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Coconut cupcakes


Coconut cupcakes

I love coconut cake. I don’t make it very often, but when we decided to host a board game party at our house this past weekend, it seemed the perfect opportunity to make one of my favorite cakes.

At parties, and particular gaming parties, I find cake a bit hard to serve, so I decided to turn the cake recipe into cupcakes. I’d never done that before with a coconut cake recipe, and I wasn’t sure how they would turn out.

I found a recipe from Dixie Caviar (pinned below), which included cake, filling and frosting. To make it into a cupcake, I only made a few small revisions.

The first revision was to the cake itself – instead of cooking it in cake pans, I, of course, used cupcake pans with cupcake liners. I kept the oven temperature the same, but cooked the the cupcakes for only 15-20 minutes (the cake recipe says to bake for 35 minutes).

I still made the filling. However, I replaced the heavy cream called for by the recipe with the rest of the cream of coconut I had bought for the cake batter, which worked just fine. When the cupcakes where cool and the filling ready, I used an apple corer to create a little hole in the center of each cupcake. Then I put the coconut filling in the hole.

Finally, I made the frosting and piped a “swoosh” of it on top. Garnish with a little flaked coconut, and they were done.

The verdict? Yummy!

Coconut cupcakes

Coconut cupcakes

Here’s the recipe I used:

Pinspired: Loyalty card holder


I’ll admit it, I’m a Pinterest addict. I can quit anytime…honest. Actually, I don’t want to quit – there are a lot of great craft ideas there!

My husband and I, like many people, have a huge number of loyalty cards that we carry around in our car. The cards had migrated out of our wallets when their number became a bit unwieldy. But they just went into a small pouch. When we needed one, we had to pull out all the cards and look through them one-by-one until we found the one we wanted, then wrestle the cards back into the pouch. The whole process was annoying.

Pinterest came to our rescue. I found the following tutorial on how to make a case for all those loyalty cards:

It’s a fairly simple project, and a brilliant solution to the loyalty card problem.

Here’s the one I made:
Loyalty card carrier - closed

Loyalty card carrier - open 1

And here it is with cards in it. The best part? There’s room for more!
Loyalty card carrier - filled

Simple leather cord necklace


Remember the dichroic glass pendant my friend bought a little while ago? It turns out, my friend didn’t like the length of the simple knotted necklace we made from the cord that came with the pendant (actually, it was too small for her to get it over her head!). So, I raided my jewelry supplies and made her a simple leather cord necklace instead. The great thing about this necklace is that you can change the pendant.

The materials – a length of leather cord cut to your desired length, a set of crimp cord ends with the same diameter as the cord, and pliers (preferably pliers that have smooth inner edges to avoid making an imprint on the crimp bead).

Step 1 – string one of the crimp cord ends on the leather cord. If necessary, trim the cord end to form a sharp tip to make it easier to get the crimp cord end on the cord.

Step 2 – take the tube part of the crimp cord end in a pair of pliers, leaving the clasp outside the pliers, and squeeze the pliers as hard as you can. The tube should squish, grabbing the cord end in the process.

Step 3 – repeat steps 1 & 2 using the remaining crimp cord end clasp and the other end of the leather cord.

That’s it! It really doesn’t get much simpler than that for making a necklace. I like to test the cord, pulling on the ends to make sure they don’t come out of the crimped claps. If they move *at all*, just take out the pliers and crush the crimp end more. If need-be, ask a strong friend to help.

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