Here is how I stand with my monthly goals, and even though I have a couple more days, I'm not going to be able to complete anymore. I'm out of town with my fiance while he takes the bar and then to wrap up some wedding details. Overall I give myself a B+.
Cupcakes (YAY for me for baking all of my July cupcakes!)
4thof July Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cookies (I don’t know how I didn’t gain weight in July)
Amoretti Crisps (not happening, because I really need my food processor for these)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
Buttery Pecan Rounds
Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies
OtherFood and Drink (Not bad)
Shrimp with Scallions and Crispy Potatoes
Lighter Sesame Chicken
Spice-Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Spicy Cucumber Salsa
Pasta Salad with Feta and Snow Peas
EasiestSpaghetti and Meatballs
Blackberry Mint Julep
Brown Sugar Walnut Pound Cake
Crepe Paper Carnations (whoops)
Heat Embossing (I did this for my wedding invitations, but didn’t post it because I haven’t mailed them yet.)
One of my goals for this month was to make this adorable gift purse, and I somehow found time to do it. It took a little bit a patience, scrapbook paper, craft glue, a bone folder, a jewel, and ribbon to make. I'm starting an etsy shop and I'm thinking about adding a collection of these gift purses as favors for bridal and baby showers. You could put a little bit of candy, jewelry or something small inside. If I give a small gift to a woman in my life, you better bet I'm going to make one these purse gift boxes for it. If you want to learn how to make this craft, just follow the directions here. Happy crafting!
I really liked Martha Stewart's organization tip of the day yesterday, and I think you should check it out. It details how to make a curtain divider if you live in a small space. It's actually pretty cute.
I've said this before, but I'll say it again (just in case you forgot). I love crafts. I could easily spend twelve hours a day on crafts. I'm really excited, because my future father-in-law and his wife gave me an amazing birthday present - an amazon gift certificate. I spent a few hours perusing through all the books that I've wanted for months and picked out my top favorites (including a couple Martha Stewart books!). Now, I'll hold my breath as I open the door to get the mail, hoping that one of my books is there. I got a few craft books :-) and I can't wait to dig in.
Until then, I always have the Martha Stewart website to get me through. And if you want some craft inspiration, here are over 50 floral crafts.
Either I'm getting better at making cupcakes or these red velvet cupcakes are just easy to make. I'm not a big chocolate fan. In fact, if it's not my time of the month I stay away from chocolate, because it just doesn't taste great to me. I would much rather have some kind of vanilla or coconut dessert. These cupcakes have a few tablespoons of cocoa added to them, and that ruined them for me. I took two bites and threw my cupcake away...BUT....my family loved them. If you like red velvet and enjoy the taste of chocolate, then you'll probably like these cupcakes. These cupcakes are not light and fluffy - they're rich and moist. Almost velvety in your mouth. Not the best cupcake in the summer but probably a great fall or winter cupcake.
I was upset that they weren't the deep red color that I was expecting. I guess I'll have to try different coloring next time. Want to try them out? Follow this recipe at the Martha Stewart website.