Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

I love from October all the way to April. There is something to do and decorate and look forward to each month. Halloween is by far my favorite. Even since the movie came out when I was seven, The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been one of my favorite movies. We watch it twice a year, once for Halloween and once the night before Christmas ;) 


When I saw the wreath (though it's supposed to be a joke) I loved it. I always like to be different than other people and so I thought this was perfect. 

What you need:
Hot glue gun
Wreath (got mine at Target for $8. I looked everywhere and theirs was the fullest for the price)
Yellow Easter egg that opens from it's side (rather than the traditional top and bottom)
White poaster board
Red ribbon ( I didn't have felt, so I made due with what I had) When I get Felt I'm changing it
Holly Berries (not pictured, still must buy some- it was expensive everywhere?)

First thing I did was pull the wreath apart more to make it fuller. I made a basic bow and hot glued it into place. For the eyes I actually had to magic erase the bumble bee off so that I could draw the pupils in. I placed them slanted on the wreath, added the pupil and glued them into place. The hardest thing was the teeth. I laid the wreath on the board and sketched the teeth into place, then removed it, cut it our and hot glued it into place.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Coffee Protein Drink


After a long run and workout, I like to have a very small amount of the protein powder that we have on hand. Honestly, it's not the best tasting thing in the world, but I only have a little and I drink it pretty quick. I typically workout before I go to work and so I am a little tired afterward and I like to bring a second small cup of coffee with me. Now I can just have it in my drink.

 What you need:
2  Cups of ice, blended
1/2 cup of almond milk
1 cup of your choice black coffee
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

I threw the whole thing in my blender and then did a quick taste test. It needed a LITTLE splenda, so I sprinkled that and a LITTLE bit of sugar-free vanilla coffee creamer into it and re blended it. That is the smaller of the two protein shakers and it made about 1 1/2 of those.. I think it tasted great- couldn't taste the protein in it after that. I think that it was a great new shake to use during the Summer especially.

Betty Crockers Baked Donut

 Who doesn't love donuts??? I know I don't typically pass one up when offered. Recently I aquired a donut pan in hopes to still eat donuts when craving them, but feel less guilty about it because they are smaller and baked, not fried.

What you need (copied directly from Betty Crocker)
 3/4 cup Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix (from 15.25-oz box)
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons multicolored nonpareils

Glaze and Topping

1/2 cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16-oz container) 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon warm water 1/4 cup multicolored nonpareil.


Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl while pre heating the oven to 350 degrees. Take your GREASED donut pan and fill them 3/4 of the way full.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until they are springgy when you touch them. The hardest part was letting them cool for 10 minutes so that I could add the melted butter and cinnamon sugar or the glaze and sprinkles.


Verdict: Not so good. They tasted like the bisquick. The texture was LIKE a cupcake, but still the bisquick was overpowering.. Even my daughters didn't finish them and one of them will eat anything.

Ribbon landyard/ ID holder


So the main reason I don't "pin" as often as I use to is that I  am now working and although I am actually doing a lot of the pins, I don't take the time to upload them anymore...
I needed a landyard for my job and so I saw this pin and quickly made one that wasn't just string. I used some Hello Kitty ribbon and two different hooks that I bought at Walmart ( I have no idea what they are called, sorry).

Anyway, I checked the ribbon length around my neck, cut it apart and sewed it together. To keep it from moving around I sewed the ribbon above the hook. The other pinner added a flower, but I thought it would be weird on mine... I may add a cupcake, but I think I like it how it is.