Gigi’s Cupcakes

Thanks to my gorgeous sister Karissa, I am addicted to the most flavorful, fun cupcakes my mouth has ever laid its taste buds on–Gigi’s Cupcakes. My mouth was first introduced to Gigi’s cupcakes a couple years ago when my hubby and I were visiting Karissa in the dirty south. I lovingly refer to the ATL as the dirty dirty. Anyways, a couple of weeks ago I came to find out that there is a Gigi’s Cupcakes location in Minnesota! But alas, it’s all the way over in Golden Valley and I live clear across town. Here’s where my sister Chastity comes in–she is just a doll because when we all met up at my parents house to greet my oldest sister Melissa and her family, Chas had Gigi’s cupcakes in tow. I immediately cued the gates of heaven opening chorus and bowed on my knees, praising Chas and her awesomeness.

So, a few words about Gigi’s and why I love their cupcakes so damn much… Everyday Gigi’s has a different menu of cupcakes available. Today’s menu included mini cupcakes, which is what my sister opted for in order to give me the best value for my taste buds. Today’s assortment included wedding cake, birthday surprise, peanut buttercup and miss princess. My favorite is wedding cake. NOM NOM NOM! See the delectable pictures below!
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DIY: KitchenAid Mixer Cover part 2

With the help of MaMa Joan and her awesome sewing skills, the KitchenAid mixer cover was finished today!
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MaMa Joan got to work quilting the separate pieces of the cover. She does excellent work, don’t you think?!
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After MaMa Joan quilted the pieces, I had to cut them out according to the template size…
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Then MaMa Joan worked her sewing magic and voila!
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I apologize for the crappy difference in picture color, but you get the idea! Now my mixer won’t get dusty sitting on my counter top when I’m not using it.  Special thanks to my MAMA!
Once again, here is the tutorial I used to make this project. Thank you to the creator of this awesome tutorial and wonderful idea!

DIY: KitchenAid Mixer Cover part 1

I have to feature another two-part DIY adventure today because my mother and I got a little busy today and we weren’t able to complete our DIY KitchenAid mixer cover. I found the linked tutorial last year while I was searching online to buy a cover for my KitchenAid mixer. My mixer sits on my counter top, and I wanted to protect it from dust in between uses. I found this one on Amazon for $22.69… I have two problems with it– 1) its ugly red color 2) it’s expensive for an ugly red colored mixer cover. Why would I pay $22.69 for something that won’t even match my kitchen! On to the tutorial!
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That’s my beautiful mixer. I started making the cover using muslin and the help of my awesome DIY queen mother, MaMa Joan. I cut out the template using the measurements from my mixer. I added a couple extra inches to each measurement for “play room” to make sure it will fit properly.
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The above is the templates I cut out. The main body measures 34 inches by 16 inches and the front/back panel measures 12 inches by 17 inches.
MaMa Joan then baste stitched (it was the first time she used that stitch on her sewing machine and she had to look up the instructions!) it together and then we tossed it on my mixer to see how it would fit…
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At the advise of MaMa Joan, I cut an inch off the main body. It did hang over a little too much. I didn’t worry about the bottom edges because I want to wait until the whole thing is put together and make sure the hem hits the counter top when the cover is on the mixer.
Here’s the fabric I chose from JoAnn’s…
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Beautiful, right?!  Then MaMa Joan offered up some of her leftover batting and backing for me to pin together on my fabric. I had to add a couple inches on my template measurements because MaMa Joan will be quilting the fabric! Loves it! Here’s where we had to leave off tonight–the pinning part!
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Stay tuned! Tomorrow’s post will feature part 2 and the completion of the KitchenAid mixer cover!

DIY: Gel Air Fresheners part 2

The results of my DIY gel air fresheners… drum roll please…
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They turned out really pretty, however, the scent is just not there. I did some research and found that I should have added my essential oil AFTER the liquid has cooled. Apparently, essential oil loses its smelly goodness once heat has been applied. NEXT TIME, I will be using my peppermint essential oil and adding it after the liquid has cooled!
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Stay tuned for part 3–which probably won’t be seen until Christmas! Until then, I’ll keep you informed on how long the gel lasts. Toot-a-loo!

DIY: Gel Air Fresheners part 1

I have been eyeing this DIY project since reading about it in the latest issue of Parents magazine (June 2013).

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It’s a DIY recipe for gel air fresheners as seen on the blog One Good Thing by Jillee.Image

So I got my supplies together and enlisted the help of my hubby. Much to my chagrin, he obliged! A quick shout out to my SIL MacKenzie for helping me chose the silk flowers at Michael’s craft store today (I totally cheated on JoAnn’s, my usual go-to DIY craft store).ImageAs Jillee said in her recipe instructions, I substituted the potpourri with distilled water and Young Living’s Lemon essential oil. A month or so ago, my hubby and I attended an introductory class on Young Living essential oils. While I wasn’t completely sold on the homeopathy of the oils, I did enjoy some of the samples passed around–both the Lemon and Purification essential oils.  I did what any thrifty person would do and took to eBay and bought both oils and a substantial discount than what I would have actually paid through Young Living.

Tonight, hubby and I brewed up our first batch of gel air fresheners using Young Living’s Lemon essential oil… it’s cooling down right now, so tune in tomorrow to see and hear the results!

Dinner: Kate’s Healthy and Delicious Mediterranean Vege Wrap

Okay, I would have just titled this recipe something simple like “Mediterranean Wrap,” but Kate Gosselin says otherwise. Her Healthy and Delicious Mediterranean Vege Wrap is delectable! Hubby loved the taste so much, he had seconds!

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I used Mission’s sun-dried tomato basil wraps, Target’s Archer Farms spinach & artichoke hummus, and Athenos traditional feta cheese. I forgot to snap a picture of the jar of roasted red peppers I used, but there was only one brand available at Target, so that’s what I had to deal with. Still, it was awesome.

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And yes, I do follow Kate Gosselin’s blog from time to time. I have enjoyed her Turkey Corn and White Bean Chili on many occasions. I know my sister Chastity loves that recipe. Kate Gosselin also has a cook book coming out in September that you can pre-order now. Someone let my husband know about this book so that he can surprise me for Christmas. k, thx.

*I am an unashamed Kate Plus 8 fan… what can I say…

Finished Pinterest Project: Curtain Rod Hanging Frames

I’ve been dragging my feet on this project for some time. Well, this morning I FINALLY finished it.

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This is a curtain rod hanging frame project I was inspired to do after I saw it here and pinned it to my Pinterest “For the Home” board. I bought the curtain rod and frames from Goodwill. My younger sister bought the table from Goodwill and gave it to me (thanks, Chas!). I spray painted the table a lovely shade of purple–it took a couple coats. The ribbon is from my fave DIY supply store, JoAnn’s. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the looped ribbon to the back of each frame. Then, I cut long piece of ribbon and tied it in a bow around the top of each hanging frame. Each picture is of my son with each set of his grandparents, GrandmaShell,  GranJan & PaPa Dunlevy, and Nammy & PaPa Seidel. I don’t post pictures of my son on social media, so this is a real treat for everyone who knows that!

I’ll be posting more completed projects to this blog in order to keep myself motivated when it comes to all those damn pins on Pinterest! (And to get my house cleaned up, it’s been messy since I became a mother, 6 1/2 months ago. Motherhood is hard work, but also rewarding.)