Wednesday, July 16

Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share Link Party

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Here's some things going on over at SWEET HAUTE...
What's currently in my Diaper Bag

 Tree Slice Initial Chalkboard by Curly Crafty Mom
Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops

 Pantry Organization Makeover- Fit and HAPPY!

DIY Magnetic Pin Board- Tutorial

Hi and the Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share link party! Are you on the list? I am so happy to check out all of your DIY projects, yummy recipes, organizational efforts, and home decor creations that you've come here to share with everyone!

Here’s how to "link up" to the party:
  1. Scroll down, and click the “Add your Link” button.
  2. Fill in required fields. Make sure you link to the direct page of your specific blog post – not the main page of your blog. I welcome you to share as many posts as you like, just please do not share stores or spam.
  3. View other projects from blogs at the party!
  4. Last but not least, please link back to this post to spread the word that I'm hosting the party each week. If you’d like, share the badge above on your blog post; a text link is ok too.
Now go for it and have a blast! {Heads Up: it can be addictive} ;) Please feel free to 'Pin' or 'Tweet' about the weekly Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share linky party so others can join in on the mayhem, and remember to visit here the following week to see which posts have been featured this week. Features will also be 'Pinned' on the SWEET HAUTE Feature Pinterest board! To make your own linky party or gallery of work, click here to sign up, it's that easy!
THANK YOU to everyone that linked up any of their projects at last week's party.
Hello Sunshine Pallet Sign- Little House of Four
Fried Nutella Balls.  Let me say that again - FRIED NUTELLA BALLS.


The most delicious Blueberry Dump Cake recipe ever!

Monday, July 14

Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops: Tutorial {SWEET}

Take it away.....!
Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops-Mama's High Strung
Tutorial: Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops

These days you’re lucky if the ice cream truck passes through your neighborhood. Really lucky. Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops-Mama's High Strung When I was younger, we would chase the “ice cream man” down the street so we could find a little relief from the scorching West Texas sun. I can still taste that deliciously cold coconut ice pop and feel it slowly dripping down my hand. Pure magic. Sadly, there are no trucks in our neighborhood. But I can still recreate a little bit of the fun with these Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops. I added fruit because it really makes the cold treats POP! For this recipe, I used Nopro’s Ice Pop Maker that makes 10 3-ounce ice pops. If you don’t have an ice pop mold, go old-school and pour them into a paper cup or an ice cube tray. What memories. What magic.   
Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops
Coconut Raspberry Ice Pops-Mama's High Strung  
prep: 15 minutes (plus 5 hours or more in the freezer)  

you’ll need…  
¾ cup coconut water 
¼ cup sugar 
1 can (12.5 ounces) coconut milk (low-fat or lite work well, too!) 
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 
¾ cup shredded coconut 
1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries  

let's get to it...  

Stir coconut water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.  

Pour coconut milk, vanilla and shredded coconut into a blender container. Pulse blend for 30-seconds to 1 minute. Add the cooled coconut water and sugar mixture to the blender and pulse blend for 30 seconds.  

Divide raspberries evenly between pop molds (about 1 tablespoon each pop, more or less depending on the size of the berries). Pour the coconut mixture evenly into each mold. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, about 5 hours.  

Tip: Blueberries, black berries and strawberries also work great!

Thank you for that refreshing summer treat tutorial from Christina at Mama's High Strung blog.
Some of my favorite blog posts by her are:

Chocolate Dipping Tips

Grenada's Spice Market

6-Ingredient Strawberry Flan

Fresh Summer Corn and Black Bean Salad with Tequila Vinaigrettejpg

How to Sauté Fish
Summer Corn and Black Bean Salad with Tequila Vinaigrette - See more at:

Be sure to stop by and visit her, leave a comment and check out all her recipes! Let her know you found her on SWEET HAUTE blog. Stayed tuned for more tutorials...

~Be Sweet
Sweetest Haute

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Sunday, July 13

Tree Slice Initial Chalkboard- Tutorial

Tree/ Wood Slice Monogram Initial Chalkboard- Tutorial


Visiting today is a very creatively inclined blogger....

Take it away Carrie.....!!!

Today I am sharing with you a project that I have had in my mind forever... I purchased this tree trunk slice from a local nursery for $5.00 last Spring! I had several ideas in my head on what to do with it... but, finally I decided I wanted to make it into a chalkboard sign! This was actually my first chalkboard paint craft ever, which it may be good to start out small... because, I really want to paint a wall in our kitchen (a small wall, it is one side of our pantry) with chalkboard paint!! Anyway, now that I have done this project... I want to go back to the nursery to see if I can buy a couple more tree trunk slices (is that what they are called?).

The supplies were minimal for this... tree trunk slice, chalkboard paint (Hobby Lobby in the tempera paint section) and burlap ribbon (with the wire on the edges, so you can bend/shape/mold it).

With a pencil, trace a ring around the tree trunk slice, so you can use it as a guide when you start painting it.

Outline the pencil with a fine brush with the chalkboard paint.

Use a thicker brush to paint horizontally. Let dry for 24 hours.

Paint vertically. Let dry for 24 hours. (These were the exact directions on the bottle.)

If you follow along on my blog, you know I do not make a bow without my fancy schnancy Bowdabra bow maker.

I made a burlap bow with 5 loops on each side, then I hot glued it to the tree trunk slice AFTER I finished drawing the initial on it with the chalk.

Draw your initial, I drew it in pencil first... then I drew over it with my chalk pen.

I'm not exactly sure where I will display this yet... but, I took it out back for some photos in the sunlight! I am thinking I will either place it on our front porch against our 2-seater bench or in the living room against our faux tree. 

Isn't the bow on this fabulous? You really can't beat the Bowdabra... they even make a mini Bowdabra.

This tree trunk slice is pretty sturdy, it was cut thick and it is not light! I am really hoping the nursery still has some that I can buy... I am thinking a table topper next... or a plant base.

I was thinking it would be fun to change up the bow on this for some of the seasons, I could use orange burlap for Halloween or red for Christmas... then, I could write a holiday themed quote on the chalkboard.



Just a few more photos for your viewing pleasure

So. I just went to Hobby Lobby specifically for this item. #hadtohaveit #nocluewhereitsgoing #50percentoff
So, today I decided to go into Hobby Lobby for this SPECIFIC item. I saw someone post a photo on IG and I knew I had to have the gold stag! Brian just shook his head... but, he just doesn't understand how long I have been looking for one of these. Thank goodness it was 50% off, because it was $60 full price... GULP. Now, I need to start planning where I am going to put this beauty!
Thank you, that inspirational tutorial about DIY decor and chalkboard...(what more does a girl want)  from Curly Crafty Mom blog. Some of my favorite posts by her are:





 Be sure and stop by and visit her blog, leave a comment to let your know you were visiting and you found her on SWEET HAUTE. Stay tuned for more tutorials to come...

~Be Sweet
Sweetest Haute

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