Cupcakes & Frosting

Apr 6, 2015

I have to share with you an amazing frosting that is so simple and so good. I’m all about simple when it comes to the kitchen. I love to cook and bake as long as a recipe does not involve ingredients that are hard to find or is one that keeps me in the kitchen forever. If this is the case well, count me out on cooking that recipe. Ingredients Needed: Lemon Cake Mix or mix of your choice plus eggs, Water & Oil, Lemon Curd, Wilton White Sparkling Sugar, Cupcake Liners, So here is a fabulous cupcake recipe that is simple and does not take long at all. First mix a lemon cake mix as instructed on the box. Fill a muffin pan with cupcake liners, place lemon cake mix inside each liner  then...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2015

Nothing like a french bread clover covered in cinnamon sugar to start your St. Patrick’s Day morning. This is really easy to make and pretty darn yummy too. All you need to make french bread clovers is a tube of Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf, melted butter, ground cinnamon and sugar. Instead of greasing my cookie sheet I placed mine on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Preheat the oven per instructions on the tube. Cut 5 long strips of the Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf. Leave about 2 inches at one end for the clover stem, then loop the strip as shown in the upper left photo. Create the second loop as shown in the upper right photo. Create the third loop as shown in the lower left photo, tuck the end of the strip...

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Feb 23, 2015

Ingredients 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 Egg 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder 2-3 Tablespoon Milk Directions Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until blended. Mix in vanilla. Add sifted mixture of flour, salt and baking powder alternately with milk; mix well. Chill dough until firm 15-30 min. Roll to a 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface. Cut with 4 to 5-inch cookie cutter. Arrange on greased cookie sheet or one that is lined with parchment paper. I prefer parchment paper. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Mom’s oven is 5 min. mine is 7 min. Cool cookies on cooling racks completely then add icing. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 Dozen Cookies....

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Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past weekend, my sister and her family came up for the weekend. Her Christmas gift to Brittain was a ticket to see the Cowboys play the Colts, Sunday. It wasn’t the game Brittain was hoping for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beaumont for Christmas I decided to have a family Christmas party for him at our house. Saturday morning, Madelyn and Bellie made snowmen out of donuts for breakfast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are powdered donuts, orange jelly beans for the nose and mini chocolate morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot chocolate is a great drink to go with the snowman donuts too. Saturday evening, we had our family party....

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Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun getting to know you Christmas questions you can share with friends and family at a family gathering or party. I always find it interesting in how others celebrate the holiday season. If you don’t celebrate Christmas you can easily change the questions to fit your holiday celebration. My sister and her family arrive late tonight and I cannot wait to have some fun with everyone. You know I’m on “best weekend ever” notice for Madelyn and Isabella. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a weekend of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot chocolate, s’mores, cookie baking, holiday light looking and presents. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend. 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or artificial? We...

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Dec 16, 2014

A few days ago, my sister found this Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe and shared it on my Facebook page asking me to make them when she comes to visit this weekend. I’m not sure who originally created this recipe but my goodness am I ever so happy they did. These cookies are amazing and have been given two thumbs up from everyone that tries one. I highly recommend you make these this holiday season, your friends and family will love them and you! Ingredients: 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix 1 Egg 2 Cups Cool Whip, thawed ½ to 1 Cup Powdered Sugar Directions: In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip. The batter will be sticky! Form dough into tablespoonfuls and roll in powdered sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in hot 350 oven...

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DIY Sugar Body Scrub

Aug 27, 2014

Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (solid jar form not liquid form) 1 1/2 Cups Sugar (I used Imperial Pure Cane Sugar but you can use Raw Sugar if you want a coarser scrub) 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oi Directions: Place coconut oil into medium sized microwave safe bowl for 25-30 seconds to melt. Add essential oils to melted coconut oil and stir. Add sugar to coconut oil and stir until mixed well. This sugar scrub makes enough to fill a small mason jar and one large medicine bottle, I know odd choice but it’s all I could find to hold the excess sugar scrub. This sugar scrub is not overly oily which is how I like my sugar scrubs. If you prefer more oil in your body scrubs you can increase...

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Charm Bracelets and Bangles

Aug 13, 2014

I love the sweet sound of charm bracelets and I’m so lucky to have my grandmother’s charm bracelet. I still remember the sound her bracelet made as she wore it. I LOVED being able to find the engraved charm with my name and birthdate, it hung nestled among all her grandchildren and other special charms she had been given. These two charm bracelets are crafted from hand cut vintage tin, that I cut, sanded and turned into charms. Each charm creates a soft sweet sound that reminds me of a wind chime far off in the distance on a Texas farm. I accented each charm bracelet with a strand of pearl like beads and the bottom charm bracelet has vintage clear glass beads wire wrapped and attach between the tin charms. Each bracelet is a one of a...

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Being an Aunt…

May 29, 2014

Means you can surprise your nieces before bed for a surprise adventure in their jammies. Means you can load your nieces up on a Sonic Shake sugar high right before bed, take them home and let your sister deal with their sugar high. Means you will crawl out of bed bright and early to take them to school for Muffins with Mom & their Book Fair. Means the only payment you want for getting up super early to attend Muffins with Mom and the Book Fair is a sweet selfie with your nieces plus one best friend. Means you get to throw a surprise mini birthday party for a very special 7 year old when she comes home from school. Being an aunt is the next best thing to being a mom. Amanda, Brittain, Madelyn and...

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Dec 30, 2013

I got a hands on lesson in making mom’s sugar cookies while visiting my parents for Christmas. I did my best to document just how she makes her cookies so you too can enjoy the best sugar cookies ever. Let me know if you try the recipe and send me a photo of your cookies as I would love to see them. Once the dough has chilled for about an hour roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and coat each cookie with sugar. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. They should be a light golden brown on the bottom and slightly firm to the touch. When pressed with your fingertip, if a dip remains in the cookie cook for another minute. Once baked, place cookies on...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to celebrated Christmas a little bit at a time. We had a family get together with Terri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christmas celebration at our house Christmas Eve.  Christmas morning, my nephew Brittain and I headed down to Beaumont to see family and celebrate Christmas with my parents. Alan and Ansley both had to work on the 26th so they couldn’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christmas celebration with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late afternoon and everyone was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flurry of excitement during Christmas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amazing Christmas. Mom and Dad...

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

Nov 26, 2013

This is the sugar cookie my mom has used for years and everyone in the family loves them. I thought since lots of you will be starting your holiday baking I would share the recipe. My family can devour a batch of these in minutes. They are...

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Jingle, Jingle, Jingle

Nov 6, 2013

The Jingles and Jingle Bell stamps from my new Antiquated Collection “Winter Girl” stamp set makes me happier than an elf on a sugar high. The jingle bell is the perfect size for holiday cards, tags, layouts, Project Life and your December Daily album. When stamped with Coffee Archival ink, reminds me of the vintage ones I see in antique shops. I used foam squares to attach mine to the card as I love dimensional cards and wanted them to resemble those found strung together and hung for the holidays. I can almost her them jingling. For DIY holiday projects please check out my etsy shop as I have several mini kits...

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Milk Glass

Sep 17, 2013

I have a serious love for milk glass. When I spot pieces of it when I’m out looking for trinkets to use in projects I think of every way possible I can use it in my studio. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the ways I use the pieces I’ve found. This little sherbet dish holds some of my favorite glass buttons. I placed the little bird on top of the buttons just because it looked cute. This is a small ashtray. I place beads in it when I’m accenting embroidery pieces or sewing them into flower centers. This is a great way to keep lose beads in one spot when stitching. These items… candy dish, cups and saucers, bowl and sugar and creamer are perfect to use as...

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Pre~Order ~ Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book 3

May 23, 2013

I really have no words to describe the excitement I feel over knowing “Delight In The Art of Collage” is available for PRE-ORDER on Amazon. This book pushed me creatively in ways I would have never imagined. But in order to grow as an artist you must push past your comfort zone. There were days I thought I would never ever have another creative idea come to mind but they did and here I sit with book 3. This creative journey, as well as the other two I’ve been on was filled with days of self doubt, elation, frustration, happy dances, I’m never ever writing another book again, this would be a great idea for book 4, calling my super awesome editor Kristy Conlin in pure panic mode and so on. But in the end...

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Altered House Shadow Box

May 9, 2013

Some of you  might have seen this post earlier in the week and wondered what in the world is she doing… well I’ve always said I’m not a techy kinda girl. I had the wrong post date so it posted before I had the blog post finished. This is one of the classes I taught at Crop & Create. It has so many techniques and ideas that can transfer on to other different projects. The decoupaged Pink Paislee Coffee Filters on the roof can easily be placed onto a canvas,  mini album, paper mache box, wooden plaque and lots of other items. The Pink Paislee Mask and Gesso Technique can be placed on the projects I just listed as well as tags. And oh goodness you can do so many cute things with the...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thank U Card

Apr 12, 2013

Here is Card 2 of 4 and I must say, I think this card set is one of my favorite sets I’ve ever created. I just love the patterned papers and embellishments on each card. I’m telling you Lisa Dickinson’s Modern Mercantile line she designed for Jenni Bowlin Studio is so super inspiring. I love to create mini collages as the focal point on all my cards. A collage is not just layering and attaching paper and ephemera to a canvas it can be items of any kind grouped together, which is what I had loads of fun doing with this card. The wooden butterfly, heart pins, milk cap and resin flower make an adorable collage and the “thank u” sentiment works great to balance the collage perfectly. Creating 3D collages are wonderful ways to use...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me….

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old utility cart at Frisco Mercantile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walking up and down each and every aisle looking for something to put in this very spot. I knew I needed it to be a certain width and height, wanted it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stumbled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still level) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imperfections are what makes it...

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So much countdown fun

Dec 14, 2012

I’ve really enjoyed getting nightly photos of my nieces Madelyn and Bellie enjoying their 25 Day Countdown to Christmas activity. They are loving everything I’ve included so far. Each night is a surprise for all me and them as I don’t know the order in which Belinda has them doing their activity. Warning… this is a very heavy photo blog post but I really want to share their fun with far away family so I hope you don’t mind it not being crafty today. Madelyn and Bellie were making their Christmas cards, this night. I can only imagine how they decorated them because both love anything that has to do with art. Here they had a blast making paper chain garlands. This is such a fun, simple old fashioned decoration to make that brings...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m making a 25 day Countdown to Christmas project with my nieces Madelyn and Bellie. As you can see from the photo they are loving their new matching jammies. New flannel jammies are the best especially when you find matching ones like my mom did with a monkey print design. Ok sorry, back to the project. Both little sweet peas will decorate 12 standard sized card envelopes using stickers, self adhesive gems, then stamp the numbers needed on each of their bags. Madelyn will stamp the odd numbers and Bellie the even numbers. I will decorate envelope 25 for them to either use as a sample or for inspiration. Once all the envelopes are decorated I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of candy and a printed strip of paper that has one...

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Homemade Hand & Body Scrubs

Jun 29, 2012

Each day while Madelyn is visiting I’m doing some kind of fun craft or project with her. Yesterday, she made some awesome yummy body and hand scrubs with products I already had at home. Madelyn had lots of fun and made 4 batches of each scrub. The photos above show how she made her “Vanilla Body Scrub”. Supplies Needed: Brown Sugar, Sugar in the Raw, Vanilla Extract and Canola Oil, 1/2 measuring cup, tablespoon, mixing bowl, mixing spoon, container you will use for your body scrub Instructions for ONE batch: Pour 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar in the raw into your mixing bowl and mix together. Place sugar mixture into the container you will use to store your body scrub in then add 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Mix the sugar...

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