shredded carrot ice cream

Shredded Carrot Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is something I love to make. While, rolling it out in mason jars is definitely the most fun – this carrot ice cream recipe tastes so much creamier and includes real, raw carrots! Cookie cutting the ice cream bars into carrot shapes gives a fabulous way to present the treat for spring, and will totally distract your kids from the good-for-them shreds of carrots happily hiding inside.

Shredded Carrot Ice Cream Recipe

Shredded Carrot Ice Cream Bars

Homemade Carrot Ice Cream

To make the carrot ice cream recipe, you will need; 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, 1-1/2 cups peeled, finely grated carrots (from about 3-4 medium carrots), 1-1/2 cups whole milk, 1-1/2 cups heavy cream, pinch fine sea salt, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 4 large egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Make sure to have these kitchen essentials are available; 9×13 casserole pan (we used a paper disposable pan with lid), carrot-shaped cookie cutter, and green decorations (jimmies, sprinkles, gel).

Carrots

Carrot Ice Cream Recipe

Make the carrot ice cream by; melting the butter and brown sugar together in a small pan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the shredded carrots and cook until the mixture is thick and the carrots are soft, about 6 or 7 minutes. Remove from heat.  

Posted March 24, 2014 7 Comments
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festive ideas for the first weekend of spring

Welcome Spring

I am so happy it is officially spring! I am currently knee deep in Easter shoots, bright home updates, and birthday party plans. For our shared birthday, Matt and I are hosting a lip synch birthday party contest – inspired by my new favorite Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon! I am practicing daily:)

Spring is such a fun season for us. Here are a few festive ideas to make your first weekend of spring a raving success:

Celebrate Spring - dye your hair!

Celebrate Spring - bake lemon cakes

Celebrate Spring - make pinata Easter eggs

Celebrate Spring - making colorful syrup

Celebrate Spring - brightening up terreriums

Celebrate Spring - stamping with vegetables

Celebrate Spring - bake cakes in mason jars

Celebrate Spring - paper party balls

Make a gorgeous rose bouquet | Dye your hair a fun new color with Kool-aid | Bake a cake inside of a lemon | Make a stash of piñata eggs (they’ll stay good until Easter!) | Sweeten drinks with naturally dyed simple syrups | Update terrariums with colorful sand | Stamp paper with veggies to brighten up the walls | Serve tea cakes in mason jars | Decorate for a brunch with pretty paper balls

We are off for a little spring break revelry this weekend. Regular posting will resume on Monday + sharing a few exciting updates next week. Have a fabulous first weekend of spring! xoxo

Posted March 20, 2014 4 Comments
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marbled paper garland

Marbled Paper Garland

Everywhere I look I see marbling! Countertops, prints, scarves, leather pouches, bags, and pillowcases have all joined the trend. If I could marble my entire house from floor to ceiling, I might just do it! However, I don’t have the budget (or a willing husband) that would allow those changes. So, a pretty garland will satisfy my obsession. This garland reminds me of spring, and the beloved marbled Easter eggs of my childhood.

Marbled Paper Garland

Marbled Paper Garland

Marbled Paper Garland

This marbled paper garland has a gorgeous abstract look. The strands spin in a way that looks like a sculptural mobile. It would go great with other artistic details, like watercolor and calligraphy, for a birthday party or bridal shower.

Marbled Paper Garland

Marbled Paper Garland

To make the marbled garland, fill a container with room temperature water. Pour nail polish in water. Layer different colors on top of each other. Use a toothpick or skewer to swirl and make designs with the nail polish. The key to working with the nail polish is to work very quickly as most nail polishes dry fast once they hit the water.  

Posted March 19, 2014 7 Comments
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jelly bean layer cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly beans are at the front of my mind this time of year. They are little, sweet, and can really pack a punch when showcased in a substantial way. Covering a cake with them brings a huge burst of color onto the table.

In a simple repeating rainbow pattern, the jelly beans will make a cheery showing for any spring gathering. Covering a cake in candy is so basic, anyone can do it! No master chef skills required… so bake one up and serve a sweetly bright cake that your guests will adore this spring.

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

Jelly Bean Layer Cake

To make the 6-layer jelly bean cake you will need; your favorite cake mix doubled, or two boxes of cake mix (any flavor), and 1-1/2 to 2 lbs of assorted jelly beans.

For the whipped cream frosting make sure to have on hand; 2 cups heavy cream (chilled), 1/2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Make the cake following the recipe instructions. Divide batter evenly into 4 pans (we used a 6×3 round cake pans) and bake 40-45 minutes; check for doneness with a toothpick.   

Posted March 18, 2014 10 Comments
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birthday balloon bombing

Birthday Balloon Bombing! Fill their ground with balloons to celebrate a birthday.

My good friend Carly has the sweetest tradition with her daughter. Each year she sneaks in on her birthday, before anyone is awake, and fills her floor with balloons! Such a fun and festive way to start a birthday off right. I definitely recommend buying a couple packs of balloons (in their favorite colors), sneaking in, and recreating this sweet moment whenever you can.

Posted March 17, 2014 3 Comments
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rainbow paper garland

Rainbow Paper Garland

With Saint Patrick’s Day coming, and a spring sky filled with clouds today – the hope of a rainbow is seemingly everywhere. This easy to craft rainbow garland is a great solution for last minute St. Patrick’s Day decor. Plus, it’s one of those party pieces that works to brighten up moods on any old day.

If you happen to be planning a rainbow party (and why wouldn’t you be?) it’s a fun jumping off piece. Pair it with rainbow waffles, rainbow candles and any one of these rainbow crafts to host a gathering that will part the clouds and melt the snow (*claim not scientifically proven).

Rainbow Paper Garland

Rainbow Paper Garland

Rainbow Paper Garland

To make the rainbow paper garland; cut 2 inch lengths of bright colorful paper. Our circles are 12 inches by 2 inches (made using 12×12 scrapbook paper). The garland can be made smaller or larger depending on your paper size.

 

Posted March 13, 2014 1 Comment
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