Archive for November, 2008

Little Alouette - Handmade Maple Toys

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Coming from Columbus, Ohio and making beautiful handmade wooden toys is Little Alouette

This guy is quite pretty:

Dessert Tonight

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Tonight I made baked apples. They turned out delicious and came from an orchard in Ohio. Yum!

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

Friday, November 21st, 2008

In the grocery store today, I saw a Christmas tree display so I came home inspired to work on my Christmas cards. Here are the results from our photo shoot. Enjoy!

Pretty Stair Railing

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

I like the design and architectural elements of this stair railing. Filing away for our own home ideas!

Chalkboard Wallies

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

In case you don’t want to commit to chalkboard paint, there is a wide range of chalkboard wall stickers you can use to decorate. Several fun designs for kids rooms too.

Doggie Cupcakes

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I checked out this book lately and made the doggie cupcakes last night. I used marshmallows, pink sprinkles and chocolate chips. They turned out so cool! Will have to keep them in mind for future kid birthday parties. :)

Print Your Own Fabric

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I discovered this service and thought it would be really cool. It would really make your projects special!

Spoonflower is a place that will print your own fabric. You send in the designs and they print it and send you your fabric. At $18 a yard, it is a bit pricey, but I could see doing it for something really special. I haven’t tried it out yet, but here are a few designs others have made: 

Favorite Recipes - Cupcakes

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I found this recipe the other day and made it tonight. Delicious! I think I have found my go-to recipe for vanilla cakes. Very light and moist and the cupcakes got a light crust that was oh so tasty. I can only imagine how good the cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery are!

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
2 cups sugar 
4 large eggs, at room temperature 
1 cup milk 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Flower Shop Setup

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Spotted today on Design Mom, this flower shop is such a cool idea! Would be a pretty fun toy for little people. So pretty.

Cute Dog Appliques

Monday, November 17th, 2008

How cute would these be all over your stuff? Or Desi’s stuff, he loves dogs so much!