Birthday Cake Cookies - with just 3 ingredients!

My husband LOVES Funfetti cake.  Every birthday I try and get a little creative and make a new recipe using the Funfetti cake mix.  We've tried Funfetti milkshakes, pancakes, rice crispies, and cookies!

Today I'd like to share my Funfetti cookie recipe, or what we now call Birthday Cake Cookies.  They are so good and so easy to make!  Did I mention they only have 3 ingredients?  That's my kind of recipe. 

Birthday Cake Cookies

1 pkg. Funfetti Cake Mix
2 eggs
1 stick of butter, softened

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl or standing mixer.  The dough will be thick.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 6-8 minutes.

For the frosting,  I've used store-bought frosting, and I've tried making my own.  I prefer making my own, but if you don't have the time, just buy some at the store.  

Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered or confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 - 4 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter until very fluffy. Add sugar, salt, and milk in small batches, alternately, beating until very fluffy. Stir in vanilla.  Frost cookies, once they have cooled, and add your favorite sprinkles.

Mmm, I want to make some right now!  It's gotta be someone's birthday somewhere, right?


DIY: A Heart of Pictures

I'm always looking for inexpensive ways to spruce up the house, especially the walls.  So this wall piece is my latest addition.

I love the personal touch family pictures can bring to a home.  I like walking by and remembering all the fun and amazing things we've done together.  It really brightens my day!

So I think you should make one too! 

Supplies needed:
- 45 square pictures (postal pix is an easy way to order square prints.  Great for instagrams)
- tape

1.  Start with the longest row of pictures, which is the 3rd row from the top.  This row has nine pics.  Place one picture dead center, and then place 4 pictures on each side of it.  Stand back and make sure the line of pictures is straight.  If you're a perfectionist, you can pull out the level, just to make sure.  It's important you get this row straight, because the rest of the wall depends on it.

2.  Now make the row below it.  This row has 8 pics.  Start in the middle by placing each picture right in between the picture above it.  Now do the same thing with the next row below that, using 7 pictures.

3.  For the next row, you'll only use 4 pictures, but do the same thing you did with the rows above it, by placing each pic in between the two above it.

4. Now place 2 pics directly below the middle two pictures of the row above it.  And then one more picture below that right in between the 2 pictures above it.

5.  Moving back up to the row you started with, find the picture directly in the middle of the row.  This should be the first picture you placed on the wall.  Imagine that pic, cut into fourths.  You're going to place 2 pics above this pic, one 1/4 from the right side, and one 1/4 from the left side.  Making a gap in the middle of the row.  If that didn't make sense, look at the picture, it might help.  Then continue by placing 8 pictures total in that row.

6.  Then place the rest of your pictures above and in between the pictures below it.  And you're done!

Stand back and admire your new art piece.  It's lovely, isn't it?

Music Monday - The Lumineers

Today I'd like to share "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers.  The Lumineers have a rustic, folky, heart-on-your sleeve sound, that I'm always drawn to.  This song is another great tune on their album.

To be completely honest, this song has also been on constant rotation on my Ipod.  Yes, I may have a little Bieber Fever.


Polka Dot Tee DIY

I put polka dots on one of Z's shirts yesterday.  The idea came to me after I realized the shirt had a big, ugly stain on it, and it wasn't coming out (no matter how many of those pinterest laundry tricks I tried).  So I decided to cover it up with some paint.

Supplies needed:
a shirt
silver acrylic paint
30mm foam stencil brush (something like this or this)

Place the cardboard inside the shirt, so the paint won't seep through to the back.  Make sure the shirt is lying flat.  Use the stencil brush to make your dots.  The key here is to make sure you have enough paint on your brush to make a complete circle.  And when you place the dot on the shirt, push the brush down and tilt the handle around slightly to make sure you get a complete circle on the shirt.  You may want to practice a few times.  There is really no rhyme or reason to where I placed the dots. It was all random.  If you don't like random, you could always break out the ruler.

Now I just need to make one for myself.

A Few of my Favorite Things: Girls Hair Clips

I'm always on the hunt for a good hair bow/clip for my little girl.  I like something simple, small, and unique.  And, in my opinion, that can be hard to find!  (That's why I started making some on my own.  See my tutorial here).  But sometimes, i don't feel like making my own.  It might surprise you, but this place is by far, my favorite when shopping for hair bows and clips for my little one.


So cute and a great price, right?  There are many more options on the Forever 21 site.  These are some of my current favorites.  Click the pics above to link to the items on the Forever 21 site.

Do you have a favorite place to buy little girl hair accessories?

I also love this handmade shop, and this one.