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Baby Mug Cake: Baby shower favor

 

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A new baby. The only reason you need to throw a little celebration.  And you know I cannot let my party guest leave without a little something in their hands. This little mug cake was really easy to throw together. Perfect for a hostess gift or for your next party favor.

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I purchased these glass mugs at the dollar store. Make sure whatever mug you chose is microwave safe. A cute ramekin would also be great. Line the mugs with a plastic bag. In assembly line fashion…fill the bags with the dry ingredients for the baby mug cake. (recipe is below)

 

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The instruction card will tell your guest the rest of the recipe so they can make it at home.

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Here is a tag you can print out…just right click on it to print.

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Attach a cute tag with the instructions. Tie up bags with some fun ribbon and that is it! Best part is you can make these a few days ahead of time…so no rushing around:)

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Baby Mug Cake: Baby shower favor
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 caramels-Optional
Instructions
  1. Procedure:
  2. Into a small bowl add: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and vegetable oil. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour mixture into a regular sized coffee mug. Drop caramels into center of mixture one at a time.
  4. Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. If needed and batter is too gooey...microwave 30 more seconds.

(adapted from Babble)

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If you could take a second to vote for me this weekend….I would be so grateful! I was invited to participate in Earth 911’s challenge this month. Repurpose a camera strap….(I am number 4) You can vote on the very last page of their post…and you can vote once a day. 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.

DIY Necklace Travel Case

This idea is kind of genius. It isn’t mine….so I am not calling myself genius. When I went to Haven last summer…one of my roommates Chelsea pulled out this rolled up placement. As she unrolled it…all of her long necklaces were just laying there…all untangled..and perfect. I thought…now that is a great idea. It took me this long to make one for myself….here is how I made my DIY necklace travel case…

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Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 15 by 17.
  • 1 piece fusible fleece 14 by 17.
  • 2 small pieces of sew on velcro (about 3 inches)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

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Steps:

  • Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of your outside fabric.
  • Place both fabric squares, right sides together and sew straight stitch around the whole square. Leaving an opening to allow to turn right side out.
  • Turn right side out and sew seam shut. Iron flat.
  • Roll up gently and mark with a pin where your velcro will be sewn (mine is about 6 inches on the outside fabric).
  • Sew one velcro piece to the inside fabric on the edge (see picture above)
  • Sew the other piece of velcro to the outside fabric. I sewed mine in opposite directions to allow for more wiggle room.

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Thanks for such a great idea Chelsea!!

 

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.

Handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day

We all love a handmade treasure. Giving one that we have poured our heart into… and receiving one that someone put time into. Mother’s day is going to be here before you know it! I have asked some super talented crafty gals to share with me some of their favorite handmade gifts. I am sure you will find something to make for a special mom in your life ;) (Be sure to pin from the original source. Thanks!)

13 handmade gifts

 

duke&duchesses

 

Duke & Duchesses

 

how to make a victorian boot planter

Rook #17

 

DIY Tiered Planters from The Country Chic Cottage-011

CountryCottageChic

 

craft quickies

Craft Quickies

 

the train to crazy

The Train to Crazy

 

diy inspired

DIY Inspired

 

CRAFT

 

CRAFT

 

settingforfour

SettingForFour

 

a nest for all seasons

A Nest for all Seasons

waittillyourfathergetshome

 

Wait till your father gets home

 

A girl and a glue gun

A girl and a glue gun

homework

Homework

Terra-Cotta-Tower1.www_.chasethestar1

Chase the Star

Go create something fun this week for mom ;)

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 leather Camera Strap

Happy weekend friends! Little side note…a few were asking about the Banana Oatmeal bread…I failed to add the chocolate chips in the recipe but I have since updated it. Sorry about that:) And someone had asked about adding raisins instead…I would think that would be great too! On to a fun stylish craft today….

When I saw this leather camera strap in Country Living…I was in love. The strap that comes with most DLSR cameras is bulky and can be quite annoying to work around. I have tried in the past to make it a bit more stylish. That worked for awhile…but I really wanted something that was not quite as wide. This is really a perfect solution. I shopped around on etsy for a strap and found one here. It took about 10 days to get to me….so plan ahead ;)

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Supplies:

2 6inch lengths of decorative chain

2 lobster clasp

2 jump rings

leather strap from a seller on etsy

2 pairs of pliers (helps if they are needle nose)

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Steps:

  1. Place a jump ring on both sides of  your camera. This is what the lobster clasp will click on to. This will also allow for you to remove the strap easily when you want to work without it.
  2. See diagram below for sequence of chain and jump rings. You will need to use the needle nose pliers to open the chain in order to make two 6-8 inch lengths for both sides. You can measure to see where the camera will hang and cut chain accordingly.
  3. Slide the jump rings on to connect the lobster clasp. Click lobster clasp onto the camera and you are done!

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This would make a great handmade gift for the photographer in your life:)

Have a great weekend friends!!

xo

Where I share great ideas:

BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendid, IHeartNaptime, ByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFT. MadinCrafts. HomeStoriesAtoZ, HOH

 

 

Also, I am offering as space to handmade artisans. Spring time special is $25 for 45 days! See the bottom left (on the footer of the blog) for the paypal link to pay. Then just email me your 150 square ad (and the link for your shop).

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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.

Sea Salt Caramel Recipe

Holy. Moly. I may never buy another caramel again. Have you ever made your own?? This recipe was really easy. I promise. I think the key to making candy is being prepared. Measure all your ingredients before you start. Turn your phone off. Put a show on for the kids. Tell your husband no grabbin-the-tush-time….for reals…because momma is makin candy ;)

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You can make this “sea salt free” if you wish…but why would you wish such a thing? It’s like I don’t even know you…:)

Ok….after you have your ingredients out and measured. It’s time to start….

I shared these at my friends annual cookie exchange. I made one 8 by 8 pan and cut them into 56 pieces. 7 rows by 8 rows…yeah…I’m kind of a math genius like that….moving on…

Before you start…grab and 8 by 8 pan and line with parchment paper (allowing it to hang over sides so that you can get the caramels out after they are set). Spray paper and sides of pan with cooking spray.

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Start with really good ingredients…that will produce a really great caramel :)

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Step One: Melt butter, cream and salt (if making sea free…just add 1/4 tsp of salt instead). Set aside. (For a creamier caramel add 1/3 c more cream)

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Step 2: Large pan, combine water, corn syrup and sugar. Stir to combine. Then leave it alone. Gentle boil until it reaches 250-255 on a candy thermometer.

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Step 3: Turn heat off. Slowly whisk in the cream mixture into sugar. Mixture will foam up and bubble…just keep whisking until all cream is incorporated. Stop whisking and heat again until thermometer reaches 250. Don’t stir at all.

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Step 4: Remove from heat and quickly whisk in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Lightly sprinkle with course salt. Let cool uncovered for a day and cut up :) Wrap into wax paper.

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Rejoice! You just made scratch sea salt caramels!

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I won’t look…go ahead and eat the cooled caramel off the whisk…:)

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Ingredients

How to Make Caramel Candies

Makes about 56 caramels

What You Need

Ingredients
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 and 1/4 teaspoon salt (use only 1/4 if making sea salt free)
1 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment
8×8 baking dish (or similar size)
Parchment paper
2-quart saucepan
4-quart saucepan
Instant-read thermometer or candy thermometer
Spatula
Whisk
Wax paper

(adapted from the kitchn)

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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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