Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting


Hello,
I love making cupcakes for any occasion. I have a buttercream  frosting recipe that's
easy to make, and it tastes delicious too!! They're so cute, and small, that you don't feel
so guilty eating one. When i am invited to a party i love bringing all different color cupcakes. 
I just add some coloring gel to my buttercream, and you have some great cupcakes
with pretty pastel colors. This time i made some yellow cupcakes with vanilla buttercream
frosting, and sprinkles on top! I think these are perfect for a birthday party.





A cute little cake full of deliciousness!!!



 Pretty enough to serve at a party!!



 Get all your ingredients together.



 Beat until creamy.




I put my pastry bag in a tall cup to make it easy to fill. I am using Wilton pastry bags. I buy mine 
at Michael's.



 Fill and twist.




I cut the tip of the pastry bag
Then push down your coupler (you don't have to use a coupler)
Add your tip
Screw on your ring



 Then have fun decorating!!



 Buttercream frosting recipe:


3 cups confectioners sugar sifted
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 tablespoon milk (more if needed)
2 teaspoons vanilla


Cream your butter, and add your confectioner sugar a little at a time
Add your milk
Add your vanilla
Mix until creamy 

                                                        Have a great day!     


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Painted Table For The Guest Bath Before And After

Hello, 
I have been in the house way too long. I hate going out because it is so bitter cold!!
Between the cold, and the snow, i'm running out of projects to keep me busy. I have
been sewing, cooking, baking, and painting. In that order. Here is a little project that
i finished for the guest bath. I bought this little table at a yard sale awhile ago. I just
never did anything to it. I wanted to give it some color, and i wanted it to be a little
whimsical. My guest bath feels like your at the seashore. I think the colors fit just right.
You can see my guest bath Here. I changed a few pictures in there. That's all the changes
I've made. I'm thinking of painting it a different color. I'm not sure yet!! I'm thinking about
it. The color of the guest bath is aquatint.



 I painted it a white gloss.



I'm using all different pastel colors.


 I think it's colorful and whimsical!! If guests are coming there will be fresh flowers. I had to
take this picture in the foyer. It's too hard to get a picture in the small bathroom.





 This is the way it looks now. Just mason jars.




The shelves are great for storage.



The table goes right below this picture.  

                                                                     Have a great day!!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homemade Pizza


Hello,
I bet you think making pizza dough is difficult to do. It really isn't difficult at all!
It taste so much better then the kind you buy at the grocery store. You can make
your dough ahead of time and freeze it. Whenever your in the mood for pizza your
dough is ready to go. My favorite pizza dough is a recipe from the Pioneer Women 
It's a perfect pizza dough, and i have tried a lot of different ones. I love her recipes.
 



We like a thin-crust. It is delicious!! 




Get all your ingredients together. 



Mix together flour and salt


Then drizzle in olive oil, flour, and yeast water mixture. Mix until combined. 



Form the dough into a ball.



In a separate mixing bowl drizzle a little olive oil and coat the dough.


Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in refridge until ready to use. 





I kept it in refridge overnight.


I cut the dough in half. It makes two medium pizzas/ One is going in the freezer.


I use my hands to roll out the pizza. You can use a rolling pin. Make it as thick, or as thin as you like.



I make a simple pizza sauce. Tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, minced garlic and a little basil.
No cooking!!



Julienne some fresh basil.




 I sliced some mozzarella cheese.




You can use any toppings you like. Mine is just mozzarella and fresh basil. Ready to go in the oven.


                                                       
                                                                   Bon appetit


  •  FOR THE CRUST (MAKES TWO CRUSTS):
  • 1 teaspoon Active Dry Or Instant Yeast
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 

TO MAKE THE CRUST:
Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water.
In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.
Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you need it. ***It's best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.

I preheated my oven to 425
Cook for 20 minutes or until done. ( as crispy as you like it)


                                                                       Have a great day!!! 



Monday, February 16, 2015

Before And After Stool Slipcover



 Hello,
I hope everyone is keeping warm!! Since i have been staying in a lot i thought this
is a good time to finish some projects. I bought this footstool at the thrift shop for
$7.00 and i wanted to make a simple slipcover for it. I wanted it very simple. I found
some fabric at joanns that i liked , and it was 50% off. 





  The stool is in good shape. It's a cream leather. A little too cold looking.



 I measured the length and width and cut my fabric. I pinned each corner. Right side facing down.



  Then i cut off the excess fabric. I left about an inch seam allowance.

 
 Next i made my piping. I always like to make piping it gives the piece a nice finished look.
 You need your zipper foot for this. It gets the stitches nice and close to the piping.



 Then i sewed the corners.



I made an extra piece to show you how i attach the end to end piece of piping.
 




  I opened up the end. I trimmed a little of the piping off.


I put the other end in. Now they meet.



    Pin and sew together.







     You can't really tell where they meet. This is the easiest way for me to do this. 




Sew the piping on and your done!!!! I put some rub and buff on the feet to give it a clean look.
It's simple but kind of modern and chic. It's going in the living room.



                                                                  Have a great day!!




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