Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tissue paper pom pom

Hi !

I’m so glad to be here for the first decorating tutorial on A Pretty Idea. I was looking for something pretty, easy and affordable and I found the perfect project with this tissue paper pom pom.

This is a “minimum effort, maximum effect” decorating project. It is so pretty and poetic… perfect for a birthday party, a wedding or just decorating your home.

I have one  just above my dining room table and I love how it dances with the wind. This is also a s way to delimit spaces between the dining room and the living room.

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For this project you’ll need :

– tissue paper (about 8 to 12 sheets)

– scissors

– thread (I used fishing thread)

– a ruler

 

This is how I did it:

1 – Line up the edges of the tissue paper sheets and, on the short side, start folding in accordion until all the tissue paper is folded

2 – Tie the middle of the paper with thread

3- Trim the edges (you can try different shapes from round to pointy)

4 – Unfold your accordion

5 – Pull each layer of paper, one at a time

 Hang your pom pom up !

 

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Lime & coconut cupcakes

Hello everyone !

 

I’m so excited to be here for the first cooking post on API. I don’t know about you but we are having a hot month of september here. It is so warm outside, I’ve been craving for summery flavors lately. I have to confess, I am crazy for coconut ! So, when I found this cupcake recipe with coconut and lime I kew I had to try it. And I’m glad I did because they’re delicious !

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I made those for a romantic picnic with my husband. It was our second wedding anniversary so I wanted to plan something special. We are not the “fancy restaurants” kind of people and we feel more at ease surrounded by nature than in a limo (also we can’t afford a limo). That’s why a “picnic” anniversary dinner was perfect for us. I had prepared fresh fruits, different vegan spreads and dips, bread, some wine… and those delicious cupcakes. I found the perfect location not far from our home (a tiny beach on the banks of the Saône river just ten minutes away from our apartment) and when Johan came back from work we jumped on our bikes and rode along the river. It was very romantic and the lime and coconut cupcakes where the cherry on the top of a perfect date.

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For these cupcakes you’ll need :

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
Juice and zest from 2 limes

For the frosting

1/2 cup butter 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup reduced coconut milk

 

This is how I did it :

Mix all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) together in a small bowl.

Mix all wet ingredients (eggs, vanilla, sour cream) together in an other bowl.

Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add in the lime juice and zest and stir until mixed.

Bake the cupcakes at 350 for 16 minutes.

Frosting :

Bring the coconut milk to a boil. Once boiling lower heat to a simmer and let the milk reduce to about half its original volume ( 20-25 minutes).

Allow milk to cool to room temperature.

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and beat on low speed until combined.

 

 

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Thanks for reading & see you soon on A pretty Idea !

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