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June 2014

stamped spoon tutorial

i am almost always looking for a fun, diy project or craft to do. while doing some blogging the other day, mom and i came across a fun quirky site called Darby Smart! they have so many crafts to pick from and it’s very, very easy to get stuck on their website ; ) .

all it takes is some time picking out what craft you’d like to do and they send you your perfect little kit with everything you need to start crafting!

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and that is exactly what we did. mom and i picked stamped spoons!

your package comes with a cute little sheet that has a ‘password’ to look up your directions for how to do the project online. we used our iPad so we could have it sitting right next to us while we stamped!

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this was definitely a super fun project and turned out beautiful!

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we’ve also picked out a few more things around the house that we stamped for gifts to give and more!

i found a small round metal container in our craft bin and wanted to stamp initials on it for a friend to keep her jewelry in. i’m sure there’s so much more you could do with them that would look so pretty!

now go visit Darby Smart and pick out your next cute craft! and just for you, Darby Smart has graciously agreed to gift you with $10 off your first purchase of $19 or more! Hurry because it ends next Tuesday at midnight. During check-out use the special code: DARBYCRAFT10 and enjoy!

~a-girl with a camera

brown butter & vanilla bean cupcakes

that’s right. and they’re about as fattening as they sound. and definitely as delicious as they sound. but when it comes down to it, the only part that really matters is the delicious part, of course : ) .

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coming soon is a recipe for the best homemade popsicles I’ve ever made- brown butter popsicles! as expected we needed to make lots of browned butter so we could have the little crunchies at the bottom for our popsicles… and boy did we have a lot of browned butter left over!

it made perfect use in my brown butter vanilla frosting recipe that topped these vanilla bean cupcakes.

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so as much as one really does NOT need two brown butter desserts in one week, it just had to happen. and i don’t regret it!

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print out the recipe and give it a try!

brown butter & vanilla bean cupcakes


    for the cupcakes
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 stick butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Madagascar pure vanilla bean paste
  • for the frosting
  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter, soft
  • 2-4 tablespoons brown butter, soft
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream


    for the cupcakes
  1. preheat oven to 350° F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners (I also used silicon ones too and they worked well).
  2. In a large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites and milk. Keep close by.
  4. Using a stand mixer or hand beater, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla bean paste for 3 minutes on medium speed until very light in consistency.
  5. Add 1/3 of the flour miture, and keep beating. Add 1/2 of the milk/egg mixture and 1/2 the remaining dry mixture. Keep beating until well combined.
  6. Add the rest of the milk mixture and mix until the batter is very smooth, then finally add the last amount of dry ingredients.
  7. Once the batter is fully mixed, continue to beat for 1-2 minutes to make sure it is completely blended and well aerated.
  8. Scoop batter evenly into 18 muffin cups, making sure each one is 2/3 full.
  9. Bake for 18-24 minutes; check by inserting a toothpick into the center, making sure it comes out clean.
  10. for the frosting:
  11. whip butter, brown butter and vanilla bean paste in a stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  12. Continue beating and start adding in powdered sugar, about a 1/4 cup at a time until well blended.
  13. Finally add about 3-4 tablespoons of heavy cream and whip on high until you've reached the desired consistency.
  14. After cupcakes have cooled, generously frost each one.
  15. now try not to eat them all!

thanks to my baking addiction for the yummy cupcake recipe!

and thank you to my sweet friend Jordyn for your encouragement to get movin’ on this delicious recipe and gifting me with super cute cupcake liners, a new teaspoon set, and my (yes, first ever!!)  own jar of Pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste!


do you have some brown butter waiting to be used in a recipe? try this one- i’m sure (and i bet my family could tell you also) you will love it!

~a-girl with a camera

kid friendly sangria

it’s finally summer! the perfect time to be out in the sun with friends and family doing fun things… the one thing everyone dislikes however is how thirsty and hot it gets!

this red fruity ‘sangria’ is the perfect refreshing drink on any hot day. and everyone loves it!

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and thanks to the delicious recipe from emeals, it’s so easy to make!

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kid friendly red fruity sangria


  • 3 cups grape juice
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced with peel
  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced with peel
  • 1 orange, thnly sliced wit peel
  • handful grapes, frozen
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • 2-3 cups club soda, chilled


  1. Pour all the juices into a big pitcher(s).
  2. Add fruits and stir to combine.
  3. Refrigerate at least 3 hrs before or see note below.
  4. Right before serving, add chilled club soda and stir.
  5. Enjoy!


Keep in mind: you're going to want to freeze the grapes ahead of time as well as chill the club soda (and any of the juices if possible). This makes for a colder drink and you won't have to add ice or refrigerate ahead of time.


let me know what you think by writing below, and be sure to visit emeals for lots more tips, recipes, and meal plans!

~a-girl with a camera

smoked mullet deviled eggs

around my house, deviled eggs are a favorite. dad is the king of making deviled eggs, so I don’t exactly know how mom and I managed to make these with out him sneaking into the kitchen!

I am very proud to say, however, that he loved them! and so did lots of people at our family beach picnic! I was up against tough competitors though… ;) mom made amazing sriracha avocado ones. and, our friend Lauren made her classic style deviled eggs!

they all turned out so good.

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here’s the recipe!

Smoked Mullet Deviled Eggs

Smoked Mullet Deviled Eggs


  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard (or to desired flavor)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp smoked coarse ground salt (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp ancho chile powder
  • ground black pepper
  • Smoked Mullet, for garnish


  1. Prepare eggs ( hard boil , cool and peel) and slice in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in medium bowl. Place whites on a large serving platter.
  2. In bowl with yolks, add mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and chile powder. Mash together well until desired consistency.
  3. Depending on how you like your filling, you may want to add more of either seasonings or mayonnaise/ mustard.
  4. Pipe the filling into the egg whites and sprinkle with smoked salt. Top with a good sized piece of Smoked Mullet and serve!

i actually think this a new favorite of mine.

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what’s your favorite deviled egg recipe?  leave a coment below so i can try it!

~a-girl with a camera