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I truly admire my daughter, Maddy, for her ability to choose a vegan lifestyle and stick to it the way that she does. We have a lot of family dinners around here and there are sometimes very few choices for her to eat, even though I try to make sure there are some vegan choices. Also, there are a lot of temptations! Just yesterday we had a big dinner and there was delicious Texas Sheet Cake! Definitely not vegan and Maddy had to pass on it as she ate her rice and fruit choices. I felt bad for her, even though she was uncomplaining. I know that I do not have that kind of will power. Well, while I searched for my Texas Sheet Cake recipe, I came across another old recipe that I had forgotten about. It is this Goofy Chocolate Cake that has no eggs, no milk and can easily be sweetened in a vegan way. Since there were many people here yesterday and the Texas Cake is just about gone, I decided to make up this cake this morning as a surprise for Madalynn! She deserves a reward.
Besides not containing any eggs or dairy products, this recipe is inexpensive to make! When you are out of eggs and milk, you can still have chocolate cake that is delicious! It rises very well and is fluffy and super chocolaty. I think that the secret to the rise is the combination of vinegar and baking soda. We all know what those ingredients do in science project volcanoes! Don't worry, you don't taste the vinegar at all, just the delicious chocolate taste that comes from the cocoa powder used in this recipe.
You can frost the cake however you would like, of course. Just remember that if you are keeping it vegan not to use dairy in your frosting! Here are a few alternatives:
I love chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, so I used the almond milk alternative for Maddy's cake.
This cake is rich and moist. I believe that it can rival any chocolate cake out there! I don't think Maddy will have to eat the entire thing on her own.
As you all should know by now, my mother and I recently took a week long trip to Disneyland. (She blogged about our top tips to make the most of your trip here. One of the things we did before the trip was make our own Minnie Mouse ears to wear around the park. These things usually retail for around $25. We made ours for a fraction of that price, around $5 a pair. And they came out so cute! We got complimented on them each day we wore them, and characters we met noticed they were different from typical ears so it made for interesting interactions. If you’re ready for your own cute and unique ears, keep reading to see how we did it. There is some minor sewing involved, but it really heightened the look and integrity of the ears.
To make these adorable easy Minnie ears you will need:
Fabric of your choice. (We chose faux fur because we were basing our ears off of specific characters)
Ribbon of your choice (Again, ours matched the characters we chose)
Headbands (or here)
Constructing the ears is simple.
*Print the template out. There is one labeled for fabric and one labeled for cardstock. Cut out the fabric one and trace it onto the backside of your fabric 4 times. Cut these out and put them in pairs of two. Pin each pair together so the backside is facing out (they will look inside out). Sew around the outside of the ears, leaving the bottom open. Once they are sewn together, flip them right side out through the open bottom.
*Now cut out the cardstock template and trace 2 of those out onto your cardstock. Cut them out and insert them into the ears through the open bottom. These will help keep your ears sturdy.
*Stuff the ears with the cotton stuffing, being sure to get it on both sides of the cardstock and right up around the edges inside. Once the ears are as fluffy as you like, set them aside.
*Measure your headband and cut out a strip of your fabric the same length and about double the width as it. Using hot glue, attach the fabric to the headband. It is easiest to do this in small sections, working from one side to the other.
*Once that is dry, grab the ears again. Hot glue the open bottoms shut. Once the glue is dry, place the ears on the headband where you want them. When you think they look good, hot glue them in place.
The last step is the easiest. Create a bow with your choice of ribbon and attach it to the center of the headband with hot glue. I also glued it onto the ears where they touched to add strength.
And that’s it! Easy, but so cute and durable. They survived getting soaked on splash mountain and the intense heat of California at noon, so they can take a lot. If you follow our tutorial and make your own Minnie Mouse ears, tag us on social media so we can see! Happy crafting!
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Part of the fun of fall is all of the cute fall porches people set up. Small touches really add a lot of festivity to a home. Unfortunately for some of us, we don't have a lot of room to work with. Maybe you live in an apartment or like us, just don't have very much porch space. If that's the case, I have come up with four ideas that you can use to really bring the festivity of fall to your doorstep.
The first idea is this super simple DIY to display your house or apartment numbers. Simply gather a fake pumpkin, a paint pen, and a stencil of the numbers you will need. I created mine using microsoft word and an exacto knife. Secure the stencil to the pumpkin and trace the numbers. When I did this, i thought it was easiest to fill them in without the stencil still in place, but do it however you find easiest. I also painted the stem of my pumkpin to match the numbers. Once finished, you can use a sealing spray to seal it all in before displaying it. This is perfect for a small space because it can be easily displayed in a window sill, as shown. No porch space is taken up!
A really easy way to add that fall touch to your porch is through fall foliage. Fake flowers can be inexpensive, they never die, and they add plenty of color and interest to any fall display. You can have as many or as little as you'd like, and you can really put them anywhere. Pots can go in a window sill, on the ground, or you can grab one that hangs from the ceiling. But anywhere you put them, they will look beautiful and festive.
Make your entrance more fall appropriate and welcoming by adding a wreath or cute sign. In an older post, I showed you how to make this rustic fall wreath. If you don't have time to DIY one, a cute sign can definitely send the message. We put this owl one out every year! It takes up no space on the porch, so it's perfect for an apartment or small space.
The last DIY is this sign I made that says "Harvest". I've seen this in a couple different places and thought it would be perfect for my porch set up, so I had to make it. For this you will need a large piece of wood, at least two different colors of paint, and a stencil for whatever you would like your sign to say. This stencil was made much in the same way the one for the pumpkin was. Before any painting, be sure to sand the wood on both sides and on the edges to avoid any splinters! Then paint on your base coat and use the stencils to paint on the words. I found it was easiest brush on the base coat and then use a sponge for the stencils. I stopped here, but if you wanted to do a light sanding after the paint is dry to make it look more aged, that would also be incredibly cute.
I love the way this project turned out and it only took about an hour to do. It doesn't take up too much space on the porch, but is an amazing statement piece (literally!).
That's our fall porch this year. It's fun and festive, but so easy to produce and perfect for small spaces like ours. If you use any of our ideas, be sure to take a picture and share it with us on social media! Or if you have any of your own ideas, leave them in a comment down below. And keep an eye out for more fall fun from all of us here at 3 Winks!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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