Saturday, June 29, 2013

le boho ponytail

for a loose look.

with my messy hair, i gave up on making myself look 'polished' long ago. now i shoot for a rougher look, and succeed most of the time... this one's easy.

start with fresh hair. if your hair isn't wavy like mine, you can curl it a bit to make it wavy.
curl a few strands and some ends.
gather the hair into a sideish ponytail.
here's the secret: grab a small chunk of hair and wrap it around the ponytail to hide the hair band. 
pin it place by sticking it up with the bottom part of the bobby pin up under the hairband.
add in some braids and pull out some short sections up by your face to "messify" it for the boho look. it gives it some more interest and texture.
YAY! you're done. look at you, lookin' all boho. ;)

alright, well, thanks for stopping by! i love it when you visit. so come back. soon. 

like, seriously. soon.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

White Cake & Strawberry Buttercream

the overly manly-man Father's Day cake. 

so i made this for Father's Day tomorrow, and i know i know, it's pink. but i really wanted to incorporate strawberries somehow. I DID run it by my dad first and he reassured me as long as he got to eat it, he didn't care what color it is. :) so it's pink. and it's naturally pink - no food coloring. yay!

*disclaimer* i haven't tried it yet. i'm just posting it because i made it. well, i've had the buttercream... i kind of ate all the extra i had. (it was amazing. a bit to sweet for me, but i'm not really fond of sweet stuff.)


White Cake Recipe


½ cup shortening or ¼ cup unsalted butter 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 teaspoon clear vanilla 
2 teaspoon almond extract (or more) 
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour minus 1 Tablespoon 
1 Tablespoon baking powder 
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch 
Pinch of salt 
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons milk (135 ml) 
4 egg whites 


 Lightly grease pans and line bottom with parchment paper. Pre heat oven to 350˚F (175˚C).

Beat the shortening/butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add the extracts and beat for a minute. Add the flour mixture alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with flour. Stir until just combined.

In another bowl beat the egg whites until foamy and fold into the flour and shortening mixture in two parts.

Divide the batter into pans. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool on wire racks until slightly cooled, flip cake to serving plate. Cool completely before frosting.

Friday, June 7, 2013

banana chocolate trifle

the perfect summer party dessert. 

guess what?! my brother turned 18 today! scary right? so i've sort of made it a tradition to make the dessert as part of my gift to whoever's birthday it is, so my brother requested banana something - mmm how about banana trifle? i modified it to be banana chocolate....

i used cupcakes that i had made a couple weeks ago and stored in the freezer, and i'll give you the recipe for those. [IT'S THE BEST YELLOW CAKE/CUPCAKE RECIPE EVER! I WILL NEVER EVER EVEN DREAM OF  USING ANYTHING ELSE.]


- cake {to crumble, so it doesn't matter what form}

- pudding mix {vanilla, chocolate, and banana}

- bananas {the riper the better in my opinion} 

- homemade whipped cream 
      <> in the Netherlands you need to go buy 'slagroom' and 'klopfix' (a.k.a. 'sahnesteif' in German... we buy ours in Germany). so then you just whip them together with a hand-mixer (1 packet of klopfix per 250 ml of slagroom) and add a bit of sugar to it. 
      <> in the USA, i made it with heavy whipping cream and sugar. you whip the heavy whipping cream with a hand-mixer, whip in some sugar, until it's stiff. 
      <> i hope y'all can find a method that works for you. :)


1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixer with a whip attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to cream. Gradually add the vanilla and eggs and mix in well. Sift together the dry ingredients; then mix into the butter mixture alternating with the milk. Pour batter into cupcake paper-lined muffin tins filling them 3/4 full. Bake until puffed and firm in the center and light golden brown on top, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool.


- crumble up the cake {i think i used 14-16 cupcakes} 

- get a massive bowl {mine was ginormous. and i needed all the space in it.} 

- put in a cake layer -- a 1/3 of the cake crumble

- a layer of sliced bananas

-  vanilla pudding -- follow the instructions on the pudding mix but instead of pouring it into a mold, pour it into the bowl to form a pudding layer {stick it in the fridge for a couple minutes -- this will also allow you time to recover from the mess you just made while making pudding.}

- cake layer

- banana layer

- chocolate pudding

- cake layer

- banana layer

- banana pudding layer

- WHIPPED CREAM. {make it right before you put it on. don't premake it.}

- then decorate as you wish. {if you decorate with banana, i would highly recommend decorating it just before serving it. otherwise the bananas will go brown because they are not sealed.}

it was a great success. after eating our share, we had way too much left. so my brother and i took it over to the boarding house of my school and they finished it all off. it was quite popular. so make it. eat it and drift away to paradise. ;)


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

scarf bag

i guess you could say, "scarfception." 

i'm so sorry, i haven't really been around lately. i've been quite the busy beaver.... but i'm back now where i belong. :) ok, let's go:

you simply need a square scarf. 
fold in half (in a triangle)
on the bottom ends, tie a knot. (not at the very end. a couple inches from the tip)
unfold it so that it looks like this.
take the knots on the end and tuck them in.
refold the triangle -- THE OTHER WAY. so basically you just turned it inside out. if you hold the top edges now, it should look like a bag.
tie a knot at the top. 
sweet bag ya got there. 

alright, there ya are. you have a brand new bag. and the great thing is,  you can make this in about 2 seconds when you're on the go. 

fyi... i have a tutorial on these curls coming soon. 

thank you once again for stoppin' by!