Skip To My Lou http://www.skiptomylou.org Craft, Create, Celebrate! Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:13:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 St. Patrick’s Day Free Printables http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/06/st-patricks-day-free-printables/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/06/st-patricks-day-free-printables/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:13:54 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47280 St. Patricks Days is such a fun holiday to get creative with! Look at these darling ideas all made with these St. Patrick’s Day Free printables. I rounded up some of my favorite ideas for you to celebrate!  If you are looking for some fun for younger kids try my Shamrock Coloring sheet or this […]

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St. Patricks Days is such a fun holiday to get creative with! Look at these darling ideas all made with these St. Patrick’s Day Free printables. I rounded up some of my favorite ideas for you to celebrate!  If you are looking for some fun for younger kids try my Shamrock Coloring sheet or this St. Patricks Day coloring sheet, they are sure to love to them! Whip of some sweet fun with my copycat shamrock shake recipe!

st patrick's day free printables

Shamrock Cupcake Topper and Rainbow Cupcake Wrappers

Shamrock Cupcake toppers and rainblow wrappers

 

 

Printable Lucky Banner

luck banner

I am “CEREAL”-sly lucky to be your Mom!

St. Patricks Day printables

 

Shamrock Soda

free st patrick's day printables

 

Over the Rainbow Printables

St Patrick's Day Free printables

 

Anti Pinch Polish

St Patrick's Day printables

 

Taste The Rainbow Tic Tacs!

St patrick's Day printables

 

Lucky to Know You

St Patrick's Day Printables

 

St Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

st patrick's day free printable

 

Pinch Proof Badges

St. Patrick's Day free printables

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Best Sugar Cookie Frosting Ever http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/05/sugar-cookie-frosting/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/05/sugar-cookie-frosting/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47247 Here is my most favorite sugar cookie frosting.  It is smooth creamy and so delicious! This frosting is great to spread on nice and thick with a knife on cake mix sugar cookies It can also be piped on my favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe. It is a versatile frosting. Sugar Cookie Frosting 2/3 Cups Butter […]

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Here is my most favorite sugar cookie frosting.  It is smooth creamy and so delicious! This frosting is great to spread on nice and thick with a knife on cake mix sugar cookies

sugar cookie frostingIt can also be piped on my favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe. It is a versatile frosting.

best sugar cookie frosting

Sugar Cookie Frosting

2/3 Cups Butter
½ Cup Milk
2 lbs. Powder Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
I often add 1/2 teaspoon creme bouquet (gives the frosting amazing flavor)

Beat with electric mixer until smooth.

If you love cookies as much as my family you might try these super quick cake mix snickerdoodles or these yummy butterscotch gingerbread cookies. Do you like cookie dough? Here is a round up of the best cookie dough desserts.

 

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Free St Patrick’s Day Crochet Patterns http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/04/free-st-patricks-day-crochet-patterns/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/04/free-st-patricks-day-crochet-patterns/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47230 Do you like to crochet? I love finding new patterns!  Here are some darling Free St Patrick’s Day Crochet Patterns I came across today!  You will love making these fun ideas!  If you are looking for more free patterns I have shared quite a few! Some of my favorites are this crochet cowl, it is easy […]

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Do you like to crochet? I love finding new patterns!  Here are some darling Free St Patrick’s Day Crochet Patterns I came across today!  You will love making these fun ideas!  If you are looking for more free patterns I have shared quite a few! Some of my favorites are this crochet cowl, it is easy to make and very warm!  I also love making this coffee cozy is makes the perfect handmade gift!

Free St. Patrick’s Day Crochet Patterns

Free St Patrick's Day Crochet Patterns

The perfect way to decorate your door for St Paddy’s with a beautiful Crochet Rainbow Wreath. (photo credit)

st patty's wreath crochet

Feeling lucky? Share a bit ‘o luck with these crochet four leaf clovers!

Open Four Leaf Clover

Four Leaf Clovers

Four Leaf Clover

four leaf clover

 

 

You will be wearing a bit of green with this darling St Patrick’s Day Fascinator!

St Patrick's Day Facinator

Here is a fun costume idea! This Crochet Beard and Hat will turn you into a leprechaun! The crochet pattern is for multiple sizes.

Crochet beard and hat

Crochet St Patrick’s Day Top Hat

crochet top hat

Crochet Shamrock Garland

crochet shamrock garland

Lucky Shamrock Hair Clip

shamrock hair clip

If you love to crochet please come visit my free crochet patterns data base. You will find hundreds of beautiful crochet patterns.  You can even upload your own crochet patterns!

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Easy Banana Bread http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/03/easy-banana-bread/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/03/easy-banana-bread/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47043 This quick and easy banana bread starts with a cake mix! It is oh so moist and delicious. Cake mixes can be the perfect start to so many yummy treats. Some of my favorite cake mix recipes are these snickerdoodle cookies,  this lemon cake or try making the easiest sugar cookies you will ever make! Easy Banana Bread […]

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This quick and easy banana bread starts with a cake mix! It is oh so moist and delicious. Cake mixes can be the perfect start to so many yummy treats. Some of my favorite cake mix recipes are these snickerdoodle cookies,  this lemon cake or try making the easiest sugar cookies you will ever make!
easy banana bread

Easy Banana Bread

1 yellow cake mix without pudding
1 (3.4 ounce) box of instant banana pudding
1 cup water
4 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a mixing bowl beat eggs with a mixer until pale and thick. Add in cake mix, pudding, oil and water and mix well. Fold in mashed bananas. Pour batter into two medium sized loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 60 mins or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 

 

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How To Make Macarons http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/02/make-macarons/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/02/make-macarons/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:59:53 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47202 Learn how to make macarons with these easy tips. These are the famous French cookie, not the American style coconut macaROON.  I love Paris and especially love a macaron from Laudree, a beautiful macaron shop in Paris. I have always wanted to learn how to make macarons but found them very intimidating. I am sharing […]

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Learn how to make macarons with these easy tips. These are the famous French cookie, not the American style coconut macaROON.  I love Paris and especially love a macaron from Laudree, a beautiful macaron shop in Paris. I have always wanted to learn how to make macarons but found them very intimidating. I am sharing my first attempt at making macarons. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see how you can win a trip to Paris! You will be able to try the real thing!

Chocolate De Leche French Macarons

I have listed the weighed amounts for each ingredient.  These delicate cookies can be tricky and need precise amounts of each ingredient so weighing is best.  While we can get close with cup measurements of the dry ingredients the varying size of eggs is more difficult.

Chocolate Macarons With Caramel Filling

50 grams  sugar
200 grams powdered sugar
110 grams almond meal
100 grams egg whites
45 grams unsweetened cocoa powder

Caramel Frosting

Preheat oven to 285 degrees F (140 degrees C).

 How to make Macarons

My macarons will get better with practice I am sure.  Here are macaron making tips I found most helpful! A large baking sheet is helpful. Only bake one pan of cookies at a time. Recipes call for placing cookie batter in large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 plain round tip.  Wilton has a “Perfect Fill” tip that I thought worked wonderfully.  It helped me dispense equal amounts.

French Macarons supplies

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  I first made a template by drawing 1 1/2 inch circles on a sheet of parchment.  I then placed this under my clean parchment for a guide to perfect sized circles.

French Macaron preparing the pan Beat egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until whites are foamy; beat in white sugar and continue beating until egg whites are glossy, fluffy, and hold soft peaks.

French Macaron meringue

Sift confectioners’ sugar and ground almonds in a separate bowl. Don’t skip this step. The sifting will eliminate some of the larger almond pieces in the almond meal.

French Macarons sifting

Fold the almond mixture into the egg whites. Don’t over mix.

French Macarons batterTest the batter by spooning a small amount onto the prepared baking sheet. If the disk of batter holds a peak instead of flattening immediately, gently fold the batter a few more times and retest.

Place batter into a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheet in rounds, leaving space between the disks. Lift the pan and tap on the counter a few times to release any air bubble in the cookies.

French Macarons piping

Let the piped cookies stand out at room temperature until they form a hard skin on top, at least 20 mins up to an hour.

french macarons before baked

Bake cookies until set but not browned, about 15 minutes; let cookies cool completely before filling.

Make caramel frosting. Fill pastry bag fitted with 1/2 wide round pastry tip. Flip meringues over and pipe caramel frosting.

French Macaron De Leche

Place another meringue on top to make a sandwich.

French Macaron Caramel filled

Delicious macarons! They make the perfect edible gift! My friend Lia Griffith has beautiful free printable gift tags for macarons!

how to make macarons

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If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.

See how my friends are inspired by Paris!


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Made by you Monday http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/02/made-monday-16/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/02/made-monday-16/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47208 It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! ; Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered […]

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It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay!Made By You Monday



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St. Patricks Mint Recipes http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/01/st-patricks-mint-recipes/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/01/st-patricks-mint-recipes/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47194 Happy March! St. Patricks Day reminds me of green and mint recipes!  I’ve got mint on my mind, the girls scouts are delivering their cookies and mint is signature of St. Patricks day! You can’t go wrong with a good mint brownie, or mint treat!  Here are a few that caught my eye from Made by […]

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Happy March! St. Patricks Day reminds me of green and mint recipes!  I’ve got mint on my mind, the girls scouts are delivering their cookies and mint is signature of St. Patricks day! You can’t go wrong with a good mint brownie, or mint treat!  Here are a few that caught my eye from Made by you Monday! If you love a minty shake try my copycat shamrock shake recipe!

St. Patricks Mint Recipes

Rainbow Mint Truffles

mint recipe

Mint Chocolate Fudge

mint recipe

Thin Mint Chocolate Donuts

mint recipe

This recipe isn’t mint but is perfect for St. Patricks Day!

White Chocolate Rainbow Bars

Mint recipes

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Bunny Hugs Easter Craft http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/02/28/bunny-hugs-easter-craft/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/02/28/bunny-hugs-easter-craft/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47171 Hi everyone.  I’m Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline and I’m here today to share a fun kids craft that will be perfect for Easter. I was at a craft store recently and found these small water bottles and immediately thought that they could be used for something crafty.  I wasn’t exactly sure what but […]

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Hi everyone.  I’m Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline and I’m here today to share a fun kids craft that will be perfect for Easter.

Colorful Water Bottles for Easter Crafts

I was at a craft store recently and found these small water bottles and immediately thought that they could be used for something crafty.  I wasn’t exactly sure what but I bought them anyway and left them next to my desk where I stared at them (again and again and again) and had some ideas but nothing I was totally happy with.  Then, while I was getting ready to go to sleep the other night it finally came to me.  Bunnies! So I came up with this bunny hugs easter craft!

Easter party hand-painted water bottle treats for kids from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I started by taking the bottles apart and washing and drying them thoroughly.  I then proceeded to just paint!

How to make Bunny Hugs Easter Craft

Supplies:

Colorful plastic water bottles

Craft paint in white, black and pink

Various paint brushes

Water bottle with bunny painted on it - step one

When I say I started painting I mean just that.  Have FUN! I used a stencil brush to dab on white paint in a circle-ish shape. I chose the stencil brush so that the effect was that of fur and not something smooth.  I didn’t paint a perfect circle but that’s okay ~ bunnies aren’t perfectly round.  ;)  I also stippled a smaller circle to one side of the bunny for his little cotton tail.

Close up of hand-apinted bunnies on water bottles from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Once the circle (body) was dry I used black paint and a very fine tipped paintbrush with long bristles to make outlines for ears, to paint on the eyes, the nose, the mouth, two little feet and I outlined the cotton tail.  I found the best eyes were those that were set far apart. It gives the bunny a happier face.

Once the black paint was dry I painted some white inside the ears.

When the white paint dried I added a small amount of pink paint to the inside of the ears.  This isn’t something that needs to be perfect.  All the little bunnies will be unique just like the little bunnies you’ll be giving these to.

Hand-Painted Bunny Hugs Water Bottles for Kids

When everything is dry put the water bottles back together and give them to the little ones in your life!

Free Bunny Hugs Hand Painted Bunnies on Water Bottles with Matching Drinks ~ great kids Easter party treat from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

When I was getting ready to paint the bottles I went into my garage and saw a box of Hugs drinks and at that point realized that they matched the water bottles PERFECTLY.  That being the case I thought these would be perfect together for an Easter party.

Water Bottles and Hugs Fruit Barrels

Here are a few of my favorite posts and hopefully you’ll like them as well.  If you’re like me and can hardly wait to start working in the garden you can make my favorite hand scrub with coconut oil and used coffee grounds ~ your hands will be clean and feel so soft and you’ll have another use for all your used coffee grounds.  Cleaning is one of my loves and I have an easy way to clean your microwave in just minutes that will leave your microwave sparkling with no scrubbing and if baking is your passion but you have hard and lumpy brown sugar I have a 20-second way to soften that brown sugar that will blow you away!

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I’d love for you to stop by my space on the web, Cupcakes and Crinoline, where I share everything from homemaking tips to recipes to crafts to DIYs and just about anything else you can think of.  I love all things home and my blog is the only part of my world where I can be girlie {I have all boys}!  You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterst, G+, Instagram, YouTube and Bloglovin’.

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30 Minutes or Less: Italian Dinner Recipes http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/02/27/italian-dinner-recipes/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/02/27/italian-dinner-recipes/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47157 Looking for a quick and easy meal?  These instant italian dinner recipes will have a delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes or less! These meals are also great to teach teens to cook, having a few recipes that are simple and quick from start to finish is a skill every kids should know! […]

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Looking for a quick and easy meal?  These instant italian dinner recipes will have a delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes or less! These meals are also great to teach teens to cook, having a few recipes that are simple and quick from start to finish is a skill every kids should know! You will love having them be able to prepare dinner in a pinch!

30 Minutes or Less:  Italian Dinner Recipes

30 minute meal recipes

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

easy italian recipes

30 Minute Cheesy Pasta Bake

italian dinner recipes

Sun-dried Tomatoes and Chicken Penne Pasta

sun dried tomato pasta

30 minute Fettuccine Alfredo

30 minute alfredo

One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage

one-pot-cheesy-pasta-and-sausage

French Bread Pizza

french bread pizza

One Skillet Baked Ziti

easy italian recipes

30 minute Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

easy italian recipes

Skillet Lasagna

SkilletLasagna

Skillet Penne with Cream Sauce

penne with cream sauce

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Coloring Page for St Patrick’s Day http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/02/26/coloring-page-st-patricks-day/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/02/26/coloring-page-st-patricks-day/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=47135 Who’s looking over a four leaf clover? This coloring page for St Patrick’s Day is perfect for the little ones. It is easy to search out the fourth leaf clovers. It makes for a fun St Patrick’s Day activity. Older kids might like this more detailed St Patrick’s Day coloring page. How do you celebrate […]

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Who’s looking over a four leaf clover? This coloring page for St Patrick’s Day is perfect for the little ones. It is easy to search out the fourth leaf clovers. It makes for a fun St Patrick’s Day activity. Older kids might like this more detailed St Patrick’s Day coloring page. How do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? How about making some green candied popcorn recipe or a delicious  shamrock shake!  Kids will have some fun making  blarney stones!

 

coloring page for St Patrick's Day

Print your free coloring page for St Patrick’s Day

To print this free coloring page first download St Patrick’s Day Coloring Page. Print in black and white on plain copy paper.

coloring page for St Patrick's Day

 

 

 

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