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March 30, 2011

An Elegant Easter Centerpiece

This beautiful table was created by Eddie Ross. This table is so elegant and traditional wit its blue hues. I'm loving the glitter egg tree. You can make this as traditional or funky (hot pinks, greens, purples) as you please! Ladies, grab your saw, chop off a few branches, spray paint them and place them in a lovely vase and a beautiful centerpiece is underway!

March 29, 2011

Cupcake Fundraiser

Today I wanted to share with you how to have a cupcake fundraiser. This fundraiser was so easy, and pretty profitable. For our Spring Fling shopping fundraiser for Junior League we incorporated this cupcake raffle to raise some extra money at Girl's Night Out. We purchased 100 cupcakes from Sugar Mama's (if you live in Midland, Texas you have to stop by, its the best cupcake place.... ever), and then sold the cupcakes for $10.00 per cupcake. Then the lady was given a raffle ticket for each cupcake she purchased, and we had a drawing once all the cupcakes were sold for a chocolate pearl necklace. We got the necklace donated, so we made a nice little profit to give back to the League, and everyone at least got a tasty cupcake!

The flavors were red velvet and Italian cream cake. I wrapped boxes with wrapping paper to elevate the cupcakes, I also made those giant cakes out of a round hat box covered in glitter paper atop an upside down flower pot.
So easy and delicous! Nobody walks away a loser!

 

March 28, 2011

My very own Egg-celent Wreath

I had a crafty little Sunday, I made an egg wreath for my front door. The whole project costs less than $15.00! I got 88 eggs at Walmart for $4.00 and the Styrofoam wreath is from Hobby Lobby.
First, I wrapped the Styrofoam with strips of a scrap fabric I had laying around.
 Next, I hot glued all the eggs wide side to wide side.

Next I glued the eggs to the wreath. You need to make sure the inner egg (pink) eggs are glued side to side, then you go back at the end and lay a center row of eggs to cover the gaps so you can't see the wreath. See below the eggs that are glued on top of the other eggs?

Then I added a ribbon I had laying around the house. I'll probably switch it out for a purple one later. This whole project took me less that 2 Sex and the City episodes. It would also be really cute to hang a wooden bunny in the center or something fun like that!

March 25, 2011

Egg-celent Wreaths

Make sure the Easter Bunny stops by your house by showing your Easter spirit!
All you need for this beautiful wreath is plastic Easter eggs, a grapevine wreath and a glue gun (and patience). These are so cute, and it is reported it takes under an hour. Just glue the eggs directly to the wreath and layer until you can't see the wreath.
Then add your favorite ribbon!

Happy Crafting!

images: southern-charmz.com, the freckled bug blog

Flowerpot Cupcakes!

As you know by now, I'm itching to plant my flowers! I love relaxing in the backyard looking at all the lovely blooms, but I made the mistake of planting too early a few years back, and it SNOWED on Easter... in TEXAS.... what the heck. So if you are worried like me, this is a safer "garden" to concentrate on this weekend. These little pots are so cute. They'd be a great craft for your kiddos to paint. You could also line them up and spell out a message like Easter or Happy Birthday!
submitted by: Bright Ideas
Bright Ideas.com

And even more creative!! Using an ice cream cone cupcake for your flower pot! Get the step by step instructions below.

Ingredients:
1 cake mix, any flavor
Ingredients needed to make cake mix
24 pink, green and brown ice cream cones
1 tub chocolate frosting
1 cup shredded coconut
green food coloring
24 lollipop sticks
24 Golden Oreo's
1 tub white frosting
assorted small candies: we used Mini M&M's & Mike & Ike's
Gummy Worms (optional)
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Directions :
Prepare the cake mix as directed on the package. Stand up the ice cream cones in muffin tins. Fill cones 1/2 full with batter. Bake as directed. Cool.
Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
Tint coconut with approx 10 drops of green food coloring. Mix well. Sprinkle on top of the frosted cupcakes.
Open up the Oreo, insert a lollipop stick between the halves of each cookie, add some white frosting and then put the cookie back together.
Then put a coat of white frosting all over the front and sides of the cookie. Put the cookie frosted side up on a plate, decorate with candies (to create the petals of flowers) and put them into the freezer until the frosting gets hard.
Take the lollipops from the freezer and frost the back. Push the lollipop stick into the center of the cupcake.



Recipe and images from: http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2008/04/flower-pot-cupcakes.html


March 24, 2011

Flower (pot) Power!


Flower pots are cheap and easy to craft into something really special! Grab your favorite chalkboard paint, sticker, or paint!
 
 Make these flower pots for place settings, address markers (great idea for a housewarming gift), label your herbs, or add some color. I will be painting up a storm this weekend. I'm ready for flower planting!

images: pottery barn, pickles and chives blog, plaid kids crafts, fav crafts.

March 23, 2011

Pancake Party

Plan a pancake party! This would be so fun for a kids, a bridal party brunch or a birthday party. Set out a couple of varieties of pancakes with all the toppings!
Add mimosas for bubbly surprise.
These pancakes are literally my FAVORITE pancake in the whole world. I could eat them everyday. I love going to IHOP just for these babies,
but they are just as delectable if you make them from home.
IHOP'S Harvest Grain and Nuts Pancakes
Ingredients
3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons blanched almonds, finely chopped
3 tablespoons walnuts, finely chopped

Directions
1.Lightly oil a skillet or griddle and preheat it to medium heat.
2 Grind the oats in a blender or food processor until fine, like flour.
3 Combine oat flour, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
4 In another bowl combine buttermilk, milk, oil, eggs, and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
5 Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients, add nuts and mix well by hand.
6 Ladle 1/3 cup of the batter onto the hot skillet and cook the pancakes for 1 to 3 minutes per side or until brown.




Images: Green Wedding Shoes

March 21, 2011

Happy Spring!

I've been feeling springy for weeks, and feeling a little guilty bragging about the warm weather while I know some of you are in colder areas, but now it is officially here! SPRING. I love all the seasons, but I especially enjoy ushering in the warm weather, cookouts, patio time, and flowers! Try your hand at this cute cupcake tower to celebrate spring! This would also be super cute at the Easter table.
Get a couple of different sizes of cardboard boxes and cover with moss from your local craft store. Add some blooms cascading down the side and on top of your cupcakes, and voila! Instant Spring!
The sky is the limit when it comes to cupcake towers. I'm a a box hoarder here at my office finding just the perfect sizes of boxes to cover in wrapping paper or fabric. I love to add ribbon and jewels for an easy cupcake display.

images: Southern Living

March 18, 2011

A Splash of color for spring!

There are quite a few things I love about this picture. The pops of color are great, but easy to remove when you're sick of pink and orange.  I love the art, it feels like something I could do myself. Just stack two different sizes of canvas. This would be such a great project for a kid's room. This past weekend we went to Bendel's in the Northpark mall. The store was just as cute as its products with it's brown and white stripes, but pops of color. I came across these cute vibrant throws. I'm in love, they look like a nod to the coveted Hermes wool blanket.

Henri Bendel Cashmere Blanket gallery 0
Happy Friday Y'all! Enjoy the warm weather!!

March 17, 2011

Rainbow Cupcakes

HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY! Hope you're wearing green!
These rainbow cupcakes fit in just right for St. Patty's day... you know the whole pot of gold at the end of the rainbow story? These are deceptively simple, enjoy making these, and delighting the little leprechauns in your life!

Ingredients

White cake mix (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
Baking cups
Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.


RAINBOW COLOR DROPS OF FOOD COLORING
Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue 12 drops
Green 12 drops
Yellow 12 drops
Orange 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red 18 drops


Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.
Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.

Source: Familyfun.go

March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to the High Heeled Hostess

Today is my one year blogoversary!! When I started this, I had no clue what I was doing or where it would go, I just knew I needed to do something to release my creative energy. I have no lesson plan here, I just blog about whatever catches my eye! Thank you so much for reading me site, I have loved meeting new friends!

So today we will see how to celebrate an adult birthday with some whimsy!

birthday cocktails and whoopie pies

Pizzaaaerie is always an inspiration to me! These cocktails and whoopie pies are so fun without being too juvenile (its a fine line people)!

BIRTHDAY COCKTAIL


1 1/2 shots Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 1/2 shots half-and-half
1/2 shot vodka
Nonpareils
Light corn syrup
Dip rim of martini glass in light corn syrup (easiest to pour light corn syrup into a shallow plate and dip martini glass into plate). Pour out nonpareils onto a second shallow plate. Dip martini glass into nonpareils. Fill cocktail shaker with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, half-and-half, and vodka. Shake over ice and strain into martini glass. Enjoy! Optional: Top with a dollop of whip cream!



EASY BIRTHDAY WHOOPIE PIES

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, water, flour, and vanilla extract in a mixer and beat for 2 minutes. Using a small scoop or spoon, fill a parchment-lined baking sheet with even scoops of batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes (watch closely!). Let cool.


1 package powdered sugar (16 ounces)
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat butter until creamed. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk until thick consistency. If too thick add more milk. If too thin add more powdered sugar.


Fill 2 whoopie pie cookies with vanilla buttercream frosting! Roll in shallow plate of sprinkles.

Thank you for your support!
xoxo-Ashley

March 15, 2011

Lessons learned in the shoe department at Neimans

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending some quality time in the Neiman Marcus shoe department. Neiman's in itself is a very stimulating environment, not only do you see things that are so beautiful it's hard to fine the words to describe them... you see people that are so rich and in their own little land, even the dogs that shop there are snobby!

I had a little Vegas money left over ( I didn't loose it all!! Which is a win in itself),
So like any sensible girl I headed to the Neiman's shoe department. My new Tory's are so cute I can't even find a picture of them on the Internet to show you! But I'm in love, this new style is so comfortable and contours to the foot so nicely.... here is what they kind of look like, but mine are tan leather with a navy band.
PATENT CAROLINE BALLET FLAT
Cute huh?
Anyways so the OVERLY friendly shoe guy really gave us a lesson in shoes... here are the interesting tidbits I learned.
  1. While we were oohing and ahhing over the Channel shoes, the salesman told us that Neiman's, Sak's and all the other stores like that only order 1-2 of each style of shoes in a few different sizes in the Louboutins and other high end designers. So now they have challenged the designers to create more shoes then they ever have before in smaller quantities. He said that if people are going to spend 800+ on shoes they don't want their neighbors to have the same exact shoe... make sense I think. Never really thought about it, but these shoes are almost like artwork, so I get it.
  2. Louboutin got the inspiration to paint the heels of his shoes red from his secretary that always wore Dior red nail polish. The buyers originally thought he was crazy and the sole didn't match the shoe, and no one would buy them. Boy, were they wrong! Louboutins are the hottest shoe on the market.
  3. He also told us how a mom bought her daughter these beautiful crystal Louboutins for her wedding. Pretty generous huh? Well it turns out the daughter didn't even have a boyfriend more less a fiance. I guess when you find the right wedding shoes, find the boy should be easy! haha.
Moral of the Story:
Cinderella is proof, one shoe can change your life!

March 14, 2011

Go Bananas!!

This weekend I went to Dallas to visit my sister. We shopped, ate, went to the zoo, fed some giraffes, attended a lion's birthday party (they got their own cupcakes) and ate some more! On Saturday night we stopped by the Luxe Cafe for dessert, this experience was life changing. I have a small passion for banana pudding. I adore it! Well, the Luxe Cafe has changed my persepective on the whole matter, I'm now obsessed.

Not only do they give you a large beautiful glass of banana pudding layered with fresh banana and waffers, they give you a side of frozen chocolate covered banana dipped in peanuts. Get out of town! A frozen banana to dip into my banana pudding... heaven!
Banana pudding is such a great spring dessert, I'm going to make this for Easter, along with the dipping bananas!

Banana Pudding Recipe

Ingredients
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
36 vanilla wafers
3 medium bananas, sliced and dipped in
lemon juice

Directions
1.In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and water. Add pudding mix; beat until well blended. Chill 5 minutes.
2.Fold in whipped cream. Spoon 1 cup pudding mixture into 2 1/2-quart glass serving bowl.
3.Top with one-third each of the vanilla wafers, bananas and remaining pudding. Repeat layering twice, ending with pudding mixture. Chill thoroughly. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Tips

  • For festive individual pudding desserts for your holiday guests, prepare mixture and layer in individual serving dessert dishes or cups with stems. Serve chilled.




  • Frozen Bananas
    Ingredients

    4 bananas, peeled and halved
    1 cup milk chocolate chips
    1 cup chopped peanuts
    8 wooden craft sticks or skewers

    Directions
    Insert wooden stick into each banana piece. Arrange on parchment-lined sheet pan and freeze for 20 minutes.
    Place chips into bowl. Microwave on medium heat until melted, about 60 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds.
    Remove bananas from freezer and dip in melted chocolate.  Immediately roll them in chopped nuts or sprinkles. Freeze until frozen solid, about 1 hour.

    Happy Cooking!!

    Cowboy Chic


    I'm a city girl, I realize I live in the wilderness now, but my aesthic falls towards clean chic spaces. But this ranch house, I could do. I love the warmth of the beams and stone against the coolness of the furnishings and lighting.
    I love all the windows in the space bringing the outside in!

    I love the lighting at the top of the wall highlighting the rustic beams vs. the elegant art work.

    I could see myself soaking in this tub after a long days work doing ranchy things.
    And these bunk beds. I have a strange passion for bunk rooms. They remind me of summer camp. I'd go back to summer camp if they'd let me in!

    images: Unknown

    March 11, 2011

    Lucky You!

    Today we have a free printable from the Tom Kat Studios, just in time for St. Patrick's Day!
    While St. Patty's Day isn't the most widely celebrated holiday in my house, any excuse to bake cupcakes is a good one to me! Don't forget to add a drop of green food coloring in the milk that is sure to accompany these treats.

    Click here to follow the link and print off the cupcake toppers.

    Images: Tom Kat Studios

    March 10, 2011

    Snap. Crackle. POP.

    You know you want one.. or ten. Rice crispie dipping balls! Remember when you were little, and there was nothing greater than making rice crispie treats and then getting to eat them? What happened? Nothing has changed, I still think they are delicious.. why don't I make them anymore? Well now with this grown up look, plus endless dipping possibilities my house will soon smell of buttery, marshmallowy goodness.
    Ingredience
    •4 Tablespoons Butter
    •1 package Marshmallows (10 Oz.)
    •6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
    •Chocolate For Dipping
    •Assorted Candies For Decorating

    Directions
    Melt butter in a large sauce pan over low heat.
    Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
    Remove from heat and add cereal; mix until combined.
    Press mixture into greased 13″ by 9″ baking dish.
    Once cool, tear or cut treats into equal pieces; shape into balls.
    Dip treats into melting chocolate and let start to harden. Before completely firm, press into toppings of your choice. (If you try this immediately after dipping, your toppings will slide right off. Trust me.)

    Get creative! Use any toppings you’d like. I used praline pieces, candied almonds, mini m&ms, and chocolate sprinkles.
    Have fun and enjoy!
    Add a stick for easy dipping. Use this at a kids party! Have your treats already on the stick and let the kiddos dip them in chocolate, and their toppings of choice!
    Want to really spice it up? Make them into egg shapes for easter. Use a plastic egg as your mold, then dip and decorate. Genius!
    Recipe: Pioneer Woman
    Images: Celebrations at Home, Pioneer Woman, Divine Party Concepts

    March 9, 2011

    Celebrate Spring!

    This weekend we are supposed to be in the 80's. The EIGHTIES! I love it. This warm weather is making me want to hosts a dinner party outside. I need to plant some flowers before I go forth with this idea, but I love looking at these pictures for now!
    PS. I know I've been posting about food ALOT,
    I should rename my blog the Fat Kid's Diary.... too much work!
     How romantic and springy is this table? Get some astroturf for the runner on a basic white table cloth. Throw some fresh buds from your garden in white ceramic vases, light some candles and done! This would make such a great wedding table.
    I love the idea of putting appletinis in your drink dispenser! The color is so fun, I'm usually boring and do tea or ice water. Some cherries would be really cute floating around in there. Now on to the show stopper! Caprese skewers stuck in french bread! Be still my heart. I could eat this entire picture on my own! Just spear some tomatoes and mozzarella and marinate overnight in pesto and olive oil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and voila, instant BEAUTIFUL appetizer.



    images: Hatch Creative Studio, Pretty Little Wedding

    Leprechaun Lime Punch

    This is the perfect drink to celebrate upcoming St. Patty's Day!



    Leprechaun Lime Punch

    Ingredients
    5-3/4 cups refrigerated citrus punch
    2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup lime juice
    1 quart lime sherbert, softened
    2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
    5 drops green food coloring
    Lime slices

    Directions: In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the citrus punch, limeade, sugar, lime juice and sherbert; stir until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Add soda and food coloring; stir to mix. Float lime slices on top. Serve and enjoy!


    Yield: 20-24 servings (1 gallon).


    Enjoy!