From Scratch Magazine – Feb/Mar 2015


February 2015 / March 2015

Special From Scratch Magazine Gift Guide




Winter From Scratch Magazine !






Nothing prettier than Cardinals in the snow.


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It has finally done it ~ It has snowed in Southwest Arkansas !  We don’t get snow very often so it’s a big deal when we see those perfect little crystals fall form the sky.



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I found these new cute pink cupcake wrappers at my local dollar store and couldn’t wait to get home to make cupcakes.  I decided to make rainbow cupcakes since it has been on my “to try” list for awhile.  To be honest, it was much more time consuming than I thought it would be and mine didn’t turn out those beautiful pictures that I have seen on pinterest but I still think they were pretty.

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I love the little wrappers and look forward to using them on future projects.


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I purchased this little sideboard/buffet over 20 years ago at a garage sale for $12.  I have moved it from home to home  over the past twenty years , changing the color to suit the room I was using it in at the time.

This time  I painted it a flat black, stained the top with Minwax ” Early American” , and put the cute knobs on it that I found at Hobby Lobby.    It looks perfect in my kitchen !





Keeping it Real


I have always loved bloggers who keep it real.  By that I mean that they show you the good and the bad.  You get to see the beautiful food they prepared and also the food they burned.  You get to share in the happiness and their sadness.  They show you their great pictures and the not-so-great pictures.

So in an effort to keep it real….here is a photo of me doing a radio interview.  I was in the middle of talking when this photo was taken.  It has been suggested that I look like I’m about to sneeze, throw up,  or possibly I am in pain.

Yep…that horrible pictures is of me….51 year old woman who hates to do interviews….I stutter, my voice changes, and my mouth goes dry which makes me lick my lips a lot  and you can just imagine how attractive that is on live TV!


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I had been wanting to try a peanut butter frosting for awhile so when I went to make cupcakes for our church potluck, I decided to make a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.  Let me just say up front that I only had super chunky peanut butter which caused problems with the tip on the piping bag. I prefer chunky but not in my frosting.  I think I will also crunch/crush peanut butter cups and generously sprinkle them over the top.


For this cake, I used the same recipe I used for my Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes.

  • 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix or favorite cake from scratch
  • 1/2 cup Hot Fudge Topping
  • 1 small box of chocolate pudding mix

Make cake according to directions on box; add the hot fudge topping and box of chocolate pudding mix.  Mix and bake according to directions on box.

Mascarpone Frosting

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This is my new favorite frosting.  It’s light and fluffy and holds up great.

I was looking for a frosting that would be great paired with an angel food cake.  Something that wasn’t overly sweet and had a light texture.  Something that was similar to whipped cream but I wanted it to be a frosting that would hold up when out at room temperature.  Maybe something with Mascarpone cheese.

I have seen recipes for years calling for mascarpone cheese and knew it wasn’t something I couldn’t get at my local Walmart (at least I have never found at my Walmart ) so I never tried it.  I was visiting my daughter in Hot Springs, AR and ran across some at Krogers and knew it was time to test out this cheese.  I threw it and some heavy whipping cream into my buggy and strolled to the deli to pick up an angel food cake.

This is the perfect frosting!  This would also be fantastic on pound cake, strawberry short cake, and any cupcake/cake where you don’t want a strong frosting.  I even left the cake that you see in the above picture out overnight to see how well it set and it looked at good the next day as it did when I made it.  Even though I  would recommend keeping any cream based frosting in the refrigerator,  when I carry  it to an event (like our church potluck), it holds up nicely.


Mascarpone Frosting


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners


With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form (be careful not to over beat, or cream will be grainy). In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated. Use immediately.

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Jonquil Application for Craft Vendors

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 Click link below for printable jonquil application.

2015 jonquil application pdf




Current Price Matches at Walmart

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January is always a great month to find great deals on diet products and snack for the Super Bowl.  Albertsons and Super 1 Foods had some great deals on snacks, cereal, and fruit.  I made  couple of trips to Walmart to grab some deals – all of the deals above were price matched to our local Albertsons.

For those of you who think I’m eating all of the junk food in these pictures, I can assure you that most of it was given away with 24 hours.  I filled a large basket full of snacks and delivered it to a group of college students staying at the park where I work  which I would not have been able to do if I would have had to pay full price for everything.

These price matches end tomorrow, Tuesday, January 13 so HURRY if you want these deals !

2 Keebler Cookies  -@2.50 = $5.00      Paid $2.98

9 Kelloggs Cereal   @2.96 = $26.64      Paid $8.91

5 Kelloggs Pop Tarts @ 3.98 = $19.90     Paid $4.95

3 Speical K Crackers @2.50 = $7.50           Paid $4.47


Total before price match $59.04   After price match $$21.31


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