Monday, February 10, 2020

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

Birdseed heart for Valentine's Day
I've been feeling extra crafty lately - making essential oil diffuser bracelets and diffusers
for your car. Sitting in my office/craft room and creating is so relaxing and satisfying.
I don't take the time to do it often enough!

During the holidays I purchased a birdseed bundt wreath from one of our local Farmer's
Markets and even though the squirrels devoured it in one afternoon we loved watching
them from our kitchen window. I decided to get crafty and make a smaller heart shape
versions to give to some of our friends and neighbors for Valentine's day.

The heart-shaped bird feeders turned out super cute!  They were pretty easy to make
and  just a little messy, but I know the birds and squirrel's will enjoy them, so they were
totally worth it!

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder Craft
Valentine's Day bird seed craft

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

4 cups birdseed
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
1/2 cup water
3 T corn syrup

In a large mixing bowl whisk bird seed and flour.
In a small bowl combine water, gelatin and corn syrup - mixing until gelatin has disolved.
Pour liquid over bird seed and flour and mix using a spoon sprayed with cooking spray.
Mix until totally combined.

Line a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the inside of a heart-shaped cookie
cutter with cooking spray and place it on the parchment paper. Spoon birdseed into the cookie
cutter, pressing it down with the back of a spoon sprayed with cooking spray.

Once the cookie cutter is full, poke a hole using a sturdy straw or chop stick. Gently remove
the cookie cutter, pressing down on the bird seed heart. Repeat process with remaining bird
seed mixture.  Allow hearts to dry for 24 hours. Add pretty ribbon and place in a clear celephane
bag for gifting.

Yield - 10 (may vary depending upon the size of your cookie cutter - mine was about 4 inches)


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Semi-Homemade Heart Shaped Pop-Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

Hey friends! I'm coming at you today with a cute and easy dessert to make for Valentine's
Day. Semi-homemade heart shaped strawberry pop-tarts!
This recipe is super easy when you use prepared sheets of refrigerated pie crust.
Feel free to make your own pie dough if desired. I have yet to master pie crust, so I went
the easy route.

This recipe makes four heart shaped pop-tarts. You can easily double the recipe if needed.

Heart shaped homemade pop-tarts are simply adorable and my family loved them!

Semi-Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

1 refrigerated pie crust (save the other half for later)
1/4 cup strawberry jam
2 tsp. corn starch
1 egg
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 T heavy cream (or more as needed)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Heart shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix strawberry jam with cornstarch. Crack the egg into another small
bowl and whisk.

Flour a large work surface and lay pie crust on top of it.  Roll out the circle.
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out 8 hearts. You will need to gather the dough
scraps and roll out to be able to get 8 hearts. Place four of them on the prepared baking

Spoon a tablespoon of jam mixture onto the center of 4 of the hearts.
Brush egg around the edges of filled hearts to form a glue.
Place a dough heart on top of jam. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal.
Repeat with remaining hearts. Brush tops with egg. Using a knife, make a 1/4 inch
cut in the center of the dough to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Some jam may leak out of the sides, but that's okay!
Cool completely before frosting.

After pop-tarts have cooled, in a small bowl whisk powdered sugar, vanilla and cream.
Spread glaze over each pop-tart. Immediately top with sprinkles.
Allow glaze to set a bit before serving.

Yield - 4

Friday, December 13, 2019

Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies with Icing

Hey friends!
I'm smack dab in the middle of holiday cookie baking and I couldn't be happier.
I LOVE listening to Christmas music and baking by the glow of twinkling lights - so cozy!

Today I am sharing a recipe that I have been trying to perfect for years. Thumbprint cookies
are my husband's absolute favorite cookie and not just any thumbprint cookie - Giant Eagle
grocery store thumbprint cookies. Giant Eagle is a very popular grocery store chain in the
Pittsburgh, PA area, where my husband is from. He grew up enjoying these delicious, buttery
cookies and every time we go to visit we have to stop by Giant Eagle to get some!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pasta with Shrimp, Olive Oil, Garlic and Chili Flakes

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Shrimp Pasta

Hey friends! It's been awhile since I've shared a dinner recipe around here, so today I'm
sharing a shrimp and pasta entree that is so delicious! It's pretty easy too -  cleaning
the shrimp is the hardest part!

The ingredient list is pretty minimal, which I love - especially for a weeknight dinner!
Shrimp, pasta, tomatoes, fresh spinach, a few spices and extra virgin olive oil is all
you need.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Yay! It's holiday baking time!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Paint and Shake Christmas Ornaments

Paint and Shake Ornaments

Let's get crafty!
There's just something about the holidays that gets me into a crafty mood.
I don't know why - it's not like I don't have a million other things to do, but cleaning,
baking and shopping can wait. Let's make some cute new ornaments for the tree!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Fans

Hey friends! Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm sharing my Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Fans.
I'm a huge fan of essential oils (you can read why I love them so much here) and I know
that many of you are as well, so share this with your significant other or use it as a guide
to buy a gift for a friend who loves oils. They will love you!