Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Holiday Wishlist

Holiday Wishlist- Paint the Gown Red

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I called this a holiday wishlist because of the sheer volume of holidays coming up. Saturday I’m celebrating my Birthday (and Hanukkah) with my family and next week it’s Christmas with Nick’s family. Everything has kind of merged into one large holiday this year. But it’s not the first year my birthday cake will have a menorah on it. Some people get really offended when their birthday overlaps with other holidays, but I’m totally and completely ok with it. It’s basically going to be a week long party. How could I possibly be upset about that?! These are a few things I’ve been wishing for. We’ll see if my mama caught the not so subtle hints.

10 Holiday DIYs To Try

I love this time of year because of the excessive amounts of crafting that takes place. I honestly have felt like I live a the north pole in santa’s workshop...and fear I might be turning into a jolly old fat man. I’ve eaten a lot of sweets. When you’re someone who loves decorations and celebrations as much as I do, this season is pretty magical. Especially if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and have a birthday in between the two. So today I’m sharing a roundup of some of my favorite holiday crafts. If I could, I’d make every last one of these. Unfortunately my holiday crafting days are coming to an end soon. Only a few more days before I switch into birthday and vacation mode. Though it’ll be sad to stop crafting like an elvish maniac, it’s probably for the best. Ya know what people say about too much of a good thing…

Yule Log Cake

I made this yule log cake for Nick’s holiday party last week. My sweets have a bit of reputation at his office. Whenever I bake too much or too often, I’ll send Nick to work with the surplus. For better or for worse, people tend to expect me to show up with treats. So I had to bake something for the party and I decided on a traditional Christmas yule log cake with meringue mushrooms. It’s a bit miraculous how pretty it turned out because, one I’d never made a rolled cake before and two I didn’t have the right pan. I’ve mentioned how I have a problem thoroughly reading directions and ingredients before I start to bake. On this occasion I didn’t realize the cake required a specific swiss roll tin. So I fashioned one out of foil. Amazingly, that worked! The meringue mushrooms were also a first, but I was feeling particularly confident having just successfully made macarons. They too turned out well. A bit stout but yummy. All and all it was a pretty, moist, tasty cake, that’s gluten-free! Another baked good for my mama. Hooray!

Yule Log Cake-Paint the Gown Red

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped in small pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

for the Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 17 x 12 inch baking pan. (Or make one out of tin foil) Line the pan with parchment paper and then butter and flour the parchment paper. While the eggs are still cold, separate the eggs, placing the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another. Cover and bring to room temperature. Meanwhile melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and cool. In a large bowl beat the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. (5 min) Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add the melted chocolate and beat just to combine. In a clean mixing bowl beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold a small amount of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture using a rubber spatula or whisk. Fold in the remaining whites just until incorporated. Don't over mix! Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until the cake is puffed, has lost its shine, and springs back when gently pressed, about 15 -17 minutes. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool. Cover the cake with a clean, slightly damp towel.

For the Chocolate Whipped Cream: In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and cocoa powder and stir to combine. Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form. Chill whipped cream. Once the cake has cooled, spread with the cream, reserving about ⅓ to cover cake, and then gently roll the cake, peeling off the parchment paper as you roll. Trim one end of the cake at an angle and set it aside. Then place the cake, seam side down, on your serving platter. Take the slice of reserved cake and attach it to the side of the cake. Cover the cake in reserved whipped cream and give it texture using a fork. Decorate with meringue mushrooms and green coconut. Serve and enjoy! (Original)

Fave Five: Christmas Treats

Christmas is only two weeks away! Can you believe it? I cannot. This year Nick and I are heading to Minnesota to spend Christmas with his family. I am so excited to experience my very first white Christmas...and also a little scared. Neither of us have spent any significant time in the cold. We can totally handle it. I think. Maybe. We might be in for a rude awakening. After five days in Minneapolis, we’re heading to Denver to ring in the New Year. Thats 10 days away from home. Eep! It’s going to be amazing. For those of you thinking, _"What gives? You’re abandoning us for two weeks to frolick in the snow?!" No no. I’m just taking the week of Christmas off. I’ll be back with posts to end 2014 with a bang! Ok, Minneapolis and Denver readers, I need your help! What should we do where should we go? Lemme know! Oh, and how cute are these Christmas treats? Dear Santa, I’ll take one of each.

Fave Five: Christmas Treats- Paint the Gown Red

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Mint, Pink & Gold Macarons

Mint, Pink & Gold Macarons- Paint the Gown Red

Don’t look ma- I made macarons! That’s right, I made these and I’m pretty darn proud of ‘em. For those of you who don’t know, macarons are the hardest dessert in the world. There’s so much technique involved. They take forever to make. They use ingredients I usually don’t often have on hand. Conclusion- they’re a total pain, and I never want to make them. But my mother is gluten intolerant and this is her favorite cookie. At every family gathering she’s forced to sit and stare as everyone devours my various homemade treats. And I never make anything gluten free...because I’m a bad daughter. So this year I decided to bite the bullet and make macarons for my mother for Christmas. Hopefully she’s busy today and doesn’t read this, but if you are reading mother...Surprise! Christmas came early!

Mint, Pink & Gold Macarons- Paint the Gown Red

Now I’m not skilled enough to give you a guided recipe on how to make macarons just yet. But I’ll set you on a good path. First, take a class. I took one at Sur La Table with my mother and I’d really recommend it as a starting point. There are many steps in macaron making where your batter is supposed to look like something or behave someway, but if you haven’t ever seen it you might be totally lost. Next comes practice. Do not, I repeat, do not try to make more than one flavor macaron in a day. You will get overwhelmed. Get a scale. Use the fancy ingredients. Get a silicon baking mat, but not the one with macaron indents. Take your time. Finally, follow this recipe. It’s good. Soon you’ll be wastin’ away in macaron-a-ville.

Mint, Pink & Gold Macarons- Paint the Gown Red