Guinness Chocolate Cake!

imageWe LOVE chocolate cake!  I’ve been meaning to make this one for years now.  It’s the kind of thing you usually see around St. Patrick’s Day, but I recently went to a going away party for a beer loving friend, so I carpe‘d that diem and went all out with this Guinness-chocolate delight.  It’s so, SO good, you guys.  And it’s so easy (deceptively so, considering its beauty and deliciousness) that I’m going to make this my go-to chocolate cake recipe from now on. I legitimately love it so much I might even marry it. Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

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DIY Beer Flight Board Tutorial

We LOVE this beer flight board!

Recently, I threw my hubs a fabulous beer themed party for his 40th birthday.  In my extensive research to make the party (and beer tasting) seem as authentic as possible, I stumbled upon this DIY idea for a beer flight board.  I know what you’re going to say, “I could buy a beer flight board for less than it will cost me to find those materials!!!”  Hubs says the same thing.  Every. Time. I. Think. About. A. DIY. Project.  (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating…he loves that I DIY my way through life, but if it’s going to be more expensive to accumulate the materials + a bunch of time…he’s out & he’d probably prefer that i’m out too.)  In some cases, he has a valid point, but the truth is, I LOVE trying out new craft categories and wood-working is no exception!

Let me stop you right there.  I am no carpenter.  In most cases I would have shied away from picking up a power tool, but because the details of the “beer-themed” birthday were a surprise, I had to take my first step toward using a power tool and I am glad I did!

The original post gives an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to make a beautiful beer flight paddle but because it was my first time doing anything like this, I ran into a few snags, which I want to share with you here so you can avoid them.  I also changed the original design to give mine a more “personal” feel.

Read on for my adapted tutorial.

-Jen

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