Friday, March 25, 2016

Easy Easter Bread

Happy (almost) Easter! I made this beautiful Easter bread last year and did not take pictures of it, so I repeated it this year and took pictures to share with you! We are traveling for Easter, so I will include the recipe for the powdered sugar glaze, although I will not be making mine until Easter morning to the bread travels nicely. Hope you all can celebrate with friends and family!


- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 1 packet rapid rise yeast
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. butter, divided
- 4-5 dyed eggs


- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2-3 tbsp. milk
- sprinkles

1. Heat your milk and 2 tbsp. butter until butter has melted, allow to cool so it is warm milk.
2. Place 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast in your Kitchenaid mixer with dough hook attachment.
3. Slowly pour your milk in and mix the dough. Add your remaining flour slowly. Add your eggs.
4. Allow dough hook to mix dough into a ball.
5. Grease a large mixing bowl and place your dough ball inside. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place. I heated my oven to 180 degrees and turned it off before placing my bowl inside.
6. Allow bread to rise for an hour.
7. Punch out your dough on a floured surface and divide into two pieces. Make two ropes that are about 2 feet long. tuck the ends together on one side and twist ropes together. Pinch ends together.
8. Place bread on a greased baking sheet.
9. Gently brush your bread with the remaining tbsp. of melted butter.
10. Separate the twist and place your dyed eggs into the dough.
11. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 min.
12. Allow bread to cool, once cooled you can pour your glaze and sprinkles on top.

 Bread twist before baking

Easter Bread before the powdered sugar glaze

Easter Bread with icing and sprinkles


Monday, March 21, 2016

Palmer's Superhero 3th Birthday Party

Our little superhero is turning 3 this week! I can't believe it! This year Palmer's actual birthday lands on Easter weekend, so we decided to celebrate early this past weekend. A few semi-homemade touches and a couple of friends, pizza and cake and he had the best time! I had a custom Spiderman shirt and cape made for him to wear at the party from Etsy. I had also ordered each kid a cape and mask to wear at the party. Hope you enjoy what I did!

The Cake - I wanted to make a fun cake that had different colored layers inside and used blue Sixlet candies to decorate the outside bottom of the cake. Found cute little superhero 'star' candles to place on top!

Three different colored cake layers

 Star candles and sixlet candies


The Decor - I made a city outline out of black foam board, chalk, and yellow construction paper. Turned out so cute! I bought the comic book birthday banner from Punch Bowl.

City outline and banner

 Table set for pizza and cake

Party Favors - wish I had taken a picture of all the kids wearing their capes but they ran around our house non-stop until it was time for food! Each kid got to pick out their own cape and take home 2 homemade cookies - a spiderman and the number "3."

 Royal icing sugar cookies

"Thanks for coming" tags

Palmer the Superhero!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Bachelor Party Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

Bachelor fans! I won't disclose who won, but I wanted her to win and so I invited a few ladies over to watch the 3 hour finale! We all put our kids to bed and gathered for some dessert and wine. Not pictured are the delicious brownies one of my friends brought over with a caramel sauce on top. A simple and delicious dessert I made was a strawberry shortcake trifle with my pretty trifle bowl. We had a blast watching and feasting!

Simple Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

- 2 x 8 oz. Cool Whip
- Angel food cake, cut into cubes
- Strawberries, sliced

1. Place a layer of Angel food cake on the bottom of your trifle bowl.
2. Spread a layer of Cool Whip on top of your cake.
3. Stick strawberries slices along the outside of your bowl and on top of your Cool Whip layer.
4. Repeat layers.
5. End with Cool Whip on top with sliced strawberries around the top.

 Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

 Will you accept this Rose?

 The spread

Wine Time