Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop

A party where we can celebrate the greatness that each season brings to our lives.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 
Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful creations last week and to all of you who are joining us new this week! 
So Let's Get This Party Started!! Share your  food creations, gardening, clever projects, tablescapes, decorations, party themes, and inspirational knowledge ... Ok, you get the point.  Join us every Thursday (opens Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm). Please stay for awhile and show some love to the guests, join us in the fun and grab a button. 
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Featured Blogger

This week we are featuring a blogger who has the most beautiful blog, posts and home! Does this lady know how to decorate!
Meet +Penny Phillips  from Penney's Vintage Home who is passionate about decorating! "I  love to use pastels to decorate our home...my style is a mix of Romantic, Country, and Cottage all rolled into one!"
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop

A party where we can celebrate the greatness that each season brings to our lives.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 
Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful creations last week and to all of you who are joining us new this week! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop

A party where we can celebrate the greatness that each season brings to our lives.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 
Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful creations last week and to all of you who are joining us new this week! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop

A party where we can celebrate the greatness that each season brings to our lives.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 
Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful creations last week and to all of you who are joining us new this week! 
So Let's Get This Party Started!! Share your  food creations, gardening, clever projects, tablescapes, decorations, party themes, and inspirational knowledge ... Ok, you get the point.  Join us every Thursday (opens Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm). Please stay for awhile and show some love to the guests, join us in the fun and grab a button. 
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We will share your posts in a variety of ways on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.  We will also have features of the week! Be sure to follow our Four Seasons Board on Pinterest!  By participating in this linky party, you agree to have your posts shared on social media and Pinterest and to receive email and Google notifications for reminders about the party. If you don't want to receive notifications, please let us know.

Featured Blogger

This week we are featuring a blogger who has a wonderful philosophy and it is always demonstrated in her posts! Please stop by and check out her blog and say hi while you're there.  Meet Carrie Groneman whose life philosophy is "To me, prac­ti­cal life skills, being self-reliant and serv­ing oth­ers are vital com­po­nents for a peace-filled and joy­ful life. I know that every lit­tle bit of good put into action adds up to a full glass.  All our efforts to be a pos­i­tive influ­ence will pay off . . . I sin­cerely believe that as we learn proper prin­ci­ples and prac­tice moral val­ues, we will become the per­son who can have the most valu­able influ­ence on our fam­ily and all those we encounter."

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Maple Cake with Maple Cream Icing!

Maple Cake with Maple Icing
     Hey all you Maple Lovers out there, here is one sweet cake for you!  My son who is away at college asked for a Maple Cake for his birthday.  He sent me a couple of recipes he liked and we used the best parts of both of them to come up with this moist delicious cake!  

     I was so pleased with the flavor and texture.  It was as light as a mix but completely homemade.  It was uncomplicated and dripping with maple and butter flavor.  I loved that the recipe we choose for the cake part had cinnamon and nutmeg for added flavor too.

 

Maple Cake


2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup butter, softened 
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Maple syrup  (I used grade A dark amber)
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon imitation maple flavoring
1 cup buttermilk (I used 1/4 cup powdered buttermilk plus 1 cup water) 

     Sift first 6 ingredients into a bowl.  Cream butter and sugar until light yellow and creamy.  Add maple syrup and beat until combined.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well each time.  Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately until blended.  Add imitation maple flavoring. 

      Divide batter into 3 prepared 8 inch round pans evenly.  (I weighed mine).  Use this pan release for best results.  Your cakes will come out easily! I used Wilton Bake Strips here around my pans to help them come out with flat tops so you don't have to cut the tops off.  

      Bake 25 min. in a preheated 325 oven.  Cake is done when lightly touched in the center and it springs back.

     Cool for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


Maple Cream Icing


8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Grade A Maple Syrup
1/2 teaspoon imitation Maple Flavoring

Whip cream cheese and butter until combined.  Add powdered sugar one cup at a time on slow speed.  Add flavorings and beat about one minute one medium speed.  Ice top of first layer and then add the next layer.  Repeat.  Ice the sides of the cake and garnish with chocolate sprinkles or curls.  
 


Here is my son enjoying his cake!  (He is so handsome!)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Party Has Started!!!

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party PlanningWelcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop
A party where we can celebrate the greatness that each season brings to our lives.
Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful creations last week and to all of you who are joining us new this week! 
Meet Our Hosts:
So Let's Get This Party Started!!Let's Get this Party Started Share your  food creations, gardening, clever projects, tablescapes, decorations, party themes, and inspirational knowledge ... Ok, you get the point.  Join us every Thursday (opens Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm CST). Please stay for awhile and show some love to the guests, join us in the fun and grab a button. 
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easter Picture DIY


Easy Easter Art
     This Easter Art DIY can be made in minutes and is so pretty.  It has a beautiful message and is a wonderful gift too.  I made this last year when I needed a gift for some neighbors I visit and so after looking at pinterest this is what I came up with. 

      I love the song "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" it is so uplifting and so I loved this message for Easter that is shaped like an egg out of the words of the song. 

      I decided to frame it and picked up an 8 x 10 frame from the dollar store that was gold.  Then I headed to the craft store to buy some Easter colored paper that wouldn't detract from the message and really felt like Easter.  I found the scrapbook paper at Michael's and it made it all look great.  

     The message was printed from this site Click Here

      I copied it and then took the paper from the 8 x 10 frame that was used as a mat for a 5 x 7 picture size.  

     Take the mat and with a pencil, outline around the outside of the mat centering the song words in the 5 x 7 opening.  Be careful to get it level and evenly spaced in the center of the opening. Then cut around the pencil lines so it will fit the mat and frame.
DIY Easter Picture


Easter Craft

Next trace the opening on the back of your colored scrapbook paper.  Make a hole in the center of the paper and cut towards the corners so you can get exactly into the corner.  Then cut carefully on the straight lines around the opening.  

You can frame the song now and be finished or you can add an embellishment to the outside of the frame.  I think that this makes it so much more personal and cute. 

 I found out how to make the flowers on pinterest (of course)!  and they were really not hard at all.  I went back to provide a link for you but they have closed the site.  Rather than go through a long explanation that I have no pictures for, it would be easier for you to look at the many flowers ideas on pinterest like these: #1, #2, #3 and add one of them to your frame.  If you have questions about them please contact me and I will try to address them quickly. You could also add a purchased flower or any decoration you want. 

 That's all there is to it!  Have fun!

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