Day 12- A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2020 – Day 12

Thank you for joining me for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020.

Well here we are at the end of the series. If you want to see what you missed, be sure to see all the links at the end of this post.

This year I went back to basics of why I started my blog and that was to inspire you to make, bake, create and decorate, all on a budget of course.  You still have time to try some of these simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.

Day 12: Holiday Coconut Lemon Loaf

For the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas series, I am sharing a brand new to me recipe.  I love coconut and lemon so why not combine the two into one delicious dessert. This coconut lemon loaf will be a hit at any holiday gathering.

This cake gets its amazing lemon flavor from a combination of lemon zest and lemon juice.   It gets a triple dose of coconut from coconut yogurt, shredded coconut and coconut oil.

To begin:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coconut yogurt I used full-fat coconut Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium-large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

For the cream cheese frosting you will need:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 12 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • Shredded coconut and lemon zest optional garnish

Instructions for the loaf:

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and shredded coconut.
  • In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, coconut oil and almond extract until well combined. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined, the batter will be thick.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a rack to cool.

To make the frosting:

  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon milk, almond extract and lemon zest and beat until combined. If the frosting is too thick add additional milk to thin it out. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake and top with shredded coconut and lemon zest.

Storing:

Store it in an airtight container in refrigerator to keep it fresh longer.
 
If you decide to make this loaf or try a new recipe this holiday season, what will it be?

Lemon Coconut Loaf – It’s AWandafulThing!

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Day 11 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 11

It’s getting really close to the end of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019. I hope you have been following along and enjoying my Pinterest Inspired ideas so far (links to projects can be found at the end of this post).

This is Day 11 and today’s post will be about using Chalk Couture products to make one of a kind Christmas decor. Click on the link to go to my website https://www.chalkcouture.ca/awandafulthing where you can find all the pastes and transfers used in these projects.

I upcycled two thrift store serving trays.  The first tray is made of wood and rattan. Normally I would paint a tray like this but decided to leave it as it was as I hoped the red Chalk paste would be a nice accent.

I used my “merry” transfer and candy apple red chalk paste. I was very pleased with the bright red against the wood grain. I like the understated elegant simplicity of it.

The second tray I decided to upcycle was an old vintage metal tray. Continue reading Day 11 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

Day 10 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 10

It’s already Day 10 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019, where does the time go? I hope you have been following along and enjoying the pinterest inspired ideas so far.

Day 10 brings you an upcycled wine bottle using paint and an image transfer technique.

The wine jug was found at the thrift store so, no, my friend did not have to drink the wine this time, lol.

I tried to cover the bottle with white chalk paint but for some reason it would not stick to the bottle so I gave it two coats of white spray paint instead. I found the free graphic on The Graphics Fairy website, here is the link to the image I used.

As per the instructions you will find at ArtsyVaVa, I printed out the graphic in reverse on a laser printer. I adhered the graphic to the bottle using mod podge as that was all I had on hand at the time, although it is recommended to use Dixie Belle clear coat (I would use that next time).

Once it was completely dry, I sprayed the paper with water and started to rub off the paper to reveal the image.  It didn’t quite work out the way it was supposed to as I rubbed off too much of the image but I think it looks “more” antiquey (is that a word) this way.

I added jute twine with hot glue around the top of the jug and added some floral sprays (red berries and silver leaves for the Christmas feel).

My inspiration came from ArtsyVaVa and can be found here.

Even though I think this was a Pinterest fail due to the fact I did not follow the instructions exactly, I do like it and have made it worthy of display as home decor. It will be easy to change it up for different seasons.

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I hope you come back for the last two days of 12 Days of Christmas 2019.

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2019 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 9 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

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https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

Day 9 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019. This is my 6th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A Wandaful Thing.  Today’s Pinterest inspired idea are these cute DIY Dollar Tree Enamel Ornaments. Adding a custom look is quick, simple and easy.  You can pick up these ornaments for $1.25 each at the Dollar tree and they come already adorned with burlap and pine cones.

All that was needed to make these look like vintage enamel ornaments was a black Sharpie permanent marker and some ribbon.

It was pretty easy to make these ornaments look like vintage enamel, you simply add black marks with the Sharpie in areas where you think they would naturally wear. If you own any vintage enamelware take a look at where it has worn over the years and you will get the idea of how to make it look aged.

My inspiration came from one of my favorite YouTuber’s The Daily Diyer, you can watch her youtube video here.

These were so fast and easy to make and would look great on any Christmas tree, used as an embellishment on a gift or put in a dish and displayed as Christmas decor.

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event.

Here is a recap of the Wandaful Things in 12 Days of Christmas 2019 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing,  https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

 https://www.instagram.com/awandafulthing/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

Day 2 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2019. This is my 6th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A Wandaful Thing. Today’s Pinterest inspired idea are these cute little wooden bead snowman ornaments.

I purchased these beads at Michaels for $5.99. That means you could make 4 ornaments from one string of beads.  All you need to do is string three beads on the twine of your choice.

I like the wood look so didn’t bother to paint them.  I had some different types and colors of twine that I used to make each one and mixed and matched the bows and the twine. Permanent black and orange markers finished the look.

These were my inspiration, you can find a link to them here .

So what do you think, was my version a pass or a fail?? I think mine were close to a fail but I will still hang them from my Christmas tree 🙂

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :)

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2019 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2019

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing,  https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

 https://www.instagram.com/awandafulthing/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

Thanks for stopping by….until next time.