Delicious Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

Sugar Cookie Recipe

I’ve been testing different buttercream recipes all my life it seems.  There are so many ones out there. Some have ingredients like real butter and others use margarine and crisco. Some are easier to work with than others but for me it always comes down to taste. I have done the test of frosting cookies and holding them for a few days and the real butter recipes always win hands down. The butter enhances the butter taste in my sugar cookie recipe. Margarine and crisco ingredients just have a funky after taste and for me it ruins my cookie flavor. So here is my go-to buttercream recipe.

What is your favorite buttercream recipe? xo 

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Delicious Sugar Cookies

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe

 

I love making sugar cookies and giving as gifts for every holiday. It’s such an easy way to make every occasion a little more personal and from the heart. I have a recipe I have been using for years, which I have included for you. I usually find a container to display the cookies in and add other special treats to go along with the edibles. Wrap the cookies individually in plastic treat bags.  I like to adorn ornaments, ribbons, and tags to finish off the present.

DELICIOUS!

Give out cookies to all the ones you love. xo

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Delicious LoVE Notes

Love Notes for Valentines Day

Valentines Day Love Notes

Valentines Day Love Notes

Happy Valentines Day! It is my favorite DIY Holiday. I found this cute idea over at oh happy day. I just had to recreate them for my kids. They were very simple to make. I added them to a goodie basket filled with cookies, rice krispie treats, and caramel brownies all cut  into heart shapes. They are just so dang cute.

Celebrating LoVE is always a good thing. xo

Delicious Idea of the Week

Diy Envelope

It’s almost here. You know, that love date. February 14th.  This is a simple way to send a message to the ones you love. How creative. Just write your message inside and fold the heart into an envelope and you have a quick and simple card for those across the miles or right next door.

Sending a reminder to let someone know that you LoVE them is the loveliest thing. xo

source: ohhappyday.com

Delicious Hearts

valentines gifts

Valentines Day Gifts

Hearts and Valentines Day

Hearts for Valentines Day

Hearts and Valentines Day

Hearts and Valentines Day

Hearts and Valentines Day

Have you ever dropped by the little store, Terrain? Well if you haven’t run, run, run! A fun spot to online shop for all things garden. Their stores are located in PA and CT. If there was  a Denver location I would be in big trouble. I am obsessed with this place. They also have a blog I follow daily with sooooo many great ideas for your outside playground and everything else. The way they wrap gifts truly makes me drool. I love all of these sweet hearts they are selling to celebrate the 14th. I just can’t get enough of this gem of a store. And they are related to my other favorite place, Anthropologie. Of course they are.

Why is it always so much fun shopping for hearts? xo

Delicious Mama’s Lasagna

Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna Recipe

Yes I am Mama(I love this title) and I have been cooking this dish for my hubby and kiddos for years. Twenty-nine to be exact. One of our favorite nights at the Millers is Italian night. We usually all hang in the kitchen together and watch ‘Moonstruck” as we cook away. I have been altering my lasagna for many years now, always adding or deleting something to get this delicious Italian dish just right. Here is my latest version and I think it is almost there. Let me know what you think.

Let’s make beautiful Italian food together. xo

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Delicious Valentines Day Cards

Valentines Day Cards

Valentines Day Cards

Valentines Day Cards DIY

Valentines Day Cards DIY

Valentines Day Cards DIY

Valentines Day Cards DIY

13 days and counting until Valentines Day. I feel like this is the DIY of all holidays. I mean if you want to send LoVE it should be heartfelt. Are these just the cutest cards or what? Simple and to the point. I want to recreate every single one. Etsy is your friend when you are searching for an original piece of work. Sooooo many talented artists.  It means so much more when you take the time to design something yourself. There is so much inspiration out there. Get going and create your masterpiece.

LoVE is in the air…..xo

source: inspiring pretty

Delicious Color of the Year

And the color of the year is…..Pantone announced the color of the year for 2016 and for the first time they chose two colors. Quartz Rose and Serenity Blue. Today I am honing in on the Quartz Rose. I really love pink. I have secretly always wanted a pink couch to lounge on but the hubby would never give in on this one. You don’t have to fill your home with these colors. I love the subtle accents that you can add without getting too carried away with a trend. I think it would be gutsy to purchase appliances in pink, especially as this is a fad that is sure to end way before the life of the device. But heck, life is short, go with your heart!

Would you add “Quartz Rose” to your decor? xo

Delicious Winter Centerpiece

 

Winter Centerpiece

Winter Centerpiece

Winter Centerpiece

Winter Centerpiece

When I am having a dinner party, I have to admit sometimes I am more into creating the centerpiece than the actual menu. Your table sets the mood for the evening. I love incorporating nature when I can. I started with these cool branches and laid them on the table first. I spray painted a lot of pinecones (that are EVERYWHERE) with a metallic gold. I also had some glass pinecone ornaments that I decided to mix in. I put together some flower arrangements that I placed in gold leafed Mason jars. Peonies are my favorite and are abundant at my local Whole Foods right now so of course they are in the mix. Add in some candle light and you have a elegant setting without spending a fortune.

What is your favorite items for a winter centerpiece? xo

Delicious Chili Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil

Flavored Olive Oil

Flavored Olive Oil

Flavored Olive Oil

Flavored Olive Oil

Flavored Olive Oil

Give the gift of flavor! I wanted to share with you one of my favorite creations for my holiday baskets this year.

Flavored Olive Oil How To: Fill a bottle (I found mine at my favorite place: IKEA) 3/4 full of Olive Oil. (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil that I bought in bulk at CostCo) Cut whole garlic cloves in half and add to the bottle. Oddly enough I still have rosemary growing in all my pots. Evidently snow and freezing temps don’t bother them a bit. Add about 1-2 long pieces. I found the red chili peppers at my local Latin market in Denver. Each bottle has about 24 peppers. Make a great tag and let the giving begin. I use mine more as a finishing oil over pastas, salads and served with big crusty breads and kosher salt. Delicious!

What would you put in your flavored Olive Oil? xo

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