A Mini Wallpapering Project…& New Orleans

“An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.”

Mark Twain

Hello, sweet friends…

I hope you are doing well…

By the time this post publishes I will be on my way to New Orleans…Joe has whisked me away once more…

to celebrate the Mardi Gras…
which I promise to share…

However, today I want to share how I transformed our home…

with a fun overhaul on our stairs…

I didn’t know how to apply peel and stick wallpaper before tackling this fun project…

but after I saw how quick and easy it was…

I can confidently say… that I want to place it EVERYWHERE in our home!

Adding a touch of peel & stick to the kitchen pantry👩‍🍳

With a bit of measuring and deciding just how much peel and stick wallpaper you will need (I ordered mine through Amazon) get ready to transform any space you choose!


What’s Cooking…

Along with the obvious packing that’s needed for traveling…Joe & I enjoy preparing for a trip by reading about the area we will be visiting. Hence with the Mardi Gras just around the corner I confess I started celebrating (weeks ago) true carnival style as I baked up my own Kings Cake! I even hid a miniature plastic baby in the cake… alright, I confess I hid three of them! The baby is a symbol of prosperity and luck and who doesn’t want to have a little of both these days! By the way this cake is so easy to bake… I ordered the sugars online since I knew we would be going to New Orleans. Purple represents power, green represents faith and gold/yellow represents justice.

Kings Cake



  • 2 12oz. cans of cinnamon rolls plus included icing
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • Green yellow, and purple sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Remove cinnamon rolls from packaging and set aside the icing.
  • Drizzle about 1⁄3 of the melted butter into the bottom and sides of the bundt pan. Sprinkle with about a third of the brown sugar.
  • Use your hands to smash each cinnamon roll a bit so that it spreads a little bigger. Line half of the cinnamon rolls around the bundt pan.
  • Drizzle with half of the remaining butter and sprinkle with half of the remaining brown sugar. Place your king cake baby or trinket into the middle of the pan over one of the cinnamon rolls.
  • Repeat smashing and layering the remaining cinnamon rolls. Drizzle with the remainder of the butter and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar over the top.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until the cinnamon rolls are browned and puffy and have mostly filled the bundt pan. Allow pan to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Invert the cinnamon roll cake onto a cake plate or cooling rack and allow to cool the rest of the way.
  • Heat the cinnamon roll icing in the microwave for just 5-10 seconds until it is easy to spread. 
  • Pour over the cooled cake and sprinkle with purple, yellow, and green sanding sugar.
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3 Responses to A Mini Wallpapering Project…& New Orleans

  1. Jose says:

    The wallpaper on the stairs is amazing. It truly transformed the experience of your staircase.
    As far as the Kings cake, delicious delight and oh my, what a treat!!!!
    And I got one of the babies
    Have fun at the Mardi Gras!!!

  2. Nancy J Coughlin says:

    Love your stairs! They look absolutely fantastic. You are so creative and willing to try something new! Kudos!!!!! And the King’s Cake is a treat I want to try, soon!
    Have been to New Orleans a few times, but never for Mardi Gras. Hope you have a wonderful experience. And I do hope you have some wonderful eating experiences. The food in New Orleans is fantastic.

  3. Donna L Kelly says:

    This cake is UNBELIEVABLE!!!! What a great job you did….I hope you were able to freeze some for when you return! ENJOY YOUR TRIP!!!! PS…love the steps too!!!

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