I’ve had these vases on my to-make list since last October. Story of my life with getting things done, a day late a buck short. Ah well, so glad to have them done now. I had originally planned to paint them in gold, but saw this Renaissance Gold Liquid Leaf at the store and loved the copper hue. I have quite a few copper things around my house, so I thought copper dipped vases would probably be a better fit than gold.
This project was quick, simple and cheap to do, my favorite kind. (It’s pretty similar to the Paint Dipped Mugs I made). I used thrifted vases and a coupon at Michaels for the liquid leaf, so my vases probably ended up costing less than my flowers! Oh but it’s so nice to have these fresh tulips sitting on my table – I can have a little hint of spring indoors since this long, cold winter wants to stick around forever!
What you need:
How to do it:
Make sure your vase is clean. Apply tape, making sure to get it as tight as possible so paint doesn’t leak under, it’s a little tricker if your vase has any ridges/patterns on it. Paint vase, following directions according to your paint bottle for what kind of brush to use and how long to let it dry. Once dry, apply a clear coat over your paint to seal it. Once the clear coat is dry, carefully remove painters tape.
I’m excited for Daylight Savings Time this weekend – hooray for an extra hour of light in our days! We’re having a bit of a warm spell too (hooray for getting out of single digits!), so I’m hoping we can get out and enjoy some fresh air this weekend (it’s only supposed to last a few days…then back to snow and cold ). And we’ll be celebrating my little guy’s birthday this weekend, so lots of fun happening here!
Hope your weekend is lovely!
We’re over on Poppytalk today sharing how you can make your own smudge stick!
My cousin, Tori, has been a huge help to us over the past year of blogging. Most of the time she’s the one behind the camera if there are ever photos of me on the blog and she also comes to our rescue and watches the boys when we need to get work done. Aside from all that, she’s an incredible baker and I finally convinced her to do a post for us!
For the past eight years I’ve been a part time child care provider to two young boys that have a gluten intolerance. Trying to find homemade treats for them can be a bit of a challenge. A few years ago I tried making a batch of meringues for them and they were an instant hit. Now they’re always begging me to make the “egg cookies!” Now that it’s March, I decided it would be the perfect time to make some green mint chocolate meringues for the boys to try out. These are their favorite ones yet!
4 egg whites (room temperature for best results)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp mint extract (adjust this to taste)
a few drops of green food coloring
First make sure all your baking utensils are completely clean – if there is any type of grease, the egg whites won’t whip up. Preheat the oven to 250. Put egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip until frothy. Mix in cream of tartar. Beat until there are soft peaks when you pick up the mixer. Add the sugar about 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing the entire time. Once all the sugar is added, beat until stiff peaks form when you pick up the mixer. (Be careful not to over beat.) Scoop it in to a piping bag with whatever tip you want your cookies to look like. Squeeze out 1″ wide cookies onto a cooking tray covered in tin foil, lightly coated in no-stick spray. Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. DO NOT open the oven while they are cooking. After they are done, you can just leave them in the oven overnight if you want them to be a little crunchier in the middle. If you want them chewier in the middle, you can turn the oven off after about 45 minutes and then let them sit overnight. The next morning, you can melt chocolate and dip the bottom of the cookies into them and let them harden before eating.
These can be a bit time consuming so I usually try to do them in the evening, so that I can just turn the oven off before heading to bed and leave them in there overnight. Don’t worry, they’re totally worth the wait!
These Peanut Butter Black Bean Cupcakes are another gluten-free treat that Tori makes!
You can never go wrong with a hot baked potato piled with melting butter sprinkled with a little salt and pepper. But sometimes you just need to get a little creative and take that baked potato from a side dish to the main dish. We had a baked potato topping party and came up with some fun and delicious ways to top our spuds. These baked potatoes are pretty fantastic and definitely worth trying out! (If you’re not sure how to bake a potato, you can check out this post for a good how-to).
Macaroni & Cheese
Spread some ricotta on your potato. Top with some delicious homemade macaroni & cheese. Sprinkle with sharp cheddar cheese and bread crumbs. Place under broiler for a couple minutes to melt the cheese and toast the bread crumbs.
Steak Mushroom & Onion
Top your baked potato with strips of steak, caramelized onions, cooked peppers & mushrooms and white cheddar cheese sauce.
Top a baked potato with lettuce, tomato, a hamburger, pepper jack cheese, onion rings and zesty sauce.
Sunrise Baked Potato
Scoop out some of the flesh of a baked potato, creating a small bowl. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese and crumbled cooked bacon into the bottom. Crack an egg into the potato bowl, season with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until egg is cooked through. Top with more cheese, bacon and green onions,
Top your baked potato with greek yogurt (or plain yogurt), cooked brussels sprouts, paprika and grated parmesan cheese.
A baked potato the kids are sure to love! Top baked potato with pizza sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni slices. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Junk Plate Potato
Scoop out some of the flesh of a baked potato, creating a small bowl. Fill it with a big scoop of macaroni salad. Put a grilled hotdog on top and then pour some hot meat sauce all over.
Spread goat cheese and chives over potato. Top with diced tomato, avocado and cucumber. Sprinkle with cilantro and alfalfa sprouts.
Another good option for the little tots – top a baked potato with cheese sauce and sliced cooked hot dogs.
Top baked potato with black beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro and jalapeños.
Top potato with chili then drizzle with white cheddar cheese sauce. Top with a couple slices of crispy bacon.
Sweet Potato with Pecan Crumble and Toasted Marshmallow
Add a dab of butter to a baked sweet potato. Sprinkle with pecan crumble (recipe below). Top with mini marshmallows and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until topping and marshmallows are golden.
Pecan Crumble Topping
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup pecan pieces
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
Combine the brown sugar, flour, and pecan pieces in a small bowl. Using your fingers work in the cold butter until thoroughly combined.
What’s your favorite way to top a baked potato?
If you love topping your food, be sure to check our our hot dog and waffle toppings posts!
Last week we had a few days above 35°… they were glorious. I went out hiking, rolled the windows down in my car, went around without a coat on. And now we’re back to 10°. This has been the most brutal winter that I can remember. So long and so dang cold!
I managed to get outside and have a few photos taken of my go-to outfit. I’ve been wearing a lot of neutrals, jeggings, cozy sweaters, booties, and layers this winter. I always add on lots of rings and bracelets so I feel a bit more girly – I’m used to wearing heels and dresses all the time but that’s just too much fuss for this much cold.
Jeans: Guess, thrifted | Sweater, Boots, Hat: vintage, thrifted | Copper Cuff: DIY | Rings: DIY & thrifted
What’s your go-to outfit to get you through the winter months?