April 4th, 2013 § § permalink
The ladies over at Icing Designs stole my heart way back when they made these adorable ice cream ruffles, and they’ve done it again with this DIY donut garland.
Donuts and DIY all in the same sentence, I mean really? They know a way to a girl’s heart! If it wouldn’t be chubby of me, I would totally hang these babies in my house with absolutely no occasion necessary. On the other hand, I could always claim it was for future dessert table decor, right?
See the full tutorial here..
December 21st, 2012 § § permalink
There aren’t that many occasions besides weddings, New Year’s, and Christmas (and maybe an extra 52 days of the year here and there in our house), that it’s socially acceptable to go crazy with sparkly, glittery decor. So of course, in the name of sparkly living, I have to go all out for these particular holidays. See my 8 simple DIY tricks to add sparkle to your holiday table (without making you the neighborhood’s glittering weirdo), by clicking through the gallery below!
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Eight short, sweet, and simple ways to add sparkle to your holiday table!
December 13th, 2012 § § permalink
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I’m not even going to lie to you, I totally have girl crush on Steph from Raspberri Cupcakes. Basically we could be best friends forever and ever and weigh 700 pounds together from her delicious recipes and I would consider it a dream. Am I rambling? I just really love this blog that much! I mean, seriously, how cute are these holiday recipes?
November 16th, 2012 § § permalink
Honestly, where did November go?! I swear I just blinked for a second and now it’s Thanksgiving! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good excuse to stuff myself on turkey, dressing, and as much pie as the next person, but I’m just a little astonished (and way, way underprepared). Luckily, I have a token last minute Thanksgiving recipe or two, and one of them happens to involve snacking on chocolate covered strawberry turkeys (would you really expect any less from me?)…
- Melting chocolate
- Candy corn
- Fudge stripe cookies (cut into halves)
- Wax paper
- White royal icing (optional)
Cut the tops off of the strawberries, making sure that you cut the “back” flat so that the tail stands upright. Dip a few strawberries in chocolate and place them on wax paper. Once the chocolate is almost dry (but still sticky), press a half of a fudge stripe cookie onto the back to make the feathers, then press a candy corn on the tip to make the beaks. If you have any excess chocolate on the side of the turkeys, use a butter knife to cut it off. That’s all you have to do! You can put eyes on them with royal icing, but I like to keep it simple, especially since they never last long.
Not only are these perfect for snacking on throughout Thanksgiving (and the few days before and after, ughm..), but they also make really cute hostess gifts!
November 7th, 2012 § § permalink
I have a new found respect for cake-namers. I spent a solid 15 minutes trying to come up with a catchy, new name for this cake combo I concocted but I was seriously stumped! I’ll just claim that I didn’t want to blow you away with my creativity, ughm, so I settled on a tell it like it is name with Cream Cheese and Dark Chocolate Frosted Cake recipe. On an even more serious note, how could a cake with a macaron on top not be totally delicious? I mean, if nothing else, the cuteness alone would make me grab a second piece.
For the cream cheese frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in confectioners’ sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine.
For the dark chocolate frosting:
- 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 sifted dark cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted margarine
- 1/3 cup of soy milk
Put all ingredients into the bowl of the mixer. Beat on low to combine. Beat on medium high speed until very light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. Check that the consistency is good for spreading, not too soft and not too thick, if it’s a bit too thick add a little more soy milk.
For the yellow cake recipe:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of two 8-inch round cake pans. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Continue beating one minute. Spread batter evenly in prepared pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes.