Saturday, September 03, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes with Amazing Frosting! #recipe

Did you know that birthdays are good for you?  Indeed, statistics show that people who have the most, live the longest!


We celebrated a birthday in our family today and every birthday, in my opinion, screams for cake.  So here we are, Red Velvet Cupcakes frosted with the most amazing cream cheese frosting I have made yet and topped with adorable cupcake toppers from Expressions by Devin. <---so cute, check them out!!


You may have noticed that I said the most amazing frosting I have made yet.  That's because it's a quest.  This latest concoction of incredibly smooth, perfectly sweet goodness is the result of trial and error, internet research and luck.  It's not too heavy, not too thick and holds its fluffy shape perfectly.  Want the recipe?  Sure you do!

Fluffy and Smooth Decadent Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8oz. package Cream Cheese at room temperature
1 8oz. container of Mascarpone Cheese at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream kept cold!
2 teaspoons REAL vanilla extract

Use an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth and slightly airy.  Add powdered sugar and heavy cream and mix thoroughly.  Add the vanilla.  Continue mixing until the frosting is thick and holds its shape well.  You may need to add extra powdered sugar and/or cream to get the consistency you'd like.


FTC Disclosure:  We have not received any compensation for writing this content and have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein.  The cupcake toppers from Expressions by Devin were won in a giveaway hosted at another blog.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Young Love by Mat Kearney #Review

Today marks the first of September and the launch of Endless Summer Month  here at Artsy Chaos!

"Singing oh oh, won't you help me sing this song........Singing hey mama, don't want no drama, just a kiss before I leave".... come on everyone, sing with me!  What better way to continue the summer than with the bright and sunny music of Mat Kearney.


Mat Kearney is just relaxed.  When you listen to his music, you can't help but be relaxed too.  His album, Young Love, is the kind of thing you'd find yourself listening to while slowing browsing a cute vintage antique shop early on a Saturday morning.  Or maybe biking over to the local juice bar wearing your newest pair of high top Converse sneakers.  Mat is also hitting the road in September playing nearly 40 shows in US & Canada.  Sadly, he is not coming to Salt Lake or the West but those of you in the Midwest and East should have a show close to you.

Young Love Tracklisting  
1 Hey Mama
2 Ships In The Night
3 Count On Me

4 Sooner Or Later

5 Chasing The Light

6 Learning To Love Again

7 Down

8 She Got The Honey

9 Young Dumb And In Love

10 Rochester
11 Seventeen

When we were offered the chance to listen to Mat Kearney's newest album, though, I was a little unfamiliar with the name. Shhh... don't tell anyone I'm not hip.  My 16 year old daughter, however, was the cool opposite.  When I mentioned it to her she remarked 'oh, yea, of course I know him, he's awesome' in her I'm-so-hip-because-I-am-always-on-YouTube-and-know-everything-voice.  Of course.  But she was right, Mat Kearney is cool. Maybe I should steal her Converse and go browse for antiques with Young Love in my ear.

FTC Disclosure:  A complimentary copy of Mat Kearney's Young Love album was sent to us to use for this review through our relationship with the One2One Network.  We are not expected to return the album and no monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are ours alone.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mid-Week Peek - It's all about YOU!

 
Welcome to our new feature, the Mid-Week Peek!  We thought it would be fun to ask a different simple question each week of you.... allowing us a slight peek into each others' lives.  If you're like us, sometimes we think we're way out in left field and odd with how we feel, what we like and don't like, etc. and it's nice to learn that we really aren't that different after all.  Questions will range from the very simple like your favorite color to fun life questions, crafting, art, cooking, family, home, etc., but all light and fun.  So let's get to know YOU through a "peek"!

This week's question:

Are you a first child, middle child, or the baby of the family?

My answer:
I'm an oldest.  I kind of felt like an only child growing up because my only sister is nearly 8 years younger!

Now it's YOUR turn to answer the question.  Leave a comment on this post all about YOU.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sewing New Curtains with @SunbeltGranola #Craft

Ahhhhhhhhhh yessssssss!!  I finally did it.  I finally made the kitchen curtains I have had the want and fabric to make for over a year now.

Before, the bare windows and curtain rods:


Last summer, I had found the fabric at Joann's for under $2 a yard.  The plan was to make some cute scalloped/pointed valances and add tassels to the points.  But you know how life steps in and makes you rethink sometimes?  That's what happened and I settled on making a much simpler valance.  And that's ok too, I love how they turned out!  Nothing makes a home more cozy than window coverings.


Since the pattern on this fabric did not run with the selvage I had to piece several panels together.  Then, just finish the edges, hem and create the top rod pocket.  That's it.  Easy, easy.  Except, I got a little hungry while sewing.  And then I remembered... Sunbelt Granola Bars!!


Sunbelt had sent us some granola bars for review and they were just the thing for a snack while sewing!  What would I choose?  Oats and Honey?  Strawberry Fruit and Grain?  Sweet and Salty? Or maybe Chocolate Chip?  I settled on Oats and Honey and reached into the box to grab one and only 4 left in the box.  Yes, my family had apparently been enjoying the granola bars too.  It's no wonder really, since Sunbelt snacks are a huge hit around our home.  From the great flavors, variety, portability, nutritional value I can approve of and incredible price value, Sunbelt is a winner for us.  To find where Sunbelt is sold, visit their website to locate a store.  An insider tip is to connect with Sunbelt on Facebook and Twitter as they are known to offer coupons and promotions available only to those who have connected with them.

Oh, and back to those curtains.  The finished product:  


One final note.  As I was finishing my sewing for the night, my son was organizing his back pack for school the next day.  We decided that some of those Sunbelt Granola Bars were a necessity.  Growing brains need fuel during the day. :)


I have a material connection because I received a gift or sample of Sunbelt products for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was/am not expected to return this item or gift after my review period.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Crafting Linky Parties! #DIY with me!!

The DIY crafty bug has hit hard.  Maybe because of the promise of autumn right ahead of us.  I'm not sure.  I've made a list of ideas that I probably won't ever create, but there is always the hope!  Plus, I can share my creations with you!

There are so many fun ideas out in the blogosphere too.  You should check them out with me and these crafty linky parties are a G.R.E.A.T place to start.  Maybe you'll catch the bug too!

The DIY Show Off


Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party

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