Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fresh Find Friday

September 30, 2011

I am so happy it’s Friday. I just love the weekends. They go by so fast. So I won’t take any more of your time and I’ll cut to the chase. Enjoy.

photos via Snippet & Ink

Click on over here to view the sweetest collection of photos of Paul Newman and his wife, Joanne Woodward. Their relationship looks so fun and real and it can’t help but make you happy to look at them.

Hankies016photo by Alexandra Grablewski for Sweet Paul

This is a fun and easy tutorial! I can’t wait to make one of my own!

photo via HGTV

Are you having a Halloween party? Do you need an idea for a place card holder? Look no further than HGTV. What a fun idea! I wish we were having a full-blown gathering.

6166693976 1f24ec7f0a Pumpkin Wafflesphoto by Fake Ginger

Ohhhhhhh I am just dying to make these. Pumpkin Waffles. There are no words…

Have a great weekend!!!

I had no idea…

September 28, 2011

how amazing bunting is?!? On Monday I decided to make my own bunting for an upcoming craft fair. I love the look and just felt the need to make one. I didn’t have a pattern or any directions, but it turns out that this may be one of the easiest projects on the planet. 

And how about that pinwheel fabric, eh? What do you think?

I’m thinking I may have to share this mind-blowingly simple method…

Happy Wednesday! 

Tut Tuesday: Nutty Caramel Marshmallows

September 27, 2011

Hola! It’s Tuesday. Do you like marshmallows? Do you like caramel? Have you ever combined the two? My, oh my, it is delicious. My family used to make these ALL the time. They’re super easy and they are perfect for fall. 

Ingredients: jumbo mallows, Rice Krispies, caramels, sweetened condensed milk, butter, walnuts (optional, but you’ll be sorry if you don’t get on the nut wagon)

Unwrap those lovelies and put them in a saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add the entire can of sweetened condensed milk.

Add 1/2 cup (one stick) of butter.

Stir occasionally while resisting the temptation to lick the spatula and lose a tongue.

Whilst the deliciousness is melting, combine the krispies and walnuts in a bowl. I use a little less krispies and a little more walnut. I like a high nut to cereal ratio.

Line a cookie sheet with some wax paper. And then have some toothpicks on hand.

Ohhhhhh look at that golden color. Is there anything better than butter and sweetened condensed milk? I submit there is not.

Form an assembly line that goes a lil’ somethin’ like this: toothpicks, marshmallows, cereal mixture, cookie sheet.

Stab one of the little suckers with a toothpick and dip it into the caramel like so…

Yummers. Don’t get your fingers in the caramel though because it will be HOT. For reals. You’ll get burned. I did.

After you’ve dipped, roll the mallow in the krispie/nut mixture.

And place on the cookie sheet.

And then count them like The Count from Sesame Street. One, ah, ah, ah. 

Pretty soon you’ll have a whole army of nutty mallow goodness.

printables c/o of Tip Junkie and Daily Suze


6 c Rice Krispies cereal

2 c crushed walnuts

1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 14oz bag of Kraft caramels

1 stick of butter


Melt the caramels, milk, and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally. Combine the cereal and walnuts in a large mixing bowl. Once the caramel mixture is melted, use a toothpick to hold a marshmallow and dip it into the caramel mixture. Roll in cereal and nut mixture and place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Let cool and ENJOY!

Fresh Find Friday

September 23, 2011

Happy Friday! I’m sorry I was MIA yesterday. I was a little ill and had no energy to do A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Another week has gone by and I can hardly wait for my weekend to begin. It’s my anniversary this weekend, so we’ve got some plans. Some fall plans. Some pumpkin farm plans. And some Dave & Buster’s plans. It’s going to be super. Do you have anything special planned?

Here are some pretty great finds for today:

  photo by Odessa May

Okay, so we all know I’ve been on a glitter kick lately. Aren’t these clothespins just soooo classy? I think I may have to do this one next week.

   photo by Urban Outfitters

Handmade giftwrap. I love the holidays. I definitely want to do this. I can see a print like this on some future onesies…

anthropologie wedding ideas  photo by one love photography

There is no tutorial for this, but I think it’s pretty easy to figure out. This bird garland is ALL paper! Crazy beautiful!

  photo by Hank and Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion

I pinned this a couple of days ago. I can’t get it out of my head. I need to find some little figurines asap. Full tutorial can be found here.

  photo by Hank and Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion

One more DIY by Hank + Hunt because I Love them so! This is the first of many, I’m sure. They put on an amazing party that I wish I could have attended.

Have a great weekend!

Baby Macnicholas Shower Revealed!

September 21, 2011

There was this party a few weeks ago. With the help of my friend, Megan, I threw a shower for my friend/Megan’s sis-in-law, Sally. She’s just the cutest little thing and wait until you see pics of her mother below. These two are just too gorgeous it hurts. I finally had the chance to put some pics up and wanted to share with you!

We went with an OWL theme. We didn’t want it to be overbearing but you could find hints of little owls throughout the decor and gifts. So fun!

These owl cake pops were the thing I loved the most. They were just so fun to make and I’m DYING for the chance to make them again!

Guests used a ruler (not pictured) and measured out twine with their guess-timate of how big Sally’s belly was. The winners were given s&p shakers that were shaped like owls. Lurve these.

I have so many ball jars and I thought they would be perfect to use as cups. Who doesn’t love stripey straws?!?

This is the garland that I made here. I didn’t have anywhere up high to hang it, so I draped it around the deck. It really helped tie everything together.

To Eat: Wontons with Cream Cheese and Chutney, Fruit Kabobs, Assorted Tea Sandwiches, Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Mini Sugar Cookie Sandwiches filled with Buttercream, and Owl Cake Pops made with Yellow Cake and Milk Chocolate.

To Drink: Lemon and Lime Infused Water, and Strawberry Pineapple Limeade

Megan, Sally, and Me!

Sally and her mother. Just try and be cuter than these two. It’s impossible!

Love you so much, Sally! Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!

**UPDATE** 2/8/202

I’ve received so many requests about the how-to for the owl cake pops so I posted a tutorial. Check it out!

Tut Tuesday: Glamorous Glitter Pumpkins

September 20, 2011

IT’S TUESDAY! And one step closer to fall. I am getting so antsy that I have started to put up my decor for fall and for upcoming HALLOWEEN. Yesterday, my friend Ashley and I had a little crafty day of our own. We knocked out a few projects and got started on others that will soon grace the cyber pages of The Proper Pinwheel. Now, I am not the first to glitter a pumpkin. It’s been done several different ways. This is just how we did it. It was quick and the cleanup was easy. I love low-maintenance. I wrote about this project a few weeks ago and could not wait to have my own. We decided to make some to put up on our mantles. Full tutorial below:

Supplies needed: plastic pumpkins (found at any craft store), spray adhesive, aerosol hairspray, Martha’s superfine glitter (we used Bronze, Brownstone, Smoky Quartz, and Fire Opal), scratch paper

*A lot of people use glue, or Mod Podge to glitter the pumpkins. Both are a fine choice, but I used spray adhesive because it was easier and quicker.

**I am not a spokesperson for Diet Coke. I just happen to have one around me at all times.

Holding on to the stem, spray the glue directly onto the pumpkin. 

Sprinkle the glitter over the part you just sprayed. You have to work quick because the glue will set and it will be harder for the glitter to adhere.

After you have glittered the entire pumpkin (you need to do 2-3 coats for good, even coverage), spray it all with aerosol hairspray. This will set the glitter so that it won’t rub off on you or any part of your house! Trust me, glitter is so hard to clean up if it gets on the wrong material!

Let your pumpkin(s) dry for about 30 minutes. Then admire!

I know. My pics aren’t that great. I’m sorry. Maybe I can convince Ashley to take some amazing photos for me. 

Show me your pumpkins!

Fresh Find Friday

September 16, 2011

Happy Friday! I’m so excited it’s the weekend. Lots going on. A friend and I are going to don our aprons and get our baking/craft on. I plan to tackle a few projects and am pretty excited to show you some pics next week! For now, please make the cake below…

photo by CAKE

Again, another lovely idea from CAKE. They seriously know how to style. This little gem was made with edible luster dust splattered on top of the ganache. 

photo by Hank & Hunt

What a great DIY! This fringe chandelier is amazingly beautiful. Just imagine all of the colorful possibilities! I’m thinking of a rainbow…

photo by Fifteen/Eleven via Black Eiffel

Who doesn’t want the calendar in the top left? I need that right now. Go check out Fifteen/Eleven on Facebook!

                                              photo via Fashionologie

Okay, so this is starting to circulate so I am sure you’ll come across it if you haven’t already. J. Crew was at Fashion Week with their Spring 2012 collection. It’s a good thing I have an employee discount, although I am sure that I will still be too poor to own this pretty thing.

Have a great weekend!!!

If it’s warm where you are,throw this party.

September 15, 2011

I was browsing through CAKE and just came across this charming and simple party for grownups: Outdoor Movie Night. It kind of makes me a little sad that summer is over. It’s funny because I posted about Halloween yesterday… and now I’m posting about this! Don’t you love the popcorn in the apothecary jars? And how about the “Take a sheet, grab a seat” line? So sweet. 

All photos by Brandon Kidd via CAKE

Can’t stop this

September 14, 2011

Nobody loves Halloween more than me. I live for this spooky holiday. I feel that one month is not enough time to enjoy all of the decorations that are out there.  I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to start putting up our Halloween decorations this week. And our front door is about to get a makeover…

I saw this wreath relic from Martha a couple of years ago and had to make one myself last year. It took forever to track down the reindeer moss in this ghostly white. There is a great site that you can purchase large bags of this mossy magic from and they ship it to you fresh. You really only need one bag, MAYBE two, to make this project. Detailed directions can be found here. And the reindeer moss (in any color you could ever want) can be found here. The possibilities are endless.

Go ahead. Get your wreath on.

Tut Tuesday: Vampires hate onions, not garlic.

September 13, 2011

Hey folks. I want to share one of my favorite dishes with you: Garlic Parmesan pull-apart bread with marinara sauce. So yummy. I was browsing the food section on Pinterest a few days ago and came across a very familiar recipe. I used to make something similar to this ALL the time. You know, because I love the carbs. It takes a little time because the bread is made from scratch, but it’s still pretty simple. And it’s super delicious. 

Start with a basic bread recipe. I use one very similar to the recipe at the end of this post. After you knead the dough, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Walk away. Let that baby rise for a few hours. 

Is your dough rising or are you just happy to see me?…   I’m sorry. That was a bad joke. Before you punch me down the dough, combine 3/4 cup melted butter, a few cloves of garlic, dried parsley flakes, and a dash of garlic salt. Punch that dough down, tear pieces away, and dip in the delicious butter.

After you have dipped the pieces of bread in the butter mix, place in a greased bundt pan, and sprinkle each layer with Parmesan Cheese. Cover, and let rise for another 30 minutes or so.

Bam. A close-up of the dough. When I was little, I would eat this stuff straight. Uncooked. I was such a little pig. I still am. :) I’m getting off the subject. Once the bread has risen, place in a 350 degree oven and bake for about 25 minutes. I like mine a little doughy and under-cooked, but that’s just me. Serve with some marinara for dipping. Enjoy! 

This is a great appetizer if you are entertaining!

Garlic Parmesan Pull-apart Bread (recipe from The Pastry Affair)

2 teaspoons active dry yeast 
1 1/3 cups barely warm water 
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
2 teaspoons salt 
3 1/2 cups all purpose (or bread) flour 
1/4 cup  3/4 cup(trust me) butter, melted 
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yeast and water. Let sit 5 minutes until yeast is foamy. Mix in the olive oil, salt, and flour. If you have a stand mixer, attach the dough hook and knead the dough for 5-6 minutes, or until elastic. If you are doing this by hand, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until dough is elastic, 7-10 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until dough is doubled in size.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter, parsley flakes, and minced garlic. Set aside.

Punch down the dough. Tear off small pieces of dough (roughly the size of the bowl of a medium spoon), coat in the butter mixture, and place in the bottom of a bundt pan. Repeat this process until you have one layer of dough balls. Sprinkle on 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese. Continue layering the dough balls and cheese until you have 3 layers. Cover the pan with a clean towel and allow to sit until dough has doubled in size, 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Serve hot with a side of marinara or tomato sauce.