Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Extra Cookie Dough for Your Ice Cream

I was so excited when I found out that 7/11 sells these Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie ice cream by Selecta. Just bought a small tub today.


Chocolate chip cookie dough is my favorite ice cream flavor (the Ben and Jerry's kind to be exact). I was expecting this to have cookie dough bits, unfortunately there wasn't enough! So I decided to make more cookie dough for my ice cream.

Note: Don't ever eat raw cookie dough with eggs in it. There could be Salmonella.


Found this eggless recipe somewhere on allrecipes.com

This recipe is enough for the whole tub that I bought.

Ingredients:

- 6 tbsp white sugar
- 5 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 tbsp butter softened
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 cup flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine everything and wrap the dough with cling wrap then let it chill in the freezer for about 2 hours. After that, you can scoop and roll them into small balls, and serve them with your ice cream.

Easy peasy, right?

Now I can enjoy my ice cream while I chew on these yummy cookie dough balls. :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Paper Mache Bowls

Hi all! Today I am posting how I made these paper mache bowls. I have seen these on Etsy and thought I'd give it a try.


Materials I used:
- balloons
- strips of old newspaper or scratch paper
- paper mache adhesive (1:1 ratio of water and white glue), or mod podge
- white paint
- paint in your choice of color
- acrylic emulsion, or mod podge

First, inflate your balloons. I did these in different sizes.


Use a pen to guide you on how high or low you want your bowl to be. Next, cut strips of scratch paper or newspaper. Put them on your balloon one by one while brushing paper mache paste on each strip. To make the adhesive I just mixed one part glue with one part water. I have read on the internet that some people used Mod Podge because they say it's sturdier.


Let them dry for 24 hours. Try knocking on the bottom part of the bowl, you should hear a good audible knock if it's dry. If it's still wet, the knocking sound won't be that loud. Pop the balloon and remove the excess rubber. Trim the edge of the bowls to remove the uneven paper strips.


Prime the bowls using white paint. I used acrylic paint for this.


When the white paint has dried up, you can now paint them in whatever colors you want. I tried painting the inside portion into gold and the outer portion into black. Then I added a coat of acrylic emulsion for shine. Again, you can use Mod Podge to get that shiny effect.


This bowl is made of paper mache so I don't think you want to eat cereal with this. It's best for decorative purposes. You can place your keys, coins, or rings on these bowls.


Recommendations:
- If I'm going to do this in the future, I'd probably use mod podge. They say it's better and it produces harder paper bowls. 
- I'd also try using gold leaf on the inner portion instead of painting them with gold paint. I don't know how to use gold leaf though. I still need to learn more about it.
- I shouldn't have trimmed the edges again after painting the bowl. That made the white paper exposed as you can see in the photos.

Practice makes perfect! I think it's a pretty gift that you can make to friends so I'll try these again next time until I'm satisfied with the results.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

S'mores on a Stick

Today I will show you how to make s'mores on a stick. It's an easy to make dessert specially for Valentines Day. It's so easy, even kids can help make these.

You will need:
- a pack of marshmallows
- semi sweet chocolate chips
- graham crackers (honey)
- bread sticks


First, crush the graham crackers, but don't crush them too much. You still want to have that crunchy texture.


Next, melt your semi sweet chocolate chips in a double broiler over low heat. Boil water in a pot and put a saucepan on top. You will be melting the chocolates on the saucepan. Don't let the water touch the bottom of the pan, and constantly stir with a spatula or a spoon.

Then poke the marshmallows with bread sticks or pretzel sticks. Dip them into the chocolate. Yum.

 

Next, roll the marshmallow over the graham crumbs. Cover the whole thing with graham crackers and put them on a plate.


And now they're ready to go. Yay!


Hope you enjoy this Valentine treat!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Martha Stewart Apps

I'd just like to share the information that some of the Martha Stewart Apps for iPhone and iPod Touch are free at the moment so go ahead and check them out. All recipes can be viewed offline.

I have downloaded three of the apps that are free for a limited time.

1. Smoothies from Whole Living

I have downloaded this app before, when it was not yet free. I have to say, this app helped me with losing weight.


It has different categories for smoothie recipes. There's allergen free, weight loss, meal in a day, etc.



Right now my go to smoothie is the Apple + Carrot + Ginger. 


Bonus page: they give you a list of health benefits for every ingredient that you put in your smoothie


Plus, they provide the nutrition information for their recipes.



2. Martha Stewart Makes Cookies for iPhone/iPod Touch



So many recipes to choose from. I think they have different types of cookies for most holidays.


I haven't downloaded this app before, but the first recipe that I will be using from this app will be the classic chocolate chip cookies.


They also have tips and reminders to make your baking experience easier.


And just incase your oven doesn't have a timer, don't worry because this app has a built in timer that you can use while baking. Would you look at that!


3. Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails for iPhone/iPod Touch

This app is for those who like to entertain guests at home and serve special mixed drinks.


I'm don't really mix drinks, but I would like to give it a try soon.


Too bad they don't have the recipe for my favorite drink, Pina Colada.


But they also have recipes for bar snacks to match your home made cocktails.


Yum. Deviled eggs. I'd love to try this.


Don't miss the opportunity to download these apps while they're free :)








Sunday, February 10, 2013

Art Fair Philippines 2013

Yesterday my friend and I went to The Link in Makati to check out Art Fair Philippines 2013. The sixth floor car park was converted into an exhibition space for Philippine contemporary art.

It was such a great experience and thought I'd share some photos with you. Today is the last day of exhibition, by the way.















Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Honey Bear Bottle Lamp

Remember those cute honey bear bottles that you use during breakfast? I'm going to show you how you can upcycle your bottles into night lamps.


You will need an empty and cleaned honey bear bottle, lightbulb and chord for lightbulb which you can buy at the home depot. My light bulb is a 5 watt warm white compact fluorescent light.


Next cut the bottom part of the bottle using an exacto knife or a plain cutter. The type of plastic is a little harder than the usual PET water bottle so be patient with cutting and be careful not to hurt yourself. I kind of stabbed myself in the hand but it's nothing serious.


Spray 3 coats of white spray paint on the bottle and let it dry. Once it's dry, then place the lightbulb underneath the bottle.


And here's the final product! It's so cute, you can use it as a night lamp for a child's bedroom.


Hellooo


It won't really melt the plastic bottle. I have observed it for a few hours and so far the plastic did not feel warm. The cap portion is open anyway so there's enough space for the warm air to escape.


What do you think? :)




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