Ombre Vanilla Cake

For my sisters birthday I wanted to try out this ombre cake, and I had my doubts, but it turned out really well!

I found the vanilla cake recipe from the Rachael Ray Show, by Buddy Valastro, which can be found here.

2 1/2 cups cake flour*
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil or 1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 cup)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk

*If you do not have cake flour, you can substitute, see below!


Preheat the oven to 350°F
Mix the flour, sugar, melted butter or vegetable oil, baking powder, vanilla and salt with a mixer.

*If you do not have cake flour, with some research I found that for every cup of flour, take two tablespoons out, and replace it with two tablespoons of cornstarch!

While mixing, add the eggs, one at a time. 

Finally, add the milk.

From here, I separated the batter in to four different bowls of equal amounts.

I did about 40 drops in the darkest colour, and about 20 in the next colour, 5 in the next and one or two in the lightest colour.

I used a 7-inch spring form to bake my cakes in.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes - my cakes took 30 minutes.

Make sure to cool on a cooling rack!

After the cakes have cooled, prepare icing, or use store bought icing.
Start with the darkest layer, and put a layer of icing on top, and then put the next colour on top, and repeat. Then cover with icing!

I decorated my cake with flowers - if you do this make sure no one eats them!

Print the recipe card here.


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Homemade Granola Bars

Delicious, and great way to save money!
I found this recipe here at

2 cups of rolled oats
¾ cup of  brown sugar

¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ cup of wheat germ
1 cup of flour
¾ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of honey
1 egg
½ cup of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
¾ cup of chocolate chips/raisins/trail mix (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350°F
Grease and flour a 9x13 baking tin.

Mix together oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, salt and
chocolate chips/raisins/trail mix.

In the middle, add honey, egg, oil and vanilla.
Mix into the dry mixture.

Pat down into the baking tin.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Cut the bars before cooling completely.

Print the recipe card here.


DIY: Woven Chain Bracelet

To make this bracelet you will need embroidery thread, a chain bracelet, scissors and sewing needles.
I bought my embroidery thread at the dollar store, but you can also find it at craft stores and also wal-mart. 

First you need to measure the thread 4 times the length of the chain bracelet.
The thickness of the colours you use (how many threads per colour) depends on the size of your bracelet. I ended up using two white and two blue (one of each shade of blue).
I started out with four per colour, but quickly found out that it was a lot harder that way!

Next, you want to take one end, and tie a knot at the end loop, closest to the clip.
Make sure you pull the knot tight!

Now, I have three sections. One of each colour plus the chain.

First, I took the white section, and I went under and up through the first link (not the one with the knot), and pulled it through.

Next, I crossed the blue over the white.

Now, I do the same thing as I did with the white, going under and up through the first link, where the white one went.

Pull tight, and repeat. Cross the white over top of the blue, and under and up through the second link this time.
Then take the blue over the white and up and under the second link.

Repeat this until you get to the second last link.

When you are at the last link, you need to tie a knot.

Trim the end pieces (after you have tight knots).

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DIY: Tea Tray Makeover

My Dad is very handy and loves making things, and made a few lovely tea trays but this one got some paint splatters on it, so I wanted to cover those up.
I decided on a stripe pattern, so I divided the tray up in to 1/4's.
I measured the width of the tray, and divided it by 4, and then marked the 1/4's with a pencil.
The I used painted tape to mark every other line.
The lines look uneven, but this is because I was painted two different colours.
This way, I started with the left stripe, and then the 3rd stripe.
I painted them silver, but then I realised it would look a lot better white.
I let the paint dry, and then used painters tape again to mark out the other stripes that were still natural wood, to paint them the blue colour.

After, I printed out a big letter E and outlined it with a gold sharpie.
This is what it looked like after:
Then I carefully painted between the lines with a gold acrylic paint.
I did two coats of the gold paint.
I recommend spraying or painting on a protective clear coat to seal all of the paint in, and give it all a glossy coat.
If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

A healthier take on an all time favourite!


2 tablespoons of butter
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil

½ cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 egg white
¾ cup of all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
½ cup of chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Mix together the softened butter, oil and brown sugar.
Add vanilla and egg white.
Add flour, salt, and baking soda and mix together.

Add the chocolate chips, and mix them in.

Roll teaspoon balls of batter and place on a nonstick baking tray, with an inch or two between them.

Bake cookies for approximately 5 minutes, or until golden.
Makes approximately 24 cookies.

 Print the recipe card here.

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