Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Monday, January 28, 2013

key lime cupcakes

For the cake:
*1 cup cake flour
*1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
*1 cup sugar
*1/2 tbsp baking powder
*1 stick of butter, softened &cubed
*1 tsp vanilla
*1 cup whole milk
*2 eggs
*zest of 1 lime
*juice of 1 lime
* 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
whisk together all dry ingredients.mix cubed butter into dry mixture until just coated. combine vanilla, milk, and eggs and add to dry mix in three parts. 
bake at 325* for approx. 20 minutes.  recipe makes 16 cupcakes.

key lime filling:
*1 can(14oz) sweetened condensed milk
*zest of 1-2 limes
*juice of 2 limes
 *pipe into the center of baked and cooled cupcakes.

whipped cream frosting:
*1 pint (16oz) of heavy whipping cream
*4 tbsp powdered sugar
Using the whisk attachment on an electric mixer, whisk whipping cream on high and slowly add in powdered sugar. Whisk until thickened.  Pipe onto cupcakes and sprinkle or roll in graham cracker crumbs.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

painted cork coasters.

 For this project you will need:
*acrylic paint
*sharpie marker
 *cork coasters around $2 at your local craft store
*masking tape to tape off stripes, etc.
*Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic coating (finishing spray)
This project is super easy and allows for so much variation! Grab your paint, cork, and markers and go for it!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

visual journals.

 Visual journals are a project that I have been doing with my students for the past few years.  Each student  brings in an old book at the beginning of the year and works on it each week along with their bigger project they are working on.  Each week I show them a new medium, or technique to use in their journals. Its the perfect escape and quickly gives you the excitement of completing a painting or drawing, but you are still working towards a larger work. This year I plan to share more of my journal, so here are my first few pages!


Monday, January 21, 2013

h + moose.

I made these little framed pieces a few weeks ago for my friend Katey! She is having a boy and hopefully these will make a  cute addition to her woodland creature themed nursery!  I bought a neat wooden frame and a shadow box, and then filled them with decorative papers, moss, and cut out my own H and moose design!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

diy project: drawer pull jewelry hanger

 1. Find your your favorite drawer pulls at your local craft store
2.  Find a suitable piece of wood and paint it! Solid or a fun pattern...
3. Drill holes in wood piece for the drawer pulls
4.  Attach twine on the ends of the wood boards by wrapping continuously and tie to both wrapped ends twine strings for the board to hang by.
My sister and I made these together so we had two variations!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

j+b engagement

Go here to see a sneak peek of Jeff and Bethany's engagement photos that I took this past weekend!