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color punch

March 1, 2015
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Since we’ve been living in a world of white for the past month here in Michigan, it’s nice to bring  some punchy colors in to brighten things up a bit.

colorful gifts

1.  Why subject your scotch tape to a boring dispenser when it can be having fun in this snazzy snail?  $16.50

2.  Pop a pretty color around your wrist to remember to be hopeful and joyful $11.95

3.  Spring cleaning is right around the corner and these glam gloves are ready to do the job $15.95

4.  Bring a bright blue to your kitchen counter and get lots of giggles with this gurgle pot  $39.95 

5.  Take time to smell the flowers everyday with this oh-so-lovely bouquet clock $59.95

6.  Showcase your favorite winter break moment or fun summer memories in this pic clip $7.95

7.  This festive felt trivet will keep your hot pots cool and your dining table bright  $19.95

8.  Why write in black in when your notes could be colorful, sparkle and smell sweet too$9.95

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wake up your window with one of these easy no-sew projects

February 23, 2015
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Nothings adds more to a room than a new window treatment. You can easily change the whole look or feel of a space with a splash of color, soothing neutrals, or deep hues. That’s just one of the fabulous things about doing it yourself–you get to pick the fabrics and colors to use.

no sew curtains

These no-sew window treatments are an effortless way to express your creativity and spruce up your surroundings at the same time.

Hop over to Sand & Sisal to find out how Kim turned cloth napkins into gorgeous a gorgeous window treatment for her office makeover.

Twenty minutes, fabric, and a hot glue gun….that’s all it took for Carmel to whip up her No-Sew Faux Roman Shade . I must say, it adds a great finishing touch to her kitchen.

Can you guess the secret behind these cute curtains? They’re made from a dropcloth (with your choice of colorful fabric to finish off the bottom). Find out how to make your own pair on Shanty 2 Chic.

You can make curtains out of sheets–who knew?? So take a stroll down the bedding department in your favorite store and pick up your faves. Anna shares her complete instructions on her blog–My Life and Kids.

Are your mini-blinds ready for a makeover? They serve as the base for the beautiful window decor that Maryann designed for her master bedroom. Leaving the cords intact allows you to raise and lower these as you wish.

You can customize any old roller shade in your home by just adhering fabric to it and you’ve instantly updated your window. Click here to get the easy instructions that we found on First Home Love Life.

If you’re up for going the extra mile in your stylish revamping, you may want to create your own custom curtain rod. This designer window treatment is secretly a PVC pipe with a finial attached to the end.  Want to learn more? Head over to In My Own Style to get the whole scoop.

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cute coconut cream pies

February 22, 2015
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Another dinner date was on our calendar this Saturday so I saw this as another opportunity to bring sweet treats in jars ~ cue Steve’s eye roll… however he never seems to have a problem devouring these pretty desserts ;-)  A little coconut cream pie was on my crave radar so I tracked down a few recipes and came up this this yummy mix.

coconut cream pie in mason jars

Here’s what you need:

Crust

8 oz butter cookies
6 tablespoons melted butter

Cream Filling

2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
3 cups half-and-half
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Topping

2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup sour cream (for stabilization)

Makes 8 jars of deliciousness

coconut cream pie recipe

Spread 2 cups of coconut on baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees for around 10 minutes or until light brown.  Crush butter cookies and mix in 6 tablespoons of melted butter, then press in bottom of jars and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

coconut cream pie recipe Combine half and half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt in sauce pan and stir over medium heat until it becomes thick like the consistency of pudding.  Once thick, turn off the heat and stir in 1 cup of toasted coconut flakes and vanilla.

coconut cream pie recipe

Place the cream filling into the 8 jars, cover and cool in refrigerator for 4 hours or longer.  Whip the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until thick and then fold in sour cream.  Adding the sour cream helps keep the whipping cream thick for a longer period of time.

mini coconut cream pies

Dollop the whipped cream on top of the coconut cream filling and cover with the other cup of toasted coconut.  I made these the day of our dinner date but they will easily keep overnight and will likely even taste better the next day as the flavors continue to meld.

This dessert isn’t very complicated to make but it does dirty up a fair amount of pots, bowls and utensils… but after tasting this heavenly treat I don’t think you’ll mind.

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