Friday, June 26, 2009

I like to be on top!

No, that's not what I meant! Get your mind out of the gutter already! LOL!

There's a new website, which ranks an individuals Art Fire store into the "top 100" simply by the amount of traffic received by clicking on it's link.

There's no "prize" and no real "winner" (except just the fun of being at the top of the list), but for those of you reading this blog post -- and I know that's less than a hand full -- if you don't mind, could you please click on this link, find my Fo-Shizzle Design Studios banner and click on it? I would be most appreciative if you did.

If you are signed up for this, I will most gladly do the same in return, just let me know.

Thanks, and don't forget to click, enter, and click on my banner!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Banana Chocolate Chunk Bread

My husband is a fan of all things chocolate (gotta love him!). He despises anything green that resembles a fruit or vegetable, unless of course it's hidden among other foods (that have a chocolate taste, of course!).

I recently made a banana bread with chocolate chunks that he absolutely loves, and thought I'd share the recipe with you.


2 C. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
4 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, broken into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a non-stick bread loaf pan lightly with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In mixer at medium-high speed, cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs until light and fluffy.
Add mashed ripe bananas and mix on low until well blended.
Stir in flour mixture just until moistened. Add chocolate chunks and stir until well blended.

Pour into loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Slice and serve warm, or let cool completely.


Friday, June 12, 2009

HUGE bead giveaway!

Silver Parrot Designs is having an awesome bead giveaway that ends TONIGHT! I would love to win this! There's some fantastic stuff there!

Anyway, get on over there and post your "linky love" before midnight tonight!

Finger crossed!

Damian, 2 months old

I adore my grandson! He's 2 months old now. He's starting to make the cutest sounds and gurgles, becoming more aware of his own voice.

Here's a quick video my daughter took. She did it on her cell phone (which is why it's so "digitized"), but in between my daughters noises, you can hear Damian.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

June Giveaway!

Last month, we gave away 31 pairs of freshwater pearl and sterling silver earrings (one pair each day throughout the month of May) during our "May Madness" event!

This month's giveaway is a "Summer Cha-Cha" bracelet, filled with pastel colored glass pearls and set on a sturdy silver plated bracelet chain.

To enter our monthly giveaway, simply visit and click on the "Win FREE Jewelry" link on the left side of any page.

If you have previously entered one of our giveaways and are a current subscriber to our newsletter, you are AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED into the drawing, however you may increase your chances of obtaining free jewelry from the Fo-Shizzle Design Studios by having your friends and family sign up for our newsletter! Simply ask them to place your first and last name and your e-mail address in the "referred by" area of the form. The person who refers the MOST people during the month of June will receive a custom one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry from the Fo-Shizzle Design Studios!

So, sign-up for our newsletter, tell all your friends and family to do the same...and good luck!

~ Mzz Thang