Here is a recipe for a simple and sweet dessert-Sopapillas!

Sweet 'n Easy Sopapillas Framed

These are a traditional Mexican dessert typically made with dough, but we are skipping the rising dough part and using store-bought flour tortillas instead. Perfect for a quick sweet treat, dessert or brunch. They only take about 30 minutes from start to finish, and require just a few ingredients you would most likely have in your pantry. Here is the how-to-do-it:

1.Ingredients you will need: Vegetable Oil, Honey, Sugar and Cinnamon, 6 inch Flour Tortillas.

Sopapilla Ingredients

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 6 inch flour tortillas into quarters. Set aside.

Sopapilla Tortilla Triangles

3. Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat until at “water sizzling” temp. (This is when you drop a tiny bit of water into the hot oil and it bubbles and sizzles.)  Don’t overheat as you will burn the oil and the Sopapillas!

Sopapilla Oil in Pan

4. Drop the tortilla quarters into the hot pan, one at a time and not overlapping. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom. This only takes about 15 seconds so watch carefully!! Flip over and brown the other side. They will puff up in the middle too, similar to a piece of fried dough.

Sopapilla Golden Brown

5. Once golden brown, remove from heat with tongs (careful, this is hot stuff!)

Sopapilla Using Tongs

or slotted spatula and place on paper towel to drain.

Sopapilla Draining on Paper Towel

Once drained, place all of the chips into a large roasting pan.

Sopapilla In Roasting Pan

6. Once all of the tortillas are done and in the roasting pan, melt a stick of butter in a clean skillet.

Sopapilla Melting Butter for Topping

Add 1 TBLSP of honey and 2 tsp. cinnamon and sugar mix and stir just until melted and mixed. Do not overcook!

Sopapilla Butter & Honey Topping

7. Drizzle the honey butter mixture over the tortilla chips in the pan.

Sopapilla Drizzling Honey Mixture

Toss to coat thoroughly.

Tossing Sopapilla in Pan with Topping

Place in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, tossing mid-way through, just until warmed and all the pieces are coated.

8. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional sugar and cinnamon to desired taste.

Sopapilla Sugar and Cinnamon Topping

You can also sprinkle with a dusting of sifted confectioner’s sugar.

Sopapilla Sprinkled with Confectioners Sugar

9. Cool slightly and serve with drizzled honey or caramel sauce.

Sopapilla Drizzled with Caramel Sauce

Of course, serve them plain as well,  but I usually have a jar of Hot Fudge and Caramel Sauce in my fridge (in case of a sweet tooth emergency : )

Sopapillas with Hot fudge and Caramel Sauce

A quick, delish dessert for little $$ and time. Perfect for a light dessert. Hope you all had a sweet weekend… Susan

PS: I have a very sweet announcement to kick off the New Year! Check back 12/31 for details…

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In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was finishing one project after another in record time, but with no time to actually blog about them! Snowflake Blocks and Sopapillas+++ were two of my favorite projects. The blocks were a fun DIY project I had seen on The Cottage Market Blog. The Sopapillas were a yummy treat! But blocks first before dessert. This past summer Coach had dug up a basket full of old kids’ wooden building blocks.

Blocks Before

They were pretty dirty and looked like they may have had more than a few knock-downs. After a thorough cleaning with some bleach and soap, I came up with a new purpose: snowflake blocks! Each one hand-painted, no two alike-they are snowflakes, after all. But easy enough for even a novice painter to try. They are small, portable and stackable, perfect for a windowsill or mantel. Oh, and you can add some twine and make them into ornaments or gift tags. Here is the how-I-did-it:

1.Found some pen and ink style snowflakes online. The Graphic Fairy  supplied the images, thank you very much.

Black Chevron Black Squares

BLack HexagonsBlue Star

2. Painted the blocks with two coats of the base color.

CDH Paris Grey Paint

My choice was a deep grey that I have made into a chalk-like paint using some flat latex paint. I discovered the recipe on a blog called “In My Own Style”. You can transform any can of paint into a matte, chalk-like finish. Recipe here:

DIY Chalk Paint from In My Own Style

3. I printed out pen and ink snowflakes of various shapes and styles onto regular printer paper. Cut them each out so they were the size of the blocks.

Printed Snowflake Pattern

4. Using my chalk-it-up technique, I rubbed the chalk all over the back of the snowflake prints.

Chalking the pattern

Then placed the snowflake pattern on the block, chalked side down. Drew along the lines with a pen using a little pressure.

Drawing over Chalk pattern

5. Lifted the paper pattern to reveal the chalk outline image.

Chalk Pattern on Block

6. Followed along the line images with a small paintbrush and paints of various colors. I used a #3 which is pretty fine. The finer the brush tips, the thinner the lines, the more delicate the snowflake. I was going for a pastel look so it was white and pastel blues.

Snowflake Block Painting Lines

7. For the dots, I simply used the other end of the paint brush, dipping the tip into the paint

Dipping Paintbrush end in paint

and then dotting it wherever I wanted a dimensional dot along the lines.

Adding Paint Drops to Snowflake Outlines

8. After they were dried, first I coated them with the matte finish Decou-page and allowed to try. Then I added a bit of glitter by dotting the snowflakes with Americana Decoupage

Americana Decou-Page

and then shaking on the glitter. Allowed to dry. Cute!

Snowflake Blocks

9. For the oblong blocks, I painted over the grey with some pastel aqua, then added the snowflakes. For the words, I initially attempted to hand paint them, but that was a big FAIL. Nothing worse than attempting to paint something very fine when you are stressed and hurried. So I used some adhesive scrapbooking stickers that said HOPE, FAITH, JOY, etc. I affixed them, then added a coat of matte varnish to the entire block.

Snowflake Blocks HOPE JOY SNOW

10. For the ornaments/tags, I drilled a small hole in the tops of the snowflakes,

Snowflake Block Drilling Hole

then added a drop of hot glue.

Snowflake Block Hot Glue

Using a pencil tip, I inserted the ends of a cut piece of twine into the hole. Allowed to dry.

Snowflake Block Pencil Pushing

11. For a finishing touch, I brushed the tops of the blocks with the Americana Decou-page glue,

Snowflake Block Glueing Glitter

then sprinkled them with some colored glitter. Instant bling!

Snowflake Block Glitter on Top

The finished blocks looked great as tags for the Jelly Jar Soy Candles I presented as gifts this holiday season.

Snowflake Blocks with Candles.png

So if you have some old blocks laying around, or anything you can cut into blocks, this is an easy-peasy project (even for kids!) that will add some sparkle to your winter landscape. Hope you are all finally recovering from the crazy holiday week! Susan 

+++Oh, right, I was supposed to give you a recipe for Sopapillas too! Well, that project will have to wait another day : )

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Simply sharing some beautifully inspired holiday homes. So whether your decorating is spectacular

Wilderstein Holiday Tour by Rikki Snyder
Wilderstein Holiday Tour by Rikki Snyder

or simple

Providence Handmade

or simply adorable.

Kootutmoorut simple christmas tree

Remember that Christmas is for children, both inside

Child's Room Tobi Fairley
Child’s Room Tobi Fairley

and out.

James Curvan

You may choose red & green

AMR Design Christmas Mirror

or rustic & creme

Rustic & Creme by Miss Mustard Seed
Rustic & Creme by Miss Mustard Seed

or black and white with just a pop of red.

Casa Trend
Casa Trend

Silver

Silver Tablescape by French Flair
Silver Tablescape by French Flair

and Gold

South Shore Decorating
South Shore Decorating

Pastels

Pastel by Restyled Home
Pastel by Restyled Home

or Bold

Houzzers Deck the Mantel
Houzzers Deck the Mantel

But no matter what your style, here’s hoping you have a happy holiday home! May all your days be Merry & Bright

The Lovely Cupboard
The Lovely Cupboard

And may all your Christmases be white.

My Hydrangea Home
My Hydrangea Home

Which do you prefer? Country or city, rustic or blingy? For more inspired holiday decor, please visit my Houzz Holiday Decor or Pinterest Merry Happy Holly Day pages. Only 3 more days til the big guy comes! Keep on Christmas-ing! Susan

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Ok, so I realize that most of you don’t have an old small green barrel hanging around in your barn, but you could definitely re-use or recycle any other type of old wood like shutter slats, shims or lathing to create this rustic wooden wreath.

Country Wreath on Door PM

This is my kind of greenery-the kind that will last forever-despite my desperate lack of a green thumb. Case in point: this woeful poinsettia has been in my house for just a few days…

Dead Poinsettia This small barrel was in pieces, and short of tossing it in the trash, I needed to come up with some useful way to use the wood.

Old Barrel Staves for Wreath

Since it was green anyway, I figured “what the heck, I’ll make a wreath!” Here’s the how I did it:

1. The iron ring that was holding the barrel together (until it wasn’t holding the barrel together) was the perfect circular form for the wreath base. The staves had little slits at the bottom that the ring fit into. I laid them out in the circle pattern that I liked.

Barrel Staves with Wire Hoop

2. Used my trusty electric stapler to secure the ring into the slots all the way around on the back side of the wreath to form the circle.

Wreath Fixation with Staples

3. Filled in the slits with hot glue all the way around, securing the iron ring into place in the slits. If your wood pieces don’t have slits, just glue into place.

Barrel Stave Wreath Adding Glue to Slots

4. To neaten the appearance, I cut small pieces of black foam core board and glued them into place over the glue-filled slits.

Barrel Wreath Fiberboard Backing

5. Since the wood pieces did not entirely cover the iron ring, I needed something to cover the gaps. Cut some burlap into small pieces and knotted in between each stave all the way around.

Barrel Wreath Burlap Bows

6. Created a bow with some more burlap cut into strips, along with a swag of greens and bright red berries to contrast the green wood.

Rustic Wreath Burlap Bow

7. Added a wire ring on the back for hanging.

Rustic Wreath Wire Hanger

8. Hung the wreath on the front door. Took a photo of the wreath on my front door.

Country Wreath on Door PM

Took the wreath to the Vintage Thymes Market, sadly leaving my front door blank. Sold the wreath at the market.

Barrel Wreath At Vintage Thymes Market PMNow I have to make a new wreath. Sigh. Susan

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This holiday season has been flying by! So much to do, so little time. Because I had been spending so much time decorating my booth for the Christmas market,

Cupboard Stocked Open DoorsI have not had much of a chance to decorate my own home for Christmas! So what I am doing, I am doing in bits and pieces. Open a storage bin, pull out some stuff, set it up-decorating on the fly. Tablescapes are a quick, simple way to add some holiday cheer to a tabletop, cupboard or hutch. The trick is in the layering. This is my little storage cupboard in the kitchen. Before…

Red Hutch Before

After…

Jingle All The Way Tablescape

Here is the how-I-did-it: Started with a base. In this case, a white sparkly runner from HomeGoods to brighten up the top of the cabinet, which is dark red.

White Snowflake Runner on tablescape

Added a backdrop. I had this aged, chippy piece of wood (I believe it is an old cabinet door, sans cabinet, so I painted the raised panels with chalkboard paint so I can write whatever I want, depending on the season or holiday.) I just stood it up against the wall, no need to hang it.

Santa Tablescape Door BackgroundAdded the swag-this sparkling BELIEVE sign on a jute rope was the perfect size to hang from each corner.

Santa Tablescape Believe SignNext comes the plant or flower. I like to have something flowering on one side and then a candle or lantern on the opposite side to create a full vignette with the background. The heights don’t need to be the exact same size, but you should have some balance between the two sides. In this one, I used a poinsettia in an old raspberry jam bucket we picked up at a consignment shop over the summer. Loving the bright red colors!

Raspberry Pail with Poinsettia

Added an old Santa and the red lantern on the opposite side, which provides the height and color balance I was looking for.

Santa Tablescape Santa and LanternPlaced the reindeer next to the poinsettia in the bucket.

Rustic ReindeerSince I was going with a Santa-themed vignette, I decided to write some fun Christmas lyrics on my chalk board. Very simple process: go to Avery.com and find whatever size template fits the space you are going to write on with chalk (in this case, I used an 81/2 x 11) Choose your words, choose your font and print. (My printer is just about out of ink, so the print was very faint, but I only needed the outline so no worries there!)

Santa Tablescape Tracing DesignFlip over the paper to the reverse side and “chalk it up” rubbing the entire paper with the side of a piece of chalk.

Santa Tablescape Chalking Paper DesignFlip it over, tape to the chalkboard, then trace the edges of your design with a pencil.

Santa Tablescape Design OutlineRemove the paper and voila-you have a chalking template in place!

Jingle All The Way ChalkboardNow you just fill it in with your sharpened chalk and you are done.

Santa Tablescape Sharpening Chalk++TIP++ keep a damp Q-tip nearby as you chalk so that you can easily clean up any edges or marks.

Chalking the outline Jingle All The Way

Looks so festive, right?! Added the greens, just weaving them in and around the items on the tabletop.

Santa Tablescape Rustic Reindeer and SantaSprinkled on a bit of fake snow for some sparkle

Santa Tablescape Fake Snow Sprinkles

and some twinkle lights to give it that holiday glow. Done. 30 minutes from start to finish. Really gives the kitchen a holiday feel.

Country Design Santa DisplayNow its time to start baking for our cookie swap! Only 9 days left everyone! Keep HoHoHoing! Susan

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