October 30, 2011

Monogrammed Pumpkin!

Happy Halloween from Caroline's Pink Envelope!


October 16, 2011

Vermont Apple Crisp

After a weekend apple picking in Vermont, it was time to bake something with my loot! Instead of a pie this year, I decided to cheat and just make an easy apple crisp. I got the recipe from a very special Vermont grandmother :) It was almost as great as my apple pie and it took a quarter of the time! Why not try to make this very simple and delicious seasonal dessert for yourself. Go on and try, I promise it's really easy and yummy!
5-6 large apples (any apple you prefer!)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
4 tablespoons soft butter
Cinnamon (enough to sprinkle on top)
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on the side if desired!

1) Grease baking dish with butter and preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. (The size of dish may vary, 9 x 12 or 8 x 8, it really doesn't matter!)
2) Peel and core the apples and slice them. Arrange slices in the baking dish.
3) In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, softened butter and flour until it has a sticky crumbly texture.
4) Sprinkle sugar mixture over the apples and sprinkle cinnamon on the top.
5) Bake for 45 minutes or until apples are soft.
6) Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


August 1, 2011

For Cards That Deserve Lined Envelopes

I’ve always loved the look of lined envelopes but I‘ve never known how to do it until now. I received a pretty card in the mail with a gorgeous lined envelope and I decided that my cards deserve lined envelopes too! To teach myself how to do it, I headed over to Paper Source in Brooklyn. The sale girls are great about teaching me new projects and showing me what supplies I’ll need. I purchased a plastic envelope liner template and a few pieces of pretty printed paper. I was delighted to discover how easy it is to create pretty envelope liners at the store and I hurried home to do it myself. Gosh this is so easy!! Here is how to do it!

You Will Need:
- Envelopes (I use A2, but any size will do!)
- Envelope liner template (make sure if you use let’s say A6 envelopes that you use the A6 liner template)
- Pretty paper (use light weight paper, wrapping paper works well)
- Double sided craft glue strips, you can substitute a glue stick
- Scissors
- Pencil

1) Simply trace the template with your pencil on the back of the pretty paper.
2) Cut it out using scissors, I tried using an exacto knife and I wouldn’t recommend it.
3) Insert the liner in your envelope so it fits snug in the envelope.
4) Place two small glue strips only at the top of the envelope along the edge of the “V”. Press firmly with your fingers.
5) Fold the envelope to create a crease in the liner.
6) The most important step... Admire your pretty work!! Haha!

Soooo easy, right? Now you can create professional looking envelopes with easy to create envelope liners! I think my cards deserve lined envelopes, don’t you?


July 28, 2011

Mini Tarts For The Working Martha

Oh my goodness, I am almost embarrased to post this recipe because it's kind of Sandra-Lee-esque, BUT it was so yummy and so darn easy that I have to share it with my little working Marthas out there! I took a recipe that I found online and skipped half the steps to create this super easy recipe. No baking working ladies haha!! These fresh creamy tarts look so pretty and taste just as sweet!

Ready made mini gram cracker crusts. I used 6 mini ones from Betty Crocker
1 package 8 ounce cream cheese
2 cups of berries (whatever is on sale at the grocery store haha!)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: In small bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and the vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Next beat in the heavy cream on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly into the mini pie crusts. Arrange your berries on top, this is the fun part! Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving or make a day ahead and store covered in refrigerator until you are ready to be Martha!!


July 7, 2011

A Decorating Tip

How many times have you been in a store and seen a home decor item such as a pillow and purchased it only to bring it home and realize that it doesn't quite match the colors that are already in your room? Shoot this can be so annoying when you are tryng to decorate a room using multiple fabrics and you want everything to blend nicely. Unless you are purchasing your entire living room from page 4 of Potterybarn where everything is pre-matched for you, you are going to run into this problem. If only I had a piece of the couch and chair fabric to tote along... but who has the fabric if you buy something pre-upholstered? 

To solve the issue I went to the paint store and browsed the blues and greens, looking for swatches that matched my upholstered furniture. "This looks like my blue, no wait I think it's more like this...eek!!" I had to bring home several swatches to make sure at least one of them matched up to my blue and green striped living room. In my pile of paint swatches I was thrilled to find a blue strip and a green strip that matched the tones of my fabric perfectly! Woo hoo!!  I marked the colors on the swatch and now I keep these swatches in my wallet at all times so if I see something in a store that I love, I can easily check if it matches my color scheme! I recently just brought the swatches to the fabric store to buy matching solid fabric to make curtains for the room! Thank goodness I had my swatches in my purse or I would have been way off in choosing my fabric!

The best part about using paint swatches is that they give you lighter and darker versions of your shade of color. I hope my decorating tip helps!


July 4, 2011

July 1, 2011

The Easiest Diaper Cake

What could be sweeter than a diaper cake for a mom to be? Traditional diaper cakes are made using dozens of pins to hold the diapers in place, as if these moms don't have enough to do! Here is an easy way to create a beautiful and easy to disassemble diaper cake for that special mom to be!

 1) This may seem redundant but find out what diapers the mom to be prefers. Some ladies are picky these days so better to just ask!

2) Fold the diapers in half (do not roll them) and sandwich them together into a large circle around a clear plastic cup using your hands to hold the circle in place. I think it's easiest to build my circle on my lap. If you have an extra set of hands around for help that would be wonderful too!

3) Using masking tape to place a stripe or two of tape around the large circle. If enough diapers are packed into the circle it should stay in place! Place a pretty ribbon over the tape to conceal it. Secure the ribbon with clear tape where it meets its end.

4) Place the large circle of diapers on a flat surface and begin repeating the process to create a slightly smaller circles of diapers as you move up the cake.

5) There is no need to attach each circle together. That will happen at the end. You can create as many layers of diapers as you wish but make sure the circles get smaller as you go up.

6) Once all of your circle of diapers are sitting on top of one another, place the whole cake on top of two long ribbons (about 3 inches wide) in a cross shape.

7) Bring the ribbons up along the sides of the diaper cake and tie very tightly at the top. Use the excess ribbon to tie a pretty bow at the top of your cake.

8) Decorate your diaper cake as you wish! Perhaps try using faux flowers, other ribbons, tule or large buttons!

9) Your cake should be easy to transport and even easier to disassemble! What mom to be wouldn't love to receive the easiest diaper cake!


June 28, 2011

Happy Summer Cards

Looking for an excuse to send a note in the mail? Look no further because it's summertime!  The very best cards to receive are those that are unexpected, so take the time to send a special note just to say "Happy Summer" to someone you haven't seen in a while. Grandparents would love something like this! Happy Summer everyone!

May 3, 2011

When A Regular Box Just Won't Do!

I recently co-hosted a baby shower for my sister and made cupcake party favors for the guests. I started with my infamous cupcakes in a pink frosting with white nonperils. (She's obviously having a girl!) I ran out of my usual solo cupcake holder boxes and so I hurried over to the box store in Gramercy and bought a dozen plain brown small craft boxes. Shoot these weren't as cute as the ones I buy online but I figured they would do... As I was packing up my pretty pink cupcakes I decided that the brown boxes just wouldn't do and so I did something about it! I created a sweet little party favor box complete with a window to get a sneak peek of the treat inside as well as a little tag to thank the guests for attending the shower.
To make the adorable favor box below it was very easy just follow these steps:

1) Use a paper cutter punch or an exacto knife to cut a window in the top of the box.
2) Cut a small piece of clear plastic and glue it to the inside of the lid of the box.
3) Use a color printer to print out a cute message on heavy card stock. If you don't have a color printer just write a message by hand!
4) Use the same paper cutter or exacto knife to cut a sweet pattern around your message. ("In honor of Jenny's little cupcake! Thanks for coming!", etc...)
5) Decorate as desired!

You can use this window making technique on a variety of different boxes for food and other gifts. These are so cute and are perfect for when a regular box just won't do!

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