Make, Do and Mend

The cyber-diary of what this homemaker makes, does and sometimes mends.
My motto is "if you do stuff, stuff gets done"
Showing posts with label Pin it Do it. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pin it Do it. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Glazed Doughnut muffins. Another Pinterest recipe

This is my version of a popular Pinterest recipe. I baked them for breakfast before we left Texas. They were enjoyed by my parents, brother and husband. And me.

Glazed Doughnut Muffins - quite rich and they really do taste like warm cake doughnuts.
They would be good to make if you are craving doughnuts but don't want to or can't go to a bakery.

For the Muffins:
1/4 cup butter, very soft
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk

For the Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter; melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
about 2 tablespoons hot water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 12 -14 or 15 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray. (I used a 12 cup muffin pan and 2 Pyrex custard cups to bake my batch.)
In a mixing bowl stir together butter, vegetable oil, and sugars till smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Next, add all the dry ingredients- baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and flour until just combined. Stir in the milk, just until combined. Do not over mix.
Spoon batter into cups, filling the cups, and smooth tops. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Bake until muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 15 to 17 minutes. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 10 minutes before glazing.
To make the glaze, In a medium bowl mix together the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough water to make a pourable glaze. Whisk until smooth.
When muffins have cooled slightly, dip the muffin crown into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. Once hardened, dip a second time and allow to harden then serve.

There was no time to let my batch cool before frosting, so these got frosted almost straight out of the oven. Letting them cool would of been better but they were still delicious.
I will repeat this recipe on special occasions,

Getting the plates and drinks ready

My parents built this house about 1970 and my mom picked her  favorite avocado green for the formica  countertops in the kitchen.
That kitchen has been cooked in lots over the last 40 or so years but that green formica still looks good as new.  

Hope you try this recipe for your next fancier breakfast
they are delicious!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Front door Easter decorations

We have not been on a normal routine here for several weeks and when I started seeing Easter decorations on other blogs, I thought I was too busy and lacking enough energy to decorate our home this season.
Then I thought about my grandchildren and how they like fun and pretty things, so after I cleaned house this morning, I got out the storage tub of Easter things.

It's funny how when you start doing things, it just makes you want to do more.

I remembered I have been wanting a big Easter egg wreath for years. We had to go the bank so while we were in town, I bought a wreath form and plastic eggs.

I used new eggs and old eggs, can't say how many but takes lots. Hot glue seemed to be the perfect adhesive.

The living room is decorated too and I will show some pictures of it tomorrow.

Our front door

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pinterest - Cricut project

Some of my goals for 2013 are to do at least 1 Pinterest project every week 
and to join in the with the weekly Cricut challenge at Fantabulous Cricut. 
This week's Cricut challenge is to  make an organizational project using your cricut
Mine was easy as I combined both into one easy quick project.  

I saw a pin to cover a cereal box  in scrapbook paper with magnets glued on the back and then put on the side of the fridge. The pin said it was a great place to put the mail pile or bills and keep that junk pile off the counter.

I used a cracker box as it would be right size to organize and contain an assortment of note pads we get from some Veteran groups we support.
I cut it along the middle and ended up with mine about a 4.5 inch square.

I reinforced the box with  a few strips of masking tape.
Then I covered it with gift wrap paper.  
With my Cricut,  I used Storybook to make the black square with the scalloped border.
Designer's Calendar has the string around the finger reminder on it.

Rather fitting for the things I write on slips of paper, right?  

the magnets on the back for some heavy advertising magnets that I got from my daughter.  One was almost as big as the back of my box but just for some extra strength,  I added more magnets pieces to cover the back.  
I used E6000 to glue the magnets to the box.

I like this so much on the fridge,
I think I will make a bigger next!

Joining the party at - and hoping to do this challenge every week of 2013

Monday, September 24, 2012

Don't just pin it, do it!

Do you Pinterest?  I was not too quick to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon, but once I did,  I found it a very useful way to keep track of all those cool things we see on other blogs.
I've got quite a few things pinned and don't feel like I am doing as many new things as I should so I am going to try to do at least a few Pinterest pins every week.  

I tried 2 new cookie recipes found on Pinterest and both are keepers.
They are both from the same blog, High Heels and Grills.  This  cook recommends using bread flour in cookies, she says it makes the cookies chewier.  I am not sure if she is right but both batches I tried are delicious and just as good as the original blogpost made them out to be.  

one of the Sugar Cookies Bars from my batch

I think they would be nice to tint the frosting and use sprinkles that match the current  season  too.

My daughter took quite a few of these to share with the other coaches wives at Friday night's foot ball game,  and yes,  their husbands team won!  

I used cherry jam and raspberry jam.
Most of these will go in the freezer - but they are so good- it would  not be hard to eat  a handful  before you knew it.