So for the last week I've been sick with some sort of strange flu. I've had a little bit of sinus issues, but it has mostly been fatigue. I'd be fine in the morning then 3 pm would hit me like a sledgehammer, and once I could drag myself home I'd be bed ridden till about 10 pm. And the only foods I'd want to eat were just weird. But as always my boyfriend has been amazing. He started the flu a week before me so he has been recovering, thus can bring me orange juice, and tea. So Saturday I had the worse craving for pancakes. I'm not a huge pancake person, I kind of prefer crepes, and I really don't actually like breakfast foods at all. But there it was a strong craving for pancakes, non the less. So I knew I had one of those jugs of mix that you just add water to in the back of the pantry. I probably bought it half a year ago. And I knew I would have enough energy to add the water, but not stand over the stove and flip. Then my Japanese training kicked in. While studying urban Japanese culture in my Anthropology classes I remembered that they had a treat that tasted like pancakes, but were baked in the oven. My brain clicked, a smile crept across my face, and I blurted out "PANCAKE MUFFINS IT WILL BE!!!!" And this lovely creation was born. I didn't want to deal with syrup either so I made a simple syrup out of 1/3 C. turbinado sugar and 1/3 C. water heated in the microwave for 2 minutes to dissolve. Then I mixed up the pancake mix, added the simple syrup, pouring it into muffin tins, and cooking at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes depending on how brown you want the tops to be. They were super moist, yummy, and pancakeie. Just want I wanted, with the added bonus of a surprising springy texture. See my Anthropology degree did not go to waste my teachers would be proud.
I found this great picture of a collage of rosettes in a blog post for decorating entryways. I simply LOVE rosettes so any new way I can decorate with this is a win for me!
Isn't this the cutest little wreath for Spring. They call it a fairy wreath. SO CUTE!!!! I love it!!!
I just love this votive candle project by Martha Stewart. I've made a few of them for last minute gifts and they come out so cute! But alas, I keep forgetting to make them for myself. Isn't that always the way.
I am a HUGE lover of milk tea, but my wallet HATES my obsession. So I've been looking off, and on for a good recipe. And one of my favorite youtubers emmymadeinjapan just posted a really great recipe for the classic way to make it. She is so much fun to watch so I put her video at the bottom of this post. But I modified the recipe below for my taste. I prefer milk tea without boba, so if you want the boba added watch Miss Emmy's video. And really this is so simple I'm never going to pay for milk tea again.
(image is from the AMAZING nacho xp take a look at his flickr stream to make yourself smile no matter what )
3 C. water
3 tea bags of your favorite tea
1/4 C. turbinado sugar
1/4 C. water
1 can evaporated milk
Bring 3 Cups of water to a boil and add tea. Reduce heat and allow tea to steep for 2 minutes. Strain tea and allow to cool. Make the simple syrup by dissolving 1/4 Cup of sugar to 1/4 Cup of boiling water. In a glass jug place tea concentrate, condensed milk, and simple syrp to taste. Shake to mix, and keep in fridge to cool. So EASY!
Cupcake toppers for the boss and how Pranormal Activity The Marked Ones made my cupcakes taste AMAZING
Birthday cupcakes for the best boss in the world are complete (he doesn't like frosting, weird I know). And I had the most fun making the cupcake toppers. I really can't stop using the flower image from the morning meadow stamp set (stamping up). I'm sort of addicted to it, especially in the cherry cobbler ink. The check background paper is a left over wrapper from a See's candy box from Christmas. I knew it would come in handy one day. And the blue paper is just inking up a piece of card stock with Island indigo ink. He also freaked out over how good the cupcakes turned out. Now he only likes box cake mix (again I know WEIRD, but it's easy and makes him happy). I do have to admit they were abnormally light, and fluffy for just being Pillsbury Devil's Food Moist Supreme which I've made a hundred times before. So thinking about how I made them I realized I might have actually done something to help them out. First off I used Egg Beaters to make them. And when I took them out of the fridge I shook the carton vigorously, and for a long time before pouring. You see I was watching a really scary movie, Paranormal Activity The marked Ones. My unbelievably sweet boyfriend had bought it for me on the way home for work as a special mid week treat. So because I was watching the movie so intently I was not really paying attention to what I was doing. After putting all the ingredients together I then whisked the batter with a wire whisk instead of mixer so I could sit in front of the TV and watch the movie. I probably over mixed and put a lot of air into the batter, hence the light and fluffy. Also, instead of using the full amount of oil I used half the amount and the rest water (my boss is VERY health conscience). So I think this might be the cause for all the rave reviews. I'll have to remember this for next time.
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Well I have to say I am very proud of myself. Last weekend I finally started my art journal, again. I had done a lot of art journaling in collage. And I have been needing to start one up again, but I just couldn't figure out the right system for it. Should I do it on a big spiral bound drawing pad, or just make the journal pages and bind them later. I know these things sound silly, but I HATE starting something and then half way through changing how to hold it together. But then that new way of holding it together changes the size of the paper or something. Then I have to start the WHOLE project over from the beginning. Also, I was trying to figure out what I want to accomplish with the journal. Would the journaling just be play time for art materials or would there be some sort of reason for it. Would it just be an actual journal, or would it just be for art. All of these thoughts had been hindering me from starting it. But after thinking about it for so long certain serendipitous pieces fell together last week, and all the questions were answered (as they always are in their own time) so I was able to clear my head and finally get a page started. As far as the organization I would make the journal like Shari Carroll does, (at the very end of this video you can see how she binds her art journal pages together and what she uses to both flatten them out and store them). And then the next major question was what am I going to use this journal for. I have never been a do something for just doing it sake kind of girl. And also, I have never really been a journaling type person so I decided to do each page as a way to remember different art techniques that I've learned or want to try. A lot like RachO113 or Vicky Papaioannou does in their videos.
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Punch Trunk (1953) Director: Chuck Jones has always been one of my favorite cartoons. The expressions on the peoples faces are priceless. And the little elephant idea is just adorable!
I have this weird obsession for silhouettes, and I just came across these adorable toppers. Aren't they pretty! They would be so much fun for a birthday too. The German Glass glitter flourishes are a particularly nice touch. And I just love the silhouette below of the couple kissing. I have been meaning to make one of my boyfriend and I for quite some time. I have the pictures ready and everything, but I have never gotten around to it. Maybe now is the time to complete that project.
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