egg cake

Can you believe Easter is just around the corner? It seems like just yesterday that I was making the most adorable egg wreaths and delicious bunny shaped cakes. I’m so excited that it’s almost that time again! I associate any egg/bunny crafts with the Easter holiday and that includes this super creative ‘egg cake.’

This DIY looks a bit challenging and time consuming because eggs are so delicate! You must be careful when blowing out eggs or they crack. No Bueno! It would be really fun to decorate the eggs before baking if making these for an Easter treat. Maybe dye the shell? A bright pastel cake mix would seal the deal for me. It would be fun to have an all chocolate one too.

Another great thing you could do with these egg cakes? Have the best April Fool’s prank ever! Lol! So perfect! It’s never too early to start planning for Easter or April Fool’s. Find a bunch of fun and harmless pranks here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Valentine Fudge

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Literally. It’s in three days and I am not prepared. (Don’t tell but I haven’t put away my manger scene yet!) I haven’t decorated, baked, or shopped. I need to get to that ASAP. I have some time tomorrow and I’m gonna hit the stores and knock out my holiday list like a boss! No matter how lazy, there is always time to make fun and delicious treats. Thanks to the internet anything is possible. Things like this yummy cherry fudge take only minutes and will wow your friends and fam!

This isn’t a microwave recipe but it’s still super quick! It’s perfect if your microwave is broken like mine is! Cream, marshmallows, white chocolate, butter, sugar. Healthy! We all know fudge isn’t healthy but there is no pretending with this recipe. I love how this desert is a pretty pink color. I don’t really like cherry so I would probably substitute raspberry or strawberry. If you’re not a fan of cherry either, you might want to try these delicious chocolate fudge recipes. There are 8 of the them featured at Mr Fudge. Yum.

Here’s the delicious video… Enjoy!

Heart shaped Cake

I made myself sick the other day by eating a whole bag of conversation hearts. They were so delicious that I just couldn’t stop. I love Valentine’s Day and all of the cute candy and cards. I love all the yummy sweets. This heart shaped cake looks adorable and delicious! P.S. Its incredibly easy to make!

I want to make this cake and I’m so glad that I don’t need a heart shaped pan to do it. I definitely don’t have one and unless someone gives me one I’m not going to buy one. You will need a square pan and a round pan to shape your cake like a heart. Simple! Don’t worry about cutting and pieing it back together like a puzzle. It’s only going to take one cut! Brilliant. I ‘heart’ this heart shaped cake!

Another fun cake, perfect for February 14th, is a cake with a heart inside of it. Bake It In A Cake shows us how it’s done here

Find the full recipe and tutorial from Better Recipes here…

Better Recipes:
How To Make A Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Cake

Here’s What You Should Do Instead Of Making New Year’s Resolutions

Here’s a fun way to start the New Year. Instead of resolutions…try rememberlutions. What, you might ask yourself, is a remerlution? Well, it’s the opposite of a resolution. A resolution is something that we want to change in the upcoming year. “I’m going to lose 20 pounds.” “I’ll drink less alcohol this year.” “I’ll run 3 times a week for a whole year.” It’s good to be ambitious and have goals but the problem with resolutions is that we often don’t keep them. We diet for January and February and then fall off the wagon. Guilt Guilt Guilt with a capital G. Rememberlutions are another and guilt free way of looking at the new year.

First you need to grab a jar and a plethora of craft supplies (I’m always looking for ways to use that word). Once your jar is decorated, you’re ready to start! Over the year fill it up with all of the positive things that happened. Good memories and personal accomplishments, big or small. Some of mine for 2014 might have been that I camped for 4 day without taking a shower. That was a major accomplishment for me! Another would have been that I finished the wedding photo album that I started years ago.

Look at all the memories at the end of the year and and celebrate instead of beating yourself up for being a quitter. You could read them during the year too if you needed a boost or extra encouragement. I would save the jars and have years worth of memories that I could go back and look at down the road.

You can still make resolutions too and USA.gov has a list of the most popular ones for 2015. I know some of mine are on that list! Find them here

Find the full article from BuzzFeed here…

BuzzFeed: Here’s What You Should Do Instead Of Making New Year’s Resolutions

nutella star bread

What did I get for christmas? I got…FAT. I also got some bad A** slippers and towels from JCP but mostly I gained some weight. It’s because of all the tasty and creative recipes. Guess what? I’m going to share the calories and this delicious treat with you. You’re welcome! This is Nutella at it’s finest and just in time for the holiday!

What a wonderful pull apart bread. You can use store bought pizza dough/mix to speed things up or you can make your own. A brioche would be delicious! Roll out your dough like a pie crust. Spread with Nutella x4! After that, cut it into 16ths (math is handy after all) and twist. 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Yum!

I think I would start by making it on the cookie tray with parchment paper. I don’t trust myself to not mess it up in the transfer. A savory version would be delicious too. Maybe with spinach and parmesan or feta! It’s simple to make, impressive to serve, and delicious to eat. So is this Swedish Tea Ring from King Arthur Flour….

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

DIY Peppermint Shot Glasses

If there is one candy that screams Christmas it would have to be the peppermint. No tree would be complete without candy canes! And now no party will be complete without these delicious mint shot glasses. Yum! Peppermint shot glasses! They are so holiday and festive.

Not only are these delicious but they are easy! Believe it or not, melted peppermint candy is really easy to work with. Easy but hot! Watch your fingers! To make these you need 20 minutes, an oven (set to 350), some parchment paper, shot glasses (for molds), 7 peppermints of any color (each), and a delicious shot recipe. Be sure that the liquid is the same temp as the shot glass or it will crack it and no one wants to get Baileys or Schnapps on their holiday shoes.

Theses are so super creative and will compliment any party. Just like these ice shot glasses from instructbables

Here’s the video tutorial…Enjoy!

Fastest Roast Turkey

Baking emergencies. We have all had them. I’m confident in saying that even Martha Stewart, before she was the Martha Stewart, had them. We run out of ingredients, mess up recipes, and run out of time. Nowhere is that more common than the dreaded Thanksgiving turkey. Timing is everything with this ‘foul’ bird. (Get it? Because a bird is a fowl? Lol!)

I have found the solution for last minute emergencies. Do you believe that it is possible to cook a turkey in an hour? It is but it’s not by cooking it at 700 degrees. Hotter for shorter doesn’t equal the best results. How do you reduce cooking time? By increasing surface area. I hope you aren’t squeamish because increasing the area takes some butchering. You will be removing the backbone, chopping legs, flattening, and all sorts of other things in the name of a delicious dinner.

I’d opt for buying a pre-cut turkey but this might come in handy in a pinch. Once your turkey is out of the oven, golden brown and delicious, don’t forget to let it rest! It helps firm and moisten the meat back up. If you’re looking for a delicious turkey recipe, The Pioneer Woman has an awesome brine…

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

Pinecone Fairy Ornament Tutorial

Fairies…I love fairies! I’m sad to say that there aren’t any decorating my tree. We have quite a few paper angels but no other winged ornaments flitting about. How have I neglected to make any other whimsical flying ornaments? Well this tutorial will fix that! You bet your bottom dollar it will.

I can’t get over how cute these are! The little acorn cap hats are so precious. (I especially love the berets.) These will go nicely in my fairy garden after the holiday! They can be made free standing by flattening the bottom and gluing a small slice of tree or quarter to it.

There can be so much variety with these little ornaments too. Different leaves, different colored wool hair, and pine cone size…unlimited options! I live in an acorn-free neck of the woods but they are available at craft stores galore. FInd some other pine cone decorations from Country Living here

See Willodel Blog’s full article here…

Willodel Blog: Pinecone Fairy Ornament Tutorial

Lacy Paper Snowflake Decorations

Come on Mom, We should have stepped-up our paper snowflake game! Nothing we made when I was little looked like this. Sure, my coffee filter flakes were a work of art but I think I could have gone more creative. At least it’s not too late for my kids! I’m ready to take things to the next level.

To make lacy paper snowflakes you will need: 10 square pieces of paper (there is no wrong size), scissors, a glue stick, and a ruler. You are also going to need to watch the amazing video tutorial below. What seems strange about these supplies? The glue stick. I had never thought about gluing different snowflakes together but I wish I had because the results are amazing.

Just like she said in the video, this ornament would make a nice window decoration, a gift, or with smaller paper-a tree ornament. Using Christmas or pretty paper is another idea. What a cute idea! Be sure to look at these other DIY Christmas decorations from HGTV…they are pretty great!

Here’s the video for making this gorgeous craft…Enjoy!

Tin Foil Ball Ornament

Today there are so many brilliant DIY ornaments…so many more than I was a kid! We had popcorn and kix strings, gingerbread cookies, paper snowflakes, salt clay creations, pipe cleaner reindeer, and paper clip angels. My mother saved all those amazing crafts and her tree is a walk down memory lane. I have many of those same ornaments, made by my children, on my tree too. (I have a salt clay Santa that just melts my heart!) Now Because of Pinterest and the internet, there are a lot of other ideas and craft available to us too.

There is no reason you can’t make fun decoration with your kids and then some nice ones for yourself. The best thing is that all of this can happen on a budget. These tin foil ball ornaments prove that. I know that we all have tin foil! If you don’t, maybe you used it up at Thanksgiving, you can buy it really cheap at any store! Here are some other ornaments from Beautiful Messy Life that are perfect for making with your kiddos…

Here is the video…Enjoy!