Category Archives: DIY

DIY Mini Alice In Wonderland Cakes❣

📷: The Baker Chick

I may or may not have a little obbssession with Pumpkins! I mean I think they’re pretty, they turn into magical Horse drawn carriages that’ll take you to fall in love with a prince, I eat pumpkin pie instead of cake on my birthday (November 7th FYI), and I’m that typical white girl waiting in line at Starbucks for that Pumpkin Spice Latte (it’s coming❣❣).
So when I came across these Mini Pumpkin Cakes I just about freaked out!! It’s like a real life Alice In Wonderland moment (just these cakes won’t change your height!).

I found this recipe from the lovely The Baker Chick❣❣ Check her site out❣❣

I can’t wait to try them❣❣

mini pumpkin layer cakes

Yield: 6 mini cakes

 

ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves3/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅜ cup vegetable oil
  • One cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup whole milk

Frosting:

  • 1 8oz pacakge of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, (or vanilla bean paste if you have)
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

instructions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease or spray a half sheet pan and line the bottom with parchment, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk together and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes or until fluffy. Add the oil and pumpkin, beating until smooth.
  4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients in 3 batches alternating with milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Don’t over-mix!
  5. Pour the batter into the sheet pan and use an off-set spatula to evenly spread it throughout the pan. (This batter pretty much stays where you put it, so if it is spread unevenly it will likely bake that way.)
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until baked through and just slightly golden. (This bakes up pretty quickly since it’s so thin, I would check it every minute or two after 10 minutes so it doesn’t over-bake.)
  7. Allow cake to cool and then place a sheet of parchment on your work-space and carefully flip the cake onto it. Peel off the parchment.
  8. When cool- use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to stamp rounds out of the cake. Freeze the rounds until ready to frost.

For Frosting:

  1. Whip the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar, a little at a time until the desired sweetness and consistency is reached.

To Assemble:

  1. Place one cake round on a piece of parchment and spread 2 tablespoons of frosting on top. Repeat with 2 or 3 more layers, and either leave the sides of the cake exposed or give it a crumb coat and frost the whole thing.
  2. Top with cake crumbs and (in my case,) toffee bits!

notes

Cake Recipe adapted from: Food & Wine

Closet Envy

So I kinda have a bit of a Pinterest addiction!! I may or may not have almost 26,000 pins!! I understand that the first step to recovery is admitting but I’m hooked!! 

So this morning after I had my coffee and did my devotional by the lovely Hillary Scott “Love Remines”, I jumped over to Pinterest!

As I was pinning my future master bedroom I came across this pin of a “Rustic” closet!!

Okay stop, I’m in love!! Yes, everything about this the doors, flooring everything is perfect!! So I clicked on the link and it took me over to a super awesome blog “The Summary Umbrella“, which led me to their post “12 Amazingly Rustic Closets“!! 

These are some amazing closets and I’m now forever in love!!

P.S Dear Future husband I’d greatly appreciate it if you can build things that I find on Pinterest!! 

Xoxo, Holland

How to Host a Wimbledon Brunch : 20+ Ideas & Tips

Host a Wimbledon brunch party to watch the big match with friends. These tennis party ideas include decorating tips, a playful brunch menu with recipes, and lots of inspiration❣

I was on Pinterest (surprise) and I came across the best party idea from Chris at CelebrationsAtHome.com hosting a Wimbledon party❣❣ I think this would be so amazing❣❣

For all the tips and super cute decorations check it out here❣❣

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Chalk Board Paint

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Chalk Board Paint is literally my favorite kind of paint!!
I have painted pretty much everything with it and when I say everything that means wood tables, the leaf to the dinning room table, the refrigerator, etc!!
So I’d have to say that I am a chalkboard paint expert or addict, whatever!

I’ve used different brands and the best I’ve found is Rustoleum!! I don’t know why but theirs is the best! It covers perfectly and it’s inexpensive.
I can get a quart for around $10.00.
You may be thinking that a quart isn’t a lot, but it goes a long way if you follow the directions!!
It says that you need three coats and I 100% agree!! If you don’t do three coats you’ll have steaks!!
If your going to be making an actual chalkboard you will need to “season” it before you use it. So all you do is after it dries take a piece of chalk, hold it long ways and run the chalk all over your surface! After about an hour get a damp cloth and wipe it clean!
If you don’t do this whatever you write on the board will stain it when you wipe it off!! You don’t have to season it if you’re not going to be writing on you surface!!

So here’s what you need to chalkboard, well anything!!

Paint brush or sponge
I use a sponge that way I don’t have to rinse it out. If you do use a brush it rinses out pretty good because it’s a latex base!!
Paint Tray
You really don’t have to use a paint tray because the quart size is small and easy to carry!!
Drop cloth
I get kinda get messy when I paint so I just use an old sheet! Plus it’s eco friendly!!
Towel
This is a must because if any drips it’ll stain your clothes or carpet!
If it drips on tile or linoleum it comes right off with water!

I don’t ever sand the surface I’m painting because it takes way to long, but if you want to you can!

I love this paint because it works and it dries completely in like two hours they say to let it cure for three days but I’ve never had any problems with it and I never let if cure for that long!!

I’ve found that if its 75° or higher it dries super fast, but if its below that you might need to use a hair dryer to dry it.

So happy painting!!