Monday, 30 September 2013

Flower Art

I got this idea on pinterest courtesy of It's Doable.

You'll need:
- canvas
- acrylic paint
- scrapbook paper (I used a thicker cardstock paper)
- hot glue gun

1. Paint your canvas (I painted two coats).
2. Cut out scrapbook paper into leaf shapes.  I found a leaf template on google, and traced it onto the paper.  You can use a combination of small and large leaves.
3. Arrange the leafs onto the canvas with a circle in the middle.
4. Once arranged hot glue all the leaves down.

Now your finished and you can admire your work.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Salted Caramel Buttercream

Courtesy of "The Cupcakes Diaries"

- 16 tbsp. (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 4 cups icing sugar
- 1 tsp. milk
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce (I used the ice cream topping you can buy in stores)

1. Mix all the ingredients together with a handheld mixer, and mix on high speed until light and airy.  Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Crochet Icord Scarf

I found this idea on pinterest and it uses one of my fave yarns, Ruffle Yarn.  Here is the link;

Here is my completed scarf, worn in two different ways:


Leaf Painting

I got this idea on pinterest from the following link;

Step 1: Paint canvas, you'll probably need to do two coats.

Step 2:  Pick a leaf.  It will need to be flattened for this to work out best.

Step 3: Spray paint on top of the leaf and canvas.

And TA DA!

I didn't have much luck with  my second painting because the leaves weren't flat.  So I decided to spray paint the whole canvas gold, and then I stenciled on the union jack.

Have Fun!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Crayon Art

I got this idea from Pinterest, here is the blog I drew inspiration from; seriously im thrifty.

- crayons (I used 23)
- canvas (I bought an 8x10 from the dollar store)
- glue gun
- blow dryer
- black cardstock (if you wish to add a silhouette)

Step 1:
Pick crayons and order them.

Step 2:
Glue crayons onto canvas.

Step 3:
Blow dry the crayons (this is the longest part).

Step 4:
If you wish to add a silhouette, you can cut it out on black cardstock.  I found mine online, and traced it onto the cardstock.
Glue it onto the canvas with your hot glue gun.

 And TA DA....this is my first attempt.

And now for the final piece, my second attempt.


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Cookies 'n Cream Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Erica's Sweet Tooth

- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 6 tbsp. sugar
- 6 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 12 Oreo's, broken up into small pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
3. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
5. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
6. Gently fold in Oreo pieces.
7. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 1-2" apart.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges JUST start to brown. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Chocolate, Caramel & Oatmeal Bars

Recipe courtesy of Kraft Canada "What's Cooking"

- 24 Kraft caramels
- 1/2 cup canned evaporated milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 3/4 brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup cold butter, cut up
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Heat oven to 350F.
2. Line 9 inch square pan with foil, with end of foil extending over sides; spray with cooking spray.  Cook caramels and milk in saucepan on low heat 2 to 3 min. or until caramels are completely melted and sauce is well blended, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat.
3. Mix flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl.  Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until crumbly; press half onto bottom of prepared pan.  Bake 10 min.; top with chocolate chips and nuts.  Drizzle with caramel sauce; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
4. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until golden brown.  Cool completely.  Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting into bars.