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Friday, September 30, 2011

Thanks for the Shout-Out!

Bloggers are some of the best people I know, so supportive and encouraging. Thank you to these fabulous blogs for the recent shout-outs to Hi Sugarplum and my projects!! You know I love you more than my luggage.

Bookcase Makeover

Summer Swoon Guest Post

Babygirl's Room

Bookcase Makeover

Halloween Front Porch

Bookcase Makeover

Knot Mirror

Now & Then Guest Post

Back to School Guest Post

Armoire Makeover

Window Pelmet

It's the Small Things - Outfit Inspirations

Pillow Score!

Super(model) Mom

Outfit Inspirations

Painting the Brick Fireplace

Happy weekend, lovebugs! I hope to finish a craft I'm really excited about, as well as the Living Room Mantel! I'll show you next week if all goes well.

***If I've missed anyone on the Features Spotlight, shoot me an email and I'll include you next time!!***

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boston Cream Cupcakes

We celebrated Mr. Sugarplum's birthday this past weekend...with lots of food, a date night, and as we do every year...a Boston Cream Pie (his favorite)!

Except this year I was inspired by these to make it in a smaller form....Boston Cream Cupcakes!

boston cream cupcake

They are surprisingly easy to make, and lots of fun for the kids since there are multiple bowls to lick, and scraps to gobble up. All you need are some yellow cupcakes, custard filling and chocolate glaze.


I'm a box cake girl, but always jazz it up with help from The Cake Mix Doctor. I wanted a dense cake, so I followed this recipe:

yellow cake recipe
Print picture for recipe card

As for the filling, you're welcome to make custard from scratch, or you can let Instant Jello do the work (duh). Follow the directions on the box for pie filling, which calls for less milk and results in a thicker pudding.

Next comes the fun part, assembly! This step is much easier if your filling is really cold, and you firm up the cupcakes by placing them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes first.

cupcake collage

1. Using a paring knife, cut a hole in the center of the cupcake, and remove the middle of the cake. Don't eat it (yet)!
2. Fill the hole with custard filling, about 3/4 to the top.
3. Slice off the bottom of the cake core (eat that!), leaving just a cake disc.
4. Replace the topper and gently pat down.
The final step is the chocolate glaze. You can make ganache from scratch, or you can let Duncan Hines do the work and pick up this 'amazing' glaze. (duh) And the product doesn't lie, it is amazing.


Within a few minutes, the glaze sets to a dense, dark chocolate.


I haven't exactly perfected the glazing technique, as mine is more blob than glaze. But whatever. You'd eat it.


Since we were celebrating Mr. Sugarplum's birthday, I assembled a little bunting with scrapbook paper, string and cocktail picks. He thought they were goal posts. Mmmkay.


The picture is borderline oogie, but trust me, we couldn't shove them in our mouths fast enough! TWSS Git in Mah Belly! And my face, hands and hair apparently (they're messy).

boston cream cupcake

Yep, so good you just want to bathe in them. Now that I know the secret of getting the creamy goodness in the middle, I foresee more variations of cake and cream!

What is your birthday cake or dessert of choice? Do you have the same one every year?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Easy Fall Centerpiece

The first day of Fall was officially last week, unfortunately Texas is late getting the memo. But even though it's still 90-degrees and we're in the pool every weekend, I was itching to start the transition to Fall decor inside.

I threw together an easy centerpiece and thought I'd share.


I picked up some new leafy stems from the Fall aisle at Michaels, and added them to my existing yellow flowers from World Market, along with some manzanita-looking branches. I rarely use faux-flowers, but stems tend to look pretty realistic.

Picnik collage

I tied the branches loosely together to help them stand more upright, and filled the glass vase with mini-pumpkins for the added Fall vibe.


The ceilings in the Dining Room are really high, so I don't have to worry about it being too tall. I actually like it looking a little overgrown and unruly, it feels more true to nature that way.

fall centerpiece

And, um, another reason I have so much vertical space is because I had the remodeled chandelier taken down. We were having a ceiling fan installed on the back patio this Summer, and on a whim I had the electrician take down the chandelier so I could paint it again. But that never happened. I think now I'll wait to decide the chandelier's fate once I move on to the Dining Room makeover (yep, it's coming too).

So the tall centerpiece is a nice distraction to the obvious void left behind. Thank goodness for Lamp-A-Looza, or the Dining Room would be out of commission every evening. Which would reeeeally please my son who constantly objects to his piano practice.

fall centerpiece

It's a small change, but it's a start. Next step is to complete the fireplace/mantel makeover so I can get to decorating it for the season!


Have you started making cha-cha-cha-cha-changes?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{Sponsor Love & Giveaway} Blondies Shop

I'm thrilled to introduce you to my latest sponsor, Blondie's Shop!

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Heather makes the most adorable, hand-made notecards, invitations, birth announcements and thank-you cards.

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Some have a vintage feel,

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While others are more contemporary. But they all are perfectly made, and her attention to detail is evident.

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She also takes custom orders, so I asked her for a monogrammed card that coordinated with my blog. I was blown away by what she did!!!

blondie shop

I'm so flattered that she named her new collection, The Sugarplum Monogram. There's no question that anyone receiving Heather's hand-made cards will feel special. I love the little bonus card she included so much that I may never mail it out, though!

blondie shop

And, as readers of Hi Sugarplum!, you all get 20% off every order at Blondie's Shop! 
Just enter HISUGARPLUM as your promo code.


Annnnnd, it just keeps getting better! Heather has offered one lucky duck reader 
$15 in shop credit!

Leave a comment to enter.
Extra entries by naming your favorite items from Blondie's Shop.

Good Luck!

***Giveaway open until October 2. Winner announced October 3.***

Monday, September 26, 2011

Off the Shelf

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on Friday's post. It's an amazing feeling to know you have friends everywhere backing you up! I'm constantly astounded by all the unexpected blessings blogging has brought to my life. I hope you know the feeling is mutual!!

The school year is now in full-swing, and life's demands are picking up. These days I'm dreaming less about paint, and more about a quiet afternoon alone at the book store! Sitting with a pumpkin spice latte in hand (aaaah, Fall!), I could lose myself in these books.

This one isn't out yet, but it looks to be another good addition to my Book Wish List!

Do you have any of these in your collection? What would you do with an afternoon to yourself?


And a very special Happy Birthday to my Mr. Sugarplum! I adore you!


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