rainbow cake in a jar

this is such a cute & fun idea. a friend and I did this and it turned out great!

what you will need:
– a box of white cake mix   – eggs, oil, and water for the cake mix
– white icing homemade or store bought   – neon food coloring   – 4 wide mouth glass canning jars    – non-stick cooking spray

Directions

1 – pre heat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray the inside of the jars with non-stick spray
2 – make cake batter and divide into bowls, the number of bowls will depend on how many colors of cake you want to make – we did 5 with approximately 1 cup of batter in each bowl
3 – add food coloring to each bowl, until you reach your desired color
4 – spoon 1/4 cup of each color batter into the jars in whichever order you decide – the blue and the green may mix, so just be aware of that when choosing the order
5 – fill either metal baking pans or a glass baking dish with about an inch and a half of water and place the jars inside
6 – bake according to the box, and once done, allow to cool completely before frosting and decorate however you please!

note – the cake will most likely bake over the top of the jars – like this –  and spill into the baking pan, just cut off the top part once the cake has cooled

once decorated and frosted, you can choose to close off the jars however you like, we played around with a few ideas and this is what we came up with. have fun & enjoy!

recipe cred – by Brooke McLay on www.blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/04/08/rainbow-cake-in-a-jar/.

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diy wrapped chain bracelet

chain link bracelets with colorful woven accents have been popping up all over the place, such as on the LN-CC website. Aurelie Bidermann’s Do Brazil bracelets are stunning, yes, but oh so pricey. they take the friendship bracelet to a whole new level. here is a way to create your own for a price that fits any budget.

what you will need:
– a chain curb link bracelet   – embroidery thread   – 2 bobby pins   – a pair of scissors

cut 2 sets of 15 strands of the thread, each strand the length four times the length of the bracelet. knot all of the threads at the top, leaving youself about 2 inches of slack. pin each set of strands with your bobby pins which will help you to pull the threads through the chain given you the weave. lay both sets of threads to the left of the bracelet. pull the first color of thread (coral in the pictures) from under the first link, and over the top of the left side.

lay the second color (blue in the pictures) over the first (coral). pull the second color under the same link and over the top left once again. repeat the steps moving on to the next link: put the first color (coral) on top of the second color (blue) and pull it out from under the second link and over the top left. lay the second color (blue) on top of the first color (coral) and pull it out from under the secondnd link and over the top left again.
depending on how large the links of your bracelet are, you may want to weave the threads through each link more than once. the pictures show each link woven twice.

repeat the steps until you have woven through the whole bracelet. tie a knot at the end, and trim the excess threads.

photo creds
http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-woven-chain-bracelet/  & http://becauseimaddicted.net/2011/01/diy-woven-chains.html

other cred
http://www.aureliebidermann.com/

talk with your hands? perfect.

if you talk with your hands and have lots to say, this is perfect for you! such a fun idea for a manicure!

1 – put on nail polish and let dry, a pale pink or tan perhaps, although any pastel color would look lovely
2 – dip fingernail in rubbing alcohol
3 – press a strip of newspaper big enough to cover the whole nail on to your alcohol soaked nail
4 – pull off slowly and be really impressed with yourself
5- paint top coat if desired

pretzel cookies with chocolate & peanut butter chips

with the biggest chocolate weakness known to man, i am always on the hunt for yummy new cookie recipes. this one satisfies a sweet & salty craving all at the same time, how perfect! enjoy!

what you will need:

– 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
– 1/2 tsp. of salt
– 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
– 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
– 1/2 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
– 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
– 1 egg (beaten)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 cup milk chocolate chips
– 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
– 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
– pretzel Salt or Sea Salt

Directions:

1 – In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. set aside.
2 – In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy. slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. beat to combine.
3 – add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels. cover and refrigerate for an hour.
4 – preheat the oven to 350F. line baking sheets with parchment paper. place on sheet in well-rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, and sprinkle with salt. bake for 10 minutes.

recipe first found on:
http://satisfymysweettooth.com/2011/09/23/peanut-butter-pretzel-and-chocolate-chip-cookies/ 

just so new

as of a month ago, i am obsessed with blogs and pinterest. not only do i read blogs in my spare time – which seems like none – i check pinterest right before i go to bed, during class, and while i eat. i used to think that it was wasting time, but a very wise lady once said “time wasted on something you enjoy is not wasted time”. this gives me joy, knowing that it is not being wasted! that being said, of course i always have something else i could be doing, whether it be homework or well, homework, but the way i see it, it still gets done! this blog is now my way of putting all that reading and searching to good use, to help build my own blog! yay for more “wasted” time!