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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts for Her Home

The day is coming. You know what it is. The day you shower you mother {or mother’s you know} with gifts that show them how much you love them and appreciate all they do. I have a wonderful mother who has done more for me than I could ever make her feel appreciated for. But I’m sure most {if not all} mother’s don’t do what they do for the appreciation, recognition or gifts. However, we children do love to show how much we care by getting her a Mother’s Day gift. I know I find it hard to give my mom something unique every year, but I really try to think of things she is either into this year, doesn’t have but know she wants or something she would never think of but would love. I also love to make something for her because I’m sure it makes her happy to know I spent time on something. So, I thought I’d share with you all some DIY mother’s day gifts that would add beauty and maybe even a little function to her home.

Mason Jar Planter Box

Printed Candles

Shadow Boxes

Decorative Tray

Painted Vases

Starburst Mirror

Picture Frame Jar

Teacup Candles

Well, I hope you can find something here to make for you mom. I think I have! Now let’s see if we can put it all together for her. So, what are you giving your mom this year? I’d love to hear from you!


Lindsey - April 30, 2013 - 1:50 pm

@Heather- Oh Thanks! I’ve seen the candle one around for a long time too and have been dying to try it myself. Mother’s Day is going to be a good one!

Heather - April 30, 2013 - 11:26 am

These are all such good gift ideas! I really love the printed candles and the painted trays. I keep seeing the tray DIY around Pinterest but have yet to try it out… I totally want to try the candle printing ASAP now too!

The Greatest Cake Ever

I don’t know if you realize this but Smitten Kitchen is an amazing site. Deb’s recipe’s have never failed me or Bonnie, our resident chef here at IP. She actually was the one who turned me on to the SK. I have tried tons of different recipes she has shared but my absolute favorite and most faithful has to be her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. It is quite possibly the best cake I have ever had. It’s definitely the best cake I’ve ever made. And because of that I have made it {and slight variations} several times.

The first time was for Lauren, a friend and co-worker. She was leaving our company and having worked with her for years, I really wanted to make her a super yummy cake.  It, of course, did not disappoint. For this first cake, I did make the actual chocolate cake Deb has in her recipe, but finding it was very rich this time here I decided to try out a more basic cake but follow the rest of the recipe to a T. Honestly, either way works. It simply depends on how rich you want it. If you are making it for folks who love just a sliver of a strong cake, her recipe is to die for. But this time I was making it for a group of people who I knew would love it with a simpler chocolate taste.

All cake aside, the real hero here is the peanut butter cream cheese frosting. I’m a big fan of cream cheese frosting {and so is Moviestar. He practically requires it for his birthday cakes} but I can’t stand store bought stuff. It’s got to be real cream cheese. And mixed with peanut butter ….. it’s like heaven. It takes everything not to lick the bowl clean.

Mmmmm…… we could just stop here. But don’t worry, we won’t :)

The drizzled ganache on this cake is creamy and delectable. Chocolate, peanut butter and heavy cream make for complete awesomeness.

So, if you are ready to taste chocolate peanut butter cake perfection, then follow me over to SmittenKitchen.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

Just in case that wasn’t enough for you, when I was making this, Moviestar and I wanted some so bad but knew it would be rude to present the cake to my friends minus 2 slices. It is rude, right? Okay, just making sure. So I saved a little bit of all the ingredients in order to make our own personal mini cakes!

I cooked the cake batter in ramekins and once cooled, I pulled them out, sliced them in half and frosted them just as I did for the big cake.

Then as with the regular cake, I poured the ganache over it and stuck it in the fridge until we were ready to eat them. Can we say yum!!!??





kaity @ IC - May 2, 2013 - 9:16 am

can’t go wrong with ganache!

Fabulous Etsy Finds: Dress Up Your Pup!

Wow! It’s been a long time since we’ve “Etsy’d” you all. And what a better way than with dog clothes. Okay, so some of you may be thinking “clothes.. for dogs? This is your Fab Etsy comeback?”

Yes! Yes it is.

And why? Because I just love dogs. I’ve never been a big fan of clothes on dogs but after looking at some adorable dog photos the other day and seeing a pug in an awesome sweater, I thought “I have to find dog clothes on Etsy and share them!” So here’s what I’ve found and since they are on ye old Etsy.com, you can buy theses handmade cuties for your own little pup. I’m all giggles.

Thought I’d start with this Jack Russell in a blue sweater. The sweater is pretty cute at $5.50 but the dog is even cuter {I have two JR mixes so I’m a little biased}

Mohawk Hoodie. Need I say more? $33.00

This hat on a dog is cuter than cute. If I could only keep this on my guys, I just might have tried it for this up coming 4th of July. $22.00

So, you know puppy ears get cold, right? Well, why not get yours a dog beanie for $22.00? I know my Moose would L.O.V.E. love this.

Let’s just combine two of my favorite things: dogs and coffee. Yes. Let’s. I just might buy this coffee blanket for $32.00

I know this is not technically “clothes” but accessories are just as adorable. Especially this rosette collar for $40.00. If only I had a female doggy.


bunny - July 30, 2013 - 6:16 pm

The pet’s clothes are so cute

Lindsey - April 29, 2013 - 2:03 pm

@Heather- Thanks for stopping by. I liked them too, laughing the whole time. The dog beanie is seriously my favorite. I know one of my dogs would love it {as long as it stayed on!}

Heather - April 25, 2013 - 10:32 am

Some of these are just hilarious. The “dog beanie” really cracked me up — I can totally imagine my dogs wearing it for a total of 10 seconds before ripping it off!

The rosette collar was super cute though. I’d love to have one of those.

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

The other night I had this craving for bread pudding. Bonnie’s made a few in her time that were pretty amazing and with this gnawing in my belly I thought I’d follow in her footsteps. After searching and finding some that looked yummy, Moviestar proceeded to tell me he wanted something chocolaty for dessert. Well, I’ve never had a chocolate bread pudding before but what the hell!? Let’s give it a try.

The coolest thing I saw in one of the recipes was using hawaiian sweet rolls for the bread crumbs instead of regular bread/french bread. It really helped make the pudding sweeter and more moist. Super yummy.

Once the rolls are cut into 1/2 in. cubes, put ‘em on the ol’ cookie sheet and harden them in the oven.

While the bread is toasting, mix your “pudding” ingredients, then once the bread is done, mix it into the pudding. I know it looks a little gross….. but trust me, it’s yummers. Then pop this bowl in the fridge for about an hour or so.

Now, this is where you can get a little creative. Like   we did! I wanted to do single servings in our ramekins and Moviestar was craving some serious chocolate so we filled each ramekin halfway with the pudding and topped with a layer of chocolate chips {a little too much if you ask me. Maybe a little less than this next time}.

Then we filled the rest of the ramekins with the pudding and placed a few more chips on top. Then you’ll want to pop them in the oven.

Mmmmm….. double chocolaty goodness fresh from the oven. They were sooo good.

Single-Serving Double Chocolate Bread Pudding


  • 1 3/4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed Hawaiian sweet bread
  • 2/3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk or vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350°. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until toasted. Remove bread from oven; decrease oven temperature to 325°. Combine milk, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg in a medium bowl then stir well with a whisk. Add bread, toss to coat. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Once chilled divide half of pudding/bread mixture evenly between 2 ramekins. Sprinkle evenly with half chocolate chips. Divide remaining bread mixture between ramekins. Top with a few more chocolate chips.  Place ramekins in an 8-inch square baking pan. Add enough hot water to pan to reach 1 inch. Bake at 325° for 35 minutes or until set. Serve each pudding warm.



My Less Cluttered Home: Command Center

One of the things my reorganized home needed was a fresh Command Center. Now as my usual, this isn’t a completed job {I’ll share that at a later date} but it’s a huge improvement and well on it’s way.

The first thing I wanted to do was fix up the board I have in our kitchen. It’s not really being used properly as you can see below. Uhhhh …. it’s filled with junk! Including an old prom picture of mine with my old friend Dax that I’d pulled out over a year ago. I have phone numbers scribbled on the chalkboard that I don’t recognize and at least 10 business cards we don’t need to keep. So after clearing out all the junk on here and tossing what we don’t need, I ended up with a clean slate.

Then I looked at the fabric and realized it didn’t go with my green, yellow, red and blue color scheme in the kitchen. So, if I wanted to keep it, it had to be recovered. Though I don’t have a play-by-play for you, I pulled the paper backing off, unplugged the buttons, covered it with my new fabric {attaching with hot blue}, pushed the buttons back in {this was really hard} and put it all back together.

Now it’s fresh and bright and fits my kitchen!

Next was to get some hanging files or compartments to hold the mail, pens and even some writing pads. But, I really try hard to make this kind of stuff myself {if I can} so that it’s FREE.  I had brought some small boxes home from work and after cutting, bending and hot gluing, I had some perfect compartments that only needed to be painted or covered.  I had some simple wrapping paper and spray glue so I just decided to cover them.

Ta Da!

I wanted the small one for the pens to be a different color and I didn’t have any paper, so I just used fabric.  I’m not crazy about how it turned out but it’s still cute anyway! Then I just push-pinned them into the wall {not sure if it will hold for a long period of time but it’s held so far.}

And there you have it! Another Free DIY from stuff in my own home. I know you can do this too if you just think outside the box. What other creative DIY’s have you done that didn’t cost you anything? I’d love to hear about it. It inspires me!

For my latest Free DIY, check out my Jewelry Frame


Lisa - April 19, 2013 - 5:54 am

I love the DIY tutorial. While I have a landing center for my home, I don’t seem to transfer this idea to my classroom as successfully as I would like. You have inspired me!

Thanks for the reminder.

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