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Not so much a recipe…

Not so much a recipe…
More of a “why have I not been doing this for years?” post. Remember back when I made caramel sauce? For some strange reason, I haven’t made it since then. I know, right!? The other day, I decided to make caramel sauce. I’d also been pouring the leftover coffee into an ice tray and freezing it in the off hand chance I’d have time to make iced coffee. See where I’m going? I didn’t have time to cold brew, so I made coffee in the french press, poured it into a pitcher, and let it rest in an ice bath. Once it was chilled, I took the caramel sauce and drizzled it in some glasses. Totally fancy, I know. Then I added the coffee cubes, my favorite creamer, then the coffee. Lovely. For this batch, I didn’t let the coffee cool enough, so the caramel drizzles disappeared when I poured the coffee in. So, now that I have the power of delicious iced coffee, you’ll find me out in my back yard, chillin’ with a book and sippin’ on love. Pioneer Woman’s Caramel Sauce Like this: Like Loading... Related:  Drinks :)

Jello Shots! This Post is ALL Mandi. I think she has had a few of these this morning so disregard her grammar and over excitement. See ya next week! - Dan I love jello shots. if you know me personally then you have most likely had my jello shots at least once because ill take pretty much any excuse to make them. jello + alcohol = awesome Now when I first tell people about my obsession with jello shots I think they immediately flash back to some college party where there were two types of jello shots: green with a handle of ten dollar vodka and yellow with a handle of ten dollar rum. The basic method is as follows: boil one cup of water, add one packet of jello, mix two minutes (don't skimp on this it will be grainy!) My basic tools. bowl and spoon for mixing, flat measuring cup for easy measuring of liquids, ladle and spouted measuring cup for filling. I get these little cups at a restaurant supply store. "margarita" this one can only be done as a double because it has two alcohols.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes Updated 9/22/11 to Add: If you’re coming here to sample these delicious Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, you just might like the latest recipe that I’ve posted for Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes too. And Gingerbread- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes too. Enjoy! Here’s a short video sharing how to make these delicious pancakes: If you’ve ever thought you needed a reason to eat pancakes, today is the day: National Pancake Day! How do you like your pancakes? But recently I started dreaming about mixing cinnamon rolls and pancakes together… and this is what I came up with- my new favorite pancake: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. I have a wonderfully fluffy pancake batter that I like to use (recipe below) so I swirled a bit of cinnamon roll filling into the pancake. And they cooked up just like a pancake- fluffy, but with craters of crusty, sugary cinnamon swirled within. You might find three of these stacked in a fancy breakfast restaurant, but I’m gonna tell you that one pancake is all you need. Oh yeah. Ingredients:

Mulled Wine « Drinks Mulled wine is my favorite fall and winter drink. It’s hot and sweet and it possesses a very special power – it makes both your limbs and your soul beautifully warm. I got this recipe from my beloved Mom. If you’ve never tried it before, you definitely need to. It’ll make you happy! Here are the ingredients. Simple, right? These are the ingredients posing again just for you. The water couldn’t make it to the picture ’cause it’s just too slow. (Oh, yes, I am drinking the wine when writing this… how could you guess that?) Cinnamon. I love cinnamon. Cinnamon is the spice of my life. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. This mixture shouldn’t be boiling – that would make the alcohol evaporate. 6. 7.

Drunken Coffee Jello Squares OK, kids: This is coffee. In solid form. It’s been sweetened with condensed milk and booze-ified with a healthy dose of Kahlua—then rubberized into a blissful, cocktail-hour finger food thanks to the magic of gelatin. (If you know me, you know how much I love coffee, so you can imagine how excited I was when I came across the recipe.) Now, you have to like Jello, or Jello-like food, for this to work. If you do, you’re in for a treat. Huge thanks to The Food Librarian for sharing their deliciousness. (If you haven’t checked out the Food Librarian’s blog, you should. So, years ago, I had several meals that ended with Classic American Jello Mold Torture. This is not that jello. This jello is the short and stout cousin of Vietnamese iced coffee, that fabulous concoction of espresso and condensed milk. This is jello that you could serve to your foodie friends. This stuff is silly. The short version of the recipe goes like this That’s it. Read on for step-by-step instrux of what that looks like.

Paper Flowers – Anyone Can Do That | Japanese Kusudama, this tutorial is featured on Craftuts Anyone can do that, I assure you. The proof: I can, just take a quick look at my result below. And, believe me, I am neither meticulous nor particularly patient. Below you can see my very first attempt to create paper flowers. What you will need to make your own Kusudama paper ball? 1. 3. 4. (optionally) I prefer torn paper instead of cut. You have to start with a single petal. Now you have to glue your 5 petals into a flower. Apply the glue to only one side of each petal, except for the last one, in this case cover both sides with glue. Your first flower is done. Don’t glue every petal right after you make it. When all 12 flowers are finished you have to glue them together. When two halves of Kusudama Flower Ball are ready you have to glue them together.

How to Make Boba & Bubble Tea at Home Previous image Next image Love bubble tea? Make it at home! Do you love bubble tea? This is a drink that originated in Taiwan in the 1980's and spread throughout Southeast Asia before finding its way to the US. You can find boba at almost any Asian grocery store or online. Boba are at their very chewiest best if used within a few hours of cooking. The sweet and creamy bubble teas you buy in the stores are usually flavored with special powders and sweetened condensed milk. What's your favorite kind of bubble tea? How to Make Boba and Bubble Tea What You Need Ingredients 1/4 cup dried boba tapioca pearls per serving (NOT quick-cooking boba)1-2 tea bags per serving, any kind1/2 cup water1/2 cup sugarMilk, almond milk, or sweetened condensed milkFruit juice or nectar (optional) Equipment SaucepanBowl for holding the cooked bobaMeasuring cups Instructions 1. Turn the heat to medium and cook the boba for 12-15 minutes. 2. 3. 4. 5. Additional Notes: (Images: Emma Christensen)

Perfect Iced Coffee Iced coffee is my life. When I wake up, often around the time party animals on the west coast are just heading home, I start each day not with a cup of freshly brewed hot java, but with a tall, blessed glass of creamy iced coffee in a glass. I’ve been an iced coffee freakazoid for years and years. Iced coffee is a complicated thing, and there are many different approaches. 1. Given the previous set of facts, one would assume that the logical solution would be to brew hot coffee, then transfer the brew to the fridge, allow it to cool, and use it to make iced coffee from there. There are reasons this method results in a smoother, richer, more delicious concentrate than simply brewing strong coffee and refrigerating it. (Note: I’ve totally adapted/tweaked coffee/water amounts to suit my own tastes. I start with a big ol’ container. You can use a big bowl, a large pitcher…even a really clean bucket will work if you’re going for a huge quantity. Rip open a pound of ground coffee. Glorious.

Alfred Angelo - WeddingTips For 75 years, Alfred Angelo has been helping brides have the day of their dreams and now we want to share our best tips with you. All about your dress 1. Gown shopping should be a priority on your ‘to do’ list. It takes months to make your dress, so give yourself plenty of time. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Under wraps 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. For your girls 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. Protecting your Dress 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. From hair to shoes and everywhere in between 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75.

Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is on Sunday already. You can probably blame it on the whirlwind trip to Malaysia that threw me out of wack and the fact that I barely slept in 4 days (btw thank you all for your votes and to Nuffnang for showing us a good time!). Not that I’m complaining of course but I had the biggest baking bug last week and I was itching to get back into it when I returned. Instead all I wanted to do was just sleep, snuggle with my dog in bed, tuck into the massive Malaysian snack haul that I lugged home and sleep some more. This was the only thing I could muster during my zombie state. Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s time that we talk about x-mas booze. If Christmas could be pulverised into a beverage and slurped through a straw, it’d be a mulled wine, with its earthy spices, a tinge of citrus and the heat of red wine. I know plenty of people who don’t care for mulled wine but mention ‘chocolate’ to them and they lose their marbles.

The Most magical butterbeer | The Go Lightly Gourmet Wingardium Leviosa! Quidditch! Stupefy! Riddikulus! Albus Dumbledore! Lumos! The best butterbeer If you think I’ve lost my mind, you’re probably right. This isn’t anything new. There are many things I adore about the Harry Potter series. Some of the dishes described are very real English foods like Yorkshire pudding, steak and kidney pie, bangers and mash, treacle tarts, trifles, and the ever smile provoking “spotted dick.” Obviously there are no real recipes for these magical foods. Butterbeer was commonly served up to the witches and wizards on holidays and at pubs. Inspired by the fact that the part one of the final movie comes out in November, I have boldly forged forward to find the prefect butterbeer recipe for the Harry Potter in you. Butterbeer with cockroach clusters The Three Broomsticks Butterbeer I had to bribe the owner of the “Three Broomsticks” with a magical teapot to get her recipe. One tablespoon of butter One cup of unfiltered apple cider 1 tablespoon of mulling spices

25-money-saving-ideas | budget | get-started When planning a wedding good "Money Saving Ideas" are always welcome Here is our collection of 25 great Money Savers for our DIY brides world wide: 1) Have a smaller wedding with fewer guests. This will cut your total wedding costs a lot. The fewer guests - the fewer invitations - the fewer tables - the less food & drinks and so forwards. Smaller weddings are often much more enjoyable for guests attending the wedding as well as for the couple. 2) Simply and stylish invitations. 3) Avoid May - October. 4) Consider a wonderful Asti instead of champagne. 5) Less snacks and food at the reception. 6) Buy flowers in season. 7) If you have the skills and the time, you can make your own table centrepieces. 8) Avoid decorating the church with flowers. 9) Have the wedding ceremony and the wedding party at the same place.This makes it easy and less expensive on transport for you and your guests and will cut costs considerably on decorations in total. 10) Use less but bigger tables.

A Taste of Koko: Hot chocolate Uncategorized “There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with Chocolate” Linda Grayson This is my take on ‘Hot Chocolate’. You get a cold creaminess from whipped cream, sweetness and crunch from chocolate cup, and heat from the cayenne pepper. Prepare to have your taste buds dancing to a sweet and spicy tune! I seem to be doing more social media now a days but I still enjoy baking up a storm in the kitchen. Chocolate cups. To make these chocolate cups, melt about 4 ounces to make 3 cups. I suggest using a high quality melting chocolate. Place the chocolate covered balloons on a pan covered with parchment paper. You can either let the balloon sit for 30 minutes or stick them into the fridge to harden up faster. Chocolate Mousse.Adapted from Alton Brown Ingredients 3/4 cup whipping cream 6 ounces quality semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 ounces espresso or strong coffee 1/2 tbsp dark rum 2 tbsp butter 1/2 tsp flavorless, granulated gelatin pinch of cayenne powder Enjoy!

Getting Into the Green (sorry, it's not about money) Getting our kids to eat their veggies can be tough, even kids who like veggies can have a hard time eating the proper amount.They are always on the run and need lots of good energy foods.A few months ago I picked up a book called The Raw Detox Diet for myself. I was feeling a bit sluggish and needed a good inner scrubbing! One of the healthful things the author suggests to have every day is something that is brilliantly named Green Lemonade. She says in the book that it can become addicting, I thought ACK how could kale juice become addicting? I gave it the benefit of the doubt and I started juicing this green lemonade every morning. I had a juicer from my obsessive days of drinking carrot juice (that is a whole other story in itself) when ones hands turn a strange shade of rust it is time to step away from the carrots. So what's your point Jen? Recipe for Green Lemonade For juicing try to buy organic especially when juicing the peels. Tip: 1 apple, cut peel on 1/2 lemon, cut, peel on

30 Geeky Wedding Invites | Geek Wedding Guide | Geek Wedding Guide Comic Book Love When photographer Nicole Ladonne, met Crystal and Ryan to discuss their upcoming engagement session she immediately discovered they nerded out about comic books just as much as her. Ladonne suggested they take their photographs at the Ann Arbor comic bookstore, Vault of Midnight. She says it was one of her favorite engagement sessions ever and... Scientist turned Cake Maker Tasha Shomali of Tasha’s Tasty Treats is a scientist turned baker. DIY Geeky Pop-up cards How cute and geeky are these pop-up cards? Hello world! Welcome to WordPress. Appy Couple – App Planner In a world where apps do everything from reminding you to take the dog out, to teaching you how to tie your shoe, its only natural now there is an app to help plan and publish your wedding details. iPhone Engagement Photography Engagement photos are a great opportunity to let your personalities shine. Meteorite Wedding Ring Redditor Laporkenstein carries a piece of space around with him everyday. Lego Wedding Portrait