Thursday, May 30, 2013

DIY Hand Bookends

Lately I've been rebelling against my kindle and enjoying the feel of real live books in the flesh.  I stopped buying books about three years ago and have enjoyed a library I can simply throw in my purse. So while browsing a used bookstore online I came across a few classics I so look forward to receiving.  In preparation for their arrival I'm going to welcome them with their very own bookends.












  
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DIY Oversized Convertible Clutch

When it comes to bags, totes and clutches these I never get tired of.  When your having one of those I feel like wearing jeans, flipflops and a tee day, adding an awesome clutch, tote or bag can make your look a bit more festive.  Forget the arm candy, grab a hot bag and allow that to make a statement.

This bag is pretty fantastic considering you can transition easily from day with the tote and night with the clutch.  I look forward to adding this to my rotation.








Tools:



Overstitich tool found here
Hand sewing punch found here
Wax thread found here
Leather hand sewing needles found here
Leather punch found here 
Screw Post found here
Awl found here
Magnetic closure found here
Leather dye found here
Leather sealer found here














Available here

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mini Lemon Cinnamon Monkey Bread

As a child I can remember one dessert that my cousins and I lived by.  It was one of the only desserts we were able to make ourselves without supervision.  We used Pillsbury rolls, butter, cinnamon and sugar and baked them in a disposal round tin pan.  Very cut and dry and according to our immature palates, Delish monkey bread!
Fast forward many years I wanted to update this childhood staple.  I nixed the Pillsbury rolls and gave the butter and cinnamon mix a bit more flavor.  Added a lemon vanilla glaze and now I have a new love.












Ingredients:

Dough:
1 pk rapid rise active yeast
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbls melted butter
2 tbls melted Crisco
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon


Butter mix:
7 tbls butter melted
4 tbls maple syrup
2 tbls fresh squeezed orange juice
1tbls vanilla

Sugar mix:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbls cinnamon

Icing:
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbls melted butter
2 tbls milk
1 tsp vanilla
juice from 1 small lemon

Dough:

Add to a bowl sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, add egg yolk, melted butter, Crisco  and vanilla and mix well.  Heat the milk to 120 degrees and add the pkg of yeast.  Add the milk and yeast mix to the egg yolk and butter mix then add to the the flour mix.

Using the knead tool on a mixer, knead the dough until it is soft and elastic.  About 2-3 minutes.  (if not using a mixer, turn the dough onto a floured surface and hand knead until soft and elastic.  Shape into a ball, butter a large bowl, add the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic and let rise at room temperature until the dough is double in size.

Turn the dough out of the bowl and knead briefly to release air.  Roll out the dough on a floured surface and using a pizza cutter, cut dough into small squares.

Drop the dough squares first into the butter mix, then quickly into the sugar mix and place three squares into a mini muffin pan.  Once the pan is full, allow the dough to sit in the pan for 10 minutes to rise.

Bake the bread at 350 for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly and remove from the pan.

Mix all the icing ingredients well with a hand mixer and add to a dispenser for easy icing.  While the bread is still hot, add the icing.

Enjoy!





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Monday, May 27, 2013

DIY Bright Silk Tank

Nothing is more feminine than a little silk shoulder baring tank.  Worn with jeans, a skirt  or shorts it's the perfect addition to any wardrobe.  This tank was made with McCall's Pattern M6288 view B which is a dress pattern.  I removed about 8 inches from the pattern to convert to a top, added an exaggerated neck and didn't add the strips to the front and back seams which would have made this sporty.  This pattern also calls for stretch knits only but because I wanted this top to be a bit more special, I used this beautiful bright chartreuse silk fabric from Mood which isn't a stretch so a lot of manipulation had to be done.







Tank- DIY
Jeans- Habitual other colors worn here and here (clearly I love this brand) grey version on sale here
Heels- Giuseppe Zanotti for Vionnet
Earrings-DIY
Shades: Prada


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Friday, May 24, 2013

Turkey Bacon Souffle

When it comes to breakfast food I love all in one meals like omelets and burritos which is why I absolutely love Panera's egg souffle.  It encompasses everything I love in one big fattening piece of heaven. But at 540 calories, 34g of fat and 165mg of cholesterol I could no longer do it, especially considering I prefer to save my fat and calories for dessert.  Because I needed that souffle fix, I whipped up a low fat version that definitely curbed my craving.







Tools: Jumbo muffin pan
Yield: 4

Ingredients:

6 slices of turkey bacon
1 tbls brown sugar
5 eggs
2 tbls milk
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1/2 cup chopped artichokes
2 tbls chopped green pepper
2 1/2 tbls chopped onion
3 tbls chopped tomatoes
2 tbls crumbled feta cheese
Cooking spray


Directions:

1.  Place the bacon on wax paper and sprinkle with the brown sugar.  Close the wax paper and set aside.
2.  In a bowl mix the remaining ingredients.
3.  Spray the muffin pan well with cooking spray
4.  Line the muffin pan with the turkey bacon and using a ladle, add the egg mixture to the muffin pan.
5.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Nikki

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