tutorial: make a yummy natural sugar scrub | oh my! handmade goodness With the holidays around the corner and cold, dry winter weather upon us here in eastern Canada, I wanted to share a nice sugar scrub to make a great handcrafted gift for family and friends on your gift list this year. This scrub will tame the dry, flaky skin winter brings, and makes an excellent stocking stuffer. Here’s what you need to make your own Moisturizing Sugar Scrub: Equipment: Mixing BowlKitchen ScaleSpoonTowel (7)Heavy Bottomed saucepan (5)Pipette or measuring spoons (4) Ingredients: 90 g white sugar (1)30 g brown sugar* (2) *You can substitute turbinado or demerara sugar for a coarse scrub45 g shea butter (honey can be substituted) (3)5 g liquid vegetable glycerine (optional)5 g jojoba or extra virgin olive oil (6)25 drops essential oil of your choice (some popular choices are lavender, sweet orange, and clary sage)2 Vitamin E capsules, broken and contents squeezed into recipe 1. 2/3.
cake batter blondies. | girl meets life. I don’t say this very often. But this is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Remember how I made dense, fudgy brownies by using a boxed chocolate cake mix? So, chocolate-lovers, this isn’t entirely for you. cake batter blondies. ingredients: 1 box yellow cake mix1/4 cup canola oil1 egg, beaten1/4 – 1/2 cup milk1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional) directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. notes: I should mention that because I don’t have any bakeware yet, I actually baked this batch in a casserole dish (I’m classy like that, what can I say?). **edited to add: I made these again in an 8-inch cake pan, and they came out perfectly! **also edited to add: I made the blondies successfully without using eggs! You might think that it’s not fully done because the center will still be quite gooey upon first exiting the oven – but that’s what you want! After cooling for about 20 minutes, the gooey center is what will lend to the decadent, cake-batter texture.
Spinach, Mushroom and Pesto Lasagna When I was growing up, my Mom kind of took meatless Lenten meals to the extreme. Not only was it forbidden to eat meat, she was fairly adamant about making sure we ate something that we really didn't like. There were no Friday night fish fries at the Legion Hall for us. Not once in my childhood did a Phil A. O'Fish sandwich cross my lips. So Mom... Spinach, Mushroom and Pesto Lasagna 9 lasagna noodles 10 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1 3/4 cup ricotta cheese 1 large egg 1/2 tsp garlic powder salt and pepper 1 TBSP olive oil 1 TBSP butter 2 cups diced onion 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced dash of crushed red pepper flakes 8 ounces of button mushrooms, coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 TBSP all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1 1/2 cups Half & Half 3/4 cup plus 2 TBSP basil pesto 12 oz mozzarella cheese (I used slices) 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.
19 Amazing Video Game Cakes Serious gamers know just how time-consuming gaming is, often making it difficult to do anything besides working (only to buy more games) and playing the games themselves. Even so, gamers usually do still manage to have lives outside of the console; these cakes are some of the amazing creations born as a result. Consoles While most people dedicate their gaming obsessions to the specific games they play, others adore entire consoles. Of all the console cakes around, this PS3 cake by Pink Cake Box, accessorized with a Blackberry and spilled Pepsi can, might best capture the gaming lifestyle for those truly dedicated few. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pulling a new system out of its box for the first time and this Nintendo DSi cake by Pink Cake Box perfectly captures that blissful feeling. Lego Batman Skyrim It should be no surprise that video game launch parties are the source of some of the most impressive video game cakes around. Bioshock Q*Bert Mario Pac-Man The Legend of Zelda Portal
groovy cake A groovy, tie-dye cake — with colors inside and out — would be fun for an end-of-the-summer party! This cake is a showstopper, but actually just uses a basic marbling technique. You tint four bowls of the batter different colors, put drops of the colored batter on top of the white batter in the cake pan and pull a knife through it, which gives it the “groovy” look. The frosting is simple, too, just use gel tubes to make hexagon shapes and then a pull a toothpick through them, starting in the center. Skittles around the bottom make it extra colorful! If you are planning on having a party, a fun idea would be to tie Dye shirts and then serve this cake. Groovy Cake 1 box (18.25 oz.) white cake mix 3 whole eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup buttermilk Red, blue, green and yellow food coloring 2 (12 ounce) cans whipped vanilla frosting Assorted colors decorating gel tubes ½ cup Skittles 2 8-inch round cake pans 1. 2. 3.
MADE: TUTORIAL: NO-Sew Flowers If only your man brought home fresh flowers for you every day? Well, show him a surprise and make your own NO-Sew flower bouquet! I scoured the internet, looking for a simple “fabric flower” tutorial and though some of them were “simple”, there were still too many steps! There had to be an easier method. And, here it is.Fabric flowers that you don’t even sew. You only need a few supplies: To make a pretty bunch like this: So let’s get started! Pick out the fabric color scheme you want. Purchase round wooden dowels at your local craft store (any size works; these are 3/16 in by 12 inches long. Cut strips of fabric approximately 2×16 inches (no rules here, do whatever size you’d like. Then, with your fabric strip, wooden dowel, and glue gun….we’ll make a flower. Bunch up the beginning of the flower a bit (this will be the center of the flower). Stick a dab of hot glue right in the center there and glue the end of the dowel to the center of the flower. Like this: And there you go! And you’re done!
Individual Banana Cream Pies Mini Banana Cream Pie ~ A classic pie gets simplified and individualized in a cupcake liner. This might just be the easiest pie to make-ever! Throw all your ingredients in a blender or a food processor and process, then bring it to temperature–pour, chill and serve. Done. Individual Banana Cream Pie It’s been a while since I made a banana cream pie. Now, you know me and pretty food-I’m a perfectionist. A few notes: If you do not have food processor, a blender will work just as well to process the custard filling.I added coconut and pecans to the graham cracker crust for added flavor. Mini Banana Cream Pie Makes approximately 14 individual pies Preparation: Fill cupcake pan with liners. Ingredients: Coconut and Pecan Graham Cracker Crust: 1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs½ cup sweetened coconut shreds, toasted½ cup pecans½ cup sugar8 tablespoons butter, melted Banana Cream Pie Filling: Instructions: 1. 2. 1. Assembly: 1.
bake sale week: raspberry lemonade bars I know this seems like a bit of a cop out, seeing as last year I made those lime bars, but the name of these just makes you want one, doesn’t it? It’s like one last throw back to the summertime captured in a cookie. raspberry lemonade bars for the crust: 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick, plus one tablespoon) 1/4 cup (50g) superfine sugar (or regular granulated) 1 cup (100g) of unbleached all-purpose flour pinch salt for the filling: 1 1/2 cups (287g) superfine sugar (or regular granulated) 3 egg whites 1 egg 2/3 cup (150mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 3 lemons) 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from 2 lemons) 2/3 cup (65g) unbleached, all-purpose flour pinch of salt 1-2 cups (150-275g) of frozen raspberries, defrosted 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar 1. 2. 3. 4.
makes » how to make a rainbow cake! Aaannnndddd, she’s back! So I did mention something about health and/or diet food in my last post, and while this recipe is the latter, it is most certainly not to be confused with the former. I posted about my rainbow cake here, and it got a lot of traffic on over to my livejournal, and everyone wanted the “recipe.” The cool thing is that if you’re making something so distractingly colourful, people will think it’s delicious no matter what. This presents me with the option to use an old Weight Watchers trick—the one-point cupcake. This cake is suitable for many occasions: A child’s birthdayYour mom’s birthdayComing out to your conservative parents If you’re a lesbian, they’ll be thrilled that you won’t be forgoing your feminine kitchen duties.If you’re the kind of gay dude who makes cakes for your parents, they were probably on to you anyway.Coming out to your conservative parents on your mother’s birthdayYour friend’s jam band CD release party Okay, on with the ingredients. That’s all.