Edible Body Lotion

Oook, the title is a bit misleading. You do not actually want to eat this lotion, BUT it is all natural and safe in case the delectable cinnamon cocoa smell entices your infant to take a lick.  It is hydrating for skin and hair, goes on a bit oily but dries beautifully. The mica adds a little glow too, which I adore.

Home made lotionWhat you need:

1/2c Cocoa butter

1/2c Shea butter

1/2c Coconut butter

1/4c Almond oil

1/4c Cinnamon infused Almond Oil*

Mica Powder to your liking (or not at all. this is just for shimmer)

Jars with air tight lids to store it in

*To infuse just let the oil sit with a few cinnamon sticks for at least a week before making the lotion.

**For a stronger sent you could also infuse the whole 1/2c or skip the infusion and  add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.

Infused Almond Oil

Directions:

1. Set up a double boiler on your stove and keep at a simmer.

2. Add Cocoa, Shea, Coconut and the non-infused Almond oil to the bowl.

3. Stir constantly until combined.

4. Remove from heat and let sit on the counter until it returns to room temperature.

5. Whisk in essential oils or infused oil.

Whipped lotion

6. Whisk in mica. START SMALL. A little goes a long way and you can always add more. I suggest testing it on your skin to see how much is shimmers as it drys on your skin before adding more.

Mica

7. Place in jars. I thought I was being clever and I used a pastry piping bag, but as there are not additives in this to keep the texture consistent, it becomes almost liquid when it gets too warm and solid when it gets too cold. Piping it falls under the too warm category and its a bit messy, plus you loose some of your “whip.”

piping lotion

8. Again, because it is temperature sensitive, I suggest keeping it in a consistently 65 degree-ish location. Mine is in the bathroom so its loose after showers and in the summer but hard in the winter, but still lovely to use.

These make amazing gifts – especially for hostess or party favors – Enjoy!

P.S.

These tutorials I found online for salt bath/foot soaks, lip and body scrubs go great with this lotion for gifts or if you just feel like pampering yourself. And for more awesome inspiration you can always check out my Pinterest page.

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Pintastic Super Bowl Party

Sadly, the Broncos were massacred and our house of orange and blue turned to heavy drinking quickly, but I like to think the following recipes and printables kept spirits a little higher. I will definitely be turning these into party staples especially as we get closer to March Madness.

It all started when I came across this colored caramel corn recipe. I did not use koolaid, I simply mixed 15 drops of food coloring in with the baking soda on the side before mixing the soda into the caramel corn. Mixing the popcorn in the oven after it is coated is ESSENTIAL. I forgot about it and it was chewy. In hindsight, if you forget to stir just turn them into popcorn balls, don’t try and serve it loose.

The first caramel corn recipe is pretty, but not the best flavor, a little bland.  I mixed my blue caramel corn with the best caramel corn recipe ever (the darker corn pictured). This recipe has brown sugar instead of white and molasses which makes it a very dark caramel that is impossible to dye, but tastes oh so perfect.

mixed caramel corn

If there is a giant bowl of caramel corn there has to be a way for people to carry personal servings around and accidentally throw in the air when the Broncos score. Enter these perfect cone printable! Just roll and close with washi or clear tape and there you go. I printed them on blue and orange paper for the broncos, but you could do this with any team colors or no color at all.  The link also has a printable for cup labels. I used these for my party but found that people were not that into using them so I say don’t bother with that one.

http://snapcreativity.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/printable_party_superbowl.pdf

 

Another fun food dying project that was perfect for orange and blue (but again works with any color) were these swirled sugar cookies. I made the dough a few days in advance and just left them in the freezer until the day of. This is a great time saver for when you know you have a ton to do the day of and just want to throw them in the oven. Plus you still get the house smelling like cookies when everyone arrives.swirl cookies

I wanted to make wings because they are the quintessential football food, but I really don’t like the process so I made this buffalo dip instead. It has shredded chicken, franks, cream cheese and sour cream in it and everyone that ate it couldn’t stop talking about it. Some people even added it to their salad. YUM!

rolling out crackersThe dip suggests using carrots, celery and ritz, but instead of ritz crackers I decided to make my own jalapeno Cheeze-its.

I doubled this recipe and added 3 roasted jalapenos chopped up into tiny pieces. For extra fun I used a round cookie cutter twice on each piece to make them the shape of footballs and instead of a toothpick to poke air holes, I used a three prong fork so it was more like laces.  

My big note on the crackers is that I had to bake them longer than the recipe called for and after they cooled I baked them again to make sure they were nice and crispy. Two days later, the leftovers are stale so I am going to bake them again and see if I can get another round of crisp out of them. Another plus, their orange for the UNITED IN ORANGE theme!

cracker footballs

For decorations I found this blog and went all out with their free printables.  I used the water bottle labels around  blue dixie cups and scattered the other around the living room and food. Then I took this football field buffet table idea and spun it with butcher paper and paint pens. I made one end zone the vintage Broncos end zone and the other a more modern version with the current logo.

football table cover

 

Broncos Flags

vintage broncosHAPPY PARTYING! (and pinning)

 

S’moregasm brownies

This was not actually my idea, but rather a glamping (glamorous camping) kitchen mash-up miracle created by the one and only Caitlin McKenna!

All you need is butter, brownie mix, vanilla, graham crackers and marshmallows. 

brownie prep

You could get a pre-made graham cracker crust but who wants to pass up the opportunity to break out the culinary hammer and a ziplock.  Drizzle melted butter over the crumbs while mixing (4-8tbs) and then press into the bottom of a greased 9×9″ brownie pan.

In the meantime, make your box brownies as instructed (Caitlin adds some extra magic in the form of a dash of vanilla) and pour the brownies into the crust.

smore pie

Then, grab your mallows and push into the brownie mix leaving the top quarter or so exposed.  We used the really big mallows and it worked really well but I imagine minis would be delicious as well.
cooked smoresWe baked at 8000ft of elevation so you may have to experiment, but we baked according to box brownie instructions and removed them a little early using the darkness of the mallows as a guide.  

They came out gooey and the mallows had melted into the brownie batter – sinfully delicious s’more variation. Enjoy!

And thank you to Caitlin again for the post!

Pickle Update

 

The Pickles looked beautiful with local wild flowers at the wedding and guests are rolling in with the recipes now that they are digging in and cooking with them at home.

Pickle displayThis first pictures is of the Watermelon rinds, bread and butter, carrots and beets.

IMG_9223Here are the jalapenos, cherries and lemons next to our homemade cider and label design by Aaron’s lovely aunt.

Hopefully I will follow this post soon with some delicious recipes for consuming these delectable delicacies.

 

Bra and Panty Cookies

I love these cookies! all you need is a basic sugar cookie recipe and a heart shaped cookie cutter.

When you roll out the cookies and cut in hearts, there are a few options for shapes.  The easiest is to cut the pointy end off and turn upside down for decorating. 

neon

 Another way is to leave the whole heart and turn it upside down for panties, and then use the top of the heart opposite itself for bras.

White sugar cookies

There are 2 different ways to do the frosting.

In the colored cookie version we just added water and lemon extract to powdered sugar, separated into 4 small bowls for 4 colors and used mini decorating spatulas and toothpicks to draw designs.

The second method is the one we used for the white cookies.  These were then decorated with edible markers for a bridal shower cookie decorating competition.  For this version we made the same powdered sugar and water mix for the fill, but made a second batch of icing with meringue (you can use powdered or fold in beaten egg whites).  We piped the stiff batch with the egg whites using a narrow nozzle to outline bras and undies, and then piped the looser icing into the middle and spread with a knife to fill the space in.  This method was much less messy and can be done in multiple colors as well.

outlined cookie

These were great for the bridal shower as well, because the edible pens made for a no mess, easy clean decorating competition.

Finished

Wes Anderson Inspiration

As the crafty seamstress in my group of friends I get to really let the craft juices flow to help make the best, totally unique costumes. Apparently this year was the year of Wes Anderson, and honestly I couldn’t ask for a better muse.

First I tackled Felicity Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox

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A little cruising on Etsy found me the perfect vintage pattern, and the Fabric Worm discount section turned up a pretty decent fabric match.  Add an incredibly artistic friend and that’s one bad ass fox!

A bit closer to d-day some good friends of mine got an itch to replicate the couple of the summer from Moonrise Kingdom, Sam and Susie, which meant the perfect LPD, Little Pink Dress

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I used a combination of another stand by vintage pattern and edited in the sleeves and neck line of the felicity fox pattern to make this – on the left 😉

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Not the best pic, but I forgot to get a good, but you will just have to trust me that it beat out all the other Susie’s on the block.

On a non Wes Anderson side note the Pebbles and Bam Bam fabric from the last post came in handy for a little Ferris Bueller action. Lucky for my friend, he found a wondering Camron on the town:Image

Halloween

It has been a busy Halloween season and I have quite a few things to share.

Friday night I was an owl. I used a tutorial you can find here.  It was so easy and so much fun!

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On a cold night I added some leggings, a sweater, Uggs and face pait, Perfection!

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Saturday night I was joined by my beau and for the first time in eight years I convinced him to do a joint costume! Pebbles and Bam Bam were super easy – I just pattered a long tank and some boxer shorts out of black and leopard print and then sewed some oversized bones in for effect.  Easily my favorite of all time.

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Wednesday had to be work appropriate and I had been digging on some Pinterest awesome in way of face paint.  45 minutes and a re-purposed Cinco de Mayo dress later I was ready to go.

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Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting everyone!