Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cranberry Pistachio Galette with Grapefruit Sugar Crust

cranberry galette, easy cranberry pie, grapefruit sugar
THIS CRUST.  Oh lordy the crust.  I hit the jackpot with this crust.  And it all happened by accident, really.  

See, I wanted to make this galette but I was out of sugar.  So I stopped at Trader Joe's and couldn't find anything except Cane Sugar.  I knew it would work just fine but I didn't expect the Cane Sugar to really transform the galette like it did.  It's chunky and substantial and made for an excellent crust with a lot of sweet crunch.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Guide Guide for the Beauty Obsessed


The secret title of this post is: "Things I Want Right Now" but that didn't sound quite as nice as "Gift Guide for the Beauty Obsessed."  But it's no secret that I'm "beauty obsessed" so I doubt I had many of you fooled.  

So Christmas is 10 days away and perhaps you've got a few people to buy for (or, ahem, everyone left to buy for).  I'm no good at presents for Dads or cousins but I've got a keen intuition for the ladies in your life who are makeup enthusiasts.  If I was a betting lady, I'd say the following items would please even the most intense makeup lover.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY Paint Splatter Mugs

Simple and quick DIY Paint Mugs using nail polish, water and mugs!
These adorable mugs are just as much science experiment as they are craft.   Nail polish and water do some crazy things together.  These two mugs were my first go at this craft and I loved the result.  It's SO easy to customize these colors or to make a lot (like a whole set) at once.  Such a fun and simple gift too.  

Here's what you need:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Homemade Sugar Plums

Who knew sugarplums were a real thing?  You know, from "visions of sugarplums danced in their heads"?  Growing up, I envisioned sugarplums as tiny ballerinas or fairies.  I really took the word "dancing" literally.  Deeeeeefinitely didn't think it was food.

I'm very astute.

But thanks to Pinterest, I found a recipe for actual sugarplums which, as it turns out, is a food, and is incredibly simple and no-bake.  Who knew?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Makeup For: The Hungover

I wonder how many times I can start a post this month with the phrase "Tis the season for...." ?  Ok let's give it a try:

Tis the season for holiday parties and holiday parties mean holiday cocktails and holiday cocktails mean holiday regrets and hangovers like "Oh my god what have I done to myself and I think I need a gatorade.  No wait, a coffee.  No wait, a diet coke.  No wait, a doctor.  No wait, all of the above and some carbs."  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DIY Snowglobes

diy snowglobes
These DIY Snowglobes kick off what I hope to be an overambitious overextension of my time and talents this holiday season.  EVERY year I tell myself that I'm not attempting crafts and then every year I go on Pinterest and immediately betray myself by selecting a crafted gift for every person I've ever met in my life.  

So this year we're starting with snowglobes.  Good news though!  These are actually simple.  And quick.  I'm one for one so far!  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Upside Down Banana Gingerbread Cake

upside down banana gingerbread cake
THE SMELL.  MY GOD THE SMELL.  

Pardon me.  I shouldn't have screamed at you like that.  It's just that this cake produces the most delectable smell while baking.  I want a candle that smells like this.  

Are you listening to me Bath and Body Works?  Please make an Upside Down Banana Gingerbread Cake Candle and then charge $22 for it but no one will ever pay full price because everyone knows that candles will be 2 for $22 if you just wait long enough.