Mother’s Day is Sunday so I wanted to share this freebie with you guys in case you are still looking for a card! All you have to do is print it out on an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock, trim around the lines and fold down the middle! This card fits perfectly into an A2 envelope. And thanks to Henry Happened for featuring my DIY Geometric Coasters in their 100 Handmade Gifts for Mom roundup, if you are still thinking about what to get for mom, this is a great list!
It’s the first of the month (no, I’m not going to sing Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for you) but I AM going to give you a new desktop and iphone wallpaper! Things are very crazy here in New Orleans right now, I just got back from Alt and now the Superbowl is here AND Mardi Gras! So you’ll have to forgive me for skimming over Valentine’s Day this year! I created a Valentine’s DIY last year so I thought it would be fun to make this month’s wallpaper from some of those photographs!
Just a little reminder before we get to the download! Thank you so much to those of you that have provided me with feedback through the reader survey! If you haven’t taken the reader survey yet, I’d really appreciate it if you did! Plus you’ll get some extra freebies if you do!
I did it! I actually designed, printed and mailed out holiday cards this year. Every year I say I’m going to–and then it’s the new year before I know it. This was a goal on my 30 before 30 list so I felt a little more accountable this year and so glad I did it!
So, I cheated a little bit this month. I swore to myself when I started this series that I would find the font first, and the recipe second, that I would wait until a beautiful font inspired me to make something tasty, that I’d let it all happen very naturally and organically. And that method has gone swimmingly for me so far, and in fact, a font did inspire this month’s recipe. The problem is that the font that inspired Mallowmint Cupcakes–a gorgeous, fluffy font named “Swirl”–isn’t actually developed yet. I saw a prototype of it on Pinterest and became obsessed with it! And I tried to find something exactly like it for this post, but there just isn’t anything like “Swirl.” Hopefully someday. For today, I found a fat, happy font that looks like marshmallows. It’s called “Cream Puff,” and reminds me of old-fashioned tins full of chocolate-covered Christmas delights–the perfect companion for sweet, peppermint cupcakes topped with gooey, marshmallow frosting, and topped with crushed peppermint and sparkling glitter!
for the cupcakes: 2 1/2 cups cake flour 1 Tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups whole milk 4 egg whites 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
for the mallowmint frosting: 2 7-oz jars marshmallow fluff 2 sticks butter 4 cups powdered sugar 1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract crushed candy canes Disco Dust in Rainbow
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 30 muffin tins with cupcake papers. In a medium bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large measuring cup, add egg whites to whole milk and whisk to combine; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar, butter, and peppermint until light and fluffy. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until combined, then beat in 1/2 of the milk mixture. Repeat until all flour and all milk has been added, then beat 2 minutes on medium speed to mix thoroughly. Divide batter evenly among prepared cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18-23 minutes. Remove from oven, place on a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
While cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer (clean, of course!), combine marshmallow fluff and butter. Beat until combined. Add powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, and beat until frosting is smooth. Taste the frosting, and add up to 1 more teaspoon of peppermint extract if desired. Spoon frosting into a large pastry bag fitted with just the big, round coupler–no tip needed. When the cupcakes are cool, pipe a modest swirl of frosting onto the top of each cupcake. Avoid piping a huge pile of frosting on the cupcakes; it tends to “relax” as it sits, and you don’t want to have to scoop up the droopy bits! Just before serving, sprinkle generously with crush candy cane pieces and a pinch of Disco Dust! You might think the Disco Dust is unnecessary, but it takes these cupcakes from Ah! to AAAHHH!!!
Today’s gift guide is for the photographer in your life! I have my eye on a few of these things for myself, especially an Epiphanie camera bag! We got a GoPro for our road trip from Maine to New Orleans and just love it!
Here today to get your computer into the holiday spirit with December’s free download! I hope you enjoy this one! I have also listed it in my Society6 shop, loving this design for holiday greeting cards!
A little behind schedule but here is a recap of my family Thanksgiving! Jasmine and I took advantage of my talented boyfriend and pulled him aside for a few minutes to snap some photos of us together before we pigged out!
My mom always has the most beautiful table settings!
Jasmine made an amazing pumpkin risotto.
Clementine place settings.
We are going to print this one of us on the swing to give to my grandmother for Christmas.
Pointing to the bracelet I made in college!
My outfit: Blouse – Forever 21 / Jeans – Just USA / Necklace – Moorea Seal / Ring – c/o Dixi / Shoes – Steve Madden Head over to Jasmine’s blog for more photos and to get the details on her outfit. Thanks to Zander for most of these photos!
Today I’m sharing some things I am hoping to get this year for Christmas and my birthday (also in December)! And the rest of the week I’ll be sharing some gift guides!
1. I have been wanting some jewelry from A Merry Mishap for a while now, if I don’t get this for Christmas, I’m just gonna have to buy it for myself! 2. Hearing so many great things about Blog, Inc. and can’t wait to dive in! 3. Recently obsessed with antlers and cow skulls, weird? I’d like to hang my necklaces from this guy from Sky Parlor. 4. Still love film cameras, especially this white Fuji Instax! 5. Need these J. Crew gloves to add a pop of color if it ever gets cold enough in New Orleans to wear gloves this year!