July 21, 2015

Watercolor Envelope Liners

There are few things, in my mind, as fun as opening up the mailbox to see a letter just for you! You can ask my husband, I actually have a very odd obsession with checking the mail. There's just something about seeing an envelope that isn't a bill or junk mail! Especially when the letter is fun and colorful or even a wedding invitation! Yay! 

I was so thrilled when a friend of mine came over to work on some wedding invite details with me! We decided to do some DIY watercolor liners for her envelopes. I love this kind of DIY because you can use it for any envelope and any kind of letter under the sun.

We started by watercoloring simple craft paper that comes in a roll.

It doesn't matter if the strokes aren't perfect, because you're going to be cutting the paper way down to make your liners.

Once your paint is completely dry, turn the paper over and trace your liner template. I got mine from paper source when I was doing my own wedding invitations. I've used them over and over again since!

Cut those babies out and viola! They are done!

We glued just the top triangle part of the liner into the card. This way, when you open it, if the bottom pulls a tad it's no biggie.

And here is why I loooove liners!

Ta daaa!

Ah, I'm in love!!


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July 13, 2015

6 Month Update

Hello my half a year old boy!

Bath Time
Big Boy Coale
Small Dogs
Playing on the floor
Reaching for things
Dancing (with help from mom)
Listening to Music

When Mom plays the ukulele
Loud bang! noises
not being allowed to grab things

Big Boy
Little Man

I want to remember
Your first vacation to Houston! Watching you meet everyone was such a treat!

How squirmy and adventurous you are! Everything is new and exciting and worth a good stare down. Even watching Daddy vacuum is thrilling (and we are thrilled that you are thrilled, and one day I'm sure you'll be thrilled to add vacuuming to your list of chores! Ha!)

How different you look now that just six months ago when you were a teeny little squirm. This month has been full of allthenewthings! Plane rides! New animals! And for us too! Plane rides (with a baby!) 4th of July lunch celebrations, and wishing the neighborhood fireworks were done by 11pm! And figuring out how much you are actually supposed to eat in a day. All good things, some hard things, and yet mostly awesome things.

How you are a giant ham. I'm totally biased but also totally convinced that you know what a camera is. Evidence:

(I like to think that you feel this hat doesn't really show off your best features (hello hair!) and that maybe a different style would be a tad more flattering...)

(I love this one because you are clearly noticing that Coale is in the way of your major photo shoot. It's like you're saying "wait mom! Coale's in the way! I'm not ready!")

Here's to 6 more months of fun (and many many many more)


July 8, 2015

Stuffed Peanut Butter Muffins with Streusel!

Yes. This is real life. And you need to make these. Like yesterday.

When I first saw this recipe for peanut butter and jelly muffins I was actually kind of grossed out. I'm  not fond of PB&J sandwiches at all. So there you go. So I put them out of my mind. Tim on the other hand? He could eat them every day. So when thinking up what to make for breakfast, they popped right back in my brain. So I went on a peanut butter muffin expedition. Jessica also has these pb muffins, but with chocolate chips in them. We were getting somewhere... jelly for the hubs and nutella for me.

I altered the recipes a bit and came up with these.

YOU GUYS. Holy. Yum.

I'm telling you, if you have a peanut butter lover in your house, these are so going to get folded into your breakfast rotation. And snack rotation. And "I'm not really super hungry right now at 3pm, but something needs to tide me over until dinner and OH YEAH WE HAVE THOSE MUFFINS!"

I ended up making some with jelly, some with nutella, and some plain. And I topped ALL of them with streusel. Do it. Trust me.

"Stuffed" Peanut Butter Muffins with Streusel (click here to view printable version)
Preheat oven to 350F

2c flour
1/2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2c (or one chobani single serve is what I used) of plain greek yogurt (plain! not vanilla!)
1/3c brown sugar
1/2c butter, melted but not hot
1/2c peanut butter
2/3c milk
1 tsp vanilla

jam/jelly/nutella to top, if desired

Streusel Topping (Optional, but oh so good).
1/3c brown sugar
1/3c sugar
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/3c butter, melted
1c flour

1. Mix together your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, egg, and butter (make sure your butter isn't hot! It should be just barely melted)
3. Add your peanut butter, whisk until smooth
4. Add milk and vanilla, whisk until smooth
5. Fold your flour mixture to your peanut butter mixture and mix until just incorporated. Don't over mix!
6. Divide into your 12 muffin tin
7. top with toppings (if desired!) like jelly, nutella and/or streusel. Make a sort of indentation with a spoon/finger to add the jelly or nutella. For the streusel make sure to press it into your batter!

Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean!



p.s. I wouldn't know anything about adding extra nutella to the tops of these. So if you try it... let me know how that turns out.

July 3, 2015

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Pizza. It's definitely a favorite. Which might be odd, because I was never the "PIZZA IS MY FAVORITE FOOD EVER EVER EVER!!" when I was little. I think one time I wrote "spaghetti with butter and cheese" on the About Me cards in elementary school. Come to think of it, I still really like spaghetti with butter and cheese...

But back to pizza. This certainly isn't the first time I've talked about it. I obsess over rando ingredients here.  I had been using this recipe for pizza dough from 5 million years ago. This was also apparently before I knew how to open a window for natural light! (note to self: update pizza crust post with pictures taken during the day) I even shared an even older (and less well-lit) post about valentine's pizza. Shwew. 

You guys. This crust. It's my new favorite. I love it. No rise time, no pre-bake, and it's thin! Thin crust pizza that isn't soggy! Yesssss!

I'm pretty sure this was a 3-cheese bbq chicken pizza night.

The "hardest" part of this recipe is taking the time to carefully and patiently stretch the dough to fit the pan. Worth it, though!

Thin Crust Pizza Dough
1/2c warm water
1/2 tsp yeast
1tsp honey
1Tbs olive oil
1 1/2c flour

Preheat oven to highest setting (mine is 550F)
1. Mix together your water, yeast, honey, and olive oil. Allow to foam (to check that the yeast is good!)
2. Add flour and mix with dough hook about 3-5 mins, until incorporated (or mix with cold spoon, get that arm workout in!)
3. Place dough on well floured surface and knead about 10-15 times, until smooth.
4. Let rest about 5 mins
5. Slowly flatten dough into a disk, and start to shape, stretch, flatten it to fit your pizza pan. (This step I do on the counter, not the pan itself). If you get frustrated, let it rest a bit! It usually takes me about 10-15 mins, and much patience.
6. Once you have it all stretched out, place the dough on your pan, add toppings, and then pop in the oven for about 10 mins, until everything is cooked through. I usually finish mine off with the broiler for extra browned cheesy bits.


Holy Yum.

Also, this is the recipe that I used when we grilled our pizza!

You do all the same steps except that you put the pan on the grill. I know, revolutionary.

You should try it! It's delish!

Happy Day before the 4th!


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June 22, 2015

Basil Teacher Gift DIY

This little munchkin finished up daycare last week, and I was excited to put together my first ever teacher thank you gift! I wanted something unique but that also didn't take a million years to put together. Also, something that didn't include turning on my oven!

I decided to paint some pots with acrylic paint (during naptime!) and then fill them with fresh basil that I propagated from our garden. Did you know that if you trim basil and put it in water it will sprout roots?! I love giving basil to friends and family this way! Our basil always grows way out of control, and this is such a fun was to share the love.

 After the paint dries, fill'er up with dirt, plop in your basil, and make a cute tag! I love fun puns, so our tag said "Thank for helping me grow! <3 Clark"

This was super easy, and most of the things I already had here at home, hooray!

Happy Summer!


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