Thursday, February 2, 2012

French Breakfast Muffins in the NuWave Oven

After searching around on Pinterest I found this great recipe.  Sometimes the most basic and simplistic recipes are really good.  Nothing difficult here.  I made a few changes and adapted it to use in my NuWave Oven.  Excellent with coffee.  It is adapted from a recipe on the Velvet Lava Cafe.

Into the Nuwave for 17 min. on 1" rack.

1/3 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. milk
Mix wet ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another.  Then stir together until just mixed, do not over mix.  Fill muffin cups 2/3 full w/batter.

Topping (after muffins are baked):
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
Brush the butter on the top of the muffins and sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon on top and shake off the excess. 

Makes approximately 10 muffins.

Monday, October 3, 2011

DIY Benetint-like lip/cheek stain recipe

Here's my easy, quick, and inexpensive version of Benetint.  I like knowing what the ingredients are as well as saving money so I make my own.
Here's what you need:
distilled water & vegetable glycerine (from the health food store)

food coloring
small dish, measuring spoon, dropper for dispensing into the container, & 1 empty lip gloss tube

Mix 1 teaspoon of distilled water, 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, 8 drops of food coloring in the dish and use the dropper to fill the lip gloss tube.  This amount filled this lip gloss tube completely.
Use on your lips or as a blush.  I apply a few strokes on my cheeks and blend with a blush brush one cheek at a time.  It lasts all day with a soft pink tone.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

DIY Acrylic necklace

What you need:
One pack small clear faceted beads, approximately 1/4" in diameter.
Two packs of larger clear faceted sort of flat beads.
Stretchy cord.
Super glue.
Thread the beads directly onto the stretchy cord.  Alternating the smaller round beads between the larger ones.  After they are strung and tie off the stretchy cord.  Stretch it out to isolate the knot otherwise the beads will glue to the knot.  Add a couple of drops of super glue to the knot or it will un-knot itself.  After it's dried, trim the ends of the stretchy cord.
The finished necklace modeled by my daughter.
It's lightweight and fun. Love!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Full length mirror refurbish

I saw this trumeau mirror DIY on Susie Harris' blog and just loved it. I was at a local thrift shop and saw this ugly brown mirror but fell in love with it's detail and thought it had the same trumeau look and all I'd have to do is paint it, yay!
I taped off part of the mirror and started painting:

And morphed into this! I am very happy with the results and it looks great in my bedroom with the rest of the white painted furniture.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving trip to Colorado, cont.

Snow capped moutains as we were leaving Cortez.
We stopped to take some pictures (hideously bad hair day) and met a nice lady who told us she was "Tina without Ike." She was funny. She was waiting for her family and friends who were on a guided snowmobile tour which explained the tracks in the snow behind us.

Tina (w/o Ike) took a pic of my husband and myself. I don't think I'll ever forget her name.We stopped at Wolf Creek Pass ski area (10,857 feet elevation) to watch them ski. We heard turkeys gobbling but we didn't see them.It was a beautiful day to ski, clear blue skies, crisp air, not too cold. Check out the parking lot! I don't know how they can get out of there, they were packed in.There were a few of these snow sheds or avalanche sheds, designed to keep the snow off the road as it slides down the mountain otherwise the road would be impassable during the winter.
The weather was just beautiful, skies so blue, air cool and crisp, gorgeous mountains. We saw herds of Elk, deer, and antelope so pretty.Another 7 or 8 hour day and we were at Colorado Springs and it was dark so no pics.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sleeveless jacket DIY

This sleeveless jacket is perfect to wear here in Arizona where we really don't get to wear much of the wool/wintery kind of clothes that I love. Here's my version of " Maegan's" sleeveless jacket. She does some of the most amazing DIY's and I love her style. She also does an excellent job showing the step by step that I thought I'd just show you the finished product.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hmmm, I'll just wait for you here in the rickshaw.

There's always entertainment at the truck stop and we were not let down today. This woman was reading something while waiting in the "rickshaw." Isn't that thing for kids anyway? Walmart's entertainment has nothing over the truck stop.