Archive | July, 2012

Blackberry Lemon Thyme Scones for the London Olympics

27 Jul

To celebrate the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, I wanted to make an appropriately English snack. The appropriate snack was pretty obvious — tea with scones. Nevermind that they start at 7:30 p.m. It’s afternoon tea somewhere. This is the first time I’ve made scones, and I think they turned out pretty great. I’ll warn you now: It’s a sticky process. The recipe I chose is Blackberry Lemon Thyme Scones, and you can find the recipe here. I obviously used the variation rather than the original Blueberry version, but I imagine the latter is also delicious.

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DIY Rooting and Potting Plants

26 Jul

Recently the giant, beautiful Jade Plant in my house spontaneously fell over and lost a few limbs in the process. Luckily it survived the fall, but the limbs weren’t able to be reattached. Because, you know, it’s a plant. In this house, we can’t bear to throw out plants that could be rooted and given new life, so today I’m going to talk you through the process of rooting (and subsequently potting) plants. It’s a great way to get more plants and thus have more leafy green friends in your house without having to buy more plants. This particular Jade has at least two children (and soon to be more) in the house. Now onto the process.

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DIY Colorful Bobby Pins

25 Jul

I thought it would be a good idea to grow my bangs out this summer. I’m currently in a phase where they look awkward as bangs, and I can’t quite tuck them behind my ears. So I’ve been making use of bobby pins. The sad part is that my bobby pins are boring colors, and I lose them all the time. Here is the solution: bobby pins + nail polish. When I lose one of these, I can make another in five minutes. And yes, I’ve already lost some. This project hardly requires any sort of tutorial because it’s so easy, but I’ll give it to you anyway.

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Excess Strawberries

24 Jul

As I said before, I had way too many strawberries. After making jam, I still had enough strawberries to make a few other recipes. And I’m also here to share them (in short) with you.

Strawberry Cake:

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My first endeavor was strawberry cake. You can find the recipe here. It’s a really quick and easy recipe to make, and it’s great alone or served with whipped cream or ice cream. The thing to remember when making this cake is not to be shy about shoving the strawberries in the top. Really crowd them in as much as possible.

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Strawberry Jam / Hello

24 Jul

ImageToday, over a month after I actually completed this project, I’m going to talk about making Strawberry Jam. I know, I know. Strawberries aren’t even in season anymore. I promise I’ll be more prompt in the future. Now that you’ve forgiven me, let’s move on.
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