DIY Moss Design Eggs

DIY Moss Design Eggs @themerrythoughtMoss is one of my favorite things in nature – along with mountains, waterfalls, fog and lily of the valleys. I used to love finding huge patches of it to lay on as a kid or grabbing little pieces of it to bring home as a bed for my Polly Pocket dolls (yeah, 1990’s!) I tried using some to decorate eggs for Easter – they’re easy to do and I think they would look perfect on a natural tablescape for Easter dinner!
DIY Moss Design Eggs @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Hard Boiled Eggs (Or fake eggs)
-Glue
-Paint Brush
-Moss

How to make them:
Use paint brush to paint the desired design on the egg with glue. Rip off small pieces of moss and press into glue until design is filled. Let dry.
DIY Moss Design Eggs @themerrythoughtDIY Moss Design Eggs @themerrythoughtDIY Moss Design Eggs @themerrythoughtDIY Moss Design Eggs @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce

White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
Maple syrup season is in full swing around here! On Sunday, we visited a local maple farm with my Aunt & Uncle and cousins (our 2nd annual trip) and got to indulge in lots of maple goodness – like maple cotton candy and maple ice cream, a favorite of mine!  We then went back to my Aunt’s house and after dinner, had more maple desserts! We take maple syrup season seriously in our family. ;)
White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
This is one of my favorite maple desserts.  It’s a knock-off recipe of Applebee’s Maple Walnut Blondie –  a dessert my family loved to get there when it was on the menu (maybe it still is, I haven’t been there in so long!). I’ve been making this for a few years and it always gets lots of rave reviews from everyone.  It’s that maple cream sauce – that stuff is sooo good, you can just it eat by the spoonful!  (Or on waffles or to pour over ice cream – it makes a great homemade gift too!)  This dessert is also pretty quick & easy to make too – always a plus!  I opt to leave the walnuts out as I’m not big on nuts mixed in foods, but add them in if you like!
White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce

Blondies:
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts – optional

Maple Cream Sauce:
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
1-2 drops maple extract

Vanilla Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9-inch square pan. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and mix well. Add the beaten egg and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well. Stir in white chocolate chips and walnuts if using. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

While blondies are baking, make the sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine the syrup and butter and cook over low heat until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved and remove from heat. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, soften the cream cheese until it can be stirred smooth by hand.  Slowly add the maple butter mixture into the softened, stirred cream cheese, mixing well as you add the maple mixture (if you mix it in too fast, it will be lumpy!). Add a drop or two of maple extract – or as much as you would like to taste – and stir until combined.

To serve: Place a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream on the warm blondie and drizzle with sauce and additional walnuts if desired. If you want to be fancy, warm a small cast iron skillet on the stove or in the oven and serve your blondie sizzling-skillet style.

Leftover sauce should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. To use, heat in the microwave until it reaches desired consistency.

Adapted from createatoriumcrafts

White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
White Chocolate Blondies with Maple Cream Sauce @themerrythought
If you’re a fellow maple syrup lover you should probably try this Maple Ice Cream with Maple Glazed Pecans and these Baked Doughnuts with Maple Glaze!

-Manda

Minimal Bedroom

Minimal Bedroom @themerrythoughtFinally my bedroom is pretty much finished – is it ever really completely done though?? This room is the most calming space to come home to. I love it so much! It can be really difficult and frustrating living in an apartment and trying to create a space that you love without being to raise ceilings, rip out walls, redo floors… but splashing some white paint all over the walls and bringing the focus onto some simple DIY projects has turned this into a perfect little space for me. When I was looking through these photos, I couldn’t believe how many DIY projects brought this room together. It made me appreciate all the fun blog projects that have turned out great after having a few major fail projects this weekend. ;)Minimal Bedroom @themerrythoughtMinimal Bedroom @themerrythoughtMinimal Bedroom @themerrythoughtMinimal Bedroom @themerrythoughtMinimal Bedroom @themerrythoughtMinimal Bedroom @themerrythoughtHere are the DIY projects that make the room:
Plywood Print Headboard
Simple Bed Frame
Moon Phase Wall Mobile
Minimal Floor Mirror
Clay Circle Garland
Faux Fur Heart Pillow
Clay Ring Cones

Now onto the next room! What types of projects would you like to see us make?

xo. Caitlin

3.21

Down syndrome Awareness @themerrythought
Down syndrome Awareness @themerrythought
Down syndrome Awareness @themerrythought
Down syndrome Awareness @themerrythought
Down syndrome Awareness @themerrythought
Down syndrome Awareness @themerrythought
Today, on 3.21, we celebrate one of our favorite little ladycakes who happened to be born with 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. The other day her pre-school teacher mentioned to me that in the beginning, she wasn’t sure how Fabienne would do in the {typical} 5 day program, but she has “blown them out of the water”. This little girl blows us out of the water all the time. She is full of joy, she is bright, she is determined, she is silly. I am so thankful to have her in my life, for how she is changing the way I see others. My hope for today is this:
“Pay attention to the person, the child, the soul—not the wheelchair, the chromosome, the difference. Allow yourself to be astonished—to learn something new from someone, to be inspired, to laugh, to enjoy a moment. And then pass it on. Spread your awareness message by the way you live, the way you speak and the way you treat people.” – Kelle Hampton

We love you Fabienne Joy!
Marla

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