Monday, February 28, 2011

Flipped Tips

This is a super fun way to change up your nail polish routine! You'll need two colors of nail polish, a clear top coat, and hole punch reinforcement stickers. I chose Fuchsia Shock Creme by NYC, Pink Lingerie by Revlon, and Extra Life No Chip Top Coat by Revlon. Don't rush this project! Pop in a movie and take your time to get it just right. It's worth the wait!
First, paint your nails with the color you want for the base of your nails.
Wait until your nails are compleatly dry before placing the stickers on them. I found that the NYC nail polish dries quickly. Once you have the stickers in position, paint on your top coat; two coats should make it perfect.
The Revlon polish takes a little longer to dry so just be really patient and keep the stickers on for a while. When you are ready, carefully peel off the stickers and brush on the clear top coat.
You can use ANY colors for this! If you use a soft white for the base color and a light pink (like Pink Lingerie) for the top, it makes for a great flipped French tip look.

Ceramic Light Centerpiece

I have a few ceramic mugs and small pitchers that my Dad made in the 70's that I use for decoration because of their unique and rustic flare. I gathered three of them to make this centerpiece. You can use any wide-mouth vase, mug or bowl. If you don't have any dishes to choose from, go to your local thrift store, they might have a selection of vintage pieces that are different and fun.  For this centerpiece, you will need your choice of dishware, an LED puck, and a bag of glass gems that can be found in the craft or candle section at Target or Walmart.
Set the LED puck inside the mug than cover with the gems. Depending on the depth of the mug or bowl, place gems in the container first so that the LED puck is toward the top.

This centerpiece is pretty night or day! You can also put them on side tables or up the sides of a staircase for decoration or extra light. Just press the puck ON through the gems.  

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Breakfast for the Birds

This is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast! I like a good crunch, and this breakfast packs a big crunch and is rich in essential nutrients.

Ingredients: (All except the Poppy Seeds can be found at Trader Joe's)
2 slices of whole grain bread (Sprouted Whole Grain is my favorite)
Sunflower Seed Butter
Organic Blue Agave Sweetener (Sweet like honey but thinner and easier to work with)
Pepitas, roasted & salted (A variety of Pumpkin Seeds)
Sunflower Seeds, roasted & unsalted
Flax Seeds
Sesame Seeds
Poppy Seeds

Start by toasting the bread to your liking.
Spread on a layer of Sunflower Seed Butter.
Next, sprinkle on the Pepitas, Sunflower Seeds,
and Flax Seeds. Drizzle on the Agave Sweetener then
top in off with the Sesame and Poppy Seeds.
Enjoy by themselves or with a grapefruit or Fage Greek Yogurt, my favorite! :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cream Cheese Wontons with a Twist

I did a little experiment the other night when my good friends Anna and Travis came over for dinner. I wanted to serve cream cheese wontons with my Asian chicken salad (I'll post that recipe soon :), but didn't have any wonton wrappers. However I did have puff pastry in my freezer, as I always do. They turned out yummy and fluffy with a little crunch. Who needs wonton wrappers?! :)

Start by defrosting two pastry sheets and cut them into nine pieces. 
Then stir together two 8-ounce blocks of softened cream cheese. (Set the cream cheese on the counter a few hours before you start cooking.) To the cream cheese, add one tablespoon of garlic powder, a half tablespoon of minced garlic, and two sticks of green onion.
Next, carefully stretch out each square and fill them with the cream cheese mixture. Bring all of the corners up and press the edges tight. In order to "glue" the pastry to itself,  beat an egg and coat the edges of the squares before pinching the corners together. Brush the wontons with more egg then bake them on a greased piece of foil at 350° for about 25 minutes or until they are puffed up and golden.
WARNING! Make sure you have enough egg on the edges of the squares and be sure to press them together really well. A few of my wontons broke and cream cheese spilled out. They still tasted delicious, but they were not pretty :)

This recipe was for 18 squares or two pastry sheets. You can always cut the recipe in half for one pastry sheets worth.

Anna and I decided that the cream cheese mixture also makes a great spread for crackers! :)

Jewelry Storage

I recently rearranged my jewelry and I thought of a few different ways to store and display my pieces. 

I bought a large mug and spoon rest with flare to look pretty on my shelf. I store my little pieces in the spoon rest and my chunky bangles and large pieces in the mug. Go through your cupboards and find kitchen items that you don't really use! (cups, trays, utensil organizers, etc.)
Also, I hang my earrings on a scarf that is fed through a wood hanger. I chose a scarf that I rarely wear, fed it through the wood hanger, and tied a knot at the end. Make sure you pierce both layers of scarf when you poke the earring through.