Simple Things #4

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

I love to bake, it’s one of the things that relaxes me so today’s “simple things” are all about baking.

1. Easier Cookie Cutting

Once you’ve made your cookie dough and have it rolled and ready to go, dip your cookie cutter in flour before cutting out your cookie shapes. The flour helps the cutter cut through the dough so you can cut your cookies out faster and with less frustration!

2. Ripen Bananas Quickly

Here’s a great tip if you want to make a recipe like banana bread and your bananas are not ripe.  To quickly ripen underripe bananas, put them on a cookie sheet and bake them at 300°F for about 40 minutes. You’ll end up with perfectly ripe bananas for your cakes and breads!

3. Warm Up Eggs Quickly

Starting a recipe that calls for room temperature eggs, but you just barely took your eggs out of the fridge? You can quickly bring those eggs to room temperature by placing them in a glass or bowl of warm water. Let them sit in the warm water for a few minutes, and they’ll be ready to use!

4. Grate Your Butter

One of the keys to making perfectly flaky biscuits and pie crusts is having small pieces of butter evenly distributed throughout your dough. The easiest way to achieve this is to use grated butter! Grate your butter on a cheese grater then stir the butter pieces into the other ingredients.

5. Instant Powdered Sugar

If you’ve made a batch of cookies or cake that requires frosting and you check the cupboards and you could have sworn you had icing sugar, fear not!  You can actually make powdered sugar if you have white sugar and cornstarch on hand. Just add 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a blender or food processor. Just pulse the sugar mixture a few times until it gets to the right powdery consistency.

6. Mixer Splash Guard

I’ve been baking a long time and only figured this out recently.  I use a KitchenAid stand mixer and every time I mix dry ingredients in it, even on the slowest speed, it still sputters out over the side. I now put a dish towel over the top of the mixer which drapes down over the sides and no more sputters. For eight more brilliant KitchenAid Hacks (and where I found this picture) visit the crazy coupon lady .

6 Simple things to help when you feel like baking,  It’s A Wandaful Thing!

What is your favorite baking “simple thing”?

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Upcycled Thrift Store Frame #2

Here are a few of the items I bought this weekend. The larger dark frame in the upper corner I paid $1.50 for.  I decided to upcycle this one first. As I transform the other items (if I do), I’ll do posts on those at a later date.

I also bought some Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint called sea glass, it’s the $15.00 purchase shown above. Here is a closer look at the color.

After I gave the frame a good wipe down, I painted the frame and the picture with one good thick coat of sea glass chalk mineral paint. I am so bad at taking pictures as I go.

I wet distressed the frame and had plans to use a reverse stencil but when I put the vinyl letters on I liked it so much I decided to leave it as it was. Sometimes plans change and sometimes that’s a good thing.

A quick coat of wax and a buff was next. After about an hour or so, it was ready to display and photograph. It will be on sale and on display at our local restaurant called The Vintage Kitchen along with some other vintage kitchen items.  You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/VintageKitchenLegal/

Chalk paint…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Upcycled Thrift Store Frame

I just recently realized a goal that I have had for a long time. Open up an on-line retail store that includes upcycled vintage items and upcycled items that resemble vintage items. I am also including handmade personalized and customizable items as well as some jewelry, fashion and decor items – see links at end of post.

One of the items for sale is this oak frame, which has been upcycled into a cute Easter Bunny wall art.

After I gave the frame a good cleaning I used Rust-oleum chalk paint in linen white and I used a wet distress method to make it look aged. I buy my chalk paint at Canadian Tire for $28.99 per 30 oz.


For the picture I painted a piece of 7″ x 5″ pressboard with three coats of black acrylic craft paint I had in my stash. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out a silhouette stencil of a fat bunny and painted the bunny with turquoise Decor Art Crafter’s Acrylic Paint. I made the cute little pompom bunny tail from natural 100% fisherman’s wool.

I used art glitter glue to secure the picture in the frame and to secure the pompom tail to the bunny’s butt. Being impatient for it to dry and photograph I used some weight to help speed things along…lol – you have to use what you have.

After about an hour or so, it was ready to display and photograph. It is up for sale on my new website: www.marymacksmarket.com

If you are wondering about the name of the store it is a combination of my first name and maiden last name and also the name of a very popular folk song. I’ve always known the name would make a great on-line or bricks and mortar store.

I hope you get a chance to check it out either on Facebook or on the actual website.

Following your dreams…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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You can even eat the dishes……

Today, I was looking for an easy, cute, edible Valentine idea and decided to make another candy dish. Intrigued? Read on.

Valentine Chocolate sugar cookies…who knew? There’s just something about a chocolate sugar cookie. Chocolate is the perfect flavor for Valentine’s Day and these adorable little heart cookies will make your valentine so happy. Let me tell you they are delicious, in this display you can even eat the dish, lol, keep reading to find out how I made it…

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Hot Mess Canvas

Hot Mess Canvases seem to be one of the popular things to do lately. I watched a few videos (I’ll link one below) on how to make one and really liked the idea.

What is a hot mess canvas you ask? Well you paint a canvas, add vinyl, repaint it and peel the vinyl off and Voila, you have a Hot Mess Canvas. 

In other words you can create bright and colorful customized wall decor. Not only are they unique and original each time you make one, they are also super easy to create. You can personalize each piece with a fun, creative quote or design, that makes the perfect decor for your home or office and a perfect gift for anyone in your life.

What you will need:

A blank artist canvas – the size is up to you. I got mine at Michaels and it measures 9×12. A variety of acrylic craft paints. Paint brush or sponge brush. A cut out vinyl saying or design (stickers work too).

First thing you need to do is decide on a color palette.  I chose red, pink, white.

Once it is dry completely, add your vinyl saying or design. Looks good like it is right?

Then paint over the entire thing with a color that you want your canvas to be. I chose white as I wanted the colors underneath to be the focus. Here it is totally covered in white paint with the vinyl saying underneath.

The hardest part of this whole process for me was letting the paint dry before peeling back the vinyl.  Was it worth the wait? I think so.

This little saying is my motto for the year. Hot Mess Canvases are easy, quick and customizable.  I think they are A Wandaful Thing!

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Here is the link to the video I mentioned above hot mess canvas video

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