Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Dessert with Berries and Fresh Whipped Cream

We buy lots of fruit and with Summer here, our fridge is full of fresh berries! I have been wanting to make a fresh dessert with our berries and the pint of whipping cream I bought this week. Behold pound cake with berries and freshly whipped cream! This dessert is fresh and amazing chilled in your trifle bowl. I'm not going to lie, I have always wanted a trifle bowl, but have only used it a few times. I am so glad this dessert was perfect to place in my trifle bowl! If you do not have a trifle bowl, just cut a slice of pound cake and top with whipped cream and berries on a plate. The whipping cream took about 3 minutes of whipping with my hand mixer, and an additional minute once you add your powdered sugar and vanilla to the cream. Happy Summer!

Easy Pound Cake


- 1 1/2 cup flour (plus 1.5 tbsp of flour at high altitude)
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup sour cream

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your bread pan.
2. In your mixer, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
3. Add one egg at a time, vanilla and sour cream.
4. In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt.
5. Slowly add dry ingredients to your wet. Pour into your greased bread pan.
6. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour depending on your oven. (mine took 55 minutes)

Fresh Whipped Cream

- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1. Using a hand mixer, mix your cream until soft peaks form.
2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until stiff peaks form.


1. Cut 3 pieces of pound cake about 1/2 inch thick and place on the bottom of your trifle bowl.
2. Spread a third of your whipped cream on top and sprinkle your berries on the cream.
3. Repeat two more times. Enjoy!

Pound Cake Batter

Pound Cake

Fresh blueberries and raspberries

 Whipped Cream ingredients, top right: whipped cream, bottom right: whipped cream, powdered sugar and vanilla

 First layer of pound cake in trifle bowl

 Whipped cream and berries

Summer Dessert with Berries and Fresh Whipped Cream

My boys loved the whipped cream!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Funfetti Candle in a Mason Jar DIY

I loved these candles when I saw them, so I just had to try my hand at candle making! Now my local Michael's store did not carry a lot of candle making supplies, so I ordered my soy wax flakes from Amazon. I ordered the scented meltable wax blocks from Amazon as well in "Cupcake" scent. You can use any scent you wish your candle to smell like. Also, the 2 lbs of soy wax flakes will make 2 x pint sized candles. I used 2 quart sized jars, and got pretty much a candle and a half a candle in the other jar. It is also extremely important to place your Mason Jar directly into the freezer after the pour the wax so your sprinkles don't float to the bottom of your jar!


- Mason Jar (I used quart sized, but pint size is preferred)
- 2 lb. soy wax flakes
- 4 scented blocks of cupcake scented wax
- candle wicks
- glue gun
- 1/2 cup sprinkles
- 2 tbsp. water
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- paintbrush

1. Hot glue the bottom of your wicks to the bottom of the Mason Jar.
2. Mix your cornstarch and water together and use your paint brush to coat the inside of the Mason Jar with it.
3. Sprinkle the sprinkles into your jar and turn the jar as you add them so they stick to the cornstarch mixture.
4. Place a pencil on top of your jar and tape the wick to it so it stays straight.
5. Make a hot water bath with a pot of boiling water with a bowl inside of it. Place your wax flakes and scented wax in the bowl and allow to melt completely.
6. Carefully pour your melted wax into your jars.
7. Place jars inside the freezer immediately for candle to set for 3-4 hours.

 Mason Jars with candle wick hot glued to the bottom

Cornstarch mixture with sprinkles

 Sprinkles on the sides of the jar

Wick taped to a pencil to keep it in place

 Hot water bath, wax and scented wax, melted wax, wax in Mason Jar (place in freezer so the sprinkles don't float to the bottom like mine did!)

 Finished Funfetti Candle

 Funfetti Candle Gift


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hashtag Tote Bag DIY

Who hasn't seen the adorable "hashtag" tote bags by Kate Spade? Well... you can make yours own for a fraction of the cost! All you need is a $5 canvas tote bag, acrylic paint of your choice, a foam brush, paint tape, and black iron-on letters. Super simple to make and all you need is to come up with your own "hashtag" to personalize your tote bag.

I originally saw this adorable DIY project on CraftyTexasGirls Blog - she has the best ideas! She made her totes for Girls Scouts and for Mother's Day for her mom.

I made four tote bags so far - and plan to make at least one more in the near future!

 Supplies: Black iron-on letters, acrylic paint, canvas tote bag, painters tape, foam brush
*Tape off your bag and make sure to press firmly on the tape to avoid paint bleeding, paint lower half of your bag with acrylic paint

 *Let paint dry completely before removing your tape

 *Select your letters to "hashtag" and place them where you want them on the bag - be sure to make your own hashtag out of other letters you aren't using (the iron-ons don't come with a hashtag)

 *Iron on your letters according to the directions

Such a great gift to personalize for friends and family! #Nana is for my mother, #GA Peach is for my sister who lives in GA, #Jujube is for a friend who loves Ju-Ju-Be bags, and mine is #Craftymom


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Painting Vintage Mason Jars DIY

Beware - there will be at least two Mason Jar projects on the blog this week! The first one I did was super simple and turned out to be so pretty! I love the color I chose to paint my Mason Jar, you can really pick any pastel acrylic color you like. The sandpapering of the Mason Jar at the end can be minimal, to a lot, pending how you want your Mason Jar to look in the end. These are perfect for a table centerpiece with some fresh (or fake!) flowers. You can also use them as decorations around your home, holding a candle, or placed in your bathroom as a toothbrush holder. Since I'm trying to use up my dozen Mason Jars... the things I have listed are actually potential possibilities in my future for my jars! Or I'll just paint a bunch and give them away as gifts.

Painting Vintage Mason Jars DIY


- Mason Jar (I used a quart)
- chalkboard paint
- foam brush
- acrylic paint

1. Paint your Mason Jar with chalkboard paint with your foam brush. Let dry completely.
2. Rinse your foam brush (or using a different one) and paint your acrylic paint over your chalkboard painted Mason Jar. Let dry.
3. Apply a second or third coat of paint as needed, be sure to allow paint to dry completely between coats.
4. Using your sandpaper, rub off the acrylic paint to your desire to where the chalkboard paint shows.

 Chalkboard paint, acrylic paint in "Sea Glass", Mason Jar, foam brush

Left: Chalkboard painted jar
Right: Acrylic painted jar

 Using sandpaper to rub off the acrylic paint to show chalkboard paint

 Finished Vintage Mason Jar with raffia bow

Beautiful table centerpiece!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Umbrella Wreath

I was perusing Pinterest for an easy wreath idea for Summer. To make sure it could happen I went to my local Dollar Tree and purchased a foam wrest form for $1 and little drink umbrellas for $1. That's right, two items for my wreath, and it cost $2! Now the little drink umbrellas weren't where the party supplies were (because I looked to no avail) - but they were located near the drinks/glassware by the party toothpicks. Such a cute and simple wreath - I love it! All you do is take your form, open up the umbrellas and insert them into the foam. You can even make yours bigger and hang it on your front door, if you'd like as well. I still need to finish my 'Summer' decor, but I am working on it! Hope you enjoy my wreath!

P.S. My son is in the first picture because he thinks it's hilarious to 'photo bomb' me... oh to be 3!

 Wreath form and umbrellas, open umbrellas and stick them into the form

 Finished wreath!

I attached ribbon to hang it up on my mirror


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First Day of Summer Box

As the end of the school year approaches, we are getting ready for Summer! A few things that will keep us busy are participating in our local library's Summer Reading Program, playing soccer, music camp through our Preschool, and swimming lessons at our gym. Hopefully we can squeeze in some camping and a family trip as well! To get excited about Summer, my son and I decided to make a "First Day of Summer Box," which he can open on the last day of school. Now you can surprise your child with this box of fun summer things, or you can take them to the store (because face it - your kids are always with you!) and have them help you pick some fun items out.

So, I took Kinley to Target and he selected a few 'treasures' to put in our box. The box is just a shoe box that I wrapped up with wrapping paper. A few treasures he selected were fruit snacks, gummy bears, a magnifying glass, three small trucks, a book, a DVD, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a water gun. Some other ideas to include could be a swimming suit, sunglasses, sun block, a towel, a soccer ball, etc. Have fun with this and get excited for Summer!

 Our Box

 Kinley's Summer "treasures"

Looking forward to opening his box next week!


Monday, May 12, 2014

GF Thai Chicken Wraps

The other night we delivered a meal to a family who just welcomed their baby boy! They keep a Gluten Free diet, so I got to learn a new recipe that was gluten free. It was so delicious (I made my family the same thing) - I just had to make it again this week and share! Now the only ingredients that are GF are the tortillas and soy sauce in the Thai Chicken Wraps. If you aren't gluten free, just use regular soy sauce and tortillas. I love how fresh this meal is and the peanut sauce is simple and delicious!

My son has only two days of Preschool left and we are sad. But I will be sharing a fun idea for the Last Day of School in my next post. Good thing we have swim lessons, music camp, and soccer starting up to keep us busy. Now if only it would stop snowing here in Colorado... we could actually look forward to Summer!

Thai Chicken Wraps

Peanut Sauce:
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, creamy
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp. GF soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. water
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. garlic, minced

1. Combine all peanut sauce ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat. Heat until sugar has dissolved.

Chicken Wraps:
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 lb. chicken tenderloins
- 1 bag of broccoli slaw
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp. cooking oil
- 6-8 GF tortillas

1. Heat oil in a large pan. Place chicken in a bowl and toss with salt and pepper. Cook and stir chicken until done.
2. Remove chicken and add broccoli slaw, onion, and ginger. Cook 2-3 minutes until vegetables are crisp.
3. To make wraps place chicken in a tortilla and top with broccoli slaw mixture and peanut sauce.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Rainy Day Paper Crowns

My friend's little girl came over to play and it was raining outside. The kids really wanted to play outside... so it was just disappointing. In an effort to turn their 3-year-old frowns upside down, I pulled out construction paper, foam stickers, puffs, and markers. To their delight they just decorated a piece of paper and I took out my pinking shears to cut them into crowns and we taped the two pieces together! They LOVED their crowns and it was fun to see how they wanted to wear capes and eventually gloves(?) with their crowns. Kids are so funny!

My 13 month old had a crown as well... which he destroyed. He also tried to destroy the other kid's crowns - so make sure you have tape at the ready to fix them up!


 Decorating their paper

 Palmer's crown I cut with the pinking shears

 Taped together crown

 It's impossible to take a picture of two moving kids!

Happy baby with his crown before he destroyed it!

Also, Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful and selfless mommies out there! I think I'd like to sleep in... these other mommies got it right!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Flourless Brownies with PB2

Now I have been dying to bake something with PB2 (powdered peanut butter). Other than sprinkling it in a smoothie or on yogurt, I was at a loss as what else I could do with this cool stuff. So I found a recipe for Flourless Brownies with PB2 - they are even gluten free for those who are GF! These brownies are super gooey, moist, and have a nice hint of peanut butter. You would never think they didn't have flour in them. I am a fan and can't wait for my husband to try them out!

Flourless Brownies with PB2


- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup PB2
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used dark)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1 cup water plus 1 tbsp.
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips

1. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and egg white together.
3. In a large bowl, mix the PB2, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder together.
4. Add the eggs to the mixture and combine.
5. Add honey, water, and vanilla.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into baking dish.
7. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.


 Top: Egg and egg white whisked together
Bottom: PB2, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt

 My son adding the chocolate chips to the batter

 Batter in greased baking dish

Flourless Brownies with PB2


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

End of the Year Teacher Gift

Remember how I spray painted some Mason Jar Vases a few days ago? Well we finished our Teacher gifts and they were so pleased to receive flowers! I also attached $5 Starbucks gift cards to the "Thanks for Helping Me Bloom" Tags. This is a great idea for teachers, especially since there are TONS of pretty bouquets in the stores for Mother's Day!

I hope you like our Mason Jar Project!

Also, if you are creative, artsy, and know how to draw - there is a World Label Mason Jar Design Competition you should enter! I don't think I have enough time to enter in at the last minute, but my neighbor shared this with me, so I thought I would do the same. Good luck!

 Mason Jar Flower Vases

Thanks For Helping Me Bloom!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mason Jar Vases

As the end of the school year approaches, I thought I'd make something for my son's teachers with Mason Jars. Of course I needed 2 Mason Jars, and my options at the store were either 1 Mason Jar, or a box of 12... Beware - I will be posting more DIYs with Mason Jars because, you guessed it, I have 12! I found the sweetest printable I will be attaching to the teacher Mason Jars, but since we won't be giving them to them until next week, I made another easy Mason Jar vase for a small BBQ we hosted last night.

I did spray paint the Mason Jars with regular red spray paint to make the vase stand out. You can really use anything to decorate your Mason Jars, I used ribbon I had in my house and burlap wreath ribbon that was pretty thick, which I folded in half. No glue or tape was used. Super simple!

Spray Paint and Mason Jars

 Ribbon, burlap ribbon, scissors

 Folded Burlap before placing Mason Jar down

 Secure burlap with ribbon/twine

 2 Teacher Mason Jars we will put flowers in and include this sweet tag!

BBQ Mason Jar Vase