Birthday Beer Cake

Finished Beer Cake

Finished Beer Cake

BEER + BIRTHDAY = BEER BIRTHDAY CAKE

Sometimes just giving what someone wants can be dull, so I got creative in giving Beer to my hubby. He really enjoys Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and just relaxing at home when he has time off from work. Also, I was not going to be there when he arrived home so this was the perfect decoration/gift for him to be surprised with. Continue reading

Halloween Wreath

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Halloween Wreath Collage 2This project is UNDER $20 and UNDER 20 minutes to make.

We really wanted to have more Halloween decorations and not spend a lot of $$ on them either so I thought making a Halloween Wreath would be fun, easy and cheap….not to mention easy “set-up and take-down” for the holidays. :-D This was my first time making a ribbon mesh wreath and I did this for under well under $20!! Continue reading

Scrap Blanket for SPCA Cats & Dogs

Scrap Blanket for SPCAI <3 our local SPCA!! Especially because I got my cat there; however, when I arrived I saw so many animals that needed homes. I love cats and dogs but I am very aware of my lifestyle and the amount of attention, and energy I can give an animal and how many of them. Anyhow, I asked what other donations they took besides monetary. You can find their link here. I was also told that they have volunteers that will crochet, knit and sew blankets for the animals so they have something warm and cuddly to sleep on.

I know my cat LOVES minky fabric and fleece AAAAAND I had some scrap fabric from some slippers that I made my sister-in-law (yes, her favorite childhood cartoon character is Snoopy). So, I decided to put these leftovers to good use.

The SPCA said that the blankets need to be about the size of sheet of paper (8.5″ x 11″) and up, depending on which animal they will use them for. The blankets above are about 14″ x 24″ with fleece on one side and flannel on the other.

If you are new to sewing, this is the perfect project for you to start with!! Especially as no animal is going to inspecting how straight your line is ;-) These blankets were created with your typical turn and flip method:

  1. Place the wrong sides of each fabric together (facing each other)
  2. Sew along 4 sides of your fabric leaving about 4-5″ open on one side (I left the very last 5″ open. I know most people leave their opening more mid-line like a duvet cover; however, this was easier, faster and I found I got a straighter line in my blanket. However, it’s your blanket and you choose.)
  3. Stick your hand inside the blanket (seems almost like a bag now) and pull the inside out
  4. Align your fabric at the opening to be tucked in…..
  5. And sew it close

Voila!

Scraps are put to good use!

And a homeless animal will <3 you for the gift!

Chia Yogurt Parfait

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I love berries!! And being a lacto-vegetarian, I really like to incorporate chia seeds into my meals for the protein as well love you omega fats. This breakfast is so easy and is one of my go to breakfasts when I’m busy as I can prepare it the day before and it’s ready in the morning.

Ingredients:
- 2-3 tbsp Greek yogurt (I like vanilla :-))
- 1 tbsp of Chia seeds
- 1tbsp of oatmeal
- berries (you decide how much)
- add a bit of water so you can mix it all up (I usually fill it about half way up my ingredients’ height)

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And in the morning, it is all thickened from the chia seeds and oatmeal.

Enjoy!

Flavored Waters

Banner Flavored Water

I LOVE flavored waters…….

however I have yet to make it at home. :-( So I went on a hunt for recipes and I found this great blog with flavored water recipes. I thought I would start out simple, with just fruit, and go from there in my new experiment :-)

I picked up the below Ball Mason Jars (pint & a half) from Wal-mart as I felt these were the best bang for your buck ($10 for 9) and they can go in your freezer as well. Note: that anything larger than this size can not go in your freezer IF you want to use it for something else.

Flavored Water 2I put about 8 blackberries in one jar and cut up some watermelon in another. I took a spoon (as I don’t have a “masher” utensil) and just started cutting/pressing the fruit into the bottom of the jar to help the juices come out of it. Then, I filled it with ice and then water to the fill/freezer line, before putting the lid on the jar.

Flavored Water 3Once the lid was on tightly, I flipped the jar upside down to move the water. You don’t want to do this too many times (a.k.a. don’t shake it) as you can bruise the fruit and it can change the flavor to not be “as crisp” if you get what I mean. ;-) Then, I left these on my countertop near a window. I thought I would see if the sun does anything to them like brewing sun tea. So I’ll report back to you about how they are soon.

Cheers!

**UPDATE**

So far my favorite flavored water is Watermelon with 2-3 mint leaves. I have found that if you put too much mint, it reminds me of spearmint which is a little overpowering.