Sunday, April 29, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Ok so in so many respects I feel like such a space case in the blogging world...I love it and I want to share with people the things I love because I love all those who share things they love with me to inspire me and keep my juices flowing...but I am new and I feel so slow catching on to everything that it is always so appreciated when people let me know they like my efforts! 

So when Amy @ sugar and spice gave this to me it pretty much made my day! THANK YOU! I had no clue what is was but this is what I learned:

"Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a "Share The Love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here's the To Do list for any Liebster Award recipients:

1. Thank the person who presented you with the award on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award on your blog.

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.

5. Let them know you've chosen them by leaving a comment on their blog.

I'm happy to award the Liebster Blog Award to:

These are all adorable wonderful blogs! I hope catch up to them because these ladies are just adorable and creative and much better about blogging than I so YOU EARNED IT! So all my readers! I LOVE YOU and check out these other great blogs...Thanks again Amy! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I was trying to decide what to make and decided I just didn't have anything summery...then I found these babies! From and thought it sounded summery and frankly delicious! And they were! I almost never follow just one recipe or I make up random stuff as I go but these I followed pretty close and they were tasty!

I think that they will for sure be something that I will just CRAVE randomly and have to have right that glad I found these easy to make gems!

  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  5. 1/2 cup sugar
  6. 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest, grated
  10. 12 ounces (2 cups) white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In another bowl cream butter and sugars until light and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in orange zest and white chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Cool for 3 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Yields: about 3 dozen

Now one thing I did was add an orange glaze for just a little more summer time flavor and it was great but lets be honest I ate them both ways and they were all pretty good. Something to change it up from my chocolate obsession and it looks like I am beginning to like more and more citrus sweets. 

Orange Icing 
I just made my favorite frosting recipe and added like two table spoons of orange could just omit the milk for orange juice but in true Creamsicle spirit I wanted it to be creamier. I just drizzled on when they were still warm on the cooling rack.

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • To make it runny like icing 2 tablespoons orange juice.
*this makes tons!!! Way more than you would need cut it down or just wing it!

*also...I had to thieve the pictures from their website...My camera decided to die so thank you sweet peas kitchen!
original post from my old blog...skiptothelue

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Finger Weave Bracelets I have been gone forever! I mean look at this! I haven't even posted any treats! That is when you know I have lost my mind in a whirl wind of way too much to do! I have had my sisters wedding shower, wedding and all the TONS AND TONS of DIY and planning we did for her so that pretty much consumed my life...I will try and post about it soon but good grief she got married the 7th and with at least a month of neglect for everything not wedding leading up to it I may NEVER catch up. 

But one thing I can always count on in YW. I can't neglect that...I do...but I can't. It makes sense to me ha ha! So for an activity we did a really fun thing!!! We took the colors personality test, and then were going to make these cute finger weave bracelets in the color they were...well much to my surprise my 12-13 year old lovelies took the whole hour and a half just on the test so we pushed these back to the next week but it was good because then I just told them to bring an old shirt they had permission to cut up to make their bracelet with! It was a hit...and lets face it, it way showed their personality more! So here is how I taught myself and a pack of beehives:

how many fingers you use will determine how thick your bracelet will end up.okay...
*first you are going to take your 1" strips and cut on your ends a 1/4" slit.

next take your slits and line them up ends together, 
now take your bottom strip and pull it through the slits from TOP to bottom gently pull till you get a little knot.

with your connected strips we are now going to weave the strip in and out of our fingers.

bring one big loop around to face you (from the pinky to pointer)

take your weaved loops and go over your finger and big loop

continue to do so with all the fingers going in order.

when you get to the end make a new loop and start the process all over again!

once you get like 6 chains done, take your starting tail and gently pull (while your chain is still securely placed on your fingers!) so that you can get a good feel as to how long you need to make your chain, depending on your wrist size.

once you have a long enough chain, carefully pull the loops off your fingers, making sure you don't undo any of the chain by losing the loops!

slip the end you used to hold in your thumb into loops.

pull all the way through, and gently tug the end.

tie off your bracelet with a knot.

cut off excess tails

so by using 2, 3, or 4 fingers, you get:

side view.
and top view of thickness.

Method and bottom 3 pics from V and Co! Thank you!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

marshmallow bouquet

I made this for a Young Women activity as a treat/centerpiece. It turned out great and I don't like marshmallows so beside the cuteness I wouldn't have enjoyed it.

What you need:

*Popsicle sticks probably at least 100
*Chocolate chips or melting chips (don't use white chocolate chips)
*1-2 teaspoons vegetable oil
*Original m&ms
*Styrofoam ball
*Dowel or pencil
*Cute ribbon

1. Melt the chocolate add the vegetable oil this keeps it from being too thick and also helps keep it soft and more easily eaten when it cools.

2. While chocolate it melting arrange m&ms on wax paper in a flower shape. It sounds hard but its easier than arranging them on the marshmallows. (which is what I tried at first.)

3. Stick the sucker sticks in the marshmallow and dip, then place them on the m&m flowers.

4. While marshmallows are setting up secure your pencil or dowel to the bottom of the pot. I used duck tape and marbles. for a longer stem on your bouquet use a dowel not a pencil and add some floral foam to the pot to make it extra sturdy.
Example of a longer stem

5. Place your Styrofoam ball in the center of the dowel/pencil coming out of your pot.

6. One by one secure sucker sticks into the ball making sure to place them close together so you can't see through them.

7. It will look like a cute globe bouquet when you are done and to make it cute add ribbons etc. to your pot or for a longer dowel its cute to tie it right on the dowel. Add your touch its yours now!
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