Monday, February 28, 2011

Plum Street Prints: Shop Opening!

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Our print shop opens today! Check us out:

And if you spread the word about Plum Street Prints, we’ll give you half off your first order! That means you’ll get your first print for $5 if you create a blog post, Facebook post, or mass email—anything that supports our business to a large number of people and links to our shop. Comment on this, email me, or Facebook me if you post about us and I’ll send you a half off code.

And if you have a business site that you’re willing to promote us on, we will likely be happy to promote you on our site as well, once our blog is up and running.

Go tell your family and friends! Thanks for your help!

Shannon (and Lori)

Here are some of our prints—all patterns are original as well as the prints of course.















Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Repurposed: Valentine Roses

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As the stems started to whither and a couple of my roses started falling apart, I tried to find a way to keep them longer. I kept the best ones, trimmed them, and placed them in a little bowl on my counter. I want these to last as long as they can. I just love roses.IMGP2882IMGP2878

In college I took a floral design class--definitely the most fun I've ever had in a college class. We'd do new arrangements every week! Sure miss having all those amazing flower selections to work with. My little bowl will do for me now :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Whip Up Something New: February

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This month I decided to make calzones for the Whip Up Something New challenge. Every weekend, either Friday or Saturday night, depending on our schedule, I make homemade pizza but I was getting a bit sick of it so I thought this would be a simple twist.


I usually switch off between KitchenAid’s pizza dough recipe and Ina Garten’s recipe, depending on how much I want to make and/or freeze for later. This past week I did the KitchenAid recipe. Here it is:

  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • I also add about a tablespoon of agave nectar because I’ve heard that sugars activate yeast better. I do this in my breads also and it works really well. Plus, who doesn’t love sugar in their bread?
  • After making the dough and letting it rise, I rolled it out. Though my husband is definitely stronger than me, I’ve become a master dough and fondant roller over the past couple years. We like our crust very thin.IMGP2734

    Add toppings:IMGP2741

    Fold and roll:IMGP2746

    Bake at 450 on a pizza stone for 15 minutes (give or take).IMGP2748

    These ended up being huge so we cut them in half and re-baked the leftovers the next day. They were so delicious. Much better than pizza, in my opinion.IMGP2751

    I called my sister to tell her that calzones were so much tastier than pizza and I couldn’t figure out why; she said “Easy! It’s because the dough-filling ratio is much higher with a calzone.” Of course.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Seat Cushion Cover

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    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Gallery Wall

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    Last fall we did a gallery wall on our stairway. We taped out the measured area on our carpet first, with painting tape, organized the frames how we liked them, then hung them. IMGP1649


    Best part of the project? Buying half the frames at a thrift store and spray painting them… Saves money and looks more unique.

    Friday, February 4, 2011


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    I try to stay away as much as I can from packaged dessert mixes, but I tried this sample at Costco and could not resist the mousse in a box! Why? Well homemade mousse is great but very fattening and takes a while to make. This was delicious.