Wednesday, March 18, 2015

easter hutch

Spring is in the air! Which means goodbye evergreen dishes, hello spring colors! I will admit, decorating our kitchen hutch is one of my all-time favorite things to do. (Even though my husband rolls his eyes at how many sets of dishes I own). It's located in the center of our kitchen and really sets the mood for our whole house. And well, it just makes me happy.

I decided to go all out and add some Easter flair to my spring decor. I found this adorable fabric bunny garland at Target and it couldn't match my dishes any better. I love love love having colors in my kitchen again. I hope this spreads some inspiration to start decorating!

I love my spring dishes from Target. It's fun to mix and match different patterns within the same color scheme.

The pink depression glass was passed down to me from my Mom and sweetens up the entire room. Who wouldn't want to eat Easter cake off of these?

I found this stuffed bunny at Hobby Lobby. My son is obsessed with pulling him down and giving him huggies. <3

Happy decorating!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

st. patrick's day cards

Joe has some Irish in him, so he wanted to send St. Patrick's Day cards to his grandparents to let them know he's thinking about them! We've sent a lot of hand and footprints in the past, so Joe decided to decorate his card with his thumbprint instead. I can't believe how big his little fingers have gotten!

These were super super easy. I hand drew four-leaf clovers and used Joe's thumb print to create the eyes. I backed it with cute checkered paper and wrote a little note from Joe. I think Grandpa, Mimi, Nana and Paw appreciated them!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

propeller cupcakes

I've had a few people ask me for details on how to make the vintage airplane propeller cupcakes. They were super easy, but here is a step by step to show you how I did them.

The cupcakes themselves were standard chocolate cake mix from a box. I'm not that fancy to make them from scratch. For the propellers, I decided to use Tootsie Rolls because they were stronger and more malleable than melted chocolate or even frosting. I used a standard rolling pin to roll them out...surprisingly it takes a little bit of oomph!

Roll them as thin or thick as you would like. I wanted them a little bigger than the circumference of the cupcake, but not too big where they would droop over the edges. Once they are rolled out, I used a knife to make them into a propeller shape. You can use your fingers to soften the edges a bit once it's cut. 

I made homemade peanut butter frosting that I found online here. It was delicious - super light and fluffy, but still flavorful. I used the frosting to secure a mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup to the Tootsie Roll. I went with the mini ones that come unwrapped, but any round candy would work.

I would recommend adding the "propellers" the day of the party. I added them the night before and they got a little soft overnight (and almost looked melted) from the moisture of the cupcakes. I added a little dollop of frosting to the top of the Reese and that's it! Like I said, super easy. :)