Thursday, April 24, 2014

Simply Create Thursdays #56


Happy Thursday all! Let's party. : )

Here are the features from last week's link party:

Home Coming shared a great tutorial with How To Hang A Sliding Door. The door came out great!


I loved these DIY Easy Bake Oven Themed Gift from Hill House Homestead. Such a perfect idea for those little ones who like to bake!


I'm a sucker for a good refashion. So of course I loved the Upcycled Halter Top shared by Merry Meddlings.


Mint Kitchen Love shared these Banana Cream Chocolate Chips. They look so delicious!


These Book Page Columns from Vintage, Paint and more look great! Such a wonderful and clever way to use book pages.


And the Most Viewed Link was: Crochet Daisy Granny Squares from The Stitchin' Mommy


If I featured you here or on Simply Dream & Create's facebook page feel free to grab the button below:


Now onto the party!!!

Things to remember:
  • Grab the Link Party Button below and display it somewhere on your blog - please follow me too!
  • Link to a specific original post, not your homepage - only a couple links per person
  • Please no giveaways or etsy shops 
  • It would be great if you'd check out other's links and maybe even leave a comment!



Please link up your creations, whether it be a recipe, craft, home decor, refashion, etc... I'd love to see it!

Come back next week to see if you've been featured!


stephanie

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vanilla Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting & Chocolate Ganache {Pinterest Challenge}



Hi all, this is Week 5 of the Pinterest Challenge! This week I decided to work on the Vanilla Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting & Chocolate Ganache:




What you need:

Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cupcake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
Peanut Butter Frosting
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons milk
Chocolate Ganache 
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Vanilla Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat in butter gradually. Beat in sugar and mix thoroughly. Beat in eggs, then vanilla and milk. Beat just until mixed. 

Pour into lined cupcake pans. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.



Peanut Butter Frosting

Beat peanut butter and vanilla until blended. Add 3 tablespoons milk and sugar while beating. Add the rest of the milk and sugar and beat until smooth. If needed add more milk until frosting is the desired consistency.

Chocolate Ganache

Melt chocolate and cream in a small pot on low heat with continuous stirring.  

Makes about 15 cupcakes.



These cupcakes were delicious! My co-workers really loved them. : )

Don't forget to follow the other bloggers participating in this challenge:


And you call also follow the challenge on this Pinterest Board:

stephanie

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday all! This weekend I am going flea market shopping with my mom and sister! We are looking for stuff for my wedding and my sister's new apartment. We've finally planned a few thing for my wedding and I hope to update you all soon.

On Sunday we are going to Chris's mom's church for Easter. Chris and I aren't very religious people but we know his mom and grand mother like it when we go.

What about you? Any fun plans this weekend?

Okay on to my favorite internet finds of the week:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simply Create Thursdays #55

Hi all! I completely forgot about this week's link party. Whoops! But better late then never right? : )

I'll have extra features next week since I didn't get to any this week.

Let's get on with the party!:

Monday, April 14, 2014

{Guest Post} 4 Fabulous Spring Trends for Your Home


Hey all! Today I have a guest blogger, Jessica Socheski, here to share with you all how to decorate your home for spring. First a short bio about Jessica:




Jessica Socheski is a writer and design enthusiast who loves learning about the latest in home interiors. You can find her onGoogle+




Now take it away Jessica:

Spring is in full swing! And that means plenty of fresh new interior design ideas to try out in your home. Whether it is adding an accent color or completely repainting all your walls, there are lots of ways, both big and small, to renew your living space. Here are four fabulous spring trends for your home.

1. Bright Is Beautiful
This spring, color is big. From the radiant orchid, the Pantone color of 2014, to beautiful shades of blue, like navy and turquoise, the best way to make a design splash is with vibrant hues. Some of the most prevalent colors right now include:
•Yellow
•Pink
•Blue
•Green
•Turquoise
•Red

What If Bright Is Too Bold?
Bright colors are a big trend this year. But for some individuals, bold shades and brilliant hues can feel intimidating at first. A smart way to start implementing these trendy fresh colors is by starting with baby steps. Add a small pop of color with accent pillows. Or try repainting a tiny room such as a bathroom.

A small half bath presents the perfect place to try out a bold color because the small area will not prove as overwhelming. Designer Mona Ross Berman tells HouseBeautiful.com, “Powder rooms are places where you can gild the lily.” In other words, feel free to be a little wild in the smallest spaces.

2. Painting the Cabinets, Too
Dark kitchen cabinets can have a tendency to suck light from the room, according to This Old House. Fortunately, “a brighter makeover doesn’t necessarily mean replacing those gloomy boxes with all-new cabinets.” With some clean up, primer and a fresh coat of color, you can breathe new life into your existing kitchen. What’s great about this project is that it is relatively inexpensive and can still create a major transformation.

3. Fabulous Florals
Floral patterns began as a clothing trend. But as things tend to ooze and mix in the design world, floral patterns and watercolor prints are now a beautiful way to accent interiors, too.

The key to implementing floral fabrics and other touches in your interiors to not to over-do it. Flower patterns stand out and a little can go a long way. Choose some accent pillows or curtains. But don’t cover your furniture, pillows and curtains all in floral.

4. Mad for Metallics
Metal shades like gold, silver and bronze can add mood, glamour and drama to a room. Details like chandeliers, frames and other architectural elements are excellent ways to incorporate a touch of the metallic trend.  

You can also add metals in big ways. Spiral staircases offer an elegant but functional way to use metal or cast iron in your home.

With these incredible design ideas, you can easily implement a trend for a quick update or totally renovate your entire home for this season.

Image from www.designoffurniture.com


Thanks for those great spring decorating tips Jessica! 
stephanie