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Secrets from your Favorite Food Bloggers - Real life stories about the mess-ups, mistakes and mishaps that happen behind the scenes of your favorite food bloggers! |

Secrets from your Favorite Food Bloggers

One morning as I was baking, I realized that my stand mixer was still dirty from the last time I used it and I thought to myself, my readers would probably be surprised to see my kitchen such a mess right now.  I, like most food bloggers, work really hard to produce incredibly beautiful photos of food, presented perfectly to inspire our readers. What all of us bloggers don't want you know to... all those pictures we post on our blog, well they took a whole lot of time, energy and usually a … [Read More...]

Andrut - A Traditional Polish Dessert |

Andrut: A Traditional Polish Dessert

Today, I welcome back Roxana sharing her recipe for Andrut, a traditional Polish dessert made with layers of crispy wafer and delicoius fillings topped with chocolate.  Hello, YUM!  Make sure to check out Roxana on Facebook at The Red Eye Baker or here on JavaCupcake for more of her fabulousness! Happy spring everyone! So I've decided as I navigate and learn the blogging world that one of my goals is to recreate and learn as many of my mom's recipes as possible. One of the challenges will … [Read More...]

5 Amazingly Simple Cake Decorating Ideas |

Five Amazingly Simple Cake Decorating Ideas

I have not typically been a huge fan of Martha Stewart, her recipes or tutorials.  However, I did come across a super sweet video tutorial on her website that shows Five Amazingly Simple Cake Decorating Ideas!  I hope that you learn something from this and try them on your cupcakes. Personally, I was inspired by the two-toned soft serve cupcakes.  I think I'll try that myself! Happy Baking! … [Read More...]

Easy Buttercream Baseball Cookies - A step-by-step tutorial! |

Easy Buttercream Baseball Cookies

Spring is here and that means BASEBALL has begun!  I am a HUGE baseball fan and have been a lover of the Seattle Mariners my entire life!  GO M's!  But can you believe that this is the first time I've ever made baseball cookies? I have been a baseball fan since birth.  My older brother Robert used to take me to Seattle Mariners games on the local city bus all throughout my childhood.  He'd teach me the ins and outs of the games, the line ups and I loved every minute of it.  We'd play … [Read More...]

Homemade Tomato Salsa |

Homemade Tomato Salsa

Fresh tomatoes, cilantro and lime make this tomato salsa the perfect side to your next taco night or Mexican fesita! A few weeks ago my husband and I went to the Nurnberg Easter Market to buy one thing and one thing only... A Nicer Dicer.  We've seen this chopping and dicing contraption at every market we've been to in Nurnberg and frankly, it was just time for us to bite the bullet and get one! Thanks to our new #NicerDicer we picked up at the Nürnberg Easter Market, my husband … [Read More...]

DIY Glitter Clothespins - Tutorial & Video |

DIY Glitter Clothespins

Have you ever wanted to hang pictures on your wall with clothes pins or maybe use them as name card stands on your table but were discouraged because the pins were just too ugly?  Now you can make simple clothespins glamorous with my DIY Glitter Clothespins video tutorial! I have a big party coming up and I want to use glitter clothespins for several things at the party.  I figured they'd be pretty easy to make myself so I gave it a whirl.  Below is the video tutorial for these DIY … [Read More...]

Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers |

Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers

Celebrate spring with this simple, delicious Strawberry Lemon cake with Spring Flowers!  I made this cake for no other reason than I was inspired by a cake that jennycookies made for Easter.  Jenny made a "naked" carrot cake and topped the cake with frosting and a pile of fresh flowers.  The look was unique and stunning.  I had to recreate it! Since I wasn't making this cake for any particular reason or occasion, I decided I'd make a small 6-in cake so I wouldn't have tons of cake to … [Read More...]

Vintage Baby Shower |

Vintage Baby Shower

Today's post is a little different!  Today, I'm sharing with you a stunningly beautiful vintage baby shower from Natalie of Natalie Creates.  Her party showcases some of my most favorite things including fresh flowers, pastel colors and inventive ways to jars to display the silverware and candy! I really hope you are inspired from Natalie's creativity as much as I am! From Natalie: "With the recent announcement of our dear friend, Wendy, expecting a baby girl we immediately started … [Read More...]

LIFE HACK: How to Keep Flowers Fresh in a Basket Vase | - A Baking, Life & DIY Blog

LIFE HACK: How to Keep Flowers Fresh in a Basket Vase

Over Easter, I created (with the help of Rachel of a beautiful brunch for my family using a lot of fresh flowers.    We had at least a dozen vases to display the flowers in, but we also had two inexpensive lavender baskets that we wanted to use.  Rachel came up with the genius idea to fill these baskets with the stems of the flowers she had cut for the other vases along with an Iris bloom and some of the greens she brought (btw - I have no idea what those green pom looking flowers … [Read More...]

Osterlamm - German Easter Lamb Cake |

Osterlamm – German Easter Lamb Cake

Simple, buttery cake topped with powdered sugar baked in a lamb shaped pan makes the utterly delicious and traditional German Osterlamm or Easter Lamb Cake!   I wasn't going to post this cake.  I mean, Easter is over and it's not really something just anyone can make.  You have to have the special Osterlamm pan to make and those are hard to get unless you live in Germany.  But, when I got asked a dozen times for the recipe, I decided that it was probably a good idea to put it up! My … [Read More...]