I had so many intentions of posting my favorite Christmas recipes, and DIY crafts for you all before Christmas approached but it’s been crazy busy, as is usual for the holidays. I haven’t even had time to take pictures of any of my outfits for you this week! I apologize but know you all understand…and to make amends I am sharing both a recipe and an outfit with you!
Mixing polka dots with peppermint and minty green!
I wore this outfit to my children’s Christmas concerts and will probably where it again tomorrow to a Christmas party! I’ve been wanting a red blazer and finally nabbed one at Charlotte Russe on Black Friday! And I’ve already told you about my new jewelry boutique obsession Urban Peach Boutique, which is where I got this wonderful mint colored bubble necklace! Red and Green are traditional holiday colors and some people may think it boring to go traditional but I LOVE red so adore the excuse to wear it all the time at Christmas and I love that this mint green adds a softness to this outfit! It’s a perfect soft little twist to tradition!
Recipe…North Pole Cupcakes!!!
This is not my own original idea at all. I found it at Kara’s Party Ideas.
I’m not entirely sure how she did hers, I didn’t follow her recipe, just the “North Pole” idea. You can certainly visiter her site to follow her or here’s what I did…
1 Box of white cake mix
red & green food coloring
Butter Cream Frosting:
1 stick of butter
1/4 c crisco
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c powdered sugar
2 TBSP milk
You will also need:
About 18+ mini candy canes
I wanted our cupcakes to look something like this, but red, white and green instead of rainbow…
Mix cake according to directions on box. Separate batter into three different bowls, leave one white and color one red and one green. Fill cupcake pans with cupcake liners and add a large spoonful of each color, one on top of the other, to get a beautiful, colorful effect. Fill each line about half full and bake according to directions on box. When done baking allow to cool completely.
For your frosting you will cream the butter, crisco and extract in a mixing bowl until well blended. Add sugar and mix thoroughly until a creamy mixture is achieved. It will be a thick cream at this stage. Now add your milk (for richer taste you can add whipping cream) and mix thoroughly again. Place frosting in piping bag with a large tip (I used a Wilton #199).
Before you begin frosting stick a mini candy cane, upside down, in the center of each cupcake. Pipe frosting, in circular motion around candy cane and working your way to the outer edge of cupcake. After you have frosted all the cupcakes you will switch out your tip for a large round tip (I used Wilton #7) and you’ll “glue” the North Pole sign on with a bit of frosting.
They’re a hit with the kids and adults thought they were pretty cool too!
I will be taking a Christmas stay-cation with my kids and husband starting tonight and wont be back until January 2nd. I’m sure I will be instagramming to LE’s Facebook page so you can follow me there if you’d like.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our savior with your family and friends and wish you all many blessings in the New Year to come!