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Our Hoppy Family

Our Hoppy Family

Our Hoppy Family!

I love my family. I have four girls. Yes… four girls. But you know what… they complete me. My life would not be the same without each one of those girls!

The other day { aka weeks ago }  I was at a friends house  and they have added onto this existing house. I walked thru it and was amazed at how it all came together. Of course… her husband is a contractor and so I can see why it got completed so soon.

In their backyard… sat a stack of wood. I wandered back to the pile and picked out some great wood. I even got a pallet. I have been wanting to tackle a pallet craft for some time. Soon.

This piece of wood was in the pile.

I choose to stick with my ever so popular bunnies.

Hence… Our Hoppy Family.

One Daddy Bunny.

One Mommy Bunny.

Four little girl bunnies.

Maybe… I should add something pink too it??

What would you add to it??

That is our family. I love my family. I love being a mommy bunny.

Want to make your own… here is the tutorial.

Our Hoppy Family

By Carrie Perrins

  • wood
  • navajo white spray paint
  • burlap
  • mod podge
  • cotton balls
  • hot glue gun/ glue
  • scissors
  • stark white craft paint
  • paint brushes
  • pins
  • jute twine
Directions:
Take a piece of wood and spray paint it Navajo white. Let dry. 
While it is drying… cut out your burlap bunnies. 
I found my silhouette here. Print it out on computer paper. I just enlarged it on my computer and then shrunk it down to a 4×6 for the little bunnies. Cut out with scissors. 
Pin it to burlap and cut out. 
Once all your bunnies are cut out… mod podge them to your board. Let dry. 
Then hot glue the cotton balls on as the tails. 
For the saying… Our Hoppy Family. I used my cricut and cut out the saying. As you can see… if you look really close and are a perfectionist… this is not lined up straight. I did what I could.
You could use vinyl. I wanted the painted look. 
I took the saying and put it on my board… like a stencil and painted it stark white. 
Let dry. 
Wrap jute twine around the end of the board. 
Hang. Set somewhere. Display. 
I really love how it turned out! 
I am loving these style of bunnies. 
Hoppy Easter!
Carrie
Lemon-Coconut Bar Cookies

Lemon-Coconut Bar Cookies

I have been craving something lemon.

I came across this Lemon-Coconut Bar Cookie recipe… and new I wanted to make it.

Are you a fan of coconut?

Are you a fan of lemon??

These bar cookies… combine the two. It is truly delicious!

Here is the recipe…

Lemon-Coconut Bar Cookies

By Carrie Perrins
*adapted from Cooking Light Annual Recipes

cookies:
1 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup butter- chilled and cut into small pieces

1 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut

Glaze:
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender.
3. Press mixture into a 9 inch square baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
4. Combine brown sugar, lemon juice, and eggs in a separate medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in coconut. Pour over cookie base. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until set.
5. Prepare glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and lemon juice… while the cookies are baking. Once the cookies are done and removed… spread glaze evenly over cookies.
6. Cool completely. Cut into squares.

I can’t wait for the lemon season here in Arizona. Yes… we have a lemon season. Where the citrus trees that everybody has here are ready to be picked. Everybody gives them away for free. Buckets and Buckets.

We just planted some trees in our front yard… but they will take awhile to produce.

I think these make a sweet bar cookie. I love the glaze. It gives it a very lemony zesty tart taste! 
These Lemon-Coconut Bar Cookies… are really a zesty lemony bar cookie!
I enjoyed them… I hope you do too! 

Happy Tuesday-
Carrie

Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins

Happy Monday Friends!
Today has been a good Monday!
I have been able to clean my kitchen floors, start and get several batches of laundry done. 
Yes… that is good news for me. 
Mondays are my laundry days. I don’t like to do the laundry on Saturdays because I want to be outdoors… playing! 
Mondays… are laundry and muffin day!
I decided to try a new recipe from King Arthur. I follow them on instagram and they always share amazing recipes! 
Carrot Cake Muffins. 
The muffin that will make your breakfast or brunch a delight!
Here is the recipe…

Carrot Cake Muffins

By Carrie Perrins 

* adapted and changed from King Arthur Flour Blog

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup gated carrots {about 2 medium carrots}

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line muffin tin with paper cups. Spray cups with Pam cooking spray.

In a medium size bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Mix.
Add eggs, water, and vegetable oil.
Mix.
Add carrots; mix until blended.
With a cookie scoop (about 2 Tbsp) add one scoop into the muffin cup.
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place on wire rack.
Cool.

I really enjoyed these muffins!
They are full of carrots. Fresh orange carrots. This is a thick and hearty muffin.
Perfect for the next brunch or breakfast of champions.

Enjoy-

Carrie
5 Free Spring Fonts

5 Free Spring Fonts

I love springtime in Arizona. It is my most favorite time of the year. The weather here is absolutely perfect. The smell of the orange trees is overpowering. The sun rises earlier and the sunsets are orange. The flowers are blooming. The birds are chipping.  And the sun is shining. 
It truly is breathtaking. 
We are experiencing some warm temperatures here. Yesterday… I was hanging Easter eggs in my front trees and it was soooo hot. Almost lay-out and get a tan hot. I almost died… of course I was in long pants. It is time to pack away the pants… and bring on the capri’s and shorts! 
In preparing my house for spring… I found these adorable free fonts that can be used for  many wonderful projects. 

5 Free Spring Fonts

By Carrie Perrins
1. cute little chicks is the font Hey Pretty Girl
2. Peeps is the font Nurjan. 
3. Sunshine is the font Ventilate
4. Flowers is the font Hang Board.
5. Easter is the font Easter Egg.  
I have even downloaded these adorable fonts to my phone… to make some of my photo’s stand out. Check out that tutorial here
This is the one I created with the font Ventilate. It was posted on Instagram
I am excited to create some adorable photos, printables, and projects with these adorable free spring fonts. 
I hope you can create some too! 
Happy Friday-
Carrie

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away. I was wanting to make something in the kitchen. I came across this recipe and thought… wow this will be perfect for the holiday.

I got out my Bundt pan and made this lovely cake.

Once it was cooled… my daughter Bo and I decorated it with cool whip cream cheese frosting and skittles.  My daughter Bo is an amazing little girl. She brings me so much joy and laughter. She was named after the little girl in the movie Signs with Mel Gibson. However, I have always wanted a little girl named Rain.
Anybody with the name Rain??

Anyways.. I got a Bo and she truly is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

What are the brown specks… my husband actually asked?? They are actually gold sprinkles.
I was so excited when I found them at the store!
I decided not to decorate the whole cake with skittles just in case someone didn’t want them.
You could decorate it however you want! You could even add marshmallows for the clouds.
The sky is the limit here!!

It was such a fun mother daughter bonding activity.

Here is the recipe:

Rainbow Cake

By Carrie Perrins
*adapted from The Cake Mix Bible
1 package white cake mix
1 package instant white chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
1 cup vegetable oil
4 egg whites
1/2 cup milk
frosting
skittles
gold sprinkles
rolos
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Lightly grease a bundt pan. 
3. Combine cake mix, oil, egg whites, and milk in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into bundt pan. 
4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, checking on it the last 10 minutes to make sure it is not overcooked. 
5. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour on wire rack. Invert cake onto serving plate. 
6. Frost with frosting. 
7. Decorate with colorful skittles. 
8. Fill hole of bundt cake with rolos.

This Rainbow Cake… is a creamy white chocolate cake decorated with a color of rainbow!

I love how it turned out!
I love the time spent with my daughter Bo.

Hope your holiday is spent with those you love-

Carrie