Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY Tile Coasters

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I've been in a crafty mood lately.
You may have noticed this with all of my pom pom madness!

I enjoy making crafts on occasion if they are easy to complete and if I think I will actually use them.  While rummaging through my craft supply stash I found some white ceramic tiles that I had purchased from Lowes a couple of years ago.  I also found half of a bottle of Modge Podge that's been around since who knows when.  So I grabbed my Rubbermaid container full of scrapbook paper (because a girl can never have too much scrapbook paper) and decided to whip up some diy tile coasters. 

Remember when tile coasters were all the craft rage?
Well I'm bringing them back :)

I wish I could show you some fancy tutorial on how I made these pretty little coasters, but I
was deep into my latest Hulu addiction, The Good Wife, so I was watching an episode or two while crafting instead of taking step by step photos. 
My bad. 
(Does anyone even say that any more? )

Luckily there are a ton of craft bloggers out there that do offer step-by-step tutorials like this one.
I think they turned out pretty darn cute and I will definitely use them!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

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Sometimes the most simple ingredients make the best dessert.

I recently purchased my first quart of organic strawberries of the season and they were so sweet and tasty.  I could have just eaten the entire container by themselves, but I decided to make an angel food cake to go with them, which then lead to this cute little dessert :)

Besides the cake, you really don't even need a recipe to make these.
They're pretty self explanatory.
Heck, you can even use a box cake mix.
I won't judge :)
Angel Food Cake

1 1/4 cup egg whites (about 9)
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. salt

Place egg whites into a large mixing bowl, let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside. 
Move oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 350°. Add cream of tartar, extracts and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Hang pan upside down onto a heat proof glass bottle until completely cooled.
Loosen edges by running a knife around side and center tube of pan.
Remove cake to a serving plate.                                    

To make Strawberry Shortcake in a jar, layer cubes of angel food cake, whipped cream and sliced strawberries in a jar. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

For the love of Pom Poms!

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram (meandmypinkmixer) have probably noticed
that I have a slight obsession with pom poms lately.

I can not stop making them.
For real.
I am whipping out pom poms like there's no tomorrow :)

I'm using a Clover pom pom maker that I purchased at Michael's with a 40% off coupon.
It helps you make perfect pom poms every time.

So far I have made pom pom bookmarks.

A bouquet of pom pom flowers.

And a  pom pom wreath for my front door.

Here are some other pom pom projects that I think are adorable.
You can bet I will be making all of these soon!!

pom pom napkin rings

pom pom party hats

pom pom cake garland

pom pom wedding confetti

pom pom cupcake garland

pom pom gift bows

And last, but not least, a pom pom chair!

Hope you enjoyed my pom pom extraganza!
Got to run.
There are pom poms to make!
Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Albion Fit Review and $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

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We're going to change things up around here today.
Instead of food - let's talk fitness!

I like to make desserts.
I like to eat desserts too.
In order for me to do those two things I've got to burn off some of those calories each day.
That is if I still want to fit into my pants.
My day job frowns upon yoga pants for business attire :)

Walking and occasionally running are my fitness go-to's.
If I'm going to do either, I want to look as good as I can doing them.
To me, the right workout clothes can provide comfort, confidence and style!
Meet Albion Fit.

I was recently given the opportunity to try the Albion Fit Go Long Crew and let me tell you,
I LOVE this top!

It is extremely comfortable, fits perfectly and is so stylish!
And it has thumb-holes!
Love that!
I can definitely see myself wearing it while running errands too.

Albion Fit has the cutest swim suits too!
I love the Blousy Mint suit.

Or how about the Gown suit.  So pretty!

I think the Love Racer in Daffodil or mint would be perfect for summer workouts!

I love how all of their items are cute, comfortable and fashionable all at the same time!
Albion Fit has defintely impressed me!

Here's the scoop on how YOU can enter to win a Albion Fit gift card or go shopping today with a 15% discount.

Albion Fit is generously giving away a $50 Albion Fit gift card to one of my Me and My Pink Mixer readers!

Bonus! They are also offering a discount code of 15% off any albionfit.com purchase.
Use code pinkmixer15 at checkout! (discount expires 3/30/14)

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Contest has ended and winner has been contacted by email.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pistachio Cupcakes

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Sorry I'm a couple of days late sharing St. Patrick's Day cupcakes, but hey at least it's still the month of March :)

I made these Pistachio cupcakes for my boss's birthday.  He actually has a St. Patrick's day birthday and he's part Irish too, so I thought Pistachio cupcakes would be perfect for his special day.

This was my first time ever making any type of pistachio dessert and now I'm hooked!
So yummy!
I love eating pistachios by themselves, but never thought to use them in a dessert until the nice people at Diamond of California sent me a bag of Pistachios to play around with.
Diamond is a brand you can rely on for quality and freshness!
I was so happy with the final result and everyone at the office seemed to enjoy them too!

I love the pop of color the raspberries add to the cupcake.

Pistachio Cupcakes

1 box French Vanilla cake mix
1 small pkg. instant pistachio pudding
1 cup buttermilk
4 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1 6 oz. pkg. Diamond of California shelled Pistachios for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line pan with cupcake liners.
Sift cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
Add pudding, eggs, buttermilk and oil. 
Using an electric mixer, mix until ingredients are all combined.
Using a large cookie scoop, fill liners 2/3 full.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done.
Cool in pan for a few minutes and then place the cupcakes on a wire rack to continue cooling.

Vanilla Buttercream

3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 cups confectioners sugar
1 T whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In the bowl of your stand mixer add butter and mix for about 1 minute.
Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time.
Add whipping cream and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy.
Frost cooled cupcakes.
Garnish with finely chopped pistachios and a fresh raspberry.

Yield - 20 cupcakes

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello Spring Break in Disney World

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If you follow me on Instagram (meandmypinkmixer), you've probably seen most of these photo's, but for this Hello Monday post I decided to share my Instagram photos of our spring break trip to Florida and Disney World.

Hello Florida Welcome Center.
My husband insists that we always stop for the free orange juice sample :)

Hello home for the week.

Hello to watching the Nationals and Yankees spring training game.
The Nats won - yay!

Hello to Madison catching a ball from one of the Nats players :)

Hello to mother/daughter Mickey ears.

Hello to a day at the beach and my first Starbucks "you are here collection" mug.
I can't wait to add more cities and states to my collection when I travel!

Hello to dinner at T-Rex in Downtown Disney.

Hello to my favorite Disney sweet treats.

Hello to a brief visit to Hilton Head Island on our way home.
One of our favorite vacation spots!

Hello to going back to work, detoxing from my Disney sugar coma and clean eating this week!
It was a fabulous vacation, but back to reality :)

What have you been saying hello to my friends?

Linking up to Hello Monday with Lisa Leonard.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Caramel Delight {Samoa} Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

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Girl Scout cookies and I go way back.
Back to the 70's when we wore that short little brown dress with the beanie to Brownie meetings and we sang "I have something in my pocket it belongs across my face".  Remember that?!?

And then later the green dress with the beret after we flew up to Junior scouts.
Do you remember the "Fly Up" ceremony? 

I loved Girl Scouts!  We did so many fun things that I probably would have never experienced if I wasn't a scout, so naturally when my daughter started kindergarten I signed up to be a Daisy Girl Scout leader.  Little did I know, that she would stick it out for 13 years and I would have the pleasure of watching all those girls in our troop grow up and graduate high school.
We had a lot of fun over those 13 years camping, crafting, singing and working on badges.
I wouldn't trade those times for anything!

Anyway, over the past 4 decades I have sold or helped sell at lot of Girl Scout cookies.
Girl Scouts will always hold a special place in my heart and I will never pass up a cookie sale :)

Now onto the cupcakes.
My friend Bekka loves Caramel Delights, so when we got together for her birthday last month, I knew just the cupcake to make for her special day.  Chocolate cake topped with coconut buttercream frosting, finely topped cookies and a Caramel Delight cookie slice.  I totally meant to drizzle caramel sauce on top, but somehow forgot. I will definitely do it next time.

Even without the caramel sauce they were delish!

Caramel Delight {Samoa} Cupcakes
with Coconut Buttercream

Chocolate cupcakes:
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweeted cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with liners.
Sift dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  Add eggs, milk and vanilla.
Beat with a mixer for about two minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Add the boiling water and mix just until blended.  Let the batter sit for about 10 minutes to thicken slightly.
Fill cupcake liners using a large cookie scoop. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until center of the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.  Cool on a wire rack.

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
5-6 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
1-2 T heavy cream or milk
1 box of Caramel Delight {Samoa} Girl Scout Cookies

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar 2-3 minutes on med-high speed.  Lower the speed and add the vanilla and coconut extracts along with the heavy cream. Beat for another 5-7 minutes on high until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cupcakes.  Top with finely chopped cookies and a cookie slice on top.  Drizzle with caramel if desired.
Yield - 32 cupcakes

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