Tuesday, February 28, 2012

We Have a Problem

We have a problem, folks.

I had to take time to mention it.

I know that most days I'm blogging about pretty unimportant stuff. Sure, crafting and cooking is entertaining. Entertainment is important and most certainly has its value. But every once in a while I have to take a time out from the silliness and talk about something real and much more important.

This past Sunday night I watched the Oscars, as I do every year. I consider it my 'Superbowl.' I love the dresses, the style, the excitement and glamour.

But something bothered me so much about the Oscars I couldn't stop thinking about it. Too many of the women are sickly thin and they are sending a very seriously damaging message to our young girls.

I first was taken aback when I saw Rose Byrne. She was incredible in Bridesmaids - but her bony frame is not incredible. If the camera adds 10 pounds, I don't want to see her in person.


I was next horrified when Angelina presented an award. The size of her head compared to that of her body is completely unbalanced. Her arms appear to be bone and skin. That's all.



What I find most troubling that these two women are such a small part of a huge epidemic. The entire red carpet at the Oscars or any other Hollywood event are littered with shrinking starlets.

Angelina Jolie is an incredible humanitarian. I applaud her for work worldwide. But about the little girls here in America?

As they grow up and are bombarded with so many images of frail, unhealthy looking women being tauted as beautiful, what will they think of themselves? Worse than that, what will they do to obtain the same looks?

I have a beautiful nine year old cousin who looks up to 'big girls' like my sister and I as well as other women with all of her heart. Some of my best friends have new baby girls of their own. I worry so much that they will feel pressured to starve themselves in order to feel beautiful like the Hollywood women.

So what do we do about it?

I don't know. I'm not sure any of my actions will cause any change in Hollywood. But I will be able to control what I do in my life.

I hope that if I ever have a daughter I will be a healthy role model for her. I will always strive to surround her with strong, incredible women who make choices worthy of being called a role model. I will talk to her about all of these things, then hold my breath and hope that I did enough as she goes into the world on her own.

I would like to say that not all of the women at the Oscars looked like the hadn't eaten. These few women represent what real American women look like. Hopefully we can see more of this in the future.







Monday, February 27, 2012

Two Toned Failure

Recently, while wasting a lot of time on Pinterest,  I came across this great pin. 


This awesome idea came from a lovely blog, Oh So Pretty The Diaries. I decided it looked super easy and I would give it a try.  I wanted to go for a white, gray and pink combo. So I started off with a couple coats of white, OPI Alpine Snow. 


A few hours later after it was completely dry, I put small sections of tape over my nails.


But then I realized I wanted the color on the other side of my nail so I slowly pulled up the tape and moved it. Notice that small section at the bottom of my nail where the polish came off. I now became slightly nervous.


I then painted the exposed portion of my nail bed gray. This was also an OPI color, French Quarter For Your Thoughts.


I decided to be trendy and paint my ring finger a different color. This lovely pink is a ZOYA polish, unsure of the exact color name. Next I let the polish dry.


Now it was time to remove the tape. I peeled the tape very, very slowly. This was the result.



Only my poor little pinky finger turned out.


I have no idea what happened. I don't know if the tape I was using was too strong, if the white polish had too little/too many coats, or if I'm just bad at this sort of thing. I will try it again using different tape, maybe even painters tape. I'll let you know how the second round goes. Right now - I can not recommend this project to you. What a bummer - I really thought this is something I could do.

I'll just have to wait for another nail trick on Pinterest to pique my interest.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone is ready for the weekend. I know I am!

You may have noticed that I now have an awesome new logo here on the site as well as my Facebook Page.  A great freelance graphic designer created them just for me! I am so lucky that she was able to capture exactly what I wanted.

If you are interested in using her services please check out her website www.kikikarpus.com or you can tweet her @kikikarpus.

I hope you like the new look!

This weekend I have plans for more crafting, baking, and possibly sewing. What are your plans for the weekend?

See you Monday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oh You Fancy, Huh?

Recently it was my turn to make dinner. GB requested grilled cheese and tomato soup. I decided to make it a fancy version. He still wanted some American cheese so in addition to that I added Pepper Jack and Colby Jack. I also decided to throw in some turkey bacon and avocado.




I thought this would be the perfect time to bust out the George Foreman grill.



I guess the assembly of the sandwich does not need much explanation.




Yum!


I made the tomato soup fancy by adding croutons.





I would definitely recommend the fancy grill cheese to my readers. What would you add to make a fancy grilled cheese?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shed Some Light


 This week has been focused on baking so I thought I'd take a break from the food and showcase a really fun craft.

You may remember awhile back when I showed you what glitter and Mod Podge could do with the post Sparkle Shoes.

After seeing a similar idea for a light switch plate on Pinterest, I decided to give it a go.  (I don't have a connected link to the inspiration, it was a broken link.)

I unscrewed the plate from the wall and gathered my supplies.



I taped the screws to the back of the plate so I wouldn't lose them. This turned out to be a great idea. I didn't lose them!



Next I poured a small amount of Mod Podge in a plastic cup, and mixed it with my glitter of choice.



The first large portion of glitter was not enough, so I just kept on adding more and more.



Finally it was enough!


I applied a nice thick layer of glitter Mod Podge, but made sure to smooth out any clumps.



Next I sprinkled dry glitter atop the glitter Mod Podge while it was still damp.


I was super bummed because I had so much Mod Podge left over. I had nothing else to glitterize so it was all wasted Mod Podge and glitter.


I let the switch plate dry overnight.


The next day I applied a layer Mod Podge.


I tried my best to keep it smooth, as this will be the top layer. I still struggle with overdoing it with the Mod Podge sometimes. I just keep adding more and more, and before you know it, it's thick and clumpy. Less is more.


Another 24 hours later - TA DA! I have a sparkly light switch in the 'Get Ready' room. I love how this room is getting girlier by the day. 








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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sugar Mama Part 2

 If you didn't catch yesterday's post, make sure you check out Sugar Mama Part 1 before you read any further.

We are making sugar cookies that are supposed to taste just like the Lofthouse sugar cookies you can find in your local grocery store.

We made the dough and chilled it in the fridge for a few hours. The difference in the dough after being freshly made and after chilling in the fridge is huge. It is much firmer and I am no longer scared that it will fall apart when rolling it out.

Using a ton of flour I was able to roll the dough out. The original recipe suggested the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick.

                                   




I don't have a round cookie cutter so I used a small rocks glass. Typically this is for GB's whiskey. Don't tell him I used this for baking. Thanks!



Next I baked the cookies at 425° for 7 minutes. At 7 minutes they didn't seem 'done' so I put them in for another minute and a half. Bad idea. I burnt a small batch. If you choose to make these cookies - make sure you take them out at 7 minutes! They won't look much more different than when you put them in - but I promise you, they are done!



 The bottoms will be nicely browned.


Oh look! A mess I made. Who's surprised?


Time for the frosting.

The ingredients needed for the frosting:

1 Cup of Butter (room temperature)
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
6 Tablespoons of Heavy Cream (I used Heavy Whipping Cream, is there a difference? I don't know, I couldn't find anything labeled just 'Heavy Cream' so I found the closest thing to it.)
Food Coloring
Sprinkles

First step is to cream together the butter and vanilla.


This was pretty tough for my hand mixer. All of the butter got caught up in the beaters and I felt like it would never escape.


But alas - they were freed!



Next I added the powdered sugar cup by cup.


Ugh! It got all stuck together again!


Oh hey - another mess. What dayaknow?


After all of the powdered sugar had been mixed in - it began to have a thick, frosting texture. At this point I added in the heavy cream.


Now it's time for the food coloring. I chose red to make pink frosting, the next time I make these, and there will be a next time, I think I'm going for a rainbow assortment.



Now I'm all ready to start decorating. Those cute sprinkles - I found them in the Target dollar section. 1 buck for 5 canisters of sprinkles - holla! 


Now they are starting to look like happy cookies! 








The verdict. Do they taste like Lofthouse Cookies?

Drumroll please......

Not quite. But very very very close! The frosting is a little too soft and a little too buttery. Next time, I'll cut down on the butter in the frosting and I think I will have it. The cookies are exactly like Lofthouse. Not only do these cookies taste great, the recipe produced 79 cookies! I didn't have enough frosting for all 79....but I had to toss at least 12-15 from the burnt batch so it worked out perfectly.

I definitely recommend this recipe. If you make this - I'd love to hear how they turn out!

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