DIY Photo “Clothesline” Display

I need to stick a DIY project up on the blog because all these yummy recipes I’ve been posting are doing a number on my waistline! #worthit  This DIY Photo Clothesline Display can easily be done in an afternoon, and it’s so simple to get a really cute finished project in just a few steps. And the only reason why it even takes that long is because you have to wait a couple hours for the paint to dry before sanding to distress it.

I orignially stained this frame and had it up on my wall as you can see in the picture above, but I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I wanted to. I knew some white chalk paint and distressing would make me love it. (Thanks, Joanna Gaines. I heart you!)

Here’s what you need:

  • stained or natural wood empty picture frame in a size you like (empty, meaning no glass/backing)
  • twine or hemp
  • small eye screws
  • scissors
  • chalk paint in white color
  • paint brush
  • fine grit sandpaper (I used 220)
  • mini clothespins or cute paper clips

Instructions:

  1. paint frame with chalkboard paint (two coats)
  2. wait two hours for paint to cure
  3. sand to your liking to get the distressed look
  4. figure out how many “clotheslines” you want and how far apart you want them to be; mark on the inside of the frame with a pencil
  5. screw in the eye screws where you made the marks for your clothes lines
  6. tie hemp or twine from one eye screw to another
  7. hang your picture frame on the wall and decorate it with photos, cards, or drawings!

From this: (covered in Christmas cards and sunglasses)

To this!!!!!!

This was my first time using chalk paint to distress anything and I have to say it was a dream to work with. I didn’t have to break a sweat just to sand through the layers of paint and the finish was silky smooth when I was done!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Pillowy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

PUMPKIN? Yes, you read that right. I know it’s January, but it’s a grey, rainy day here in Houston and I have had the ingredients to make these cookies foreverrrrrrrr, so today’s the day! We’re called Perfect and Flawed, not Perfect and Perfect-Because-We-Make-Seasonal-Recipes-in-Season-only. 😉

You only need three ingredients to make these Pillowy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. They aren’t too pumpkin-y and have the perfect amount of chocolate chips in them (aka a lot LOL).

Ingredients:

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Use a cookie scoop to place dough “balls” onto baking sheet (you could also use a spoon to make little cookie mounds)
  4. bake for 8-10 minutes (I did mine for 9 1/2 mins and they were perfect; 8 mins was a little underdone in the middle)

Try not to eat them all at once! I would love to try this idea with a different cake mix, but not sure what to sub out the pumpkin puree for…..any ideas???

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Easy Oreo Truffles

These Easy Oreos Truffles are just that, and you’ll be lucky if you have any leftover after you put them out for your guests! Some of my friends thought these were cake balls, but I’m here to tell you they’re even simpler than that. You don’t even need to turn on the oven to bake a cake for these bad boys! I’m practically drooling just writing this post. Yes, they’re that good.

Heres what you need:

Ingredients:

  • one package of Oreos
  • an 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips (for melting)
  • white chocolate chips (for melting)
  • toothpicks

Directions:

  1. in a food processor “purée” 36 oreos (the whole package) into a fine cookie crumb mixture. I did this in batches as I don’t have a full size food processor.
  2. if you have a normal size food processor, add your cream cheese to your cookie crumbs and pulse until fully blended OR put your Oreo crumbs in a large bowl and mix the cream cheese in by mashing it together with a fork. If you use this method, be patient. It WILL come together!
  3. take a Tablespoon to portion out your truffles and roll them into balls. Place them on parchment paper or silpat mat and put them in the fridge for at least  20 minutes.
  4. Melt your semi sweet chips in the microwave in small time increments (so you don’t burn the chocolate), stirring in between OR do the double boiler method.
  5. Once your chocolate is melted take your truffles and dip them into the chocolate, holding them by a toothpick inserted into the top. I swiped the extra chocolate off the bottom with another toothpick so the chocolate didn’t pool around the bottom and take away from the nice circular shape.
  6. Melt your white chocolate chips and use it for dipping as well, or make a drizzle over the tops of your truffles. It feels scary to put a spoon in white chocolate and wiggle it like mad over the tops of your beautiful truffles, but trust me, if you keep wiggling you won’t have blobs of white chocolate scattered about!
  7. Put your truffles back in the fridge to set until ready to serve. They’ll be gone in no time!!! (I used fancy DIY Pom Pom skewers I had from our wedding that I used to dress these up for a New Year’s party we went to. It was very appropriate!)

I can taste these just looking at the pictures!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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