Sunday, April 5, 2020

DIY Bunny Face Pots

Hello everyone!
Easter is one week away!
This will be a very different Easter for most of us.
No gathering with family, no seeing friends, no community egg hunts.
That doesn't mean we can't spread a little joy!
I had originally planned on giving out these bunny pots as Easter gifts to my family on Easter Sunday but, now that I will not be seeing them I thought it would be fun to do a good old fashioned doorbell ditch.


You will need:
Terracotta Pots
Paint, I Used Lavendar, White, Mint, and Black
Large Paintbrush
Fine Tipped Paintbrush
Crinkle Grass
Fillers


With the large paintbrush, paint the Terracotta pots your desired colors.
I went with spring pastels.
I wanted my pots to have a bit of a weathered look so, I used a large paintbrush and painted uneven coats on each of my pots.
I thought it made them feel a little more rustic.


You can use a smaller paintbrush and make them nice and even if you prefer.
Once the paint is dry, use the black paint and fine-tipped paintbrush to paint the bunny faces on the front of the pots.
Two eyes, a nose and a few whiskers in different styles.
A regular bunny face.


A winky bunny face.


And the ever-popular closed eyes bunny face.


Once the faces are dry, fill the pots with crinkle grass and a few goodies and they are ready for delivery.
Enjoy!


These cute little pots come together in no time and would be the perfect way to brighten up someone's day this holiday week. 
What are your plans for this nonconventional Easter?


All my love,
Autumn

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Homemade French Madeleine Seashells

Hello everyone!
Happy International Mermaid Day!
I have loved mermaids since I was a little girl so, I like to do a little something to celebrate each year.
This year we made traditional french madeleines and dressed them up to represent seashells.


You will need:
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Softened
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons of Fresh Lemon Zest
1 Cup of Flour
1 and 1/4 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1/4 A Teaspoon of Salt
3 Eggs
3/4 A Cup of Sugar


In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Once the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the solids sink to the bottom of the pan and turn golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl.
Stir the vanilla and lemon zest into the butter.
Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
Set aside. 
In a large bowl, beat the eggs while gradually adding the sugar.
Continue to whip until the mixture is thick and pale in color, about 3-4 minutes.
Fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture in three additions until just combined.
Fold in the butter mixture. 
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, we let ours sit overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375o.
Generously brush the molds of a madeleine pan with butter and lightly dust with flour. 
Using a medium cookie scoop, spoon level scoops of batter into the center of each mold.
You do not need to spread the batter.


Bake for 12 minutes or until the centers have risen and are golden brown.
Cool in the pan placed on a cooling rack for 2 minutes.
Gently loosen from the pan. 
The shape of the madeleines are perfect on their own to represent seashells but, we wanted to dress them up a bit. 
We used edible pearl dust and spread it over the tops of the madeleines to add some shimmer.


On other madeleines, we dipped the tops or bottoms into melted white chocolate and added some sprinkles in blue, gold, and white.


Enjoy!


I LOVE how these turned out!
The sparkly sprinkles on top of the madeleines really gave it that mermaid feel.
They are simple to make but, a tad time consuming since the batter needs to set in the fridge.
Hurry and whip up the batter now and pop them into the oven tonight right before you watch your mermaid themed movie. 
I will be whipping these up on a regular basis to bring back all my childhood mermaid loving feels.
How are you spending your International Mermaid Day?


All my love,
Autumn

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Easy Homemade "Bunny Tail" Donut Holes

Hello everyone!
How are we all surviving?
I feel kind of weird going on business as usual on the blog with everything going on in the world but, I also think a lot of us could use some inspiration and entertainment right now.
So, today I am going to share an easy homemade donut hole recipe with you.
I thought these would be so fun for Easter to serve as "bunny tails."


You will need:
2 Cups of Flour
1/4 A Cup of Sugar
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of Baking Powder
1/2 A Teaspoon of Salt
1/4 A Teaspoon of Nutmeg
1 Egg
1 Cup of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1/4 A Cup of Melted Butter
Oil for Frying, I used Vegetable Oil


In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg until combined.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and vanilla until well combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together for a few seconds.
Add the melted butter to the mixture and stir until a thick batter forms.


Line a large baking sheet with a few layers of paper towels and top with a wire cooling rack.
Set aside.
Pour oil into a heavy-bottomed pan until the oil is about two inches deep. 
Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 350o.
Once the oil reaches 350o, use a cookie scoop to scoop batter and drop it into the oil.
Make sure to do this carefully and close to the oil to prevent splashback. 
Fry each donut for two minutes on each side. 
Remove the donuts from the oil to the prepared cooling rack.
Repeat until the batter is gone.
Adjust the heat level as needed to maintain the 350o oil temperature.


Brown Bunny Tails


You will need:
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 A Tablespoon of Cinnamon


Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow bowl until well combined.
Let the donut holes cool for 1 minute on the cooling rack.
Once cool, roll the donut holes in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, one at a time, until completely covered.
Enjoy!


White Bunny Tails


You will need:
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar


Place the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl.
Let the donut holes cool for 1 minute on the cooling rack. 
Once cool, roll the donut holes in the powdered sugar, one at a time, until completely covered.
Enjoy!


How easy is that?!
I love that you don't have to worry about yeast or rolling the dough out with this recipe.
It would be the perfect quick and festive Easter morning breakfast.
If you decide to not go the Easter route, it's still a perfect quick and easy breakfast. 😉
What bunny tail would you prefer?
Brown or white?


All my love,
Autumn

Sunday, March 15, 2020

DIY Rainbow Balloon Art

Hello everyone!
I think we could all use a little more rainbows in our life with all of the craziness going on in the world.
And with St. Patrick's Day just a few days away I am here to make that happen with this fun DIY rainbow balloon art!
We currently have this set up in our house making it very festive.
Plus, it makes us both happy!


You will need:
Balloon Pump, Optional
Tape


Decide on the design of your rainbow.
I wanted a full rainbow with white balloon clouds on either end.
You could do a full rainbow like me, or do half a rainbow.
It's up to you!
Blow up your twisty balloons.
I decided three balloons in each color would work for me.
I'd highly recommend a balloon pump when working with this many balloons. 
The twisty balloons don't have a lip like normal balloons so, I just taped the ends to keep them from deflating. 
Once you have your balloons inflated, organize them into your desired shape.
I started from the color red down.
Place pieces of rolled tape onto the back of the balloons and stick them on the wall.
Once the balloons are organized into your rainbow, blow up your white balloons and tie closed.
Tape the white balloons to the end of your rainbow to imitate clouds.
I used 6 balloons at each end.
Enjoy!


I will be honest, this took more work than I originally thought...
 But it was worth it!
It's such a fun statement piece for any celebration.
And now I am a balloon wizard for future balloon crafts!
Have you ever made a balloon statement piece?


All my love,
Autumn

Sunday, March 8, 2020

How We Improvise St. Patrick's Day Sugar Cookies

Hello everyone!
St. Patrick's Day is next week.
I am going, to be honest.
I never know what to do for that holiday...
Around here making sugar cookies is our go-to for any occasion but, we don't have any festive cookie cutters.
We have Wilton's 100 pack of cookie cutters so, I try not to purchase more unless absolutely necessary!
Erik and I decided to get creative and make St. Patrick's Day shaped cookies with cookie cutters we already had on hand. 
First things first, you're going to need some cookie dough.
We love making ours from scratch but, store-bought is also good.
Below is my grandma's famous sugar cookie recipe that we always use. 


You will need:
3 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup of Shortening
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3/4 Cup of Whole Milk

Preheat oven to 375o.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and shortening until a crumbly mixture forms.
Add in the egg, vanilla, and milk and mix until well combined.
Roll dough out on a floured surface.
Cut into the following shapes.


Clover Cookies


Take a heart-shaped cookie cutter and cut out four hearts of the same size.


Place the pointed ends of the hearts together to form a clover.


Mold the dough together to help it keep its shape.


Rainbow Cookies


Take a large circle cookie cutter and cut a circle from the dough.


With a knife, cut off the bottom 1/4 of the circle and discard.


Using a smaller circle cookie cutter, cut half a circle on the straight edge of your circle half.


Boom!
Rainbow cookie.


Horseshoe Cookies


Take a U cookie cutter and cut out a U from the dough.
Flip the U upside-down.


With a knife, cut two small equal-sized rectangles out of the dough and place at the bottom of each side of the U.


Mold the dough together to help it keep its shape.


Pot O' Gold Cookies


Using a pumpkin cookie cutter cut out a pumpkin shape from the dough.
Take a scalloped circle cookie cutter and cut out a circle from the dough.


Using the bottom of the pumpkin cookie cutter, cut 1/4 off the top of the pumpkin cookie.
Using the bottom of the pumpkin cookie cutter, cut 1/4 off the top of the scalloped circle.


Take the top of the scalloped circle cookie and place it onto the bottom of the pumpkin cookie.


Mold the dough together to help it keep its shape.


Word and Date Cookies


This is something Erik and I do for all the holidays.
We use the number and letter cookie cutters to fit the theme.
For St. Patrick's Day we went with the word lucky and the number 17.


Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
Let cool.
Decorate.
We went with buttercream frosting in festive colors and a few sprinkles.
Enjoy!


We love to whip up a batch of Grandma's cookies whenever we can and creating these cookies with items we already had on hand kept if fun and relaxed.
What cookie shape is your favorite?


All my love,
Autumn