Thursday, April 17, 2014

LOVE: EASTER DECOR

Easter is only a few days away and I'm sure a lot of you are planning a delicious meal.  Here are a few cute ideas to decorate your dinner table.

1.  I love these daffodil candy cups from Martha Stewart.  They would be so fun placed randomly all over the table or on each guest's plate.  You could even write their name on a petal to personalize it.

2.  I just can't help but smile when I look at these painted muslim bags from BLANK.  They have the best supplies and some of the cutest Easter craft ideas.  I think those little bags would look so adorable waiting by each guests plate.

3.  How perfect are these easter egg pinatas from Oh Happy Day?  I want to make these and hang them above my table for some easter decor.  Then after dinner the kids could break them open.

4.  Ok, these fabric covered vases from i heart nap time are my FAVORITE!  Such a simple table centerpiece and so bright and colorful.  

5.  These free printable animal pillow boxes are way too cute and would be so fun at any kid's table...or as a place card at each setting.  And you can put candy inside...BONUS!

6.  You guys...I LOVE peeps.  I know its weird and most people think they are gross but I think they are delicious.  So these peep place cards from a beautiful mess are right up my alley!  You can't eat them, but they are pretty adorable...peep lover or not.  

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Monday, April 14, 2014

TELL: EASY FABRIC EASTER BASKET

This sewing project is SUPER easy!  ha ha maybe someday I will move past easy to moderate, but this just isn't one of those days.  However, I am learning more and more as I go.  I made a fabric box awhile back and this is the same, except there is a handle and the bottom is round.  My favorite part is the CUTE fox made with freezer paper!
I also made it so you can tuck the handle in.  Then you can see all the cute eggs and candy and bring out the handle when its time to hunt those eggs!
Read all about the tutorial after the jump! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TELL: TIME AT HOME

I love going home, I really do miss the rain and the people.  The last few years the only time I have gone home is during the holidays (mostly Christmas) so it was really nice to head up there in the spring.
This time I spent a majority of my trip IN Seattle, and let me just say it is my favorite city...my FAVORITE.

Some fun things I did while there...

-I was a bridesmaid in my friends wedding, it was seriously the most amazing wedding! (ha although I have NO pictures)
-Spent the night in a Seattle hotel with Austin...kid free!
-Met up with my best friend (who recently moved back up to WA) We had a day of fun in Seattle!  
-Went on a tour of the Theo Chocolate Factory
-Ate delicious food
-Attempted to fall in love with doughnuts.  Yes it is true I have NEVER liked doughnuts.  I mean they are adorable but I have never really liked the dry cakie taste.  We went to Top Pot doughnuts and they were eh...
-Took Rowe to Pike Place
-Showed Rowe the "Gum Wall" and he touched it...multiple times (GAG!)
-Tried some MORE doughnuts at this little cart in Pike Place...and can you believe it?? I LOVED THEM!  But only the cinnamon sugar ones that came right off the fryer.  So liking doughnuts was a success.  They just need to be small, fresh, hot and soooo soft!
-Went on the HUGE new ferris wheel by the water
-Hung with Family
-Saw old friends
AND
Played in the rain


Monday, April 7, 2014

CHOCOLATE: COOKIES WITH EASTER M&M'S

When we were living in Spain for a few months we made an awesome friend.  He was doing SO much for us while we were staying there, that we wanted to do a little something for him.  I had the idea I should make him some American cookies.  For some random reason, that I don't remember, I wanted to make THESE cookies.  It ended up being SO much harder than I thought.  Finding American ingredients in Spain was near to impossible. We could not find brown sugar (gasp). Also no white chocolate chips, and finding vanilla turned into a crazy quest.  But when we finished running around to 10 different stores, we seemed to round up an ok amount of ingredients.  They turned out extremely gooey and weird due to a lack in some main ingredients but our friend LOVED them!  ha ha he still talks about those cookies.  
Actually when we left northern Spain and went to Madrid they had an "American" store where I was able to find more ingredients.  Including other things like recess cups, skittles, peanut butter (yes I think I would die if I lived somewhere without peanut butter ha ha just kidding....but really)
Because of that interesting cookie experience I have a special place in my heart for these chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips.  It just reminds me of how much we LOVED spain and the amazing friends we met. 
 I did change it up this time and added some yummy white chocolate M&M's...and I must say they sure were a GREAT addition!  

Recipe:

1 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup sugar
2 sticks unsalted, softened butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
.........Mix all these wet ingredients together........

2 cups flour
2/3 cup coco powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
.........Mix all these dry ingredients together.........

slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients 
the dough will be pretty sticky and gooey by the time you are done mixing it.
Then pour in ALMOST an entire bag of white chocolate M&M's
save a few to stick into the top of the cookies so you can see them. 
 This is all for the looks...because come on people lets face it, you want the cookies to taste AND look good.
Lastly cook at 350 degrees for about 6-8 min depending on your oven.  Just take them out when they are still a little gooey

and then lets end with this...
ha ha this picture cracks me up!!  "Yes bud you can have a cookie after I take this picture..."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TELL: EASTER CRAFTS



Found some adorable Easter crafts that I am dying to try.  
You can find links for tutorials and printables below
three:  egg people

Sunday, March 30, 2014

LOVE: HOME

Just spending a little time up in Washington visiting Ga-Ga and Friends.
There is something about the rain and the cold that will always feel like home.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TELL: SPRING FLOWER POT CUPCAKES

I can't begin to tell you how much I LOVE these little flower pot cupcakes!  They are so bright and springy, I want to throw some sort of spring themed party right now.
The best part is that they are EASY!
and lets not forget the edible centers of the flowers...
Here are the supplies you need:
tiny terracotta flower pots (I got mine at Michaels they are 2.5 inches tall)
regular sized CHOCOLATE cupcakes
Buttercream frosting (recipe below)
Wilton frosting tip #233 (this give the frosting that "grass" look)
Tissue Paper
THIN wire ( I got mine at Michael's in the jewelry department, just make sure its thin enough to cut with regular scissors)
Lollipops (mine are called "organic pops" from trader joe's)


place the cupcake in the pot leaving a little sticking out, this is so it looks like dirt 
Now onto the grass making.  You may need to play with this tip to get the right look.  But try to be gentle and never really press hard, it makes the grass more stringy
The actual flower idea I got from the Oh Happy Day blog.  They made these ADORABLE flower party hats and I thought the whole flower idea would look super cute wrapped around a lollipop, making it semi edible.  
Wrap each cut out petal around the lollipop till you get the look you want then secure it with a thin piece of wire. Stick it in the cupcake and you are done!
Lastly here is my 
Vanilla Buttercream frosting recipe:

1 Cup Butter softened
3 1/2 cups confectionary sugar
2 Tablespoons whipping cream (un whipped)
2 Teaspoons Vanilla extract
1/8 Teaspoon Salt (its good to let it dissolve in the whipping cream first so its not so gritty)

mmmmmmm its super yummy!  
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