Rainbow Party

Yesterday I had a rainbow party! I woke up, put on my brightest clothing (pink shirt, yellow sweater, blue polka dot skirt, and my rainbow socks!) and got to baking. You see, I had several layers to make for my rainbow cake!

Rainbow socks & baking

I decided to make red velvet cake for the red and purple layers. I used this recipe from Bitter Sweet. I doubled the recipe and then split it between two layers. For the center layers of my cake I used this amazing vegan white cake recipe from My Vegan Cookbook. SO TASTY! Since it specifically warns against doubling the recipe, I actually made it twice, then divided each batch into two colors. I sloppily iced everything with this white vegan cake icing as guests arrived! It was a mess, but soooo tasty.

Rainbow cake!

Alex got a few rainbow candies and made pink lemonade. We also made fruit and veggie platters in rainbow order, and our friends brought some more rainbow foods! It was a deliciously colorful feast :)

Rainbow fruit

I didn’t have to do much decorating, as we already have lots of color in our apartment! I did pull out my rainbow quilt. [The party was originally going to be a picnic in the park, but we were rained out. Austin needs the rain though, so no complaints here!] For the table, I laid down some sparkly cellophane, then arranged all of our rainbow food :)

Rainbow feast

Such a fun day, all dedicated to rainbows :) It was a great way to put some color into a gray and rainy day!

Handmade Holiday: Sweetness

In addition to the Holiday Bread in a Jar and Peppermint Marshmallow recipes, I thought I would share a few that I’ve found online that just look delectable. These are recipes that I think would be great for holiday parties, for a quiet night at home, or to give as gifts!

Eggnog Fudge by Recipe Girl (who also has a list of amazing Christmas cookies):

Eggnog Fudge

Hot Chocolate on a stick by Giver’s Log:Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Homemade Cocoa and Chocolate Ganache from In Jennie’s Kitchen :homemade hot cocoa + chocolate ganache recipe

Gingerbread men from Joy of Baking: Gingerbread Men Recipe

Crunch Top Apple Pie by Paula Dean on the Food Network:Crunch Top Apple Pie

Holiday Bread Jars

Homemade Holiday Bread in a Jar

My friend Mary and I love giving home-baked gifts. And since she is an amazing chef, I asked her to help me come up with one we could bake in jars and mail to friends. She created this amazing recipe for holiday bread!

Ingredients:

  • 8 8-oz Ball jars
  • 2c flour
  • 1-½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¹⁄₈ tsp nutmeg
  • 1c buttermilk
  • 1c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1c peeled, diced apple
  • ½ c dried cherries (you can substitute raisins or craisins)
  • 1c chocolate chips

Instructions:

Recipe & ButtermilkChop ApplesZest over bowlWhish wet and dry ingredients

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease Ball jars.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, sugar, eggs, oil, zest, and vanilla.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry mix. Give three good stirs (should be about half-way mixed) and add apples, cherries, and chocolate chips. Stir to combine. [Don’t overmix! It’ll make it tough.]
  5. Fill jars about ⅔ full. Bake 35min or until done.
  6. Cool completely. If they’ve overflowed, scrape off a bit so you can put the glaze and lid on (and taste it ;))!
  7. Then spoon 1 tbs of the glaze* on each and top with sprinkles (optional).
  8. Package them up pretty and send away 😀

*Glaze: Mix 1c powdered sugar with 1 tbs orange juice (from the one you just zested!).

Put into ovenCook 35 minutes or until donePour on glazeAdd sprinkles

I hope you’re enjoying my Handmade Holiday Blogathon! Feel free to share your favorite handmade gifts/recipes/tutorials, too :)

Three Things Friday, etc.

This week…

The good: I finished my mom-in-law’s Christmas present – an apron made from chicken fabric – and it is sooo cute! I’m excited to make the matching pot holders!Chicken Apron

The not-so-good: I’ve been a little overwhelmed with my to-do list o_O But not too bad!

The best: I received this charming package from Diane at Dearly Dee. She wrapped everything so sweetly and inside were tons of cute goodies! Thanks, Diane!! {hugs}Dearly Dee packagesDearly Dee goodies

Also, in case you haven’t seen them yet…CANDY CORN CUPCAKES *cupcake dance*Candy Corn Cupcakes!

(Yes, I have a cupcake dance.)

What were your three things this week? And are you making any special Halloween goodies?? :d (And can you tell it’s my favorite holiday? ;))