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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Newest Mr. & Mrs. K

Congrats to the newest Mr. and Mrs. K! Yesterday J's cousin Steven and his love Tracy got married at the Barnes at Weslyean Hills. The weather forecast called for thunderstorms and hail but thank God it was sunny! It's funny that at all K family weddings the weather man/lady calls for severe weather and so far every one has turned out with good weather. It happened to our sisters-in-laws and for our wedding. On our wedding day the weather was suppose to be terrible (rain storms), well the weather held up and the torrential  downpour started when our reception started which was good since we were already inside and took all the outdoor pictures already. Hoping this trend will keep up!

Now back to the very unique location surrounded by nature. They got married in front of the lake and willow tress. The inside of the barns at Weslyean Hills is gorgeous (and has AC!). Very rustic with white lanterns and string lights criss crossing the room. It is perfect for a summer time wedding.

Congrats Tracy and Steven! 
Can't wait to see all the pro-pics and hearing about the wonderful Hawaiian Honeymoon. 







Mason Jars floating candles. So pretty! 



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Quick Post- DIY Drawstring Bag

I initially used the Blogger App on my iPhone to create this post but the picture came out way too big so I end up going back into Blogger and fixed the size of the picture. Also I was not able to create hyperlink. In my opinion the App needs a lot more work but is good for a very basic quick post.

I have a lot of left over fabric from previous projects so was looking around on the Internet to find quick projects to do. I found the post of a Drawstring Bag tutorial on www.skiptomylou.com. It is very easy and pretty much anyone can do it. Im going to use these bags for my makeup brushes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Berry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes And Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Nutella Filling

Our nephew little Michael turned 1 last Wednesday and his birthday party was on Saturday. My sister-in-law Dawn asked me to make some desserts. I decided on Mini Berry Swirl Cheesecakes and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes filled with Nutella.
























The recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cupcakes came from Martha Stewart's website. Instead of whole eggs, you only use egg whites which make the cake lighter and a little lower in fat. For the frosting I used the Cooked Flour Frosting from Our Best Bites.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chocolate Crackle/Crinkles Cookies

I'm fortunate enough that every time I work for a new company I always end up meeting people I became good friends with. There is Jess, who used to be my manager at the bank, Lisa from the medical company and Morganna and Amy at the college. One thing they all have in common besides being super awesome is that they share my sense of sarcasm. Even though I don't see them often but every time we get together it's always a blast.

This Saturday J and I are going to dinner with Lisa and her husband Joe and I thought I would make some cookies for them to take home since they love my baking. I decided on making Chewy Oatmeal Dried Fruits Cookies and Chocolate Crackle/Crinkles Cookies. These chocolate cookies are soft and cake like. 

Chocolate Crackle/Crinkles Cookies
makes about 4 dozen
  • 8 tbs unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp strong coffee or 1 tsp expresso powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar for rolling the cookie dough
Since the dough needs to be chilled in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, pre-heat the oven (350 degrees F) about 15 minutes before you are ready to bake. 

In a double boiler, melt the semisweet chocolate and set aside to cool. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. On medium speed, mix in eggs and vanilla extract then add the melted chocolate. Change the speed of your mixer to low and alternate adding dry sifted ingredients with the milk. The dough will be a little firmer than a thick brownie batter. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. 

After the dough has been chilled, divide it in half and put the other half back in the fridge to keep cool while making your first batch. Form the chilled dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in the confectioners' sugar, make sure each ball is well coated. Place the sugar covered balls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. 

Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are slightly firm but the center is still soft. Let it cool before eating. Cookies will keep for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature but best eaten the same day they are baked. 











Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY Jersey Dress (Another Swim Coverup)

When I was at Jo-Ann Fabric getting the supplies for the Wrap Swimsuit Coverup I also got this stretchy light green fabric. It's not as thick as the red jersey fabric I used for the Wrap Swimsuit Coverup. Originally I wanted to make a top from this fabric but then I found a super easy tutorial from Angela Osborn's blog. Since the green jersey fabric is really thin and see through I decided to just use it as a swimsuit coverup instead of a casual dress. Instead of having the dress to be form fitting, I just sewed straight lines down both sides. I also added some braided details to the collar.


Friday, July 6, 2012

DIY Swimsuit Coverup

I have a sewing machine at home but it's mainly use for sewing hems of pants/jeans and for a while I was making my own decorative pillows. I've never had any real training on how to use a sewing machine so I always shy away from making any clothing. Recently I saw a pin on Pinterest for a swimsuit wrap coverup that is pretty much the exact copy of the one on Victoria'sSecret.com. It is super easy and doesn't require a sewing machine. Yesterday I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and got some stretchy jersey knit fabrics. I followed the instructions from Teaspoonsf.com. The only difference is that I used a little shy of 1 yard of fabric since I'm very petite and 1.75 yard was way too big on me.

Trim the fabric so you get straight lines on all sides of
the fabric. 

Since the length was too long, I cut off some more. 

Fold the fabric in half and use a tank as a guide to cut
 the arm holes. 


Cut the scrap fabrics into an inch wide and 1/2 foot long.
You will need 6 strips then using 3 strips to braid. You
will end up with 2 braids. 

Hand Sew the braid to the two ends where your arm hole
will be and repeat with the other side. 

Cut some more scrap fabric and cover the sewed ends. 

Done! Ready for the beach or pool.