Glitzy Gold Confetti + Chalkboard = Holiday Wedding Bliss

New wedding invitation suite is here and ready for a glitzy holiday soiree! This package includes a rich chalkboard texture background, with a glitzy gold glitter script, and a sprinkle of glittery gold confetti dots. Pairs well with our “calling all my ‘maids” bridesmaid cards. Save the Date, Invitation, Bridal Shower invite, Thank You cards, and address labels are available in this design. All items can be purchased individually or as a set in the Etsy shop.  As always, keep up with the latest happenings by following the FB page.

Chalkboard + Gold Glitter Confetti Dots Wedding Suite

 

invites | follow | shop

Llama + Chanukah Tidings = The Talk of the Season

New holiday cards are here and ready for some seasonally-(in)appropriate fun! This card features a festive llama, complete with an irreverent menorah hat, and holiday-theme bunting. Folded cards and post cards, either printed or in digital format, are available in this design. All printed items can be purchased individually or as a set of four and come with kraft paper envelopes; digital files are ready for you to use with your favorite event site or print at home. Printed and digital items can be purchased in the Etsy shop.  As always, keep up with the latest happenings by following the FB page.

Happy Cha-Llama-Kah !

folded cards | follow | post cards

Foodie Friday : Breadmaker Cinnamon Bun Dough

Well, this is officially the very first time I’ve ever made cinnamon buns. They’ve always been a little intimidating to someone like myself, the type of someone who can’t seem to roll dough successfully.

Enter the breadmaker. No idea what I’d ever do without this thing. It’s brilliant for all sorts of baking that require kneading dough of any sort. You can add in liquidy things like jam, solids like nuts, and everything in between. It can even be programmed to hang onto those added goodies until exactly the right time, and then add them in when necessary. Luckily, my Breadman Ultimate breadmaker comes with a handy booklet of recipes, one of which is for cinnamon buns.

Cinnamon Buns

As I was saying, the breadmaker is a lifesaver. Just add all ingredients from liquid to solid, with yeast being last, set to appropriate setting, and go. For a recipe like this the machine did all steps up through final knead and rise, allowing me to roll the dough out, add filling, and prep for the oven. One small adjustment I made was to use Sucanat in place of sugar. It’s similar to white or brown sugar in that it’s still processed, but different in that it retains it’s molasses content and the associated vitamins and minerals. This gives it a slightly stronger flavor, but it’s still able to be substituted in recipes with not much difference beyond making the item taste a little more rich.

Breadmaker Cinnamon Bun Dough – makes twelve rolls, adapted from the Breadman Ultimate recipe for Cinnamon Bun Dough

1 Egg + enough water to fill 1 cup total

1 Cup Oil

3 T Sugar

1/3 Cup Sugar

1.5 t Salt

3.5 t Bread Flour

2 t Active Dry Yeast

Filling

1/3 Cup Butter, melted

1/4 Cup Sugar

2 T Cinnamon

Glaze

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

3 T Milk, or water

1/2 t Vanilla Extract

Place ingredients in breadmaker, liquid first, then dry ingredients, and lastly yeast on top. Set dough cycle settings. Once cycle is finished, place dough on lightly floured surface, roll to twelve by six inch rectangle, spread with filling mixture, and roll up jelly-roll style, starting with the longest side. Cut into one inch slices, place in greased baking dish, and bake for approximately twenty minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool before drizzling with glaze.

buns | pans | sucanat

Closet Challenge : Four Month Review / Another Closet Change

I’ve survived my first season of the challenge and am now embarking on another seasonal closet change. Here are the numbers :

Started with a total of 409 items

Number of bins stowed away in June : 3

Number of bins stowed away this time : 2

Additions : 7

The Closet Challenge : Another Closet Change

Whew! So much better already, but there’s still lots to do since I’ve not yet reached my goal of 100 total pieces. Last month we went over how to approach purchasing additional items to fill holes in the wardrobe, but not the nitty gritty of such an experience. My first step when buying clothing is to look in my own closet. A lot of times I’ve already got something that fits the bill, and if I don’t there’s a chance a little soul searching will show I don’t really need it after all. If it really is something splurge-worthy I’ll give consignment shops a look and see if I can’t find what I’m itching for at a much lower price.

Oftentimes I can totally score a name brand, perfect condition, sometimes with tags still on it item that suits my needs. Occasionally, however, it’s something that can only come from one of a handful of places. This is where those annoying retail emails come in handy – signing up for all my go-to retailers’ emails, stashing them away for a day such as this, and combing through them when I’m looking for something in particular. Is there a super awesome coupon? A big sale coming up soon? Can I wait to purchase this until it goes on sale or clearance?