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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cherry Berry Dessert Recipe

I have a new favorite dessert! Cherry Berry Dessert. The base is a cream puff crust, then comes a creamy, pillowy filling and it's topped off with a yummy fruit topping. It's indescribably delicious! I could not get enough of it.

Cherry Berry Dessert Recipe
I originally found this recipe over at Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen. She used a meringue crust. I wasn't sure if I would like a meringue crust. Sure, I like lemon meringue pie, but sometimes I scrape off the meringue and just eat the lemon part. Plus it seemed like a lot of work.

Cherry Berry Dessert Recipe

So I decided to use a cream puff base like I did with my Eclaire Pie. The result was amazing! It gave it the perfect amount of bite to contrast with the creamy filling.

Cherry Berry Dessert Recipe
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Cherry Berry Dessert Recipe


Crust:
1 c. water
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/4 t. salt
1 c. flour
4 eggs
Bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once, stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Beat until smooth. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool.

Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 c. whipping cream
2 c. mini marshmallows

Beat cream to consistency of whipped cream. Mix together cream cheese, sugar and vanillla until smooth. Then fold in whipped cream and marshmallows. Spread over cooled cream puff and chill.

Topping:
Cherry Pie Filling {small can}
2-3 c. strawberries, sliced or cubed

Mix together and top each piece when serving.

Cherry Berry Dessert Recipe
This would also make an amazing trifle using angel food cake.

You may also like:
Homemade Donuts with Boston Cream Filling

Rolo Cookies

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY Pearl Cluster Earrings

Remember the twisted pearl bracelet I made? Well, I decided that I needed some earrings to go with it. I recently saw a tutorial from my fellow Cousin Ambassador Lisa Crone on how to make a 12 bead bauble. I knew it would be perfect for these pearl cluster earrings!

Pearl Cluster Earrings
I started out using the same pearls that I used for the bracelet. But the baubles kept turning out squarish and not at all what I was wanting. I think the problem was that they are rice shaped instead of round.

DIY Pearl Cluster Earrings
Then I remembered some pearls I had picked up at a yard sale that were very similar except that they had the holes drilled at an angle. I gave it a try and it turned out just as I had imagined.

DIY Pearl Cluster Earrings
I used this 12-bead bauble tutorial by Lisa Crone. Once I had made the bauble, I just added a crimp bead to each end of the wire and stuck the wire through the earring, then the crimp bead and crimped it in place.

You may also like:
Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

Violet Necklace and Earring

Beaded Hair Clips

Pearl Cluster Necklace

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet



I love pearls. When I was 12 or 13 my mom took a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. This was a big deal. She saved for two years. When she came back she, of course, brought home souvenirs. One of the things she got for herself was a pearl bracelet. All the strands were twisted around each other. It was so pretty.  I loved it then and I still love it now. So I decided to try and re-create one for myself. The pearls on her bracelet were much smaller than the ones on mine, but I came out with the overall look I was wanting.
Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

There is something so classy and elegant about pearls. They are timeless. I love the slight variation in size of freshwater pearls. They perfectly compliment the twisted, clustered look of the bracelet.

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

How to Make a Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet


You will need:
3 strands of freshwater pearls - they come in many colors - I chose ecru
beading wire
crimp beads
3 strand box clasp

I'll walk you through the steps I took:

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

1 - Cut 4 lengths of wire about 12" long. Using crimp beads, attach 2 wires to the middle hole in clasp. Attach 1 wire to each of the remaining holes in the clasp.

2 - String on the pearls. You will want to make it a couple inches longer than you normally would to account for the twisting we'll do in a minute.

3 - Attach the wires to the other end of the clasp with crimp tubes. Clip excess wire.

4 - Now to twist the bracelet. It took me a while to figure it out, but this is what worked for me. {See picture above} Separate one strand from the rest. Take one end and slip it under the separated strand. Then pull the end back toward its original side. Repeat this several times always going under the same strand until the bracelet is twisted to your liking.

Twisted Freshwater Pearl Bracelet





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