Thursday, June 30, 2011

Just for Fun

The boys and I made chocolate chip cookies for a neighbor yesterday.  I reserved some of the cookie dough for them to experiment with.  I told them to look in the panty for other things to add.  They requested m&ms, peanut butter cups, and cap'n crunch.  We didn't have any of those things, so they settled for marshmallows and sprinkles.

If you try this at home and use marshmallows, be sure to line your cookie sheet with foil and use a little cooking spray too.  My cookie sheet was a nightmare to clean after these cookies.

Even with all of the mess, the cookies were pretty tasty and my chefs were happy with the results.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Virgin Margarita

I know the title of this post sounds crazy.  Why would you ever make a virgin margarita?  Well, we had some friends over last night and one of them is pregnant.  I really wanted to make margaritas, but didn't want Kimberly to have to miss out on the fun.  So I pulled inspiration from one of my favorite blogs and a standard baby shower drink the old neighborhood girls used to serve (limeade concentrate, tonic water, and sliced strawberries).  I came up with a virgin margarita that you can serve with tequila and Grand Marnier on the side so that guests can mix in as much or as little alcohol as they would like.

Virgin Margarita (with liquor on the side):

1 12 oz. can of thawed limeade concentrate
24 oz. of Sierra Mist
12 oz. Tonic Water
Juice from two limes
Juice from one orange
Orange and lime slices for garnish
Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher.  Serve with tequila and Grand Marnier or Cointreau on the side.

Serve over ice and enjoy!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Shirts and Party Hats

Earlier this week I made some ladybug themed shirts and a party hat for a 2 year olds birthday party. 



Birthday girl's older sister will have a matching shirt:

And of course a party hat for the birthday girl:

I also made a matching t-shirt and onesie for new baby Charlie and big brother Oliver.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

The BEST Granola

I first tried this granola at my friend's baby shower a couple of weeks ago.  My friend Jake passed the recipe along to me.  It's Ina Garten's recipe from her book Barefoot Contessa at Home.

Breakfast Fruit Crunch (fruit optional)
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats (not instant)
1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 350.  Toss everything in a large bowl and toss until they are completely combined.  Pour onto a sheet pan and bake, stirring occasionally with a metal spatula until the mixture turns an even golden brown, usually 15 - 20 minutes.  Remove granola from oven, scrape pan with spatula to loosen and allow to cool.  Store for up to 2 weeks in a sealed container.

This is what you will end up with:

Want a closer look?

Yes, that's blue yogurt under there.  It's cotton candy or some other nutritious flavor.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Photography Effects


One of my former neighbors and friends inquired about the photography effects I used in this post.  All of the pictures with the effects were taken with my iphone through the Hipstamatic app.  I talked about Hipstamatic in this post.  Hipstamatic is currently exclusive to the iphone and can be purchased for $1.99 through the app store.  Here's a breakdown of the film and lenses I used for each photo:

lens: Kaimal Mark II
film: Kodot XGrizzled
flash: off
lens: Jimmy
film: Ina's 1969
flash: off
lens: John S
film: Ina's 1969
flash: off

I have had so much fun with that app.  If you don't have an iphone, there's another easy option for interesting photo effects.  My mom introduced me to Picnik a couple of months ago.  It's a great online tool for editing photos.  You can use the free version or upgrade for $24/year (I think) for more editing options.  Here's the original photo I loaded into Picnik:

And here are a few different versions I came up with using Picnik (the effect name is under the picture):

Cross Process
I gave the boys a tan in this picture and whitened their teeth.  Just wanted you to know everything it was capable of.
Add text and a border. 


Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Beach

My sweet grandmother passed away on Memorial Day.  The boys and I traveled to Foley, Alabama for the funeral that Friday.  We spent the rest of the weekend in Orange Beach with my family.  We just laid around on the beach, hung out by the pool, and watched the boys chase the waves.  It was their first time at the beach and I'm sure they will ask to go back again next year.  





Monday, June 6, 2011

Candle Tray

While enjoying a beer on the screened porch last night, my husband decided to add his own special touch to it.  This is what I found sitting out there this morning:

An old candle on top of a square of cardboard.  When I asked about the candle, he said we needed a tray or something to go under it.  I couldn't agree more.  The candle tray I wanted is at West Elm.  I love these.  They used to sell them in a square shape.

We no longer live anywhere near a West Elm and I don't want to pay $5 shipping for a $6.99 candle tray.  So I made my own.  I rummaged around in our basement and found a stack of tile that they used for our master bathroom.  It's a 6"x6" square.  I'm sure you can pick some up at Home Depot for less than $1.

I set both pieces on top of a small cardboard box so I would be able to spray the sides easily.

They got a thin coat of Kilz spray primer. 

And a few minutes later I sprayed them with black spray paint.  For a slate look I should have used flat black--but all I had was gloss.  Oh well.  I was going for free here.

My friend Peyton gave me the cutest set of candles before we moved.  I have one in my bathroom and have been looking for a spot for the other.  He finally has a home on the porch on a new candle tray.

In case you want to make a similar candle - it looks like she hot glued the dot ribbon to the candle, then strung the jewel through the sheer ribbon and tied it to the back.  Hopefully she will comment and correct me if I'm wrong.

These pillows are my next project.  One down, four to go.