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Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve been on here to do a blog post! Life has been insane and every time I’ve thought to post something, it doesn’t happen. A lot has happened since my last post: birthday, getting back on track with healthy living, vacation to San Francisco, visit from my best friend from college, etc.

Aside from work, a lot of my time has been spent trying to get back on a healthy track with life. Long story shortened, I went to the doctor and got a reality check (diabetes runs in my family and some numbers were alarmingly high, though not enough to classify me with the diagnosis, thankfully). Hopefully doing a separate post about this in the near future!

One of my favorite things to do when I have time (haha) is to sew. A friend recently had a gorgeous baby girl and I made some handmade gifts for her. I just LOVE how they turned out!

I knew her nursery colors were koral, teal and sunshine yellow. I decided to add orange and grey to the mix.

I embroidered her name on each of the burp clothes and made a coordinating summer dress … although I know she won’t fit it for another year or two. I love making gifts for people when I can, rather than buying them from a store. There’s just something so meaningful and personal about it!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. Yes, I’m still around, but I’ve been so busy with work, church and life that I haven’t had much new info to share.

A quick snapshot of my life right now:

  • Trying to get back to a good eating and workout routine
  • Planning lots of vacation! So far, I have plans for a trip San Francisco; a friend coming to visit me from Wisconsin; a trip to Massachusetts; trip to Portland; trip to Greenville. Phew!
  • Working. A lot.

In addition to that, I’m in this Eeyore-like phase of life right now, and I’m not sure what to do to kick it. Just spending a lot of time evaluating where I am in life and where I want to be in life; thinking about the friends I have and how I spend time (or don’t) with them; etc. Yep, it’s super exciting. And yes, that was sarcasm.

What have you been up to?

Hopefully this weekend, I’ll have a fun post about some crafty things I’ve been making. (Keyword: hopefully.)

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Here’s a great recipe that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! I’ve seen these awesome push-up pop holders that remind me of the push-up pop ice cream treats (do they still make those?!) all over Pinterest and other blogs, so I was out to find them.

I had a 50% off coupon for Joann’s and I found a set of these holders made by Wilton (like this).  It cost roughly $7.50 for the set after the coupon and they’re dishwasher-safe so I thought it was worth it. 

I love red velvet cake and so do my Life Group friends, so I wanted to try it for our get together this past week. I love, love, love cooking without recipes for everything except baking. So because of that, I used Bakerella’s recipe for red velvet, except I used 1 (vs. 2) ounces of red coloring … I can’t imagine how “red” this would taste with that much color! Anyway, I baked it in a 9″ x 13″ baking pan for about 40 minutes. 

I did use my own cream cheese frosting (although I didn’t use a recipe, it’s probably very similar to any other one you can find). Here’s what I put in the frosting (really easy … just combine all together and mix on medium-high until it’s really light and fluffy): 

  • 12 oz. (1 1/2 blocks) of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 

I also saw Wilton makes “Mini Whoopie Pie” pan that they say is perfect for the molds, but what the heck, I didn’t see the point; I just used the mold itself to cut the cake (I cut the cake into two layers so each piece of cake in the push-up pop is about 1/2-1/4″ thick). 

These were a big hit and they were super easy! I can’t wait to use these molds again. I’m thinking cheesecakes, tea sandwiches, tiramisu, etc. The possibilities are pretty endless! 

Here are a few extra pictures from the process:

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Mixing the wet and dry ingredients.

 

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In the oven.

 

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The finished cake.

 

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Close shot of the red velvet push-up cake pops.

 

I love reading my best friend’s blog and have enjoyed seeing and hearing about her “10 Minute Craft Dash” that she started a while back. I decided I’d try to do it and so here you go, my first entry!

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The colors were (excuse my potentially inaccurate crafting color descriptions) slate, moss and light pink. I love these colors, but everyone who knows anything about me knows that I’m incredibly indecisive.

I don’t make cards very often (OK, really at all) so my entry isn’t a card, but rather a cute little “taggie” security blanket. I’m the proud auntie of a hilarious little girl (16 months) and will soon have twins nieces/nephews added to the mix (coming in August), so I love sewing things for them. Since I don’t know if the twins are boys or girls yet, I’ll just keep this on hand … and if they’re boys, I’m sure I’ll find someone to give this to!

The blanket measures roughly 13″ x 13″.

*Please excuse the crappy iPhone pictures … I need to get myself a new digital camera!*

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I have to say, this is the quickest that I’ve ever sewn something start-to-finish … I started the clock and had to cut all the ribbon, fabric and backing and then get sewing! I misjudged how much fabric I had, so I had to do stripes of the grey background instead of the two-piece diagonal triangles I had planned. I also originally planned to do three ribbons on each side, but with the time constraints, I settled for ribbons on just two sides. I think it turned out pretty well anyway. I didn’t look at the clock when I was sewing so I was hoping I was still within the time limit!

The time it took me:

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I made this mug for my best friend from college, Molly. Her birthday is later this week and I wanted to do a DIY gift for her. She lives in Wisconsin and I’m in Seattle, so I thought this idea would be fun. I love how it turned out and hope she enjoys it, too!

Here’s a quick overview of the supply list and steps to make a mug like this:

  • White ceramic mug (I purchased mine from Fred Meyer)
  • Sharpie pens (I used the traditional fine print ones in black and red; I wanted to make the hearts pink but my pen was defective)
  • Image of whatever you want to put on your mug (I just used Google Maps on my iPhone)

Here’s how I did the project:

  1. Determine what you want on your mug. My friend lives in Wisconsin and I live in Washington, so I just needed to find the basic shapes for both states. I just searched on Google Maps! 
  2. Draw the shapes on the mug; I freehanded mine and (very) surprisingly, they turned out nicely. I definitely didn’t inherit the artist genes the rest of my family has, so I was pleased.
  3. Trace over the initial drawing until it’s the thickness you like. I wanted my state outlines to be pretty thick, so I went over it 3-4 times.
  4. Using a colored Sharpie, draw a heart nearby the city you and the recipient of the mug live.
  5. Draw little dashes from each heart to the other. Of course from Washington to Wisconsin there isn’t a funny squiggly mark, but I added it for a fun little touch.
  6. Place the mug in a cold oven in the middle of the rack. Turn the heat to 350 degrees and “bake” it for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the mug cool for 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove (be especially careful not to smear the ink; since it’s warm it might be a bit wet) the mug and place on a potholder. Cool completely.

**The mug is ready to use, but be careful not to wash in the dishwasher and/or use a heavy-duty scrubber to wash as the ink might fade. 

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