Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Tried It - Avacado Alfredo

"You Eatin' Nice" has a great healthy alternative to the traditional cream based pasta sauce while maintaining the same smooth texture.


I tried out the recipe with great results. It is easy to make single portions and very quick to whip up.

I took a couple short cuts that made the recipe quicker but did not diminish the taste. I substituted fresh squeezed lemons for Lemon Juice and switched basil and garlic for pesto.

Et viola!
- Jay

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

DIY Halloween Costumes (Kids)

Here are a few wonderful children's costumes to get you ready for Halloween!

3rd Place - Rocket Man

2nd Place - Littlest Mermaid

Winner - Audrey Hepburn 
(I appologize for not being able to find the original source)

Audrey Hepburn costume.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Wizard of Oz Mini Cake

For my BFFs birthday this year, I whipped up a Wizard of OZ mini cake.

The witches legs were formed out of purple fondant and stuck onto tooth picks. I then painted on mini shoes and sock stripes and stuck them into the fondant covered cake.

- Jay

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sharpie Magic - Revamping Old Shoes

There are a ton of wonderful ways to revamp your favourite old heels when they become worn or need restyling. Here's a look at one that I did a couple months ago.

I apologize for the poor quality of my camera and the fact that I do not have pictures of the process!

I started off with plain white heels that had become a little bit scuffed over time. Using a sharpie permanent marker, I drew a tree stemming from the heel and wrapping around to the arch of the shoe. Upon finishing, I sealed my drawings by modpodging over them. (If anyone has an alternate option to modpodge, I would love to hear it!) Et voila!

- Jay

Monday, 1 October 2012

Tried It - Broiled Grapefruits with Brown Sugar

I've always loved grapefruits, on their own or juiced. The wondering online universe recently introduced me to broiled grapefruits.

(photo via the Running Foodie)

I have come across several similar recipes, such the one at  "This American Wife" which includes butter and cinnamon in addition to the brown sugar. I prefer to only add a small amount of brown sugar and my roommate prefers to have hers plain.

Recipe (if you can even call it that!)
1. Cut grapefruit in half and set into an oven-safe dish.
2. Sprinkle on your chosen amount of brown sugar.
3. Place in oven and broil until sugar has melted and is slightly bubbling.

- Jay

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Tried it - Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

With the plethora of tutorials and recipes online, I always find myself wondering "Could I ACTUALLY make that?"

Well here is the first post of many experiments!

Yesterday, I tried out a recipe for Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers from Peace, Love and Low Carb. Melted cheese, onions, and mushrooms - I can't see a downside!

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers -  Done!

The recipe went off almost perfectly. I didn't have fresh garlic and had to resort to using powered garlic which ended up a bit more potent than I would have liked. I would recommend using fresh garlic and feel that you could exchange provolone for mozzarella if you are planning on using ingredients in your fridge.

This recipe will definitely become a "go-to" :)

- Jay

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Inspiration: Fish Scale Wall Art

Today whilst on my regular Pinterest browse, I came across this gorgeous tutorial by Two Thirty-Five Designs (here).

If I ever find the time to cut out all of those circles, I think I will make a metallic black backdrop of my desk in my bedroom. Now I just need to find a circle cutter!

- J

Friday, 22 June 2012

Bridal Shower Cake

My cousin is getting married this fall. So for her Bridal Shower, I was delighted to get to make the cake.

It was my first time playing around with gum paste (luckily, I had an awesome teacher to help me out!). I can definitely say that it will not be my last time.

Things I've Learnt:
1. Keep vegetable shortening on hand. If the gum paste starts to stiffen up, you can use a little bit of it to soften it up.

2. Whenever you're baking a cake, do it in stages. I always leave things to till the last minute (ALWAYS). My advice is to do the flowers/ gum paste days before, bake the cake two days before and ice/ fondant it the day before. Then all you have to do the day of the event is assemble it.

May the cake be with you,
- J 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Garden Cake

My uncle is an avid gardener. So for his 60th Birthday, we whipped up a garden cake!

Happy Summer!
 - J

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Tips for Your Tips

Things that I've learnt:

1. Doing your nails while typing up study notes really works. Paint a coat of polish, type a page, paint a coat of polish (you get the pattern..)

2. If you paint polish outside of the lines, don't worry! Let your nails dry and then wash your hands in warm water. As your scrubbing away, run your fingernail around your cuticle to remove the excess.

3. If your really in a rush, spray some Pam or lightly brush some olive oil over your nails. This will remove the stickiness and prevent you nails from getting scuffed.

- Jay

Monday, 18 June 2012

Upcoming Project

I found this gem at the Salvation Army Thrift Store last week for $3.00. I'm hoping to recover it and pretty it up!

- Jay