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops for our work Thanksgiving pot luck. This was my second attempt at cake pops.. I did my homework and googled for blogs and watched some You Tube videos to get an idea of how this works. Basically, make a cake (or cheesecake), let it cool, break it up into a bowl (add icing for cake version), then make balls, add sticks and dip. Sounds easy enough? Not so much.. So my tips and tricks for you from my findings....
  • Freeze the balls for hours or overnight (and freeze remaining finished pops)
  • Use a double boiler method for chocolate if no microwave (like me)
  • Thin the chocolate with about a tablespoon of oil
  • Dip tip of stick into chocolate and then into frozen ball
  • Tap wrist to get excess chocolate off in dipping process
  • Grab a styrofoam block from Micheal's to let pops cool and harden in after dipping
  • Cheesecake balls are less sweet than cake/icing balls
  • Refrigerate cheesecake for at least 1 hour before making balls
  • Roll cheesecake balls in finely crushed graham crackers (it'll help with the stickiness & add to taste)
  • Consider less icing than the whole container- try 1/2 to 3/4 (for the cake version)
  • Don't roll your balls too big they'll be too heavy on the sticks
  • Sprinkle toppings on rather than rolling
  • The whole process works best over a few days
Hope those findings help! I bought the little bags, ribbon and sticks at Micheal's.. this made for a pro presentation and easy serving for a work party.. I also only used 1/2 the cheesecake for the party.
  • 1 Cheesecake made about 65 balls
Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe..
  • 4 packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (room temp)
  • 1 can Libby's Pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 clove
  • 1/2 ginger
  • 1/4 nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
Preheat oven to 350º and start boiling some water. Use an electric mixer to blend all of the above. Wrap the bottom and up the sides a little of a spring form with foil. Place the spring form in a roasting pan and pour boiling hot water around (about 1 1/2" up the side of the spring form). Pour your cheesecake mixture into the spring form (there's no crust since we're making pops).
Bake about 1hr 30min (until center slightly jiggles)

Have fun!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Foodie Friday.. Trick or Treat




 Every Friday this month and into November we have "Pumpkin Fest 2011" at the office.. Everyone brings in something pumpkin or festive. I've been wanting to make cake pops and decorate them like jack-o-lanterns.. I'd use pumpkin spiced cake mix. Since we have our festivities at 9am.. I'm thinking I may do pumpkin scones. However, with it being Halloween weekend next week.. I think I need to do the pumpkin pops. So excited! We'll have scones in November.
Happy Weekend!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Looks Like....

Burlington, VT
Los Feliz, Los Angeles
Apple Cider Donut in Burlington, VT
Los Feliz, Los Angeles

 I absolutely LOVE fall... I love October 1st thru January 1st. However, since moving to LA I have greatly missed the true special and amazing things that make this time of year so wonderful. I search for it.. and force pumpkin spiced lattes when it's 80 degrees and sunny... just not even close to the same. I try to travel out to Burlington, VT in October.. this year I couldn't.. to get my fix. The photos above from VT I took while I was there in 2009. The photos of my neighborhood, Los Feliz here in LA, I took this past weekend... ahhh.... chimneys, leaves, pumpkins, hot apple cider, boots, scarves and jackets... I miss all of it so much. Take it all in for my, will ya?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Decorate Your Technology from Designer... Jenean Morrison

I just picked up the new IPhone 4S... so since upgrading from my white 3G.. I now can shop all the great cases out there! And there are a ton to pick from! For print and pattern lovers, like me... This is a very important decision. I just spotted these from Jenean Morrison on Society 6. Check out all of her great patterns.. the colors are so pretty.

It's been so long since I've blogged!!! Life has been busy! Which is good... not too much exciting things happening.. just busy. I love blogging and hate that it got away from me. I've been posting lots of photos on Instagram, which I'd like to share here too.. So hopefully I'll get a post together soon to put up some color and design inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog today!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Johnny Cupcakes Playing Cards!

If you love the bold graphics of Johnny Cupcakes... and the detailed design of playing cards.. or happen to be a poker degen like me.. Check out these cool designs. I've been thinking about designing my own set so when I saw these I got even more excited about the possibilities!