Earlier this week I told you about our trip to Hollin Farms to pick strawberries. Never one to pass up an opportunity to try something new, I decided to try my hand at one of my favorite treats to eat: chocolate covered strawberries! I picked up a few supplies at Whole Foods including this amazing white chocolate:
Most of the recipes I saw mentioned a slow melt in the microwave, so I decided to try that method. I put 3/4 of the bag into the microwave and mixed it after each 20 second interval. The chips slowly began to melt into a bowl of delicious chocolate white chocolate perfect for dipping:
Once the chocolates were all melted, I mixed in the final 1/4 of the bag to bring the temperature of the chocolate down slightly. This ensured the strawberries had a nice shiny finish. Since this weekend was Memorial Day, and we were attending a BBQ at a friends house, I decided to decorate some for the occasion by dipping them in decorating sugar:
I repeated the process with milk chocolate as well, and even took a turn trying to alternate chocolate drizzles on the berries. The end result were delicious and a fun addition to a group BBQ. Simply place the strawberries in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set and then take them to your party in your container of choice!
Even if you don’t have a strawberry farm nearby, you can certainly try this kitchen creation at home.
By now you’ve probably seen a few (dozen) pictures of people drinking a few sips of the new unicorn drink from Starbucks. You’ve also probably heard that it doesn’t taste *great* and people are throwing them away after taking a sip or two. I see no reason to waste money on something with such poor reviews, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like a pretty drink in my cup.
So what is a girl to do? Make her own healthy version!
Healthy Unicorn Smoothie
Makes: 1 Smoothie
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup milk of choice (I used Almond but this should work with any milk!)
1 scoop protein powder of choice
half a ripe banana
1 tablespoon each freeze dried blueberries and raspberries
Place raspberries in a coffee grinder or small food processor. Pulse until you have a beautiful bright powder:
Repeat with blueberries:
Load your smoothie ingredients in the blender:
Blend and pour half of your bright and beautiful smoothie into a glass. Sprinkle your blueberry and raspberry dust on top of your first smoothie layer:
Top with the rest of your smoothie, put in a straw and enjoy your healthy, sweet and beautiful unicorn drink. It might not be as magical as what you can buy at the store, but wouldn’t you rather actually enjoy the drink?
Between a new job, wedding planning, and a move to a new apartment, I haven’t had much time for pursuits of my hobbies. I reached a point last week where I had to leave work early out of sheer exhaustion and I realized something had to change. I decided that I’m sick of running around constantly, ignoring the part of myself that actually makes me happy: my creative side.
I attended my first dance class in months last week and it felt like I was finally myself again (or a very inflexible version of myself). I took Friday off from work and decided to really spend some time this weekend tackling some projects on my list. Most importantly, I decided that I HAD to sew something. It had simply been too long.
I had some extra fabric laying around that I had always envisioned as a good fabric for a pillow. While I had never made a pillow before, I figured it couldn’t be too hard. After a quick trip to Joanns to get a pillow, I was ready to wing it.
I started by placing the pillow on the fabric and using my rotary cutter to cut a rectangle slightly larger that the pillow to allow for seam allowances.
Then I doubled it (and straightened out the wonky shape a little)
After cutting out both sides, I pinned three sides together
And got to sewing. Once I had the three sides sewn, I tried the pillow inside to see if it would fit:
It was pretty much a perfect fit! I was feeling pretty confidant. Then, I realized I didn’t know how to sew it closed with the pillow inside… Awkward.
After brainstorming for a few minutes, buttons seemed like the logical (and only) solution. Luckily I had a few in my sewing supply box, so after picking a few out and guessing where I’d like them, I marked by placement with tailor’s chalk and finished the edges:
I was ready for the buttons. There was only one problem, I had no idea how to use the button hole foot on my sewing machine. After a few minutes with the manual and a phone call with my mom where I made sure NOT to mention the pillow for fear of jinxing it, I gave it a shot.
I don’t know how they used to make button holes, but oh man was this easier than I thought it was going to be! Infused with confidence, I added 5 more button holes and sewed on the buttons on the other side. The final product looked like this:
I was so proud of myself, despite my obvious lack of planning of how to close the case. I feel like this is a better solution since we can take the case off and wash it if needed (and with my track record of spilling things, it will be needed)!
I think this was the perfect project to get me back in the game! I’m looking forward to burning through more of my fabric stash and getting some projects done. Nothing feels better than walking in to your house and knowing that you made something there.
It makes our new couch seem so much more special to me! I still have some of the fabric left so hopefully I can make a mate for this little guy this weekend!
Every once in a while something happens that makes you feel like a total moron. Not only do you feel dumb, you feel totally alone in your stupidity. Clearly no one else has managed to do this right? I had one of these epic meltdowns recently when I went to move something on our kitchen table and found this:
That dear friends and readers, is a giant water stain. We had placed some flowers in a vase that I purchased from Target and put it on the table for a few days. While that may seem like a totally normal thing to do with a vase, apparently Target sometimes sells vases that shouldn’t actually hold water, as this one just leaked water under the base until the table was actually warped and stained.
To make matters worse, we have such a small place right now that this is our only table. As in when I want to sew? This table. The Mr works from home at this table. We eat dinner together at this table (sometimes..). So clearly this was a high stress situation.
I immediately took to Google to try to find out how I could possibly fix this, or at least mend it slightly. A large number of articles recommended putting mayonnaise on the stain. That sounded easy enough, except for the fact that we don’t keep mayo in the house since neither of us like it all that much. I kept looking until I found a solution that I could try with things I already owned (and planned to purchase some mayo later).
Bob Villa recommended a few different solutions. I was happy to see that the first solution involved a cotton towel and an iron. I own both of those! I took to the table with my warmed iron (Bob recommends low but I put my rather weak iron on medium) and slowly pressed down hoping that the water would evaporate out of the wood. After about 10 minutes here are the results:
Not bad right?! The stain is still slightly raised but the difference is like night and day. The color is almost completely gone and to the naked eye you would never know that there was once a big stain right in the middle of the table.
I was so happy to see that the table wasn’t a complete wash. We are talking about talking about saving for a house right now and the thought of sinking money in to a new table when we don’t know where we’ll be living this time next year was just too sad to contemplate. So if you find yourself in a similar situation (and if so, my sympathies), try the iron trick and don’t be afraid to bump the iron heat up slightly! I used a towel so I think that protected my table as well.
We’ve finally reached the point of the year where I am happiest. It is super hot out most days, the farmer’s market is in full bloom, and a breeze on an afternoon walk feels like heaven. Others may tell you that they find it unbearable, but this weather is my jam.
This year the Mr and I decided to try out a few different plants on our porch garden. The main newbie being kale. It got a late start (just a couple of weeks ago) but I think it’s coming in nicely:
I think I need to spend a little time this weekend figuring out what exactly to do to make it grow in the correct manner, but so far the kale is LOVING our levels of sunshine. There’s something so nice about seeing something green grow based on your own efforts. If anyone has any tips, share them below!