pinkwhen.com http://www.pinkwhen.com Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIY Rustic Christmas Gift Idea http://www.pinkwhen.com/diy-rustic-christmas-gift-idea/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/diy-rustic-christmas-gift-idea/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:25 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6288 FloraCraft Disclaimer

 

Over the last several years my tastes have started to change.  I have always loved the rustic look, but I never really incorporated that design into my house, or into my Christmas.  This year I am planning on making that change, and it’s also going to run over to my gifting ideas as well. To that point, today I am going to share with you this DIY Rustic Christmas Gift Idea.  I personally think it would be perfect for a mantle or coffee table in any home this Christmas.

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Delicious Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake http://www.pinkwhen.com/delicious-triple-chocolate-bundt-cake/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/delicious-triple-chocolate-bundt-cake/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6283 Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
Hi PinkWhen readers! It’s so good to be back with you. I have been in full Halloween mode over at BD Design so stop by anytime and say hi!
Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

Even though we are all going crazy with Halloween right now, the big feast is right around the corner! Who is already starting to plan their Thanksgiving menu? I swear once October 1st hits life gets so crazy busy until January so I like to plan, plan, plan for the holidays. I am always on the hunt for a new recipe to try but this year for Thanksgiving I am going to go with this classic dessert. Though the signature flavor of Thanksgiving is pumpkin, I am NOT a pumpkin pie fan at all. I know, I’m crazy and I get told that at every single Thanksgiving dinner I go to :) So to satisfy my sweet tooth after a long day of counting my blessing and stuffing my face with yummy food, I have to make at least one chocolate dessert. This has been my favorite dessert since the first time I took a bite years ago. It has everything you need to impress your guests! It’s fancy…it’s delicious…and it’s so moist you can make it the day before!

Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
1 devil’s food cake mix
1 small box chocolate fudge pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake as directed. Add the pudding and sour cream. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spray a bundt pan generously with non-stick spray and then coat with flour. Bake for 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and dump onto the cooling rack.
Optional: serve warm sliced with a drizzle of Dove milk chocolate ice cream topping and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

 

 

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
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Ingredients
  • 1 devil's food cake mix
  • 1 small box chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake as directed. Add the pudding and sour cream. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Spray a bundt pan generously with non-stick spray and then coat with flour. Bake for 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and dump onto the cooling rack.
  3. Optional: serve warm sliced with a drizzle of Dove milk chocolate ice cream topping and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Rustic Glam Mason Jars http://www.pinkwhen.com/rustic-glam-mason-jars/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/rustic-glam-mason-jars/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6263 Rustic Glam Mason Jar Craft

Hi Everyone!



It’s Dee from Meatloaf and Melodrama, and I’m back with an easy mason jar craft that’s perfect for fall decorating. I’m a big fan of the rustic glam look, and even though my own home is probably more rustic than glam, a girl can dream! Anyway, I’ve been noticing that metallic finishes are big this season, so I decided to make my own metallic decor, using spray paint and glass jars. But, I didn’t want the look to be too modern, so I created these rustic glam mason jar vases that can be used throughout the upcoming holiday season.




For this project, you’ll need:

  • Mason jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Twine
  • Burlap embellishments
  • Glue
  • Faux fall flowers or dried flowers

I love collecting glass jars, and I used three different sizes for this craft, but you can use whatever sizes you can find. I spray painted one jar silver, one gold and one a sort of aged copper. I always paint them upside down because I get an even finish this way. Can you tell the cardboard box has been used a lot?!




After the jars were dry,  I took some twine and wrapped it around the opening of each jar. Then, I just tied the ends together and trimmed them with scissors.




I found these cute burlap flower embellishments in the craft store, and I knew they would be perfect for the look I was going for. I used hot glue to attach the flowers to the twine, so that each flower was in the center of each jar.




I bought some faux fall flowers and arranged them in the jars, and this project was done! That’s all it took to make these rustic glam mason jars, and I have to say I love how they look. If you want an even more rustic look, you can distress the paint with sand paper.




I’m thinking that by changing the flowers, and maybe the embellishments, you could use the vases for the entire holiday season, and that would definitely work for me!



Thanks for reading, PinkWhen fans. I hope you enjoyed this little craft, and I’ll see you again next month!

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Comforts from Home and Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese http://www.pinkwhen.com/comforts-from-home-and-vermont-white-cheddar-mac-cheese/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/comforts-from-home-and-vermont-white-cheddar-mac-cheese/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6278 ComfortsfromHomeandVermontWhiteCheddarMacampCheeseComfortsFromHome2_zpsebab229e

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Today I am sharing with you a project that is near and dear to my heart.  Marie Callender’s Comforts From Home Project is helping us help bring a little comfort to the men and women of the U.S. Military. My father is a retired Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and I grew up with him traveling overseas for long periods of time. Back then, we didn’t have the luxury or comforts that allow us to stay in touch with our loved ones, so helping others stay in touch with their overseas military loved ones means a lot to me and my family.

What exactly is the Marie Callender’s Comforts From Home Project?  This Fall you can buy specially marked boxes of Marie Callender’s dinners and desserts and enter a special 8 digit code on the website Comforts From Home.  They will then send a special donation of $.50 to the USO2GO program. You can also learn how to help Marie Callender’s bring a little bit of home back to the troops.  The donations will be used to send special kits filled with electronics, games, sports gear, and books to the US Military troops around the world.

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Each kit will also feature furnishings and athletic equipment to help turn a remote base into a quick pickup football game, a place to relax in bean bag chairs and swap stories, or to send emails to loved ones back home.  They really are trying to bring some of the Comforts of Home, which is always a welcome boost of morale when you are on the other side of the world.

Have you ever tried one of Marie Callender’s meals? This Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese is one of my families favorites.

For every entry by 1/31/2015 of an 8-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO2GO program.  Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000.  Maximum donation: $250,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer eash day. Valid in U.S. Only.  In helping, you are also sharing a delicious Marie Callender’s meal with your family!

You can follow Marie Callender’s Facebook page and learn more about how they are bringing the Comforts of Home to our U.S. men and women service people around the world.

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Quick TangleFix After School Activity Girls Hairstyle http://www.pinkwhen.com/quick-tanglefix-after-school-activity-girls-hairstyle/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/quick-tanglefix-after-school-activity-girls-hairstyle/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6236 Quick TangleFix After School Activity Girls Hairstyle 7

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Goody, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GoodyGorgeous http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

As a mom, I know I am preaching to the choir to other moms when I say that after school activities can be hectic and rushed.  Sometimes I wonder where the time goes! It flies by so fast.  When I grab my oldest from school, it’s a quick change and then out the door…if we are lucky.

She really has beautiful long hair, and it always looks so pristine in the mornings before we leave.

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However, that beautiful hair is thick and mean and can have a mind of it’s own. She is often pulling at her hair and tearing up because of nasty tangles from all of her daily activity.  After a full day at school and gym for her last hour, she usually comes home with a hairstyle that looks more like the picture below.

Quick TangleFix After School Activity Girls Hairstyle

 

That’s where the TangleFix and QuikStyle hairbrushes from Goody come into play.

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The QuikStyle helps at night after washing hair because it helps to quickly dry and calm her hair.  The TangleFix is my go-to-gadget in the afternoons to help her get ready for all of those after school extra curricular activities. (Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, and a Soccer Referee. She’s busy!)

In just a few minutes that tangled mess turns into a nice tangle free zone.

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This makes it easy for us to give her a quick braid for all of those after school sports, and of course I like to make her braids look “different”. This one just divides her hair in two at an angle, and then creating two french braids at an angle,  merging them together to finish.

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Or turn this same little braid into a quick twist with a clip for all of those games to ref.

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You can pick up both of these Goody brushes at your local Walgreens until 11/1/14 with a buy one get one free offer using your Walgreens Balance Rewards Card, but only while supplies last.

I love my daughters long thick hair, and even more so now that we have a tool that helps us quickly style, and take the pain of those tangles away.

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If you are looking to make those after school extracurricular activities a little less painful, make sure to grab your Goody hairbrushes while supplies last!

You can learn more about the Goody TangleFix and QuikStyle brushes on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

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diy Sunday Showcase 10/18, & FAVS! http://www.pinkwhen.com/diy-sunday-showcase-1018-favs/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/diy-sunday-showcase-1018-favs/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:00:25 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6227 NEWDIYLargeButton

Welcome back to the weekend party – DIY Sunday Showcase! Last week we had so many amazing links, and our biggest party yet! So happy you all joined in on the fun.

This past week I created a fun roundup of some Easy DIY Christmas Gift ideas. Check and see if any of your awesome posts were included in the roundup! 

25 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

 

Now let’s get the party started! We had some fabulous finds, and here are the favorites listed out below.

My favorite for the week was from My Anything and Everything and the Decorative Painted Pumpkins.

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Megin’s favorite for the week is from The Weathered Door and this Modern Redo.

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Shelly’s favorite this week is from Paper and Fox and the Pink Flamingo Pumpkin.

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Erin’s favorite is from West Furniture Revival and Headboard turned Coatrack. 

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Katie’s favorite is from This Silly Girl’s Life and the Candy Corn Trifle.

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Marie’s favorite is from Fresh Idea Studio and the Scary Pumpkins!

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Now let’s se what you are all up to this week!


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25 DIY Easy Christmas Gift Ideas http://www.pinkwhen.com/25-diy-easy-christmas-gift-ideas/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/25-diy-easy-christmas-gift-ideas/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6222 25 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

I know it’s a little early, but I had to share some of these cute and easy DIY Christmas Gift ideas.  There are so many options for handmade presents, ornaments, gift boxes, and treats, but I put together a quick list of 25 ideas that are super cute and fun.  You can find ideas big or small.

25 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

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DIY Rag Banner http://www.pinkwhen.com/diy-rag-banner/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/diy-rag-banner/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6214 Rag Banner

It’s Sarah here from Edea Smith. As the weather here in England has suddenly turned and Autumn is well and truly here (its raining badly as I type this) I have been forced indoors, dug out my winter cardigans, turned on the heating and found myself crafting more than ever… what else is a girl to do, right? :) DIY Rag Banner.

If you want a craft that is quick – check! easy – check! cute – check! and takes just three items to make – check! then this is the one for you. As a Mommy to two girls (1.5yr and 3.5yr) our house is no stranger to the color pink. The girls love it (and so do I – shush!) so when I found some spare scrap material from our Playhouse I knew exactly what to do. I hate to throw away old material, so rather than send the pretty pink print to the rubbish pile a plan was formed. I gathered up a few supplies from our local craft store and off I went.

Rag Banner

DIY Rag Banner

WHAT YOU NEED

MATERIAL – you can make your banner as long (or short) as you wish. The more material the bigger the banner. I used three different materials for my banner and alternated them, one was used in our children’s Playhouse and the other two came from a local craft store. Each strip is about 20″ in length and around 2″ in width. You can tailor these to your particular needs. They do not need to be exact.

RIBBON – cut the length of ribbon however long you wish your banner to be. I left a few inches at the end for hanging.

SCISSORS – snip snip

Rag Banner Supplies

WHAT TO DO

> Cut long thin strips of your material (mine are around 2″ width, 20″ length) Make sure you have roughly the same amount of each design.

> I found it easier to tie my ribbon between two points (in my case, two door handles) it made it much easier to attach the material

> Working from left to right tie your material around the ribbon. I looped my material in the center, held the two ends together, wrapped the two ends over the ribbon and fed them through the loop – which tied them to the ribbon. By pulling the two ends tightly the material was secured.

> Follow this for all the material, you can alternate or not. Its entirely up to you :)

> Stand back and admire your work.

Rag Banner

I snapped a few pictures of this neat little banner hanging in our Playroom whilst the girls were busy elsewhere with Daddy. He is due back soon to hang it in a more permanent location (well out of way of the children) above the book shelves i’m thinking. As always, safety first.

Rag Banner

OTHER RAG BANNER IDEAS

 

> Orange & Black for a Halloween theme

> Red, Brown & Gold tones for an Autumn/Fall theme

> Green & Red for Christmas theme

 

 

Till next time :)

 

Sarah @ EDEA Smith

www.edea-smith.co.uk

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Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders http://www.pinkwhen.com/slow-cooker-bbq-shredded-chicken-sliders/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/slow-cooker-bbq-shredded-chicken-sliders/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6194 Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders

Today I am going to share with you one of my new favorite recipes.  This recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders is perfect for a game day recipe, or just because.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders

It only takes a few minutes to prepare, and in a few hours you will have a delicious meal. I would bet that if you love BBQ Chicken, this is going to be high on your list of favorites as well.

 

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Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland http://www.pinkwhen.com/pumpkin-cookie-cutter-garland/ http://www.pinkwhen.com/pumpkin-cookie-cutter-garland/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.pinkwhen.com/?p=6206 Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland
Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Hi everyone! Laura here from Pet Scribbles with another fun bit of Fall decor you can make: a pumpkin cookie cutter garland!

It all began when I saw these adorable pumpkin cookie cutters at Michaels for just 99 cents each! I love the muted orange color and knew right there in the store that I’d make a cookie cutter garland with them.

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Here’s how you can easily make your own . . .

Supplies needed: a ruler, twine, scissors, tulle ribbon (wide if possible)

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Step One: Tie a 12-inch piece of twine to the “stem” of each pumpkin cookie cutter. You’ll need the extra length (left over) for the next steps.

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Step Two: Measure out how long you want your garland to be, and cut a piece of twine to that length. Keep the twine straight by pulling the ends and securing them under something heavy. (I used what was handy: heavy pumpkin candle pots!)

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Step Three: Measure out how far you want your pumpkin cookie cutters spaced along the length of twine. I decided I wanted mine spaced 6 inches apart. Using a ruler, place the cookie cutters along the length of twine. When you’re happy with the spacing, attach each one by making a knot with the twine ends on each pumpkin.

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

I like to soften up the textures of metal and twine with vintage ribbon, and in this case decided to use some wide vintage tulle. (Garage sales are wonderful to find spools of vintage ribbon, or search on Etsy.)

Step Four: Measure out 12 inches of tulle and cut as many pieces as you have pumpkin cookie cutters.

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Step Five: Scrunch up the width of tulle and fold it in half. Pinch it in the middle and hold with your fingers. One end is a bow, and the other end has open edges.

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Step Six: Using those twine pieces still hanging from each pumpkin cookie cutter, attach the tulle by tying the twine around the center of each shabby bow, as shown:

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Step Seven: Attach the tulle to the top of each cookie cutter in the same manner.

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

Step Eight: Trim the long edges of twine above each cookie cutter.

And that’s it! You have a pretty pumpkin cookie cutter garland!

Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen
Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen
Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Garland by Pet Scribbles for PinkWhen

You can enjoy this through the Thanksgiving holiday, and best of all? You can simply pack it away and display it again next year!

And here’s a fun variation: If you can’t find orange-colored cookie cutters, use the metal-colored ones that are more widely available. (I’ve seen the metal ones everywhere, at both craft and dollar stores.) Instead of white tulle, use orange tulle or another Fall color. (You can find rolls of decorative tulle ribbon at the craft store in quite an array of colors for each season.)

Happy crafting!

~Laura

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