You know whats not fun? This Gluten-Free-Grain-Free-Super-Low-Carb hell I’m living in right now! And while its a temporary, self-induced / will-actually-be-good-for-me-in-the-long-run hell, its sucky none-the-less! (Only 27 more days to go!) But before I commenced this elimination diet (with much urging and prodding from my health coach), I stocked up on DELICIOUS recipes like this Butter Pecan Pound Cake to share!

Butter Pecan Pound Cake Recipe - BusyBeingJennifer.com

INGREDIENTS FOR POUND LOAF
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
3 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream

INGREDIENTS FOR GLAZE
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice (no pulp)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Garnish :more chopped pecans

Butter Pecan Pound Cake - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Directions for Butter Pecan Pound Cake:

1.   Preheat oven to 300° and spray loaf pan with Pam or other vegetable spray.
2.   Sprinkle the chopped pecans on the bottom of the loaf pan and set aside.
3.   In a medium mixing bowl, sift the cake flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
4.   In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
5.   Beat in the eggs one at a time.
6.   Add the pure vanilla extract and stir.
7.   Add half of the flour mixture and half of the sour cream. Mix for one minute.
8.   Add remaining half of the flour mixture and sour cream. Mix again for one minute.
9.   Pour the batter over the pecans in the prepared loaf pan.
10.  Bake in preheated oven at 300° for 80-90 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
11.  Cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes.
12.  Prepare glaze. Invert loaf pan onto a wire rack.
13.   Drizzle glaze all over the top of the pound loaf cake while still warm.  Optional: sprinkle additional pecans on top.
14.   ENJOY!

Directions for Glaze.
1.   Combine the powdered sugar, orange juice and pure vanilla extract in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
2.   Drizzle all over the pound loaf while still warm.

Butter Pecan Pound Cake Recipe from BusyBeingJennifer.com

This Butter Pecan Pound Cake is moist, has just the right amount of richness and goes perfectly with coffee or tea! Its the perfect cake to serve to the family or friends! It’ll definitely be a hit with your guests :)

Despite the fact that I happily married for just over 4 years, I have yet to spend a Valentine’s day with my hubby. Its totally cruddy and slightly depressing… reminiscent of my single girl days. And that got me thinking… what are the things that make valentine’s bearable when you’re alone and single on Valentine’s Day? So I put together this list Single Girls Valentine’s Survival Gift Ideas! Cause if you’re not on your own this year, chances are you know someone who will be… and could use a little cheering up!

Single Girls Valentine's Survival Gift Ideas - BusyBeingJennifer.com
Lindt Chocolate Swiss Luxury Box – ALWAYS Chocolate on Valentines!
kate spade new york Stemless Red Wine Glasses – Oh yes. There should be wine, and pretty glasses to drink it out of!
Pearl Stud Earrings – because valentine’s NEEDS new pretties :)
Urbаn Dесаy Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette – why not get all kinds of gorgeous for yourself?
TORY BURCH eau de parfum – if you’re gonna look good, you might as well smell good too!
Comfy Slippers – warm and cozy toes are a must!
Sculpt Your Own Boyfriend – This one made me LOL for real! Perfect for Valentines!
Secret Garden Coloring Book – Coloring is ALWAYS a good way to spend your down/alone time!
What to Drink with What You Eat – a Little wine education never hurt anyone!
Plush Throw Blanket – there needs to be something cozy to snuggle with.
Spa Socks – again with the warm and cozy toes! I recommend a little foot soak and pedicure too!
Let’s Eat Cake printable – Because CAKE!
On the Rocks – A book to distract you and transport you to far away places.
MAC Lipstick – we’re back to looking good!
Charm Bracelet – one can never have too many charm bracelets.

Whether you’re newly single, determinedly single, or “accidentally” single for the evening, these Single Girls Valentine’s Survival Gift Ideas will make the most romantic of days a little easier to cope with!

If you’re new around my little corner of the internet, you might not know that I have a handmade shop! In edition to being a Blogger / Media Manager / Online Business Manager / Wife / Fur-Mom, I am also a passionate maker of handmade awesomeness! I make all kinds of things for my little Homespun Happiness shop, but one of my favorite things to create is fun, colorful and unique pieces of art for your walls, aka Hoop Art! With it being February and all, I decided some sort of Heart Hoop Art was necessary… so I started brainstorming ideas! And so this Geo Style Heart Hoop Art was born… and I am in LOVE!

Geo Style Heart Hoop Art from BusyBeingJennifer.com

Pink Geo Heart Hoop Art - BusyBeingJennifer.com

I don’t typically give away “trade secrets” and share the patterns I’ve created for my unique hoop art pieces… maybe one day I’ll have patterns for sale… but in the mean time, this one is so simple to create on your own and SO MUCH FUN to stitch, I can’t help but share!

Making a Geo Heart Hoop Art

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To make your own Geo Style Heart Hoop Art you’re going to need…

Embroidery hoop (any size you want) I used a 10 inch hoop. **
Fabric (at least 2 inches bigger than the embroidery hoop – I used Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Charcoal**
Fabric Pencil / Marker** (I only use Sewline fabric markers! They are freaking awesome!)
Paper – scrap paper is totally fine
Fabric Scissors **
Paper Scissors
Fabric Ruler **
Embroidery Floss **
Embroidery Needle **

Step #1 – Cut out a heart shape from your scrap paper. The size doesn’t matter a whole lot – it really depends on the size of your embroidery hoop and how much stitching you want to do.

Step #2 – Trace the heart outline onto the center of your fabric piece. If you’re using a light pencil on a dark fabric (like shown) trace the outline a few times for better visiblity.

Step #3 – Use your fabric ruler to add the geometric lines that you will use as the boundaries of your pink stitching. I just kept adding random lines until I was happy with the way it looked.

Step #4 – Place your fabric in the embroidery hoop.

Stitching in the Geo Style Heart Hoop Art - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Step #5 – Pick out the various pink embroidery flosses you’d like to use. I pulled a wide range from my “hoard”, mixing in lots of different tones and shades.

Step #6 – Pick a section of the heart and start stitching! This is considered a satin stitch and these directions might be helpful if you’re a total newbie :) I used the same color for 2-4 sections/locations of the heart and then moved onto a different color. I tried to vary the direction of each section as I went, so not only the color is different, but the “Direction” of the shape differs too. Repeat until the whole heart is filled up!

Step #7 – To give this Heart Hoop Art the finishing touch, I added a line of white along the edge of each section and then back stitched along the outside. I liked the way it added a little more definition to each section and the outside of the heart, but this is a totally optional step!

Step#8 – Secure your fabric in your embroidery hoop with a little hot glue along the inner edge. – photo tutorial for this coming soon!

Pink and White Geo Style Heart Hoop Art - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Pretty Pink Geo Style Heart Hoop Art - BusyBeingJennifer.com

I am madly in love with the way this little Geo Style Heart Hoop Art turned out! I was torn between adding it to my shop or hanging it over my desk… keeping it and displaying it over my desk won out… for now! I will be adding this as a CUSTOM piece to my online shop soon! So if you really LOVE this heart hoop art, but don’t want to make it yourself, you’ll be able to order it soon!

Can’t wait for me to get it listed in the shop? send me an email and we can design your very own custom piece! busybeingjennifer@gmail.com :)

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