Friday, January 25, 2013

Rrecent Finds No. 4

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1. Lovely anchor. Would be a sweet addition to my half sleeve design.

2. So true. I am the daughter of a King who is not moved by the world.

3. I AM enough. I really, really need to remember this on a daily basis.

4. Coffee for two in the mountains *siiigh* We need a trip up north, asap.

5. Ok. Grapefruit donuts. A healthy take on a not-so-healthy treat? Yummy.

6. Beloved. Great placement + font. Thinking about getting something similar.

In other news :: 2 straight weeks of 12 hour shifts = done! I'm so looking forward to having the next few weeks off to focus on things other than work. Hope you all had a great week!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap

Quite a few people have been asking about the homemade laundry soap I mixed up a few days ago. We're gonna be saving close to $70 / year by making it ourselves, which is a start. So here's the scoop! It made a (2) gallon batch and should last us most of the year. We'll see! I had my doubts, but 3 tbsp of this concoction does the trick. I was surprised to say the least. Just throw the ingredients into a big trash bag, shake it up and find somewhere to store it. We bought this glass jar at Walmart. I like it and I plan on making more once we run out.

3 bars Zote Soap, grated
1 - 4 lb 12 oz box of Borax
1 - 3 lb container Oxy Clean
1 - large container Purex Crystals
1 - 4 lb box of Arm And Hammer Baking Soda
1 - 3 lb box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda 


Monday, January 07, 2013

Peppermint Blossoms


We finally had a chance to meet up with our friends for a belated Christmas shindig. It has kinda become a tradition over the past 3 years. We pick a Friday or Saturday night in January, meet up for dinner / drinks and exchange all our gifts. I wanted to stick with handmade gifts this time around. I ended up baking these yummy cookies for both my guy friends. They were a hit. Gare even asked me to make them every Christmas. He's really, really big on sweets. I'll more than likely agree to it. For this recipe you'll need 2 baking sheets, parchment paper, 2 large mixing bowls and an electric mixer.

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter - softened
1¾ cups sugar - divided
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp peppermint extract
40 Hershey kisses
(I used both candy cane and hugs)

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line both baking sheets with parchment paper and set them to the side. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In the second mixing bowl, beat butter and only 1¼ cups of sugar on medium until it looks fluffy. It took about 2-3 minutes. Slowly beat in eggs, one at a time, until they are well combined. Beat in the peppermint and vanilla extract. Gradually add your flour mix to sugar mixture on the lowest speed, just until it's mixed well. At this point, I rolled the mix into a big ball of dough. I wanted to make sure all the ingredients were totally combined. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Coat each ball in the remaining ½ cup of sugar and place onto the baking sheets. Bake them until the outside starts to crack a bit. It took about 10 minutes. Take them out, cool for 5 minutes before topping each with a Hershey kiss. The kisses may melt if the cookies are still too warm. Continue to let them cool completely.

Hope you guys have a great Monday!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Recent Finds No. 3

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1. Here's to new beginnings. A new year, a fresh start.

2. I used to think Frenchies were so ugly, but I was wrong.

3. Crock pot bread recipe. Gotta try it out sometime next week.

4. Couldn't pass up sharing this quote. The last part is the best part.

5. Homemade laundry soap. I've been wanting to try this out for awhile.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Welcoming 2013

As we venture into a new year, I want to embrace a new perspective. I want to change my outlook in many areas. When trying to figure out a word to best describe my ambitions for 2013, only one came to mind. Simplicity. I want to simplify our lives. Our possessions, our finances, our way of living in general. I want to take delight in the simplest of days and make the most out of every tiny moment.

I want to be content with what we have and stop dwelling on that which we lack. 2012 taught me many, many lessons and I'm hoping that 2013 will follow suit. Cheers to newness, to a fresh start! Here's to finding beauty amongst the chaos of our lives and adopting new standpoints. My heart is filled with expectancy for the months to come. Let's make each fading second count.