Wednesday, March 25, 2015

For the Love of Donuts!

Doughnuts have taken off in popularity in recent years, and new "doughnut makers" have inspired some bakers to make them at home. I must confess I have not met a doughnut I did not like. 

While walking through Big Lots, I came upon Pillsbury Funfetti Lil' Donut Kits, a donut box mix that lets you make fresh donut holes right in your home kitchen, no deep fryer or donut pan required! How cool is that!

The first thing I noticed was how few ingredients you need to make the donuts! Besides the box kit all you need is milk, water and butter! The kit also comes with glaze and sprinkles.

Here is what to do:
Step 1 
Turn on Your Oven. Set your oven to 375°F. Coat baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray or use parchment paper. Make the glaze, according to the directions on the box and set aside. 

Step 2 
After making the dough according to the directions on the box, you just roll them into teaspoon size balls and place them on a cookie sheet. 

Step 3 
Bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes and then allow them to cool for 2 minutes. 

Step 4 
Next, you will dip each donut into the glaze and coat evenly. Remove the donut and allow excess glaze to drip off. Place the donuts on wax paper-lined baking sheet or cooling rack. Be sure to add the sprinkles right away while the glaze is still “wet” on the donut. 

Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. If you happen to have any left, store the donuts in an airtight container. 

The mix comes in three flavors — vanilla, chocolate and maple, each with its own glaze flavor and multicolored candy bits. They had that distinctly pleasant doughnut taste, a nice texture, and they're not excessively sweet. I hope they continue to carry these is the supermarkets as they were a cinch to make.

                Enjoy your day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Decorating with Chalkboards

Hey There! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Last night I went to see a High School production of Les Misérables. My longtime girlfriend's son, who is a senior, was playing the part of Javert. Can I just say OH MY WORD! It was the most amazing, stupendous, awe inspiring play I have seen. Now mind you I have seen the professional production and TV version. It was the kids that made it so special, they were amazing! It was truly Broadway worthy. I am sitting here this morning still marveling at the fact of how talent these kids were. I was brought to tears a few times throughout the production and was left breathless at other times. I had to keep reminding myself that these were high school students and I was not alone, many in the theater were saying the same as me. If you have the opportunity go see a high school play, I am sure, like me, you will be taken away!

Now onto a new project, I did last week, that I have been wanting to do for a while now. Lettering a chalkboard.
Chalkboards were found at Decor Steals

Still one of the latest home decor trends is the chalkboard. They are no longer just for schoolrooms and since they are associated with nostalgia, chalkboards add a vintage or retro touch to a space. Chalkboards can be both functional and decorative, the possibilities are endless since you can so easily change the message. Chalkboards are great for kitchens because you can write down groceries and to-do lists. They also look great in entry ways because you can write on them welcoming messages to your guests. 

This project is nothing new – I’ve seen it done so many times before. You can find step by step instructions on Pinterest or the internet. But this is my first go at this, so I thought I would share what I did. 
  1. Create a design and print out.
  2. Cover the back of your paper with chalk. 
  3. Tape your printed type just as you would read it (chalk covered side down) to your chalkboard. Using a pen or pencil, firmly trace the type with a pen or pencil. 
  4. Remove the paper, and you should find a fine chalk outline. Using chalk (or a chalk pen), you can trace and color in the lettering. 

Chalkboards are still going strong in their popularity—and for good reason! They are the perfect marriage of beautiful and inspirational, they allow for creativity and add a personal touch to any space. Keep chalkboards in mind next time you are looking for home decor.

                  Be Creative!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday's Fancy

Mother Nature is playing a joke on us...

It may be the first day of spring
but here we are expecting 2-4" of snow.

source: stock photography

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dreaming of Spring

What day is it? It's Hump Day!

I have been dreaming of spring and what to plant this year. As I browse through some of my favorite blogs I see that some of you are already experiencing spring. That your tulips are all ready popping up. I am jealous. We still have a pile of snow covering our tulips, so it may be a while before I see mine popping up, I guess all in due time. Tho, we didn't break our total snowfall record this year, we did have the coldest February on record. Brrr - down right frigid! I am so ready for spring.

So to warm my soul I started thinking about what to plant this year. I usually plant herbs, a few tomato plants, and flowers in containers. Thinking of new ideas can sometimes be overwhelming and I thought why not look through some of my old posts to see what I did last year. This helped a ton since I was really happy with some of the plantings I did and some could use a little improvement. Then I thought why not recap them for you. 

Let us start with my Vertical Herb Garden. This was a great solution for the limited amount of space I have to work with. We also added some tomato plants planting them in gardening bags.
Next was using some of my flea market finds as containers for my flowers. An old watering can, colander, and buckets.

Then was the finishing touch adding a few more plants with new flea market finds (old roasting pan), some fun decorative garden stakes and a wreath for the door.

I think I might change things up a little bit this year. I still plan on using my repurpose containers for flowers but maybe using a different idea for my herb garden. I love the pallet idea, but it was a little big for my needs, I had more fresh herbs than I knew what to do with. I am thinking a smaller scale this year. I have this idea of using my old 28 oz tomato cans (I always have a lot of these) and hanging them on an old wooded board. 

Stay tuned to see what I come up with.

What are you planning for your garden this year? I would love to hear some of your ideas.

                       Have blessed day!