Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Photo Wall

This may be one of the cheapest and most fun ways you can decorate for  any sort of party! I got this idea from one of my favourite blogs: psheart. I have some of the worst handwriting on the planet and still managed to make this mural look cute, so I'm positive you can too! We had a roll of paper sitting in our basement, so I grabbed three long pieces and taped them to the wall. Another plus is that you can just roll up the three pieces of paper and use them at another party! I love how you can make this look however you want, whether you write it yourself, paint it, use photo's, and can make it for any occasion. I made mine with the words "Happy Birthday" but you could definitely write Merry Christmas and add some silver bells and ivy on the edges!

Tada! The yellow ribbon around the edges cleaned up where I had cut the paper and brightened it up. I really liked adding the balloons to the top as well because they give it a festive touch!

I basically wrote happy birthday a million different times in a bunch of different ways! 

I also added a couple quick drawings of cake, balloons, and a banner.

Make sure to include a bucket of fun props such as scarfs, glasses, and hats! This is super fun whether you're a toddler or 99!

Happy Birthday!
A Happy Birthday mural definitely doesn't exhaust the list! Here's a couple more ideas:

- For Christmas, write Merry Christmas and add ivy and silver bells around the mural.

- I think this would work super well with any themed birthday party. Adding a fairy castle in the background for a little girl or a racetrack in the back for a boy would be super fun!

- A couple years ago we hosted an olympics party, and it would be super fun to draw some rings and make it into a booth for a press conference with the winning athlete!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

How To Make A Pie Crust

A pie crust seems to be one of those foods that is a bit intimidating to make the first time. I credit this to the fact that they can be a fussy, and the fact that your local grocery store probably stocks them for cheap, making it perfect every time.

 Trust me on this one though, once you make your own pie crust, there is simply no going back. The gap between a store-bought pie crust and a homemade crust is signifigant, not even taking in account the immense pride you will feel once you're done! Plus, if you have the right recipe (supplied below) and you are willing to put in a bit of effort, you'll soon become a pro at making pie crusts, and impressing everyone who eats your pie!

I've included an easy step by step tutorial to show you how to make my favourite recipe for a no-fail pie crust. I have experimented with a couple recipes, and this is the best by far! It's super flaky, crumbling when your fork hits it. I'm a filling person, so I love how this crust allows the filling to take the stage while still being dressed to impress!

The Best Pie Crust:
Makes One 9" Pie Crust

1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3 Tablespoons water

Sift the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl. Cut the stick of butter into tiny cubes and add to the flour mixture. Using your fingers, combine the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly and rains from your fingers. Add the water tablespooon by tablespoon, mixing well each time. You may use not use all the water, or you may use more than 3 tablespoons. The dough should just come together, but not be too wet.  Press the crumbs together into a ball and chill until needed.

-A ball of pie crust can stay in the freezer for around a month!
-Do not knead the dough when mixing
-You want to be careful with the amount of water so that the crust isn't too wet (making it too sticky to roll out), or too dry (crumbling when rolled). 
-Both of the above problems can be fixed when rolling by adding lot's of flour to the rolling surface, or adding a spritz of water.



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Spoon Holder (A gift for practical people!)

My Mom has specifically requested that if we give her gifts, they need to be something she can use. She has no use for any other gift, and was thrilled when I gave her socks last year! So, I did some extensive research this year on a practical gift, and came up with this spoon holder from Kitchenova. The little rooster holds your spoon above your pot so you don't have to set it down on the counter, getting it all messy. Practical? I think so.

Here it is! The bottom is slit so it fits over the pot, and the big hole in the middle is for the spoon!

I didn't realize how beat up this pot was until I looked at this photo, yikes! You can see here how it fits onto the side of the pot. The rooster itself is made of heat resistant silicone, so no worries about it melting into your pot!

Tada! It's been a super useful tool to have around. It's really, really nice not to have to wipe up the mess on the counter from your spoon, or take a plate out to balance it on!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Cake Stand.

I mentioned in an older post that I had scored at a thrift store, coming home with a pretty pitcher and materials for a cake stand for one dollar! Making a cake stand out of a cup or candlestick for the base and a plate for the top has been pretty popular lately, so I decided to try it out. I was thrilled with the results and was also happy to get a beautiful cake stand for 50 cents (who wouldn't be?)!

Tada! The plate has little flowers around the edges, which look great with anything chocolate!

This old candlestick made beautiful and sturdy base for the stand.

I just adore the detailing on the edge of the plate as well as the silver rim which matches perfectly with the candlestick! 

To tell the truth, I haven't glued the plate onto the candlestick yet, as I love the plate by itself as well!