Thursday, June 7, 2012

Countdown..

In ONE WEEK my dear big brother Brett, known as Elder Thorpe for the past two years, comes home from his mission!!!!!!

























AHHHHHH.
He's be in Brazil serving a mission for our church. So in one week I will be seeing my big brother again! I haven't seen him for two years.. He's pretty much bomb awesome. I'm soooooo excited. :D :D :D :D

























I'm just a wee bit excited...can y'all tell?? :)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DIY: Colored Jeans

So, I had been looking around for some colored jeans. You can find them everywhere and for pretty good prices! But they're all that nasty stretchy 'jean' (yeah right!!) material that, I'm sorry to be blunt, flatters very few people. You all know what I'm talking about. Well I was tired of that nasty material because we can't all be as tiny as some people..I have thighs and I'm good with that! But...I want to wear colored jeans too!!

I had seen on Pinterest how people had dyed their own jeans, so I figured I would give it a try! I found some white jeans that I really liked, thank you American Eagle for still sometimes using actual jean material! Bought me some Rit dye and ta-da!!!

NOW I HAVE GREEN JEANS!! :D YAYAYAYAY!

























What ya do is...

ONE: Get jeans and dye.

I was lucky enough to find white jeans that I liked, but if you can't find some I've heard of others taking light colored jeans and bleaching them a few times to make them white! I'm going to try that for my next pair (I'm thinking...pink!!!) and I'll let y'all know how it turns out! :)

I used Rit dye from Hobby Lobby, with my coupon it wasn't even $2! Also..to pick your color I simply chose a box. Afterwards though, I learned abou Rit Dye's Color Formula Guide! It's sooo cool. There are all different shades and it gives you the combination of dyes you need to make the exact color.


TWO: Prewash jeans to remove any finishes that could effect absorbing the dye.


THREE: Dye your jeans!! Choose the method you're going to use! You can even do it in a washing machine..pretty cool! I just used our sink.

You're supposed to weigh your material, when dry, to know how much dye to use. I just used one of the little boxes.. If you don't weigh them, simply just watch them and eyeball the desired color!

Follow the boxes directions to dye according to the method you chose. And I recommend adding 1/2-1 cup of salt into the dye-bath to help with maintaining color!

Sink method--Make sure to use very hot water and continuously stir, otherwise the color won't be even! Keep them in for about 20 minutes, I dyed them for about 25 minutes. Once they're the color you want, make sure to keep them in an additional 5-10 minutes because the color will fade after you take them out. Rinse out the jeans with warm water until water comes out clear (or mostly clear..it takes forever!). And then wash them in warm water with mild detergent.



If you want some color ideas...check out Pantone's Fashion Color Report for Spring 2012! Mine turned out to be similar to Margarita from there palette!

It isn't rocket science to dye them....it can be as easy as getting a box of dye, mixing it up according to the directions and simply dying them like that! That's all I did and I'm ecstatic and love the results!!! I just used a box, mixed it up, and dyed them. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy..

But if you want super duper detailed directions then check out these!

ENJOY YOUR COLORED JEANS!
I know I am!! And, when I get tired of this color...I'll just dye them again!! I'm thinking olive green for fall :D

Linking up to Destination Craft's Cutesy Monday and Vintage Wanna Bee's Talent Tuesday!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pizookie Time!

Up at good ole BYU I learned a lot of stuff. Like all about the Himba in Namibia, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), the periodic table, and FOOD. My roommates, friends, and I found Pinterest to provide tons of inspiration for treats...Hence the abundance of yummy treats on my "Treat Time!" board. :)

The delicious treat I'm sharing with y'all today is something my dear friend Sheri taught me how to make... Neiman Marcus Cookies! They're amazing. Seriously. If you haven't had them, make them. NOW! You won't regret it.

Plus you can make them into pizookies like Amanda and I did!! :)You don't know what a pizookie is?? Let me introduce you to the wonderfulness that is pizookies... A pizookie is a basically an oversized, slightly undercooked (the middle still soft and barely doughy) cookie! Served with ice cream on top! You can make pizookies out of any cookie dough, but I always make them using this recipe..


NEIMAN MARCUS COOKIES
Recipe may be halved...one full recipe makes about 100 cookies!
I always make a half batch :)

Ingredients:
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Brown Sugar (packed)
4 Eggs
2 teas Vanilla
4 cups Flour
5 cups Oatmeal, blended (..in blender to fine powder)
1 teas Salt
2 teas Baking Powder
2 teas Baking Soda
4 cups Chocolate Chips
1 8oz Hershey Bar, grated (optional)
3 cups Nuts, chopped (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar.

3. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.

4. Mix flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a separate bowl.

5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

6. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts.

7. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

8. Bake for 10 minutes, I set a timer for both 8 and 10 minutes and check at both times! Take them out when the edges are a slight golden brown.

Note: When I first took them out, with the edges golden brown, the centers were still very soft and I thought they looked funny, but I left them on the pan after I took them out just for a minute or two, and then took them off the pan. And they turned out great! So don't fret if they look a little different than most cookies when first removed from the oven.














Don't mind the bad quality phone pictures... I promise I'll charge my DSLR soon!! :)



Now, if you want to make PIZOOKIES here's what ya do...

Make any type of cookie dough, but these baking temperatures and times are for this recipe!
Get a cookie sheet and make several larger cookies, depending on how big you want the pizookies. But remember they will spread out, so don't make them too big! Our eyes were bigger than our stomaches on this one..haha! Bake them at 375 degrees and you'll just kinda have to watch the time. I set the timer for 10 minutes, and keep an eye on it for the rest of the time; it took mine approximately 13-15 minutes to bake. Take them out when the cookies are starting to get golden all around the edges.

To serve them it's easiest to just leave them on the pan, since they're big and the middle isn't fully cooked (but that's the best way..with the center somewhat doughy!). Serve them warm with ice cream on top!

You can also make them in a 9x9 pan or a pie pan! For baking times, just watch them until the edges get golden.

ENJOY YOUR PIZOOKIES!! We sure did :) They make a great summer treat. Believe me!



Linking to Destination Craft: Cutesy Monday! and Vintage Wanna Bee: Talent Tuesday! and Addicted to Recipes: Scrumptious Sundays! and Alli N' Son's: Sweet Tooth Friday!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Makin' it Monday!

First off, it should be known that pumpkin is not just for fall/winter. Why should foods be restricted to seasons?? Yes, I am one of those people who will drink hot chocolate in August, I will also watch Christmas movies in March (or any month really), and make summery popsicles all year round. Now for the rest of the story...




To keep myself free and clear from the "Monday blues" I decided to make some fun stuff!!

So after I got home from work, ate dinner, and helped my mother out (she's leaving for girl's camp tomorrow!!) I searched Pinterest for some sort of pumpkin chocolate chip recipe, because oh baby have I been craving pumpkin!

I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!!!! Yes, I know that its summer, but pumpkin is just sooo good to only eat part of the year (just like stuffing! Why only eat it once a year?!? But that's a debate for another time). I used a recipe from the Idea Room because I wasn't sure if I had Pumpkin Pie Spice, and most recipes call for it, but this one didn't! And let me tell you...THEY WERE DELICIOUS!!! Also, it made way more muffins than the recipe said. So that meant even more yummy pumpkin chocolate chip goodness!




















And they're sooo pretty!
It was a very quick and easy recipe. That produced extremely tasty results.

Pumpkin Muffins (or bread!)
*recipe from The Fresh Loaf via The Idea Room
Makes approximately 18 muffins

1 3/4 cup (1 15 oz. can) pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 eggs
3-4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups chopped walnuts or chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix pumpkin, brown sugar, butter and eggs together until creamy. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (except walnuts or chocolate chips). Add 3 cups of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then add as much of the 4th cup as necessary to achieve the proper consistency (moist, but thick enough to stand a spoon in). Add the walnuts or chocolate chips and stir in.

Pour or spoon the batter into greased muffin tins or bread pans. Bake on the center rack at 350 until a toothpick poked into the center comes out dry. At sea level, muffins should take between 20 and 25 minutes to bake, small loaves between 25 and 30 minutes, and full sized loaves between 50 minutes and 1 hour.

For me the mini muffins took 17 minutes and the muffins took 27 minutes. They were delicious!!




So, funny story. After I took them out of the oven and put them on the cooling rack my parents and I went to get milk. When we came home I noticed a muffin tin on the floor, then realized that an entire row of muffins were missing! Penny, our dog, ate SEVEN MUFFINS! Hahaha I guess they were a hit... :)

Dad staked claim of the rest to take to work, so far my baking has been a success!! Woot woot!

Linked to Destination Craft: Cutesy Monday! and Vintage Wanna Bee: Talent Tuesday! and Yummy Inspirations: Breakfast Ideas Monday! and Addicted to Recipes: Scrumptious Sundays! and Alli N' Son's: Sweet Tooth Friday!
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Treats

I don't know about your family, but mine always made some sort of treat (usually a cookie of some sort) every Sunday!!

So since, I'm back home in my dear state of Texas, it's only fitting that I made a treat this wonderful Sunday.

Have I mentioned....I LOVE SUNDAYS!

To me, Sunday means going to church, focusing on Christ, studying the scriptures, good ole fashion family time, journal writing, family dinner, and top it off with a treat!

Today, Mom requested snickerdoodles, therefore snickerdoodles I made! I decided to be a little adventurous and use a different recipe than we usually use...off to Pinterest I went. Here is the recipe I used! My baking times differed from the ones listed, but I really liked their recipe.




















Snickerdoodles:
Recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff

ONE
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

TWO
Mix thoroughly:
1/2 cup margarine (I just used butter!)
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs

THREE
Mix in:
3 cups flour (one at a time works best)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

FOUR
Chill dough for about 30 minutes.

FIVE
Roll into balls. In a separate bowl, mix 2 Tbsp sugar with 2 tsp cinnamon (to taste). Roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar. Place about 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

SIX
Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned, but still soft. (Recipe says 7-9, but I did a full 10).
Made 2 1/2 dozen for me!

Linked up at Destination Craft! and Vintage Wanna Bee: Talent Tuesday! and Alli N' Son's: Sweet Tooth Friday!

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