Icing Trick

I may not have piped the icing on the cupcakes from my last post, but I love to pipe icing on cupcakes.  They look so much more enticing and polished.

But let me tell you, it can be a pain to wash out piping tips and couplers, especially when you don’t have a dishwasher.  I have had many fall into the garbage disposal, causing me to risk amputating a finger to fish it out.

(I do know that the garbage disposal won’t cut my finger off if it is not turned on, but there is always a fear that it will somehow be turned on while my hand is in it.)

Anywho, I found this nifty little trick and it has made a world of difference.

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First, place the icing on some saran wrap, roll it up, and twist the ends tight.

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Put the icing bundle into the icing bag, pulling the saran wrap through the coupler.  Trim the saran wrap as close to the coupler as possible and put the tip on.  Then ice your cupcakes as usual.

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When you’re done, just pull the wrap out of the bag, and remove the coupler.

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That little bit of icing was all I had to clean up.

Such a useful tip!

Frost away!

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Man-sserts: Beer Cupcakes

I don’t like beer, at all.  But my guy friends do, and since I was cooking them dinner in honor of them being done with their board exams, I thought these would be something they would enjoy.  And let me tell you, they were a hit.  Not just with the guys, but with me, little ol’ beer hater over here.  Image

That glass of beer above does nothing for me, but mix it with some cocoa, butter, sugar and all other things heavenly and it becomes wonderful.  
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Does describing the manly beer icing as heavenly negate the manliness? I don’t think so.  It was manly and heavenly at the same time!ImageWhen I first saw the picture from the recipe, I thought, “Those look good, but I would definitely pipe the icing on to make them look prettier.”  Well the author must have read my mind because when talking about icing the cupcakes she writes, “Remember….these are manly cupcakes….no piping. :)”  So, I obediently plopped the icing on in the most manly way possible.  ImageSo make these for your man, or your beer loving friends, or yourself.  They’re totally worth it.

Enjoy!
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Pampered Pups

So I have these two dogs.  They are small, and fluffy, and white.  And as is typical of small, fluffy, white dogs: they are SPOILED!

Especially by me (as they live with my mom 2 hours away).  So when I get to see them, I treat them like the King and Princess they are.

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I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t spoil them?!

Anyway, I decided to make them a(nother) dog bed after seeing this pin.

The directions are simple and easy to follow.  I’ll let you read them and just tell you what I did differently.

First I used two flannel baby blankets which were about 1 square yard each.

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Second I only cut the strips 2 in instead of 4, so there was more bed area.

Lastly, I wanted to stuff the bed with old t-shirts so make it more washable.  But, even between my mom and I, we didn’t have enough to fill it up, so I just used an old pillow instead.  It was the perfect size!

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I think the pups liked it too!

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OK so Goober looks a little more confused here than happy, but the bed grows on him.  See.

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Gracie liked it too, especially when she could bully it away from her big brother!

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Love them!

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Quick and Easy, Sweet and Salty

Can’t decide between sweet and salty, but want (or need) a quick snack?

I have your answer.

I discovered these little gems long before pinterest, but they pop up on my feed so frequently, that I felt the need to mention them.  Simply search pretzel kisses and you’ll see what I mean.

Open a pack of the square pretzels and line a cookies sheet with them. You can use mini pretzels as well (as pictured) but I like the pretzel to chocolate ratio best when using the square pretzels.

Unwrap Hershey kisses and place one on top of each pretzel. Or use Rolos.  This seriously is the most time consuming part of the process.

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Place in a preheated 350 degree oven until kisses are shiny (about 2-3 min).  Keep an eye on them, you don’t want the kisses to start to melt and spread out!

Take them out of the oven and quickly (and I mean quickly) push M&Ms into the kisses.  I like to uses PB M&Ms, but you can use plain ones, or peanut ones, or I’ve heard of people using pecans.  The possibilities are endless!

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Let them cool for a bit and enjoy!

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Clean and Fresh: Make-up Brushes

I don’t know how I made it so long without knowing how to clean my make-up brushes, but I did.  My poor brushes suffered a long time only being wiped off with a tissue.  I knew there was brush cleaner, but it always seemed expensive and I was never sure what to do with it.

I finally realized what I was missing when I saw this pin.  It was suddenly so easy and used items I already had so there was no expense!

I didn’t have a bottle of olive oil, but I had olive oil spray.  So I put some dish soap on a small dish, sprayed it with olive oil and mixed it together.

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Then I dipped each brush in the mixture and swirled them around in the palm of my hand before rinsing them off.

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I don’t have a picture of the swirling as I didn’t have enough hands to hold the brush in one hand, swirl it in another, and take a picture.  (Plus I was a little embarrassed at how dirty my brushes were!)  I actually washed each brush twice to make sure they were super clean.

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Finished Products!

So glad I learned a new skill today!

XO

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New Life to Old Clothes

I found Merrick’s blog from a pin to this tutorial.  I loved it.  I was able to take 2 perfectly good pairs of pants from the goodwill pile and reintroduce them to my wardrobe in a much more flattering way.  (Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take pictures).

I loved her blog and her refashion ideas so much though that I used this tutorial to change a t-shirt and maxi dress into a cute new summer dress.

I had a strapless maxi dress that was not very flattering and was obviously a style from a few years ago, but I just couldn’t part with it because it was linen and had a pretty watercolor design on the bottom.  I also had a plain t-shirt from Walmart that I bought to be in a show at church, that was a little short and thus I would probably never wear it.

But with a few new seams and adjusting the elastic casing I now have a dress I love and wear!

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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The elastic waist hits at the most flattering part of my waist and the hem is just above my knee.  Such a great way to give old clothes new life!

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Girly Birthday Hat Headband

When I first saw this, I knew I had to make it for someone.  It was too perfect.  So when my friend Emily’s birthday was coming up I turned that dream into a reality.

First I cut the bottom of the hat off.  Then I covered it with card stock and decorated it.  Finally, I attached it to a thin silver headband I got inexpensively at Walmart with small strips of ribbon. And Voila! a birthday hat headband!

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I tried it on to make sure the it would stay and was in a good spot. 🙂

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The birthday girl!

Cheers!

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Happy Feet

I just love painting my nails: fingers and toes.  Its just one of those things that are girly and fun and make me feel good about myself.  I think its fun to try out funky designs, especially on my toes.  When I saw this pin, I knew I had to try it.  They just made me happy every time I saw my toes.

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I made mine mirror images of each other. And as my dark teal polish was a little too dark, I used one coat of the dark color, with one coat of the light teal on top.

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Colors I used: Essie- Turquoise and Caicos, Essie- Go Overboard, Pure Ice- Superstar, and Nicole- Nicole’s Nickel

Happy Pinning!

~D

Super Fun Scarf (that anyone can make!)

This scarf is fun, and easy, and quick, and anyone with two arms can do it!

Yes, I’m talking about the ever pinterest popular Arm Knit Scarf.  It has been pinned from a variety of places but I used this tutorial to learn as I think she does the best job explaining what to do.

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The first scarf I made (took me about 45 minutes)

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Finished Product

I have grown to love making these.  I have a bunch of colors and am actually selling them on Etsy!  I have a shop in which all the proceeds go for a good cause.  The arm-knit scarves are benefitting a friend of mine who is trying to adopt a special needs child from India.  Here are some of my scarves:

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Extra Long Scarf in Barley 

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These scarves now take me about 25 minutes to make!

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Here’s the link if you would like to check it out: etsy.com/shop/ForTheWorldChanger Check it out and help another child to find their forever home with these two cuties!

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Happy Pinning!

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