Sunday, February 7, 2016

Easy Vanilla Cupcakes.....

I love pretty cupcakes, but they have to taste good too! These are delicious,
moist, and pretty! I make cupcakes for special occasions, and for not so special
occasions. I think they're special anytime. These are so easy, and the cupcakes
are made with a box mix. When you taste one you would never know. I found
Amy Hannon on instagram, and i have followed her ever since. This is her cupcake
recipe. The frosting recipe is from her friend holly. I love finding new recipes to
try, and this one is a keeper. Amy has a cooking show...Cooking Today.

So Pretty!!!

Cute as a button!!

This one is for my daughter:))) Packed up and ready to go.

Stir cake mix,pudding, and flour until combined. Then add water, oil, milk, and vanilla. Add room
temperature egg whites and salt.

Mix on high for almost two minutes.

Line cupcake tins with paper liners spray with a little cooking spray. Using a ice cream scoop
fill liners a little less then half full.

Bake for 13-15 minutes. While they are cooling i'll start my frosting.

 Mix together 2 cups of shortening...8 cups powdered sugar...1/4 cup heavy whipping cream...
 2 teaspoons vanilla...beat until the frosting is well combined. (i cut the frosting recipe in half)

 I added 2 drops of Wilton color gel. It was just enough to make this beautiful pink color. I bought
the color gel at Walmart.

Then i had a ball piping!!! My favorite part!!!  Hope you try this recipe the next time your in the mood for a yummy cupcake:))) Great for Valentine's Day!!!

Find Amy On Instagram ( Euna  Mae's)
Find Holly On Instagram

Easy Vanilla Cupcakes
{makes about 20-22 cupcakes}

1 Duncan Hines® White Cake Mix
3 tablespoons flour
1 small box white chocolate Jell-O® instant pudding (3.3 oz.)
1 cup water
½ cup oil
½ cup whole milk
1 teaspoon Euna Mae’s© Vanilla
4 egg whites, room temperature
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
Start with a classic white cupcake mix—I swear by Duncan Hines®. In the bowl of your mixer, stir together cake mix, pudding mix, and flour til the dry ingredients are combined a little. Add water, oil, milk, and vanilla. Add room temperature egg whites and salt. And mix on high for almost two minutes to get air in your batter! Line cupcake tins with paper liners, spray with a little cooking spray. Using an ice-cream scoop with the release lever-thingie, fill cupcake liners so that they are a little less than half full! This batter will bake up fluffy, so don’t worry! Bake for 13-15 minutes, checking them starting at 13 minutes to be sure they aren’t getting brown! They should still be creamy white on to

Holly’s Classic White Frosting & Piping Tips
{makes icing for about 2 doz. cupcakes}

2 cups shortening
8 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup heavy whipping cream for thinning
2 teaspoons Euna Mae’s© Vanilla
Wilton Gel Food Colors®
piping bag-1M or other tips of your choosing

 the biggest bowl of your stand mixer, add all of the powdered sugar, shortening, whipping cream and vanilla. Starting on low speed, stir until the ingredients begin to combine. Increase speed to medium and add a tablespoon at a time of whipping cream until the consistency is just right. Beat until the frosting is well-combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down sides of the bowl.

Color frosting with Wilton Gel Color® and mix. If you want darker color, add more gel.

*Tip: Use a piping bag with a 1M tip, and cut the end of the bag and insert your tip. Place icing on saran wrap to prevent mess. Wrap up and place in piping bag so you don’t have to clean the bags. See the details on our online episode! It’s amazing to see her work!

To make a classic rosette swirl: start in the center of your cupcake and make a clock-wise or counter clock-wise swirl with good pressure, filling the top. Rosette swirls are pretty on a chocolate chip cookie.

Make icing flat and add a cookie on top for extra deliciousness!
Have a great day!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rainy And Misty

I'm in the middle of different projects, and don't have a lot of pictures to show
you yet. We are almost finished with a project in the kitchen. Hopefully it will
be done over the weekend. Today it's raining, and pouring out!! I did put
together a big bowl of greens. I have a few of these big ironstone bowls that
i found at different estate sales, and garage sales. I decided to fill this one up
with little green plants that i bought at michaels for 50% off. I like the simplicity.

Now it time for this!! Then off to the grocery store. I'm in the baking mood:))

                                                     Have a great day!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Burlap And Stencil

While i was snowed in , and couldn't go out it was the perfect time to do this little
project. I had the picture frame up in the attic, and i had the burlap, and stencil.
I made this easy project for the hallway.  

I had this picture frame in the attic with a picture in it that i really wouldn't use anymore. 

 I used the heavy cardboard from the old picture and taped the burlap on. I bought this
stencil on eBay last year. I knew i would find a way to use it. I'm going to make a pillow
cover with it too.

Measured and stenciled.

Here it is in the hallway. Sorry for the glare from the windows!

It gave me a reason to change things on the little table.


Luke and Lola want to say hello:)))

                                                Have a good day!!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

What Do You Do On A Snowy Day????

The wind is blowing, and the snow is coming down in buckets!! My house is warm, and cozy
on this bitterly cold day. I hope everyone is safe, and warm. So, what do you do on a snow day??
Change out the hutch. It's the first day in a week that i'm able to do anything. I have bronchitis,
and so does my husband. The good news is we're starting to feel better. We started a project
in the kitchen last week, but we had to stop because of this terrible bronchitis. Hopefully we
will get it done soon, and i'll show you what we have been doing. This is what i just finished.

I thought i would use my black and white dishes that i bought at the Christmas tree shop a few
years ago. I'm adding touches of red here and there around the kitchen.

I'm mixing them with my ironstone of course!! 

I love rabbits!!

I'm crazy about platters. I could serve an army with all the platters that i have.


This is a peek outside my side window in the kitchen. Stay safe everyone!

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