Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Homemade Key Lime Soda



1 cup fresh squeezed key lime juice, that has been refrigerated
1/3 cup powdered sugar (Splenda can be used)
3 cups club soda
crushed ice
mint leaf, for garnish (optional)


*Mix lime juice and sugar together till the sugar dissolves.
*Add the club soda and stir lightly just to mix.
*Place crushed ice in 4 glasses and pour the soda over it.
*Garnish with mint leaves, add a cherry and serve at once.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Snicker Doodle Cupcakes

I found this recipe on MarthaStewart.com and I am so excited to try this... I just need an occasion.


-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
-2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
-1 3/4 cups sugar
-4 large eggs
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-1 1/4 cups milk
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon for dusting
-2 tablespoons sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together both flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is mixed well, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.

3. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven and allow cooling before removing cupcakes.

4. To finish, combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a pastry bag with a large plain tip, pipe frosting on each cupcake. Dust cinnamon-sugar onto the cupcakes.

Martha's Seven Minute Frosting

1 3/4 cup sugar
2 T light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
6 large egg whites


1. In a small heavy saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Rub a bit between your fingers to make sure there is no graininess. Raise heat to bring to a boil. Do not stir any more. Boil, washing down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water from time to time to prevent the sugar from crystallizing, until a candy thermometer registers 230 degrees, about 5 minutes. (Depending on the humidity, this can take anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes.)

2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 1/2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Remove the syrup from the heat when the temperature reaches 230 degrees (it will keep rising as pan is removed from heat). With the mixer on medium-low speed, pour the syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl (to avoid splattering) containing the egg-white mixture.

3. Beat frosting on medium until cool, 5 to 10 minutes. The frosting should be thick and shiny. Use immediately.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Love Tiffany & Co!

Tiffany is introducing a new jewelry line, inspired by nature. Just in time for Spring! I love butterflies!

Tiffany & Co. has debuted Tiffany Garden, a fresh spring jewelry collection inspired by nature. As with all of the company’s gems, the line’s rose-cut amethysts and diamond petals come from regulated mines throughout the world. And those little blue boxes? They’re made from 100 percent recycled paper.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday Funnies

Why Men Should Not Take Messages!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pretty Little Apple Floral Arrangement

**Adorable Apples: For short-term decorating, use sturdy apples like Red Delicious or Granny Smith to craft a cute bud vase. Simply core an apple as deep as you can using a knife or a screwdriver. Keep your handiwork hydrated and fresh by spraying the inside with a mixture of water and lemon juice. Top with one large flower, or try a small bunch. Show off these delicious creations on a mantel, windowsill or atop a rectangular plate on the dining room table when entertaining.**

Monday, March 8, 2010

Posh Wash Soap Gets On The Front Page

Lucky Me! I was fortunate enough to not only be included in a beautiful new treasury, but, the treasury also made it on to the front page of Etsy this morning. Caused quite a jump in views and hearts for my item. I'm still very much thrilled by this, as it is only my second time!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Scented Body Spray

Here is an easy, easy recipe for a scented body spray. Make sure you use it within a couple of weeks. Or, you can add an antibacterial agent such as grapefruit seed extract or germaben.

1 ¼ c distilled water
2 Tbsp liquid glycerin
1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
12 drops essential oil of your choice*
1- 80z clear spray bottle

Mix ingredients and shake vigorously.
*You can also use a fragrance oil, or even a bit of your favorite cologne.
Enjoy! Especially cooling in hot weather if you keep it in the refrigerator. This makes a quick and easy gift for someone special too.