Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Little wooden jewelry box

I found this gorgeous little wooden jewelry box at Goodwill this past week. Isn't it cute! I'm thinking it would be a perfect addition to Emma's room. Once naptime hits, I think I'm going to break out the spray paint and see what I can do. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Never trust a Skinny Baker

For those of you who missed it, I started up a new blog specifically for my cooking and baking! You can find it here, Never Trust a Skinny Baker. Since there's no real way to "follow" that blog, be sure to like my facebook page! I post links to all of my recipes as soon as I post it to the blog!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

More sparkle toes!

I was looking through some old pictures of Emma, and I found lots of pictures of our pretty painted toes! I just though I'd share on here what cute possibilities there are for Sparkle Toes.

Such cute pudgy baby toes!
There's no place like home, there's no place like home..

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sparkle Toes!

I can't remember where I found this tip, but I love doing my toes like this! It's incredibly easy.
Choose your nail polish color and glitter color. They should be close to the same color (I've never tried contrasting colors, but who knows how it could turn out?)
Paint a base coat on your nail and wait for it to dry.
Set up a work station. You'll need either a paper plate or a sheet of paper. 
Place your foot on your work station.
One at a time, paint your nail, and sprinkle LOTS of glitter on it. Make sure to get every corner!
Pat down the glitter with your finger so it lays flat and sticks to the nail.
When all your nails are done, brush off excess glitter from your skin.
Pour excess glitter back into the container.
It's a little bit messier than a normal manicure/pedicure, but I love the results! So sparkly for summer!

New blog

Sorry for the absence! I've been working on setting up a new blog, specifically for my cooking and baking! I finally have it up and running, and already have a few posts up. Come check it out at Never Trust a Skinny Baker. Also, come "like" my Facebook page! I'd really appreciate it if my Crafty Mama fans followed me over here!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Watermelon Daiquiri

What You'll Need:
3-4 cups of watermelon cubes (frozen)
1 cup sliced strawberries (fresh)
1 cup fruit juice
1-2 shots of alcohol

Cube 3-4 cups of watermelon, place it in a ziplock bag, and lay it flat in the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
In a blender, mix together watermelon cubes, fresh diced strawberries,fruit juice (I used juice from the watermelon), and 1-2 shots of liquor (I used vodka, since it was what we had in the house, but I think rum is what's normally used in a daiquiri.) Blend until smooth. Garnish with a small watermelon slice. Makes 2 daiquiris.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Corn dog muffins

I came across this idea for corn dog muffins on Pinterest. (I am REALLY loving that site!) It's easy, and MUCH healthier than the fried alternative. I used mini-muffin tins for it instead, I like the crispiness of the mini ones better than the large muffins (I made some of both).

Here's what you need.
Hot dogs
Muffin mix (boxed will work just fine, I like the recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.)

If you're using regular sized muffin tins: Put liners in your cupcake tin. Cut each hot dog in half. Put in a little bit of corn bread batter, put the hot dog in, and cover it with more corn bread batter. 
If you're using mini muffin tins: Spray your tin really well. Cut your hot dogs into coins (I cut each one into 10 pieces). Fill each spot with some cornbread batter, place the hot dog in it, and spread a little more batter on top.
Bake according to the instructions on the corn bread recipe. Enjoy!

It turns out that Emma likes the hot dog, and not the corn bread, so she picked all of hers apart!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope your holiday weekend was good. We had lots of fun over here! We had the family over for a cook out, and I made a delicious flag cake! I decided to do this one a little simpler. It was my first time making an Italian Meringue Buttercream (outside of class, that is), and it turned out really well! It was such a rich icing though, and maybe not the best choice for such a hot day. The way I decorated it was completely un-original, but still gorgeous!

 We made bubbles from this recipe.
 Emma watched some fireworks with her big cousin.
 Charlie enjoyed being a lady's man.