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So as you should know if you are an avid reader of our blog (and of course you are!!), we decided a while back to name all of our bows.  Our inaugural bow was titled “Lacelyn” as a combo of our first names Lacie + Jaclyn. (you probably could have gotten that without me spelling it out…but oh well…I like to elaborate).  The next bow in our series (you like how I said that…series…like we are special :)) is the Breanne.  Named after Jaclyn’s husband’s sister, or Jaclyn’s sister-in-law, or Scott’s sister, however you like to think about it.

Descriptions like this always remind me of this store in downtown Athens, GA where I went to school called Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother.  It was a pretty awesome store that contained anything from old fashioned candy to hammocks, Halloween costumes to candle holders, hallmark cards to purses.  I’m pretty sure they also had a naughty section though I promise I never went in it.

Anyway, we decided to name this one after her because after browsing our catalog (a.k.a. our blog’s pictures) she really loved this one in particular.

It’s more of a swirl than a bow but I like lumping all hair accessories into the following categories: bow, headband, barrette, clip, hair band (Jaclyn calls them elastics), and of course bobby pins.  So I think this most closely fits into the ‘bow’ category.  Anyway the only other option would be hair accessory…and that is wayyyyy to many letters.

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I am endlessly trying to get better at not wasting food. So for a recipe I used last week, I only needed half a can of chickpeas, or garbanzo beans and then had no idea what to do with the other half of a can. While I do love chickpeas just plain, I knew that if I put them in a tupperware and left them in the fridge there was about a 90% chance it would go uneaten. I remembered a previous recipe I made that roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, garlic, and olives together and it was delicious! I then found a recipe online that suggested roasting chickpeas with some olive oil and salt and then sprinkling a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon on them when they were done. They were delicious! So if you are looking for a simply, healthy snack I highly recommend it! Just bake at 450 for about 10-20 minutes (depending on how burnt you like them!) Also I really don’t think it needed the brown sugar and would have been good with just the olive and salt so make your choice if you feel like a salty or sugary snack! 🙂

Enjoy!

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That’s called alliteration…I like it 🙂

Hairbands – what would the world be like without them?  I don’t really like to think about it.  I like my hair (does any woman really LOVE there hair??) but I have a bit of a flyaway problem.  Brett calls it my Lion’s Mane, Jaclyn calls them angel wings, but whatever you call them…I have them always.  These 2-3 inch pieces on the side that are always sticking out of head, they are rebellious and cannot be controlled short of shellacking (that really is a word) them to my head with a few coats of heavy duty hair spray.  And if I do that them I’m forced to wash my hair that night or my head gets all itchy…and that’s unattractive…And I really don’t like washing my hair more than three times a week…but i digress

The point of the story ya’ll was that headbands solve all my problems.  They help my hold my fly aways back, they give me an awesome place to put a flower, and if done correctly you can get a cute hair bump-it on the top…since my hair doesn’t naturally bump (unlike Jaclyn who I swear has the best hair bump like everyday, idk how she does it…I don’t even think she tries!!)

So I have a lot of headbands, probably about 10 now but I’d like to expand on that…the more the better!  My problem was that they wouldn’t all fit in my drawer (note: this word is pronounced “draw” if you are from Boston).  Those that did fit in my drawer were getting all tangled and sadly some were even lost in the fight.

Off to Lowes I go…I found a 6 inch diameter (2 foot long) heating and a/c duct pipe thingie (i don’t know the technical term) that was perfect for the job (5 inches would have worked too however i noticed nothing comes in five inch diameters).  This thingie-ma-dogder cost all of $3.98!!  So I brought it home and covered it first in quilt batting and then in upholstery fabric!

(Note:  The 6 inch pipe plus the quilt batting is kindof big for most heads, I have a big head (my husband loves to remind me of this), therefore I don’t mind b/c I’m hoping this will stretch out some of my tighter fitting headbands, however if you have a small head you might wanna skip the quilt batting part)

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Last summer I got my first taste of fried ice cream when some friends brought over a Harris Teeter gallon of fried ice cream and it was delicious! The vanilla ice cream mixed with cinnamon sugar and fried crunchy bits was awesome! Then my sister passed along a recipe to make this Mexican fried ice cream, but the best part about it…you didn’t have to fry anything!  I made her recipe the first time this weekend and it was delicious, easy and customizable! So feel free to adjust the recipe to include your favorite ice cream, toppings, etc. It is the perfect dessert option for company because it is unique and can be made completely ahead of time.

First, scoop out four 1/2 c. balls of your vanilla ice cream (or whatever your favorite type is) and place these ice cream scoops on waxed paper and freeze for an hour. In the meantime, mix 1/2 c. crushed cornflakes (or Frosted Flakes, I think Panko crumbs would also work), 1/4 c. sugar, and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon. Once the ice cream scoops are frozen, roll then in your cornflake mixture and make sure you really press the cornflakes onto the ice cream scoops so they stick. Then simply place back in the freezer until ready to serve! When ready to serve, drizzle honey, caramel, hot fudge, or another favorite topping over the ice cream scoops and enjoy!!

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Get your mind out of the gutter!  This post is about Valentine’s Day not Valentine’s Night. 😉  But seriously my mom and mother-in-law read this so…eww…Think crafts people!

So when you think about Valentine’s Day what do you think about?  If we take out the thing that I know y’all are all thinking about (especially my husband’s family…don’t think i haven’t noticed that everyone’s birthday is in November…i can count back nine months)

When I think about Valentine’s Day I think of three things: Love, Chocolate, and Pink….in that order.  So here goes.  My Valentine’s projects.   I’ve decided to bombard you with all three at once.  So get prepared for the trifecta of awesome-ness

Strawberry Cupcakes (Round Three)

Round 1 – My brother’s strawberry cupcakes that I posted on about a month ago

Round 2 – Jaclyn’s birthday cupcakes that I forgot to photograph therefore they never got posted about…however they were my first truly from scratch strawberry cupcakes.  They had chocolate covered strawberries on top…in the words of Rachel Ray “Delish”

Here comes Round 3 – As we’ve mentioned before, Jaclyn and I make the desserts for our colleagues birthdays.  October thru December are relatively dead birthday months…In those three months we only have one or two birthdays…however February& March has at least five.  After Jaclyn’s strawberry cupcakes were such a hit, the next birthday lady wanted strawberry as well.  It gave me a great opportunity to tweak the recipe I used for Jaclyn…The recipe still isn’t perfect but they were a lot better in my opinion.  Hint for anyone making cupcakes – if the recipe calls for more than 2 cups of sugar…that’s too much.  Especially if you have a crappy oven like I do.  Also, if you are using strawberries in syrup you can decrease the sugar even more because…duh the strawberries are in sugar!

(Seriously, my oven is awful…the thing i routinely ruin is crescent rolls…My oven simply wont cook them..I’ve burned at least 7 batches in the year and a half i’ve lived here…the latest batch this weekend was still half raw on top and completely burnt on bottom :(. No more cresent rolls)

Yes, I made those flowers myself out of gum paste but that’s a tale for another day (hopefully, once I’m better at it)

Pretzels with a Hug

So, Jaclyn kinda burst my bubble today when she told me that this was routinely done…however, It’s new to me and I still think it’s freakin’ awesome!!  I got this idea on pinterest.  All you do is preheat the oven to 200 degrees.  Put square pretzels on a pan with parchement paper, put an unwrapped (duh) Hershey hug on top, and bake for 4-5 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and put a M&M on top.  The M&M kindof flattens the whole thing out and adds a nice pop of color.  I also love how the stripes look…This now makes me wonder of all the different Hershey kiss possibilities!

My husband tells me that I am making him fat eating these.  The dangerous combo of salty and sweet.  So I will be bringing these to work on Valentine’s Day in hopes of making my co-workers love me.  My boss asked me “Are you going to bring Cupcakes on Valentine’s Day?  Just because” – I hope the pretzels make up for the lack of cupcakes…I mean come on I just made cupcakes last week and I’m gonna have to do it again on Friday – give the cupcake pan a break 🙂  But seriously these pretzel thingies are adorable.

Heartfelt Headband

Get it?  Heart + Felt = Heartfelt…haha.  I’ll be laughing about this for days…I know…I’m goofy.  So I’m one of those strange people, that while not a teacher, likes to dress according to holidays.  I don’t go so far as owning a turtleneck with Halloween cats, or a Sweatshirt with embroidered Christmas trees all over it…but I do like to show my holiday spirit in little ways.  So I cut some circles and hearts out of felt and machine stitched them together…leaving some space between each one.  I added ribbons on the end to tie it in the back.  Warning:  Don’t make the hearts too big or you will look like dumbo…especially if the hearts happen to fall in the space around your ears…trust me,  I’m speaking from the heart.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day! Love Y’all.

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So almost everyone likes donuts but making donuts are NOT fun. Actually I’ve never really tried, but based on recipes I’ve seen it doesn’t seem easy. Luckily, there are always alternatives! When I was little my mom would make this “Breakfast Puffs” which is basically a muffin that tastes like a cake-like donut topped with cinnamon sugar. YUM! Some people get fancy and call them French Breakfast Puffs, but to each their own. I think these are perfect for brunches/bridal showers/lazy Sunday mornings, etc. AND to make it even better, it is one of those recipes where you almost always have all the ingredients on hand!

I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. milk
Topping:
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 T. margarine, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. In separate bowl, cream together sugar and melted butter. Beat in egg.
4. Stir in flour mixture into butter mixture and add milk. Beat well.
5. Spoon batter into 12 greased muffin cups.
6. Bake in oven for 20 – 25 minutes. While muffins baking combine ½ cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.
7. Remove muffins and immediately dip tops into the melted margarine then into sugar/cinnamon mixture.

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I love to organize my jewelry.  Its that chance to purge and get rid those rusty four inch dangles you bought from Claire’s or that hideous necklace you got from Body Central (only because they were having their buy 3 get one free sale).  It also affords me the opportunity to find all my mismatched earrings.  The Christmas before last my parents bought me this awesome (and I mean awesome, and I’m not just saying that because they read my blog) jewelry box.  Its awesome. :).  It has doors on the side that come out and have hooks that your necklaces can hang on…which is the main reason I bought it because my necklaces were getting tangled in my old jewelry box because they couldn’t be hung.  However at the time I wasn’t thinking about my precious earring collection.

I’ve been noticing lately that there is a craze for earring holders…and I wanted in.  Earring holders can go for $30-75 dollars but I wanted to make my own, it’s cheaper that way and I can personalize it.  I like personality. I bought a large (20 inch by 16 inch) frame from Michaels (it was gold and hideous) but on sale for $14.  They had some really pretty frames that I REALLY wanted but I wasn’t in the mood to spend upwards of $40 dollars.  I also bought some hot pink spray paint at lowes, high gloss.  I like pink.

Once at home, I found some burlap that I had used for my wedding favors.  I decided to use burlap b/c it has holes big enough for an earring to hang on to.  You could also use hardware cloth or mesh of some kind.

To recap:

Items you need:

– frame
– spray paint
– burlap/wire
– stapler
– hot glue gun
– earrings

Before

Step One: Paint Frame - I did 3 or 4 coats to eliminate the ugly gold color

Outside the paint looked purple - I hate purple - so to clarify - it's hot pink

Step 2: (make sure paint is very dry first!!) Turn frame over and staple burlap. I used two layers of burlap so it wouldn't be as transparent - I also hot glued it to the frame first b/c I wanted a tight seal on the frame.

Step 3 - hang! The hot glue prevented gaps from showing between the frame and the burlap. Also I like how the high gloss paint makes the frame look enamalized (my spell check is telling me this isn't a word...but it should be)

Step Four: Add earrings - I glued a piece of cork to the bottom left hand side so i could tack up my studs too!

OPTIONAL: Step Five: Add chandelier!! I love sparkles 🙂

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