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Bread Basket Napkins for Valentine’s Day

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These lovely Valentine’s Day bread basket-sized napkins are available on our shop, the Country Bluebird.

We like to use our napkins like this for lining any serving basket or plate that we want to pile high with slices of fresh homemade bread, fluffy biscuits, buttery rolls, or beautifully frosted Valentine’s Day cookies.

Candy hearts are such a classic, and the napkin above captures the fun and brightness of the favorite treat. How sweet!

 

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This Victorian-themed napkin is so full of romance and charm. I love the script on the post cards, and the red roses add an extra romantic touch.

 

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This bread basket napkin has everything one could ever dream of… a bright red background, gorgeous pink cupcakes, sprinkles, hearts, x’s and o’s. It’s perfect!

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

 

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Homemade Marshmallow Cream

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One day last summer, when I happened to be the only person home, I wanted to make something crazy. Like, something that I had never made before and that seemed impossible to make. I already had marshmallows down pat, but marshmallow cream still seemed too experimental for me. I mean, really, three egg whites? And you don’t directly cook them? It sounded kind of… gross.

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Lucky for me (and Elisabeth and Gabrielle, because they love this stuff!), I decided to try this recipe from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. Sometimes we eat it plain, with a spoon, but I like eating it with ice cream, or swirling it with creamy peanut butter and spreading it on graham crackers.

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I’ve made it several times, but most recently I added color. In honor of the most pink holiday of the year, I tinted it an adorable shade of pink by adding just a dab of red gel food coloring.

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For anyone who is concerned about eating raw egg white, I researched it, and found that egg whites cook (or set) between 144 and 149 degrees F. The corn syrup part of the recipe boils until it reaches 240 degrees F., so when it is added to the whipped egg whites, it should cook any bacteria, leaving you the fluffy texture from the eggs. Also, as far as I know, no one has become ill from eating my marshmallow cream. 😉 However, please use your best judgment in making and eating it.

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Have you tried making marshmallow cream? I love talking marshmallows (although I’m not an expert by any means), and I would love to hear about your experience making candy, especially any tips or suggestions that you have for me. Leave a comment to let me know.

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin

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Hearty Biscuits with Raisins and Vanilla Icing

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Last week, I made these moist biscuits, and, since I’m getting really excited about Valentine’s Day, I cut them all into hearts.  Cute little darling hearts. 🙂

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The raisins are what makes ’em….they get so plump and juicy!

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Here’s the recipe!

Buttermilk Raisin Biscuits

Biscuits:
4 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup raisins (I used a mix of golden, red, and black raisins)
1   1/2 cups buttermilk
Vanilla Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. milk

 

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Mix in raisins. Stir in buttermilk. Knead lightly 20-25 times, about 1/2 minute. Cut into 1/2 inch thick circles (or other shape) and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees F. for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

In small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and enough milk to form desired consistency. Drizzle over warm biscuits. Serve warm. Yield: about 1 dozen.

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Elisabeth

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Etsy Finds for Valentine’s Day

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This sweet felt heart can be found at Chocolate Dog Studio.

 

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We greatly admire these beautiful felted dolls from Magic Wool.

 

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These pink polka dot straws are just the thing for a Valentine’s Day party! They are from Creative Juice Cafe.

 

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Decorate everything, including your baby. Find this cute flower headband at Maisy’s Boutique.

 

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I love these tiny notebooks! They are perfect for to-do lists and resolutions. Find them at ordinaryartists.

 

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Have a heart! Or a dozen! These cookies look almost too yummy to be true. Available at SugarMeDesserterie.

 

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We love the soaps at JoansGardens! This raspberry swirl scent is one of our favorites.

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Kerstin and Gabrielle

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Purple Chevron Maxi Skirt

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Last autumn, while Mom and I were perusing the clearance area at the fabric store, we found a lovely piece of purple and brown chevron material. It was a polyester-spandex blend, and we thought it would be just the thing for a maxi skirt!  We knew what tutorial we wanted to use: this one from the Winthrop Chronicles blog. We were a little bit short on the amount of chevron material, so Mom found a cream colored piece from very similar material to use as the waistband. We didn’t want to use an elastic waistband. After taking measurements and making some adjustments to the overall fit of the skirt, we got this!

I really like the contrast that the denim jacket gives the soft, draping skirt. I added a pair of brown boots to complete the look, although you can’t see them in the photo.

Do you love maxi skirts as much as we do? Have you ever made one?

Let us know!

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin