Monday, February 27, 2012

Recipe Monday

I used to never be a big fan of coconut, but now I am a huge fan. Almond Joys are one of my favorite candies. I mean, come on, it combines three delicious things. Thinking about those three simple ingredients helped me to come up with this little dessert. 

 Ingredients

I wanted to get unsweetened coconut flakes, but couldn't find any. So, if you feel like attempting it the originally planned way, go for it! You'll want to spread about 1/4 - 1/2 of the package (14 oz.) onto a cooking sheet. Then you'll stick in a preheated oven set to 325°F for about 10-15 minutes.

The key is to keep an eye on your coconut. It will go to from white to toasted so quickly. I missed it and ended up toasting mine a little too long, but it was still tasty. Just make sure to toss it all every few minutes and really keep an eye on it. Transfer your toasted coconut into a smaller bowl or onto a small plate. 

Now it's time to melt our chocolate! I did this using the double boiler method. You just fill up your pot a little less than halfway with water and bring it to a boil. 

Then put either a metal or glass bowl into the top that fits nice and snug. You don't want your water touching the bottom of the bowl, so you can adjust that if needed at this point. Then just add in your chocolate and stir. I used 1 package of dark chocolate morsels (10 oz.)

Keep stirring until your chocolate is nice and smooth. Then remove it from the heat because you don't want to burn your chocolate. 

Now it's time to put these things all together. Take a almond, dip it in chocolate. I just used the smallest spoon I could find to help me dip. It seemed like the least messy method. 

Drop your chocolate covered almond into the toasted coconut and cover it completely. 

Place all of your finished bites onto a foil lined cooking sheet. Parchment paper would work as well! Set them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. 

After they've had time to set up, you have this delicious bite sized dessert. I decided to share mine with friends and family, so they were all gone after one day. I'm sad and think I'll make more again soon. It's probably bad news that I made this recipe. I think I'm addicted. 

Until next time.

Friday, February 24, 2012

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Apparently I love DIY projects that involve old t-shirts. This is the third one that I've done. So, luckily I had an extra t-shirt laying around from the previous flip-flop revamp that I attempted. That's all you need though! An old t-shirt (or some jersey fabric) and scissors...oh, and patience. Lots of patience. 

You'll need to cut your fabric into strips. The original tutorial said to use three, but I found even three was almost not enough. Maybe I didn't read thoroughly enough though and I probably just didn't make the actual strips long enough. 

You'll need a little slit in the end of each strip of fabric and you use these to knot the fabric into each other. A full explanation can be found at V and Co.  Sorry, I'm not going to be much help on this tutorial. I had to follow it just as closely, so I'll leave the explaining up to the original source. 

Then to make the actual braided part, you weave the fabric using your fingers. Again, the full explanation is over at V and Co. It's hard to explain and even somewhat hard to understand from the original tutorial. I think the key is to keep pulling the end of the fabric so that it doesn't get all bunched up. You'll see what I mean if you attempt this as well.  

After awhile I had something that looked like a braid. I mean, it doesn't look bad, right? But it's so short and stubby! I mean, I was using some pretty long pieces of fabric. I guess I just need more...or just need to get better at this. I guess they don't have the saying "practice makes perfect" for no reason. 

Cute, right? I hope I'm not scaring you into not attempting this. I mean, it still came out pretty good and not too far off from the originals. It just takes some getting used to and just took me awhile to get the hang of it. Psh, you will probably be way faster at figuring it out anyway. 

Feel free to give me any suggestions on projects that you'd like to see me attempt on Pinterest Friday! I'm always up for new ideas. 

Until next time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Glitter Nails

I know, this seems like a strange post just to have stuck in the middle of all of my other ones. I love painting my nails, but I usually don't really do anything spectacular or worth sharing. I thought this was a cute little idea though and definitely felt like someone else might like to see it. Maybe? I might be crazy. 

You need two simple things to achieve this look. You need some glitter. You know, real glitter. Not the nail polish with little glitter pieces in it, but this big, chunky crafting glitter. 

Then you'll need a clear top coat. Maybe go out and buy a cheap one for this project because you might end up with glitter in it. 

Then all you do is pour of some glitter and use the brush with a little bit of top coat on it to apply it all over or just on the tips of your nails. It's actually fairly easy to get all of the glitter off of the brush if you don't want any floating around in your left over top coat. You can apply as little or as much as you want. Since the glitter is so big, it's pretty easy to move around and work with. The top coat and brush just help to make it stick. 

Then actually apply a top coat to the top of everything and they're done! I was so scared that the glitter would just flake off, but they stayed put for quite some time. I washed my hair, did dishes, and went out with friends. They stayed put the whole time. I love glitter. I love nail polish. This was just meant to happen.

Until next time.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recipe Monday

I know, I know. It sounds weird, but just go with me on this one. I came up with this recipe because I was listening to a discussion on pies and how most of them are fruit pies. Well, I got to thinking about all of the different fruits and thought, "Hey, avocado is a fruit. I could make it into a pie!" So, that's exactly what I did.

Ingredients

I started by making the crust so that it could set. Before you do that, you'll want to zest your lime and set the zest off to the side. You'll need the rest of the lime to make the crust though.

Add 1.5 cups of crushed graham crackers into your pie pan. Then add the juice of one whole lime. This will be approximately 2 tablespoons, depending on the lime. 

Add in 4 tablespoons of melted butter. 

Mix it all together and form it into a crust along the bottom and sides of your pan. I just used my hands, it seemed to be the easiest way to get the job done. Put this in your fridge to help it start to set. 

In a mixing bowl, add in 2 skinned and diced avocados, 1.5 cups of sour cream, and 1 egg. 

Mix this on a medium speed setting until it is nice and smooth. I mean, you really want this smooth. Make sure there aren't any lumps of avocado hiding at the bottom of your bowl. 

Then you'll add in 1 teaspoon of your lime zest, 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 3 tablespoons of flour (all-purpose unbleached). Mix again until well combined and smooth. 

Pour your mixture into your pie crust and let it chill in your refrigerator for 1 hour. Once it has chilled, bake it for 10 minutes at 400 degrees then lower the temperature to 325 and cook for another 20 minutes. 

Let your pie cool completely before cutting into it or else you'll just have a big mess. You want this to get nice and set up. Serve it with a little bit of whipped cream or just eat it plain. It's AWESOME! I loved it so much. It's like a mild key lime pie. It's super creamy and just delightful. I hope you'll give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as I did. Oh, one more thing. Don't be alarmed if your pie starts to brown slightly on top after sitting for a day or two. It's an avocado thing. 

Until next time.

Friday, February 17, 2012

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I was so ridiculously excited to make this. I love little headbands and hair pieces that look like this. Once I saw this tutorial and realized it was so easy I knew I had to make one. You'll need some fabric, felt, glue, scissors, and elastic (not pictured). As you can see, I thought I would try to make this using a bobby pin, but I ended up following the tutorial and making it into an actual headband. 

Cut your fabric up into a bunch of little petals. 

Cut out a circle of the felt and then glue your petals to the felt. You're trying to make this look like a flower, so just glue them on in whatever way you desire to achieve that look. 

Then add a little extra something to the center. I used a button, but the original tutorial also suggests using lace in the center. Check it out, it's a really cute idea. 

Like I said, you'll also need some elastic. The original source had this cute elastic that had ribbon around the edges, but I couldn't find any. So, I settled for just some plain white elastic. 

Measure a piece of elastic long enough to fit around your head. You'll want to make it a little shorter, since elastic stretches. Also, I noticed that the original tutorial had two felt circles cut out and I couldn't figure out why until now. You use the second felt circle to cover up this mess. So, you just glue it straight down onto of your elastic strips and the other circle. It would probably look more complete and well put together.

Make sure to let your glue dry and then it's ready to wear! I love this idea, seriously. This is something I definitely plan on perfecting and will be making quite a few more of them. 

Until next time.