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Easter Bunny Rolls

A sweet Easter recipe idea.

Easter Bunny Rolls

You got me. The only event necessary for this Easter-themed baked good is to show off my beautiful niece Lucy! I saw the idea on Pinterest, but none of the links associated with the picture had a recipe that coupled like the one from Taste of Home that I tried. Easter Bunny Rolls Ingredients: Adapted from Taste of Home 4 ½ Teaspoons Active Dry Yeast ½ Cup Warm Water 1 Cup Warm Milk 1 Cup Sour Cream 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 2 Large Eggs 1/8 Cup White Granulated … [Read more...]

Sesame Seed Candies

A delicious homemade dessert recipe.

Sesame Seed Candy

In celebration of the freshness of spring, I’ve been on the lookout for a new kind of sweet treat recipe to share with everyone. The recipe I found on RadMegan.com provides the tools to make the sesame seed candies that you see everywhere in stores. This recipe is not only great for sesame seeds, but you can add all kinds of nuts and dried berries as well. A truly fresh breakaway from my (tried and true) base cookie recipe; this recipe is so easy, you can start 15 minutes before a dinner … [Read more...]

Homemade Jello Cookies

A colorful dessert recipe!

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I don’t know why it never occurred to me before: a dessert mix that is already super flavorful and colorful? Of course it would make for a wonderful cookie base. While perusing recipes on various blogs, I came across this recipe on The Farm Girl Recipes, and I was awakened to a whole new perspective on this spring and summer dessert favorite. Jello Cookies Adapted from TheFarmGirlRecipes.blogspot.com 3 cups all-purpose flower 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ cups salted butter, … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons

A cute and simple craft idea for bridal shower favors!

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I found this cute idea from The Gilded Hare, and I’ve been dying to try it for a special occasion. My friends Ana and Theo are getting married in spring, and I’m providing the bridal shower favors to thank everyone for celebrating the bride! What You Need: Assorted Wooden Spoons Painters Tape Spray Paint Food-Safe Clear Sealant (I used Bull's Eye Shellac) Method: Decide on your design. For Ana’s bridal shower, I wanted to use something that fit well with their … [Read more...]

DIY Sharpie Mugs

$1 wedding favor idea!

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When I found this craft on Living Well Spending Less, I was insatiable! The idea of doodling fully personalized tableware is sublime. In fact, our friend Ana was over and sipping from a graphically pretty cup with doodles by yours truly, and she insisted that Denise and I hand-draw designs on mugs as favors for her wedding later in spring. What You Need: Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers Mugs - they need to be microwave and dishwasher safe to ensure they will withstand the … [Read more...]

Cardamom & Pistachio Biscotti

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When moving to Florida in the Fall of 2009, I donated all of my coats, and cast away nearly all of my long-sleeved cozies. I never imagined I would experience a chill again. For the first time, Winter of 2014 (because as it happens, Winter doesn’t truly occur until after the first of the year), I’ve pined for my years of wonderfully warm layers— I’ve acclimated, as they say. I’ve been playing with different steamy drinks and baked morsels to liven each cup! I wanted to share a favorite … [Read more...]

DIY Hanging Twig Heart

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For a long time I’ve seen crafts done with found items, and I have to say— they’re my favorite! Anything you can put together after a good long walk outside is pretty fantastic. In order to start this craft I took my pups along for the search. For this project, you’ll want to find twigs and sticks that are ¼ inch or less in width, for each cutting. DIY Hanging Twig Heart • Twigs, of width measuring ¼ inch or less • Hot glue gun • Hot glue sticks • Gardening hand … [Read more...]

Chalk Painted Seed Starters

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To help stave off the gloom that befalls the winter months following the holidays, you can brighten your friends’ days by gifting little, chalk painted seed starting planters! I’ve wanted to make homemade chalkboard paint for a while, and this is the perfect occasion. These gifts are cute favors for many different reasons, for instance baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, etc. This time, I made them just because! Chalk Painted Seed Starter Pots What You Need: • ½ Cup flat … [Read more...]

Handmade Paper Fans For Chinese New Year

Year of the Horse!

Handmade Paper Fans for Chinese New Year #yearofthehorse #diy #craft #gift #handmade

New Year in the Chinese calendar falls on January 31st this year and is a holiday that celebrates good fortune, happiness, and wealth, among other positive things. I was wandering through my local thrift store the other day, and decided to start looking for books about China, or kids books with lots of illustrations of horses, to start my own fans for our own celebration. The thinner the paper, the better, because you will want to staple through many layers; however, tissue paper is not … [Read more...]

Homemade Honey Herbal Cough Drops

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The cold weather of winter months can take their toll on our immune systems and respiratory systems so I thought it would be nice to give out a little something to family and friends that will help ease the havoc caused by winter air! This recipe contains an assortment of herbs that are believed to have immunity boosting properties, as well as powers to soothe specifically in the respiratory system. When I found the recipe from My Healthy Green Family, I was further inspired by the idea that … [Read more...]

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