Friday, February 28, 2014

Easter Bunny Dinner Rolls

Easter Bunny Shaped Rolls

Easter Bunny Shaped Rolls

easter bunny rolls recipe

How adorable are these Easter Bunny Shaped Rolls? The secret to shaping the ears is Kitchen Shears! Use your favorite rolls recipe to bake these bunnies or try the one below. Your family will love to see these cute bunnies on the Easter dinner table this year.
**Please note that you will probably want to practice the ear shaping technique ahead of time because the photo above is from a professional chef. Your results may vary. Also please note that the recipe below is NOT the recipe used in the picture you see above.**
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  1. Put the butter, the sour cream and water in a small saucepan and heat, but do not cook. Cool to tepid then add the remaining ingredients. Put in a kneader (or use your kneader attachment on your mixer if you have one). If thick add more water.
  2. Let it rise double and cut into 16 equal parts.
  3. Baking tray lined with baking paper or a silicone baking mat and cut the ears with kitchen shears. When the dough is STILL SOFT, Make sure you smooth the edges around, so you do not end up with gremlin shaped horns.
  4. The eyes can then be put in, use pepper grains or similar.
  5. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY: String Heart


DIY string heart art
We got so many compliments on this giant string heart from The Cream – and the best part – it’s pretty easy to make one of these yourself! Such a rad piece for your reception decor that you can keep for your home also. :)
Materials Needed:
• piece of wood – the bigger the more dramtic!
• string – we used the pink neon thin rope you can find at Home Depot, but you could use any yarn or string
• box of nails (if want a nail with a decent head so the string won’t pop off)
• spray paint to paint the wood
• white paper to draw the heart on
Step 1: Spray paint the wood the background color you picked. We used dark gray, so the pink would really pop
Step 2: Once the paint is dry, tape the wood with the white paper and draw the heart shape on the paper
Step 3: Time to get the hammer out! Nail around the entire outline of the heart – we spaced our nails about an inch apart.
DIY string heart art
Step 4: Once all your nails are in. Remove the white paper and throw it away.
Step 5: Now the fun part. Get your string and tie a knot around the head of one of the nails. Keep stringing the string around nails. There isn’t a right or wrong way – just keep going until you like the pattern you created. I also then outlined the entire heart to make the outline pop a bit more also.
DIY string heart art
DIY string heart art
DIY string heart art
DIY giant string heart
Total cost for this project – $35 (the most expensive part is the wood!) and it can be done in a few hours. There are so many different ways you can customize this DIY for your own wedding day, right? So fun.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry  

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups broccoli flowerets
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Spray 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken, garlic and ginger. Fry 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken is brown.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of the broth, the soy sauce and sugar. Cover and cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring twice.
  3. Add broccoli. Cover and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center and broccoli are crisp-tender.
  4. Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup broth; stir into chicken mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Matchboxes ~ All Dressed Up

Matchbox - Dressed Up
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Video Tutorial – Making a Chest Out Of Matchboxes – Designed for Alpha Stamps

I’m so excited to be bringing you my first evervideo tutorial and to share with you how to make a Matchbox Chest.
The overall size of the chest including the feet and handle is 4 ½” tall by 3 ½" wide.  This chest would make a perfect gift (if you can stand to part with it).  You can fill the drawers with love notes, candy, charms, jewelry or little pieces of art like Inchies.
In the tutorial I’ll cover the supplies you’ll need and the steps to create this matchbox chest.  I’ve also created two other versions of the chest to give you even more ideas of what you can do with matchboxes.

So sit back and relax and enjoy learning how to make a chest out of matchboxes.

Be sure to watch part one before watching part two.

As a companion to the video, I’ve created a PDF document that contains the supply lists for all three versions of the matchbox chest and the detailed instructions that are in the video.
Products I Used That You Can Find At Alpha Stamps
French Labels Collage Sheet

Large Version – Matchbox Chest
It’s really easy to scale the chest up in size.  This larger version of the chest is very similar the small version except that I used matchboxes that measure 4 ½” x 2 ½”.  This size of matchboxes is sometimes referred to a kitchen matches.  
The base is larger than the one in the small version.  This is to accommodate the larger feet.  The feet I used are no longer available but Alpha Stamps carries feet that would work great for a chest this size and I think they are even prettier than what I used.
Instead of a metal handle I used ribbon.
In honor of my matchbox chests and this tutorial,Alpha Stamps is offering two NEW Collage Sheets full of French ephemera.  I’ve used some of the images on the top and back of the chest.  One is the Vintage French Ads Collage Sheet and the other is the French Labels Collage Sheet (you can see the fabulous images on the sheets pictured below.)
I’ve used some of the images from the new collage sheets on the top and back of the chest.
Products I Used That You Can Find At Alpha Stamps
Vanity Chest – Made with a Cigar Box Top
After creating the first chest I decided to build this version using a combination matchboxes and a tiny Masonite cigar box creating a hinged vanity.  The overall dimensions are 6” tall by 4” wide.
Inside the vanity you’ll find perfume bottles, powder boxes, brush and comb, a mirror, jewelry and a key to perhaps a secret diary.

Products I Used That You Can Find At Alpha Stamps
Mini Chandelier Crystals

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and have fun creating your own Matchbox Chest!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Make Something New Out of Something Old ~ Display Shelves

Make Something New Out of Something Old

Claire Richardson

Display Shelves

Glamorize an old wine crate or wooden box by adding shelves and a gilded frame. Finish with paint and it's ready for storing pretty toiletries or displaying an interesting collection.
Step 1: Remove the back of an old wine crate or wooden box.
Step 2: Make shelves to fit inside the box, then add a bit of glamour by fastening a gilded frame onto the front of the unit.
Step 3: For an antique finish, spray-paint with Krylon Crystal Color.
Step 4: Buy a picture-hanging kit that includes hooks that can be attached to the back of the shelves. Make sure they can hold at least 50 to 100 pounds.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Baked "Fried" Chicken


Baked *Fried* Chicken Recipe

My family is freaking out over this chicken recipe…
A family favorite, this baked chicken recipe, tastes fried, but isn't. No skin. No frying. Just super moist and flavorful! Move over KFC, I think you found your rival! Pin now, make later! Pin now, make later.

They loved it. Mr. Chef adored it! He loved it so much he asked if I could make it again tomorrow! You gotta know something about Mr. Chef…when he finds something he likes, he wants to either go to the same restaurant week after week and get the same thing, or he wants me to make the same meal over and over again. He’s like on repeat mode and I can’t turn it off.
Okay, on to this recipe…how is it you can make incredible fried chicken without frying it in hot oil? The secret is in the sauce…using a SMALL amount of butter and BAKING the chicken. Oh boy, I can just hear some people saying ”well what’s the difference between using oil or using butter? One, I’m baking these babies in a SMALL amount of butter in comparison to the loads of oil you fry chicken in. Two, I’m using skinless chicken breast, making it even healthier. So, even though there is technically “oil” in this, it’s less than if you were actually frying it; making it healthier than the traditional fried chicken.
Now I’m sounding like a preacher. My kids tell me that I’m pretty good at preaching. Yep, I’m in practice for the ministry. I kind of like the idea of pounding my fist and talking hell, fire, and damnation. :)
Any-who…this chicken recipe has no skin. No frying. Just super moist and flavorful. Move over KFC, I think you found your match!
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Baked *Fried* Chicken
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Recipe type: Poultry
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into thirds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt (I use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 stick butter (or 1/4 cup)
  • Buttermilk
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc bag (optional)
  1. Place thawed chicken strips in a bowl of buttermilk, cover, and let soak 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator..
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Combine and mix thoroughly flour, salt, seasoned salt, pepper, and Paprika in a gallon-size Ziploc bag or bowl.
  4. Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a 9- x 13-inch pan. Melt butter in preheated oven.
  5. Spread melted butter around the bottom of the pan. Lightly spray the pan with cooking spray, if needed, to make sure that there are no dry spots.
  6. Shake excess buttermilk off chicken and completely coat each piece in flour mixture. Either shake in the bag until coated or dip each piece in the bowl until coated.
  7. Place each piece of chicken in the preheated pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn each piece of chicken over and continue baking for 20 minutes more, or until cooked through (170 degrees F).
Recipe adpated from Amy Lindstrom's

Friday, February 14, 2014

Secret Tempura Combo

Secret Tempura Combo

  • from Mr.
Secret Tempura Chicken
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This recipe for Secret Tempura Combo may just put your favorite Asian restaurant out of business! And we love it because it also works with almost any type of vegetable (although firm ones work best).
Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 20 min
What You'll Need:
  • 1/2 cups pancake and biscuit baking mix
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cups club soda
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 pound whole fresh mushrooms
  • zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying

What To Do:

  1. In a large bowl, combine baking mix, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Add club soda; mix well. Add remaining ingredients except oil; stir to coat completely.
  2. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil just until hot. Place coated chicken and vegetables in hot oil one piece at a time. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until coating is golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Continue until all are cooked, discarding any remaining batter.
  3. Serve immediately, or keep warm on a baking sheet in a low oven.
  • If the batter thickens, just add a little more club soda to get it to the proper consistency.