Monday, November 9, 2015

"Life Is What You Bake It" Printable

I found some matching frames at a yard sale and wanted to make some cute signs for my kitchen. I came across this saying and loved it: "Life is What You Bake It". I pieced together a few different versions of the printable using powerpoint, pic monkey fonts, and creative commons graphics on the internet. The pdfs are 8.5x11. I printed mine on a white cardstock and framed it behind an 8x10 black matte in an 11x14 frame.  The matte cost $2.99 at Hobby Lobby (without a coupon) and the frame cost $1, so the total cost of the project was about $4. Not bad. I hope you print it for yourself or use it for inspiration!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Light Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

I optimized this recipe recently and now I use it for everything from sugar cookies to cakes. I think traditional buttercream is too strong and most cream cheese frosting recipes are too soft for decorating. This has just the right amount of cream cheese and as long as you add the right amount of milk it's also perfect when using a piping bag. I prefer to use a hand mixer with this recipe instead of a stand mixer. It provides better control and you won't have to scrape down the sides. It should frost at least 2 dozen sugar cookies or one layer of an eight inch cake. 

1/4 cup salted butter (room temp)
2 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (white or dark)
300 grams powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoon milk

In a medium mixing bowl, whip butter and cream cheese together with hand mixer until smooth. Mix in salt and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix with hand mixer at high speed until it clumps together and a stiff ball starts to form. Mix in milk in teaspoons or drops to achieve desired consistency. I always check my consistency with a butter knife. Since this frosting has cream cheese in it, it should be refrigerated if not consumed the same day.