Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pumpkin Cookies

I don't know how I forgot to add these to my blog, but here they are. Enjoy :)

Preheat oven to 350F

Cookie Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 stick of butter (.5 cup)
1 cup pure pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze Ingredients:
2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie instructions:
1. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
2. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
3. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
4. Add flour mixture.
5. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake 15-18 minutes.
7. Let cool for 2 minutes.

Glaze instructions:
1. Combine ingredients until smooth.
2. You may need to add either more sugar or milk to get the right consistency. You don't want the glaze to be too runny.
3. Drizzle over cookies.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Happy snacking :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Flower Hair Clips

I finally bought a glue gun today, and I really wanted to use it. So, I walked around my apartment and found my bag of plain hair clips and some fake sunflowers that I was going to use for a Halloween costume, but never did. So, I cut a flower off the stem, and hot glued it to a hair clip. Voila!

Happy crafting!

Snowboarding: A Winter Workout

So, I finally went snowboarding for the first time. I know, I grew up in the Adirondacks and lived right next to a ski resort. Shame on me. Anyways, I never expected it to be such a workout. I was exhausted just from trying to stand up without falling. It takes a lot of leg strength and balance to snow board. I learned that I have "goofy" stance (leading with the right foot), and that I prefer to lean on the front edge over the back edge. I've got plowing down but carving is a different story. At least I can change directions, but definitely more comfortable leading with my right. If you haven't tried it, I totally recommend it. My legs were so sore from the workout. My butt was sore too, but that's from falling :(

Happy winter :)

Jewel Cookies

Since I have today off from work, I decided to bake cookies to freeze for Easter. I usually make these cookies for Christmas, but they are prefect for any holiday (just get the right colored M&Ms).

1 cup granulated sugar
2 sticks of butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups M&Ms ( I chose pastel colors for Easter)
granulated sugar as needed

Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla.
Combine flour and baking soda.
Add to creamed mixture until blended.
Stir in M&Ms.
Shape into 1 inch balls.
Place on cookie sheet (either greased or covered with parchment paper) about 2 inches apart.
Dip a glass in water and then dip into sugar.
Flatten the balls of dough.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
Let cool for 1 minute.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

The end result:

Happy baking and snacking!

Manicure with Glitter

Since, I have the day off from work and need to keep myself entertained (besides writing all these blog posts), I decided to give myself a manicure. I always wanted to try using glitter. Since I wear contacts and didn't want to deal with glitter in my eyes, I only did one nail on each hand, and to make sure it was a finger I don't use for putting in/taking out contacts.

Web instructions:
1. Apply base coat
2. Dip nail in glitter, remove excess, press down to smooth out
3. Let dry
4. Apply top coat

End results:

Voila! Happy pampering :)

My Attempt at Hair Chalking

Everyone seems to be talking about chalking these days, and since I always wanted to put blue dye in my hair, I figured I should try this first.

What you need:
A job that doesn't care if you color your hair crazily
Clothes that you don't care about dirtying up
Chalk pastels
Curling iron or straightener
Water ( a spray bottle would be helpful, I just showered beforehand)
disposable gloves (optional, I can't work in gloves and since I'm artsy, I love getting my hands dirty)

Online directions:
First, wet a section of hair (about an inch wide). Then twist the hair. In a downward motion (you don't want dreadlocks, or maybe you do), apply color, as much as you want. Seal with heat. Go to next section.

Things I noticed:
Dark hair makes me sad.
I have really long hair...almost time to donate again!
The color shows up better when applying dry, but it won't last as long.
Pastels break in half easily or I just have strong hands (which I doubt, you should see me cap tubes in the lab).
Everything in the bathroom gets coated with chalk....clothes, hands, sink, hair straightener, brush, floor, etc
I will probably have a messy pillow tonight

The end result:
Hey that's the shirt I made with fabric pens, yay!

Happy coloring :) i hope your results come out better than mine.

Italian Vegetable Soup

Hi readers! I am so sorry for the long absence. But have no fear, I am in the creating mood so I am about to go into blog overload. Entry number 1 for the day: Homemade Italian Soup! Great for these frigid windy days.

2 cups mixed pasta shapes ( I usually use the colored rotini, but I had farfalle on hand)
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
32 ounces of vegetable broth
2 cans (14.5 ounces) of petite diced tomatoes
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped (my rabbit loves when I make this soup)
2 cups cut green beans (today I used french beans)
1/2 cup water
Italian seasoning

1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package
2. Meanwhile in a 4qt saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
3. Add garlic, and cook until golden.
4. Remove saucepan from heat, and carefully add the vegetable broth, tomatoes with their juice, basil, and water.
5. Return to heat (move to high), and heat until boiling
6. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
7. Add green beans and pasta. Season to taste.
8. Heat through

Serve with an Italian red, such as a chianti. 

Happy eating