Posts from February 2012

A handbag can make a difference!!!

Handbags for Hope
Collection dates: February 28 th – March 19 th 2012
Drop off locations: Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Each spring the Project partners with Travis County Sheriff’s Office to collect new or gently used handbag donations from the community. Each purse is carefully cleaned and outfitted with agency brochures and a discreet H4H hotline purse label. The processed bags are delivered to shelters across the state in time for Mother’s Day so that resident children may select a special gift for their moms.


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Here's Your 2012 Oscar Ballot!!

It's Academy Award time, one of my favorite times of the year!!   If you are planning a fun party or just going to hang out with a few friends here is a printable Oscar Ballot for you!  It's one of my favorites from Movie Phone. Get it here!! 

"The Artist" is the odds on favorite to win Best Picture this year, but as you know, anything can happen!! 

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Butterfinger Cupcake Break...

Butterfingers + Cake= BIG TIME YUMMY!!  Maybe a couple more work out hours, but totally worth it!

Butterfinger Cupcakes

1 box Devil's Food Cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake
 1 can fudge frosting
 3 (3.7-oz.) King Size Butterfingers
 4 cups chocolate chips
 6 tablespoons canola oil

Quick Buttercream Frosting
 18 tablespoons butter, softened
 6 tablespoons milk
 1 tablespoon vanilla
 6 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Prepare cupcakes according to directions on cake mix package. Let cupcakes cool completely.

Using a sharp knife, cut a circle out on top of the cupcake. Make your cut go about halfway into the cupcake. Remove the cake chunk and fill the hole with fudge frosting (I used two spoons to scoop the frosting into the hole). Invert the cupcake chunk on top of the fudge frosting -- you want the extra cake to be sticking up.

Prepare the buttercream frosting: Mix together all the ingredients and beat on medium for three minutes, until fluffy. Transfer frosting into a piping bag and pipe frosting on top of the cupcakes, covering the cake chunk. Let the frosting set up for 30 minutes.

While the frosting is setting up, crush the Butterfingers in the food processor until completely pulverized.

Combine chocolate chips and oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for one minute. Stir and continue to heat at 30 second intervals until completely melted. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before using. (You might want to do this in two batches so the chocolate doesn't harden while you dip the cupcakes.)

Dip the frosted cupcakes into the chocolate -- I used a spoon to hold the frosting into place to make sure it didn't fall off the cupcake. Immediately coat the cupcake with the pulverized Butterfingers -- just smash it all over the chocolate. Repeat until all cupcakes are dipped and covered.

Refrigerate approximately 1 hour to allow the chocolate to set up.



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NIGHTY NIGHT: Tips For Getting Yourself To Go To Bed On Time

Working so early in the Morning, I'm always looking for great ideas . . .
Getting to bed at a decent time every night sounds like such a simple thing, but for many people, it's a huge challenge -- and causes huge problems each day.
It's hard to argue that getting quality sleep is vital to happiness and energy.
So, if you want to get more sleep, but have a hard time getting yourself to actually turn out the light, try these strategies:
  • Get Specific -- Give yourself a specific bedtime. Since most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night, just pick your wake-up time and do the math.
  • Ignore Your Body -- These days, it's way too easy to stay busy into the night. So, don't wait until you feel sleepy to start getting ready for bed. Instead, let your brain (and common sense) dictate when you go to bed.
  • Shut It Down -- Stay away from the Internet for at least an hour before your bedtime. Television, too. Both are very stimulating and can stop your brain from winding down.
  • Get Ready Early -- Take out your contacts, brush your teeth and get changed way before you get too tired.
  • Create a Ritual -- Do the exact same things at the same time every night. It won't take long for your body to understand that you mean business.
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A Few Of My Favorite Things

I hope you had a great weekend!!  Whether it  was a 2 day or 3 day , weekends are always a great way to relax and enjoy what life has to offer!!  Here are a few of my favorite things from this past week and weekend!!

Another beautiful sunrise from the Majic studio windows!!


The fabulous Gucci Fiat on display outside of Saks Fifth Avenue in the Arboretum.


My favorite flowers , hydrangeas , from my lovely daughter Katie, just because!!


Last nights colorful sunset from my porch!!
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Delilah off-air.. mother.. farmer.. hair stylist...

Delilah spreads the Love on MAJIC  7-midnight M-Sun! When she's not on-air, she keeps big time busy off-air!
Check out Delilah's chat here!  Besides being 'The Queen of Sappy Love Songs', she's also 'Wonder Woman' with all the hats she wears in her life, enjoying every moment of it!


"When I see people wasting their hours doing nothing productive, nothing to contribute to the world, nothing to build relationships, it makes me sad," she says. "Actually, it makes me mad. I want to scream: 'Wake up!' "Someone should be on your heart tonight.


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Mother Nature's Valentine...

Happy Valentine's Day...
Click the photo to find lots of 'Heart Cloud' love from Mama Nature...


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How much will you spend for Valentine's Day?

Think you'll spend moreor less  than last years' averag for a nice dinner- $116! Click the list above for more V-Day spending fun!

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A Few Of My Favorite Things!!

 I was so excited when I found out that the Jason Wu collection at Target was going on sale on Super Bowl Sunday!!  I don't work Sunday mornings , so I knew I could stand in line and hopefully pick up a few pieces I've had my eye on before they were gone!!  My friend Nikki and I stood in line for only a half hour, but with temps in the upper 30's it seemed a whole lot longer.!!  With about 25 minutes to go the manager of the store came out to lecture us on store etiquette, she was a bit scarred from the Missoni incident this past summer!!  Finally we were let in ,10 at a time , but Nikki and I were at the front of the line and we got everything we wanted!!   No chaos whatsover, everyone was nice too!!  I was able to score the cute cat bag to tote my laptop and a great yellow top that is just so versatile!!  

I love pancakes and don't eat them too often, but when I found this recipe I had to try them and share it with you!!  Perfect to make on Sunday mornings!!

Get the recipe here!!

Growing up in Michigan I never had much success with succulents!!  In Austin it's a different story and the warm winter temperatures have been good to mine!!  This is one of my favorites!!

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