DIY // Figurine Cake Dome

March 28, 2014

DIY figurine cake dome with supplies from homeDIY figurine cake dome with supplies from home

Okay yes, technically this is bunny themed since Easter is the next major thing on the calendar, but you can make this DIY for any occasion. Even better, you can probably make this entire project with things you already have! That’s right, all this project consists of is a regular house bowl, dinner plate, and a plastic figurine with a little spray paint on it!

I think this DIY figurine cake dome would be super cute with a heart or piece of cake on top, don’t you? I’d love to see what you all make so be sure to share! Here’s how to make your own-

Materials:

  • Dinner plate
  • House bowl (preferably flat bottomed)
  • E-6000 or super glue
  • Spray paint
  • Plastic figurine (optional)
  • Cookies (not optional)

DIY figurine cake dome with supplies from home

Try to use a plate that already matches the color scheme, which in this case is white, so that you don’t have to paint it so that it still remains food and dishwasher safe.

For the top dome, spray paint a regular house bowl the color of your choice, and let it dry completely.

DIY figurine cake dome with supplies from home

Next, glue your figurine to the top and let it set. The top will now only be able to be wiped clean with a damp, sanitizing rag but the bottom can still be run through the dishwasher like normal. DIY figurine cake dome with supplies from home

Toss in a few cookies, tarts, or the dessert of your choice, and you’re all set for a unique serving item for the holidays! 

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Eats // Grilled Pound Cake with Sweetened Mascarpone & Berries

March 27, 2014

ten-minute, no fuss grilled poundcake recipe ten-minute, no fuss grilled poundcake recipe

I don’t know how often you all try to name stuff, but sometimes I’m just at a loss. Normally I can come up with names for inanimate objects no problem! Random stuffed animals? Almost always named Petry. My car? Pri Pri.. short for Prius. But when it came to trying to find a shortened, cute name for this grilled pound cake with sweetened mascarpone and berries recipe… I got nothing. So I just went for the most anatomically (as in pound cake anatomy) correct option.

On a more relevant note, this is one of those recipes you can whip up in about ten minutes flat and requires no real measuring, aka my favorite kind of dessert! You can add as much as little of anything as you’d like, and as long as you don’t completely char the pound cake, this is pretty fool proof.

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite pound cake recipe (or store bought)
  • Sweetened butter
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Bonne Maman Four Fruits jam
  • Fruit toppings of choice

ten-minute, no fuss grilled poundcake recipe

Slice the pound cake into inch and a half thick pieces and give them a quick brush with the sweetened butter, then lightly grill them just until their a warm brown and then flip to do the same on the other side.

Also, this was the first thing I’d ever made in my Le Creuset pans! Mix that with a good dessert and I was in heaven..

ten-minute, no fuss grilled poundcake recipeten-minute, no fuss grilled poundcake recipe

Next, mix about 3/4 of a cup of confectioner’s sugar into the mascarpone cheese and stir. You can add more or less depending on how sweet you’d like it to be. I like a happy medium!

Then spread the cheese on the grilled poundcake slices, top with a small scoop of jam and berries, and serve immediately.

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This post is sponsored by Le Creuset & Bonne Maman, pans and jam are c/o. All opinions and recipes are my own.

 

When in Palm Springs…

March 25, 2014

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all photos by Mary Costa Photography

… everything is colorful. It’s like the golden rule that everyone just knows to live by, and I love it! There’s just something kind of addictive about Palm Springs (especially if you love photo ops), and you know we had to take advantage of that while we stayed at The Saguaro for the tail end of the week.

It totally takes the cake for the most colorful place (besides Disney World) that I’ve ever stayed… then again it practically was Disney World for adults, so there’s that. The only thing they don’t tell you when you stay there is that you might want to clear your phone for a bigger photo capacity because you’ll need it for pretty much every corner you turn.  when in palm springs... Ironically it just so happened that we were there during one of the few times out of the entire year that it ever storms in Palms Springs. You’d think this would get us down, but it actually only allowed my awkward comment moments to shine in all of their glory around lots of close knit chatting. Okay, okay I don’t always have the most awkward thing to bring to the conversation (also known as the dining table), but every now and then I get to take the cake!

Some of my favorite places we dined were Workshop, winner of best decor, and Jake’s for a piece of cake that’s literally impossible to regret.  when in palm springs... One of the best parts of the entire Meet Make Do experience: the swag! Seriously, I was having a heyday with these bad boys! It was like letting a wild animal go through the refrigerator (and I didn’t hate it). You can grab some swag of your very own, they all came from here:

The Fabric Store LA (fabric) // Coveted Things (scarf) // Etta & Billie (soap) // Fat Eye Design (hand-painted napkins) // Landis Carey (custom pottery and ceramics) // Lovely Pigeon (foil tape and foil notebook) // Michelle Dwight Designs (heart tote bag) //  Mr. & Mrs. P (dipped wooden flatware) // Oh So Pretty (rose bath salts) // Seoul Little (gold necklace)  We Love Citrus (black scissors) // World Reclaimed (wood coasters) // Bing (event sponsor) when in palm springs... Did I mention when might’ve lived all Frank Sinatra style at the Dry Falls Las Palmas for the beginning of our stay? It was what mid-century dreams are made of! This is also where all of our DIY magic happened (which you saw here and here).

It was a surreal experience getting to meet up with so many talented and lovely ladies in such a beautiful place. when in palm springs...Again, a big thanks to Bing for sponsoring Meet Make Do and to KellyBrittni, and Chelsea for putting everything together. You can see more details of our adventure and all of the other attendees with #meetmakebing!

Tomorrow we’ll be back onto out regularly scheduled programming! Have you all started any prep for switching the house over for Spring colors? It’s in full swing over here!

DIY // Geometric Floral Pendants

March 24, 2014

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As promised, I’ve put together the tutorial for the geometric floral pendants from our Palm Springs inspired tablescape that I shared with you last week! The project is actually much simpler than the finished product appears. I’ll go ahead and admit that it does take quite a while to finish them (about and hour and a half to two hours for the large pendant), but the whimsical and romantic look that they have when the sun is going down is totally worth it!

You can make as many or as few as you’d like to fill the perfect space, and the smaller the pendants the quicker they are to make. The larger one from our shoot was 12 inches on all sides, and the smaller one was six if that gives you any idea. Depending on how much you friends love you, I think these would be so perfect for DIY’ing for a wedding, don’t you?!

Materials:

  • 24 Wooden skewers (12 in for the large and 6 in. for the smaller square)
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral sheers
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Fishing wire
  • Florals (these are c/o Flower Muse)

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