Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Jar of Love Candle Holder

Thanks to Pinterest... I have taken to saving most jars that come into our house - spaghetti sauce, pickle jars, jelly jars, etc. I have empty jars everywhere. And this was my first time finally using one for a project. 

A few weeks ago, we were in Laguna Beach doing some touristy shopping. Yes, I know we're considered locals, but we had family in town so we did the touristy thing. Anyway, in one of the little shops, I came across Trapp candles that I had found years ago in San Francisco and never found them again. I was like a kid in a candy store! Their scents are amazing! But the prices are not so amazing. 

The little candles are reasonably priced, but then the next size up are $20+. The only problem is the little candles don't come with a candle holder. That's when I decided all the jars I have at home just might come in handy.

This little guy was inspired by a couple different pins. This one and this one. (Both inspirational photos to the left.)
The end result didn't really turn out the way I had envisioned which is pretty normal for me, but I liked the end result enough. 

Here's what you'll need: 
  • Tissue paper
  • Heart punch
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Ribbon or twine or string of some sort. 
First, I punched the heart out of the tissue paper, which wasn't as easy as it sounds. The tissue paper is too thin for the punch and the punch just kind of wanted to chew it up instead of cutting it. I ended up folding the tissue paper to make it a little thicker and more sturdy... that worked better. I picked which heart turned out the best and did a little trimming to clean up the edges.

Then I cut several one inch squares from the white tissue paper. 

Then I Mod Podged my little heart out.
I placed the hearts first.
I laid the white tissue paper in a scattered pattern and just trimmed as needed to make it fit.
Once all the tissue paper was in place, I let it dry for about 20 minutes and did a couple more coats of Mod Podge to seal it off. (I let it dry for 20 minutes between each coat.)

I needed something for the top of the jar to sort of clean it up because the ragged tissue paper edge wasn't working for me. I went to my ribbon reserves and couldn't find one that matched my colors so I went with colored string. I just wrapped the string several times around the top and tied it off with a cute little bow and - VWUALA! I had me a candle holder for my scrumptious new candle!



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Orange Crush Cupcakes


Don't judge my cupcake decorating skills! (Or lack of skills!) I usually make K do the decorating portion, but for some reason, I did these on my own. As long as they taste good, who cares what they look like, right? Part of the issue is I see on TV the people that bake cupcakes for a living use an ice cream scoop to measure the amount of batter for each cupcake. I try this trick, but my ice cream scoop must be bigger than the ones they use because my cupcakes always overflow!

I got the recipe from "i heart nap time". She called the cupcakes Orange Cream Cupcakes... which, to me meant they were going to taste like an orange creamsicle. It didn't. But I imagine it could with a few changes. Also - you should really go check out the pics of her cupcakes. WAY cuter than my little disasters!

Ingredients:
  • 1 16.5 oz white cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
  • 6 Tbsp orange jello powder save 1 Tbsp for frosting I bought two of the larger boxes of jello thinking that one might not be enough and I would be super agro if I was in the middle of making the cupcakes and had to go back to the store for more jello. One was plenty.
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup orange soda room temperature
  • 1 8 oz cube of cream cheese softened
  • 1 cube (1/2 cup) salted butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
Directions:
  • Pre heat oven to 350. 
  • Combine cake mix, vanilla pudding and 5 Tbsp of jello in a large bowl. 
  • Beat in egg whites, vegetable oil and orange soda. 
  • Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Place batter in cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  • Remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool. 
Frosting:
  • Combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. 
  • With a mixer beat until smooth.
  • Add jello, orange extract and powdered sugar. 
  • Mix until fluffy.
  • Frost cupcakes, top with a cute gummy orange candy, and enjoy! 
My opinion: They were good, but not great. I think the orange cream cheese frosting was too much.It would have been much better with a vanilla frosting - giving it more of the orange creamsicle taste I was hoping for. If I were to make them again, I would definitely change the frosting.

The Nieces
Luckily, I made these right before we had family come into town for 4th of July and they were more than happy to help us eat them. My one niece devoured hers and then raved about how good it was. A little while later, I was talking about the cream cheese frosting and all of a sudden she was saying she didn't really like the frosting that much. Apparently, she doesn't like cream cheese frosting. Kids. SMH... LOL I was the exact same way when I was her age. 

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Honey Chicken

This is a dish I have actually made a couple times before, but it had been a while. A while as in, I think this was one of the first recipes I tried out from Pinterest.

The original recipe came from "MMM...CAFE". She offers a crock pot and an oven version on her website. I have always done the oven version so that is what I am sharing with you here.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 pound chicken (of your choice) A pound works just fine.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chopped onion (or 1/2 Tbsp onion flakes)
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes I skip this part.
Directions:
  • Dice chicken and season both sides with salt and pepper
  • Place in 8x8 dish
  • Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.
I served mine over brown rice with a side of Edamame, which is like crack for me. It's a good mix of savory and sweet and good for leftovers.

Note: I didn't get this recipe from a Fibro cookbook, but I am tagging it as a Fibro recipe because it has a lot of the same ingredients that most of the Fibro recipes use. 



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

It's been a while since I've done any crafting. What better time than to get into the spirit of it with a quick, inexpensive, 4th of July project?!

I got the idea from a pin that lined to this blog, which provided no instructions on how to do it, but it looked easy enough.

Supplies:
  • Medium Mason Jar
  • Mini flag ($1 at Michaels)
  • Hemp or string of some sort. 
Directions:

Hold the flag in  place on the jar, wrap string artistically around the jar and flag. Tie off the string.(I'm sure if you wanted to do it more permanently, you could mod podge the flag down and maybe dip the string in mod podge before you wrapped it.)

I got some flameless candles and I had one real candle. I tried both to see which I like better. I liked the real candle, for sure, but if I decide to put these outside, I will stick with the flameless candles.

Flameless on the left, real on the right,
Pre-candles. They're even cute without candles!

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July. Keep your pets inside where they're safe and leave lights and TVs on to try and muffle the sound of the fireworks!

In other news - HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY to my first born nephew. If I had time, I would dig up some baby pics of him, but he's lucky. He gets this one of us from about two years ago before his high school graduation.