Friday, February 15, 2013

bake it! doughnuts aka donuts

It seems doughnuts are the new cupcakes. I thought I'd try out the baked variety. I've been tempted by all the pretty Pinterest pictures out there.

I used a Williams-Sonoma buttermilk doughnut recipe you can get here. They are easy to whip up and the toppings are, of course, endless. I decided to go with the classic chocolate dip version to test out on the kids. The verdict? They loved them. I thought they were too muffin-y. I think I'll try a cake flour based recipe next time. 

I picked up a doughnut pan from a local bakery supply store (McCalls). I bought a Wilton and it worked out great. No sticking doughnuts here. I was a little worried though when I pulled them out of the oven and they looked like this....

but when you flip them over they look very doughnut-like don't you think. I dunked them in some chocolate glaze and sprinkles and they were ready to go. 

If you'd rather buy them then be sure to check out some of the new artisan doughnut shops that have popped up in Toronto. Some old, some new. You can read the reviews here.

Happy weekend!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

love ... part 2

I'm back again today to share some vintage Valentine cards. I've collected many of these over the years. I love their playful, quirky nature.



and ... some sweet treats were dropped off by Nana today.

I think the kids will enjoy these after school.

Have a sweet afternoon :)


These two little guys greeted the kids this morning. Aren't they cute?

Valentine's Day is celebrated simply in our house. 
Usually a fun little treat and of course some chocolate!

Simple cotton drawstring bags embellished with glitter hearts and penned messages. Kraft paper bags tied with red baker's twine and a manilla tag are all you really need to package your treats simply.

By the way, both these bags, the twine and the tags 
will be available in my shop again soon.

You may have noticed some subtle and not so subtle changes on the blog. A new name is one of them! That's right. Vintage Paper Parade - the blog and the shop - is in the midst of a re-brand.

Although changes are happening quietly right now you can be sure I'll be re-launching my shop with a celebration. Because that's just how we roll around here ;)

Oh and I wanted to share this - 
my prized PEI find from last summer.

My map. I love this map.... It's huge. 
I thought it was appropriate to share includes red and chocolate.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Colourful & budget friendly art

Last year, I bought these vintage milk bottle caps 
from a shop on Etsy. I was planning on framing them to use in our new space. So here they are! I love the pop of colour against the soft grey of our walls. It's so easy to do...and inexpensive.

You will need:

vintage milk bottle caps (usually plentiful on Etsy).

Ribba frame from Ikea

I used a large sheet of water colour paper, cut to fit the frame and glue dots to adhere the caps to the paper.

So, there you have it. Easy, affordable diy art.