Baking

Yellow cupcakes 

I found a great recipe from Marthastewart.com for yellow cupcakes. These cupcakes are delicious!

Here are the ingredients that you will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large egg

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
-In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
-In another bowl, mix the milk and vanilla; set aside.
-In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after adding.
-With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk-vanilla mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. Do not overmix or else your batter may become even too hard.
-Divide batter evenly in cupcake liners.
-Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcake comes our clean.
-Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in tin, then remove and cool completely on a rack before frosting.

I used this recipe to make these cute little sheep cupcakes.

Visit marthastewart.com for this delicious yellow cupcake recipe.

Today I am grateful for baking treats for my family and friends.

Sewing

Maxi dress using a tank top pattern

I bought a bunch of patterns for some summer sewing. Since I’m not a good follower of directions, I seemed to have overlooked that this pattern is for knit fabrics… oops. But I’m a rulebreaker. So I used a crepe de chine fabric that I bought and I upcycled the lace from a shirt that I had in my pile of clothes that I no longer wear. It was just enough for the top part of this dress. I also extended the pattern so instead of being a tank top, I hacked it into a maxi dress.

It’s a good idea to follow the pattern directions for what fabric to use, etc. but sometimes you just got to be creative, break the rules and come up with your own style. Be a rule breaker…

Today I am grateful for sewing and creativity.