Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What I Had For Breakfast

Good morning! I just had ordinary pancakes today. See? Just pancakes with butter and syrup. I didn't even add fruits and jam and other colorful things! But don't worry because I'll be in Bali this weekend. So next week I might share with you what we will be having for breakfast Balinese style. Aaah!! I'm excited and I haven't packed my clothes!


Anyway, what do you usually put on your pancakes? I once did peanut butter and jam on pancakes and that was sinfully good. Hehe.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Making Churros using Pancake Mix

A couple of weeks ago, I bought this Betty Crocker Pancake Mix. You know those "just add water" boxes? Yep, I bought one. What was I thinking, right? When I made pancakes with it, it was just bleh. I will never make "just add water" pancakes ever again. 

Anyway, I didn't want to throw it away so I thought other ways to use it for, like making churros. Actually, I was craving for churros because I was watching this family's trip to Disneyland that was uploaded on Youtube. And I associate Disneyland with churros. So I craved for churros and made some!


Ingredients:
Dough:
1 cup water
1 cup pancake mix
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar

Cinnamon Sugar:
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
Combine water and butter in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once boiled, remove the saucepan from heat and add pancake mix and 1 tsp of sugar. Stir until it forms into a smooth dough.

Pour cooking oil on a frying pan and set the stove to medium-high (around 375 F). With a pastry bag, pipe the dough to about 5-6 inches long and fry until golden brown. Set them on a plate with layers of paper towel to absorb the oil.

Combine 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a bowl. Roll the churros in cinnamon sugar until the whole surface is covered.

Serve and enjoy!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Thread and Nail Art

Hey all! Today I'll show you how to make a thread and nail artwork. It's really easy to make, even your kids can do this, with assistance on working with nails.

You will need:
- scrap of wood about 15" x 15"
- scratch paper
- pencil
- scissors
- nails, about 50 pieces 
- string
- spray paint


Cut out a heart template with a piece of scratch paper, or newspaper.

Trace the heart with a pencil. It doesn't have to be a heart, by the way. It can be a star, or your name.

Nail the outline of the heart, spacing each nail about 1 inch apart.

Use spray paint to color the wood, I used white as the base paint and then blue green the the top layer.

Get your yarn and tie a knot around one nail and keep stringing the yarn until you go over all nails. Tie the end of the yarn to another nail and trim the excess.

It could also look nice if you use more than one color. I'll probably try adding pink on my heart and I'll let you know how it turns out.

I'm going to hang this on our bedroom wall. Slowly I'll be adding more DIY knick-knacks into our new apartment. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I had for Breakfast

Good morning everyone! I'm going to cheat because I didn't really had this for breakfast today. I had this last weekend when I slept over at my parent's house in Laguna. Can you guess what it is?


Champorado at pusit! Just incase you do not know what that is, champorado is rice porridge in hot chocolate sauce. You usually cook the sticky rice with tablea or cocoa powder and then mix it with condensed milk. Yum! Now, remember I told you that chocolate goes well with salt? That's how it works with champorado. Normally, you eat this with dilis, or dried small fish. But since we didn't have it at home that day, we substituted it with dried pusit (squid), which tasted just as good.

What did you have for breakafast?

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Baked Potato Chips Experiment

Hi people! Last weekend I saw this delicious Instagram post by Williams Sonoma.


They look so good and it sounds easy, right? Well I tried it at home and this is what happened: 

Burnt apple crisps! They weren't even crispy, they were paper thin and flaky. I placed them in the oven too low that's why they were dark brown in no time. But you know, it doesn't taste as bad as you think... with the help of cinnamon and brown sugar!

Anyway, I ran out of apples so I used potatoes for my second attempt. And this time, I placed them in the oven at the second and third racks. I followed the same instructions, baked at 275F for 1 1/2 hours, and flipped every 30 minutes. But instead of cinnamon, I seasoned the potatoes with salt, pepper and dried herbs.


They were crispy! I used a mandolin to help me slice the potatoes. By the way, I did not peel the potato skin off just because I was too lazy to do it. They tasted fine nonetheless.


Well, they did taste like potato chips and I love that I made them myself. But guess what? Nothing beats the taste of Lay's and Ruffles! Nom nom nom.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day! + Makr App Review

There's an awesome app for the iPad called Makr, which you can download for free. You can customize their templates to make your own cards, labels, and even product branding. They also have an in-app blog that you can read for more inspiration. Let's try it out, shall we?

How about we make a Valentine postcard? First, choose the template that you want.

I chose the template Pearl. On the theme overview, you can select the format that you want.

So I selected the post card, which is about 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". From there, you can play around with the design.

You can change the background color, add shapes like this heart,

and also add text. Write down your message with a selection of nice looking fonts.

Select different kinds of texture for the shapes. I like that they have this wood grain texture!

At the back, you can add your message, and also change the background color and text.

When you're ready, you can download the free pdf to preview your design on paper. When you are satisfied with your design, you can either have it printed professionally for $20.00 for 10 post cards, or they can send you the high-res pdf document for $3.99 if you want to print them by yourself.


But since I don't really want them printed, I just took a screenshot so I can share them with you guys in e-card form!


Happy Valentine's Day, friends! Hope you have a great one!

Love,
Catherine

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Watercolor Paper Flowers

Hello all! Today I will show you how to make watercolor paper flowers :)


You will need:
- Watercolor paint
- Watercolor paper, or Oslo paper
- Scissors
- Hot glue

Just paint the paper with watercolor. I mixed three colors for this one. The more water you use, the more it will blend. And then let it dry for about 30 minutes.

Cut out different sizes of petals with your watercolor paper, ranging from 1 to 3 inches. Slightly curl the sides of the petals with a pencil.

Starting with the smallest petal, Apply hot glue at the bottom of the petal and pinch it. Add a new petal over the previous one, layer by layer.

When you're satisfied with the size, you can stop adding petals. If you want, you can experiment with different petal shapes.
  
Then cut out leaves to complete the look. It will definitely look nicer if there are 2 or 3 more colors for the flowers. You can use these flowers as a nice table centerpiece for a party! And by the way, these will never wilt.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What I Had For Breakfast

Good morning guys! How's the start of your day? Once again I took a photo of my food so I can share it with you. I guess I should make this into a regular thing, no? It gives me an excuse to decorate my food. Here's what I had for breakfast:


I had cottage cheese and walnuts on toast, drizzled with pure honey. Yum! I had two servings of this because it was just so good. I got the idea when I saw the Yelp page of Ridgewood Coffee Company, except that they used goat cheese on their version.

You guys should try it some time. Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

La Pomme by Apol Lejano-Massebieau

Last weekend I visited La Pomme, the shop owned by Apol Lejano-Massebieau, and did an interview with her for Katha Magazine. The article will be on the next issue which will come out this March. I met her during the Rockwell Holiday Bazaar, remember the lavender pillow? That's from La Pomme. Apol just opened her shop last week at The Collective, Makati. 

Here's the photo of the store front, with her photo bombing in the background :)

What's inside her store? You will see fancy soft toys like these chic handmade dolls.

Here's a close up of the fashionable dolls. I especially love the doll with the turban.

I saw Apol's world famous apples, as seen on Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy...

...and other whimsical objects, like the swan, panda bear, mushrooms and more.

Apol also has workshops where you can learn how to sew a simple toy. Do drop by her shop during the said days below. No matter how old or young you are, she will patiently teach you how to sew. She even taught her daughter how to sew at the age of 2!


But this Friday, Apol will be having a special Valentine sewing workshop for the date-less called "Huwag Umuwing Luhaan" (Don't Go Home In Tears). If you're not doing anything on Friday, then why not go to the shop and learn how to sew? Apol might teach you how to sew a boyfriend pillow! :)


Here's the map to the shop. It's just along Malugay Street in Makati. I usually come from MRT Magallanes Station, ride a jeep going to PRC and get off at Malugay Street (near Petron Gas Station) and then I just walk to The Collective. Her shop is beside Wabi Sabi.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Dip Dye Ribbon

Hi all! here's a quick DIY for Valentine's Day: Dip-dye ribbon. I got the idea from Ruffled, except that they used cotton fabric for the ribbons. I used the satiny ones that's why the effect is subtle.


You will need:
- Food coloring
- Water
- Small container like a shot glass
- Ribbon
- Paper towel

I rolled the ribbon and soaked it in water so that the color will be subtle. Add a few drops of food color and water in the shot glass and then dip the rolled ribbon into the dye. If the color is too harsh, just wash it with running water.

Use paper towel to absorb the excess water in the ribbon. Then unroll your ribbon and hang it to air dry. This is how it will look like when your ribbon is satin. 

You can just use kraft paper to wrap your gift and it will look nice with the ribbon.


Next time I'm going to see how it will turn out if I use two colors. Enjoy! :)

Friday, February 7, 2014

All Things Valentine's Day

Love is in the air, don't you think? If you are having a fancy valentine party, then here are ideas that you can try:

1. Heart Cut Out Gift Wrapping, House That Lars Built
2. Pink and Gold Dessert Table, Ruffled
3. Watercolor Tags, Ruffled
4. Heart Garland, Etsy
5. Candied Pretzels, Ruffled
6. L O V E Signage, Style Me Pretty
7. All You Need Is Love, Ruffled
8. Eraser Heart Stamps, House That Lars Built
9. Love Wedding Desk, Grey Like Weddings
10. Side Table Vignette, Ruffled
11. Heart Shaped Cookies, Ruffled
12. Pink Flowers, The Sweetest Occasion

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hi Again!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I am still alive! I've been busy with work, with Katha, with other craft projects for other people that's why I haven't updated my blog. But don't worry, I will post something before Valentines day. :)

And since I don't have any craft projects to show you today, I just took a photo of what I had for breakfast.
Cereal with strawberries and blueberries in soy milk! Yum. And by the way, I am left handed that's why I placed my spoon on the left side. Random fact!

So guys... don't worry! Give me a little more time to prepare craft projects for you. Just stick around because I'll be back soon! :)
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