Friday, October 29, 2010


I stayed up waaay too late last night baking mini-cupcakes. We're having a Halloween party at my work today & since baking 150-ish full-sized cupcakes would be too time-consuming/costly for me, I went with mini-cupcakes. Did you know that the little paper candy cups that are used for truffles/bonbons & the like make for great mini-cupcake wrappers? Well, if you didn't, you do now!

I've found that a box of cake mix makes about 60 to 70-ish mini-cupakes. I think the best way to fill the cups is by putting the batter into a plastic baggie & piping it in. Bake for 15-17 minutes, depending on the mix (check with a toothpick). Let cool & frost. :)

I made red velvet, carrot cake, & lemon mini-cupcakes.
Happy (early) Halloween, friends!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Blog reader & old friend, Laurie K., mentioned a vegan chocolate cupcake recipe a while back & I've been wanting to try it ever since.Unfortunately, when I got it in my head to try it the other night, I didn't have what I needed. So, I had to wing it and ended up with something totally different.

Here's Laurie's recipe, which sounds SO yum!
Mix a box of chocolate cake mix, a can of pumpkin, & 2/3 cup water. Follow the baking temp. on the box & bake for 20-25 minutes. Frost with a glaze made of 4 cups powdered sugar & 1/4 cup orange juice. The glaze is really sweet, so a little dab will do ya! According to Laurie, they taste a little like gingerbread! Sounds amazing, no?

Now, I had to make due & used a box of white cake mix, a can of pumpkin, a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, & 2/3 cup of water. It made 18 cupcakes, which cooked for about 24 minutes. Then, I un-veganized it. My heart was in the right place, I swear, but I just couldn't say no to the cream cheese frosting that was in my pantry.
I think I literally heard it call my name.
In any case, avoiding the eggs & oil is always a plus in my book! What about you, friends? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for making healthier versions of desserts & such?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks again for offering up this great giveaway, OnceAgainSam!
Please be sure to check out her shop, friends. Her stuff is the cuuutest!

And now on to the winner,
drum roll, please...

Commenter #3, Jaclyn, is a lucky gal, indeed!
She gets her pick of any pair of leather earrings in the shop. Woohoo!
Thanks for playing along, everyone. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Giveaway Fun!

Time for another giveaway, friends.
Etsy seller, OnceAgainSam has generously offered up a giveaway to Homemade by Jen readers! Below are some of my faves, but really, there's lots & lots to love in her shop!

How cute is this ring?!

This would look lovely pinned to a fall jacket.

And I'm really digging these earrings.

The details:
Simply, visit the OnceAgainSam shop, come back to this post & leave a comment telling me your favorite item in the shop & you'll be entered in the giveaway (be sure there's a way for me to contact you) to win any pair of leather earrings in the shop! The giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, the 24th, with the winner being chosen at random & announced next Monday (the 25th). 

Additionally, OnceAgainSam was super sweet and offered up another treat to HbyJ readers! From now until the end of the giveaway, all purchases are 20% off! That's 20% off of your entire order, not a single item! How awesome is that?! Just leave a "note to seller" & tell her that Jen sent ya & you'll have 20% of your order refunded after purchase.

So tell me, friends, which ones are your favorites? :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Album Art

The hub & I recently worked on a few more vinyl cut-outs for our Etsy & I was too excited not to share it with all of you. :)

Check out this Boston album here.

This Born in the U.S.A. album can be found here.

And finally, this Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album is right here.

If you have a moment, hop on over to the the shop, take a looksie, & let me know what you think. 
Thanks, friends!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Hub, the Chef

The only thing better than the hub cooking dinner is 
the hub arranging said dinner to be aesthetically pleasing.
I've got a keeper. :)

Pictured: Quesadillas with bell peppers, onion, cheese, & corn. Yum!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Fall Yarn Wreath

I realized recently that I don't have a fall wreath & that, my friends, was a problem that needed to be rectified. So, I got to work on a yarn wreath recently & here's how it went...

The supplies (minus a bit of glue).
I decided on a simple yarn wreath, but you'll notice from the following photos that I kind of changed directions halfway through, which is why I didn't end up using the green & orange yarn that's pictured.

Instead of just plain yarn, I decided to add this felt flower that I've been wanting to try for a while now. I didn't follow the directions for the center and it shows, haha. But, overall, I'm happy with it.
(& I kind of want to make one to pin on my winter coat...)

And here's the finished product.
I used the brown to all the way around the foam form & just did little sections of green & gold-ish. If I had to do it again, I think I'd either swap out the green (which is so dark it's kind of hard to distinguish from the brown) for a different shad of green or just replace it with orange altogether. Unfortunately, after I made the flower, I realized that the orange skein that I had didn't match. And since I hate to abandon a craft that I'm excited about halfway through, I decide to make due with some green I had leftover from a project a while back. 
In general, though, not too shabby...

What colors would be in your fall wreath?
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