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Check out how these 3 desserts can be turned into art with little preparation

One dessert art you can make is this Jackson Pollock Chocolate Cake.

We can all be intimidated by the fancy looking desserts. Those delicate piping lines or perfectly scattered toppings aren’t easy for everyone to make. So if you’re not the best artist or don’t have enough time to make any fancy dessert decorations, don’t worry! These three DIY food projects, orignally appearing on Huffington Post, are perfect for you to try:

You can make a cake look like a painting with just sprinkles! First, bake a cake of your choice and layer on your frosting. Depending on what image you want to create, choose what colored sprinkles to use. Then sprinkle on the different colors exactly as if you were panting or coloring. Styled by Michelle Gatton, the one Huffington Post uses is of the Eifel Tower, and we think it is a perfect template to try at home!

You can imitate Jackson Pollock’s trademark abstract expressionism style for a masterpiece of your own. Food stylist Heather Meldrom created “Pollock Rice Krispie Treats” for Huffington Post by baking rice krispie treats and scattering various icing colors all over them. The colors pop and take hardly any time to make!

People Magazine on their new food channel, suggests making these cute owl crackers as a way to “brighten snack time.” These only require five simple store bought ingredients: round crackers, mini round crackers, cream cheese, almonds (both full and slivered ones), and raisins. Dab a layer of the cream cheese on the round cracker and make little wave-like indents for feathers using your knife.Add on the mini-crackers as the eyes with raisins on top for pupils.The almonds will act as a beak and the sliced almonds will serve as the feathers around the mini cracker.

These three projects are a great way to spend time with your kids after school or are great to bring to a dinner party or event. Make them in your kitcen today!

14 Things to DIY from Anthropologie’s Spring 2017 Home Collection

Pastel color schemes, cozy textures, cheery pops of floral and marble, oh my! These are the leading trends in Anthroplogie’s Spring 2017 home collection, and it’s hard not to want every single item. But before you drop a small fortune on a few items, why not try and hack it? The fun and fab Anthropologie DIY tips below will help you nail all the spring trends this season *and* save plenty of moola for that new spring wardrobe. Happy hacking!

DIY Marbled Votives

Whether you’re reading a good book on the weekend or trying to get some work done, everything is better by candlelight. If you’re lusting after Anthropologie’s Marbled Votive ($8), you need to try making your own marbled glass right now. (via A Beautiful Mess)

DIY Tassel Keychain

You’re a gal on the go, and you don’t have time to rummage around your bag for those ever-elusive keys. Anthro’s Out & About Keychain ($20) is chunky enough to ensure you’ll always be able to find your keys, but why buy when you could make one for yourself and one for each of your friends in customized colors? (via Brit + Co)

DIY Marble and Gold Table

Shorter days = more cozy dinners on the couch. Whether you’re hosting a Netflix binge party or you’re looking for a slender table for your teeny living room, you can use Anthro’s Pendulum Side Table ($268) as inspiration to seriously brighten up your TV dinners. (via Sugar & Cloth)

DIY Round Felt Ball Pillow

Have poms, will cuddle. Bring an inexpensive throw pillow to Anthro’s level with this easy hack. Sew massive felt balls along the edge of the pillow, or copy Anthro’s Tasseled Medina Pillow ($78) and add tassels for good measure. (via A Beautiful Mess)

DIY Cheese Knives

Got any plans for your first post-holiday get-together? Before you consider shelling out for Anthro’s Hammered Brass Cheese Knives ($36), check out this rad DIY that teaches you how to make your own geometric handled cheese knives. Extra points if you paint the handles to match your dinner party color palette. (via Sugar & Cloth)

DIY Embroidered Pencil Pouch

Writing up those career New Year’s resolutions requires a hefty handful of good pens. If you agree that a pencil pouch shouldn’t cost more than your favorite markers, this is the DIY for you. Pick up some embroidery and replicate — nay, improve on! — Anthro’s Idiom Pencil Pouch ($28) with a one-of-a-kind embroidery quote. (via Brit + Co)

DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow

If there’s one thing your living room needs to be totally Instagram-ready, it’s a new set of texture-rich throw pillows. Using tassels and gold trim, duplicate Anthro’s Open Market Pillow ($88+) with this easy sewing tutorial. Yeah, we’d totally double tap that. (via Casa Watkins Living)

DIY Wooden Planter

Natural textures are trending hard this season, so jump on the bandwagon with a DIY version of Anthro’s Tree Trunk Planter ($32+). Hit up your local thrift store for an inexpensive wood bowl and add legs for a cool, mid-century look that’ll keep your garden game on point. (via A Beautiful Mess)

DIY Faux Fur Throw

Although Anthro’s Fireside Faux-Fur Throw ($98) is back ordered all the way until February, that’s no problemo. You can easily make your own with an easy sewing project. Seriously, you can put this blanket together in about 30 minutes. Now that sounds more appealing than waiting two months to cuddle up, doesn’t it? (via Gina Michele)

DIY Poster Hanger

Use Anthro’s Essonne Wall Hanger ($38+) as inspo to switch things up on your gallery wall. The options for customization here are endless — stick with natural wood boards to keep the look minimal or copy Anthro’s version a bit more closely with fancy filigree and gold paint. Whichever way you roll, it’s guaranteed you can hang several pieces of really big art for less than one of the originals. (via Crafted)

DIY Clipboard

Raise your hand if “get organized” is topping your to-do list. Since nothing encourages productivity like pretty office accessories, the floral glam of Anthro’s Week Ahead Clipboard ($20) is super enticing. You know what else is enticing? The significant price difference with this DIY clipboard project. Real life Pinterest boards, here you come. (via Craft + Tell)

DIY Notebook

You can never have too many notebooks, especially when you’re keeping track of a million projects. If you love the versatility of Anthro’s Elum Notebook Set ($15, set of three), you’ll be stoked to learn how easy it is to make your own notebooks. The best part? You can completely customize the covers with your favorite patterns and colors. (via Brit + Co)

DIY Easy Leather Cord Keeper

No, you’re not imagining it: Earphones are evil and will tangle themselves the instant you leave them on their own. Make sure those cords stay put once and for all with this colorful DIY hack similar to Anthro’s Puzzle Cord Keepers ($12). Seriously, that gold detailing is everything. (via A Beautiful Mess)

DIY Rosemary and Grapefruit Candles

#Realtalk here: Making your own personalized candles is going to be way more fun than shelling out for Anthro’s Mercury Moonglow Candle ($40). Grab a bag of soy wax, splash out some essential oil and pour yourself a whole slew of chic candles in no time. (via Sugar & Cloth)

As soon as we hear the first robin chirping or see flower buds start to bloom, we know that spring is here. And that means it's time to start indulging in a variety of different seasonal produce, such as rhubarb and lemon, as well as our favorite spring treats, including carrot cake, fruit crumbles and crisps, and frosted sugar cookies.

As far as spring dessert recipes go, we love to prepare sweets that include in-season fruits. One perfect combination? Strawberries and rhubarb, as in the Rhubarb-Strawberry Tart that's pictured here. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves), but it's also easy to make. You can prepare the tart dough in advance and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Then all you need to do is stir together fresh rhubarb and strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a large bowl and fill the tart shell. Once it's baked, you will fall head over heels for the jammy, bright pink filling and fresh flavor. If you're baking it for a family gathering or to give to a friend, know that they won't be able to resist the vibrant dessert either.

Another classic spring dessert that everyone loves is carrot cake. We have several varieties of this seasonal star including carrot cake cookies that are the perfect individual dessert to serve at a COVID-safe gathering. Not only do carrots add a vibrant orange color to these desserts, but they also build fantastic moistness, thanks to their natural juices. Go for a classic layer cake or mix it up with our carrot cake cookie and parfait recipes.

Whether you're hosting a brunch for Easter, a Mother's Day dinner, or just want to embrace the arrival of spring with something sweet for dessert, these recipes surely fit the bill.

DIY Round Up: Dessert Art - Recipes

Lissy Laricchia - We love this photo from Lissy Laricchia - Check out her DIY here.

Jan Halvarson


Those glowing jars are super cool and the floor.. so shiny!

Love those bracelets in top pic!

love the bracelet DIY! wish i had a concrete floor to make sparkly!

i remember consistently making those bracelets in elementary school!
xo dana

Thank you for the glowing jars. I'm going to use them for a upcoming wedding. :)

i need these jars in my room

I really want to try those glowing jars! They are amazing!

haven't tried this thing yet! but it's so beautiful!

i love the glow in the dark jars. made a few myself and they are really a sight to behold!

I LOOOOOVE those glowing jars. They are soooo cute. Wanted to use something ike that for my wedding. :)

35 Irresistible Ube Dessert Ideas

Ube desserts have been taking the Internet by storm lately, but this ingredient has been a staple in Filipino cuisine for a very long time. Although there is no official documentation of how or when Filipino families began using ube in recipes, we do know it will continue to be a favorite.

If you are interested in experiencing the wonders of ube, make sure to try out a few of the recipes below. They’ll blow your mind! However, before we get started, check out the answers below to the most popular questions about ube.

What is Ube?

Ube comes from the plant Dioscorea Alata, which is specifically grown in the Philippines. The ube plant is often used in Filipino desserts and eaten at potlucks, birthdays, and holidays.

What Does Ube Taste Like?

The taste of ube can be described as nutty and sweet with a hint of vanilla.

Is Ube Naturally Purple?

Yes! Ube gets its beautiful vivid violet color from the high amount of anthocyanins it contains.

Does Ube Taste Like Taro?

Both ube and taro are known for their purple colors, but they taste pretty different. Ube is significantly sweeter than taro and works best in dessert dishes. Taro is a bit more earthy in taste and has the grainy texture of a sweet potato.

Is Ube Healthy?

Ube is quite healthy! Just like the sweet potato, ube is high in healthy carbohydrates, fiber, and antioxidants. Compared to other types of sweet potato, it excels in nutritional value. The best part is, ube is naturally very sweet and doesn’t require extra sweeteners to taste delicious.

17 DIY Wall Decor Ideas Inspired by Interiors Designers

Nobody wants to live in a plain white box, but sometimes spending a fortune on art just isn't an option. The alternative? Repurposing items you already have into decorative objects and making your own pieces of art to display on the wall. It truly does many a transformative difference, and you won't have to spend a lot of money. We found tons of creative, designer-inspired DIY wall art ideas, from framing your children's work to creating your own wall hanging. If you're worried about using a nail gun or hammer, don't worry&mdashyou got this. Because these examples are super simple and easy to replicated. So go ahead and grab glue gun to get ready to spruce up your space with these seventeen creative DIY wall decor ideas.

Leanne Ford is the queen of high-end DIYS. "I had an old canvas laying around forever and couldn't bring myself to throw it away. One day I just nailed it to the wall and called one of my favorite artist friends Alexandra Gracik and asked her to come over with her charcoal to draw whatever the heck she wanted," the designer explains. Repurpose an old tarp you have lying around or buy one second hand.

If you have an extensive China collection, why not put it up for all to see? It's an unexpected twist to the classic gallery wall look, too, as you can see in this blush pink living room designed by Janie Molster. Once you've mapped out the gallery wall, all you need are some picture hangers. Get a tutorial here.

If you have a vintage area rug or quilt you haven't been using, repurpose it by hanging it on the wall. Get a tutorial to create your own wall hanging from Sugar & Cloth.

Frame your children's best masterpieces and display them with pride. They'll feel like a proud artist, and won't have to spend a fortune on art&mdashit's a win-win. It can look refined when professionally done with clean, modern frames and then arranged in a classic floor-to-ceiling grid. Take note from this charming contemporary family room designed by Lilly Bunn, where colorful art animates the entire space.

If you live in a minimalist environment, this project is for you. Simply tack up a photograph you love, frame-free. This way, you won't damage any artwork but you can also go frameless.

Create your own wall hanging with beads and a branch. We're loving the bohemian elegance of this asymmetrical one. It has a more whimsical look and takes up less visual real estate than a woven hanging.

Even a skateboard can be wall decor when styled well! Here, Leanne Ford simply propped it on a ledge and leaned it against the wall. Instruments and surfboards are other great examples of found objects doubling as decor.

Paint an architectural quirk a bright color for an unexpected pop. Here, Emil Dervish livened up this minimalist hallway by painted the arch interior a vibrant shade of orange.

A pegboard looks good basically anywhere, and you can customize it as much as you want! Learn how to make one yourself from Vintage Revivals.

Try a hat wall. It's a great storage solution for anyone with limited closet space and it introduces more dimension. Take note from this one by Katie Hodges Design.

In a cozy, cabin-like home, use branches and leaves to create a series of makeshift garlands. To add a little more contemporary style and polish, Leanne Ford also color-blocked the walls, panting the lower half a deep marine tone.

A twist on the typical gallery wall? A gallery wall of antique hand mirrors. Clustered together, these simple, eclectic mirrors function as art (and reflect light beautifully). This one is comprised of hand mirrors and configured in the shape of a hand mirror. These are functional and adorable. No more convincing needed.

You may not be able to get that chair upholstered in your favorite print, but you can spotlight a fabric swatch. Hang some linens or fabric swatches. It's perfect in a laidback, easy breezy environment and you can take them down whenever you tire of them.

This wood veneer wall art is the ultimate rustic accent piece. Now if only we could score one of those hanging chairs. Learn how to make these yourself from Dorsey Designs.

Who needs a headboard when you can have a full-on wall of flowers? Total boho goals. Get the tutorial at Sweet Teal.

Creating your dream gallery wall just got a whole lot more affordable. Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

Here's a chance to show off your artistic talents. It would be a fun project for the whole family to enjoy together. Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

17 Recipes That Demonstrate Why Bananas Make the Best Desserts

This Sunday, I am told by Ariel, our keeper of all food holidays large and small, is National Banana Cream Pie Day. Will you be taking this excuse to dig into a cloud of banana pudding and whipped cream? Maybe banana cream pie isn’t your thing, but you are up for some Nutella banana bread, a caramel banana cake, or chocolate-covered frozen bananas.

From unexpectedly light treats to decadent cakes, bananas make some of the best desserts. Here are 17 recipes that prove it.

Surprisingly Light Banana Treats

    – Turn bananas (just bananas!) into creamy soft-serve ice cream. A classic trick of a treat, and once you’ve mastered the basics you can tart it up with other goodies too. 3-Ingredient Banana Pudding from Stupid Easy Paleo. Another short and sweet ingredient list for a fun treat.
  • Bananas: The New Buttercream– We show you how to turn bananas into a lighter, fresher frosting for any cupcake or cake.
  • Double-Dipped Chocolate-Covered Frozen Bananasat Keepin’ It Kind. – Bananas, dipped in chocolate. Frozen. With nuts (or sprinkles). Sign us up!
  • 3-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Popsby Alice Currah for PBS Kitchen Explorers – Just a great easy treat. Coconut milk, cocoa, bananas.

Going Over the Top for Bananas

  • Caramel Banana Cake– When we want to really go bananas, this is where we go. (My dad’s favorite birthday cake!) at Love & Olive Oil – Now this is the kind of banana cream pie we can get behind.
  • Bananas Foster Cookie Pizzaat Simply Gloria – Cookies AND bananas. Yes.
  • No-Bake Banana Cheesecakesat How Sweet Eats – Sensing a no-bake theme? Bananas’ creaminess seems especially well-suited to puddings and cheesecakes, like this scrumptious recipe.
  • Tropical Banana Puddingat DesignSponge – A recipe I wrote for a guest column at DesignSponge. Coconut and banana in a classic Southern no-bake banana pudding. So good!
  • Banana Monkey Breadat Pinch of Yum – We really love our monkey bread around here. Why not work a little bit of banana into your brunch? – Go one step further with your banana pie and combine it with ice cream.

Beyond Banana Bread

  • Nutella Swirl Banana Breadat Roxana’s Home Baking – Why settle for plain banana bread when you can add NUTELLA?
  • S’mores Banana Breadat Sally’s Baking Addiction – All right, now we’re getting really crazy. Marshmallows on banana bread!
  • Banana Bread French Toast with Strawberry Sauce & Honey Whipped Creamat Bakers Royale – And once you’ve had your banana bread, turn into into French toast, like with this awesome breakfast treat.

All right. Is that too much banana goodness to handle? Did we leave any of your favorite banana desserts off the list?

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.

DIY Round Wall Vase

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This is part two of my Round Wall Shelf tutorial I made using a cheese box, a birch board and some jute rope. I took the lid of my cheese box and repurposed it into this cute wall vase using old salsa jars, jute rope and a staple gun! Both of these project literally took an hour to make. I just love how cute they came out! Here’s how I made the vase

DIY Round Wall Vase


  • Cheese or Wine box lid
  • Hammer
  • Two jars- one is a small pasta jar and the other is a salsa jar


Lay your jars on top of the lid and decide where to place them to be mounted. Mark where the first rope goes with a pencil.

Remove the jar, place the rope over the mark and staple it to the lid. Make sure your fingers are not in the way of the gun. Staple guns scare me to death, making this project gave me multiple mini heart attacks, good thing this was an easy project.

Hammer the staple into the wood so it is snug and add hot glue under the rope for added security. My cheese box lid is vintage, so it’s pretty fragile, which is why I opted for the hot glue for extra strength.

Replace the jar and measure and mark on the other side of the jar where you will be stapling. I used masking tape to ark where to staple. Remove the jar, staple and glue down the other side of the rope.

Trim the rope and repeat the steps for the other jar. Staple and glue a piece of rope to the top edge of the lid to hang the vase. And that’s it! Add some flowers and your done! Such an easy makeover and even better that I used things I already owned! So no to little cost for me! Yay!

Check out more of my Home Decor Projects


Recipe Roundup: Easy Recipes

If you've been with us since the beginning of August, then you've been massively reducing your sugar intake all month by using Sweetly Stevia as a substitute. But just in case you missed our stevia tastations, here they are, rounded up for your convenience!

After countless summers of avoiding sugary juice drinks because we would rather get our sugar from a decadent dessert, at long last we can have our cake and drink sweet juice, too! What's our secret? We're still avoiding sugar! This watermelon lemonade is an irresistible combination of tart and sweet, and the recipe doesn't call for any added sugar! Just mix in Sweetly Stevia instead to enjoy this refreshing, summertime drink!

63 cal. | 10.6 g sugar | 6 servings

We've all been there. The clock strikes midnight. Insomnia wins. You shuffle into the kitchen and by the glow of the refrigerator lights, you start scarfing down raw cookie dough like a wild, nocturnal animal… The next morning, you wake in a fog of guilt, vaguely recollecting all the empty sugar calories you wolfed down. Well, not anymore, sweetheart! Use our edible chocolate chip cookie dough recipe made with Sweetly Stevia instead of table sugar and no matter how much you indulge, you'll rise the next day bright eyed and bushy tailed with zero guilt!

214 cal. | 10.4 g sugar | 6 servings

If you like piña coladas (do-do-doot-do) and gettin' caught in the rain (bop-bop-boppidy-bop!) but you make them with sugar (do-do-do) then you're totally insane! Whether or not you're a fan of Rupert Holmes, we're willing you bet you can't go one summer without sipping on a delicious piña colada… We certainly can't! But as much as we love this pineappley cocktail, we definitely don't love the sugar it's made with, which is why we've invented our own. Made with Sweetly Stevia, our piña coladas are the perfect "escape"!

75 cal. | 10.5 g sugar | 3 servings

Peanut butter has come a long way over the years. What once began as a classic staple of every child's schoolyard lunch has evolved into an artesian industry of gourmet options meant to be savored at yacht parties with one pinky finger in the air! Don't get us wrong, we're definitely on board (see what we did there?) But we'd rather not spend $15 on a jar just because Sophia Vergara ate it once. If you're ready to roll up your sleeves, you can make your own fancy sugar-free peanut butter with Sweetly Stevia for a fraction of the cost!

Mother's Day Dessert Recipes

Show your mom just how sweet you are by making her dessert on her special day. Lemon bars, strawberry shortcake, chocolate pie, carrot cake and more — we’ve got recipes for all Mom’s favorites!

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Honey Buttermilk Pavlova

There&rsquos no denying Mom deserves a sweet treat on her special day &mdash as well as a special breakfast or brunch and a made-with-love lunch or dinner (hint, hint) &mdash but how do you choose when there are so many delicious recipes to pick from? We&rsquove narrowed it down to some of our favorites, including this pretty and impressive pavlova that&rsquos deceptively simple to make. Basic meringue is flavored with tangy buttermilk, sweet honey and fragrant vanilla before it&rsquos baked. Once the meringue cools it&rsquos dressed up with a little whipped cream and fresh fruit for a dessert that Mom is sure to love.

Sunny's Strawberry Fool

You could have fooled us! This impressive dessert is deceptively simple! What exactly is a strawberry fool? Whipped cream dressed up with macerated strawberries &mdash Sunny likes to serve her version with cinnamon graham crackers to use as a scoop.

Strawberries and Wine Flower Cheesecake

Put this beautiful, no-bake cheesecake out at your next soiree and people might just think you're a professional baker! We used sliced strawberries and mandarin oranges to create the flower on top, but you can use other fruit to create your own design. Just make sure to avoid pineapple, kiwi, papaya, mango and guava, which all contain an enzyme that will prevent the gelatin from setting properly.


  1. Pirmin

    In short, it's the night. After the fast I was worn out ... I went to bed.

  2. Shakora

    It you have correctly told :)

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