Friday, May 24, 2013

Sincerely, Melanie.

you will love her as well.

i'm ordering you to pop on over to Sincerely, Melanie. she's my spaztic nonbiological sister (we're temporarily separated by that dang atlantic ocean)  and is one million more times creative than me, in my opinion. so click on the link. 

oh and she just happened to take this wonderful photo a while back. we had fun with photography and an umbrella. :) 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hakuna Matata

so i took this in italy... edited it a bit. i like it. 

it means no worries for the rest of your days.

-- this is for you, my tigress --

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

lemon poppy seed muffins

things just got healthier.

so i wanted to bake, and i was craving lemon poppyseed muffins [but then again, when am i not?] i love the things.

but i have this problem where i bake something, it's usually sugary yumminess and it's wolfed down by my family. so my thought process was: 
how about we bakes something healthy, Precious. then it will be ours and no one will wants it. yes, Precious, we can keeps it all to ourselves! *gollum, gollum* 
[i'm sorry for my nerd reference to the lord of the rings. if you don't like LOTR, get out of my world.] 

and so, we [the Precious and i] baked these. nom nom.

Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins

2/3 cup sugar
zest and juice of 2 small lemons
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup non fat yogurt
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons poppyseeds

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Center a rack in the oven and preheat oven to 400F. Prepare your muffin pan or whatever muffin cooking apparatus you will be using, and place on a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, rub together the sugar and lemon zest until the sugar is moist and you can smell the lemon.

Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and canola oil until well blended.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and with a rubber spatula gently and quickly stir to blend. Do not over-mix. Stir in the poppy seeds. Divide the batter evenly in 12 muffin cups, I like to use an ice cream scoop to measure this out.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool for about 5 minutes, and then remove them from the molds and let cool to room temperature.

To make the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add more lemon juice as needed to get it to the consistency so you can drizzle the glaze over the muffins.

halfway through this recipe, i freaked out. i thought, "OH MY GOSH I FORGOT THE BUTTER!!!!!!!!"

which is when carrie had an epiphany: there is no butter in this recipe. fabulous i know.

so my plan didn't really work in the end. these were absolutely devoured. like, fast. i mean f.a.s.t.

make 'em. they're worth it.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

lock and key.

Lake Garda, Italy

so i'm staying in Garda which is on Lake Garda in Italy. aannnd today i stumbled upon something i've always wanted to see. 

it's one of those bridges (or in this case a wall) where couples come and write their names on a lock, lock it to the bridge, and throw the key in the water to show their love will last forever.

so i took some photos. and messed with lighting and stuff. 

well, this one is normal.

ciao, from italy!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

prettifying pencils

who knew it could be so intense?

ok, so some people love plain ol' yellow number 2 pencils. the kind you have to sharpen (remember those?). but some people like them all fancy-dancy. 

so here's 3 different ideas for fancifying those pencils. 

washi tape. 

this is the least time consuming method. a word of advice: don't use clear washi tape. the yellow kind of shines through as shown on mine. :/

take a strip of washi tape as long as the pencil.
line it up with a ridge on the pencil and the metal edge, and wrap it around the pencil. 
depending on how wide your washi tape is, it may take 2 strips (mine did).


ok, so you don't really belong here if you don't like just a little bit of glitter in your life. trust me i'm not a sparkle, glitter girl. i like the rough stuff. BUT, a little part of my heart still loves glitter. <3

modge podge is magical. i love it; but it smells weird... if you don't have it in your country (i have it in the netherlands but it's rEalLy expensive) you can sub it with a homemade mixture of 2 parts white glue, 1 part water. 
paint on a coat of modge podge
sprinkle/dump/pour glitter over while it's wet.
paint on another layer of modge podge and another layer of glitter. then another layer of modge podge as a seal.

tada. it glows.

scrapbook paper

this is probably my favorite. because these didn't fail. :P and i love scrapbook paper.

modge podge once again folks.
mark the length of the pencil (from metal edge to tip).
measure the width of each "ridge/side" on the pencil and make a strip for each side the same width. 
cut 'em out and glue 'em on with modge podge.
make sure the end is touching the tip, and pressing down, run your finger down the strip.
seal it all with a layer of modge podge. 

dang, those are some fine pencils you just made.

(oh yes, i'm feeling so photogenic today... that's sarcasm i assure you.)

i love y'all. keep coming back. there will be more. <3