Saturday, 31 August 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles


This is perfect for all young and old to enjoy on a sweltering hot day, after a long walk in the park, or as a light dessert. It was a huge hit with my kids :D

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 large bananas peeled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter 
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • a pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smoother. Pour the mixture into your Popsicle molds and let them freeze until solid, Usually about 4-6 hours. To remove the popsicles from their molds dip them into a glass of hot water for a couple seconds before pulling them out to prevent breaking and having half popsicles instead of full ones (took me a few tries to remember that one haha) ENJOY!

I also found this other way of doing it by pouring the mixture into silicone molds to make bite size freeze snacks for that quick chocolate fix! :D

Thursday, 29 August 2013

DIY Recipe Binder

I am very sure that out there in the big world are some of you who have a big binder or little (yet big) box of magazine recipe clippings, print offs, and disorganized recipe cards that are in an abundance. You either google, yummly, or even sneak your families secret recipes and shove them into your stash spot of great recipes that always come in handy for hearty meals and afternoon cake bakes with loved ones. I know I do, and am still in the process of organizing my binder. I knew that somewhere out there, in this great big world of the love of food, was some inspiration to getting my recipe book in tip top shape and actually into categories :D

I wish to share with you the top sites I've found my inspiration from, and when I get my external hooked up and out of the box in the basement, i'll share my own template I've been using :) I hope you all enjoy, and hey, if you have a cool idea or design that you, or someone you know or currently blog to, please, don't be a stranger and share share share! I would love to see what others have come up with and how it has given them a helping hand in the kitchen ;)
  1. Pretty Prudent
  2. Keeping Life Creative
  3. Etsy (search recipe binder) you'll find lots of amazing templates and inspiration for DIY
  4. Alaina Ann
  5. Pinterest - DUH! seriously, holy cow. SO many ideas and free templates and printables and cool designs to use yourself :)

Am I crazy to say that one day I wish my recipe binder looks like this?! :D


How to clean a microfiber couch

My husband and I this year bought two new microfiber couches this year. We used to have a VERY large leather sectional with reclining seats, cubby holes, the whole shabam. I LOVED that couch, but we had to sell it because it took up just too much space in our tiny little apartment we used to live in at the time. Now we have two lovely couches, that are both microfiber and holy crap do they ever get dirty. Our "store representative" that sold us the couch or more so explained how great it was that it was water repellent and stain repellent and easy to clean, and I was so thrilled. Little did i know his eyes should've been brown because he was full of shit up to his eyeballs. Everything clings to these couches, including baby puke, spilled milk from leaky bottles and sippie cups, late night snack crumbs, dirty dog smell, and my husband gross sweat stains from coming home from the gym and thinking it's OKAY to sit on the couch before showering. Not cool dude, just not cool. SO I've always been on the hunt for the next best way to clean these bad boys to make them look (as close as possibly) brand new, and if i ever get a miracle, to smell like new. I've used baking soda, rubbing alcohol + water, scrubbing it, cloth scrubbing it, actual microfiber/micro suede cleaner, and some elbow grease. Thus, i have come to the conclusion the best way I found that did one hell of a great job was making a paste of baking soda and water (even add a bit of rubbing alcohol in there, and with a scrub brush scrub it into the stains, let it dry, vacuum up the baking soda, and then with a damp rag, clean up the rest of it that didn't get picked up by the vacuum. Some stains of course were still slightly visible, but overall my couch looked revamped and I was a happy mama.

Then I saw this post by Chris and Robin's Nest and just blew my mind. If you have a microfiber couch, i suggest you take a look at this and give it a try yourself. I did it this way and my couch looks fantastic, and it even smells 100x better. That and I doused it in half a bottle of febreeze fabric fresher 20 minutes ago haha. This woman is a genius!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

31 Household Products You'll Never Have To Buy EVER Again!



If your like me, and a DIY junkie, then this post is PERFECT for you in every way. So far i've made my own:
  • febreeze
  • laundry detergent (dry)
  • swiffer wet jet solution 
  • stain remover
  • carpet cleaner
  • eye makeup remover
  • and wood polish
Seriously, if you can make your own, do it, don't buy it from the store, save your money, save your time. I fell in love with my home made febreeze, and laundry detergent. My home made laundry detergent the recipe is supposed to last me anywhere from 6-9 months if not a little longer, with only using 1tbsp per load. MIND BLOWN. I worked it out i usually spend 12-20$ on a big jug of laundry detergent and that's usually once a month, twice a month if my husbands in the field then i have to wash his stuff like 3 times to get all of god knows what out of it, and the stench of 3week old B.O. gross. haha I'd spend roughly180$ JUST on laundry detergent. the home made stuff costs me 12-15$ to make, and it lasts me for MONTHS. SOLID. I don't know about you, but if that's money well saved haha

Click HERE To find out ways to DIY & Save you money! 

Home made Body Scrubs

I love home made anything, and more than 95% of the time, it comes out better than anything I've ever bought from the store, and for a fraction of the price. I WIN! :D These are my most favorite and just super amazing body scrubs that cost you probably 5$ if that to make, and you most likely have all of these ingredients in your home, if not, go pick some up!! Plus each of these scrubs lasts me anywhere from 1-3 months, depending on how big a batch I make. Let's get started.

 

VANILLA AND BROWN SUGAR BODY SCRUB

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  •  1 cup of baby oil (or tanning oil - might add a nice coconut scent to it too)
  •  1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • A big glass jar or plastic tub that has a really good seal on it, I just used a mason jar <3
STEP 1
Start by mixing together the brown & white sugar until there are no clumps (or very little).

STEP 2
Add in the cup of oil, and vanilla extract and mix together really well. 

VOILA! Your done, now scoop it into a container and have at er. Seriously though I have made TONS of this stuff for christmas, and birthday gifts, even valentines day where I made it red with food coloring, and everyone loves it, my sister in law begged me to make her more this year lol she uses it all the time. It's a fantastic body scrub and is so great in the shower it makes your skin soft, and smells super nice. Alright, moving on to the hand scrub!

LEMON SUGAR HAND SCRUB

 INGREDIENTS
  •  2 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  •  1 cup oil (your choice of course)
  •  4 tbsp of lemon juice3
  •  lemon zest
STEP 1
mix together the white granulated sugar with your choice of oil until combined well

STEP 2
add in your lemon juice and lemon zest. To add lemon zest (cause i was one of those that was like WTH is zesting?! haha but get a small grater or zester* and just shave some of the skin into the mixture. You dont have to add zest to this, but I did because it made it smell lemony longer, and added some nice color bits to it :)

I have a jar of this sitting on my sink because i am constantly doing dishes all day, and cleaning so it gives my hands a break, and always adds that extra bit of moisture and gets rid of all the dirt and grime that builds up on my hands. 

HAVE FUN SCRUBBING! 









Wrath of The Wreaths

Okay, I know people call me crazy, and say that I need therapy when I splurge and rant about how much I seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE wreaths. What better way to simply decorate the outside of your home, and add a pop of color and personality, than with a simple, elegant, fun, and vibrant wreath for every occasion. I am not joking when i mean EVERY occasion. I have wreaths in my basement for Halloween, Christmas, Easter, spring, summer, fall, winter, thanksgiving, Canada day, birthdays, fathers & mothers day, and even some just for fun. Once I find that box in our crawlspace, I'll be sure to take lots of pictures to back up my words haha you will all not be disappointed. Honestly speaking though, I used to HATE wreaths, I thought they were so stupid and tacky, and I love tacky like it's going out of style, but for some reason just couldn't warm up to the whole wreath idea. Until I made my own. Then it was just game over from there hahaha.

So, today, I felt the need to share some of my greatest inspirations, from pinterest of course, the greatest, most amazing, and awesome site in all of the internet world, anyone who argues differently, probably hasn't learned to use it properly. Seriously, everything you could ever need to know how to do, is on that site. You need to figure out how to get stains out of carpet? bam, you do. Want to make your own laundry detergent? bam, here's the recipe. You want to make chicken a la king for dinner? bam, that's whats for dinner. I LOVE IT SO MUCH! *crazy face* Anyways, getting off topic now, but here are my top 10 wreath inspirations, and of course, you can find them on Pinterest - Wreaths <-- this links you to my Wreaths Board, because If you like some of the inspirations you see on my blog, well I'm not going to send you on a wild goose chase to find them all, simple as that :) ENJOY FELLOW WREATH LOVERS!


Easter Rabbit Ears Wreath

 Autumn Tutu Wreath

Easter Carrot Wreath

Bridal or Very Elegant Christmas Wreath

House Number Wreath

Simple & Elegant Christmas Wreath *FAV

Fathers Day Wreath

Summer Hydrangea Flower Wreath 

 Lace & Burlap Fall Wreath

 Halloween Green Monster Theme


Ups and Downs Of a Pixie Cut


I have always always ALWAYS loved short hair. Yet I haven't had short hair since grade 8/9 where I had the front long and the back all spiky, and then I opted out for an AWESOME fohawk and loved how it made me feel. I felt more confident, vibrant and overall just "sassy" if that's the word you want to call it. If you have long hair, and you cut it off, it feels sad to part with hair you've had your whole life but at the same time, it's mighty liberating.

The Ups and Downs of The Pixie Cut

  1. Most importantly, you will now have anywhere from 1-3" on your head, and most likely you'll be looking like a little pretty boy, as pixie cuts can be masculine as well. If you have a girlish looking face, your not so bad, but if you have a boyish type of face, just try to make sure you put on a decent amount of makeup before heading out. 
  2. As for the liberation thing, think about it. My showers have been drastically cut in half, because it takes me 3 minutes to shampoo AND condition my hair. Before it was like 10 minutes just to shampoo, wash it out, and then spend another 10 minutes conditioning and making sure I saturated my hair enough and then wash it all out and then put my repair creme in (cause i like to color my hair, A LOT) in high school my hair was a different color(s) like every two weeks, was AWESOME haha. And when you get out of the shower, you don't have to spend hours blow drying your hair, you towel dry for 5 minutes, throw some pomade/wax into your hair and your ready for the day. BRILLIANT! I am so for this. Especially now I don't have to spend an hour straightening my hair anymore, takes me 30 seconds to style my hair, It's golden. 
  3. Do NOT wear any boyish clothing anymore. Which means no more Jeans with boring t-shirts. You want this pixie cut, your wardrobe has to change just as much as your hair. Which means wearing more stuff that looks like this. 


Over all, I think the pixie cut is an amazing hairstyle, especially for someone like me who is a mother of two kids. I barely had anytime in the mornings to myself and am always rushing around throughout the day, but now when i do my hair and makeup people focus more on my face because it's not hidden by my hair or comment on how nice my eyes and facial features look because well, they can see them now haha. Of course this cut comes with a multitude of sacrifices. You won't be able to braid it, put it up in top knots or curl it, wave it back in forth to grab a cute guys attention or play with it when your nervous. It's GONE all of it. Yet you will have something not everyone will. A Daring, cute, and sassy hair-do that many will be afraid to even think about doing, and not only that, it'll send out a signal of "look at me, I'm bad-ass and I know it". Go ahead, try something different, be daring, be confident, and make a huge statement for those around you. You don't know till you give it a go, and hey, if you don't like the pixie, wait a month, get some extensions and act like nothing ever happened haha

Food Frenzy Thursday: Scotch Eggs



I can't even explain how much I love scotch eggs. As my family is British we've consumed a lot of these bad boys and they are just delicious! This recipe is a simple one that I follow at least because my mother wouldn't give me her mother's mother's recipe for this one, darn it...

What You'll Need:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 10oz of ground sausage meat
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (fresh if you can)
  • 1 spring onion, very finely chopped
  •  salt and pepper to taste
  • 4oz of plain flour, seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4oz breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
 STEP 1
boil your eggs (with the shells on) and heat over a high heat to bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 5-10 minutes. I usually do about 8/9 minutes because then you know that there well cooked, but still slightly soft and not overcooked.

STEP 2
Drain the eggs after they've finished cooking and cool under cold running water, and then peel the shells off.

STEP 3
Mix the sausage meat with all your herbs, and onion in a bowl and add your salt & pepper.

STEP 4
Divide the sausage mixture into four and flatten each out on a clean service into ovals about 5`` x 3`` (this doesn`t have to be exact as all eggs are a different size)

STEP 5
Roll your egg into the flour and then wrap your egg in the sausage oval. Make sure the coating is smooth and completely covers your egg.

STEP 6
Dip each egg into the beaten egg, coating it thoroughly, and then roll it into the breadcrumbs and completely cover. If you want them EXTRA crispy you can repeat this step once more.

STEP 7
We have a handy counter top deep fryer. It`s a god send. Seriously, if you don`t have one, you`ll love it. The first time we got it we actually spent 2 hours deep-frying EVERYTHING haha. BUT if you don`t have one of those take a deep set pan and fill it with your oil about 1/2 - 2/3 of the way with oil and heat the oil until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when you drop it in.

STEP 8
Place each scotch egg, CAREFULLY into the hot oil and fry for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown and the sausage meat is completely cooked.

STEP 9
Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain onto paper towel, as this soaks up any excess oil still sizzling out of it.

Serve warm or cool. We love to serve ours with a big breakfast of toast, bacon, home fries, fried tomatoes, fried mushrooms, and plenty of ketchup :D Enjoy!


Sunday, 25 August 2013

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Top 5 DIY Tutorials for House&Home

WASHER/DRYER PEDESTALS 


STENCILED WASH&DRYER



 UPHOLSTERED & RAISED BOX SPRING

 

 KITCHEN CABINET CROWN MOLDING


DRAMATIC BASEBOARDS

 

Well that wraps it up! I love each of these tutorials as it gives you a few things that you can do to improve the look and feel and even workability of your home. It also adds a huge touch of personality when something is done by you and not store bought as you can put your own swing on things and make it how you want to match the theme of any room, and color scheme of any house. Happy DIYing!

DIY Chevron Earrings with Bobby Pins!




As all us girls know, hey even boyfriends and husbands, that these bad boys are EVERYWHERE and when I say that, i couldn't be anymore honest. I find bobby pins all over the house daily. In the bathroom, on the kitchen counters, in my bed, the vacuum, the drawers, the couch cushion, you name it, they are in there somewhere haha. Since I have an abundance of these I thought this would be the greatest tutorial!

Credit to Natalie at Creme de la Craft for such a great idea, and very simple tutorial !


Doodle Craft...: Lego Earrings!

Doodle Craft...: Lego Earrings!: Lego Earrings. Quite possibly one of my most popular items! Get matching lego bricks to destroy. (this part can be the most chall...

DIY Polymer Clay Pretzel Pendent Tutorial

My sister and I have a slight obsession with pretzels, i don't know why, but we just do. That and peanut butter, but we'll get to that later. I saw these on the internet just looking up cool accessories and i'm like, "holy crap" i could make these myself, and A LOT of them. I'm a big DIY'r, anything you can do yourself and save you money, it's golden. Now i searched around and couldn't find an actual tutorial on how to do these, and I would use my camera but it doesn't have video so it'd be in still frame and it's low on battery so it's charging right now but i'll post pictures later, and once I find the rest of my polymer clay and bedazzler gems, we'll be good to go! But for now i'll just explain what i did the first time when i did this months ago. A lot of my stuff now is still in boxes as we just did a huge move :) thanks for your patience :)

You Will Need:
- wax paper-
- polymer clay (any color you wish)
- gems
- necklace kit (or just an extra chain with an undooable loop to attach the pendent to the necklace)
- oven preheated at 275

STEP 1
start out my warming up your clay just break off a huge chunk and start rolling and kneading it around in your hands for about 5 minutes. It's easier to work with when it's been warmed up. This also gives you a chance to add stuff to your clay, like if you want to make it tri-colored and what not. I added a bit of glitter to mine so it had a nice shine to it when light hit it :) I also secretly have a huge obsession with glitter..

STEP 2
This step is completely up to you on how big you want your actual pendent to be and how thick depends on how much you will need, i broke off about 1/2 - 3/4 of the polymer (mine were in small bricks) 

STEP 3
start rolling your clay into a snake or "sausage" ON the wax paper as it will stick to your table like mine had done and was stuck there for like the next 2 weeks.. awesome. keep rolling it out till you find the right thickness you are satisfied with.

STEP 4
make the shape of the pretzel. I found this to be quite tricky considering if you made it too small, when you twisted the middle mine kept breaking, that's why I had to go back and make it thicker a bunch of times. TRIAL AND ERROR! as i always say :) Alright, try and make this a loose design don't try and push it together so it won't come apart or you'll leave dirty fingerprints all over it and it'll just look weird. 

STEP 5
once you've completed the task of making your actual pretzel, it's time to bling it out! The gem i used was slightly bigger than the one in the photo above, but that's just how I roll, like a boss! But you don't want it too big that all people notice is "geeze, look at the size of that gem on that pretzel!" see it even sounds weird, so, just don't do it haha

STEP 6
CAREFULLY take your clay pretzel and move it onto a baking sheet. Word of advice: it's best to use one that is like a throw away, or one baking sheet strictly dedicated to polymer crafts. You don't want clay to touch where your food goes either. Gross. Alright, now put it in the oven (preheated to 275) and bake for about 15 minutes. Check the back of the box your clay came in, as some clay brands have different bake times. Once there done, let them dry COMPLETELY. Meaning after 5 minutes don't pick it up with your hands because it'll still be soft and it'll break and you'll be back at step 1, or it could potentially still be quite hot and get a burn. 

STEP 7
this step is optional, if you want to add anything else to it, add a glaze to give it a nice sheen if you do not like the matte look. Have fun with this as you can make any type of pendent out of clay you just have to get creative with it. Happy Crafting!