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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Color List...and bringing awareness

Happy Happy Friday to you! I have loved this week for a lot of reasons but mostly because it hasn't been super hot nor has it been super cold; it's been pretty perfect. I know for many of you on the East coast you want to punch me through the computer right now... :-/ and to you I say my door is always open for a visit to the sunshine!!!

Here are a few of my favorite finds this week. However, first and foremost I wanted to just say a little something about my #1 which came from a beautiful women named Heather who suffers from mesothelioma. She is trying to bring awareness to this horrible cancer that she is trying so hard to fight. She's an inspiration and a true fighter who will overcome this! Please spread the awareness...

1. Meet Heather
2. Beautiful music (Elizabeth is a friend of mine and an amazingly talented flutist...her CD is just beautiful!)
3. need some BBQ ideas?
4. green smoothie heaven
5. a house on wheels (some day I want to do this with Josh...did ya hear that hubby?!)
6. colorful jellyfish for my littles, yes please
7. face paintings gone wild
8. when should you go to sleep?
9. cities are so colorful
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Strawberry Fields Forever...

I will never forget when I heard this song for the first time. In middle school, my oldest sister was super into the Beatles; this was my favorite song on their track (as she played it over and over and over again). Oh, it brings back such fond memories. 

Speaking of strawberries me and a friend ventured out to the Carlsbad strawberry fields to pick our own.  These strawberries are SO good and juicy. It seemed like our bucket never got passed the half way mark when Sage was filling it up. I think she ate her weight in them! :-)

I have to admit, picking these juicy, red strawberries made me want to go bake my triple layer cake again, but then I remembered how if I bake one more dessert my husband my disown me (...speaking of eating your weight in something)! 

Anyways it was a fun afternoon, thanks Abby and baby Jack for joining us!
 ^^^one is not like the other :-)


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yellow Sunflower Petals & Bunny Ears...

Last night we had some friends over for dinner and Sage requested cupcakes for dessert. So as I was making them (I used this red velvet cup cake mix which is SO good) I glanced at my vase of semi wilting sunflowers and had an idea. I decided to use it's petals for bunny ears...and sprinkles for the bunny face. Sage couldn't quite get the face/sprinkle part BUT she totally loved the petal part :-).

***on a side note: You know those people who can frost a cupcake so effortlessly and it looks flawless. Yeah, that's NOT me. I've come to terms with the fact that I just can't frost a cupcake beautifully. Ugh, but hey they tasted good and that's what REALLY matters, right?!

Oh and the cream cheese frosting I used is one of my faves:
1 8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 TBS milk
^^^see what I mean?! How do you graceful frosters do it?! :-)
^^^I've created a monster...she was at my feet the entire time while making these :-/
 


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Monday, April 14, 2014

An Eruption of Color

I always love getting emails from blogging friends who see something colorful and send it my way! Just today I got one from Cheryl that made my jaw drop to the floor. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined an entire village covered in colorful flower petals. However, it really happened...

"An advertising agency commissioned photographer Nick Meek to bring this vision to life to promote Sony's new 4K TV. It took the creative team and the inhabitants of an entire village in Costa Rica over two weeks to pluck all the petals of the brightest, most vibrant flowers they could find. Over 8 million flower petals were collected to represent the 8 million pixels of Sony's new TV. The flower petals were released creating breathtaking visuals. The petals swept through the town, erupted from a volcano and floated down the river."

I wish I could have been there to witness something so amazing and breathtaking as this. At least I now know that if someone can manage to gather up 8 million flower petals and have them erupt out of a fire breathing mountain...anything, and I mean ANYTHING is possible! 
 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bangin' Blueberry Crumble Bars

We went to the park for a picnic with some friends and everyone had to bring something "to share". So I went with a new recipe. I know, I know what your thinking...who tries something new to take to a bunch of people?!?! Well, I do, simply because you can't go wrong with streusel and blueberries right?!

So, without further adieu here's a few lovely photos to get your mouth watering and than to the recipe...
^^^add the cornstarch to thicken up the blueberry syrup^^^
Blueberry Crumble Bars (Color Issue Style)
Filling:
1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. lemon zest

Crust:
1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
12 TBS butter

1. In saucepan combine blueberries and brown sugar with 1/3 cup water--bring to boil. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

2. In small bowl whisk cornstarch and 2 TBS water until dissolved. Add to simmering berries and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon zest.

3. Mix all crust ingredients together. Pour half of the mixture in a 9x13 pan and cook at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool briefly and spread berry mixture over it. 

4. Sprinkle remaining crust mixture on top and cook for 30 minutes. Let cool or serve warm. 


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Colorful Easter Tassel Garland...makes my heart go pitter patter

My friend showed me a garland she had made for her mantle and my jaw dropped. I fell in love with it...so I decided my mantle needed one just for the Easter holiday! It adds so much color to the room, and I just might NEVER take it down!

So, this weekend while listening to General Conference I had time to cut strips, tie strips and than hang the strips :-). It's funny, when my hands keep busy I am able to listen better.

What you'll need:
- 1/2 yard of eight different fabrics
-5 1/2 feet of upholstery rope (in the uphostery section at Joannes or any fabric store)

Simply cut your 1/2 yards into 2 inch strips, than tie them on to your rope! My friend first hung her rope and then tied her strips. However, I preferred just sitting and doing it on the floor; even though my back may not agree.




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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MY FAVORITE SPRING THINGS GIVEAWAY... (closed via instagram)

There's a hot giveaway happening over on my instagram @colorissue  
I think you should head on over and enter...I mean who wouldn't want to win this?!
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Gold Leafed Easter Eggs...

Oh baby, baby...these are colorful, bold, gold, and quite fantastic. So I guess that would make these
"co-bo-go-tastic". Not to mention, they are about as easy as a pb&j and I attribute that to the dozen colorful hard boiled eggs that were pre-dyed at my local Ralphs grocery store!!!

No joke, in the egg section these were singing my name for $3.99. I couldn't pass it up...so if you don't want to hassle with the dying process check out your grocery store and see if they carry these!

Anyways, these were super fun to create and even prettier than I thought. I have them in this milk glass bowl on my dinner table and when the light hits them just right they look like they're glowing (sounds poetic and magical huh?!) no, but seriously, they really do look magical.

You need:
-a dozen dyed hard boiled eggs
-gold leaf flakes
-modpodge or glue
-sponge brush or any brush will do the trick

Directions:
Simply paint on a very, very thin layer of modpodge onto your egg. Then, with tweezers, lay your leafing. I used tweezers because this stuff likes to stick to finger tips, like a feather on tar, you'll never win and your patience will dwindle (or maybe that's just me?!). But seriously, use tweezers. Let dry and wah-lah!

 ^^^I tried it the lazy way and just rolled an egg around in some flakes...than I sort of rolled it with my hand to pat down the loose edges. It worked, but I feel like the flakes didn't look as good. 



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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Triple Layer Lemon Strawberry Cake that'll make your mouth "wat-ah"

I am more of a chocolatey, peanut buttery, caramel lovin' type of girl. However, every once in a while when I stumble upon a "to good to be true" fruity dessert...well I make the leap and bake it. 

This cake is a moist, triple layered, strawberry & lemon infused dessert of delectability (can ya feel me here?!). No joke, the whole reason I wanted to make it was because of how pretty I imagined it could be. Then, oh then, I had a piece...and it made me fall in love with lemon flavoring all over again. 

Now, lets talk about the frosting...because it really is what takes this cake to the next level. It's light, fluffy and easy to manage. This sort of balances out the pound cake texture of the layers. I could've slathered this light, fluffy creamy bit of heaven all over the floor, and would have gladly licked it clean. 

So, with that said this cake is worth making. I mean think about all the praise and admiration you'll get as you waltz into a party with this thing in tote. whoa.
 ^^^now starts the fun part...the frosting and decorating***happy fingers^^^
^^^My sisters goldendoodle, Renzi. The biggest beggar of all. 

CAKE:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated
3 cups flour
1 TBS. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 TBS. lemon zest
1 TBS. fresh lemon juice
strawberry-lemonade jam (we used strawberry-pineapple instead)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
2. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients; add butter mix alternately with flour mix. Beat low until blended. Add zest and juice.
3. Beat egg whites in large bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Spoon batter into three greased (and floured) 9 inch pans.
4. Bake at 350 for about 17 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.
5. Place layer on cake stand, spread a nice layer of jam on top. Repeat with second layer.

STRAWBERRY FROSTING:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar, divided
2/3 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 drop pink food coloring
1 1/2 cups heavy whip cream
3 TBS. fresh lemon juice

1. Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar with electric mixer until smooth; add strawberries and food coloring; beat until well blended.
2. Beat whipping cream and juice at medium speed until foamy; slowly add remaining 1/3 cup of sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Immediately spread onto cake layers

***When I make this next time, I think instead of the jam...I'll use the frosting in between the layers. I just think it would be that much better.***

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