DIY Tiara of Queen Elsa from Frozen

By Jess on April 10th, 2014

DIY Queen Elsa Tiaras

Unless you live under a rock, you know of the amazing Disney movie, Frozen. It’s the hottest animated movie of all time and literally every Frozen-themed item is either completely sold out or being sold for 4 to 10x the original price. People are even upset they can’t buy beach towels! I’m here to help with that, at least a little bit. You can make a Queen Elsa of Arendelle tiara yourself in about half an hour and for about $10 (yay!).

What You’ll Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Hot glue gun (and LOTS of glue sticks)
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • Blue, faceted aqua colored beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Plastic hair piece comb
  • Print the template
  • Scissors
  • Xacto Knife
  • Optional: For easier versions, use felt or cardboard cut out instead of glue

Directions:

  1. Print out the PDF of the template from Instructables, then tape it to the back of some waxed paper. (For the easier felt versions, tape the template to some felt and trace it onto the felt by holding it up to a light source, or trace and cut out cardboard).
  2. Hot glue all over the stencil showing through the wax paper and put the comb into the bottom so it will be nice and strong. Try to complete a whole section at once so the glue will be even and not show layers.
  3. Once glue is cooled. cut it out using some sharp scissors to get really clean edges. Refine the shape with an Xacto knife to get sharp tips on the tiara, 
  4. Once the crown is as you like, spray with gold spray paint.
  5. For the jewel, cut a length of wire that will reach from one side of the middle of the teardrop center to the other. Put the jewel on the wire and hot glue the wire to the tiara.
  6. Do your hair up like Queen Elsa on Coronation Day, and you’ve got yourself some happy kids!

Recipe: Nutella No Bake Bites

By Jess on April 9th, 2014

Recipe: Nutella No Bake Bites

A take on the favorite recipe of peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookies, this recipe adds the addicting and amazing NUTELLA spread, too! These cookies can be made gluten-free if you make sure the oats are certified GF and not cross-contaminated. YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup nutella
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup flax
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/3 cup cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix ingredients together well.
  2. Once fully mixed, spoon out the mix onto a tray. It’s totally up to you how large you want the bites to be.
  3. Refrigerate and serve!

Recipe: No-Bake GF Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip

By Jess on April 8th, 2014

Choc Chip Cheesecake Dip

I’m warning you: If you make this, hide it from the kids and your husband. Hide in the bathroom and eat it. I’m only warning you because it’s so good, and you won’t want to share it. If you are the giving type, this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip recipe is perfect for a family get-together or work potluck. Oh, and it’s gluten-free!

Thanks to New to Veggie World for sharing the recipe. Check her website out for more addicting recipes!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams (if you are GF, choose a GF variety)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add sugars and vanilla.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips. 
  4. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams.

Recipe: Apple Pie “French Fries”

By Jess on April 7th, 2014

Apple Pie French Fies

Okay, so maybe these Apple Pie “French Fries” aren’t the healthiest snack, but how cute are they? They look like real French fries with salt and shape. These would be really fun to have at a birthday party. The recipe below from Oh Bite It! serves 25-30 “fries”, so you may need more than that for parties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (2 ct., but brand doesn’t matter)
  • 1.5 cups of Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 Egg
  • Sparkle sugar for sprinkling “salt” onto the fries
  • Caramel sauce and/or ice cream for dipping
  • Optional: Food processor, Decorative edge roll-cutter

Directions:

  1. Chop up apple pie filling as best as you can, or use food processor and save tons of time.
  2. Unroll the 2 pie crusts. On 1 of the crusts, spread the apple filling around leaving 1/8″ at edge, then lightly press the other crust onto the top of it to secure it.
  3. Make egg wash by combining an egg with a splash of water.
  4. Brush egg wash across the entire top of the crust and sprinkle with the sparkle sugar.
  5. Cut the crust into  1/2″ strips then again into “fries” shape and size. Place very carefully onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350-degrees for 12 minutes or until slightly golden and firm.
  7. Serve with caramel and/or ice cream for dipping.

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Birds Nests

By Jess on April 6th, 2014

No Bake Chocolate Birds Nests

This recipe from Food.com looks so yummy and the cookies are very easy to make. They call them “Easter Nests”, but I think they could be made year round, not just at Easter time, and the cookies would be fun to have at parties and potlucks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 10 oz thin chow mein noodles
  • Jelly beans, egg-shaped candies (or other candy of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Lightly coat the foil with nonstick spray.
  2. Scrape condensed milk into a medium saucepan or microwave-safe bowl; add chocolate chips.
  3. Place over low heat and stir often, or microwave on high 2 to 4 minutes, stirring every minute, until chips melt and mixture is blended and smooth.
  4. Put noodles into a large bowl, pour on chocolate mixture and toss with a rubber spatula until noodles are coated.
  5. Drop generous 1/4 to 1/2 cup fulls on prepared baking sheets.
  6. Lightly spray fingertips with the nonstick spray.
  7. Form mounds into nests making a depression in the center & fill with candies.
  8. Let nests cool to set.
  9. Store loosely covered at room temperature and will keep for up to 3 days.

DIY 5-Minute Fashion Pearl Statement Necklace

By Jess on April 5th, 2014

diy-pearl-statement-necklace

Statement necklaces are so popular right now, and the pearl ones are super expensive. They are obviously faux, but even then, they can be upwards of $30 or more. Make them into a statement necklace by yourself with just a few inexpensive pieces that you can find at craft stores, thrift stores, or even around the house in only 5 minutes! Thanks to A Matter of Style for the super cute tutorial!

What You’ll Need:

  • Two pearl necklaces about 26″ long (or a long string of pearls cut into two 26″ long strands and a double string clasp, both from craft stores)
  • Two fashion costume rings (at least one adjustable in size)
  • 2 pieces of metallic wire

Directions:

  1. Put a strand of pearls through one of the rings (doubled up). Then put the other necklace through the same ring, so there are four lines of pearls through one ring.
  2. Do the same on the opposite side of the strands with the other ring.
  3. Fasten the rings to the strings with the metallic wire.
  4. If you are making the necklace yourself, attach the strings to the clasp, otherwise make sure that the necklace is long enough to fit over your head.
  5. Wear the necklace and keep the rings slightly asymmetrical, one lower than the other.

Recipe: No Bake Oreo Ice Cream Cake

By Jess on April 4th, 2014

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Summer is almost here and that means it’s ICE CREAM SEASON! (In my house, that’s year round, honestly, haha!) Skip buying a $30 ice cream cake for family gatherings and parties and make this super simple and inexpensive No Bake Oreo Ice Cream Cake instead!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding (dry powder mix)
  • 1/2 cup  hot fudge ice cream topping (warmed up)
  • 1 tub or 8 oz Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 16 Oreo Cookies, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 12 ice cream sandwiches (chocolate, vanilla, mint, etc.)
  • Also: Foil, whisk, baking spatula

Note: Brand name is irrelevant for the recipe. You can use any equivalent brand or store brand and will have the same delicious result.

Directions:

  1. In a medium bow, whisk the warmed fudge topping with 1 cup of  whipped cream until well blended.
  2. Add the dry pudding mix, stir for a full 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of chopped cookies and stir until the cookies are fully mixed throughout the “frosting”.
  3. On a 24″ piece of foil, place 4 ice cream sandwiches side by side. Cover with half of the mixture. Add 4 more sandwiches, then add the rest of mixture.
  4. Add the last 4 ice cream sandwiches, frost with the rest of the plain whipped cream. With the remainder of cookie pieces, cover top and side of the cake, and press into the whipped cream. If you’d like to decorate, stick full Oreos into the top of the square cake shape..
  5. Wrap the cake very loosely with foil and freeze for 4 hours before serving.

Instead of Oreos, you could use other goodies such as Andes mints, raspberries, bananas, strawberries, chocolate chips, crushed butterfingers or M&Ms, and you can use real whipped cream.

DIY Bunny Ears Headband

By Jess on April 3rd, 2014

DIY Bunny Ears

I love dressing my little ones up for Easter with cute little outfits and bunny ears. I always get them the cheap ones from Target, but I think this year I’m going to do this easy craft from Martha Stewart Baby. You can make them for kids or adults as long as you have the right size headbands!

What You’ll Need:

  • Child-size headband (or adult for larger head)
  • 8-by-16-inch piece of pink felt
  • 6-by-6-inch piece of white felt scissors
  • Pinking or scalloped shears (optional)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Hot-glue sticks
  • Bunny ears template

Directions:

  1. Measure the width and length of the top of the headband, add 1/2 inch to all sides, and cut a strip of pink felt to cover.
  2. Glue the felt strip onto the top of the headband, wrapping the extra material around the headband’s edges.
  3. Measure the underside of the headband, and cut a strip of pink felt to fit.
  4. Glue the strip to the underside, creating a backing that covers the edges of the top felt.
  5. Print out our bunny-ears template, and cut out both shapes.
  6. Trace the outer-ear shape onto pink felt twice, and cut along scalloped edge (or cut out with pinking or scalloped shears).
  7. Trace the inner-ear shape onto white felt twice, and cut out with regular scissors.
  8. Glue each pair of ears together with hot glue, and let dry.
  9. Crease each ear vertically down the middle, and press.
  10. Fold up the bottom flaps on either side of the notch, and attach to headband with hot glue, pulling notches closed so ears are slightly bent. Hold until glue sets.

Easter Bunny Race Cars

By Jess on April 2nd, 2014

Easter Bunny Race Cars

Saw this floating around Facebook yesterday and knew I had to share it with you all. What a fun way to make an edible spring decoration with the kids!

Ingredients:

  • Large Marshmallows, cut horizontally
  • Marshmallow Bunny Peeps
  • Mini pretzels
  • Cream-Filled Cakes (e.g. Cloud Cakes or Twinkies)
  • Decorator Icing
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Cut a small rectangle out of the top of the cream-filled cake about a third of the way back from the “front” of the car.
  2. Use the white decorator icing to adhere the bunny Peep, mini pretzel “steering wheel” and large marshmallows in place.
  3. Use frosting and sprinkles to decorate your car. Allow to set, then enjoy!

Recipe: Lemon Flowers

By Michelle on March 31st, 2014

Lemon-Flowers

Having a Sunday Brunch with your friends? You have to try these! These look so beautiful!

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 package of frozen dough
  • lemon mousse = 1/2 can of condensed milk, whipped in a blender with juice of 2 Lemons
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (icing)

You will need the following equipment:

  • shape for mini cupcake (with 24 cupcake spaces)
  • Flower Cookie Cutter

Follow the instructions:

1. Unroll the frozen dough and leave it for half an hour at room temperature. Start by cutting flowers with the cookie cutter shaped as a flower.
2. Place each flower inside the hollow cupcakes form. Fold one petal (petals alternating out) into another and fit the dough into the cavity of the cupcake form.
3. Carefully push the three outer petals against the sides of the tray, and then push the other three inner petals also against the walls of the form.
4. Make holes with a fork in each of the funds of the tart dough still raw, twice the times. Bake at 180 degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until golden.After cooling remove to a plate.
5. Fill each flower with lemon mousse.
6. Sprinkle the sugar over the flowers and Voila!

Want a variety of flavors? Use Nutella, Jam or Custard … you have endless possibilities.

Thank you! Receitassupreme