Sunday, March 28, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday ~ Pink and Brown Bathroom

I have been following metamorphosis monday for several weeks and I am excited to participate in it for the very first time. I have changed my daughter's bathroom style many times over the last few years. I am not much into characters or anything too specific. We did go through a general princess phase and a black and white with a splash of hot pink phase. I purchased a Pottery Barn pink and white gingham print shower curtain a few months ago and my search for light pink towels began then.

Surprisingly, it isn't easy to find those towels. Last night while I was bored, I decided to browse TJ MAXX because I haven't been there in a while. Much to my surprise, I found huge stacks of light pink towels with the matching hand towels and wash clothes. They had both Well Dressed Home and Laura Ashley towels to chose from. I loaded quite a few towels, hand towels, and washcloths into my cart. I haven't been this excited over a find in a while, so I was very pleased.
I remembered as I was loading the towels that I had a new brown bathroom rug on the floor. We recently bought this rug to temporarily use in another bathroom while we had family in town and it ended up in my daughter's bathroom. I am throwing a pink and brown birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks and I suddenly got this great idea of making her bathroom pink and brown! It is one of my most favorite color combinations. I turned around in TJ MAXX and found a towering stack of brown towels and I loaded some of those into my cart too.

I also just happened to find a cute matching wall hanging with the letter "A" in it. The background is pink with white polka dots. I found some Martha Stewart pink ribbon embellishment stickers to dress up the hanging. I plan on switching out the white ribbon with a brown ribbon soon.

We went from a girl's bathroom that has been in transition for several months to a completed project. I hope you enjoy the photos!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bake Sale

I get very motivated when I am baking for others and I recently had a chance to do just that. A local playgroup I belong to decided to hold a bake sale to raise funds to support the group. I am pretty much the only one in my home that really will eat sweets. It isn't like I am going to eat an entire cake or batch of cupcakes often. I end up eating too much and throwing the rest away. At least with cookies, I can roll the dough into balls and freeze them and just bake them on demand.

I was very excited to make the fantastic Cookie Dough Cupcakes from I whipped up some Milky Way Icing and Buttercream, to pipe onto the tops. I also had some leftover Marshmallow Fondant in the fridge, so I made some Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing and I placed a flower piece of fondant that I use using a cookie cutter on top. In addition to the cupcakes (because I have a hard time making just one thing) I made some Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chips Cookies and Lemon Butter Tea Cookies.

I hope you enjoy the photos. Below are the links to some of the recipes I used. I will post my personal recipes for the Milky Way Icing & Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies at a later date.


Monday, March 22, 2010

White Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

Although I am a girl from the midwest, right off the farm in Iowa to be exact, I love Chinese food. I mean I really, really love Chinese food. Iowa is a meat and potatos kind of place, at least where I am from. I don't know anyone who doesn't own a chest freezer filled with a side of beef and a side of pork.

The closest thing to Chinese food I ate a few time growing up was some white Minute Maid rice drenched in soy sauce and La Choy noodles, you know those brown crunchy ones that you can eat like they are chips? Yeah, those.

Anyways, I developed a liking to Chinese food as an adult. One of my favorite Chinese restaurants in San Diego, where I reside, gives you fortune cookies that have been dipped into white chocolate after your meal. They are the tastiest little treat, so I decided to make my own so I can have them whenever I want.

It is quite simple. I don't think you really need a recipe for it. Just get a bag of fortune cookies and either some white chocolate chips or Bakers white chocolate squares and melt at 30 second increments. Dip the back half of the cookies into the melted chocolate and place on a piece of wax paper and allow to dry.

You can wrap these in individual foils and store them when they are dry.

I am making these to put into my daughter's pinata for her birthday, but I have also made them to take to parties as well.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Making Popcorn The Old Fashioned Way

How do you like your popcorn? Super buttery, salty or mixed with M&M's? How about Kettle corn, caramel corn? I can tell you that I loved super buttery microwave popcorn when I was growing up. We often made it in the evenings for a snack. I still remember the smell filling the air as we eagerly waited for the microwave to beep, letting us know our salty snack was ready.

I no longer eat microwave popcorn. I am not really sure when I stopped eating it or why. Perhaps my taste buds changed, but I don't like it anymore. Instead, I prefer making popcorn the old fashioned way, on the stove. Now, my earliest memories of popcorn take me way back to being 5 or 6 years old and spending the night at my Grama's house. She made popcorn the old fashioned way.

My nearly four year old daughter has never had microwave popcorn and it makes me happy to know that I am showing her an old fashioned way of making popcorn in the days where convenience rules. I will tell you a little secret.......I even make popcorn at home and fill a ziploc bag just before we go to the movie theatre. Yes, I sneak my own popcorn in!

2 1/2 tablespoons organic olive oil

1/3 cup white popcorn seeds

Use a large pan with a lid, and heat the stove on medium-high. Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil and pour the popcorn seeds on top. Just watch and wait and you seeds will begin to pop and in a few minutes you will have your popcorn!

I sprinkle a little bit of salt and fresh cracked pepper on ours. So tell me, how do you like your popcorn? Have you ever made popcorn on the stove?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tablescape Thursday

Fellow blogger, Between Naps on the Porch ( hosts a Tablescape Thursday each week. You can take photos of your Tablescape and post them on Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday section of the blog. I highly encourage you to check it out! My dishes are all from Pier 1 Imports as well as the blue with white polka dot runner. Enjoy!
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