DIY Watercolor Easter Eggs

Last year I created these Patterned Easter Eggs using white paint pens on brown eggs. I really wanted to come up with another unique and artsy egg decorating idea this year. I had just purchased a set of watercolor paint (I’m currently in love with simple watercolor designs!) and was inspired to try watercolor egg decorating. I went to Pinterest (my go-to for inspiration) and I wasn’t able to find anything exactly like what I had in mind. I really wanted to create ombre watercolor designs, instead of painting brush strokes onto the eggs. I wasn’t even sure if it … Continue reading DIY Watercolor Easter Eggs

2013 Reader Favorites // Top 15

I decided that it would be fun to end the year with a compilation of the most popular posts of 2013! Thanks to you, these are the most viewed posts to date! Simply click on the post’s title, above each picture, to take a closer look at any of these projects and recipes! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year! Reader Favorites // Top 15 Posts of 2013 15. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce 14. Hot Chocolate Spoons 13. Cilantro Lime Chicken Fajitas 12. Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels 11. Cookie Dough Sugar Scrub 10. Parmesan Crusted Potatoes 9. Chicken Avocado Lime … Continue reading 2013 Reader Favorites // Top 15

Cranberry Bliss Bars

It’s that time of the year again, time for baking and taking all kinds of sweets to Christmas gatherings! If you’re still searching for a holiday dessert recipe, try these Cranberry Bliss Bars: blondies with the addition of white chocolate chips and tart dried cranberries, iced with cream cheese frosting. I love how festive the colors in this dessert are, it’s perfect for sharing! If you hadn’t already guessed, this is a copycat recipe for Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars. Recipe was slightly altered from here. Cranberry Bliss Bars 1/2 cup butter  1 large egg 1 cup light brown sugar (packed) … Continue reading Cranberry Bliss Bars

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Peppermint candies are so festive and classic, no matter what time of the year it is, the sight and smell of peppermints always reminds me of the holidays. Peppermint Candy Ornaments are thrifty and quick to make, they’re a handmade project that is perfect for this time of the year, when we’re all running a little lower on money and time! You could make a dozen of these edible ornaments at just a dollar per bag of peppermints! These melted candies aren’t just for the tree either! Use this method to create cute little edible toppers for cupcakes or brownies … Continue reading Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Wood Slice Ink Transfer Art DIY & GIVEAWAY

I was recently given the honor of creating a DIY tutorial for typography company, Fairgoods. I had so much fun coming up with this project, and Fairgoods has so many great typefaces to choose from! This project is live on their blog today and you can also enter for a chance to win this Joy Wood Slice Art! Go check it out and enter to win HERE. Facebook // Etsy // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter Continue reading Wood Slice Ink Transfer Art DIY & GIVEAWAY

Chalkboard Gift Wrap with DIY Clay Button Stars

Every year I look forward to deciding what type of packaging I’m going to use for Christmas gifts. I love the personalized feel of homemade gift wrap. With a few simple supplies, and just a little bit of extra time, you can create gift wrapping that is all your own. In past years I’ve packaged gifts with brown kraft paper, twine, and my homemade cinnamon ornaments. This year I decided to go with “chalkboard” wrapping paper, an idea that I picked up from Pinterest. To create this look you’ll need a roll of black kraft paper. I ordered this kind and it’s … Continue reading Chalkboard Gift Wrap with DIY Clay Button Stars

Shimmer Cinnamon Ornaments

I love making these cinnamon ornaments every year, they’re easy to create and they make the house smell so festive! The classic cinnamon ornament recipe is so simple, just two ingredients. This year I decided to change it up a little bit by adding glitter. I used very fine, colorless, shimmer glitter to give these ornaments some sparkle. I had a bit of hard time getting the shimmer to show up in my photos, but they’re really so pretty! String these ornaments together to create a festive holiday garland, or use them as spicy scented tags for Christmas gift packaging. … Continue reading Shimmer Cinnamon Ornaments

Favorite Things Giveaway :: CLOSED

Thanks to all who entered… Suzanne D. is the winner of this giveaway! Stay tuned for more giveaways to come! Today we’re having a cozy, stay-inside-with-a-mug-of-hot-chocolate, snow day in Texas. I’ve been working on putting together a “My Favorite Things” Giveaway and I decided that today was the perfect day to launch it! I’ve gathered some of my favorite treats for this holiday giveaway. Enter for a chance to win these goodies for yourself or for someone you love! This Giveaway includes: Capri Blue Mercury Glass Volcano Candle EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm Lindt Caramel Brownie Candy Bar Archer Farms Vanilla Bean Creme … Continue reading Favorite Things Giveaway :: CLOSED

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies : Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

I’m so excited to be sharing my favorite sugar cookie recipe with you today, on the second day of Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies, an online cookie swap hosted by Dominique of Gusto and Grace! Go check out her Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bark from yesterday, and follow along with us as we share Twelve Days of Cookies! 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Schedule:  December 10- Gusto and Grace December 11- Hello Homebody December 12- Healthy Isn’t Hard December 13- Unconventional Adventures December 16- Blaine Arin December 17- The Well Styled Child December 18- Debbie Allen December 19- Thirty One Ministries Blog December 20- Enjoying the Journey December 23- Simple Pleasures December 24- Styled By … Continue reading Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies : Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Hot Apple Cider with Cranberries and Pears

Hot apple cider is a new favorite of mine, after being introduced to it at my husband’s family’s holiday celebrations. It’s a fun, festive drink to enjoy on cold evenings! I really wanted to try something different than the usual citrus infused cider, so I flavored some store-bought apple cider with Bosc pears, fresh cranberries, and a couple of cinnamon sticks. It’s as easy as washing the fruit, placing all ingredients into a pot, and simmering on the stovetop over low heat. Or warm cider in a crockpot. So simple! After posting a photo to Instagram, someone suggested adding tropical … Continue reading Hot Apple Cider with Cranberries and Pears

Best Ever Cheesecake

This cheesecake is perfectly rich and creamy, with a smooth and sweet sour cream topping. This is the cheesecake recipe that my mom has always made, it really is the best! I made this cheesecake in jars for my wedding and they were a great hit. We popped the leftover cheesecakes-in-a-jar straight into the freezer and they still tasted delicious. This year I made these mini cheesecakes for two Thanksgiving celebrations. Single serving cheesecakes are perfect for holiday dinners. I’ve included both mini and regular cheesecake baking instructions below. Look at that delicious layer of sour cream topping on top … Continue reading Best Ever Cheesecake

Malted Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks in the wintertime! It’s so easy to make a batch of homemade hot chocolate mix. Just add this mix to hot water, milk, or coffee! You can easily turn your homemade mix into a pretty party favor or stocking stuffer… This mix goes perfectly with the Hot Chocolate Spoons that were on the blog a few days ago! Malted milk powder can be a little tricky to find, this recipe is good with or without! Malted Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe 3 cups powdered sugar 2 1/2 cups powdered milk 1/2 cup malted … Continue reading Malted Hot Chocolate Mix

Gorilla Bread

Gorilla Bread is pretty similar to monkey bread, but each pull-apart piece is filled with a special ingredient… cream cheese! This delicious pastry has a caramelized cinnamon/sugar outside with a soft cream cheese center. It’s a simple recipe that takes only about 10 minutes to put together, making it a great Christmas morning breakfast (or after-dinner treat)! Note: I made half of this recipe and placed it into a large loaf pan. Use two loaf pans or a bundt pan if making the whole recipe. This is an adaption of Paula Deen’s recipe. Gorilla Bread             … Continue reading Gorilla Bread

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Hot Chocolate Spoons are perfect for stirring up a mug of hot chocolate or coffee! Try making them with any variety of chocolate and candy. My favorite is definitely the salted caramel! Create these spoons for a hot chocolate bar, give them as favors at your next Christmas party, use them as stocking stuffers, or enjoy them yourself! Try serving them with my homemade Malted Hot Chocolate Mix! I used these wooden spoons for this DIY, and created these flavor combinations: Salted Caramel // melted caramel squares topped with coarse sea salt Dark Chocolate Toffee // melted semi-sweet chocolate chips topped with toffee bits … Continue reading Hot Chocolate Spoons

Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels

I love peppermint everything at this time of the year! My husband and I had a Chick-fil-a date on Monday to celebrate the return of their Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake… Starbucks’ Peppermint White Chocolate Mochas are the best… and these Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels are one of my favorite holiday treats! I love their simple salty-sweetness, with a hint of mint. They’re also the simplest Christmas treat to make. Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels pretzels white chocolate chips peppermints Unwrap peppermint candies and place them into a ziplock bag. Use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat tenderizer to crush … Continue reading Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels

Cherry Turnover Pastries

These Cherry Turnovers have a flaky pastry outside with a warm cherry pie filling (and a sweet glaze!). They are a festive treat for the holidays… these turnovers are just as quick as opening a tube of cinnamon rolls, making them perfect for breakfast or dessert! This is one of those recipes that is so simple that you almost don’t need a recipe. I got my inspiration for these from the Pillsbury’s cherry turnover kits that I loved when I was growing up. I haven’t been able to find them anymore so I decided to make my own simple version. Try … Continue reading Cherry Turnover Pastries

Spicy Southwest Cornbread Dressing

As un-American as this sounds, I’m really not a fan of traditional Thanksgiving dressing or stuffing. I’ve always liked the idea but I just can’t get into the taste. Last year, at my husband’s family’s Thanksgiving dinner, we enjoyed dressing that was flavored with cilantro. It’s something that I never would have thought of, but the flavors really go so well together. As much as I love Southwestern food, I had to try making it myself, so I came up with this similar, spicy, version! Note that this makes a pretty large batch, perfect for serving up at the holidays! … Continue reading Spicy Southwest Cornbread Dressing

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Today I’m so excited to feature a guest post from my friend, Dominique, of Gusto & Grace! I absolutely love Dominique’s creativity and style, her recipes and home decor are always so perfect. Go follow the Gusto & Grace blog and like the Gusto & Grace Facebook page! Thanksgiving Tablescape This is my first Thanksgiving as a married woman. My husband and I will be hosting both sides of our family this year. I am excited to spend this holiday in my new home and am thrilled to entertain. When thinking about how I would set the Thanksgiving table I … Continue reading Thanksgiving Tablescape

Cranberry Toffee Muffins with Crumble Topping

Baking is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. I love the delicious scents that fill the house and the warmth of the oven on cold days. This muffin recipe is perfect for the holidays, with the flavor of tart cranberries and salty sweet toffee! You could also make these Cranberry Toffee Muffins in the form of a sweet bread. I actually used this recipe to make one dozen muffins and one mini loaf! Cranberry Toffee Muffins                                      18 … Continue reading Cranberry Toffee Muffins with Crumble Topping

Simple Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

Today I have a few simple holiday table centerpiece ideas for you. You can create a great centerpiece without setting up an elaborate tablescape! Have a small space? Make a centerpiece on your coffee table if you don’t have a large dining table. Use things that you already have to a create unique and beautiful centerpiece that will pop! A cake stand makes a perfect base for a centerpiece! It’s a great way to decorate without sacrificing a lot of table space. I used tall vases, filled with natural cotton, to give the centerpiece even more height. Grab a pretty tray, plate, … Continue reading Simple Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Gourmet caramel apples are one of my favorite holiday treats. Just the fact that there’s a piece of fruit inside makes me feel okay about eating layers and layers of candy! I chose three different apples for this recipe and went with three different flavor combinations on top of the caramel: mini dark chocolate chips, drizzled dark chocolate and white chocolate, and (my favorite) melted dark chocolate dipped in toffee bits… I loved the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate, mixed with the saltiness of the toffee and the tartness of the green apple! It’s so easy to make fancy … Continue reading Gourmet Caramel Apples

Modern Paint Dipped Pumpkins

Silver mercury glass pumpkins and natural white pumpkins are my favorites! I decided to do something of a combination of the two when I painted this pumpkin. You can use this easy method, in whatever color scheme you like, to add some modern flair to your Fall decor. Fall and DIY projects, what could be better? Start by choosing a pumpkin! I knew that I wanted to use my pumpkin for a painting project, so it didn’t have to be anything special, I picked this one up at Walmart for $5. I would suggest buying a plastic pumpkin for this … Continue reading Modern Paint Dipped Pumpkins

Orange Clove Pomanders

I love natural decor for Fall! This year I’m decorating with a collection of pumpkins, natural cotton, and orange clove pomanders. These pomanders are both natural and fragrant, with a spicy citrus scent! I love making them at least once during this time of the year (it’s also a fun project that you can create with kids!). These pomanders are the perfect decoration for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Christmas! Wrap twine or ribbon around pomanders to make them into hanging holiday ornaments. Orange Clove Pomanders oranges whole cloves a toothpick Using a toothpick, make a small hole in the skin of … Continue reading Orange Clove Pomanders

Natural Cotton Wreath

I have a pretty unique name. It isn’t very common, and the spelling of my name makes it super unique (I know, you’re wondering how this could possibly tie in to this wreath project? but just wait!). Several years ago I connected, via Facebook, with someone else named Shae. The really crazy thing? Our maiden names were exactly the same as well! This obviously doesn’t happen very often. Okay, so, this has never ever happened before. Even better, we have similar characteristics and similar tastes! Recently Shae and I were talking about Fall decor and our search for natural cotton or … Continue reading Natural Cotton Wreath

Birdseed Bird Feeder Ornaments

I’ve been wanting to make birdseed ornaments for a while but I just couldn’t bring myself to search for suet (a must-have ingredient in most birdseed ornaments). This recipe doesn’t call for suet or gelatin, and it doesn’t involve messy peanut butter! These ornaments will be great for the winter, when birds really are in search of food, but I didn’t want to wait until then to make them! I’ve hung these birdseed ornaments on a tree just below our balcony where I can watch birds munch away. You can make your own bird feeders with this simple recipe! Birdseed … Continue reading Birdseed Bird Feeder Ornaments

Dip-Dyed Candles // Ombre DIY Project

I absolutely love the dip-dyed/ombre look! Recently I’ve been looking for projects that feature this trend. I came across this easy technique and used it to upcycle extra white candles that I had around the house. This is a thrifty way to add a pop of color to a party or wedding… buy plain candles in bulk and dye them to match any decor! Needed: white candles (pillar, taper, or votive) old candle wax or scentsy bars crayons (for dyeing white candle wax) can or glass jar wooden stirrer Separate old candles or scentsy bars by color (I used a mixture of pink and red). … Continue reading Dip-Dyed Candles // Ombre DIY Project

Patterned Easter Eggs

I used to love dyeing eggs at Easter… the more vibrant, the better! This year I wanted to do an updated version of Easter egg decorating. I came across a picture of this method and, since I always have brown eggs on hand, decided that this was the perfect project! It’s so simple, just hardboiled eggs and a paint pen! The pen wrote easily on the eggs and dried quickly. Decorate room temperature eggs. Eggs straight from the refrigerator will sweat, causing the paint to run. For more color, try this method on dyed eggs or use a colored paint … Continue reading Patterned Easter Eggs