Is Baking Crafting?

For this blog, we’re going with yes!  It’s Cinco de Mayo today and that means two things: drinking tequila for breakfast is completely acceptable AND I get to make themed cupcakes.  Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes to be exact.

The first thing I did was gather my ingredients like so:

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Some people skip this step, but I’m NOTORIOUS (like Biggie) for forgetting one key ingredient!

(not pictured: a straight up box of cupcake mix. I call it, “plan B”.  I always have a plan B – the “oh shit” box, if you will.  It’s good for baking and for life.  I mean, boxed cupcakes are definitely not as good as homemade, but it’s WAY better than no cupcakes at all.

In case you missed the wine cork planter post, wine is a necessity for ANY craft.

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Uh, I do a LOT of “crafting”.

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Here is the recipe I used for the cupcakes: Cupcakes!

I also added some chili powder for extra kick (about 1/4 a teaspoon is all you need).

I put the wet ingredients into Big Blue (some people have kids…I have a blue Kitchenaid mixer that I’ve named).  I also just now learned how to use Boomerang!

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Then I mixed the dry ingredients.  Sure, you can use one of those fancy flour sifters with the handle.  I use a pasta strainer.  It works and it’s dual purpose. Also, I feel like an old timey gold miner when I’m shaking it, but that might be the wine hitting me.

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I wish I was one of those people that could “clean as they go”.  Clearly, I am not.

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Yay – dry ingredients sifted and whisked!  Slow motion combining!  Also, slow motion how my kitchen gets so messy.

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Now you get to fill the cupcake liners! I am prone to overfilling.  Seriously you only want to go to 3/4 full at the most.  This is one of the only times in life that you want a muffin top!

You can use the 16-18 minutes to clean, or to drink wine and reflect on your life.  I used my time to swipe through Tinder.  One super like and 3 reasons to give up dating all together!

Once the cupcakes come out of the oven, you need to let them cool completely before moving on to the next step.  More time to drink and swipe!

So for the filling and the icing, I’m going rogue. The recipe doesn’t call for caramel in the middle of these cupcakes, but after swiping through Tinder for the last hour, I feel the world could use a little more sweetness.  Now, you COULD make your own caramel.  I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t.  I don’t know why it’s impossible for me, but God has granted me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.  So I bought it.

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Also, I don’t really use recipes for frosting.   I used 4 sticks of butter and at least one bag of powdered sugar.  Then I scooped in cocoa until it tasted good – super scientific, I know. Oh, I also added some of the chili powder. Just keep adding ingredients until the texture and the taste is how you like it.

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Pro tip: keep the dog away from the kitchen when you’re adding powdered sugar to the mixer.

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Then just throw the icing into an icing bag (I use disposable and a giant tip) and ice those suckers.

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I put some crushed red pepper on them for more spice (and because it’s pretty) and BAM:

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5 Quick and Chic Healthy Breakfasts

We know, we know, your time is gold and you cannot be bothered with cooking breakfast every day. We would also much rather be picking jewelry to go with our favorite tunic that sweat by the stove first thing in the morning. Or sweat at all, for that matter.

And this is precisely why we adore these quick and chic breakfasts that are also (gasp!) so good for you! No sweating required, and not one of them takes more than 10 min of prep (sometimes, once every 2-3 days!) Enjoy these flavorful bites that are perfect to grab and go — and will look great on your Snapchat!

Avocado toast

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We’re so fancy… but you already know it! But seriously, this is the easiest and chicest breakfast we know. To smash avocado, slice it in half, remove the pit, then smash the flesh with a fork right in the skin “boats.” Get a nice wholesome whole grain bread, toast it to you liking, and scoop avocado mash right on. Sprinkle with some Himalayan salt, lemon or lime juice, and red pepper flakes. If you feel fancy, add a poached or sunny side up egg on top!

Overnight oats

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Another favorite of ours is overnight oats! You’ll make them as fast as you make a sad instant oatmeal, but the result is SO much more Pinterest-worthy and delicious! Grab a half-cup of old-fashioned oats, a half-cup of milk (any milk replacement will do, too), a tablespoon of chia seeds, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and a generous tablespoon of applesauce or pumpkin puree. Regulate sweetness with a squirt or two of honey. Just stir everything well in a mason jar, close with a lid, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir again and add fresh berries, flax seeds and whatever else your heart desires. Enjoy the most nutritious pudding of your life!

Granola Yogurt Parfait

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This instant breakfast checks all the right boxes: it’s fast, healthy, yummy, and gorgeous! We’ll just grab a box of granola (the simpler the ingredients and the less sugar, the better!), canned pumpkin puree, a banana, and traditional greek or coconut yogurt. All you need to do is layer it away starting with the puree and fruit and finishing with crispy granola on top. It’s perfectly transportable if made in a jar, so you’ll never have to rush out without fuel!

Frittata or frittata bites

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These may take a second longer to make, but they are so worth it! The best part is that you can make it one and eat it for the next few days. Win and win! Take whatever vegetables, greens and meats you have leftover or just sitting in the fridge and chop them into small cubes or ribbons. In a bowl, whisk 3-4 eggs with a dash of milk, salt, pepper and ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Fold in the filling and pour the mass into an oven-safe pan or a muffin tin. Bake for ~12-15 minutes till golden (just enough time to put on some makeup!), sprinkle with some grated cheese and bake for 3 more minutes. Put in a cute bento box. Delish hot or cold!

Cheese board

 

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A fancy cheese board for breakfast? Because we are so worth it! You can get all the benefits and enjoyment of an expertly crafted cheese board without marble and camembert wheels. All you need are 2-3 kinds of your favorite cheese cubed or sliced, some grapes, whole wheat crackers, and some jam or honey. Arrange in a bento box the night before, and wake up to your chicest morning!

We’ve put together some of our favorite things that help up jump start our mornings so you can join in! Click on the pic below to check them out.

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What is your favorite quick and chic breakfast? We’d love to know!

DIY Cork Succulent Planters

Over the weekend, the BelleChic girls got together for two of our favorite things: brunch & crafts. What could possibly be better than stuffing your face full of dim sum and then downing a couple of bottles of wine with your favorite gals?

Answer: Basically nothing.

We tried our hands at a super adorable craft project that we found on Pinterest: DIY wine cork succulent planters.

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Want to take a stab at these? Gather up your favorite group of girls and follow these steps:

  1. You’re going to need corks, a nail (or something else to dig out the cork), magnets, a hot glue gun and some succulents to plant. We recommend drinking the bottles while you work on their corks, but that is up to you.

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    Succulents, corks & magnets.
  2. You’ll start by coring out the corks. We tried several methods, including a drill, but we found that a standard ol’ nail does the job just fine. You’ll want to scrape out the inside of the cork to give yourself enough room to put a single succulent (and its roots!) inside.

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    Hollowed out cork. (Don’t hurt yourself!)
  3. Once the cork is hollowed out, get a succulent ready to plant! You’ll want to shake loose any dirt clumps attached, and then you’ll need to carefully push the roots down into the cork. Fill with enough extra dirt to keep the plant standing upright.
  4. Finally, you can glue a magnet to the backside of the planter with a hot glue gun. Be sure to hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure a sure stick.

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    Hold the magnet in place for a moment to ensure a good stick!
  5. Show off your finished product! These magnets will stick pretty much anywhere, so go crazy!

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We LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out, and we’d love to hear about your experience making them as well! Leave us a comment to let us know how your DIY cork planters look! We hope you have as much fun as we did!

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