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fruity summer cupcakes! 5 Jun 2014

Oh Joy / Fruity Cupcakes by Trophy

With summer just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to share a fruity take on cupcakes with these strawberry, orange, and pineapple cupcakes made by Jennifer of Trophy Cupcakes inspired by my Oh Joy for Target summer collection! The cupcakes themselves could be any flavor, and I love how she transformed simple chocolate cupcakes into fun fruit ones with frosting, food coloring, inexpensive pastry bags and tips, and a little imagination. Here's how you make them too...

Oh Joy / Fruity Cupcakes by Trophy

For the strawberry cupcake, you’ll need:
- red, green and black food coloring
- red or dark pink sprinkles and a pastry bag with a small round tip (Ateco #2 or #3)
- a small star tip (Ateco #16).

Here's how:
1. Tint part of your buttercream to the desired shade of red or pink.

2. Hand frost your cupcake with a flat top and make one side a little pointy so that from the top the shape is like a strawberry.

3. Place your sprinkles in a bowl, scoop up a generous amount in your hand and carefully dip only the edges in the sprinkles with your other hand. Use pressure to create more of strawberry shape if needed.

4. Now, make a small amount of black and green buttercream. Place the black in a small pastry bag with a small round tip and the green in a small pastry bag with a small star tip.

5. Pipe dots on the cupcake to make “seeds” and a few green segments to make the stem (see photo for reference). 

Oh Joy / Fruity Cupcakes by Trophy

To make pineapple cupcakes, you'll need:
- yellow, brown, and green gel food coloring
- yellow nonpareils or sprinkles
- an offset spatula
- fat pretzel rods
- 2 pastry bags and Ateco tip #842 & #2 or #3

Here's how:
1. Place about ¾ of your buttercream into a bowl and tint it the shade of yellow that you like.

2. Take the rest of the buttercream and divide it into 2 bowls. Tint one bowl brown and one green. Place the brown buttercream into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (like an Ateco #2 or 3). Place the green buttercream in a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip( like Ateco #842).

3. Place a scoop of the yellow buttercream on each cupcake. Now frost the cupcake so the top is flat and the sides are a 90 degree angle. Use your off set spatula to make the shape a little oblong (like a pineapple).

4. Now take your pastry bag with brown buttercream and make a cross hatch pattern (see photo) and place a dot in each opening.

5. Now place your yellow nonpareils (or sprinkles) in a bowl. Cup one hand and scoop up a generous amount of sprinkles. Pick up a cupcake with your other hand and carefully dip only edges of the cupcake in the sprinkles.

6. Now break fat pretzel rods into 2-3 inch pieces. Carefully poke the end into the side of your cupcake (the side that you want to be the top of your pineapple) until its secure (a good inch or two should be sticking out).

7. Use your pastry bag with your green buttercream to pipe several “leaves” to create the stem over the pretzel (see photo). Enjoy!

Oh Joy / Fruity Cupcakes by Trophy

To make an orange slice cupcake, you’ll need:
- orange food coloring and sprinkles
- a small pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (Ateco #2 or #3).

Here's how:
1. Start by tinting part of your buttercream orange. Now hand frost your cupcake in orange buttercream so it has a flat top and the sides straight up and down.

2. Fill a small pastry bag fitted with your small round tip with white buttercream.

3. Pipe a circle on the top around the edge, then pipe straight lines to create the “segments” (see photo).

4. Now pipe tiny seeds (either in white or a lighter orange) in the inside corners.

5. Place your sprinkles in a bowl, scoop up a generous amount in your hand and carefully dip only the edges in the sprinkles with your other hand. 

Oh Joy / Fruity Cupcakes by Trophy

Finally, if you want to make your own cupcakes and frosting from scratch, here's a recipe for the chocolate cupcakes and vanilla buttercream we used here (but you can make any flavor you like as the base). 

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family check-in station DIY... 28 May 2014

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY

Running around and juggling work and family and life can be totally overwhelming. There are some days I really just wish I could blink my eyes and have everything all come together seamlessly. I've found that staying organized is really so key to keeping myself sane, so today we're sharing a fun DIY for making a central area to help keep the whole family organized with this Family Check-In Station. With the additions of some easy-to-use home organizational items, we’ve created a life-sized catchall for the whole family so we can worry less about where everything is and focus on time together instead. 

Instead of just having a bulletin board for to-do's for each member of the family, we wanted to create an area that each person could keep things to grab on the way out the door, as well as a place to put everyday reminders and notes on a custom magnetic wall. We also wanted to make place to put those daily belongings you need on your way in or out of the house—it's like a giant bulletin board mixed with a super practical cubby area. The whole piece is modular so you can make it for a family of two or a family of six. And it's great for roommates, too.

Here's how to create one:

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY

1. Cut out and stick contact paper (we used gold) onto the backing of 4 cube shelves. Build the shelves using the adhesive strips provided to secure them together. 

2. Line up the cubes along the wall based on how many cubbies would be a good fit for each family member. They could all be the same height or different (like we did). Outline the wall with area you wish to paint behind the cubes with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

3. Paint the entire area above the cubbies within the taped outline with magnetic primer. You will need to paint at least 3 coats —the more coats, the more magnetic it will be.

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY

4. Once completely dry, use painters tape to outline the individual sections. Then paint each section with its individual color using regular wall paint.

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5. Stack the cubbies and fill with each person's daily essentials as well as various memos to keep notes, tickets, receipts all in place.

Oh Joy / Family Check-In Station DIY

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I love how The Home Collection by Post-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand and Command™ Brands helps busy families stay organized so they can spend time less time organizing and more time enjoying time together.

See below for all sources/items used:

Mom (mint green): Map out family activities for the week with the Post-it® Planner with Perforated List Pad. We also used the Post-it® Grip Board to keep important receipts, business cards, and any other loose pieces of paper that need to be attended to. 

Dad (green): The Post-it® Dry Erase Grip Tile holds tickets and other things to grab on the way out the door while offering a spot to make notes for the day or week. You can also hold receipts or other loose papers with the Post-it® Magnetic Grip Disk and the Command™ Clear Smartphone Station holds his phone, loose change, or keys.

Daughter (pink): Hang up the week’s homework or play date reminder on the Scotch® Restickable Strip while displaying her latest masterpiece with the Scotch® Display Frame.

Pup (yellow): Hold onto Doggie Daycare coupons or other pet mementos with the Post-it Magnetic Grip Disk and make sure the dog walker lets you know your pup’s latest updates using the Post-it® Reminder Tile

Also used: gold contact paper, white storage cubes, magnetic paint, and regular wall paint.

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with 3M. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

(Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. Special thanks to Tuna the Frenchie!)

chocolate hazelnut cookie sandwiches... 21 May 2014

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Sandwiches (Gluten-free)

Cookies are probably one of my favorite things in the world. So our friends at Wild Apple Magazine were kind enough to share this recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Sandwiches with us today—just in time for a Memorial Day picnic this weekend. And, bonus, they're gluten-free for those of you always looking for tasty gluten-free treats! Click below for the recipe...

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{gluten-free} cocoa pancakes with raspberry sauce... 7 May 2014

Gluten Free Cocoa Pancake Recipe

I'm not gluten-free, but I have so many friends and acquaintences who are that I love coming across really tasty books, magazines, and books that share recipes that anyone can enjoy. Launching soon, our friends at Wild Apple Magazine, were kind enough to share this recipe for gluten-free cocoa pancakes with us today just in time for Mother's Day this weekend...

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the best tuna fish sandwich... 21 Apr 2014

Fancy Tuna Sandwich Recipe by Black Hogg

I have to admit, I love sandwiches. But I rarely make them at home because I feel like what I make at home is never as good as the sandwiches I can get at a really good sandwich shop. But sometimes, nothing is more satisfying and quick to make than a sandwich. Today, I want to show you how to make a variation on an often under-rated sandwich—a tuna fish sandwich. They're often seen as a default "cafeteria" sandwich, but when made well, it can be so good (and good for you!) full of protein, iron, and potassium.

Our friends at Black Hogg (who recently opened their new sandwich shop in Downtown LA called Hero Shop) showed us how to make their very tasty version of a tuna fish sandwich. And, it can even be made without mayo, for who want a lighter version. Here's how...

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make a RAD pop-up card! 16 Apr 2014

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

One of my favorite things as a kid were pop-up books and pop-up cards. There's something about seeing something flat become dimensional that is so fun. Even now as an adult, I still love getting pop-up cards from people.

So, today, we're showing you how to make this RAD pop-up card for anyone you think fits the description (maybe even mom for upcoming Mother's Day!). Simply watch the video, download the template below to make one, then decorate it to your heart's content!

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Art Direction & Pop-Up Design by Oh Joy
Video by Jenner Brown
Still photos by Casey Brodley
Production and Craft Assistant: Julia Wester
Title Animation by Anthony Maiuri
Music is "Only One" by Johnny Stimson
My dress by Sonnet James

// SUPPLIES USED //
Print on white or colorful thick paper stock
X-Acto knife: can be found at your local arts and crafts store
Glue stick
Various decorations including washi tape, confetti, color pencils
Download the template to make this pop-up card right here.

petit collage... 15 Apr 2014

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

The queen of collage, Lorena Siminovich, has a new book called Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home. Using lots of recycled papers, Lorena shares a ton of kid-friendly projects that are so colorful and fun. And you have to see her super cute book trailer below! Congrats Lorena!

{Photos and video by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

sweet paul... 2 Apr 2014

Breakfast Churros / Sweet Paul

Fork Book Ends / Sweet Paul

World's Best Cake / Sweet Paul

One of my favorite crafty guys, Sweet Paul, has a new book called Sweet Paul Eat & Make filled with a mix of Paul's favorite recipes make and crafts to create. The recipes are drool-worthy (ahem Breakfast Churros and World's Best Cake shown) and the crafts are simple and clever like these fork book-ends shown above. Congrats Paul!

{Photos by Alexandra Grablewski}

cap'n crunch chocolate chip cookies... 31 Mar 2014

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our friends over at Black Hogg here in Los Angeles recently started serving some amazing sandwiches for lunch. The restaurant is right by my house so I'm pretty addicted to their sandwiches and their homemade chocolate chip cookies (which blow my mind and are currently my favorite cookie of choice). Made with the addition of Cap'n Crunch cereal and peanut butter chips on top of regular chocolate chips, it's a chewy crunchy protein-packaged cookie I can't get enough of. I begged them to share the recipe, and they kindly said yes!

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies 
(makes 6 large cookies or 12 small cookies)

You'll need:

8 oz softened unsalted butter (= 1 cup)

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 oz Glucose (which makes cookies chewier than regular sugar) (= 1/16 cup)

1 medium egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp kosher salt

2-1/2 oz chocolate chips (= 1/3 cup)

2-1/2 oz peanut butter cups (chopped) (= 1/3 cup)

1 oz rolled oats (= 1/8 cup)

3 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal

1 oz chopped hazelnuts (= 1/8 cup)

Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's how:

1. Mix sugar, glucose, and butter for 1 minute with a handheld or standing mixer.

2. Add egg and vanilla, and mix for 1 more minute.

3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together for 1-2 minutes.

4. Add chocolate chips, peanut butter cups, oats, cap'n crunch, and hazelnuts and quickly mix it all together for 1 minute.

5. With a 3 oz ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Cover with parchment paper and press down each cookie with a flat object like a plate. Freeze for 1 hour.

6. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes, rotate pan, and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

You'll get chewy, crunchy, caramelized cookies that are unlike anything you've had before. Thanks so much to Eric and Jon at Black Hogg for their amazing food and for sharing this fun recipe with us today! 

UPDATE: Sorry you guys for any issues you had with the recipe. There were some miscalculations when we converted it from restaurant portions to at-home portions, and I apologize! The recipe has been corrected and updated as of April 8, 2014 and is now correct.

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

a confetti table runner DIY... 20 Mar 2014

DIY Confetti Table Runner

After sharing images from our Garden Party brunch the other day, we had a lot of inquiries about the gold confetti table runner that graced one of the tables. So, I wanted to share this very easy, yet super pretty, DIY with you today.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

All you need is a roll of butcher paper (we used white but other solid colors would be pretty, too), glue dots, and jumbo confetti. We used the Oh Joy gold confetti dots which are unfortunately already sold out online but you can track them at your local Target store or you can also make your own dots with a big paper punch.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

DIY Confetti Table Runner

Start by cutting a sheet of butcher paper to the length and width that you'd like. I like 1/3 the width of the table and at least two feet longer than your table so it hangs over about 1 foot on each end. Then, attach the dots to butcher paper in a gradient so that they start off light towards the center and get heavier and more concentrated towards the ends.

DIY Confetti Table Runner

The result is a table runner that feels ultra luxe and special using only paper and glue!

{Process photos by Casey Brodley, party photos by Laure Joliet.}

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