Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sunday Brunch: Donut Muffins

For my first ever SUNDAY BRUNCH LINK UP I thought that I would share my most favorite weekend recipe ever...
Donut Muffins!!! (btw, does the spelling of "donut" bother anyone else? shouldn't it be spelled "doughnut?")

If you've known me for more than a week, you will know of my obsession with Donut Muffins!! We make and eat these every weekend, and sometimes we even make an extra batch to snack on throughout the week.

I love donuts and used to eat them ALL.OF.THE.TIME. however, since I've had to cut soy out of my diet, I've had to find alternatives for my Saturday donut+coffee habit.  I think potato flour would be an awesome alternative for my gluten free friends (however, it's been awhile since I've baked gluten free, so, I would love to hear suggestions).  I first found this recipe here on Paisley Jade and, have since tweaked it a little bit to fit our needs.

DONUT MUFFINS  or  DOUGHNUT MUFFINS (whichever you prefer)

1 3/4 C flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg

1/3 C melted butter
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C milk
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 12-hole muffin tin with baking spray (the kind that has flour is the best!) and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine: Flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

In a separate large bowl whisk together melted butter, sugar, milk, and egg.

Add dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Pour into prepared muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes until tops are firm.  (**don't be surprised, the muffins tops will appear very light in color)

Very gently turn muffins out onto a cooling rack and immediately dip them in:

10T melted butter

then roll them in a mixture of;

2/3 C + 1/6 C Sugar (I know, I know... a very strange measurement! I always find that I need another half of the 1/3 C measurement we'll call it 1/6 C)
2 1/2 T cinnamon
and devour!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

This song goes out to my blog Valentine: Brooke, From Under His Feathers

Happy Valentine's day, darling friends! I hope your love day is filled with all kinds of goodness...and in honor of love day I am going to introduce you to my valentine this year bc I know you're going to love her!! Blog, meet Brooke! Brooke, meet Blog!

In January I signed up to participate in a fun little valentine blog exchange...I have never done a blog exchange before...I mean I do #happymail with my instagram peeps...but, I have never done a blog exchange before.
I received an email that went a little something like this:
Brooke, meet Sarah
Sarah, meet Brooke
and it listed our blog addresses....the name of Brooke's blog was "From Under His Feathers," naturally I was of my absolute favorite verses, the kind of verse I cling to when I am scared or feel the waters rising and don't think that this time I can make it, comes from psalm 91 and tells me I will find shelter under His feathers.  Being the blog stalker that I am, I immediately hopped onto Brooke's blog...sure enough, she was quoting that verse.  I felt an instant connection and emailed her immediately to tell her how much I thought my usual declare-my-love-of-you-sarah-fashion, I threw myself at her.  That's what I do...when I like you I tell you.  I'm not a smoke blower, folks, I'm just me...and, I sent that immediate email and then...I did not hear back right away.  I thought, oh great, I've gone and done it again, I've probably shared way too much and I've scared another someone off who probably thinks i am a bit on the crazy side.  BUT, Brooke was out of town...
and I left for Alt Summit and the weeks that led up to that were filled to the brim and I didn't have time to think about how I was sure I had chased off a potential blog friend. LOL.  I arrived in SLC for my first day of Alt and we decided to stop at a bakery for a quick lunch...I was feeling a tad bit insecure about being at such an amazing conference, and about my blog...or lack thereof...I was thinking that perhaps it was time to shut the blog down and focus primarily on my art, or better yet, paying the bills and running to and from activities and all 60 million board meetings...and then, I opened my email to find the sweetest letter  that began like this (I hope it's ok that I am posting this Brooke?):

Hey Sarah -

Just wanted to touch base with you now that I am back in town and had the chance to sit down and read your blog a little more. Girl, you should write more! I just read your post about refinement... It sounds like you have a lot to share, and I, for one, would love to hear more. I am struggling with a lot of the same questions and issues. It seems like when you're going through trials (of any kind), we find ourselves caught between this knowing that God is a redeemer and takes the ugly and makes it beautiful and trusting in that, and wanting it to be over already so we can move on with our lives, unable to really savor what it is in the season that he is doing. I honestly REALLY REALLY am having a hard time with that... being in the moment of the trial and feeling it all, savoring the experience of relationship with God, interacting with him as things happen, experiencing his presence all around at all times in the midst of it... finding joy in the day to day life in spite of the suffering. My trials are different than yours, but I find myself in a very similar place, clinging to those same truths (that Gungor song - one of my FAVES), wondering what it's all for, and wanting to know already. 

I don't know why, but, I started crying right there in that bakery.  What an amazing person.  And in the weeks that followed, I discovered more of what an amazing person I was so divinely paired with for the valentine exchange.  If anyone should write, it is Brooke (seriously go check out her blog)...she is honest and open and her posts are refreshingly real...making you realize you are not alone...she has lived this amazingly beautiful story filled with ups and downs and twists and turns...there have been some serious lows...but, it's funny b/c she really does exhibit the person who knows she will come forth as gold...she is the clay at the wheel and she knows this...she's so brave and so beautiful.  I know she will forever be my lifelong friend...
not JUST b/c she loves vintage, or had her first child at 21 like me, or likes the same music (Brooke has dedicated a playlist for you for later on in the post, in real valentine fashion! I still believe that real friends make mixed tapes! hehe), hates to talk on the phone like me, is wordy like me, answers ALL of her survey questions like me (y'all we would've been paired as college dorm mates b/c our answers were practically identical), or most importantly has THE.EXACT.SAME. dream car as I do!! 
no, she is seriously my kindred spirit!! I feel so blessed to have been paired with such a lovely person and I know it was not by chance and I hope to be forever friends with this little lady!! 

Brooke had this awesome idea-r that we should give each other a survey to get to know each other better..the questions I wrote for Brooke to answer weren't nearly as cool as hers were, but, I so enjoyed reading through her answers!!

fave color: GREEN
fave show: GOLD RUSH or Portlandia
fave store: I love World Market, Hobby Lobby or Forever 21!!
the guilty pleasure you spend money on (I am a total homegoods person): My guilty pleasure is shoe and plants... if I get it in my head that I want a certain style or something I will just go get it and struggle with spending the money! I never buy anything full price but popping for something over $20 seems like a lot to me. Plants... when it's Spring I am really bad about splurging on plants... and garden materials.
urban or rural: Somewhere in between - I love the wide open space of rural but still need a little culture. I would say for my sanity I need rural MORE, so, yeah, rural. 
hot or cold: Probably more hot than cold these days.
fave drink in a coffee shop OR how you take your coffee/tea: I am pretty simple gal. I just like coffee with a lot of cream. If I am going to splurge in a coffee shop I might get something fancy as long as it has whipped cream on top and isn't TOO sweet. In the winter time I take my coffee with egg nog in it and love to have egg nog lattes if I get the chance!
dream car (i desperately want a 1970's vw van...not my practical mommy car): HAHA! I totally want a VW van! We almost got one once but then we watched the crash test ratings. One day I think we'll get one but not for hauling kids in. I traveled in one a little in my past life. As far as a dream car now... gosh, I really love oldie Suburbans. We are on our second one as a family but this last one has been a doozie - lots of problems, so I am just happy to have a car with no problems. I do love Subarus... but we just wrecked our Outback... sooooo.... I guess I am out of answers. OH! I would like a VW TDI wagon... (diesel). There. That's it.
fave song...or write a playlist of current faves to dedicate to my readers (mixed tapes are the epitomy of love and vlanetines day!!): Oh man. Being a musician myself I have many many favorite songs. My all time favorite song has got to be In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel. Here's a list of a few favorite songs. I like old music. I probably cannot tell you much about very many modern bands.

In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel (Secret World Live version)
When we Dance - Sting
Bullet the Blue Sky - U2 (and many others on the Joshua Tree album)
Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
Halocene - Bon Iver
Red Clay Halo - Gillian Welch
Eyes of the World - Grateful Dead
I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
Is That Enough - Marvin Gaye 
Use Me - Bill Withers
Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
Take it Back - Pink Floyd

I will stop there because the list could go on and on... but hopefully that gives you an idea. I have sooo many interests. I am a musician (singer, guitar player) so I pretty much get stoked over really great music. To make a list of my favorites doesn't even begin to capture my interests. :)

On the day that my valentine package arrived, I nearly hit the floor...I first opened it to find the most adorable (and yummy) candy (sorry, the truffles are not pictured for obvious reasons) 

 and a notebook with the most special note written from Brooke...
 I unwrapped layers of tissue paper and bubble wrap to find THE.MOST.AMAZING. valentine's gift ever!! ohmyword...
 only my closest friends know about my obsession with vintage...and my latest love of vintage jewelry (esp. strung beads)...

 in each little compartment, Brooke had taken the time to write the sweetest little notes containing Bible verses

I really did gasp when I opened my was as if a lifelong friend who knows me inside and out and goes thrifting with me had sent it!! I was SO touched, I felt SUCH love...honestly, I loved this gift to of the best gifts I've ever been given...but, topping all of it, the gift this year was gaining this new friend Brooke and discovering her beautiful blog AND her AHHHMAAAAZING ETSY STORE (seriously, if you love vintage, Brooke is your gal!).  I hope to someday sit and sip our not-so sweet coffees (oh yeah, I take mine almost the same...a teeny bit of sugar) in person!!! 
Happy Valentines Day, Friends! 

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." psalm 91:4

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

you are the bow to my arrow

yay! valentine's day is almost here and I'm sending you a little valentine love!! Unless you follow me on instagram or know me in real life, you probably don't know that I am a collage artist!

for valentine's day, I am giving you a printable of one of my original mixed media collages (all of my collages are made using recycled in, I turn other people's paper trash into something new)
Need a quick last minute valentine idea? print my bow and arrow PDF (sorry, it's really big! eeek, like has to be so you can see all of the seams!)

in our house we paired this little valentine with handmade bows & arrows for the boys in our classrooms and hair bows for the girls.  The added valentine swag is super easy to create and made using only items we had on hand!
a little wire, skewers, washi tape, and twine and you are well on your way to valentine weapons!!! weapons are really important if you are a boy.

The bows are simply hot glue, felt and tulle (well, and alligator clips)...and I am talking the twenty cent sheets of felt from the craft dept and the rolls of tulle in the diy wedding section.

Hope your love day is fabulous, friends!! Enjoy!
***Make sure to choose LANDSCAPE for the orientation when printing your valentines! Also, this file is very large! A little message will pop up notifying you that it has exceeded the size limit, click on "download anyway," and you will be taken to the valentines*** PS these really shine when printed on photo or brochure paper. xoxo

Sunday, February 3, 2013

i am a show stealer.

I recently had a friend copy one of my images...word for word, text was quoted and the pattern of the image looked as if mine or photos of it had been traced.
I was crushed.  Not because I don't expect this type of thing to happen in the arts and crafts world- especially when I freely post images of my work on social media sites- no, I am fully aware of how much is copied online.  I was crushed because this was a close friend, one who has always supported my pursuit of art, but also, one who has seen my art in real life, not just on social media sites.
It hurt so much to see my friend take credit for an image that mirrored mine, mostly, I just felt betrayed...

but, then as I sat there processing , trying to figure out how I should respond, it hit me like a ton of bricks...don't we do the same thing to God? don't we always steal his show?
He gives us time, energy, and talents.  He works through us and in the end we take all the glory.  Funny.  I am only given the ability to create because of my Creator in me.  I am but dust without Him.