In an effort to be more proactive in posting this year, and be more active in enjoying little things in my own life, I’m trying out doing a new recipe a week for as long as I can. So with that, I’ll bring you some new recipes! Or maybe sometimes my trials and failures at cooking new recipes.
Lately I’ve been eating a bit ‘healthier’ when I’m not snowed in for days and eating left over pizza for breakfast. Part of this ‘healthier’ kick is not giving in completely to the temptation of sweets. I’m not much of a sugar and candy kind of girl, but every once in a while I do have the occasional sweet tooth.
This has been my go to on several evenings.
1 Banana – sliced
1 tablespoon of honey
Olive oil/coconut oil
Cinnamon 1 tablespoon of water
Get To Cooking
1. In a skillet drizzle the oil (whichever you decided to use) and put the banana slices in
2. Cook each side of the banana for about 1 minute, or two depending on how crispy you’d like them.
3. This step is a bit optional. Whisk together the honey and the water.
4. Remove the skillet from the heat and pour honey mixture over the bananas.
5. Let it cool and sprinkle cinnamon on them.
I’ve experiment a little bit in getting the right honey to cinnamon ratio. I tried not whisking it with water and just doing a dot of honey on each banana slice, that worked out quite well! I also messed up the ratio quite badly and had soggy fried bananas. Not nearly as tasty.
It’s a great little snack. If you like bananas!
One of my favorite Valentines Day past times comes from when I was just a wee one. Back when kids were nice to each other and before they had time to form prejudices and unjust anger towards each other. I loved going to the store and picking out the pack of Valentines Day cards I’d be handing out to my classmates. Robots with hearts, Scooby Doo or maybe Bugs Bunny.
Now that I’m grown there’s only a few people that get cards from me, so I like to make sure they’re extra special. As always my favorite place to find these special cards is Etsy.
:: Box of Chocolate Pugs Card :: Narwhal Poke Card :
: Valentine Decoder Card :: Otter Love Card :
My personal favorite, I Hate Everyone But You card. It says oh so much with just a few little words.
You have a little more than one week to make sure you find that special someone(s) something great for Valentines Day. Buying handmade and local is a great way to support those artists that work hard for their craft.
If you’re anything like me, you wait until the last absolute second to make any plans for New Years Eve. Not to mention waiting until the day before to pick out an outfit. I’m plagued with the “last minute” hassles all the time, and really should know better. Maybe next year!
One of my favorite websites to get special occasion dresses from, and lets be serious, entire outfits is Modcloth. They have a wide variety that fits any style, shape, and size. If you’re stuck in a complete rut they even have stylists that you can talk to to help complete your look. Which is great for someone as indecisive as me.
This is a little outfit I put together using only items from Modcloth. I’m not a girl that likes too much color, and I like my statement pieces to be in black or silver. I also like the idea of being able to wear everything separately with other pieces of my wardrobe.
Dress: Committee Celebration Dress
Booties: Lisbon There Bootie
Purse: Twist of Licorice
Blazer: Front and Convention Center Blazer
Tights: Know a Trick or Two Tights
Scarf: Head Over Heels Scarf
Belt: Sash Samba Belt
To see the whole outfit on Polyvore, follow me here!
While I know the dress comes with a teal/blue belt, I really like the idea of this sash belt with the dress. I love mismatching belts that come with pieces of clothing for other belts I have or find. Especially when I can make it match with some of my jewelry pieces I already have.
I hope everyone is gearing up for a fantastic New Year! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2014.. Where did my early 20’s go?
In talking with some of my friends, I realized it can be a little difficult to find gifts for the more masculine individual,or even something that’s more unisex and not pink or blue. Most of the things I found were mugs that said “Greatest Dad” or hunting shirts. I don’t know very many people that like either one of those. Here’s a few finds that I think would work great for someone whose a little more masculine, or gender neutral.
:: slim wallet :: travel kit ::
:: facial oil :: oxford suede cologne ::
:: chevron ipad case :: plaid scarf ::
:: iphone stand :: brown leather cuff ::
It feels like December is already flying by! Just a few days left of shopping.. kind of.
I’ve always believed one of the most universal gifts to give is a candle. Whether it be a tea light candle, a scented candle, or even a candle holder. You’d be really hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy some form of a candle. Even those that don’t like a scented candle, there’s so many options out there! I especially love all the candle holders!
:: forest green soy candle :: red ball candle ::
:: beeswax owl candle :: cinnamon and clove soy candle ::
If you aren’t looking for a candle, there are some great candle holder, votive holder, and even DIY projects out there. Buy a pack of tea light candles from somewhere like Ikea (I STILL have a bag full of them after my most recent purchased that was 2 years ago!) and you can come up with a dozen great ideas for them.
:: geometric wood candle holders :: rustic candle holders ::
:: ceramic candle holder :: hanging jar candle holder ::
See, so many fantastic candles and candle holders out there! I, of course, am a firm believer in making things yourself. It adds that special touch to all gifts, and lets you get a bit creative. One of my favorite DIY projects I’ve found lately is for a porcelain holiday tree candle holder. It’s just too cute not to share!
DIY Porcelain Holiday Tree Lights
This DIY only really requires several materials and supplies, surprisingly simple for such an amazing piece. I love the inspiration for it. I so very often go into Target and look through their home section just to leave disappointed. I can never bring myself to spend so much money on items I could make at home. Except maybe the bar cart lately, I should talk myself into buying that.. and some of their cute linens… and shoes.. Ok. I just love Target.
But back to the DIY. I’m hoping to create something so very similiar as a Christmas gift this year.
See, how can you not love the idea of giving a candle gift set to someone! It’s so versatile and there’s just a million options out there.
Filed under crafts, DIY, holiday
On this next installment of etsy finds, I bring you some great stocking stuffers for under $20! One of the hardest things about the holidays is spending money. We all want to make sure we tell those people in our lives that they mean the world to us, without going bankrupt. This is definitely wear buying local and handmade comes in handy.
I love etsy for that reason. So many great finds! Ok, so moving on. Here are some stocking stuffer ideas to get you started.
:: full moon journal :: the exfoliant scrub soap :: coconut oil sugar scrub ::
:: perpetual calendar :: cozy slippers ::
:: build your own terrarium :: infinity bracelet ::
:: herringbone zipper pouch :: perfume samples ::
I have personally purchased from several of these companies and can speak to the high quality and great products. The soap is one of my absolute favorites, I make sure to buy a bar every year as a Christmas present to my partner, and family members. The perfume samples, moon journal, and terrarium kit are all places I’ve purchased from as well. I love all of them! Especially the perfume, great scents!
November is now far behind us. December came in with a roar, and is going to leave with hopefully just as big of a roar. I still can’t believe 2014 is just around the corner. My favorite part of the holidays is coming up with DIY projects, and gift giving guides. I’ve been blessed with the ability to always be a great gift giver, so I love sharing that with others.
This year I’m taking advantage of my ability and making a few etsy find lists for everyone. Every holiday season I buy 90% of my gifts in Antique stores, local small shops that specialize in hand made creations, and on etsy. It’s important to support local and handmade artists! Shop local! So on this edition, here’s some etsy finds, ornament style!
:: mod snowflake ornament :: folk art redwork owl :: :: felt sheep ornament :: personalized engraved wooden ornament ::
:: candy cane :: crocheted piggie ::
:: needle felted gnome :: dog silhouette bulb ornament ::
:: felt gingerbread men :: felt cat ornament ::
:: mistletoe felt :: santa hat narwhal ornament ::
One of my favorite affordable ( and yet can be incredibly cute!) items is felt. You can do so much with it! Almost all of the items above are under $10, and you can even find some great tutorials on making your own at home.
Stay tuned for some more great etsy finds this week!