This recipe is half of the servings of the original recipe so that it will fit in my muffin tin.
- 1.5 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 package regular marshmallows
- 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- a few grinds of Sea Salt
- Cap full of Vanilla Extract
- Spray everything that will come in contact with the marshmallow with a cooking spray.
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
- Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
- Stir in Vanilla Extract and Sea Salt
- Add RICE KRISPIES cereal
- Stir until well coated
- Spray muffin tin with cooking spray, and press mixture into tin.
Can you believe I have never made rice crispy treats before! Nope never did so I had to change that. I can see now why everyone in high school made them for events. They are SUPER easy. And SOOOOO much better when they are fresh. Of course I tweaked the recipe a little bit. When the marshmallows are melting I ground in a few turns of sea salt, and about a cap full of vanilla extract into the mixture. It really made a difference when they were done. Oh and the real key is spray everything down with cooking spray so that clean up is easier. The recipe listed is half of the servings of the original recipe so that it will fit in my muffin tin. And the toothpicks on top were made by wrapping washi tape around a toothpick and cutting out the flag ends with scissors. This weekend I'm probably going to make these again when we go to a friends house for dinner. But I think I will get some chocolate to melt down to drizzle on top. YUMMMMMMMMM!!!!!
This was a very difficult card for me to make, but a very important one to get done. My sister has this amazing friend named Patty. She started off as her therapist and visualsation coach but over the years turned into a sort of mother figure for her. She even presided over her wedding. I just new her causally from events at my sisters. But every time I met her she always left a huge impression. When you were talking to her she made you feel like you were the only person on the planet, and that you had just so much to give the world. So when my sister broke the news to me even though I wasn't extremely close to her it hit me hard. She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She
I just ran across a great blog post for this adorable Halloween tutorial on one of my favorite blogs Stamptramp. Such a cute idea! I will have to carve out some time to make one. It's called the Halloween Boo Box.
So a couple of years ago I freaked out and tried just about every eye cream on the market. You probably think I'm kidding. Nope, I'm not. I am nothing if not thorough. From all my research I narrowed it down to just a couple of products that worked on my eyes. I don't have any real serious issues just your basic aging. Some little bags when I don't sleep, or from allergy's. Also, the way I laugh scrunches up my eyes quite a bit so that it creases my makeup a lot. The one that worked the best was CAUDALIE Pulpe Vitaminée Eye and Lip Cream. I tell you I was really happy to find it because the one that I was using before I found it was in the $70 range. It didn't do half of what this eye cream did. It's still more expensive than I would like ($49 at Sephora, but I just found it on Amazon for around $38.00 so I'm super excited), but it lasts me around 5 to 6 months for one tube using it day and night. I still try out other products every once in a while just to make sure there isn't something better. But I always end up going back to the Caudalie.
But now, alas, I have another issue now. Puffy- ness! I rarely get to sleep before 2 am because I'm always in my studio working on artwork. My allergies are growing more intense. So the puffyness that use to come and go is not going away so fast anymore. Hence another quest has begun!!! I need some sort of morning de-puffer. I use to use one a long time ago that I liked called Origins Eye Doctor. I liked it, but I did not love it. I wanted to test out a few others before I went back to it. So off to You tube I went to listen to some reviews.
I heard a lot of good things about Garnier skin renew Anti-puff eye roller. I'm half way though the one I bought, and it's not doing too much for me. It feels great when you roll it on. The gel is cooling, but with the Eye Doctor cream I could actually feel the puffyness diminishing or un-puffing. With the Garnier you just feel a cooling sensation on your skin and then not much else, on my eyes at least. I read several favorable blog posts on Caudalie Morning Eye Rescue so I will probably try that next. Not crazy about the price, but if I do like it their creams last me a long time. And if I use one in the morning and the other at night till I find out which I like best then I think I can justify it. I'll keep you informed.
But in all this research there was an odd little side road I traveled. I started hearing more and more about women using Vaseline on their eyes at night over their eye cream to lock in hydration making your eye cream work harder. There were a TON of other uses too, but that is the one that was an answer to my problem. But ... it's Vaseline... it's a petroleum by product I can't put that on my skin! There is just no way. No! No! No! But it still kept popping up on different blogs and videos in my research. So I bought a tube and had a think. I knew that if I used it one night I would know instantly if it was bad for my skin. My skin isn't super sensitive, but it does react to things pretty fast. The second I put something on it that shouldn't be there I breakout a little. So I knew that if this was an issue I would know instantly. The first night I put on my eye cream let it soak in a little and then a thin layer of Vaseline. It took a little getting use too because you defiantly can't touch your eyes once you have it on, and I HATE gooey things one me. But it wasn't too bad. Went to sleep and the next morning I was really surprised! The greasiness was all gone (not on my pillow case), and my eyes looked REALLY good. Not one sleep crease, no little laugh lines everything really smooth just like I look after I just put on my eye cream, but that was at least 8 hours before. I was really impressed. This was a lovely little surprise find. I used it off and on for the next couple weeks to see if it produced the same result every time and it did. I have to say I'm really pleased with my super charged eye cream regimen now. The goopyness is still annoying. Even as I type I want to scratch my eye, but I can't because I'll get goop on my hands, but if it helps my eyes look smoother I can deal with it. Shadysarita's video on it can explain how it works better than I. My quest for a good de-puffer eye cream is still in full force so I will let you know how it goes.
For at least three years now I have been promising myself that I will make a bat mobile for Halloween. And each year I get to busy and forget. So I am posting this here as a reminder and a promise to actually do it. I know what's going to happen I will cut out the bats and get stuck on what to hang them from. I like the branch idea, but I'm not completely sold on it. There is also the wire or chandelier versions, but again not completely happy with either. This is probably the real reason I haven't moved forward with it. So far these are my two favorite methods I have found from pinterest...
I can tell Fall is just peeking its head around the corner. It's still hot here in California, but there is a tiny hint of it in the air at times... if I imagine really, really hard. A-N-D when I went to Disneyland last week they had changed the Main street windows over to a fall theme. There is one store's windows that catch my eye, and put me into the Fall spirit every year. It's the little costume shop attached to the magic shop. Their window dressing during Halloween is always so cute an in my favorite style. A sort of rustic, shabby chic, Americana, vintage... if that makes any sense. Usually, the sun is beating down on them. Making it impossible for me to get a picture. But just as I was leaving the other day it was dusk and the sun was covered up for a few seconds so I could get a few snaps in. I just love this little pumpkin head pipe cleaner on a stick guy. He is just so cute!
Isn't this the cutest little spooky cupcake you have ever seen! I was looking for a picture of a cupcake to post on a friends facebook page for her birthday. Something cute and spooky and this little guy popped up. He makes me happy just looking at him. Doesn't he look like he wants to give you a hug. I think I will name him Gus. Gus is from thecupcakeblog.com now I'm going to have to follow their blog just because of this cuteness!
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a little birthday party. It was an informal get together. Just a few friends around a table having a tea party to tell her just how happy we all were that she was born. I had the present all wrapped, and her card all made, but I wanted to do a little something extra. I had no idea what we would be having at the tea party. If there would be a cake or cupcakes, but I wanted to make some thing festive to dress up the table. So I ended up making these little party decorations out of straws. I figured if they were on pretty straws they could go into drinks, or I could stick them into the cake, or just push them into the center piece on the table to give it a pop of birthday cheer. After I finished making them I realized just how versatile these little guys are. Besides being able to just stick them around the table you could always just pop them onto a present to give your packaging a little extra humph. Just cut down the straw a little bit and tape them on the gift. Or put them into the band on a party hat. Or what I ended up doing was was sticking them in the birthday girls hair as a hair stick. I'm probably going to make a few more of these in different colors to have on had. They are the perfect thing to grab and go when you have that dreaded last minute gift you forgot to wrap. Its construction is explained in the video below. The measurements of the circles I used are 2 1/4 inch diameter for the plane circle. The scallop circle is 2 1/2 inch diameter. Also, If you don't live near a target or they no longer carry these straws I have linked to similar ones on Amazon as well as grey and white polka dot washi tape to make the little flag with.
This is the lotus blossom mold that got away. It is from a shop called Vintage from Japan. There is just so much shoppers remorse built up over not buying this mold I have to share it in a blog post to try to get it out of my system. I waited too long and what happened?! Someone else bought it. This happened years ago and I'm still that upset about it. Some might say a little too upset about it, but I wouldn't. What would I have done with it if I had it? Probably nothing but look at it fondly every day so an image of it is good right?!??!!! I'll just sit in the corner and sob a little bit more over the image then try to pick up the pieces of my broken life. Here are two more lovely from the shop that I didn't buy. I regret them too, but not as much as my precious lotus mold --sob, sob, sob--
Oh and just incase your wondering what kind of mold these are here is an explination of them from the Vintage from Japan listing...
"This is a vintage mold called "kashigata". This is a beautiful Japanese vintage wood sweets mold.
Often made of sakura (cherry wood) and seasoned for about 3 years before carving, kashigata were used to make dried confectionery made of rice flour and sugar called rakugan. Earliest records show that this practice dates back to the mid-17th century. These confections were used as offerings and snacks for celebratory occasions and even unfortunate events. For example when a person died, it was expensive to give flowers or fresh food so, people made these sweets in the form of flowers, fish etc. These items were then placed on the "butsudan" (family shrine found in the house) for the dead person. Kashigata were also used in the making of wagashi (nama-gashi or freshly made cake and hi-gashi or dried confectionery) for tea ceremonies.
Common kashigata motifs in the Edo era - chrysanthemums, plum blossoms
Meiji Era - spread of western technology - balloons, planes
World War II - national pride heightened - cherry blossoms, battleships - used as gifts for departing troops, ceremonies and commemorative occasions
With the advent of refrigeration, fresh fish replaced rakugan motifs like the sea bream. "
Tales From the Darkside Intro!!! This has always creeped me out. I love it!!! The episodes weren't the best but man the intro was spooky and it still gives me chills to this day. Yea halloween is comming
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