December 18, 2014

EAT: fig and pistachio salted dark chocolate

 

I have about 5-6 different dark chocolate bars sitting at home at any given point in time.  You just never know when you're going to crave a square of bittersweet chocolate.  And when you do, you need some variety!  Although equally delicious, everyone knows a chocolate toffee bar is completely different than a coconut caramel one - right?  I guess what I'm trying to say is that chocolate is good.  And you can never have too much laying around.  And if you feel the same way that I do, you should try making your own chocolate bars!

It's as easy as it looks.  There are so many different topping combinations you can try.  For mine, I used dried figs, pistachios and sea salt.  Partly because I love all those ingredients and partly because I already had them stocked in the house.  Use whatcha got! 

I learned a lot about chocolate when making these, namely TEMPERING.  More on tempering in the instructions, but if you're taking this route you'll need a chocolate thermometer for the method below.  This is a good route to take if you'll be gifting these for the holidays as it allows the chocolate to sit out at room temperature and not melt as easily.

December 16, 2014

DIY: watercolor christmas gift tags

 
 
Only ten days away from Christmas!  Where does the time go?  I feel like time flies twice as fast during the holidays and I can barely keep up.  I am majorly looking forward to some quality family and friends time, eating more than I should and just some R&R next week.  Some fantastic coffee and a good book and I'll be in heaven.  But in the meantime I'll be finishing up things at work, attending a couple more holiday parties and of course - some last minute shopping for gifts and wrapping them up.

This year I made some simple and easy watercolor gift tags for my presents.  I love painting and it was actually somewhat of a stress reliever to paint these up before wrapping my gifts.  I used some old gloss paint I already had around the house and bought some inexpensive paper tags.  Watercolor is so fun because it's difficult to mess up.  I just had to make sure I diluted the paint enough with water and to keep it very light and layer on if I wanted some deeper colors in certain areas.  I'll probably try these in different colors later on for some non-holiday themed tags!
 
 
 

December 10, 2014

EAT: french honey crullers



Tis the season for...FRENCH HONEY CRULLERS!  I found a recipe for these while perusing through Pinterest (still so addicted) one day and had to find out what they were.  They're essentially a version of the almighty donut/doughnut, except lighter and fluffier inside, topped with a delicious honey glaze. Think glazed churro, except not as dense.  Hope I've sold you on this because despite what looks to be lengthy instructions, it's actually quite easy to make and doesn't require a ton of special ingredients.

I tweaked the recipe to make it a light pumpkin flavor in both the cruller and glaze.  Feel free to add more pumpkin spice (or less) to your liking.  Happy Frying!


November 30, 2014

DIY: studded spikes and rhinestone headphones


What is life without music? Music has the amazing power to set any mood. Through the darkest times in my life, I would have to say music helped me get through it. So what's better than listening to your favorite jams through studded spikes and crystal rhinestone headphones?  You can pay good money for some high quality headphones.  However, you most likely would  want to keep the expensive headphones as is! But on the other hand, nowadays, you can can get some pretty decent headphones for not very much money as well and then bedazzle them yourself! With the latter, you don't have to worry so much about losing or damaging them.  I got the headphones below as a gift from my old job that had their logo emblazoned on the side. The sound quality is actually great but I didn't want to use them at my new job with the old job's logo on the side. I came up with an idea to cover it and dress it up with spikes, rhinestones and Swarovski crystals that I had leftover from previous projects. Voila, new job, new headphones and perfect for holiday travel season. I'm bringing these bad boys on my next flight - hopefully, the spikes won't be a problem. Continue below to see how simple it is to bejewel your headphones. 


Supplies: headphones, studs, rhinestones, E600 glue


Instructions:
  1. Lay your choice of studs and rhinestones design on back of headphones until you achieve your desired design.
  2. Glue pieces to surface.
  3. Allow at least 1 hour to completely dry.
  4. Rock your star studded headphones.  
Read more for outfit pics and enjoy links of tunes shared below!

November 18, 2014

DIY: leather cord organizer


Device cords have a knack for flip-flop-skidoppin all over the place - especially in backpacks/travel bags which can lead to a tangled mess.  And we all know Ain't Nobody Got Time For That.  I had some leather pieces that I've been wanting to put to use so I made some handy dandy leather cord organizers to keep my wires neatly tucked away when traveling or not in use.  

It doesn't take long and is super easy to make.  Inspired by the always fun and peppy designlovefest.com.  Go with a favorite color or even prints - just get wild and crazy with it!