Something Savory #7


Today I'm sharing another savory recipe! I usually try to share a new post in my Something Savory series once a month, but I'm back for a second recipe this month. A couple weeks ago, I shared a copycat recipe for The Cheesecake Factory's Cajun Jambalaya Pasta. Today, I'm going in a totally different direction - fried chicken!

I grew up in the South, fried chicken was a staple at church functions and family dinners. There are many different ways to make fried chicken, but my mom's way is definitely my favorite. I prefer her chicken to that certain KY chain restaurant. My mom's always makes her chicken in an electric skillet. I haven't tried to make it that way, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be as good as her. My husband and I, though, decided to try our attempt at deep frying chicken.

As with many of my savory recipes, we were inspired by Food Network. (Who says watching TV is a waste?) We watch a ton of Food Network and always learn a lot! Last Saturday, we happened to catch Tyler Florence on the Barefoot Contessa. Among several things, he was making some deep fried chicken. It was dredged in a spicy flour mixture, and just looked so good! It looked so delicious we decided it was finally time to buy a dutch oven and try our hand at deep frying. We bought a cast iron dutch oven, it worked great!

Key Lime Pie


It seems summer is starting to come to a close around here. It still feels like summer during the afternoon, but there is a bit of a cooler crisp air in the mornings. The local public schools and college around town are back in session. Water parks and pools are about to be closed for the year. It's a little sad as I've always loved summer. Don't get me wrong, I do love the cooler weather and seasonal flavors that fall has to offer. But, I will be a little sad to see summer go. If you are like me, than I have a great recipe for you today! We can hold on to summer together with this delicious Key Lime Pie recipe, courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

If you've read my blog much, then you probably know I am obsessed with enjoy watching the Food Network. It has inspired my husband and I to get more creative in the kitchen, and we have learned SO much. Several of my savory dishes have been from shows we have watched. (Any Tyler Florence fans? Check back Friday for his delicious fried chicken recipe!!) Almost every single Food Network inspired dessert has come from one of my favorites, The Pioneer Woman. Seriously, I haven't tried anything of hers that was bad. My mother-in-law has made some of her savory dishes as well, everything is great!

Sweet Tooth Tuesdays #16


Welcome to week 16 of my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays link party! If this is you first time, welcome! I look forward to this party each week, it's one of my favorite features of my blog. I have been inspired by so many delicious recipes and creative crafts! Thanks to everyone that continues to link up week after week, you help keep the party fun.

There were some tasty dishes and creative ideas linked up last week! Check out four of my favorite features below. I pin the features each week on my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays Pinterest board. I also try to share the features on various social media sites each week.


Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Red Cottage Chronicles
Almond Financiers from Twigg Studios
16 Ways to Use Blue and White from Uniquely Undone
Ham and Cheese Biscuit Pull Aparts from Makin' It Mo' Betta

Here's a quick way to follow me on my social media sites:


Sarah Lynn's Sweets

Now for the party! Link up and have fun checking out the other projects. I'd love for you to tweet about linking up to the party to help spread the word.

Turn Everyday Items into Cake Tools!


If you missed my kick-off last week, I'm doing a series on cake decorating tips and tricks. These ideas are things I have learned to help save time and money. One thing I quickly found when I started decorating is that you can spend a lot of money on the hobby! I do make and sell some cakes, but I'm definitely not in it for the money. I enjoy being able to use profits from the cake to help offset the costs of my tools and supplies, and maybe expand my collection some. But, I also like finding ways to utilize items I already have to help me with decorating.

Last week, I showed you how I saved a ton of money by using Play-Doh tools to create some fondant pieces, instead of buying an expensive clay tool. This week I've got some everyday household items that you can use to aid in cake decorating. Some of these help save money, some save time, and some just help you take your cake to the next level! You may already be using some of these 5 items, but some might surprise you as well.

Andes Mint Cookies


One thing I've noticed with my blog is that certain themes and flavor combinations appear over and over. Some of them have even kind of surprised me! Before my blog, I always liked bananas, but I was never a huge banana fan. I much preferred strawberry or orange flavored treats. Once I started baking, though, I discovered how great bananas can be in cake and cookies, and have made so many treats with them! There are too many to even name quickly, you can find them all grouped together here. Another recurring flavor? Andes mint! That probably shouldn't be a total surprise to me, though, it is my husband's favorite candy. I've made Andes mint cupcakes and Andes mint brownies.

My latest Andes mint creation was brought on by me wanting to make something special for my husband as a welcome home gift. My husband had been gone all last week on a work trip. He came back last Saturday (yay!) and I decided to bake something I knew he would love. I was coming up with some ideas, and then I thought of Andes mint cookies! I didn't look around online, but I'm sure I'm not the first to try this out. I was excited to experiment with the cookies, though. I decided to use a chocolate chip cookie recipe and then simply replace the chocolate chips with chopped up Andes mints.
The verdict? My husband loved the cookies! A couple quick things to note. First, some of the mints get chopped up much finer than a chocolate chip would be, so there is a lot more in these cookies. This recipe is definitely loaded with Andes mints. My husband loved it that way, but you could also reduce the amount of Andes mints in the recipe. Secondly, in the pics you will notice I cut the recipe in half.

Strawberry Kiwi Sherbet


Have you been following my I Dream of Ice Cream series? So far I've shared two recipes - Very Vanilla Ice Cream and Cake Batter Ice Cream. I'm continuing today with a third frozen treat. This week I decided to try a strawberry kiwi sherbet. I love practically anything strawberry flavored, but I wanted to mix it up a little and add in the kiwi flavor too!  I love the combination of those two fruits. When I was younger, my absolute favorite drink was Strawberry Kiwi Gatorade. I haven't been able to find it in years, but I used to drink it all the time.

I decided to twist a strawberry sherbet recipe, using about a 3:1 ratio of strawberries to kiwi. That seemed to be common in various other strawberry kiwi recipes. What I found was that while the color resembled just strawberry, the kiwi flavor was still really strong. Next time, I might reduce it down even more. I liked the flavor, I'd just like the strawberry to be a tad more prominent. I've included the recipe the way I did it, but just note you might want to add in a little more strawberry.

Sweet Tooth Tuesdays #15


Welcome to week 15 of my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays link party! If this is you first time, welcome! I look forward to this party each week, it's one of my favorite features of my blog. I have been inspired by so many delicious recipes and creative crafts! Thanks to everyone that continues to link up week after week, you help keep the party fun.

There were some tasty dishes and creative ideas linked up last week! I always love the sweets, but I was particularly excited about some of the savory dishes last week. There were some great ideas that I have to try. I'm always looking for new and creative meal ideas. Check out four of my favorite features below. I pin the features each week on my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays Pinterest board. I also try to share the features on various social media sites each week.


One-Pan Potatoes and Pepper Steak from Plucky's Second Thought
Chair Makeover from If It's Not Baroque...
Lemon Pepper Chicken Rolls from The Princess & Her Cowboys

Here's a quick way to follow me on my social media sites:


Sarah Lynn's Sweets

Now for the party! Link up and have fun checking out the other projects. I'd love for you to tweet about linking up to the party to help spread the word.

Lovely Ladybugs #2


Today is the second (and final) part to my ladybug cake decorating series. You may recall I made some ladybug cupcakes last week. I loved working on these cakes for a little girl's first birthday party, it was such a great end of summer party theme. The cupcakes were for her birthday party, but I also made a smash cake for her actual birthday. I had several different ideas of what I wanted to make, but decided to go with a cake shaped like a ladybug!

New Series: Cake Decorating Tips and Tricks


I'm starting a new series on my blog - Cake Decorating Tricks and Tips. Cake decorating and working with fondant can be extremely overwhelming - not to mention expensive. I've learned a lot through experience, especially when things went wrong and I had to come up with a way to make it work. This series won't be about specific decorating ideas like my other posts, but rather inexpensive and easier alternatives to different aspects of cake decorating.

Something Savory #6


It's been a while since I did a Something Savory post, I actually missed doing one in July. You may recall my last savory post was for crockpot BBQ chicken and bacon twice baked potatoes. Today I'm doing a copycat recipe of one of my favorite restaurant dishes! 

One of my absolute favorite restaurants is The Cheesecake Factory, and it's not just because of the cheesecake. In fact, I've rarely been able to eat the cheesecake at the restaurant, we always get it to go. Their extensive menu is filled with tons of amazing dishes and the portions are huge! We usually fill up on bread and fried macaroni and cheese before the meal even comes. So what is my meal of choice? Cajun Jambalaya Pasta!

Makes me hungry just looking at it!

I had the evening to myself the other night, so I decided I would try to create a copycat version of the recipe. I started by looking around online and found what I assume is the official recipe. It was extremely involved! There were tons of spices and many complicated steps. I quickly realized that the full out recipe might be better suited for a Saturday or Sunday when I have more time. Currently, I get home from work at 5:00 and am usually pretty hungry then! I kept looking around online and found some much more simplified versions, so I decided to try that. The recipe I ended up trying was sort of a hodgepodge of various recipes and ideas I found.


Sweet Tooth Tuesdays #14


Welcome to week 14 of my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays link party! If this is you first time, welcome! I look forward to this party each week, it's one of my favorite features of my blog. I have been inspired by so many delicious recipes and creative crafts! Thanks to everyone that continues to link up week after week, you help keep the party fun.

Some of you may recall last week I was doing my Crazy for Chevron party. I had the link party, but didn't share features. Today's features are a mix of my favorites from the past two weeks. Trust me, it was hard to pick! There were some amazing ideas. I did have a chevron project linked up during the party, so I was excited about that! It is such a cute idea for teachers. Below are the latest features. I also pin this on Pinterest and share on social media. 

I love all these features, but I just have to say I am drooling over the white chocolate fudge. I LOVE white chocolate and Reese's!! I would definitely have to share this fudge with others to keep from eating the whole batch myself. The Snickers cake also looks amazing...as do the butterscotch blondies. All some of my favorite sweet treat flavors. 


Chevron Subject Frames for Teachers from 3rd Grade Grapevine
Butterscotch Brownies from Your Home Based Mom
Snickers Cake from Something Sweet Winnie's Blog

Here's a quick way to follow me on my social media sites:


Sarah Lynn's Sweets

Now for the party! Link up and have fun checking out the other projects. I'd love for you to tweet about linking up to the party to help spread the word.

Lovely Ladybugs #1


Today I'm kicking off part one of a cake decorating series all about ladybugs! Last week I worked on a smash cake and cupcakes for a little girl's first birthday. I made a smash cake for her birthday, and then cupcakes for her party. You may recall this is my fourth first birthday party I have worked on this year, I really love making the smash cakes and party treats! Earlier this year I made cakes for a garden themed party, an elephant party, and a sea turtle party. The ladybug theme has been my favorite to work on, though. It was such a great end of the summer theme!

For part one, I am going to focus on the cupcakes I made for the party. Half of the cupcakes for the guests were topped with a ladybug fondant topper. The other half of the cupcakes were piped with red icing with chocolate chip "spots." To finish out the cupcakes, I made a special one just for the birthday girl! Her cupcake was covered with buttercream piped to resemble a ladybug.


I made the ladybug fondant toppers about a week before the party. They were easy to make, and looked really cute on the cupcakes! Here's the steps I used to create them.

Ladybug Fondant Toppers:
  • Roll out red fondant to around 1/16 in
  • Cut out circles using around an 1 1/2 in diameter cookie cutter (one for each topper)
  • Roll black fondant out to the same thickness
  • Using the same cookie cutter, cut out black circles (one for each topper)
  • Using a metal spatula, cut out a wedge of the red circles
  • Attach the red portion to the top of the black circle using gum glue (fondant or gum paste dissolved in water)
  • Create a wide oval-like shape for the face of the ladybug using the cookie cutter
  • Attach the black oval to the edge of the topper
  • Roll out black fondant paper thin
  • Punch out the spots using the end of the Wilton #21 tip - four per topper
  • Attach the spots using gum glue
  • Create small white fondant circles for the eyes
  • Attach the white circles on the black oval 
  • Finish off the eyes by drawing black dots in the center of the white circles
  • Here's the finished product

I decorated 12 cupcakes with the fondant toppers. Another dozen cupcakes were decorated with red icing piped with the 2D tip. To create the lady bug look, I added "spots" using chocolate chips. Here's a pic of the chocolate chip cupcakes.


Finally I made a special cupcake, just for the birthday girl to enjoy! I made her a smash cake for her actual birthday (I'll be sharing that next week). But, for the party I just made a cupcake. I used red and black buttercream to pipe a cute little ladybug on the top of the cupcake!


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I had a blast making them. Come back next Monday to check out the smash cake!  Make sure and follow me on Facebook/Twitter (or follow my blog) to keep up with my latest posts. This week I hope to be sharing a new Something Savory recipe, as well as another entry in my I Dream of Ice Cream series.

Chevron DIY Round-Up


It's the final day of the "Crazy for Chevron" party! I can't believe it's over, but I will definitely be doing another party like this in a couple months. Things are going back to normal next week, but I've got some great posts. I'm kicking off a two part series on ladybug themed cakes and cupcakes, you won't want to miss it! I'm also in the process of testing out a some new recipes this, so hopefully I'll have a new Something Savory post AND a new I Dream of Ice Cream!

Back to the chevron part finale. I'm ending the week with a round-up of chevron ideas and tutorials for decorating I found around the web. Make sure and check out my DIY tutorial post with ideas to spruce up your home office.

First on the list is this adorable chevron tray from Chez Larsson. I love the look of this, and the tutorial is really easy to follow. I definitely want to make something like this for our kitchen. 

{Photo from ChezLarsson.com}

I love wreaths, especially simple ones like this adorable chevron wreath! I love everything about this wreath - the print, color scheme, and flower accents. 


Next, we have this adorable chevron wall hanging from Mini's Mama. This DIY tutorial is super simple, but adds a nice accent piece to a room! The great thing is there are so many different choices for chevron print material - you can really find something that works great for any room and color scheme. The base is just foam, so it is light and easy to hang up!

{Photo from MinisMama.com - check out her tutorial, so simple!}

I'm LOVING this next project from Pocketful of Plenty!! Not only is this chevron fridge completely adorable, and so creative, but it is also a great option for those of us renting. It looks like paint, but the design is actually just white contact paper (it's a black fridge). As someone who is renting, I love finding projects I can incorporate into our space!

{Photo from PocketfulofPretty.com - check out this tutorial!!}

Here is another tutorial for some cute chevron wall art ideas! I love the monogram one - so cute! I also like the chevron is glittery, makes a cute statement.



Thanks for checking out my chevron party! Hope you enjoyed it and you will continue to follow my regular posts as well. Don't forget to follow my blog, or follow me on social media, to keep up with my latest projects and posts!

Chevron Home Office Makeover


We are coming to the last couple days of my Crazy for Chevron party. This week has flown by! Hope you've enjoyed the party, I will definitely have to try this again sometime. I'd love to hear what theme you'd like to see next time! Tomorrow I will finish things off with a round-up of my favorite DIY projects from other blogs and Pinterest.

Today's post was inspired by a get together with a couple of my friends. We had a Pinterest party and decided to make fabric covered cork boards. When we headed to buy some fabric, I knew I wanted to get something chevron! I went back and forth between the pink print and the red. I love pink, but decided to try something different and went with the red. 

I had extra fabric, so after the party I started going a little "chevron crazy" and covering other items in the office as well! Our project definitely inspired me. There's a lot more I want to do to our office space, but these accent pieces made a big difference! Here's how I got started, though.

Fabric Covered Bulletin Board materials:
  • Cork bulletin board
  • Modge Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue Gun
  • Fabric
Fabric Covered Bulletin Board instructions:
  • Cut fabric down to just over the size of the bulletin board
  • Cover front of cork bulletin board with a layer of Modge Podge (this just helps it stick better to the board, you wouldn't have to do this step, but it sealed the fabric to the board)
  • Turn board over and stick in the center of the back of the fabric
  • Fold the fabric around the back and wrap like a present
  • Glue the flaps sides down to the cork board
  • Let dry

Sorry I didn't get a lot of pictures, we were busy talking and I forgot to take some! 

Once I got home I put the bulletin board in our office space. We haven't really gotten it all set-up, so it added a cute touch. Then I got to thinking, maybe I could make some additional pieces for the room, I still had some material left.

The next thing I decided to tackle was a mousepad. I had an old mousepad that had pictures printed on it, but it had definitely seen better days. The photos had faded and there were cracks in various spots, it definitely needed a little help... I decided to give it a face lift by using some of the leftover fabric! I did get more pictures for this makeover.

DIY Fabric Covered Mousepad materials:
  • Fabric
  • Mousepad
  • Glue gun
DIY Fabric Covered Mousepad instructions:
  • Cut fabric down to just larger than the mousepad
  • Place mousepad down on fabric
  • Hot glue the two sides down on the mousepad
  • Cut slits in the four corners
  • Glue down corner flap

  • Glue down top and bottom flaps
  • Let dry

I finished out the fabric by covering a mail organizer I had. I glued a piece of fabric onto the front, and then covered a piece on to the back piece of the mail organizer.

Here's the final pieces individually, as well as all together in the space. We're still renting, so there's not a lot we can do to the walls. I can't wait until we have our own house again and can paint! But for now, I think these pieces add a cute touch to the area!

New Chevron Mousepad

Updated Mail Organizer

New bulletin board - hard to see but I found cute polka dot push pins for it!

And here's the final look! Like I said, we have a lot more we could do, but this is a cute start! 


Come back next week as I kick of a two part series on ladybug cakes/cupcakes. I've also got some fun recipes to share!

Feel free to share this party on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Here is my button for the party:

Sweet Tooth Tuesdays
<a href="http://sarahlynnssweets.blogspot.com/search/label/crazyforchevron" target="_blank"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2864/9430735589_cc579cbb4f_m.jpg" alt="Crazy for Chevron" width="250" height="250" /></a>

Sweet Chevron: A Pinterest Round-Up


Well, we've got just a few more days left of this special week-long tribute to chevron! Hope you've enjoyed the party, I had a blast working on these posts and experimenting with some new types of content to share. Next week, I will be back to my more traditional baking and cake decorating posts. Check back Monday as I will be kicking off a 2 part series all about decorating ladybug cupcakes and cakes!

But for now, let's get back to the chevron series. To recap what we've seen so far in this chevron series:

Sunday - I showed you how to make a chevron cake topper
Monday - I shared my wish list of shopping ideas for chevron clothes and accessories
Tuesday - I made a twist to my traditional Sweet Tooth Tuesday link party and asked for you to share YOUR chevron ideas (it's still going on, so link up)
Wednesday - I taught you how to make a customizable chevron pattern using PicMonkey

Still to come:

Tomorrow: DIY projects to spruce up your home office (really excited about this one!)
Saturday: A final round-up of my favorite chevron DIY projects

So, what am I sharing today? Well, today I have a sweet (and tasty) Pinterest round-up. All of these ideas are delicious-looking treats that have a chevron theme incorporated. Honestly, I wasn't sure how much you could do with chevron and food - there are a lot of creative people out there!

First up, are some adorable chevron cupcake toppers. These elegant toppers would help create a chic and sophisticated cupcake, perfect for a special occasion!


I love the colors and design of this adorable cake, my next feature in the round-up!  The orange fondant chevron details really take this cake to the next level. 


Apparently chevron isn't just limited to fondant work, either. Look at these wonderful chevron cookies, I love these!! The precision of the icing is amazing. The link from Pinterest wasn't for the tutorial and I had to do a bit of link hopping to find it, but I did! If you'd like to see how these cookies were made, the original tutorial can be found here.


My absolute favorite chevron sweet treat has to be this AMAZING chevron cake roll! It seems like it has a lot of steps, but how cute would this be at a party? Plus, it has strawberry filling - yum!! I couldn't include the whole screen shot of the pin (it is super long), but you have to check out the steps to make this. How creative!!


Hope you enjoyed these sweets! I definitely want to try out the cake roll, and the cookies! Check back tomorrow for a cute DIY tutorial on updating the look of your home office. Saturday I'll finish off the party with a final DIY round-up! Feel free to share this party on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Here is my button for the party:

Sweet Tooth Tuesdays
<a href="http://sarahlynnssweets.blogspot.com/search/label/crazyforchevron" target="_blank"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2864/9430735589_cc579cbb4f_m.jpg" alt="Crazy for Chevron" width="250" height="250" /></a>