Monday, May 15, 2017

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes


I must say, these cupcakes are absolutely sinful, but worth it. This was my first attempt at lemon blueberry cupcakes and they were a huge hit with my co-workers (guinea pigs). 

A lot of the recipes I researched had Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting and I specifically wanted to avoid cream cheese frosting, since not everyone likes it. 

The cupcake recipe I tried is from best.momscook.co. There isn't a website name listed, just a list of recipes and an author. I personally found her recipe and information to be fabulous. She gives a lot of tips and tricks. I accidentally forgot to add the lemon zest to my batter, but I did put in her optional lemon extract. Next time, I will add both. I want more than a hint of lemon. In addition, make note that her recipe makes only approximately 15 cupcakes. I failed to notice this until the last minute and had to bat my eyes for my husband to please rush to the grocery store for more blueberries! I was able to get 18 cupcakes from my batter and was not upset in the least that I ended up with 36 cupcakes.

The lemon buttercream frosting recipe I found is from Two Sisters Crafting. It's titled The Best Lemon Buttercream Frosting and they are not lying! I have made this frosting twice and it is wonderful! I made this frosting for Easter and colored it yellow. This last time I chose not to color my frosting so I could decorate it with lemon zest and blueberries. These cupcakes not only looked delicious, they were delicious!

If you have any suggestions or comments for altering the recipe and/or new dessert ideas please feel free to comment :)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Distressed Cottage Style Coffee Table

I found this coffee table at an estate sale for $20. I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but for $20 you buy it anyway. I thought about painting it antique white and actually started the process, but hated it and began again. 

I really enjoy coastal cottage colors, so I proceeded with a soft blue. I made my own chalk paint and you can find the recipe I use here. In most cases, I usually apply 2 coats, as I did with this table. After each coat has dried, lightly sand for a smooth finish using a very fine grain. I use 400 grit. To distress furniture I use a course sanding block. I have a very detailed article on distressing and waxing here. The instructions will show you how to distress, what kind of sanding block to use and how to apply clear wax and dark wax. Speaking of, I've also made my own dark wax!  

For this coffee table I only distressed it slightly. I added two coats of clear wax for protection using SC Johnson Paste Wax. Remember to click my link above for full instructions on how to apply this! 

Now to find this coffee table a happy home!