Sunday, December 4, 2011

Disney pineapple drink

I was at Disneyland and it was so hot, I was trying to find something to quench my thirst. I then saw a pineapple hut and the line was really long so I thought I'd try it out, with so many people in line it must be good! I ordered a pineapple and ice cream type drink and it was so good! Since I live in Colorado I don't get to go to Disney but maybe every other year so and I was craving the pineapple drink so I was thinking how I could create it at home and it was so easy!
I just added pineapple sherbet and pineapple juice to a cup and boom yummy Disney pineapple drink!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

strawberry cheesecakes

With five ingredients, they take only a few minutes to put together. This is the perfect little dessert to end summer with.

Strawberry cheesecakes

-1 lb large strawberries
-8 oz. cream cheese, softened (can use 1/3 less fat)
-3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (4 tbsp for a sweeter filling)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-graham cracker crumbs

1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and clean out with a paring knife, if necessary (some may already be hollow inside). Prep all strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill strawberries with cheesecake mixture. Once strawberries are filled, dip the top in graham cracker crumbs. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anthro inspired mantel flowers

A recent trip to Anthropologie and I saw these cute flowers displayed and they were made from Q-tips!! I just knew I wanted to try and make them at home!

Small foam balls
hot glue
wire floral stems

Cut the Q-tips in half. Poke them into the Styrofoam ball. I put a little bit of glue on the half before putting it inside the ball because I have cats and I didn't want little Q-tips all over the apartment. But they do stay in place without glue too.  I loved the aqua color that Anthropologie did, but I like the white ones I did and I also did a few with blue stem Q-tips, I also saw they had pink which would be pretty. Snip the stems off of some fake flowers.  Keep the wire inside the stem. Poke it into the ball. You may want to secure it with a bit of hot glue. I put each flower then in a wine bottle I painted green. I love the colors!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

tissue heart

    I love February and Valentine's Day, since this is my birthday month. :) I remember always having birthdays parties when I was younger and we always had Valentine decorations so this heart brings back memories from my parties. :)
    Pink and white tissue paper, cut into 1” squares
    Heart or pink ribbon
    Elmers glue
    Piece of cardboard
    Hot glue
Cut out a heart shape from the cardboard. Put white craft glue into the center of the heart, shaped like a heart. Using the eraser end of a pencil, place the eraser into the center of a white tissue paper square. Twist the tissue paper square around the eraser and dot it onto the glue. Continue this process until the entire middle of the heart is covered with white tissue paper. Repeat the process with pink tissue paper for the border of the heart. Hot glue your ribbon on the back to hang the heart.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crystalized pipe cleaner hearts

white and red pipe cleaners
popsicle stick

Shape your pipe cleaners into a heart shape. You can make them as big or small as your like :). Tie the heart with string to a popsicle stick. Fill jar with 9 tablespoons borax and  3 cup of boiling water, make sure to mix the mixture well. Hang the heart in the jar. Let your hearts sit over night and remove. You can take the heart out after 6 hours but the longer it sits in the solution the more crystals it will get.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

family style dining on the beach...or in a horse stable

I first discovered Outstanding in the Field while paging through a magazine. Their outdoor restaurant concept is innovative and admirable. Their 2011 schedule will be out in March, and I can't wait to see where they are going next year! I would love to book a few tickets for dining on the beach in California.

"Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table.Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table".

I think it would be neat to eat in a stable too!

hpnotiq avalanche cocktail

1 ½ oz. Hpnotiq
1 ½ oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
Splash of Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a coconut rimmed martini glass

Friday, January 21, 2011

Seashell flower bobby pins

cowry sea shells pearl
bobby pin
card board
hot glue

Start by grouping 8 of the cowry shells to make a flower shape. I hot glued them in place by placing a little dab of glue on the sides. Then hot glue your pearl to the middle.  Then I put the cardboard between the bobby pins and placed a little bit of hot glue to the top of the bobby pin and placed the seashell flower on top. By placing the cardboard between the bobby pin it helps keep the bobby pin from sticking together. Enjoy! :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

beachy fireplace mantel

I have been dreaming of going on a trip to white sand beaches. I was really hoping to go for my bday in February but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. So I have to improvise at home :(. I'll be posting a few more beachy things in the next couple days.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chocolate cupcake molds

Brrr another cold day in the Rockies, :). Perfect for cooking. I was paging through my new Martha Stewart Magazine and I saw a cute idea to make these chocolate molds. Sorry I could not find the link on Martha's website she used milk chocolate and her molds turned out more uniform. Mine did not hold the round cupcake paper shape but I still think they are fun.

white chocolate chips
paper cupcake liners
wooden spoon or cooking paint brush
peanut butter
nuts (peanut or almond)
small sauce pan

Using a cupcake pan I placed out a few paper cupcake liners. Then put some water in a small sauce pan and bring that to a boil. I added a few chocolate chips to a plastic bowl and placed on top on the boiling water, stirring with a wooden spoon. Once the chocolate melts add a little bit of the chocolate to the paper liners and either use your wooden spoon to spread the chocolate all over the inside of the liner or use a cooking paint brush to cook your liners. Then place the chocolate in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. Leave your sauce pan boiling. When the chocolate has set remove the pan and add more chocolate to a small bowl and continue temporing the chocolate for a second coat. Apply to the set chocolate and put the liners back in the fridge for another 10 minutes. While your waiting for the chocolate go ahead and add your peanut butter to a piping bag. Martha used a star piping tip but I didn't add a tip. Then chop up your nuts. I used almonds since peanuts don't last very long in my house, lol! Remove the chocolate from the fridge, gently remove the paper liner and pipe in some peanut butter and top off with your chopped nuts. I think these would be great with some fruit cream cheese dip and fruit slices. I think I may make more for Valentine's day using a little bit of red in the white chocolate.  Enjoy!!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

crabby chairs

It's been snowing all day in Colorado and it's really making me want to go on a tropical vacation. I thought I would share these crab chairs from Design Toscano that I am in LOVE with! I have been eying them down for a long time!! :) Maybe someday when I buy a house and have a pool I'll be able to pick a couple of these up. Right now we just don't have room in the apartment. I would want to paint them orange to resemble king crabs. I can't believe how fast the weekends fly by!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

crystal snowflakes

white pipe cleaners
popsicle stick
Twist three 5 inch pipe cleaners together to form a snowflake. Tie the flake with string to a popsicle stick. Fill jar with 9 tablespoons borax and  3 cup of boiling water, make sure to mix the mixture well. I added a few drops of blue food coloring but you can just leave it white. Hang the snowflake in the jar. Let your snow flakes sit over night and remove. You can take the snowflake out after 6 hours but the longer it sits in the solution the more crystals it will get.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beach Clay pot

  • Small clay pot
  • Yellow, orange, red, green, light brown, blue, and white paints
  • Elmers glue
  • Hot glue  
  • Sand
  • About 16 pasta shells
Paint the flower pot light blue (mix a litle bit of white to the blue).  Paint the bottom half of the flower pot light brown. Mix some elmers glue into the brown paint and apply the mixture over the brown area of the pot. Sprinkle on some sand while the mixture is still wet.  Use the red paint to paint a crab and green to paint seaweed. You can add a few fish or star fish if you'd like. Paint your pasta shells, I had two of each color. Hot glue the pasta shells around the rim of the flower pot.  Fill your pot with a plant or your favorite candies. I think I'm going to fill mine with sand and sea shells.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

grape cluster cupcakes

Box of cupcake mix 
Red and Blue food coloring or you can buy purple frosting :)
Purple gumdrops
1 green gumdrop

Start by making your cupcakes. Let them cool completely then frost the cupcakes with purple frosting (mix a little bit of red and blue food coloring together till you get a purple that looks like the gumdrops) and arrange the gumdrops in a grape bunch. To stack the grapes on top I just put a little bit of frosting on the bottom to keep them in place. Cut the green gumdrop in half and place at the top of the grape cluster.