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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Caramel Apple Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Today’s recipe was inspired by my Mama’s amazing homemade applesauce. She’s famous for it, at least in our house, and last week we got together to make an enormous batch. We must have used 50 apples! The end result was so appealing I had to work it into a recipe. This is that recipe- caramel apple cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Well, that’s a mouthful! A true fall cupcake, these babies are the perfect alternative dessert for your pie-haters tomorrow. Myself included. Ok I dont hate pie. There really isn’t a dessert that I truly hate. But pumpkin pie is not my favorite. I’d much prefer a cupcake comatose. So tomorrow I’ll be eating these, or trying to eat these. I tend to reach capacity long before it’s time for dessert. Today I’m baking away with Mom and taste-testing everything... to make sure it’s not poison. Obviously. Happy baking!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting- Paint the Gown Red

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • This Cinnamon Cream cheese frosting
  • This Caramel Sauce

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Frost cooled cupcakes. Yield: 1 dozen. (original)

DIY Candy YUM Sign

DIY Candy YUM Sign- Paint the Gown Red

There’s a wall in my apartment that’s blank, in desperate need of a statement piece. Some kind of sign, I thought. But so many decisions go into making a sign. What should it say? What colors, materials, textures do I want to use? How can I make it unique in a time where DIY signs are popping up everywhere? I’ve been obsessing about this sign for some time. Slowly a wacky idea began to take shape. YUM, came first. The wall is in the kitchen so I wanted it to be food related and yum is one of my favorite tiny words. Then I saw this, and it all just kind of came together. Today I’m happy to present the best and most ridiculous thing to ever hang in my apartment- A DIY candy YUM sign! Yep. I went there. I made a sign out of candy. And now you can too! If you love color and sweets as much as I do, this sign is for you. For those of you not sold on the idea, and think it’s a little gross to hang food from your wall, I’d like to direct your attention to that macaroni ornament hanging from your tree. Same diff!? I even sealed my sign with multiple layers of heavy duty varnish to keep it looking fresh for years to come. Hooray!

DIY Candy YUM Sign- Paint the Gown Red

Materials

  • Paper Mache Letters
  • White Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Assorted Candy
  • Glue
  • Spray Sealer

Directions

Decide what you want your candy sign to say. I chose YUM! Remove stickers and plastic from paper mache letters. Paint Letters white. Once paint has dried completely, pour glue onto a letter's surface and spread to cover a large section. Place candy onto wet glue. Continue until entire letter is covered with candy. Repeat process with remaining letters. Let glue dry completely. Spray a few coats of sealer onto candy letters. Hang and enjoy!

DIY Candy YUM Sign- Paint the Gown Red

Plymouth Rocks!

Plymouth Rocks! - Paint the Gown Red

Thanksgiving week is upon us! To start the feast-ivities off right, today I’m sharing a modern Settler look. You might not realize this, but Settlers we’re pretty stylish. Maybe not in an obvious way, but let’s take a closer look. There are at least three elements rocked by early Pilgrims that you would totally see on today’s runway- Collars, buckle shoes and wide brimmed hats. Even the pilgrim dress is salvageable, hemmed a few inches. See what I’m saying? Those Pilgrims weren’t just discovering the new world. oh no! They were discovering fashion. Thanks guys.

Plymouth Rocks! - Paint the Gown Red

Plymouth Rocks! - Paint the Gown Red

Dress Vintage, Top Thrifted, Hat Arden B, Shoes Miss L. Fire, Socks (similar), Purse Vintage

Fave Five: Fall Fun Yum

Now say that five times fast! Oh how I love fun yum. These Thanksgiving themed treats are pretty adorable. I had no idea donuts could be shaped into virtually anything, including wishbones. Brilliant! Those acorn macarons might be the prettiest fall dessert I’ve ever seen. Looks like I wasn’t the only one baking mini leaves this week, and I enjoyed seeing how Chelsea did it differently using pretty colorful icing. Such fun! So are you aware that next time I see you it’ll be the week of Thanksgiving? I have been in major holiday crunch mode over here trying to wrap up some awesome projects and next week is going to be killer. I’m in a state of overwhelmed excitement. Can't wait to get things done and reward myself with an abundance of turkey and pie. Preferably pie with whimsical phrases on it. Please and thank you.

Fave Five: Fall Fun Yum- Paint the Gown Red

A Beautiful Mess

November Wishlist

November Wishlist- Paint the Gown Red

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It’s getting to be that gift-giving time of year, and I’m pretty gosh darn excited about it. Sure, everyone loves to receive. Especially when you grew up in a family that celebrated Hanukkah AND Christmas with your birthday sandwiched between the two. Yeah, December is my month. But to me, the best part of the holiday season is giving awesome gifts. I like to channel Leslie Knope when I give. I play a little game with myself to figure out the perfect present. Its a small obsession, and I love it. So here’s a wishlist to start you off this season. Aren’t those pom-pom pumps incredible? I’m a size 9.