Friends!! Make your husband’s life easier and send him this blog post. You’ll spare him the early Sunday morning trip to the grocery store to pick out a Mother’s Day card (along with every other dad in your town).
Isn’t that just like us moms? Always making our husband’s life easier?? All he’ll have to do is download this adorable printable (designed by Harper Grey) and let your kids color and fill it in. It’s so much more precious than a store bought card and something you can save for years to come.
Right click and save the image above, then fold into a card!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to gather my girlfriends to celebrate with a special lunch at my home. Plus, I’ve been dying for a reason to throw a Cactus themed party, so it was a win win.
We’ve been so lucky with a gorgeous spring here in Seattle, I was able to set everything on my back porch.
To get my deck party ready, I added coordinating pillows to my outdoor furniture. I’d been eying Minted’s cactus fabric and this was the perfect opportunity to use it! Their fabric is sold by the yard so the uses and ideas are endless. I thought sewing the fabric into pillow covers would be darling and then I’d mixed in solid green and black and white striped pillows I already had. To really bring in the cactus I had So Vintage Chic custom make an accent pillow with the definition of a cactus. I thought it was a really cool definition and brought all the pillows together. She did an amazing job!
Fireplaces, spring and cactus feel like the most unrelated things, but I added these Minted Cactus prints and potted succulents to tie them all together. I think it worked!
Since there were only four of us, no need for a full dessert spread. I made a simple naked cake topped with succulents and greenery. And no party is complete without sugar cookies. These were SO simple to make using my latest buttercream dipping technique. (Go HERE if you haven’t tried it..you’ll be amazed!)
For lunch we had taco salads with fresh guacamole, sauteed peppers, corn, ground chicken and a splash of lime. Simple to put together and so good! (Note the napkins made from Minted’s cactus fabric scraps!)
While scouring the internet for all things cactus, I found these cactus cups in a small and large size on Amazon. I ordered both immediately! Such a great price and both are really heavy duty. I’ll be sipping iced tea from them all summer.
I wanted to treat my girlfriends to a few of my favorite things as a surprise. I found these Hey Mama bags on Instagram from Hello Totes and had to have them for my ladies lunch! Plus these are amazing Mother’s Day ideas if you are still looking for that perfect gift to give (or to get..just direct your husband to this blog post!)
Spoiler Alert: Don’t miss the end of this post to see how YOU can win these goodies!!
Have you ever had a product that was so pretty you almost didn’t want to use it? Like you want to save it for a special occasion? I feel this way about Illume. Illume makes some of my favorite candles, lotions, bath salts and scents. Each product line is unique and beautifully packaged. I had to include their Cactus Verde line in my Mother’s Day gift. It smells SO good, I literally can’t pass my bathroom without spritzing a little more of the perfume on.
And if you know me, you know I live in my Yosi Samra flats. I have way too many pairs, but you can never have enough! They are hands down the most comfortable flat I’ve ever worn. They’re a MUST HAVE for us busy moms! Doesn’t this style make you think of cacti?
There is nothing more luxurious than thick, foil pressed and personalized stationary. I live for thick cardstock and add gold foil to that? THE BEST. I gave each friend a personalized set from Minted’s Desert Stripes line.
Once everyone ate, we worked our way over to my outdoor dining table where I had prepared everything we needed to make DIY Terrariums. I love having an activity when I host parties. It’s so relaxing and fun to work on something while you chat!
I ordered a huge variety of cactus and succulents from San Pedro Cactus on Etsy. Who knew you could order cactus on Etsy?! Now you know. And it’s much more affordable than purchasing at a big box home improvement store, like a fraction of the price.
I found glass terrariums at Target and ordered the rest of the supplies from Amazon. I gave everyone a quick terrarium tutorial and we got to work!
They turned out way cuter than I ever imagined. I absolutely love mine! My love for cactus and succulents just grew three times larger. These are the easiest plants to care for AND they make the cutest gifts!
Watch below to learn how to make your own terrarium!
My mom texted me a photo from a magazine recently while she was sitting in the dentist office. I wish I could find the photo because I would love to stare at it again but from what I remember, it was a stacked chocolate cake made from pieces of a cupcake, decorated with a buttercream rose on top. I thought how cute, but then thought getting each of your cupcakes to bake evenly enough stack could prove to be difficult. So I tried my hand at something similar yet faster, and in my opinion, easier.
I baked one doctored vanilla cake mix in two13 x 9 Pans, resulting in two flat rectangle cakes. Using a Round Cutter , I cut 12 circles from each cake. It was quick, simple and hardly any cutting involved! Instead of smearing on the icing between the layers with a spatula, I piped pink icing between each layer and finished with a rose from a Wilton 1M Tip. Each cake took less than 2 minutes to assemble.
They are beyond darling and the perfect size dessert to serve for Mother’s Day. I used my French Vanilla Cake recipe from My Book: Eat More Dessert but you could use any recipe and icing color you wish!
I’m thrilled to announce I’m offering two exclusive Jenny Cookies Workshops next month. I’ve been inundated with requests for a hands-on cookie decorating course and guess what..it’s happening!
People have said over the years, “I wish I was your friend so I could come to your parties”. Ha! You’re all my friends!! I just only have so much room in my home, or you’d all be invited to everything! I’ll be setting these workshops up just as you’d experience if you were coming over to my farmhouse….warm, casual, yet purposeful. You can plan on cozying in for the evening with drinks, snacks, beautiful table settings and learn the great art of cookie decorating and party planning!
The classes will be held May 14th and May 21st in Bellevue, WA. The 2 1/2 hours will be broken up into two parts. The first half I’ll demonstrate how to prepare my no-fail cookie dough, then roll, cut and bake the perfect sugar cookies. While baking, I’ll share many tips and tricks for baking and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions. As the cookies are cooling, I’ll teach how to make and color buttercream icing and how to properly fill icing bags. Once the bags are filled, you’ll learn how to pipe buttercream onto sugar cookies using a variety of techniques as well as my newest technique, dipping cookies in melted buttercream.
Each attendee will be provided all tools and materials needed to create and decorate, as well as a take home gift bag. You won’t want to miss this! It will be a night full of fun, laughter and celebration!
Get your tickets:
May 14th Workshop HERE
May 21st Workshop HERE
I love decorating sugar cookies. But sometimes I don’t have it in me to make a bunch of different colors, fill up a billion different icing bags and then spend hours piping icing onto cookies. I got to thinking, there has to be a faster way.
I experimented a little and guess what…there is. It’s a different look than my signature buttercream iced cookies but when you’re short on time or have little helpers, this technique is perfect!!
How To Decorate Cookies in SECONDS
(Assuming your cookies are already baked and buttercream icing is prepared)
1. Separate icing in microwave safe bowls and color with food coloring of your choice. Be sure your bowl is large enough to dip your cookie into.
2. Microwave your icing for 30 seconds. Stir. You may need to microwave an additional 10 seconds if it isn’t fully melted.
3. Add 1 Tablespoon of milk to thin icing. Depending on how much icing you’ve melted, you may need to add more milk. About 1 Tablespoon of milk per 1 cup icing. Stir until icing consistency is runny off a spatula.
4. Line counter with wax paper or a cooling rack. Dip cookie upside down in bowl of icing. Scrape sides lightly along bowl edge. Turn right side up and shake cookie to evenly coat. Place on wax paper or cooling rack to dry.
5. If using sprinkles, sprinkle immediately after dipping each cookie. Icing hardens very fast!
Within the video I also shared a little insight on using hashtags. I see hashtags gone wrong daily. The problem is, people don’t know how to use them.
*Hashtags were originally created in Twitter as a point of reference and way to organize conversation. So perhaps you attended a conference, party or wedding, you could easily see all the photos from that event by searching the event hashtag.
*Hashtags are great for breaking news. Often you’ll see a news story with a specific hashtag. You can easily follow the feed using the news hashtag for real time updates.
*TV shows have also taken a liking to hashtags. Many shows are using hashtags, for example, The Bachelor. By using #theBachelor hashtag, I can follow along on Twitter to see what others are saying about the show.
1. Limit the amount of hashtags you use to 1-3. A huge paragraph of them looks like spam.
2. Use proper punctuation. Using an apostrophe will break up your hashtag. For example #jenny’sbirthday will only hashtag #jenny because hashtags don’t recognize punctuation. If using multiple hashtags, put a space between them. In Facebook, only the first hashtag will actually work if you don’t use spaces.
3. Have a point. Don’t be that person who uses hashtags as an extra comment following the caption. It makes no sense and ends up looking like a run on sentence. Ask yourself, does this hashtag have a purpose? Will someone actually search my hashtag, or is it just a continuation of my photo caption?
I mentioned Chatbooks in my video. I LOVE Chatbooks. They’re inexpensive books you can order that print your instagram feeds. As a busy mom of two kids, it’s so hard to find time to scrapbook, print photos, or keep up with photo albums or memory books. I was thrilled to find Chatbooks and print my entire instagram in books (only $6/book) and have all the photos and memories in printed form. Check them out and order your first book on me by using code Jenny482.
Hope you find this information helpful! Let’s dip sugar cookies and hashtag correctly!!
I love cake. Big surprise, I know. But I REALLY love carrot cake. I don’t know if I’d commit to saying it’s my favorite flavor of cake, but it definitely ranks in my top three spots.
A few years ago my grandma shared this carrot cake recipe with me in the form of an actual cake. I think I ate the entire cake myself over the course of three days. Cake for breakfast, cake for lunch, cake for dinner, until it was gone. (I’m so healthy).
With spring here, Easter this weekend and Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’m sharing the recipe with you! For a from scratch cake, it’s pretty simple to make. I laid it all out for you in my latest YouTube video:
Spring has arrived and Easter is just around the corner! Celebrate the season with these coconut topped chocolaty brownies from my book Eat More Dessert.
makes 30 brownies
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 box family size brownie mix (make sure to account for the ingredients listed on the box)
1/2 batch buttercream frosting (recipe below)
You will need:
2 mini cupcake pans
disposable pastry bag
1. To toast the coconut, spread on a microwave safe plate. Microwave in 30 second increments at 40% power, stirring gently each time until the coconut is as brown as you’d like. Set aside to cool.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray the mini cupcake pans with cooking spray.
3. Make the brownie batter according to the directions on the package. Place equal amounts of brownie batter into thirty of the prepared cupcake cavities, about 1 tablespoon each.
4. Place the pans in the preheated oven and bake for 15-17 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely.
5. Place the buttercream frosting in the pastry bag and cut off a small hole at the tip. Squirt a small amount (about 1 tablespoon) of the buttercream in the center of each brownie (or spead the buttercream with a knife). Dip the brownie upside down in the plate of coconut, making sure plenty of it adheres to the frosting. Decorate by placing two to three colored jelly beans in the center of each nest.
makes about 6 cups
1 cup Imperial Margerine or butter (2 sticks)
1 cup crisco vegetable shortening
2 lbs powdered sugar (about 7 1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons whole milk
1. Combine the margerine and Crisco in the bowl of an electric mixer; using a paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
2. Add half of the powdered sugar and continue beating on low speed for an additional two minutes, or until the mixture is creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the remaining powdered sugar, vanilla and milk, and beat until the frosting is creamy and fluffy, about two minutes more.
3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 30 days.
You can find over 100 simple-to-make and fun-to-eat baked goods for all seasons in my book HERE!