Simplicity makes me smile!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


My favorite part of Art in the Park is all of it!! 
The creating. 
The planning. 
The lists. 
How I picture our booth. 
And the signage. 
I love making the signs. 
Here are a few pics of what I'm working on for this Saturday. 


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cupcakes for Baby

The order is for a baby shower for baby Ellie. 50 cupcakes. Twinkie Cupcakes. 

I first scoured ETSY for the cutest toppers. 
I wanted to mix each dozen up with a different topper. 
This is what I found. And I love them!

My recipe for yellow Twinkie cake

1 yellow cake mix 
1 box of instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
8 ounces sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients with cake mix until well blended. 
Fill cupcake liners 
2/3 of the way full. 
Bake at 350 degrees 27 minutes. 


Make a rue
2 cups milk
6 tbsp flour
In a sauce pan over medium heat
Whisking constantly until thick and creamy. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool completely. 

In a large mixing bowl mix 
4 sticks of butter
2 cups granulated sugar 
Mix until fluffy. 5 minutes. 
Add 1 tbsp vanilla. 
Add rue
Mix until fluffy and white. 5 minutes 
Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Covered. 15 minutes. Only! No longer. 
Now it's ready to pipe on cupcakes. 

These last twelve I embellished with white pearls and pink chocolate discs to mix things up. 
They turned out better than I hoped. 
Love these baby Ellie cupcakes!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

French Bread. The easiest. Ever. In one hour!

This deliciousness was seriously so easy. And done in one hour!! No way!! you say. 
From start to finish. It's ONE HOUR!! Boom!! Fresh bread. 


In large mixing bowl mix
11/2 cups warm water 
2 pkts. Yeast
1tbsp honey 
1tsp salt
Let it get all foamy. 

Than add 3 cups bread flour. 

Mix with dough hook until dough pulls away from sides. 

Knead on counter with a sprinkle of flour for less than one minute. 
It's a great dough to work with. 

Form two loaves. 
Place on sheet pan and cover. 

Turn oven on to 400 degrees

When oven at 400 dough should have risen. 
Cut three slashes on top. 
Put in oven for 25 minutes. 

Get the butter ready!

One hour seriously!! Easiest ever!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

This recipe is tweaked from my moms original Snickerdoodle recipe. To make them all pumpkin and fall like. 
Moms recipe just needed some extra spicing up. 

Here's the recipe. 
Preheat oven to 350

1 cup butter 
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp cream of tartar 
1 tsp soda 
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger 
1 tsp cloves 
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Cream butter and sugars. 
Add eggs. 
Whip until creamy. 
Add dry ingredients. Spices etc. 
Then add flour. Mix. 
Use cookie scoop to form into balls. 
Toss dough in a cinnamon sugar mixture. 
Approx 1 Tbsp cinnamon to 1 cup sugar.
 Place on cookie sheet with parchment. 
Bake 350 degrees for 14 minutes. 



Monday, September 14, 2015

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze

There is nothing better than the feeling of fall in the air. And with that comes PUMPKIN!! 
I try to wait until October 1st each year but this year I broke the code. I decorated my front porch and busted out the canned pumpkin for a fall treat!! 
This recipe is not only delicious but super easy! My kind of recipe!

1 15 ounce can pumpkin purée 
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves ground
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda 
2 cups flour 

I dumped all ingredients except the flour in my kitchen aid bowl and turned it on. 

I Mixed well and then I added the flour. 
Mixed just until blended. You never want to over mix the flour. It makes your baked goods tough. 
Then I lined a muffin pan with muffin liners. I did this because I personally do not like hard muffin sides. 
This will keep them soft. I plan on removing them from the papers prior to frosting. 

Bake for 22 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Allow to cool and remove papers. 


1.5 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp maple extract
Whisk together. 
It need to be the consistency of glaze. 
Add more sugar if too thin or more milk if too thick. 
Dip the muffin tops in the glaze. 
There you have it!! Go get a cup of coffee!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Krispy Treats Dipped

Dippin Mamas are back in the kitchen creating fabulous treats for this years Art in the Park. 

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