Pin of the Day: Ghostly Pancakes

Here’s a sweet Halloween Pin that escaped all my Inspiration posts, but I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. What a sweet treat for Halloween morning! It’s on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Ghostly Pancakes, courtesy of gourmetmomonthego.com

Check out the source for the instructions. Adorable!

Cheers,

Caroline

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Inspiration: Halloween Party Desserts

My second installment of Halloween inspiration! Today it’s all about the sweets. Let’s be honest, that’s what Halloween is all about, right? I tried to pick some simple recipes that won’t require you to spend all day in the kitchen. These are all heading to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse, courtesy of glorioustreats.com

Nutty Ghosts, courtesy of ourbestbites.com

Oreo Bats, courtesy of ourbestbites.com

Spidey Oreos, courtesy of ourbestbites.com

Witch Hat Cookies, courtesy of barbschram.blogspot.com

Owl Cupcakes, styling by OneCharmingParty.com, photo by NicolePhoto.com

Pumpkin Rice Krispies, courtesy of grinandbakeit.com

Black Cat Cupcakes, courtesy of midwestliving.com

Monster Pudding, courtesy of dealiciousmom.com

Mummy Cupcakes, courtesy of midwestliving.com

Candy Corn Macaroons, courtesy of annies-eats.com

Eerie Eyeball Cupcakes, courtesy of midwestliving.com

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies, courtesy of kathiecooks.blogspot.com/

Witch Hat Cupcakes, courtesy of sleepysongbird.tumblr.com/

My sweet tooth is officially ready for Halloween. I have to remember we will also have a bowl full of candy!

What are your favorite Halloween- themed desserts?

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Memorial Day Pretzels

Tonight’s just a quick post with a sweet idea that has been all over Pinterest today! I’ve seen the pictures on blogs all over the internet, but I found an actual post with instructions and ideas over at cupcakes and cashmere.

So sweet and easy! If you haven’t made dessert for your cookout tomorrow, you could whip these up so fast and save the day. They’re already on my Independence Index Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Chickadee Cupcake Picks

Check out these amazing food picks from BHLDN! They are fabric chickadees and according to their website, no two are alike! They are so lovely and unique!

I want to start baking right now! They could also be used for hors d’ouevres…I’m in love. Not to mention they are tiny birds, my favorite thing ever! Saving these to my Aviary Assortment Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Rifle Paper Company

This is really sort of a hybrid post – it’s my Pin of the Day and also a Website to Watch…in that I want you to check out this amazing paper company’s website! If you are lucky enough to live in Central Florida like me, you can go to their ADORABLE shop in Winter Park, or one of the many amazing stores they are in across the country! Here are a few of my favorite designs:

Whoa. I just blacked out for a second. So, this is an “image heavy” post. I mean, how wonderful is their stuff? I love stationery and really all things paper so their designs are extra thrilling for me but there’s no denying they’re all beautiful. These designs (and many more to come) can be found on my Paper Portfolio Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Wine Cork Wine Charms!

Due to the overwhelming response to yesterday’s pin of the day, I decided to post another wine cork craft. I see you guys really like wine. So here’s another rainy day idea for all those extra wine corks: wine charms!

What a crafty idea from My Chic Life! Here’s my abbreviated how-to; click the link for My Chic Life’s detailed instructions (and pictures!) This was an easy addition to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board!

Supplies: 

wine corks
bread knife you don’t care about or small saw (like a coping saw)
wire hoops or long eye pins (both found in the jewelry-making section of any craft store)
sharpie
small letter stencils
a nail
hammer

How-To:

1. Choose your corks and then find a good cutting surface.  If you’d like the charms to be exactly even in size, you can mark the cork with a pen.

2. Start slicing – I cut mine about a quarter inch thick.  Be careful!  I found that some corks cut a bit easier than others.  And don’t be a hero—if the remaining cork is getting too small to hang onto, drop it and start using another.

3. Once you’ve got all your slices made, take them to a surface you can hammer on.  A phone book will do in a pinch!  You can use any size nail that you have on hand, and hammer it through the cork towards the top of one side.

4. Push the nail all the way through and wiggle it around a bit—cork has a way of self-healing, and you want to make sure you can find the hole later, so it helps to widen it as much as you can with the nail.
5. After you’ve put holes in all the rounds, you can customize them. Use a stencil,  freehand letters or numbers, or even use tiny stamps if you have them.
6. Thread your wire or hoop through and you’re done!
Pinterest strikes again!
Cheers,
Caroline

Pin of the Day: Sophisticated Frosting

I am a color snob. If a color isn’t just right, I’m not happy. Making a light, pretty frosting color from those supermarket packs is pretty tough. Now with this guide from anna and blue paperie and Food Network Magazine I am going to give those little packs another try!

Part of me can’t quite believe all these gorgeous colors come from the supermarket box, but I am definitely willing to try it out! I saved it to my Culinary Compilation Board for a rainy day. Another great tip is to always use pure white frosting as the base for these colors – even vanilla extract will change the color of your final product.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Menu Boards!

The Rainy Day Box is back! I took a week for Easter (success!) and our family’s annual golf tournament (success!) and now feel like I am back to normal. I have meant to blog about this great “pin-spired” idea for a while now: homemade menu boards! They really are the perfect rainy day craft. They are simple, easy to personalize, and SO useful!

My menu board was the first craft I made after joining Pinterest. I love it and it has really changed how we eat! Planning our menu out helps with grocery shopping and helps us avoid the 6 o’clock “what do you want to eat?” “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” discussion that always ends in takeout. Here is my menu board on Easter Sunday:

All you really need to make one like mine is a picture frame, scrapbook paper, and a dry erase marker. You can also go the dry erase on decorative plate route, the chalkboard route (especially now that I know chalkboard contact paper exists), the magnetic chalkboard route, or the clothes pin route. (I like to be able to write whatever I want without the extra step of printing something up).

I used stickers for the “MENU” title on my board, but you could also print it on the scrapbook paper or paint it on the glass or on the frame itself. I also put mine in an easel because the frame I used didn’t have a stand attached to the back.

One tip I have for the scrapbook paper is that if the pattern is very bold you can get a piece of vellum paper to kind of dull the visual effect of the pattern. My paper was very bold and it was difficult to see the writing until I put that vellum paper on top – then it was just right.

Here are some of my favorite menu boards from Pinterest! Some of them landed on my Handmade Hodgepodge Board.

from Little Birdie Secrets

From Style Me Pretty

From The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

From The House of Smiths

From Once Upon a Chocolate Chip Pancake

From All Things Beautiful

Which style will you make?

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Cupcake Liner Storage

I love this simple, cute idea! I have TONS of cupcake liners and this is a beautiful way to display and store them. Thanks to Cupcakes Take The Cake for this sweet post! I’m storing it on my Handmade Hodgepodge Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Housewarming Gift

Check out this pretty housewarming gift idea posted on The Pioneer Woman! A simple copper flower pot, a set of wooden spoons, some crinkle paper, a ribbon, and a gift tag, and you’re done! This would not be expensive but I think it is incredibly thoughtful and makes a great presentation.  I especially love that it’s like two gifts on one- the spoon set and the flower pot!

It really is better to give than to receive! As soon as I saw this idea I pinned it to my Gifted Giving Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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