Sew Thursdays : Simplicity 1800 Complete!

If you weren’t aware, this is my summer hat. Because pale girls need more than sun screen! 

I debated wether I should throw this on my dress form to save me the awkwardness of modeling it. But since my vintage dress form is very much a size six, and I am very much not, I decided to grit my teeth and bare it. It fits me probably better than anything I’ve sewn thus far. 

But moving on, I finally finished the first article of clothing for my summer palate challenge. Even in time to wear it to the first big BBQ of summer! I got lots of compliments! Someone asked if it was vintage. I replied that I had made it. 

“So you do that for a living right?” 

CUE THIS FACE

The pattern itself was super duper easy… Until you get to the sleeve facings. I’m sure those could have been better explained/illustrated in the instructions. I’m totally going to make this pattern again, except next time, the halter version. I know my prints don’t match, but I was gifted the fabric by my mother and didn’t have enough to match, or I would have tried! 

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Treat Tuesday : Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes

 

*Adapted from here
I love me some delicious orange thai iced tea. So much in fact, that I make it quite regularly at home. When trying to come up with wacky cupcake flavors this one popped into my mind. It’s based off a tried and true vanilla cupcake recipe, but is so much more delicious. It’s very important to grind the tea finely for this, so that you don’t feel like you’re eating tea leaves! It’s well worth the effort though. Also this recipe will make way more frosting than you need, you could probably halve this and have enough for your 12 cupcakes, but not enough to munch on throughout the week 😉

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Thai Iced Tea, ground in coffee grinder
  • 1 1/2 all purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Milk

Frosting

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 stick crisco
  • 1/2 cup strong prepared thai iced tea
  • Powdered Sugar as needed

Directions 

  • Set Oven to 350 F, line cupcake tin with 12 papers
  • In mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs one at a time incorporating throughly
  • Add Almond and Ground Tea
  • Sift Together dry Ingredients
  • With mixer on low speed, and dry mixture and milk alternating, making sure to scrape the bowl
  • Divide batter evenly into 12 cups
  • Bake until just set and toothpick comes out clean, do not over bake! Should take between 17-20 minutes
  • Let cupcakes completely cool before icing
  • To make icing combine everything but powdered sugar in mixer
  • Combine throughly
  • Add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached
  • Pipe onto cakes


Makes about 12



Mood Board Mondays : Hazel Plans

Hazel Plans

Spoiler alert guys, I finished sewing simplicity 1800 last weekend (Scheduled to post on Thursday)! In time to wear to a BBQ even! While I bask in the fleeting glow of a completed project, let’s start planning my next one! I’m going to be sewing the Victory Patterns Hazel. I have this great buffalo check in pink for the top, but and at a loss at what to do for the bottom half. I think I have it narrowed down to navy, gray, or sea glass.

Any input? 

Slobs Anonymous : My Cleaning Kit

This table is pre-cleaning, please excuse my clutter. 

This is my cleaning kit. It includes:

The Pick Up Basket

I keep almost everything in what I call my pick up basket.  

It’s a dollar store basket (The dollar store has literally almost everything you would need to clean a house, while most of the cleaners aren’t the greenest eco wise, their cleaning supplies are cheap and decent quality) that I use not only to hold all my cleaning supplies, but as something to put misplaced items from around the house in while I’m cleaning.  Putting away all the items at the end of my cleaning session. It saves time that way instead of putting away things as I’m cleaning. 

Paper Towels

We’ve tried to kick the paper towel habit before, buying micro fiber cloths, and it just didn’t work for us. Not only did it add to my laundry load, but to be quite honest there are times when I’d just rather use a paper towel. Especially with pets.  

Duster

Again from the Dollar Store. A lot of people like swiffer dusters, and that’s fine, but this works just as well for me. 

Vacuum*

I was lucky enough to be gifted and amazing dyson vacuum. This is where to splurge when it comes to cleaning, it will make all the difference. 

Mop & Bucket , Method Almond Floor Cleaner, Mop & Glow*

Dollar store, standerd mop and bucket. Nothing fancy, but it does the job. Most times if the floor is pretty clean I just squirt some mop and glow (tiles), or wood floor cleaner and mop away. But when I need to mop up mud or other junk I use hot water, a bit of vinegar, and a bit of dish soap. I then follow it with appropriate floor cleaner. 

Murphy’s Oil Soap

My Grandmother and my Mom have both used this since the dawn of time, well at least the dawn of time for me. If you have a lot of wood, especially old wood, in your home go buy some right now. It cleans, but also helps to moisturize and condition your wood. My dining room table set is from the early 1960’s. It’s not in perfect condition but I think I keep it looking pretty nice with Murphy’s. Plus it smells citrus-y.

Method Glass Cleaner & Method All Purpose Cleaner 

I won’t lie, I bought these mostly because they smell awesome. The glass cleaner is minty, while the all purpose is grape fruit. The fact that they’re just a little more eco-conscious is awesome. 

Carpet Powder

While not a “must-have” for your cleaning kit, I like it because it keeps the vacuum smelling fresh. I don’t notice a difference in the carpet a whole lot. But I do notice that the vacuum can get a little funky when I don’t use it. I think I might be overly sensitive to some smells though. 

Fabreeze

Haters to the left. If you have pets, some part of your house is bound to smell like your pet, and not in a good way. This is the second to last step in my cleaning routine. I prance around the house hitting all fabric surfaces with fabreeze. It might be a lot of smells to handle while you’re spraying it, but since fabreeze actually is made to neutralize odors, you won’t notice it as soon as everything sprayed. Between having a cat and a dog it makes a big difference. Yes, I have awkwardly surveyed many a guest in my house if it smells weird or not. 

Clorox Wipes 

When I’m cleaning hard surfaces and stuff is sticky/slimy/crusty or just not clean I always go for the clorox wipes first. I know a lot of people use them only in the kitchen/bathroom, but they’re awesome basically everywhere. If the clorox wipe can’t handle it, that’s when I get my method general purpose cleaner and hard bristle brush out. 

Hard Bristle Brush & Toilet Brush*

Obviously you guys know what the toilet brush is for. I really like a good hard bristle scrubbing brush though.  I got mine from the dollar store. It makes cleaning soap scum and stuck on gunk so much easier. I like to let both of these sit in separate bleach solutions after I’m done cleaning so that nothing icky is left stuck in the bristles. 

Scrubbing Bubbles Eco*

This comes in a simple spray bottle, versus the aerosol. Nothing cleans a shower better. Sometimes I use the hard bristle brush if the soap scum is extra scummy. I just spray it first thing when I’m cleaning the bathroom, and wipe out the shower and tub last. So easy. 

Vinegar

I always have a gallon of white vinegar in the house. I keep the vinegar I use for cleaning in a, surprise, dollar store spray bottle. Vinegar can clean pretty much anything. I use it for removing cat pee from upholstery/carpeting, windows, spot cleaning for stains, whiten your grout, removes mineral deposits from your shower-head, gets rid of water rings, disinfects, Cleans and polishes metals, keeps ants away, kills weeds, shines porcelain, cleaning coffee makers, and so much more. It’s pretty much a cleaning powerhouse. 

*not pictured (Either too large, or kept in bathroom)

You can really get away with much less, or more if you’re so inclined. Hell you can even clean everything with vinegar. I just think the point is to have something set, that you keep stocked, that is easy to use, and that you like using. Because if you don’t like it, you’re not going to do it. 

Next up in Slobs Anonymous : Time Trials

Do you guys have any cleaning questions I can cover for slobs anonymous? I’ll try my hardest to answer anything I can! 

Treat Tuesday: Cherry Chocolate Whole Grain Donuts

*Adapted from

here

I

donut

know about you guys (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?), but we totally celebrated National Donut Day with some homemade, and way healthier baked donuts! I ate two, Brian ate 3, and Bowie grabbed one off the counter and shamefully enjoyed his with his head under our couch. Bad dog.

Donut

  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup non fat milk
  • 1/2 cup Eggbeaters egg substitute 
  • 1/4 100% real maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons melted earth balance 
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract 
  • 1/2 cup drained canned no sugar added cherries  
  • 1 Wilton Donut pan

Frosting

  • 1 square semi sweet bakers chocolate
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 

Directions 

1)Set oven to 400F

2)Mix all dry 

ingredients

3) Incorporate wet ingredients 

4)Coat donut pan with non stick spray

5)Fill each donut about 2/3 of the way full

6)Bake for about 12 minutes or until donuts are golden brown and nothing sticks to a toothpick when inserted in donut. 

7)Flip donuts out onto cooling rack and let cool

8)Melt frosting 

ingredients

 in microwave until combined and Delicious. Resist urge to eat this as it’s probably about a million degrees

9) Take cooled donuts in plop them face down in the frosting mix

10) Flip right side over and let the frosting cool and harden a bit

11) Try not to let your dog shame eat them, and enjoy! 

Makes six, mine came out to around 5 WW points per donut

Mood Board Mondays : Space Case

space case

After seeing Promethus and reading about

Mars One

(Which I’m hoping isn’t some elaborate hoax), I’ve been pretty stoked on space. To be honest, I’m always stoked on space. Even though I was dissapointed that NASA was seemingly being outsourced these past few years, I’m hearing more and more about private companies developments into space exploration. It’s so relieving to see space exploration isn’t dead. Did anyone else manage to catch the

Transit of Venus

? Cincinnati, as always was overcast. 😦

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