Cupcakes with a quick clean up

I think the thing I hate most about baking, cooking, or any other kind of craft or project for that matter is clean-up. I tell you, I can turn over drawers to find a spatula, I can rummage through cupboards for sugar and spices, and I really let loose when it comes to finding just the right icing tip or cute cupcake liners. I really have no problem making a mess. It’s the end of the project that gets me. The looking around the kitchen thinking “Where is my husband, because there is no way I could have made this mess” part that makes me swear I’ll never take on a project like that again.

I knew then when I found some of these tools for creating cupcakes though, the mess at the end wouldn’t seem half bad. They even tackle two of the most annoying parts for me when it comes to making cupcakes: Filling the liners without filling your countertops with a polka-dotted pattern, and a mess-free icing trick that is just pure genius.

Tool #1

The first item Megan and I actually found at Walmart in the midst of gathering our groceries for the salted caramel chocolate cupcakes we made. The picture below is not the exact one we found (because ours came with a spreader too) but it is pretty close! The cup measures the perfect amount of batter, and the pour spout on the side ensures a mess free batter pouring process. At $2.98 we loved the price just as much!

Tool #2

I am pretty sure the reason why I am always so turned off by icing is because it is so darn frustrating to try and stuff all that frosting into the bag, and then have to wash it over and over to get all of it out. The answer to that? Saran wrap. See below for the best video tutorial on mess-free frosting. It is brilliant…and it works!

Have any other mess saving tips or tricks?

I’d love to hear them!


The Forecast Calls for Friday

Sometimes the best nights are filled with good fortunes, some grammatically incorrect ones, cuddles with fur children, and a forecast of Friday.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday

and a fabulous weekend!

A DIY Pouf Part 1

If you remember this post when I confessed my love for all pillows, poufs, and knitted puffs, then  you won’t be surprised to know my feelings have hardly changed. These cute little circle- shaped ottomans are so fun, but like everything else I seems to swoon over, a little spendy too.

You can find these pillows and puffs anywhere now from Target to TJ, to West Elm or Crate and Barrel, but their prices run from the somewhat reasonable $50 price tag to the upwards of $300. Yikes!

I’ve noticed though, that there are some great tutorials out there now (some of my favorites are here and here).  However, when I found this little jewel at the thrift store the other day, my jaw dropped when I saw the price….

5 bucks!

It looks like it’s actually in pretty good shape, but the truth is it’s pretty worn and the seams are beginning to tear quite a bit. Other than that though, the shape is great and it’s huge compared to its pricey competitors.  I think all I really need now is a great patterned fabric and maybe a sewing tutorial or two.

We bought a house!


Yes!  I can’t think of something that would be more excting right now. Forget winning the lottery, or a free trip to someplace where winter coats would be so incredibly pointless. Neither of these things will probably ever happen, so new house wins.

Finally.  We don’t have to worry about 2 A.M.  wake up calls from neighbors, or fighting over who gets the garage when a winter storm is on its way. We can forget about our clothing closet/laundry room/shoe storage/office space and we’ll finally have a place to put all our projects and a space to work on new ones. Now the waiting game begins as we swallow the idea of the cleaning, de-cluttering, and packing part.

Come on March!