We love following our blog contributor and photographer on Instagram @coreyvillicana…one of my favorite posts are her made from scratch cakes from the cookbook Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson (found it at Anthropologie). The book itself is so easy to follow, even for a novice cook, great step by step direction and beautiful pictures that make the recipes so hard to resist.
My favorite desserts are ones with alcohol in them so I thought that the Kentucky Bourbon cake would be a great one to make for my first attempt at a made from scratch cake. A few tips Corey and I discovered is that you don’t need a sifter, an electric mixer, or real buttermilk. Anytime I find tricks that requires less dishes to wash…I’m all for it! Because I didn’t find real buttermilk at the grocery store, I looked up ways I could substitute it, a difficult process since I didn’t even know what real buttermilk tasted like. A source I found called for 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 cup of whole milk, it was a risk but it worked!! By mixing the vinegar and milk together, the consistency began to thicken which is what you want. As you get all the ingredients together, you do want to separate the dry ingredients from the wet…combine the 2 sets of ingredients into a bowl and begin mixing them together. Bake it for about 40 minutes and you’ll have a delicious cake ready to serve or decorate.
Decorating doesn’t need to be stressful and doesn’t require much at all. I decided to visit my local Whole Foods and see what was in season to top my cake. I was so lucky and thrilled to find that figs were available and in season. How could I resist the gorgeous colors? Adding a variety of sizes of the figs…whole, halves, and quarters and mini apples from Corey’s garden, the cake couldn’t have turned out more beautiful and more delicious. Hope you enjoy!
My favorite season is finally here and in the spirit of summer, here’s 2 simple DIYs that you can use for yourself and for your home.
Inspired by my favorite blogs, I wanted to try a simple all natural body scrub to prep my body for the beach. All you really need are 3 ingredients, regular white sugar, brown sugar, and olive oil, simple ingredients that most of us have in our pantry. If you want, feel free to add some coconut oil and some fragrant oils like tea tree or lavender.
Ingredients and Directions:
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 of olive oil
Add the dry ingredients first and then the oil. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl and you’re done! Super easy scrub that makes enough for yourself and your friends.
When I was preparing for this DIY, I wanted to make something you could use for entertaining guests in the summer and that was again simple to do. I love fun DIY projects but complicated DIYs intimidate me and I don’t really have the patience for them. Here’s a no sew project you can do with a new line of products that we now carry at Fashion 5. I love these colorful twine from We Love Citrus! Not only are they great for wrapping gifts, you can use them for craft projects just like this one.
Materials and Directions:
Twine, yarn, or string.
Make 4 sets of braided twine. Tie the 4 braided twine to the corners of the doily, Put the mason jar into the middle of the doily and bring the braids up together. You now have a beautiful summer hanging planter for your home.
Have a beautiful summer and thanks again so much for taking the time and reading our blog LIV3.
Because I loved last month’s DIY so much on mini garden’s for Earth Day, I wanted to continue the plant theme for this month’s DIY. In honor of mother’s day and in honor of my truly fabulous mother, I wanted to make her something unexpected. For every mother’s day, she looks forward to a floral arrangement I make for her…but this year, I wanted to put a little twist and surprise her.
To start, you only need 3 items, floral scissors, thin floral wire, and flowers.
I made 2 crowns, 1 was inspired by my favorite flower, peonies, and the other was inspired by the giant blooms of my rose garden. When gathering your flowers and fillers for the crowns, make sure to find a strong filler plant that is going to be the base of your crown. Once you’ve found your base and main flowers, finding coordinating blooms to accent is easy.
Directions: To start out, form a crown base with a filler. After shaping it to the desired size, use floral wire to secure the ends. Keep adding fillers to get the thickness that you want. The large blooms are last. You can either center it or put them on the side. To hide the stems, layer it with more filler flowers and secure it with the wire. It’s really that simple.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
here are a few of our favorite ideas for easter egg decorating this year
from simple painting to natural egg dying, pinterest has so many amazing ideas for you to try
please follow the attached links for further details and instruction