French Toast Recipe

This french toast recipe is a great way to use up day (or two) old bread.  I used a thick cut piece of Italian bread (left over from the previous evening’s takeout), but other thick cut loaves would also work.

For those of you beginning to wonder if Jaime and I only eat breakfast and dessert, we do eat other things.  I have been sharing a lot of recipes for baked goods on this blog because they are easier to photograph than a lot of other foods, which can look REALLY unappetizing if the lighting or color is off.  I’ve been practicing photographing a variety of foods (and we’ve been eating a lot of lukewarm meals as a result).  I hope to have a greater variety of recipes (with pictures!) to share with you soon.

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Coconut Cake Recipe

Jaime and I first had this coconut cake at the Peninsula Grill in Charleston, South Carolina, and it quickly became one of our favorite desserts.

We made sure to get a slice when we were in Charleston this past weekend and I may have kept the leftover on ice in our hotel room and eaten it for breakfast the next day. . . .  Hey, I was on vacation! And, if you are wondering why we had leftovers if the cake is so good, then check out this photo from the Peninsula Grill website and count the layers (six!).

Anyways, when I asked Jaime what type of cake he wanted for his birthday, he immediately asked for this coconut cake.  Since at the time we were living several hundred miles away from the Peninsula Grill simply purchasing a cake was not an option, so I was thrilled to find the recipe for this cake on the Martha Stewart website, “courtesy of Robert Carter from the Peninsula Grill, in Charleston, South Carolina.”  Score!

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Visiting Charleston, South Carolina

I hope that you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  Jaime and I spent a couple of days in Charleston, SC over the long weekend catching up with friends and exploring the city.

Charleston, SC - BatteryI am feeling refreshed and inspired after seeing the arts and crafts exhibits at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and having several delicious meals in Charleston.

The weekend inspired me to add a few items to the very long list of crafts and recipes I’d like to try.  At the top of my list of additions are printmaking, paper magnolias (take two — see my original diy paper magnolias here), and shrimp and grits.

Magnolia FlowerHave you been inspired by a vacation to try to make a new dish or craft? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Also, please check back later today for a post about one of our favorite southern desserts that we often pick up when we are in Charleston. Any guesses as to what it is?

Buttermilk Cherry “Doughnut” Muffins

My husband and I were at a home decor store the other night when he spotted a book on doughnuts.  We ultimately decided not to get the book as we know from past experience with a cake book that my mom gave Jaime that it is dangerous for us to have themed sweets recipe books around.  Despite not buying the book when we got home I couldn’t stop thinking about donuts so the next morning I decided to make some. I didn’t want to deep fry the doughnuts and we don’t have a doughnut pan so I baked these “doughnuts” in a muffin pan.  Cherry "Doughnut" Muffins Continue reading

DIY Vintage Button Flowers

As we all know, fresh flowers can instantly brighten a room.  I would love to have fresh flowers in every room of my home, but since that can get expensive I often use handmade flowers instead. Handmade flowers can bring a pop of color and visual interest to a room and unlike real flowers have a long “shelf life.”

Vintage Button FlowersToday, I’ll show you how to make a bouquet of fabric poppies using vintage buttons.  These poppies were inspired by my grandmother’s collection of brown vintage buttons that my mom gave to me.  The designs on the buttons remind me of the centers of poppies. My goal was to create a project to display and highlight the beauty of the buttons.

Vintage Button FlowersI am very pleased with the results and am happy to have the buttons out of their dusty old box so that their beauty can be enjoyed.

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Hot Air Balloon Cake and Recipe for Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Filling

I was very excited to pick up this month’s Martha Stewart Living and see an article, “A Cake Takes Shape,” on using sheet cakes to make animal shaped cakes.  A couple of months ago Jaime and I did something similar to make a hot air balloon cake for a baby shower.

Hot Air Balloon CakeI was tasked with making a hot-air balloon themed cake for a friend’s baby shower, a task that I delightfully accepted and then promptly roped my husband into.  I didn’t want to have to buy new pans for the cake, after all I didn’t see myself making many hot-air balloon themed cakes, so I made do with two basic 9” round pans and a 9 x 13” sheet pan. We had quite a bit of extra cake that we didn’t need for the balloon, that we happily ate.  You could probably make this with three 9″ rounds.

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Craft Birds on Branch with Bead Leaves

We are still unpacking and settling into our new place, and despite the fact I told myself I wouldn’t start any craft projects until we were completely unpacked, I couldn’t resist taking a break from unpacking yesterday and creating a quick little project using some decorative birds I found at the dollar store.

Originally I envisioned displaying this project as a mobile or wall hanging.

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