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How to: Make the Perfect DIY Housewarming Basket

by Lovelola

How to: Make the Perfect DIY Housewarming Basket
Whether having a baby, getting married, or moving to a new house, transitional periods of life are a perfect time to give a thoughtful gift to friends and family. It's a simple act of love that can significantly impact the recipients. It might just be a few little household items, but they are household items that come with an intrinsic value deeper than kitchen towels or recipe cards., because it comes from a place of thoughtfulness and care. And in the end, that's what the receiving party will remember.    

The options are endless for items to include in your basket. Here, I included:

  • Kitchen towels from Anthropologie,
  • My favorite magazine,
  • Greenery (this succulent party favor also makes a great housewarming gift!),
  • Recipe cards from Rifle Paper Co.,
  • a bottle of wine

I don't know about you, but after packing, moving, and unpacking boxes, all I want to do is prop my feet up and sit with a glass of wine. Your friends will certainly appreciate the gesture in this gift!

Some other items you can consider including in your basket might be: a candle, a cook book, measuring cups, a bottle opener, or flowers. 

To assemble your basket:

1. Collect a cute wicker basket and some lace material. Line the inside of the basket with the lace, letting some of the material hang off the sides.

2. Put the largest items in first. For this basket, the magazine was the biggest, so I put it in first and built the basket with the magazine as the base.

3. Choose the second largest items to assemble next. The kitchen towels and bottle of wine fit perfectly up against the magazine. 

4. Finalize the basket by dropping in the recipe cards and the succulent.

Your friends will not only be impressed with the items, but they will be impressed with the look as well. Enjoy!

 

Lauren Foster is the founder and editor of LoveLola. On on any given day, you’ll find her cooking, thrifting, and dreaming of life in the city. She's constantly seeking out adventure, embracing every moment of this beautiful life.  Stay in touch: 
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Inspired by Spring: Make Colorful Breakfast Cake Doughnuts

by Lovelola

Inspired by Spring: Make Colorful Breakfast Cake Doughnuts
I recently made these doughnuts for my Spring Brunch Gathering. And? They were a total hit, and matched the festive feel and color of the brunch. Every one loves doughnuts...but even better, these are baked and a much healthier option for breakfast. So you can have three :)    

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg, & 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla soy milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-2 drops pink food color (depending on preference)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 

2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, and soy milk and continue to whisk.

4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.

5. Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray and add dough to each pan. the key here is to add minimal dough to each mold. i'm always tempted to pile it up, but with a doughnut pan, you only need a little dough in each. bake at 350 for 15 minutes. 

6. While the doughnuts are baking, prepare the glaze. 

7. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix on medium speed until smooth.

8. Once the doughnuts have been removed and cooled, dip each into the glaze. Place a plate and set in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes for the glaze to set.

Your guests will love them! 

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Lauren Foster is the founder and editor of LoveLola. On on any given day, you’ll find her cooking, thrifting, and dreaming of life in the city. She's constantly seeking out adventure, embracing every moment of this beautiful life.  Stay in touch: 
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