Make this the star of your holiday table and you won’t need anything else.
Delicious and moist. And one of my favorites.
And covered in cream cheese frosting which is to die for.
There’s something about a red velvet cake that always makes me feel good inside. And it’s not just the taste. It’s the memories it brings of family and holidays and home. But it doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions. I think it should be loved all year long.
Red Velvet Cake
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans.
- Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
- Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together really good with another wire whisk.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
- Pour into cake pans and then drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- After about ten minutes, remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. I also cover in plastic wrap while the cakes cool.
- Then make the frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Sift sugar and set aside.
- Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla.
- Then, add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each addition.
- And frost away.
** Special Thank You to Bakerella for sharing this delicious recipe with us.
** Bakerella’s latest cookbook Cake Pops Holidays is now available on amazon.
Some of you may know that one of my favorite crafting techniques is printing on Fabric! I love how professional the fabric looks when the images are printed directly on it…the quality is truly amazing! So I decided to round up some printing methods with links for you to try. Enjoy!
1. Spray Adhesive Method - A fun and quick method that only requires a few supplies.
2. Freezer Paper Method - I believe this technique is probably the least expensive method, providing that you can find Freezer Paper where you live. It’s readily available in the U.S., but not so easy to find in some international countries.
3. Label Method - This is the method that I use most often, because it’s the fastest! This tutorial was written by Gail from My Repurposed Life, she has lots of clear photos so you can really see how nice the printing looks on the fabric!
4. Printable Fabric Sheets - This is a great method to start with, especially if you are nervous about putting things in your printer, other than paper. This is a fool proof, no worry product and there is a project and printable included on the post.
Getting ready for a photoshoot? Here are some inspiring photos. Silhouette photos shot from a distance capture grandiose and drama by juxtaposing the shadow of your bride and groom with the imposing, vibrant landscape, such as in the first photo. Closing in closer makes for a much more intimate and romantic image, as with the last photo.
Take a look at our picks and let us know which type of silhouette photo you like best!
* Photo Credits: 1. Lynn Quinlivan Photography, 2. Wedding Day Bliss, 3. Travel Babbles.
A Wedding Poster Guest Book is a fun alternative to the more traditional guest books. It allows for signatures of your wedding guests in poster format.
Using a Poster Guest Book at your wedding is easy. Download the wedding poster guest book template for free. Customize the poster with the names of the bride and groom and wedding date. If your printer is large enough, load it with 11 x 17 card stock and print the poster. If you have a regular printer, we recommend saving this Printable PDF and visiting a local print shop to print your guest book poster here.
At your reception, place your guest book poster on a table in a high-traffic area. Add some cute pens so guests are encouraged to write down their names. After your wedding, frame the guest book poster and proudly display it on a wall in your home. This will be a fun daily reminder of the amazing time you had on your wedding day with all your family and friends.
*** A special thank you to LoveVSDesign
Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver
When you are the bride, all eyes will be upon you! Your wedding is your day to really shine, and to do that, you need to have the complete package. Once you have found your dream wedding dress, it is time to learn how to select the perfect wedding accessories to complement your gown.
Tanzanite Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Earrings
First think about color. In general, a wedding gown which is white will look best with icy silver accessories. This is the time to shop for wedding jewelry with clear crystals, set in sterling silver. If you feel like being a bit more daring, add some blue crystals to your bridal jewelry set. They will add a gorgeous hint of color, while still maintaining the icy sparkle that suits a pure white wedding gown so beautifully.
Swarovski Crystal Gold Necklace
Brides who have selected an ivory gown will find that gold jewelry is often very complementary. Or if silver wedding jewelry is more your style, combine ivory pearls with sterling silver for a soft and elegant look.
Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Bib Necklace
Then there is the neckline of your wedding gown to consider. A good rule of thumb is that the more skin your dress reveals, the bolder your jewelry should be. A strapless wedding dress calls for a striking necklace like a bold choker, a modern bib necklace, or a classic multi-strand pearl necklace. It looks beautiful when the shape of a necklace echoes the neckline of the gown, which is why pendants enhance a V-neck dress, while round necklaces suit a scoop neck. Certain necklines can be tricky to pair with necklaces, but look incredible with bold earrings.
Blue Swarovski Crystal Chandelier Earrings
If you have selected a one shoulder gown or a halter neckline, make a statement with dramatic crystal or pearl chandelier earrings and a matching wide bracelet.
Naturally, your wedding accessories should pick up on the embellishments on your bridal gown. It is a great way to draw attention to the special features on your dress, while also creating a coordinated ensemble. For instance, if your gown has a row of small bows running down the back instead of buttons, it would be lovely to select wedding shoes with a petite bow on the toe.
Brides who have selected wedding dresses with silver embroidery or crystal beading should choose wedding jewelry in the same colors as the gown’s embellishments. You would not want to wear gold jewelry with a gown covered in icy silver mirror backed crystals, for example.
Style matters too. If your wedding dress has a vintage flair, enhance it with bridal jewelry inspired by the same time period. Gowns which have a very modern sensibility will look best with geometric wedding accessories with a contemporary flair.
Green Swarovski Crystal Earrings
Crystal cube earrings or long linear stiletto earrings will suit a sleek minimalist dress perfectly, while the bride wearing a ’50s inspired lace tulle gown should opt for classic pearl bridal jewelry. Your shoes and headpiece should also make sense with the style of your gown. A delicate tiara will look heavenly with a princess style dress, just as a spray of feathers will suit a chic modern gown.
With all of your key wedding accessories selected, you can start to pick out the smaller accent pieces like a handbag and perhaps a pair of gloves. Be sure to try all of your wedding jewelry, shoes, and other accessories on with your bridal gown at least once to ensure that the complete package looks as good as you envisioned. Then you will be ready to float down the aisle looking every bit the radiant bride on your wedding day.
*** A special Thank You to Glam Girl Creations for allowing use to use their photos.
*** You can see the entire Glam Girl Creations Collection here.
Wonderful Mix of Flowers! Whimsical but Elegant!
This pampering gift in a jar is an orange creamsicle sugar scrub recipe that uses coconut oil and smells good enough to eat.
Who doesn’t need a little pampering in their life? Mix up a big batch of this orange creamsicle sugar scrub, put it into small mason jars and give this gift in a jar to the women in your life. The smell reminds me of summer and the coconut oil helps keep your skin soft and smooth!
What You Need
To make one 8 oz mason jar of orange creamsicle sugar scrub, you need:
1/4 cup of coconut oil
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
10 drops of orange essential oil.
Soften the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds.
Add the vanilla extract and the orange essential oil. Then, stir in the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time.
Print off this fun label and attach it to the jars. To print the labels, I opened a blank Word document, inserted the label image using Insert and choosing Picture. I resized the label to whatever would fit on my jar. If you are making more than one, copy and paste for however many labels you need. Then, add a couple pieces of baker’s twine around the lid or a strip of washi tape across the lid.
You can download the free printable here: Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub Printable Label
I wish you could smell this sugar scrub!
The coconut oil will return to a solid form but the sugar scrub will soften in your hands or you can add a little warm water to the scrub that you scoop into your hands. We have a jar of this in our bathroom and have been using it for the past couple of days. It makes your legs and feet feel amazingly smooth! Just be careful though because products containing oil can make the shower/tub slippery!
** Credits: The Gunny Sack
This bag is a perfect size to fit a set of personalized note cards and envelopes. To make your bag, just follow the tutorial below.
Once your bag is made, you can embellish it with all kinds of ribbon, twine, paper flowers and gift tags.
A very special Thank You to Elli.com and Lia Griffith for sharing this fun tutorial.
How to make fancy edges and fancy toppings — and up your pie game this holiday season.
1. Rounded Crimped Edge: With this new technique, the bowl of a spoon guides the finishing of the edge, making a slightly rounded, more fluid edge.
The larger the bowl of the spoon, the bigger the waves will be. Dip the bowl of the spoon lightly into flour and press it gently into the crust, moving outward and using your fingers to guide the outer edge. Repeat all the way around the crust.
2. Dotted Edge: Roll out pie dough scraps to 1/4-inch thick. Lightly flour a small circular cookie cutter (in a pinch, you can use a shot glass or even freehand it), and cut out enough circles to cover the entire edge of the pie.
Brush the edge of the crust with water, and lay the circles around the edge, overlapping slightly. Any shape can be used, just remember to keep the dough pieces small. Pieces that are too large are more likely to become misshapen in the oven.
3. Braided Edge: Roll out pie dough scraps to 1/4-inch thick — it’s best to keep the piece of dough as long as possible. Cut long, thin strips (about 1/4 inch wide) using a chef’s knife or pastry wheel. Pinch three strips together at the top, and braid together.
When the pieces are almost fully braided, pinch the ends together to seal. Hold the strand at both ends and stretch gently. Repeat until you have enough braids to cover the entire outer edge of the crust. Brush the edge of the crust lightly with water and press the braids into the edge, overlapping the pieces slightly to achieve a seamless effect. This technique also works well with just two pieces of dough, twisted together.
Creative Crusts, Toppings, and Fillings
4. Ruffled Phyllo Crust: Place a piece of phyllo onto a work surface. Brush with melted butter, and top with another piece of phyllo. Place the second piece slightly off kilter, so the edges don’t match up, and the points of the dough are askew from the first piece. Repeat until you’ve layered 7 pieces of dough. Transfer the dough to a pie plate, and crumple the overhang around the edge. From here, the crust can be blind baked or paired with a filling and baked.
5. Cut Out Double Crust Pie: Roll out pie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes from the dough. Working from the outside inward, layer the dough pieces around the pie filling, overlapping slightly. This is a simple and eye catching alternative to a standard double crust pie — and is far easier than lattice work.
6. Toasted Marshmallow: Love the look of meringue? Try an easy (and delicious) alternative — marshmallow topping! Cook sugar and water until it reaches 250 degrees, then add melted gelatin and whip the heck out of it. From there? Mound it on the top of your favorite pie and toast to perfection in the oven or with a torch.
What are your favorite ways to fancy up pies
All you need are….
- Stamp pad
- New pencil with an eraser
Simply use the eraser end of the pencil to stamp polka dots to create instant envelope liners.
Make sure the stamp is dry before stuffing the envelopes!
Photo Credits: Christina Lilly Photography
Charming cupcakes wrapped in lace.
Guest Blog: The Gunny Sack
I made these little beauties for my party and they were delicious! And besides being adorable, they were easy to make! They consist of brownies, chocolate frosting, peanut butter cups and peanut butter frosting.
I purchased a 12 pack of 4 oz jelly jars and a brownie mix from Walmart. I made the brownie batter according to the directions on the package. Then, I greased the bottoms only of the glass jars and set them on a baking sheet. Next, I added brownie batter to each jar. I ended up with extra batter so the recipe could actually make more than 12 desserts.
I baked the brownies for about 20 minutes at 350°F . They were gooey when we ate them so if you like your brownies well done, you will want to bake them for longer.
Once the brownies were cool, I piped in store bought chocolate frosting.
I cut a bunch of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into small chunks…sorry I didn’t count how many but I think you need a little more than 1 peanut butter cup per jar.
Just put the peanut butter cup chunks on top of the chocolate frosting.
To make the peanut butter frosting, I mixed together 1 container of store bought vanilla frosting and 1 cup of peanut butter. Then, I mixed in 1 cup of powdered sugar. After that I added, 3 tablespoons of half-n-half and beat it until it was creamy.
I piped the peanut butter frosting on top of the peanut butter cups.
The last thing I did was stick 1/4 of a peanut butter cup into the peanut butter frosting. I stored them in the fridge until I was ready to serve.
These were seriously delicious but very rich. They were almost too much to eat in one sitting…not because of the size of the jars but because of how sweet they were!
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies In A Jar
1 brownie mix
~ water, eggs and oil that are called for on the box
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix up the brownie batter according to the instructions on the box. Grease the bottoms only of 4 oz jelly jars (I used 12 but had extra batter). Put about 2 tbsp of brownie batter into each jar. I used my cookie dough scoop and just eyeballed it. Place the jars on a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes for gooey brownies and longer for well done brownies.
1-16oz container of chocolate frosting
After the brownies have cooled, pipe chocolate frosting into each jar, over the brownies.
Peanut Butter Cup Layer:
About 18 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Cut the peanut butter cups into chunks and place them on top of the chocolate frosting in the jars.
Peanut Butter Frosting:
1-16 oz container of vanilla frosting
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp half-n-half
Mix together the vanilla frosting and peanut butter. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Beat in 3 tbsp half-n-half until smooth and creamy. Pipe the peanut butter frosting over the peanut butter cups in the jars.
Top each frosting peak with 1/4 of a peanut butter cup and store in the fridge until ready to serve!
Swarovski Crystal Blue Topaz Teardrop Earrings
There’s nothing more romantic than a wedding at sunset on the beach. With close family and friends, it can provide the perfect symmetry of romance and simplicity as you start your life together.
Unlike most traditional weddings, the attire worn by the bridal party at a beach wedding is often more relaxed and casual. This untraditional, low-key style of wedding may sometimes leave brides puzzled about what to choose when selecting dresses and accessories for themselves and their bridesmaids.
Here are some beautiful handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry accessories from the Island Treasures 2013 collection which would be perfect for a beach wedding.
Coral Rosette and Carnelian Beaded Necklace
A great way to coordinate your beach wedding theme with your jewelry is to incorporate the colors found on the beach. Jewelry is an excellent way to add a beautiful burst of tropical color. Choose jewelry in colors that represent your surroundings. Look for earrings, and necklaces made with freshwater pearls, gemstones or crystal beads in vibrant or subtle shades of tropical colors. Bridesmaid jewelry made from turquoise crystal or ocean blue agate will create a subtle ocean theme.
Cerulean Blue Agate Stone Necklace
Consider jewelry with an organic appeal. Look for jewelry that is inspired by nature, such as, pieces that are handmade with seashells, freshwater pearls, and mother of pearl. They will add just the right amount of embellishment to your dress and tie in perfectly to your wedding theme and to the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Mother of Pearl Rosette Necklace
Mother of Pearl & Cultured Pearl Necklace
Sandy browns and pacific opals are the trend, but burnt orange and bright hues of blues and greens are great too. This color pattern is great for bridesmaids but can also be worn by the bride if she prefers that extra splash of color.
Carnelian & Crystal Necklace
Sand Dollar and Swarovski Crystal Dangle Earrings
Your wedding jewelry should look effortless. Be sure to choose jewelry that reflects your style and adds a touch of glamour, while also tying into the natural beauty of the beach and surroundings.