Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Eiffel Play

'Beneath the Tower' by Sherie Sloane. Detail. 
Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper

'Beneath the Tower' by Sherie Sloane.
Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper

I was feeling the blues a bit today, and thought a play with color and imagination will be a good pick-me-up.  How about walking under the Eiffel Tower with the moon all aglow? That already gives me a warm feeling inside.

How was your day today?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

One Minute Chocolate Cup-Cake

Five minute mug cakes are increasingly getting popular.  It's a quick sweet fix, convenient and easy to clean up.  We tried different recipes and although it only takes 5 minutes to cook it, making the cake mix still takes quite a bit of time.  I also found out that eggs in a microwave is not a good idea (just think salmonella).  I searched for a mug cake recipe using store bought cake mixes and didn't found any, maybe I just have to click past the 2nd page in the google search result.

After 3 burnt cakes in a cup, we finally got the perfect timing and mix right.  So, without further ado, we (me and our little man) present to you our 1 minute mug cake.  

:: Ingredients ::
microwaveable mug or cup
8 tablespoons of Devil's Food cake mix (we used Duncan Hine's)
1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of oil
drop of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of chocolate morsels (chopped up chocolate bars work too)

:: How-To ::

mix all dry ingredients
add wet ingredients
mix in the cup or mug
microwave on high for 1 minute for 1000w ovens
let sit for 1-2 minutes
top with nutella or whipped cream
sprinkle with nuts (skip if allergic to nuts)


Let me know if you made some and how you liked it.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanks for Leftovers

Crunchy on the outside, warm and soft inside.

 A post-Thanksgiving breakfast to look forward to.

Good morning!  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It's the morning after, ready to tackle the leftovers?  Rise up with this simple leftover stuffing recipe idea:

Thanksgiving Stuffing Cakes

::  Ingredients ::

leftover stuffing or dressing
panko bread crumbs
olive oil
sprig of parsley for garnish

::  How-To  ::

scoop some stuffing and form into patties
sprinkle and tap panko bread crumbs on both side
heat pan with oil or spray a non-stick pan
pan-fry patties until golden brown
serve hot and top each with egg
garnish with parsley


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pillow Talk

Is it a notebook or a pillow?

Handpainted Gift Tag by our Little Man

A little Thanksgiving Gift

It's Thanksgiving Week!  Time to say 'Thanks' to all the special people in our lives.  Instead of writing on cards, why not make a pillow notebook to write on - just like we did!  

:: Materials ::

plain fabric
sewing machine
thread (blue/ teal and red)
fabric markers

:: How To ::

- cut 2 pieces of fabric in either square or rectangle
- layer first fabric on top of bunting and pin in place
- sew horizontal straight lines using blue/ teal thread
- next, sew vertical line using red thread
- write your message using fabric marker or pen
- with right sides facing each other, sew both fabrics together
- leave about 5 inch opening to insert pillow stuffing
- reverse/ flip to right side 
- insert pillow stuffing
- sew opening to close

Now, bask in the joy you'll see from your special one.

And Huge Thanks for stopping by and being my friend here in the blogosphere.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cozy Moment

...on a cold autumn night, with my favorite cup of tea on the side.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Instant Oatmeal Pancake

One egg left, no more pancake mix & little time for breakfast.
Instant Oatmeal to the rescue!

:: Mix ::

1 egg
4 packs of instant oatmeal (1 serving packs)
3/4 cup whole milk
2 drops vanilla extract (for plain oatmeal)

Heat skillet then cook how you'd normally make pancakes. 
Makes 6 pancakes. I topped ours with caramelized nuts. 


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Modern Crafty Wreath

Handmade Wreath

Two White Birds :: For our Two Boys

Bird Detail :: Handpicked by our Little Man at a local craft store

Leftover Yarn Detail :: Randomly Wrapped by our Boys

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Hello there.  Today I want to share with you the wreath we made with our boys.  It's a super simple project you can do with your kids, in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

:: Materials ::

12 inch round styrofoam 
fabric scraps, cut lengthwise
stray yarns
raffia (or ribbons, if you prefer)
birds, or choice of accents

:: How To ::

wrap fabric scraps around styrofoam (pin or glue to secure)
randomly cross over some yarn
tie raffia or ribbon and make a bow
hook or tie your choice of accents

:: All Done! ::

Now step back and enjoy your one of a kind, handmade wreath.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Style Saturday: DIY Skinny Jeans

My eight-year old $7 flare jeans turned skinny!


DIY Skinny Jeans

Hello friends. It's Saturday and that means I get to have a little time to pull up my feet, relax and browse through some designer eye candies.  Today, I was into skinny jeans! 

For some of you who have been following this blog, you know by now that I'm huge on 'do-it-yourself' projects.  I've been a fan of designer Donwan Harrell for quite some time now, and the way he re-engineered the must-have jeans.  Harrell's PRPS (short for 'purpose') jeans are understandably pricey because each one is 'rare and premium' and designs run in limited editions.  A true wearable art!  That inspired me to re-design one of my old forgotten jeans, instead of breaking the bank.

I wish I took photos in the process, but it was a bit tough with two energetic toddlers ready to conquer the weekend fun.  It's actually pretty simple if you have a little experience in sewing.  There are a lot of videos you can watch out there on how to turn any pair of jeans into a skinny one.  The one I found the most helpful is by ModCloth.

It took me twenty-five minutes to finish mine, and very happy with how it turned out, especially the fit.

There you have it!  If ever you decide to alter your own jeans, share your photo.  Have fun! And thanks for stopping by again, and thanks ModCloth for the video.