The Handmade Hog and Flower Pot Cupcakes

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Flower Pot Cupcakes
Aren't these cute? I have been trying to dream up lots of ideas for spring and Easter. I bought these miniature cazuela pots a few weeks ago and this was one of the recipes I couldn't wait to make with them. You could just as easily use regular flower pots to bake these in too.
I used {THIS}family recipe for the chocolate cupcakes and then I made a cream cheese icing to top them with which was simply 1 package of cream cheese softened, 1 stick of butter softened, 1 teaspoon of vanilly and 3 cups of confectioners sugar. Put it all in a bowl and beat. Perfect icing and so easy! 

If you'd like to grab the button's HTML code please grab it from my side bar on the left. For some reason whenever I try to repost it here it doesn't come out right! Thanks!!! 

Gnocchi in Mascarpone Cream sauce with Peas and Pancetta

Ingredients for gnocchi:
2 large russet potatoes
1 egg beaten
1/2-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Mascarpone Cream sauce:
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 green onions sliced
1/4 pound thinly sliced pancetta
1 cup frozen peas
3 toes for garlic through a garlic press

Recipe for Gnocchi:
Bake potatoes @400 degrees for 1 hour or until tender. Remove and cool. Next cut the potatoes in half and scoop the insides into a bowl. Now add the salt, egg and flour (start with a 1/2 cup and add more as needed) The dough ball should not be sticky. Add flour until manageable. Knead for a few minuets, separate into 4 sections and roll into a thin tube on a floured surface.  when the roll is about about 1/2 inch thick stop and slice. You may texturize your gnocchi with a gnocchi paddle or a fork. This will help the sauce stick to the dumplings better but it's not necessary. I chose not to for this batch. 
Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook gnocchi 2-3 minuets. Cook it in small batches. You should have about 3-4 batches. As soon as the gnocchi floats to the top of the water scoop it out with a handheld strainer so you can reuse the same water for all the batches. 

Recipe for Sauce:
Cook pancetta on medium/high heat until done, remove and chop; set aside. Saute green onions and garlic in the pork grease for about a minuet, then add the cream, mascarpone, and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and add peas and pancetta. Let simmer a few minuets. Add gnocchi directly into sauce when ready. Enjoy!

This recipe has a special place in my heart! My husband and I met when I was 17 and we became fast friends. We remained very good friends for about 7 years prior to dating and during those years my nickname was always "gnocchi" My husband said I reminded him of a little potato dumpling so that's what he always called me. Luckily I thought it was cute and gnocchi happens to be one of my favorite foods. 

Anyway, about 3 years into our courtship my husband surprised me with this engraved locket. I love it to pieces and wear it all the time.
 It reads,

 "Gnocchi, I always knew you were the one" 

About 2 years later we got married. I just thought I'd share a little backround on this special meal.
Once in the first year we were dating, I tried to make gnocchi for my husband, then boyfriend, and it was a disaster. We had to go out to eat after I ruined it beyond repair! So I figuered I'd give it another shot! 

I hope you'll give this a try! It seems daunting but I promise you this is really easy to make and it's unbelievably delicious.


Family Outing

Saturday we managed to have a family picnic. It was so nice to have us all together. Honestly, we really don't go many places as a family yet. The babies are so close in age that it makes for A LOT of preparation for sometimes a VERY short trip. It's two sizes of diapers, snacks, blankets, extra clothing, a baby carrier, two car seats.....etc.......etc.......
I take both the babies to the grocery store almost everyday but I walk there and it is surprisingly MUCH easier than driving anywhere. 
So here I am at the park with my babies. These are the first pictures we have taken of me with the kids too. It's kind of sad that it took us this long to take any but we really rarely have time together. We certainly enjoy it when we get it!

Oh and guess what? I've lost 13 pounds so far! YIPEE!!! 47 more to go!!!!

My cardigan is my lovely sponsor's {EVYS TREE}. I told her I had to buy another one because I wear it almost everyday! I wasn't kidding!!!

Handmade Gift Guide

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far. Here is my weekly handmade gift guide! I hope oyu find something you love.

This gorgeous headband from Mrs. Darcy

This adorable onesie/leg warmer set from B:Mod Designs

This gorgeous bag from beso handbags

This jewelry set from DandLs DandLs

This amazing vanillar cream cookie and chocolate bark from Nicole's Homemade Treats

This gorgeous apron from Yellow Bird

This hat and diaper cover from Creative Dragonfly

This cute Easter bib from lillybelle Designs

These adorable little shoes from KathyDee's Cozy Toes

This gorgeous necklace from Annali's Jewelry

This GORGEOUS hoodie from Evy's Tree

Welcome Mrs. Darcy

Today I have the great pleasure to introduce or re-introduce you to one of my all time favorite Etsy shops; meet Mrs. Darcy

Shop owner Monica is the just about the sweetest thing you'd ever meet and she creates the most gorgeous creations. You will find handmade headbands, brooches, corsages and even a few wedding veils. 
I own quiet a few of her her rosette headbands and I love them. I wear them all the time. They dress up any outfit in a flash.
I am dying to get one of her brooches too. I love the ones from the Secret Garden Collection! 
Take a peek at some of her gorgeous creations. 

Please help me show Monica and her shop Mrs. Darcy a very warm welcome and hop on over there and see what you can feast your eyes on. 
You can also find Mrs. Darcy on {FACEBOOK}

Happy Shopping Lovelies!!!


Cherry Blossom Sister's French Memory Board GIVEAWAY (NOW CLOSED)

I have the most A*M*A*Z*I*N*G little shop to introduce you to today!!! 
Meet Cherry Blossom Sisters.
First off I have to give credit to my wonderful friend and fellow blogger Lindsay from Lee La La because I originally saw this gorgeous little shop featured on her blog and fell in L*O*V*E!!

So I am delighted to tell you that shop owners Stephanie and Kristen are giving away one of their darling French Memory Boards to one of you lucky ducks! 
I just love everything about these memory boards. They are so beautiful and old fashioned in the perfect way. It reminds of a darling little European girl with pig tail braids and a picture perfect bedroom adorned with one of these to hold all her beloved keepsakes! I just love it. 
I tried very hard not to picture the entire shop here in this post but it was very difficult as they are all so gorgeous. Take a *peek*

So on top of these being gorgeous and perfect for adult and child, the Cherry Blossom Sisters love to do custom Memory boards!!! So, if you happen to be planning your child's nursery or the drapes in your living room, they will gladly make you a custom french memory board to match in the size that best suits you! They also create gorgeous matching picture frames if you like! 
This is a gorgeous Nautical Knots fabric that was used to create a custom Memory Board Made for a nursery. L*O*V*E
Here is a bit more about the Cherry Blossom Sisters and their adorable shop! 

The Cherry Blossom Sisters are two fun, crafty, sisters with a passion for organization and chic designs. Since 2010, the Washington, DC-based sisters have been selling beautifully hand-crafted wares—full of personality and designed to complement any home or office d├ęcor.
  • French Memory Boards made [Soft Break]of premium contemporary fabrics, grosgrain or [Soft Break]sateen ribbon, and coordinating cover buttons
  • Photo Frames made of a solid wood base, topped with batting, and covered with premium contemporary fabrics in a variety of colors and prints
  • Custom Orders made to our customers’ specifications
What began as one-off birthday and baby shower gifts over the years has blossomed into a full-blown passion and hobby. Visit the Cherry Blossom Sisters store online to see our handmade wares, and come back often as inventory is updated frequently!

Stephanie and Kristen aka “The Cherry Blossom Sisters” are full-time professionals by day and crafters extraordinaire by night (and weekends!) They are both happily living in Washington, DC and love the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom each Spring.

Here are some of their matching memory boards and picture frames. Aren't they adorable? I want one for every room in the house! 

Head on over to Cherry Blossom Sisters and start shopping now.

THE PRIZE:  Winner's Choice of one standard size French Memory Board $40 value.  Open USA only.
  Please visit Cherry Blossom Sisters and tell me which Memory Board you would choose if you won

1. Become a fan of Cherry Blossom Sisters on {FACEBOOK}
2. Make Cherry Blossom Sisters a favorite of your on Etsy
 3.Become a public follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect
4. Become a follower of bouffe e bambini on {TWITTER} 
5. Become a fan of bouffe e bambini on {FACEBOOK}
6. Tweet, blog or facebook about this giveaway
7. Purchase something from Cherry Blossom Sisters and comment back here afterwards. 

Giveaway ends Friday April 29th @ midnight


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