Sidelight Window Project

 

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One of the first things we wanted to improve, when we moved into our house, last July, was the front door and the sidelight windows on either side of it. The door itself was in fairly good condition, but it had not been maintained as well as it could have been. We thought that it would look much better if we painted the exterior of the door grey, to match the new exterior trim colour scheme, and paint the interior of the door white, to match the new woodwork colour. My partner, Glen, enlisted his daughters to help him paint the front door. I did the final coat of grey paint. Glen also replaced the doorknob and the lock with brass ones, which match the old door knocker. We also got rid of an ill-fitting and ugly black screen door, to be able to see the lovely grey door better. We are very happy with the way the front door turned out.

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Exterior Before and After

As for the sidelight windows, they were clear glass and had a pair of off-white curtains strung up, rather haphazardly, across the top of the door frame. We were getting tired of the curtains getting caught in the door, whenever we were coming and going. So, of course, I looked for inspiration on Pinterest. When I saw the gorgeous frosted pattern on the sidelight windows of this pin, I knew that was just the kind of thing I wanted to do on our sidelight windows. I’m not a huge fan of solid frosted windows on sidelights. I wanted something we could still see out of, yet would give us a lot of privacy, and let in plenty of light. This idea was the perfect solution.

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Interior Before and After

To begin, I read the tips on Wayward Girls’ Crafts, and then followed the link to Seventh House on the Left, to get the instructions and template for this frosted window project. I would say that this project is at a medium level in terms of difficulty. If you are very detail-oriented and crafty, then this project could be right for you. We absolutely love how our front door and sidelight windows look now. It has really transformed our sidelight windows into something special. I love how our entryway glows with light, and how unique it looks.

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Tracing the shapes
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Cutting out the shapes

The pattern was from a tile, originally. It’s a bit tricky. There is very little room for error, when lining up the shapes. You need to allow 1/4″ or so between shapes, or the whole pattern will get messed up. It was very time-consuming to cut all the shapes out, but totally worth it! I used frosted stick-on window film, but you could use the cling-on type, if you can find it. That would be easier to remove (ideal for renters).

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Centering the shapes

A tip, for anyone trying the stick-on kind, like I did: use a couple drops of baby shampoo mixed with water in a spray bottle and spray the glass before applying each shape (after thoroughly cleaning the glass). This helps to let the shape slide a little (which helps you to get it in the right spot) and not bubble as much. It is a bit tricky to apply, but it gets easier, with practice. Glen was my right-hand man, when installing the shapes. He brought the shapes and unpeeled the backing for me. We used blue painter’s tape on one end of each shape, and sticky tape (aka “Scotch” tape) on the other end, and that helped to peel the backing off, without ripping the frosted plastic. I used an Exacto blade to trim the edges. I cut out partial shapes for the edges and corners, to fill in the gaps. To begin the installation, we used a strip of painter’s tape on the outside of the window section, down the centres, as a guide, while lining up the first few shapes. That way, we knew the pattern would line up straight down the middle of each window section.

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Almost done!

I highly recommend this project to anyone looking to add privacy in a stylish and special way to sidelight windows, or any other windows in your home. You might even find another tile pattern to inspire you, to do a different shape. I can imagine many possible variations on this idea. It’s a gorgeous, inexpensive DIY project that really makes a difference in the home.

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Exterior view close-up

All written content and photos are Copyright Kimberly Sequoia 2017 for a delicious moment.

Fresh Glazed Strawberry Donuts

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Sweet, fresh strawberries are one of summer’s most delicious gifts. Wanting to make the most of the summer strawberries, last weekend, I decided to bake a batch of strawberry donuts. All I knew was that I wanted a sweet, cakey donut frosted with a pretty pink glaze, full of the flavour of beautiful fresh strawberries.

After searching Pinterest and finding a few recipes for strawberry donuts, I decided to adapt one recipe using a vanilla donut, and use the strawberry glaze recipe from another. I wanted to increase the vanilla flavour in the donut, so I added a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste. I just love that stuff. I keep looking for ways to use it more often, because the vanilla flavour is so much deeper and richer than simply using vanilla extract. I also wanted to add diced strawberries to the donut, to make the most of the berry flavour. For the donut glaze, I wanted the freshness of the strawberries to balance the sweetness of the sugar.

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I had only used my donut pan once before, to bake glazed chocolate cake donuts. They were so delicious, I don’t know why it took me months to break out my donut pan again. If you don’t have a donut pan, go get one, seriously! I got mine for about ten bucks. Totally worth it. Of course, I say that about nearly every pan I get (my partner, Glen, rolls his eyes every time I say I “need” another cake pan). The donut pan is great because it keeps the donut shape round and consistent.

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Anyway, on to the recipe. I love how moist and cakey the donuts turned out. They were so good when they were freshly made. Like most donuts, they were not quite as fabulous the next morning–but we ate them for morning tea, anyway. This family is not one to waste a sweet treat, let me tell you. Our 3 year-old son, Levi, makes sure of that. (Don’t worry, I’m not constantly feeding him sugar, I swear.)

The recipe made 16 donuts. I think it would have made about 12, if I had filled the donut pan a little bit more per donut, but I didn’t want to overfill them and lose the holes. I had done that with the chocolate donuts, and the centers looked more like bellybuttons than holes. You do need to pipe the batter into the pan, but it’s super easy. You can use a large plastic zip bag, and snip a little bit off one corner, to use as a piping bag. So easy!

I hope you will try out this recipe, when you want to enjoy some fresh strawberries. You could definitely use frozen strawberries, too. Just thaw the berries used for the glaze, to get the consistency right.

Enjoy! I would love to hear your feedback, if you try the recipe.

xoxo Kim

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Fresh Glazed Strawberry Donuts

  • Servings: 12-16 donuts
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A baked donut recipe that makes the most of sweet summer strawberries.

Credits: donut recipe inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction; glaze recipe by a happy food dance

Ingredients

Donuts

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

4 Tbsp milk

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted then cooled slightly

1 cup strawberries, diced into 1/4 inch pieces

Glaze

1/2 cup strawberries, diced into 1/4 inch pieces

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 cup confectioner’s sugar/ icing mixture

Directions

Donuts

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/ 200C degrees. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, and melted butter.
  3. Slowly and gently mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, until just combined. Be very careful not to over-mix the batter, or the donut texture will get too stodgy. Then, very gently, with just a few stirs, add 1 cup diced strawberries to batter.
  4. Using a large plastic zip bag with one corner snipped off, pipe the batter into the donut pan. Fill the donut cavaties about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake donuts for about 8-13 minutes, until donuts are set and light golden brown. They will spring back when touched.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 more minutes on cooling racks.

Glaze

  1. Combine 1/2 cup diced strawberries with 2 Tbsp sugar. Stir and mash with a fork, until mixture looks like runny jam. Let mixture sit at room temperature until strawberries produce liquid.
  2. Whisk 2-3 Tbsp of strawberry juice mixture into confectioner’s sugar/ icing mixture, and mix well. To adjust the thickness of the glaze, add more confectioner’s sugar/ icing mixture or strawberry juice, as needed. Set aside.
  3. To frost donuts, dip each donut into the glaze once or twice. Allow donuts to rest for about 5 minutes, to allow glaze to set, before serving.
  4. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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All written content and photos are Copyright Kimberly Sequoia 2017 for a delicious moment.

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Hello!

Hi! Welcome to a delicious moment. I’m Kim, a cooking, baking, and home-obsessed mom, and I’m here to share some of my creations with you.

My favorite moments in life are those shared with my beautiful family: my wonderful partner, Glen, our cheeky 3 year-old son, Levi, and Glen’s two lovely daughters, Elyse and Keira. I’m American, and Glen is Australian. Love brought us together, across 10, 000 miles. I moved to Australia to be with him, about six years ago, to begin our life anew.

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A delicious moment is all about celebrating the beautiful and delicious moments of everyday life. This blog is about making delicious food, sharing beautiful occasions with loved ones, and creating things which make me smile. I believe in appreciating everyday pleasures, and making life more beautiful. Those small graces of daily life can bring some of the best moments. Creating beauty at home, making a delicious meal for family or friends, or giving a handmade gift can bring such joy.

As for food, I love pretty much all baked goods, especially cakes and cookies. I have an equal love of savory dishes. I really enjoy hunting for and trying new recipes. For weekday dinners, I try to stick to recipes which won’t break the bank or take more than an hour to make. I’m a huge fan of one-pot meals. I also love the challenge of the occasional time-consuming but deeply satisfying recipe, which often comes in the form of cake. I enjoy entertaining, on any occasion, ranging from a casual barbecue to a big holiday feast. Mostly, my cooking and baking inspiration is American, but I’ve come to appreciate some Aussie favorites, too. I’m always looking for inspiration from anywhere and everywhere around the globe.

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This blog isn’t only about food. I have too many passions to choose just one, so I’m going to be sharing other creative things, as well, especially interior design, tablescape styling, and art/ craft projects. I love to decorate, organize, and express my own style at home. My background is in the arts and design. Although I have a fine art degree in painting, I must admit that I haven’t painted much for a long time. I’m starting to rekindle my painting passion now, and hoping to make up for lost time. I might even work up the courage to show you a canvas or two, here, soon.

Glen, and I are currently in the process of (slowly) remodeling our home, and I’m always in the process of trying to create something beautiful to look at (or at least keep me feeling like I’m accomplishing some small feat, for an afternoon or two). He is more into DIY than I am, but I do try my hand at the occasion interior design project.

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I have been blogging about lovely things for a few years now, mostly interior design, on a blog called lamb & blonde. I started a delicious moment because I really want to be more creative and do my own thing, not simply post pictures of pretty rooms that other people have created (I’ll probably still be doing a bit of that, though, since my obsession with gorgeous homes is never-ending!). After following lots of food and lifestyle blogs, and feeling super inspired by so many of them, I thought “Hey, I want to join in the fun!” So, here I am. I hope you will bear with me and my fledgling attempts at photography, as I do my best to share my recipes, decorating, DIY/ crafty/ artsy, and entertaining ideas with you.

I’ll be sharing a little glimpse of our life with you here on a delicious moment. I hope this blog will feel like getting together with friends over coffee, with whoever is reading. I hope you will find inspiration here, and will enjoy making something, too. I would love to hear from you!

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All written content and photos are Copyright Kimberly Sequoia 2017 for a delicious moment.