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Flashback…wedding favors

I didn’t have a blog when I was making wedding favors. And I’m sure that if I had, I wouldn’t have had time to blog anyway what with wedding planning and tax season…AGHHH.  So I’m posting about them now.  For wedding favors, I made burlap bags with felt flowers sewn on and a button!  I made the felt flowers with my die cutter!  I tried cutting them out by hand but that lasted about 5 minutes.  I would highly recommend a die cutter for anyone with wedding planning…and even with the die cutter and the supplies.  I still spent less than I would have if I’d bought favors.  In the bags I wanted to put a daffodil bulb but turns out that they are impossible to find in late April so Momma and I went down to Ace hardware in Gray and bought some Gladiolus bulbs.  I put a little piece of paper in each bag explaining what Gladiolus’ symbolize faithfulness and honor (perfect marriage symbol).

My programs are little booklets that included our proposal story, the attendants, etc.

Thanks to my awesome bridesmaids for staying up tying 200 programs & favor bags with ribbon the day before the wedding!  I love you Allie, Alicia, & Sarah!!

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So this weekend when Brett and I were trying to fill up the dog’s 5 gallon water holder downstairs I noticed that my ‘space-saver’ cucumber that I had previously bad mouthed in my garden post…actually had a cucumber on it!!  It wasn’t a waste of space after all!!  So with it and some extra cucumbers from the grocery store I made some pickles using a recipe that I got from Brett’s Granny Lois.  Probably a loose interpretation of the recipe since i’ve lost it and had to go based on memory!

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This website and all that it represents was a dream.  Two girls with separate dreams.  One who wanted to spend her days crafting and the other to one day own a cafe.  Months spent sharing their dreams until one day they looked at one another and thought “What about we do both?”  I know what your thinking, how corny! But Whisk & Whimsy is a product of two loves, cooking and crafting, and two women with a love and appreciation of both.

Please feel free to look around the website & contact us with any questions.  We hope to update the site regularly to let you know what products we’re selling and when you’ll be able to come visit us in person.

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes

Tonight I made some chocolate cupcakes for Brett.  The Recipe is as follows:

Devil’s Food Cupcakes

  •  2 cups all purpose flower
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup veggie oil
  • 2 tbsp potato starch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix together wet ingredients and sugar.  Sift dry ingredients separately.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.  Mix well. Bake in lined cupcake tins for 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees

Yield: 36 Cupcakes

(note: this batter is very liquidy so don’t be concerned when you see yours is soupy.  They still turn out great)

I made a vanilla buttercream for the top of mine

  • one box powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
  • vanilla to taste

beat well to make it fluffy.

I liked the icing and cupcake parts separately…not sure if i liked them together.  Since it made so many I’ll be taking them to work and seeing what everyone else thinks.  Maybe I should just stick to chocolate with chocolate.

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Daisy Update

I received news from Kitchen Aid that Daisy was made between 1947 and 1948.  Pretty awesome.  That was the the first two years this model was in production.  She is still working amazingly.  Just goes to show that Kitchen Aid mixers are really made to last and worth the investment.  That Hobart motor is pretty unbelievable.  Kind of funny that my mixer and my dad are the same age :).

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Summer Garden

Here are a few pictures from my summer garden.  More to come later after some weeding and pruning.  My squash plants are out of control and I need to thin the leaves some so the okra can see out.  Since my garden is kind of small, i try to fit in as much as possible.  I have

  • a patty-pan squash – these are the coolest b/c they are light green and look like space ships…its one of those foods that i’m more likely to eat just b/c it looks cool.  My squash plant is huge and will need some thinning 🙂
  • a butternut squash – i didn’t know that squash plants had runners but turns out that a butternut squash…runs.  It has run out of my garden on one side..around my water barrel.  its running through my garden on other side too.  I had to cut it back though because it has squash on it.  So i’m just trying to keep it safe from weed eaters.
  • a orange cherry tomato – (from Mr. Joe & Ms. Julia back home) – no fruit yet but i’m excited –
  • a cherry tomato that claims it produces hundreds – (we will see about that)
  • a black krim tomato – sadly today i realized it had blossom end rot…nasty looking.  So Daddy told me to go get some spray Calcium stuff..will be doing that this weekend.
  • spacesaving cucumbers – they save space b/c they barely grow…not sure if i’m going to grow these puppies next year.
  • a red bell
  • a yellow bell
  • a jalapeno
  • a big bertha pepper – i think its a type of bell…just longer and skinnier
  • onions
  • some nasturiums
  • okra
  • and an eggplant – grew from seed and got a late start…not sure its gonna do anything

I grew everything from seed except the peppers and okra.  Will show produce once it gets going.

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Daisy


Meet Daisy!  She makes all my cupcakes for me :).  She was a Christmas present from my Daddy a few years ago and she is by far my favorite kitchen appliance.  Its a model K5-A not that anyone but me cares…this just means it was manufactured somewhere between 1941 and 1980.  Also means she has a 5 Quart Bowl and that she has a lift bowl system instead of the tilt head.  I actually have a request in to KitchenAid to see if they can research the serial number and let me know when she was born…that would be cool to know.  Clearly She has been modified.  I added the flowers when I got her…got the idea from Alton Brown who has flames on his.  Flames don’t really fit my personality so I did some research and found that auto decals are perfect on kitchen appliances…because they can withstand the grime and cleanup!!  Isn’t she pretty!  So next time you eat something baked and yummy from me…you can thank Daisy.

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