Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Tasting summer ….

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“To unpathed waters, undreamed shores.” —William Shakespeare
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Amen.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY clothespin planter: Michelle from Ten June

I am really excited to have Michelle from Ten June visiting here today! Michelle’s blog is FULL of fun projects and decorating ideas. She is so creative…so lovely…and just a gem of a girl. I have read her blog for a little over a year now…and I had a blast meeting up with her at the Haven conference. We were immediate friends…very similar people (she totally got my humor right away…:) We were laughing all night!
So annoyed we forgot to get a picture together….but there’s always next time!
Please give a warm welcome to Michelle…and be sure to follow her blog…she is always up to something good!!
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Helllooooo all of you Cleverly Inspired folks! I’m Michelle, popping by from my blog Ten June. I’m really pumped to be stopping by today… Tracie and I have a lot in common, like our love for home decor, DIY projects and standing awkwardly in the corner of a room full of strangers.
Wait. What?
I had the awesome pleasure of meeting Tracie at the Haven conference in Atlanta this year. The very first night, she and I sort of teamed up and faced the crowded cocktail party full of bloggers together. It made me so happy to have a partner in crime- it would have been very awkward facing that room solo!
So I’m more than happy to jump on in and share one of my favorite DIY projects with all of you while Tracie is off on vacation (I’m jealous!). Without further ado… my DIY clothespin planter project!
This is a fun and easy little project. Here’s what you need to create your own.
I chose a clay plant base because I originally thought about using real greenery in this planter and I wanted the option to be able to water the plant. Plus I picked up a few for 50 cents each at my local hardware store, so it was win win. But I am sure you could use any kind of base to start with (an old tuna can? a small bucket?). I simply clipped the clothespins around the clay plant base.
Since I’m super duper pregnant (only about seven more weeks to go!) and couch sitting is my favorite activity currently, I didn’t want to have to add “water new plants” to the list. Yeah, I’m lazy like that. So with the help of a JoAnn’s coupon and a sale, I picked up a few of these fresh faux greens for a total of $9. I simply cut the foam balls in half (I had those lying around, otherwise I’d get flat rounds) and stuck the faux plants in. Cover them with moss (another crafty item I had lying around) and that’s it!
I think they bring a fun, fresh pop of green to my dining room table.
So there you have it! An easy peasy (but adorable!) little DIY project. If you’d like more information on my dining room, check out some past posts on the makeover of the room here. I’ve also got a few more fun projects (including some new nursery-related projects as we finalize our nursery for our little soon-to-arrive peapod!) in my project gallery.Thanks for having me, Tracie!

Thanks Michelle!! Love this planter!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Sugar free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie recipe: Sponsored Post

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Sugar Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies (featuring Nectresse)

Makes 18 cookies

2/3 C Natural peanutbutter

1 egg

2 T water

1 t vanilla

1/4 C canola oil

1 C plus 2 Tb Flour

1/4 C (plus 1 Tablespoon) Nectresse Sweetener

1 1/2 ts baking powder

Sugar free Strawberry Jelly

375 oven. Grease cookie sheet. Combine dry ingredients. Mix in peanutbutter, oil, water, egg and vanilla. Mix with wooden spoon. Roll into small ball. Place them 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Press criss cross with fork. Bake 8-10 minutes. After they cool and when you are ready to serve…dollop on a scoop of sugar free jelly of your choice.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

This land is your land….

Now that you have that song in your head….
Here is a picture to go with it….

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Happy weekend :)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Bacon (recipe)

What , say what?!?! Tracie, you my friend, have LOST IT! Bacon…on a chocolate cupcake? Dude, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. One word….heaven-on-top-of-heaven. Amen.

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I recently took this to a friends house to share (leaving the bacon crumbles on the side….for those to dare to try). The vote was 50/50…surprisingly to me…the kiddos were more willing to try than the adults! In our house…we were 50/50 as well…Bill and I loved it…our kids would rather not have bacon on the top. (then I seriously questioned…are these my kids? Am I sure I took home the correct babies 12 years ago?!?! I joke I joke…but for real…no Bacon on a chocolate cupcake?? Who are you??! It’s like I don’t even KNOW you…) hahaha

chocolate cupcake recipe 1

Prepare batter. Combine dry ingredients first. Mix in wet. It will appear thin…that is ok ;)

chocolate cupcake recipe 2

I use a whisk attachment to make the frosting extra fluffy. Mix on medium for at least 3 minutes (will have peaks when it is finished)

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Drizzle a little melted caramel too…if you are feeling extra naughty…

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Classic Chocolate CupCakes (makes 24):

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting

  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted, plus additional if needed
  • 1/3 cup milk, plus additional if needed
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Place the butter and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until the mixture is soft and well combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine. Place the confectioners’ sugar, 1/3 cup milk, vanilla and salt in the bowl, and beat with the mixer on low speed until the frosting lightens and is fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add more milk if the frosting is too thick or confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, if the frosting is too thin.

I use a ziploc to frost mine (just clip off end of bag ).

Sprinkle with cooked crushed bacon (you can drizzle with caramel too if you’d like )

People will love you and sing your praises all the day long. Amen :)

I found this recipe in an old recipe book of my Grammies…and I adapted it a bit:) I like how easy it is…and scratch made;)

Be sure to stop by and see me today over at Sand and Sisal….I am sharing some of my top summertime post over there :)

Look forward to lots of fun guest post from some of my bloggy friends next week…while I take a little time off! Catch me in between post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram :) Thanks!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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