Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Polka Dot Nails

Materials:
N.Y.C Minute Quick Dry "Magenta Flash" Nail Polish
Pure ICE "Wild Thing" Nail Polish
Pure ICE "Love" Nail Polish
DIY Dotting tool such as a bobby pin, pencil tip, needle, toothpick...anything with a point.
 

First apply two coats of the NYC Magenta Flash. Allow to dry.

Next, to start the dotting you can make a little puddle on a piece of paper of each color or one at time if you're afraid it's going to dry out before you're done.
 If you want to bend your bobby pin so it's more straight you can do that to make dotting a little easier but I prefer not to.
 Then with your dotting tool ( I used a bobby pin) make the size dot you'd like on the nail. As you can see from the picture the more you dot before you re-dip your tool the smaller the dot will become. So if you want your dots all the same size re-dip your tool each time.

Make whatever design you'd like or to replicate this one I did a row of pink, green, pink, green, pink. Allow to dry and then put a clear coat over the top. I only did the polka dots on the ring finger and left the rest hot pink but you could do them all polka dotted for a different look. Super cute!

Let me know if you want me to do a dotting tool tutorial of what different tools dots look like.. or maybe glitter nails :) I LOVE glitter nails!

Here are a couple other designs we did today too.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pancakes

My mom has made these pancakes for as long as I can remember. I asked her where the recipe came from so I could give credit where it was deserved. This is the page from a cover-less cookbook she got it from so many years ago. No where in the whole cookbook does it say who's book it is, but our best guess was it was a Betty Crocker Cookbook because I couldn't believe that she didn't have one Betty Crocker cookbook in her whole collection. So with some research we found a picture of the 1979 version of Betty Crocker's Cookbook.. Sure enough she remembered that was the right one.. Pretty old recipe! I couldn't even find it online.. But you can see from the dirty, torn, fallen out page that this recipe has been put to good use.. I have it memorized I make it so often.
I was surprised to find out that there are a lot of people out there that don't make home made pancakes, or think that home made means bisquick.. Don't get me wrong if that's what you like then great but in my personal opinion there is nothing better than homemade from scratch! It doesn't take much time and the taste isn't even comparable..

Ingredients:
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 T Sugar
3 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Egg
3/4 Cup Milk
2 T Oil

Combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk until mixture is just combined. About 10 or so seconds. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto a 325-350 degree griddle. Allow to cook until bubbles formed on top start to pop, flip and let the other side cook about half the time until both sides are golden. This makes about 6-8 pancakes depending on how big they are and sometimes I add a little more milk.

Lately I have been doubling the batches and freezing the leftovers. Its really nice to pop them in the toaster whenever the kids ask for them without having to make a whole batch. I do the same with waffles. Makes life easier and I'm not having to throw away leftovers!

Top with plenty of butter, syrup and fresh fruit. A little powdered sugar is a nice little treat every once in a while too :)



Monday, November 12, 2012

Birthday Wreath


I made this wreath just before my little ones first birthday. Thankfully all of my children's names start with A and I only had to make one because it took quite a while to make it. Mostly because I was only going off of a picture I had seen and all of the gluing and folding takes time. I am really happy with the way it turned out!

Materials Needed:
I will list everything I used but you can use however many colors or fillers as you want.
Wreath Base, any craft store will have them
Colors I used- Lime Green, Turquoise, Hot Pink, and Purple
I had I think 7 different ribbons and two of them (the polka dotted ones) were reversible. I used every bit of ribbon I bought and some I already had on hand, so more is better than less!

Turquoise ribbon with pink polka dots/reversed to pink ribbon and turquoise polka dots
Pink ribbon with lime green polka dots/reversed to lime green ribbon and pink polka dots
Turquoise 1 1/2 inch grosgrain ribbon
Sheer Purple 3 inch with pink glitter polka dots Ribbon
Sheer Pink 3 inch with green and pink glitter polka dots Ribbon
Pink 1/8 inch Ribbon
Sheer 3 inch Turquoise Ribbon
White Glittered Tulle
Turquoise and pink feathers
Lime green and Purple Pipe Cleaners wrapped around a pencil to make them curly
Purple star garland
Pink Twisted Cording (with the ribbon section)
Large Glittered Letter A
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

To start I covered my foam circle ( I went with a flat circle rather than round) with some floral tape, you could use ribbon too but you'll have to glue it down. Then I covered the base with the glittered tulle. I cut pieces about 12 or so inches and folded them in half, bunched the bottom a little and glued it to the back of the foam base all the way around. I kept the letter just laying on top without gluing on until I absolutely had to so it was easier to glue the ribbon where I wanted.
















Then you'll want to start cutting your ribbons different lengths. I cut each one at a time because I had a specific place for them. This is what made it more time consuming. You could just cut them all to start and just go with what you have. The perfectionist inside me wouldn't allow me to take that route...
As you can see in the pictures though they're all different lengths and I just tried to mix up the arrangement as much as I could so the same colors weren't concentrated in the same place.
Some of the ribbons I folded in half, others I made into a circle and some I folded and turned one side over so it looked more like the breast cancer awareness ribbon if you know what I am talking about.. if not send me a message and I can post a picture...If you only fold the ribbon in half your wreath will end up being pretty flat. So I recommend twisting and turning it as much as you can so it's nice and fluffy.






 As you can see I started adding the little extras as I went but you could wait until your wreath is filled in if you'd prefer to do it that way to add the non-ribbon stuff.





 You can see what a mess I made... there was glue and ribbon and feathers everywhere! You'll know when you need to glue on your letter when it's starting to really fill up with space. Make sure you have all the ribbon glued down under it that you'd like and then glue it on.
When it was all finished I turned it over and glued a piece of turquoise ribbon to the inside of the circle so you couldn't see where all the inside pieces were glued on. It just helped finish it off and have one color rather than a jumble of glue and frayed ribbon ends. I hope it works out for you! If you have any questions or comments I'd be happy to hear about them.


The picture below was my inspiration.. it was selling on Etsy for $50 and I couldn't believe it.. After all the time I spent making mine I understand now why it was so expensive.. Mine definitely turned out different but I'm glad it did :) It doesn't help that my lighting was terrible so I hope you understand I am no photographer!








Thursday, November 8, 2012

Caramel Peaches and Cream Enchiladas


I had tried an apple enchilada recipe and decide I wanted to branch out and create my own version... only better!
Ingredients:
1 Can Peach Pie Filling
1 Block Cream Cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 Cup White Sugar
8 Tortillas (we like the uncooked ones)
1 Stick Butter (1/2 Cup)
1/2 Cup White Sugar (yes, again)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

In a medium size bowl mix first 1/2 cup sugar with cream cheese and peach pie filling.
If using uncooked tortillas cook them until golden. Fill tortillas with about 1/4 cup of the mixture. You may have a little filling leftover and that's ok, you'll add it to the topping.
 
For the caramel topping in a saucepan melt butter, add sugars, water and vanilla. Bring to a boil stirring constantly then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
 
Add any leftover peach mixture and pour over top your filled tortillas. Let it set up a little in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let the tortillas soak up some of the sugars and preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then place in the oven for 25 minutes until its bubbly throughout. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and fresh peaches if you have them.

I am going to make a pie version of this to try out soon, I think it would be amazing with some pie crust! I also want to try it with all fresh peaches, yum! Let me know if you try it and what changes you'd make.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Candied Pumpkin Seeds

I love pumpkin seeds but I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie so I was surprised that I liked these pumpkin spiced seeds. They're definitely worth a try if you're willing to pick through all the gunk inside a pumpkin to get the yumminess within. Carving the pumpkin was the hardest part in my opinion!

Ingredients
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread into a greased baking pan. I lined my pan with parchment paper.

Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until seeds are well-glazed, stirring occasionally. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from tasteofhome.com


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mini Rainbow Jell-O Cups

I've had kind of a crazy beginning of the week with Aaron being gone a couple days and I am SO glad he's finally back. I realized it was Wednesday and uh-oh.... haven't even thought about what I'm going to make a post about. I scrolled through my millions of "to be blogged" pictures and remembered these babies.... they are so cute and yummy too. I hate Jell-O... really not a fan, I think it's because you just get a lump on your plate and you can't pick it up and you're in trouble if it touches any other food because it will melt and stain your mashed potatoes...whew.. so many reasons... but I loved these! It was a perfect portion and anything miniature is always cute! It takes some time to make them but it was well worth it for Addy's My Little Pony Rainbow Birthday this summer.

1 box Jell-O for every color you'd like to use. For the rainbow colors I used;
Red-Strawberry
Orange-Orange
Yellow-Pineapple
Green-Lime
Blue- Blue Raspberry
Purple- Grape

I got these plastic shot glasses at the Dollar Tree in a little package that came with somewhere around 24 I think. (I did two packages)

Now to make some Jello-O..Follow the directions on the box. Starting with purple pour a small amount of your prepared Jell-O to each of your shot glasses. It's best to do it on some sort of pan because if you aren't a perfect pourer you're gonna spill. I like using my mini muffin tin because it kept them all in place. After all the cups have a layer of purple I poured the leftovers into an 8x8 casserole dish. Place them all in the refrigerator to cool.
 When the Jell-O is ready for the next layer of color just repeat the same process. Make Jell-O, pour a layer into each cup trying to not spill too much, and pour the rest into the same casserole dish as the purple. Repeat for each color. I think the box said to let them cool in the refrigerator for about 5 hours or something like that.. towards the end I started checking them earlier and doing it at about 3 hours because I was pressed for time.. so this took me a few days to completely finish. 








The casserole dish finished.. so as you can see you could make a lot of these!

We served them with baby spoons but if I would have thought ahead I would have picked up some tasting spoons, they would have been perfect too.




They were a really big hit with the kids and the adults. If you wanted to you could also drop them into some warm water for a few seconds, flip them over and the Jell-O slides out. But I liked the cups :)
Still kicking myself that there are all those lines in the tablecloths...ugh

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Felt Flowers

Today's post is really fun and easy. I spent most of my day yesterday making felt flowers and couldn't stop until it was time to make dinner. There are so many different kinds you can make and so many colors. The best part is it's CHEAP! It helps that my mom has a huge bin full of felt that I have access to but you can get sheets for a quarter a piece.

You can sew them but hot glueing them is the quickest and easiest for me. I love my hot glue gun and use it for everything!

I found these patterns on Pinterest. They're easy to follow and I'm happy to promote others blogs especially when I use them for my creations! I hope you have as much fun as I did making these! Ill post the links I used below. The "mothers day corsage" took a lot more time than the others, just a warning. But it turns out so cute I'll definitely be making more of those in the future.

You can put an alligator clip on the back or a flat pin to put on your shirt, belt, or bag.

http://www.littlethingsbringsmiles.com/2010/12/felt-fun.html?m=1

http://news.holidash.com//2010/04/23/mothers-day-corsage/

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/?s=Felt+flower