Saturday, August 31, 2013
I took a day off yesterday and spend the entire day crafting with Avery. We made lots of fun crafts, bows and barrettes, animal necklaces, and to end the day I decided to try my hand at making macarons one last time. Finally, they turned out! They still aren't perfect, the middle is slightly chewy and the tops are a browned and not completely smooth (almond flour was too course). But I managed to have feet (those crumbly things on the side of the cookie) and taste pretty decent. I was so surprised they turned out I didn't know what to fill my macarons with. I didn't even have ingredient to fill them because I was thinking it would be another throw out batch!
I'll have to post more later. I was just super excited about my macarons that I had to share. Here is the best macaron reference guide online: http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/04/macarons-101-french-meringue.html
Happy Labor Day!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I documented my experiment on the youtube video below. I didn't try different water temperatures, but from my experience room temperature (~76 degrees Fahrenheit) water always works best.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
|Tape over old magnetic mailer.|
|Washi tape thin to I went back and peeled off the writing off the magnet.|
|Cover the entire magnet.|
|Cut the strips using craft knife and ruler.|
|Zig zag the edges with a scissor. The more random the cuts the better.|
|My fridge is so cute now. I should really bring these to my work to stick on my cubicle file cabinets.|
If you have lots of magnets you could also make a magnet photo collage or magnetic paper dolls.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
My friend Janet is so creative. I went to a rainbow and unicorn themed birthday party she threw for her daughter. The gave these really cool homemade lavender bath salts. She said that each jar was less than 40 cents to make and that's only because the jar cost 33 cents. She found most of the materials needed for this at the dollar store. Here are the instructions:
2 lbs of Epson salt (Only one dollar at the Dollar Tree!)
Glass containers (The ones in the picture below were only 3 for a dollar at the dollar store. These are usually over a dollar each at Ikea.)
Lavender Essential Oil
Ziploc Bags or large bows for mixing
Separate Epson salt equally into ziploc bags, one for each color. Place two drops of food coloring in each bag and shake the bag until mixed. Add one drop of essential oil and then mix again. Pour into containers.
I really love this craft, it's something I am definitely going to do with my kids. They would have so much fun pouring the colors like sand art. It's actually a great and useful spin on sand art. If you don't want to make rainbow bath salt you could also do this with my colored sugar tutorial.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
|Wash and hull 3 lbs of strawberries.|
|Cut strawberries into small pieces. About half inch by half inch by one inch.|
|Place strawberries in large pot with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar.|
|Cook jam for about 20 to 30 minutes, until jam thickens.|
|Remove from heat and follow canning instructions that come with your mason jars. If you are going to eat jam right away you do not need to heat seal the mason jars.|
Monday, August 12, 2013
Here is the Food Detectives episode:
|Don't mask odors with air fresheners, remove them. Activated carbon found at the pet supply store.|
|Cut out two circles from white paper. Trace out monogram for lid of mason jar.|
|Using a pin push small holes. Remove top paper template.|
|Removes odor better than baking soda.|
Friday, August 9, 2013
This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.
Making breakfast in the morning is completely different when you have kids. Before I had kids, a cup of tea and maybe last nights pizza was a sufficient breakfast for me. Now that I have kids, I want to feed them something they will eat, that is also healthy and relatively fast to put together.
I like using quick solutions and adding healty fruits and vegetables into the mix to make a great summer breakfast. Walmart sells Hungry Jack© Waffle and pancake mixes, which I love using. I add bananas, blueberries and/or strawberries into the mix make quick breakfast. They also sell syrup, but I usually skip the syrup as the fruit adds natural sweetness to the pancakes.
Walmart also sells Martha White© Muffin Mix that you can hide carrots and zuchinni in. Make a batch and freeze them for a quick breakfast option. My daughter is in summer camp right now, so she really needs a good breakfast to hold her down for the day. Having something fast and "semi homemade" is always the best option for our busy mornings. It's much better than eating out or that left over pizza in the fridge!
Walmart has all the delicious summer breakfast options you could ask for! All at amazing Walmart prices. Walmart has Folgers© Coffee, Hungry Jack© Mix (waffles/pancakes) and syrup, Smuckers© brand Jams, Jellies and Preserves and Martha White© Muffin Mix.
The great thing about the these breakfast options from Walmart is that they are all quick to make and easy to enjoy and are all reasonably priced.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
First print out custom fortunes using any text editor. I used the font Calibri in size 8.
Wet a paper towel and ring slightly. You want the paper towel to be damp but not dripping wet.
Wrap towel around fortune cookie and microwave for 20 seconds.
Unwrap fortune cookie from towel carefully, towel may be hot.
The fortune cookie should now be pliable enough to open.
Quickly removed existing fortune cookie message and replace with your custom printed one.
Reshape fortune cookie (should be fairly simple, as the cookie already has its form) and hold for 10 seconds to keep form.
You want to do the last two steps quick, the fortune cookie cools very quickly.
|Custom message fortune cookie.|
|Wrap damp towel over fortune cookie and microwave for 20 seconds.|
|Open fortune cookie, insert message, hold closed for 10 seconds.|
|Message in fortune cookie before closed.|
Stay tuned, the next post will be on how to customize these fortune cookies by dipping them in chocolate and adding a gumpaste flower.
This is the website that I used: http://www.myscriptfont.com/
I was not paid for this post, I just really wanted to share this cool site with my readers. There are other sites out there that can make your handwriting into font but most of them you have to pay for. This site may not have all the bells and whistles, but its free.
|You can add little doodles in the symbols fields also.|