20 April 2014

Scenes of Easter

 Happy Easter to you! 


*all photos taken by me unless otherwise noted. I love to see them shared, but please credit back to me.  Thank you kindly!

19 April 2014

Bird nest cupcakes

It's that time again!  The time for over decorated in your face themed treats. Now I know, this has been done many times and it's actually not my first batch either.  But they are too cute not to share.  So here they are, cupcakes in the likeness of a spring staple - baby bird nests.  All it takes is some toasted coconut and mini eggs in the form of jelly beans or those infamous Cadbury confections.  This year I went for dark chocolate eggs and I don't know whats better - the flavor or rich blue color.


Obviously this project is pretty self explanatory, so here are just a few tips
  • Shredded coconut : spread about 1 cup onto baking sheet in thin layer.  Broil on low until lightly browned.  *Watch closely, this happens fast!
  • I ice and spoon on coconut 1 cupcake at a time.  This is so the icing is still tacky enough to hold the coconut.
  • Wilton's recipe is my go to for chocolate buttercream
  • I cheated this time with Duncan Hines mix - butter golden.  But I like this recipe when baking from scratch.
 
*all photos taken by me unless otherwise noted. I love to see them shared, but please credit back to me.  Thank you kindly!

15 April 2014

My lens, my brother



When your big sister asks to take your picture, you oblige.  Right?  Well you certainly don't have to but that's just how my brother rolls, ever the good sport.  What makes him an even bigger sport is saying yes to a sister with a blog…just about any picture is fair game for others to see.  The thing is, as kids Dillon was my little shadow - my pal.   When it came to my requests, silly as they may have been {i.e. combing doll hair or holding captured bugs}, he would always cooperate and never complained.  I loved having him to hang around and have always felt a mother like responsibility for him, both my brothers really.  He lives far from me now, and memories of childhood fade slowly as we transition into adult realities.  He is no longer the little fire haired scamper helping me wash my toy pots and pans and climb trees, but a wonderful grown man that clearly missed his calling as a model.  I am proud to have him as my brother and so happy I grabbed a few pictures during his recent visit.  I love you, Dillon!

*all photos taken by me unless otherwise noted. I love to see them shared, but please credit back to me.  Thank you kindly!

14 April 2014

Wilds of Spring : A foraged floral arrangement

What's better than flowers?  Free flowers.  Spring bloomin' is in full swing around here and there is no need to purchase store bouquets if you don't want to.  Grab your clippers and head outside for the goods.  My current favorites: hellebores, forsythia and cherry blossom branches.  I used all of those for this wild arrangement, and threw in a couple ranunculus from a plant I recently put in the ground. Mix and match stem lengths, petal textures and shapes for an organic free feeling collection. Happy foraging!