Sunday, February 17, 2013

Homemade Fruit N Yogurt Parfait

I love fresh fruit. Raspberries and Pineapple are my favorite. But, I hate when you buy your Raspberries, head home and as soon as you place them in the fridge... moldy. 
It makes me boil over. Then you can only eat 5 or 6 raspberries instead of the entire box.

Well, fret no further. I am here to show you how to keep your fruit fresh for weeks.

Supplies needed:
1 cup vinegar
10 cups of water
a large bowl
your choice of fruit
paper towels/ towels

Pour in your 1 cup vinegar and 10 cups of water into a large bowl. I use my hands to stir it around gently 

Gently remove the fruit, pour out the water

Into a strainer

Lightly rinse the vinegar solution off of your fruit

Lay them out on a paper towel

Take another paper towel and GENTLY press it on top to remove excess water

Lay the fruit out in your fridge. I space them out so they aren't touching each other. Then I cover it with another paper towel. 

I used Blackberries and Raspberries. My raspberries usually only last for a week, and Blackberries a little bit longer.

My favorite breakfast to eat before I go for a run or jet off to rehearsals is my version of a fruit n' yogurt parfait.

I use non-fat Vanilla yogurt: ~6 T
Granola: ~1/2 C
and 5 or 6 berries


Here are the results from almost two weeks later

My Raspberries are getting a little wrinkly but still taste great. I will probably keep them for another day or two then toss them.

My Blackberries are still going strong!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pink Ruffles Styrofoam Ball

I've had a lot of requests from this post about how to make the pink one in the back. I aim to please!

You need
a styrofoam ball
any kind of decorative pins
felt cut into circles

This is easy peasy. I love it because it is simple, but adds a lot of texture

First cut your felt into a bunch of little circles about 1.5 to 2 in. across. They don't have to be perfect circles

Fold the circle in half

Fold it in half again

Pin it in to the styrofoam laying on top of the precious one
Thats about it. I love to put them on top of candlesticks. I made a pink and red one for Valentine's day. I use the red one around Christmas time. I hope this helps!

Tulle & Pom Pom Garland

I love how this looks hanging up in my apartment. It gave just the right touch bringing in a little more pink and red. Pink is definitely my favorite color, and I incorporate it shamelessly into just about every holiday decor item I make.

It is relatively easy to do, just a bit time consuming. Its a good idea to put on a movie, watch The Bachelor, or even work on it while you are watching the Super Bowl! It would put a girly twist on such a manly occasion.

Supplies Needed:
Desired colors of tulle-- I used two different colors of pink
Fabric scissors
Your choice of thread (I used a skinny red thread because I didn't want it to show up too much. It is up to you)
something to wrap the tulle around. I just cut off a flap from the top of a box.
Pom Pom Balls

Measure how long you want your piece to be ( I used about a 2.5 foot piece each time) and cut.

I folded the tulle in half length wise (like a hot dot) because it was too wide for my taste. This is optional.

Wrap the tulle around the cardboard piece

Slide it off of the cardboard

Tie string or yarn like it did around it. Make sure you keep the folds at the top and bottom so you don't tie them together.

Once it is tightened, you can cut along the folds

Pull the individual pieces apart...

And Voila! You have a Tulle pom pom!

Decide on a pattern

Thread the needle, and get crackin'! Push your needle straight through the middle of the tulle and pom poms. 

I made another garland with just the pom poms to add a little texture. I I love it and think it adds a little pink and red touch that is desperately needed after the long, dreary January we had around here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Hello Blogging World!

I'm back. I am sorry about my hiatus. Life is hectic, but amazing. I am totally enamored that my blog has gotten almost 6,000 views and I haven't done one thing about it. Thank you Pinterest for opening up my blog to so many people. PLEASE don't hesitate to pin whatever you see here. I will be crafting away here on this blog, sharing my life with you, and hopefully stay strong in this crazy blogging world. My husband and I are still going to school, working, and loving each other and life. So, stick around for some amazing things that will be happening soon! {hint: think Valentine's!}