May 2012 archive

6 Great Teacher Gifts

The end of the year means thoughts of summers, camp, travels, bbq’s, s’mores and swimming. It’s also the perfect time to say “thank you” to those who have given their time and energy to teach. Here are a few great ways.

a latte thanks {mug / gift card / coasters}

thanks for helping me grow {lime tree / gift card / watering can}

thanks for guiding me in the “write” direction {journal / gift card / notepad}

orange you glad its summer {tote / gift card / towel}

you rock {shuffle / gift card / headphones}

sweet wishes of thanks {cookies / gift card / oven mitts}

Hope this inspired some great teacher gift giving because they definitely deserve it!



Jeweled Sandal DIY

Last month, at Target I came upon these.

Moments later they were in a shopping bag, in the car, ready for Raya’s teeny little feet.

I am deeply in love with them and their silver jeweled glory.

So much so, I needed a pair for myself.

Remember when I made Raya these?

Well, I decided it was time to switch things up. And this time I would make a bigger version of my mini obsessions.

And so I did.

Step One: purchase jewels {these}.

Step Two: Find silver sandals. Or spray yours silver. {I wrapped them in foil to protect the bottoms from the spray, make sure you find leather friendly paint}.

Step Three: Adhere jewels with E6000 {make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area}.

Let dry and enjoy. Like daughter, like mother.



Cakery Friday: Brown Butter Coffee Cake Muffins

Brown butter may be my demise. {Ok, maybe just the reason I won’t be wearing a bikini anytime soon.} The added touch of brown butter in these muffins makes them … well, to die for. Seriously, it amps it up like crazy! Did I mention there is no mixer needed for these? AND they are topped with a crumble. Make them. Now.

Melt 10 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. The butter will melt and begin to cook down; watch it very carefully. Little brown bits will begin to appear in the pan. Once the crackling subsides, the butter will brown quickly. Remove from heat when the butter turns a caramel color.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of whole milk, 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Add the brown butter and stir to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour with 1 cup of sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Add the milk/butter mixture all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Divide the batter among 12 muffin cups.

To make the topping:  combine 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter {cut into 1/2 inch cubes} with 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl. Use your fingers to rub together until it becomes crumbly.

Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the batter. {I eventually cleaned up the tray so that the crumble did not burn in the oven, but doesn’t it look so pretty?}

Bake for 15-20 minutes {until they pass a toothpick test} at 350 degrees F.

For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: Brown Butter Coffee Cake Muffin

Happy Baking!



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