The lesson I have learned this semester is that when life gets you down, life likes to kick you in the gut just to make the matters worse. Thanks life.
Being completely honest, this year so far has been trying. From taxes to our computer breaking to my major being cancelled to so many other problems, this has been a learning experience! As I was thinking about what could turn our luck around, I thought about how listing the many things that I am grateful for in the moment can put a smile on my face. Normally, this blog is more about crafting, but this post has a little less crafting and a little more heart.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
How was everyone's Easter? We had a blast at our house! It was my baby sister's 12th birthday and we had a birthday bash/Easter celebration at our house. It was a much needed break from normal life!
I wanted to make her some special cupcakes. My family is basically obsessed with coconut, so I made coconut cupcakes from scratch with coconut frosting uptop!
Aren't they fun? Here is the recipe that I used for the cupcakes...
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
5 extra large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 oz. sweetened, shredded coconut
Crem butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time.
Add almond and vanilla.
In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and powder, and salt.
In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to batter, beginning and ending with dry mix.
Fold in coconut.
Fill cupcake liner 3/4 to full.
Bake for 25-35 minutes at 325 degrees.
I found it in one of my many recipe books and then just adapted it to what I wanted.
I halved this recipe and still got almost 24 cupcakes which was more than plenty! Also, I had forgotten to buy buttermilk. I looked online and found that if you add one cup of milk and 1 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar it is a substitution for buttermilk. It worked great!
I didn't have time to make homemade icing, so I used buttermilk frosting from the store and dyed it green. I dyed coconut green to look like grass and topped it off with M&Ms as eggs. It was a lot of fun to make!
See those cookies in the middle? They are coconut white chocolate chip cookies. YUM!
Later at night we had an Easter egg dying contest. We never claimed to be artists! :) But we sure had fun!
This was the winning egg, which was mine! Although I'm pretty sure that they just gave it to me because they felt bad. The weird green mustache on him is a very long story! We decided that it looks more like Kermit's half-brother Fernando, than it actually looks like Kermit.
Oh yes, and we also planked. Don't ask me why, I'm just the photographer! But I do know that these are my favorite people in the whole world! And after a trying week, this day was exactly what I needed.
I hope you all had a great Easter!
Posted by Miss C at 5:37 PM
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
My Grandma is moving into a condo! This is a big move for her so I wanted her to have a house-warming gift. I love making wreaths, so I thought it would be fun to make a welcome wreath.
I bought the wreath on sale at Michaels Crafts for $2.99 and I bought the wooden characters at the Wood Connection.
The dangly letters were really easy to make. I cut out triangles with tabs on the end. I wanted them to be somewhat weather proof so I front and backed them with thick tape. I used the tabs to wrap around the rope and glue it in place.
In order to make the flower pot and lady bug stay up right, I had to add reinforcement. I had a wooden stick laying around the craft room that I cut in half. I glued both sides into the middle of the wreath so that it would really stick in there. Then I glued the flower pot and the lady bug onto the stick. It was really easy.
Hopefully this wreath brings a little bit of joy to her new home! Love you Grandma!
Posted by Miss C at 6:32 PM