Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cupid’s Arrow Garland

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland by Farmhouse38.comThe Valentine’s Day crafts have exploded glitter and little red and pink hearts all over the house. This is just the way it has to be.

This cute little garland is definitely largely to blame.

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Teeny, tiny arrows…but what happened to the teeny, tiny bows? We may never know.

So I started by collecting a bunch of twigs from my cedar trees in the backyard.  I chose sticks that were roughly an eighth of an inch in diameter, more or less.  When I had found enough of these, I washed them (sticks are DIRTY, it turns out), and then cut them down into 2-1/2 to 3 inch lengths.  I cut approximately 45 little pieces. And then I laid them out to dry and get a tan.

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This looks super OCD. Because it is.

While they dried, I went to work making my little hearts.  Now, I know there are lots of crafty options for making these little guys easily(hole punches, scrapbooking bits and bobs), but I never do things the easy way, it seems.  And I just wanted to make these from stuff I had sitting around at home–so that meant I traced and cut out each little heart by hand.  Using a random notecard, I drew my first heart and cut it out to my liking, and then used that to trace 44 more.  A little labor intensive, yes.  But worth it because I didn’t have to drag my butt to the craft store.

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This didn’t take that long to do. I swear.

After I had cut them all out, I spaced them out on a piece of tinfoil and slapped some red paint on them.

While those dried, I gave the tiny sticks each a rough coat of white paint–not quite a solid coat so that they had a white-washy kinda vibe to them.

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland from Farmhouse38.com

Painting sticks is fun. I promise. You might want to wear gloves.

Next I needed feathers…where to get some feathers…?

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland by Farmhouse38.com

Oh, of course! My gatherings from the Great Chicken Molt of 2013.

I then cut each feather down into a sort of chevron shape (each feather yielded me two little arrow tufts), and then laid them out on tinfoil and slathered varying hues of acrylic paint across them.  Again, it’s a lot easier to just go and buy colored feathers from the craft store, but what else was I going to do with all these darned chicken feathers? (Don’t worry, more crafts!)

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Let these dry just a tad and then carefully peel them up from the tinfoil so that they don’t get super stuck. Or save yourself the trouble and go buy feathers from Hobby Lobby.

When that had set, it was time to assemble the arrows.  Hello, hot glue gun!  I simply hot-glued a heart and a feather to each little painted stick.

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They looked so adorable all lined up on this Gershwin & Gertie chalkboard that I almost wanted to glue them down and call it a day. But I did not.

It was at this juncture that I decided my little arrows were in serious need of some glitter.  So I gave each heart another coat of paint and a healthy dusting of red glitter and then let them set.

To assemble the garland, I used thin, galvanized, craft wire, which I wrapped around the center of the first arrow shaft a few times (you can super-secure this by hitting the wrapped wire with a dot of hot glue, but I didn’t need to do that).  Approximately five or so inches down the wire, I did this with the next arrow, and so on.

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The spacing and quantity of materials I used yielded me about 14 feet of festiveness.

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland from Farmhouse38.com

Oh, I am just getting started on the Valentine’s Day fun…never you worry. 🙂

Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding Cupcakes from Farmhouse38

Let me just start out by saying…I actually loathe banana. The taste, the smell–it just isn’t my thing. Ranks right up there with anchovies as an ingredient. But the Texan loves him some good ol’ fashion Banana Pudding, and it was his birthday…so…I didn’t make him that.  But I made him these instead!!

I went with the store-bought cake and pudding mix (I was pressed for time–I needed to limit my exposure to the banana-ness), but for a similar made-from-scratch amazing recipe, please check out the one from The Baker Chick, which I kind-of-sort-of loosely followed. She makes some good stuff.

To make 24 cupcakes, you will require:

1 box of yellow cake mix 

1 large box of banana-flavored pudding

2 very ripe bananas

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup coconut oil (or whatever oil you prefer)

1-1/4 cups water

6 oz (half a standard bag) of mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

24 standard-sized Nilla Wafer Cookies

24 mini-sized Nilla Wafer Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (or whatever your cake mix box tells you to), and go ahead and drop in cupcake liners into your cupcake tins.  The Baker Chick lines the bottom of the cupcake liners with either one large Nilla wafer, or several crumbled mini wafers in order to give the cupcake a nice little wafer crust.  This is a great idea.  Full disclosure: I forgot to do it.  Learn from my mistakes.

In a small bowl, mash up your bananas.

In a mixer, blend together your cake mix ingredients as directed on the package (usually eggs, water, and oil), only substitute the mashed bananas for the eggs.  I chose to use coconut oil as my oil (warmed it a bit first so that it was liquified). Once everything is blended, add half a bag of mini chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.

Go ahead and spoon the mixture evenly into your cupcake pans (you want to fill each liner just over halfway or so).  Pop them in the oven for 15-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centers of the cupcakes come out clean.  Let the cupcakes cool on the counter.

Pudding time! In a stand mixer, mix the pudding as per the instructions on the box.  Which is basically mixing the mix with three cups of milk.  Let this set up for at least five minutes or so, and then stick it in the fridge.

In the center of each cupcake, cut out a nickel-sized cylinder (I just used a butter knife and winged it, even though I know there are fancy tools out there just for this sort of activity) down to the cookie crust. Once you’ve hollowed them out, fill the gaping cavern with about a tablespoon or so of pudding–enough to fill it completely but not overflow too much onto the cupcake surface.  Set the leftover pudding, as well as the pudding-filled cupcakes, in the fridge for safe-keeping.

To make the topping: chill the bowl and whisk attachment of your stand mixer in the fridge or freezer for a bit.  Once they’re good and cold and back on your mixer, add your heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla into the bowl and whip just until soft peaks form.  Now add 1/2 cup of the reserved banana pudding and blend until the whipped cream is pretty stiff.  Fill a piping bag and pipe the topping onto the cupcakes like frosting. Top with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips and one mini wafer for a little cupcake flair.

It’s best to serve these immediately, or keep them in the fridge until ready to serve.  Warning: your fridge is going to smell like banana.  I’m just sayin’.

Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding Cupcakes from Farmhouse38

It’s always good when a cupcake oozes…usually…

Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding Cupcakes from Farmhouse38

More ooey-gooey goodness.

Gershwin & Gertie Twine Holder Giveaway

Gershwin and Gertie Twine Holder Giveaway with Farmhouse38We’ve got a giveaway and a special offer for you guys!

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A Farm-in-the-City Party

A Farm-in-the-City New Year's Party from Farmhouse38Shocking, but true… I’m a little late to post this. A lot. A lot late. Even so, I wanted to share the festive tablescape from our little New Year’s Eve celebration. As an added bonus, I’ll also share the amazing cocktail we shouldn’t have been drinking alongside all of that champagne.

A Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

A little bit of farm, a little bit of glitter.

I started (as one does with any party decor concept) by swiping toys from my nephew. He’s long since outgrown these particular little plastic farm animals, but I may find myself replacing them sheepishly (see what I did there?!) anyway. When the inspiration hit, I had to run with it. Sorry, P-nut.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

I was short a couple of barnyard members, so I padded with a few dinosaurs. It’s just common sense.

One coat of spray primer, and one coat of paprika spray paint later:

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Upcycling toys is a good time.  Seriously.

Once they all dried, they got glitzed up with a festive gold pipe-cleaner lei and a glittery sticker monogram. Perfect placecards.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Farm animals know how to party.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

So do dinosaurs.

As a centerpiece, I pulled together a collection of my finest re-purposed glass jars, slapped some modgepodge on the bottoms in various thicknesses and then covered them in gold glitter (for that dip-dyed look).  Scattered amongst straw and gold confetti, they made a pretty fun focal point.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Party from Farmhouse38

As for my homemade 2014 numbers?  I swiped this idea from the impossibly talented Aunt Peaches.  I’ll let you visit her for the how-to so you can fully appreciate the crafty awesomeness that goes on over there.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Party from Farmhouse38

More glitter never hurts.

I decided to make some fun swizzle sticks for our cocktails and our champagne (seeing as how we were going to add tasty ingredients to the champagne to make interesting champagne-y cocktails but never managed to make it that far).  A glittery pom-pom hot-glued to the end of a generic swizzle straw looks pretty festive, if you ask me.  And the glasses got a boost with a gold pipe cleaner spiraled around the stem.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

The champagne was supposed to turn into a champagne cocktail…but it never sat around long enough to add anything but the swizzle stick. Oops.

Fortunately, the swizzle sticks came in handy for our Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz Cocktail.

Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz from Farmhouse38

This cocktail added some non-champagne bubbly to the party.

To make one Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz:

(recipe adapted a tad from The Artful Desperado’s Bourbon Rosemary Fizz)

Gather your weapons:

-cocktail shaker

-muddler

-one small sprig of fresh rosemary

-1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit

-1 oz bourbon

-ginger ale

-ice cubes

-sprig of rosemary and grapefruit rind peel for garnish

-oh, and a low-ball or old-fashioned glass of some sort to drink it out of.  If you want.  Don’t let me pressure you.

To make it:

Drop your sprig of rosemary into the bottom of your shaker, and add your 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Muddle until you can really smell the rosemary fragrance.  Add a few cubes of ice and your ounce of bourbon.  Shake it like you mean it.

Drop a few more ice cubes into your glass, and strain your cocktail into the glass.  Top with the ginger ale, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and grapefruit peel…oh, and a fancy swizzle stick.  Cheers!

Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz from Farmhouse38

Behold the RGB Fizzzz! Do not chase these with champagne. I’m just sayin’.

I have been scheming to do create some sort of chandelier something-or-other to hang above the farmhouse table on our deck, and a New Year’s party was just the ticket to light a fire under my rear. So I strung up a little ladder (which is actually the salvaged back of an old red bench we had forever that finally gave in to gravity and the elements).  From this, I hung several strands of Restoration Hardware’s battery-operated Starry Lights that I had just taken down from Christmas.  If you’ve never seen these things before, they really are quite fantastic: tiny little lights strung on bendable wire so that you can shape them and hang them really easily.  I molded them to spiral down (and added a few strands of glitter-star wire from the craft store to augment), and created this sort of downside-up centerpiece topped with fresh grapefruit branches.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Oh, the festiveness of it all!

With the help of a few of our favorite neighbors we rang the new year in with some style.  And by ‘style’ I mean we were all in bed by 10:30.

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Especially these two.

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