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Feb 9, 2016

Pink Lemonade Glazed Donuts

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This is the week before Valentine’s Day and I couldn’t help but infuse it with some more pink here at Zevy Joy.  So I took my very favorite donut/muffin recipe and added a pink lemon glaze – renaming it pink lemonade.


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I truly use this muffin recipe for everything!  You can find me sharing about it here and even here! I just baked it into heart shaped banana muffins last week…


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I can’t say enough about it – how simple it is, an easy clean up and tastes delicious too! I always have these ingredients in the kitchen plus from start to finish – I can usual have a batch ready to eat in 30 minutes.


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The glaze also requires only a few ingredients and is a breeze to make. I took about a cup of powdered sugar and the zest/juice of one lemon. I mixed with a whisk and then dipped the top half of my donuts twice!


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If this glaze is too thick you can adjust it by adding more juice or if it is too runny then add more powdered sugar.


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I rarely use food coloring, but in this case I wanted them to have a pink hue so I added one drop of red to my glaze/frosting.


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These were seriously yummy and gone in one day!


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I keep leftovers in the fridge to prevent drying out and even freeze them when they haven’t been devoured.
Be prepared to see some variation of this recipe again in the future – ha!


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I’m also over at Craftberry Bush today sharing how to make this DIY Footed Woodslice Tray – I would love for you to visit and thank you so much for stopping by!

**Blog post courtesy of Annie at Zevy Joy!

Feb 8, 2016

Sweetheart Table - Valentine's Day Decor


I recently introduced a seasonal nook into our apartment. I came up with the idea, after admiring my fellow blogger's beautiful homes during all of the wonderful seasons throughout the year. Living in Florida is absolutely amazing, but we don't really have seasons. It's pretty much HOT all year-round! It's kind of hard to get into the decorating spirit, or to want to completely change up your home decor when it doesn't really "feel" like a new season. So, I came up with the idea of dedicating a specific spot in our apartment that I decorate for each season, holiday, and special occasion!

Since my fall decor was collecting dust, I decided there was no better time to switch up my decor, for Valentine's Day! I had no idea where I wanted to start but I knew, off the bat, I wanted something with color. After looking at my brown and white fall decor for months, I was ready for a nice pop of color for a change. I brainstormed and decided my color scheme would be gold, white, and red(of course).

Once I narrowed down my colors the ideas started to flow, so I headed to my local Goodwill store for ideas and in hopes of finding some great deals. I'm all about saving money, especially when I know my decor changes frequently.  It's not ideal to invest tons of money when I know I'm going to be working on several small projects throughout the year. I struck gold at the Goodwill and found a few pieces I could incorporate into my nook.

For $30 I purchased:

  • 2 Lamps
  • 1 Large Vintage Mirror
  • 1 Pitcher
  • 1 Picture Frame
  • 2 Cans of spray paint


My first task was to paint the pitcher and both the lamps. It was a struggle to decide on whether or not to paint the lamps red; but I decided on painting them gold since it's more neutral and I could get more use of them. Everything turned out exactly how I envisioned!


I wanted to create an inviting feel to my sweetheart table so I added a few personal touches. I chose a picture of me and the hubby, from our wedding! I painted the matting the same color as the pitcher. I added a small cake tray topped with mini bud vases filled with red and white M&M's(the hubby's favorites). I found the sweet "XO" letters on sale at Michaels and decided to use the spray paint used on the lamps and pitcher to give the perfect touch! 



The final finish was adding the banner and the gold marbled tray, which matched the lamps perfectly! I added fresh red and white tulips to complete the look. Voila - a simple and easy project for any budget to spruce up your home for Valentine's Day!



**blog post courtesy of Ch├íri Herndon at chichomestyle.com. Check out her blog to find out all sources on this project and for more home decor inspiration. Signup for her newsletter for a chance to win a $50 HomeGoods gift card(note:this post is in no way affiliated with HomeGoods)

Apartment Therapy....

  I feel like I have neglected my blog the last few weeks, but for good reason! My daughter has been moving into a new apartment and I have been helping her with unpacking and decorating. It's fun to work with a blank slate again!  

It's been 23 years since we moved into our house so needless to say it's anything but blank! Ha!
My daughter is an RN and works 12 hour shifts on nights. Of course as soon as she moved she was scheduled to work the next few nights, so she had to live with the boxes until she had a day off last weekend. I went down on Sunday to help with the remaining unpacking, furniture arranging, and the best part, decorating!
This is what the apartment looked like when I got there...

I could tell when I got there she didn't know where to start, since there was so much to do. The first thing we concentrated on was to move all the boxes that had stuff for rooms other than the living room into the appropriate space. That gave us some room to work around! She at first thought she wanted her couch up against the long wall. (The couch is from Ashley Home Furnishings and has a chaise that can be used at either end)

I suggested to angle it corresponding to the angle of the fireplace and the TV. But she didn't really like it on an angle regardless of which side the chaise was on. My next suggestion was to put it perpendicular to the wall with the chaise against the wall. This would define the living room area separate from the entry and dining area. So we moved it perpendicular and flipped the chaise to the other end and arranged the other furniture. She still didn't like this arrangement... Once again we moved it back against the wall, flipped the chaise and arranged the other furniture pieces. After this she decided she preferred the perpendicular arrangement...So, one more time we moved the sofa perpendicular to the wall and flipped the chaise and arranged the other furniture...Needless to say we both got our workout ha!





After she was happy with the layout, we mounted the TV and hung the wall decorations. Here's a few more pics of the living room:

She's like her Mom and loves pillows! She found a few of her covers at Hobby Lobby on sale, the gray and white stripe and floral along with the heart pillow I made for her. I'm sure if you read my blog you recognize the black chair I recovered for her for Christmas! The little side table is a fruit crate I got at a garage sale this summer for $4! I also made the curtain for the living room window and slipcovered an ottoman my husband and I made years ago, I think this is the forth time it's been recovered!


After the living room was finished we moved on to the bedroom. Most of that was already finished out of necessity, but the blackout curtains needed to be hung and a few finishing touches were left to do.


The last area we worked on was the bar/dining area. The dining area and kitchen are still works in progress so I don't have any pics of them yet...
I can't take any credit for helping with the bathroom, she's done that all on her own!

I think it has turned out really well! She wishes the walls weren't so beige, but that comes with the territory. She'll have her chance one day to have her walls any color she wants! It's been really fun helping her decorate and I'm complimented that she values my opinion  and design style along with trusting me to make pillows, curtains, artwork and recover furniture for her! Like I said there are still a few things in process, but I think she is happy how it's turning out and feels settled in her new apartment!
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