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KCL Friday Finds

Happy weekend, guys!! I've got one beautiful small biz to share with you today, and then I'm doing things a bit differently for today's Friday Finds. I'm getting a bit overwhelmed with complimentary goodies this week, and I wanted to take this time to share my favorites with you. I'll be doing an unboxing video featuring the sample items, to post next week! But first, I did want to share one gorgeous shop with you guys. Check it all out below! Pictured: Minimalist Woven Pillow


Pictured above are some handwoven home goods by Melody Fulone. Her shop is full of unique and beautifully woven wall hangings, pillows, many other home accessories; and even a bit of fiber art jewelry. I really love the neutral colors and the modern designs.

Shop the 2018 Winter Collection. And keep an eye out for a DIY kit for a crochet wall hanging in a few weeks. Melody will also be releasing her spring collection in late March!


This next brand will go into both an unboxing as well as a B…

Easy Robin's Egg Easter Cupcakes


 
If you want to switch up the typical carrot cake this Easter and serve something chocolatey instead, these adorable bird's nest cupcakes are perfect. I know they've become a staple for most people this time of year. I used a devil's food chocolate cake recipe to balance out the sweetness of the toppings. You can use the basic recipe below or start with an easy boxed mix. These Easter cupcakes often call for coconut flakes, but I thought slivered almonds might make for a more realistic looking nest. It turned out to not make much of a difference in my opinion, so use whichever you prefer. As far as taste goes however, the almonds won out for me.


INGREDIENTS
*makes one dozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt

TOPPING
  • two 16oz. containers creamy milk chocolate frosting
  • 10 oz bag slivered almonds
  • Malted milk ball speckled eggs (You can get a few small bags at Dollar Tree or a large bag at Wal-Mart.)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pan.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, milk, eggs, salt, and vanilla until smooth and fully combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Fill each cavity about 3/4 full and bake 25 minutes or until cooked through in the center.
  6. Let cool and stir together the almonds and chocolate frosting.
  7. Use a spoon or spatula to get about a tbs at a time of the topping and another small spoon or butter knife to gently apply the topping to the outside edges of the cupcakes, leaving the center un-frosted.
  8. Top each cupcake with three candy eggs. Enjoy!


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