Hello There...

 

I'm Diana.

I like to create pretty things and sweet treats, collect vintage finds, & build a beautiful life.

You can read more about me here.

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Everything on this page is original content that was written and photographed by me. Anything that I use as inspiration or ideas will be linked in the posts, &I hope that you will do the same.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Recipe Card

I really do enjoy baking, especially when it's cupcakes. Even though I don't really eat cake that much, there's just something about how sweet they look when they are all decorated and put on a pretty cake stand. Somehow I acquired a great deal of cocoa powder (like three containers of it) and wanted to put it to good use. So I decided to make some Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with a Raspberry Buttercream. Here's the recipe...

 

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Makes 24 Cupcakes. (I halfed this recipe to only yield a dozen.)

1 1/2 c granulated sugar

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature

3 large eggs, room temperature

2 c all-purpose flour

3/4 c cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 c seedless raspberry jam

1 c buttermilk (or if using powdered kind, add 4 tbsp powdered buttermilk to dry ingredients after sifting and add 1 c water)

1. Combine sugar and butter in mixer and mix until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. ( I crack mine into a small dish first to make sure there is nothing wrong with them and keep shells out.)

2. Sift dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder) into a large bowl.

3. Add vanilla extract to sugar/butter mixture.

4. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk into sugar/butter in parts, alternating them but beginning and ending with the dry. Try not to over mix.

5. Fill cupcake tray with liners about 1/2-3/4 full and bake for 15 minutes at 350. Test with toothpick when done, should come out clean. Let cool mostly.

6. Now it's time to fill the cupcakes with the jam. There are several ways to do this.  I bake my cupcakes with this Debbie Meyer Cupcake Genius, so I just stir the jam with a spoon until it thins out and spoon the jam in. You could also use a piping bag with a tip and pipe the jam into the cupcake, or use a corer to take the center out. Because the jam gets really sticky, I prefer to just spoon it in. I also don't dirty my piping bag that way.

7. Frost and eat. (See buttercream recipe below.)

 

Raspberry Buttercream

Yields enough for about a dozen cupcakes

2 sticks of butter, room temperature

1/2 c seedless raspberry jam

4 c powdered sugar

milk, to thin when needed.

1. Combine butter and jam in the mixer until fluffy (if butter was not soft enough, the combo will look a bit separated. Just leave the mixer on for a while, go get your laundry and come back to it. That's what I did.)

2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. After all cups are added, I usually add a little milk to thin it a bit. I like a thick frosting though, so only a tsp or so. Do this very slowly so you don't thin it too much.

3. Pipe onto cakes! I used a Wilton #1A Tip, first time using it and it is everything I wanted from a piping tip. Top with a few chocolate sprinkles. 

 

Sunday
Jun242012

This Weekend's...

 

So this weekend we ventured to a new flea market that everyone has told me is rather large and they have tons of stuff. It didn't disappoint. I wasn't in much of a real shopping mood to hunt through things, but this is what I ended up with.


Those four green glass pedestal dessert cups and that citrus tray are my favorite purchases of the day. Those three little trays (that look like festaware but aren't) I got three for a dollar, so how could I really turn that down?! That roll of fabric is two yards of a cotton print. All in all, good day. And hopefully going back soon.

**Purchases were from the Columbus Farmer's Market in Columbus, Nj. 

 

Saturday
Jun232012

Creating...

 

So, I may have a little bit of hoader in me...just when it comes to things like ticket subs and cards. I wanted to go through these bags of cards that I have lying around and put the important ones all in one cute spot.  This is what I came up with! Super simple card book that holds anything you want to stick in it. (I stuck with cards from different points of my life over the years).

First I had to root through all my cards and choose the ones I wanted to include... these made the cut.

I gathered all my materials and started punching holes in the cards I wanted to include.  A tip I would have loved before I started (which probably seems really obvious) is to take one card and use that as a template for where to put the holes.

Once hole punched, just slip on binder rings!

To make the book feel more like a book, I added a cover made out of some kraft cardstock and classed it up with some patterned paper, washi tape, and a simple handwritten title card. All done and I love it!

So that's it! Super easy and cute. I'm just really glad to have all these important little tid bits in one place.

Friday
Jun222012

This Week in Instagram.

I wanted to share a few little bits about my week, and I thought the best way would be through Instagram (which I use often and really love... @Dcampeggio). I saw this idea used in some really great ways by Joanna Waterfall, Mandy of Harper's Happenings, and Elise Blaha. Cheers!

Tuesday
Jun192012

This Weekend's...


 This weekend was an exciting weekend for thrifts. On a whim we decided to head to this little store while we were down the shore with nothing to do. I was super delighted to find this shaker just waiting for me to swing by and pick her up.

I am recently very much in love with old bar-ware and hope to set up a little bar in our new apartment (still looking for a bar cart though...)

The other little score is this cute dish with strawberries printed on it. Anything with fruit on it (especially oranges, lemons, and strawberries) I am automatically drawn to. And these type of dishes are great to put things like buttons and bobby pins in. 

My plan is to get updates on some of my big projects we've been working on up this week!

***Purchases were from St. Mary's This 'n That Shop in Rio Grande, Nj. One of my favorites for when we are on vacation.