Wednesday, February 26, 2014

from our closets

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Casey's wearing: Top- Chaser Brad // Jeans- Target // Boots- Target // Purse- c/o boohoo (similar here)// Necklace- Target
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Savannah's wearing: Romper- Macy's // Blazer- Urban Outfitters // Boots- Forever 21 // Necklace- // Bracelets- BCBGenertaion and Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

recipe: perfect crispy potatoes

Okay, here's the deal. If you want amazing potatoes, you've got to do a little more than just throwing them in the oven. Don't get me wrong, while in a time crunch, the latter will do just fine and taste great. But if you want perfect crispy buttery amazing goodness, you've just got to take it a little further. Now this recipe has very few ingredients because we want the potatoes to taste like potatoes. After you master this recipe, it's fun add different herbs and seasoning. But this is the basic recipe and these potatoes will go with ANYTHING. ANY time of day. 
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Perfect Crispy Potatoes
Ingredients:
- 8 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- Salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Put your potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Add a little salt.
3. Bring pot to a boil then reduce heat to medium for about 15 minutes.
4. Drain potatoes.
5. Put the potatoes back in the pot and swish/toss them around a bit. This will make the edges more rounded and soft. This is necessary for extra crispy-ness.
6. Mix the oil and butter and toss into the potatoes.
7. Lay the potatoes out on a baking dish in one layer.
8. Sprinkle salt on top and bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Turn the potatoes a couple times in between.
9. Serve!

xo, Savannah

Recipe adapted from here.

diy: personalized stamp

I know you hear me saying this ALL the time BUT, we have had the supplies for this project for a while and just got around to actually using the supplies. We had bought two different types of carve-able stamps and had no idea what we were going to use them for. We just knew we wanted to make stamps. Then the need came up for an "Oh So Pretty" tag for some merchandise. So we took that opportunity to use these supplies! It's super easy, it just requires a little patience.
You will need a stamp, this is a Speedball Speedy Carve, a carving tool, a brayer and some block printing ink. You will also need a pencil and a thing permanent marker.
Sketch the design to want on paper with a pencil. Just draw it the normal way you would, no need to make it backwards.
Put the design face down and rub the back of the paper. Make sure cover the whole area, you're trying to get the pencil to rub off on the stamp.
Should look something like this! And note that it is now backwards on the stamp, as it should be.
Go over the pencil with a permanent marker.
Start carving all the space the isn't written on. This is the more tedious part.
Be patient and soon you'll make it!
I just used an xacto knife to cut the stamp down to size.
Then you just use the stamp as you would. You could put it on an ink pad but we used printing ink a brayer to apply the ink. I'm thinking about mounting the stamp on some wood to keep it more sturdy. And I have another idea for this stamp so stay tuned!

xo, Savannah

Friday, February 21, 2014

recipe: clementine & honey fizz

Citrus fruit is basically our only solace for fresh fruit during these cold winter months.  Clementine and Mandarin oranges are the highlights though, leaning more toward the sweet side.  One of the great things about these tiny oranges (besides their amazing flavor) is the fact that you can use a lemon or lime hand juicer to extract their deliciousness, making them easier to juice than full-sized oranges.  Of course, if you’re making enough for a crowd, we would suggest using a juicer instead.  In a pinch, store-bought tangerine juice would work.

For this cocktail, we’ll juice one sweet/tart orange per drink.  Add a bit of honey-kissed whiskey for a kick and some soda water for bubbles.  Just a few dashes of bitters and a quick squeeze of lime to balance out the cocktail so it’s not too sweet, and this is a really lovely way to brighten up these cold, dark, end-of-winter days.
Clementine & Honey Fizz
Makes 1 drink

Juice from 1 Clementine or Mandarin orange
1.5 oz (1 shot) Honey Bourbon or Whiskey (such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey)
1.5 (1 shot) oz soda water
2 dashes of bitters, such as Angostura
for garnish: 1 slice of lime and/or 1 sprig of mint

Combine honey bourbon and clementine juice in a lowball.  Top with soda water and bitters.  Gently stir a few times with a cocktail stirrer.  Garnish with a slice of lime and/or a sprig of mint.

Contirbutor Post by: Alyssa + Carla

Thursday, February 20, 2014

recipe: gluten-free 7up biscuits

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Who doesn't love biscuits? It wasn't until pretty recently that I realized that biscuits are stinkin' easy to make. Well, if you buy biscuits mix. :) But still, they taste way better than buying biscuits in a can. Which, don't get me wrong, biscuits in a can have their place. To me, they are just a completely different version of a biscuit. Now Casey has celiac therefore she cannot eat gluten. So when we make meals to be shared, I also don't eat gluten. Since they make bisquick gluten-free style, we decided to try to make these 7up biscuits. We've seen them all over Pinterest forever but never even thought....what about making them without gluten? Until now. They're everything. I actually even liked them better than the original gluten-full version. Cray! But enough chit chat. Moving on.
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Gluten-Free 7UP Biscuits
Ingredients:
- 2 Cups Gluten-free Bisquick Mix
- 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 Cup 7UP
- 1/4 Cup Melted Butter

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Mix gluten-free bisquick, sour cream and 7UP together. The dough will be stickier than you could ever imagine.
3. Drop melted butter in baking dish.
4. Drop balls of dough into dish.
5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Eat all the biscuits. Yum!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

299 no-sew ways to alter a t-shirt

I know, this may seem a little crazy... Who would sit around and think of 299 ways to alter a t-shirt? It actually wasn't like that. It was more like, I want to do a post about all the ways you can alter a t-shirt and then I got overwhelmed because I kept thinking of so many different things you can do. So I decided to make a little graphic showing all the ways I though of. I'm sure I've forgotten something but this is specifically about not having to sew. All you have to do is cut and in some cases, tie. If you add sewing in, that is a whole new ball game and that's just too much for one post. There are 5 categories: neck, sleeves, bottom, back and side. Just pick one way in each category and get to cutting! I must also note that in the category of "side" there is also an option to do nothing, making it 3 choices instead of the 2 in the picture. You can also play around with using baggy shirts or fitted shirts. Oh, and if you are wondering "Why 299 and not 300?" The last one would be choosing "original" in each category and you'd end up with the exact shirt you started with... un-altered. So, there's that. Now, I'm going to show you two ways I've recently altered a shirt.
To make a crop tank, make these cuts. Cut the sleeves off right next to seam. Start cutting the neck by the seam and then go into a more deep scoop-like shape. Stretch out the edges where you just cut by grabbing either side and pulling. This makes the edges look less choppy!
And then you have a nice little crop tank!
This shirt is a bigger shirt so I'm doing muscle sleeves and a fringe bottom. The bottom of the sleeve is low enough so I started cutting there and then cut diagonally to where my shoulder would be. I also cut off the trim at the bottom so there wouldn't be any weird edges on my fringe.
Start cutting fringe. I wanted smaller fringe, which takes FOREVER.
After you've cut your fringe, pull each piece to stretch it out and make it look less like you just cut it.
I LOVE this design. Got this guy at Goodwill, it was brand new AAAANNNDDD it's glow in the dark.....what?!? That could be weird or awesome, we will see! If you don't have any old t-shirts, just buy some and you can put your own designs on it. Anyway... hope this is helpful! And may you never have a plain boring t-shirt again!
xo, Savannah
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Monday, February 17, 2014

before and after: goodwill dress to a flirty romper

So a couple weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram of this romper I made out of a dress I got at Goodwill. Everyone seemed to really like it (and I really liked it) so I decided to do a post about it. Now this isn't a full post about how to turn any Goodwill piece into something awesome, this is just what I did this one time. I don't know if I could exactly recreate this again.
We have a little collection of vintage patterns so I found this pattern for shorts. I picked the simplest short pattern. Duh.
This is the dress I started with. I had bought it because I loved the pattern and I had the intentions of altering it into a more flattering dress. The dress sat in the house for a while before I actually did anything to it. Classic Oh So Pretty...
I cut the shorts out of the very bottom of the dress. Then I followed the instructions but I didn't finish the top of the shorts since I'd be adding a top to it. After I did this, I got inspired by this romper. I had been searching the internet for rompers that I liked and could easily recreate with this dress. This romper was super cute and would be the best use of what fabric I had left. I did have to sew a few pieces of fabric together to create the ruffle and I used almost every piece of the original dress. There were hardly any scraps left. We also have a lot of this vintage trim so I used that around the romper instead of making my own trim, Mostly because I didn't have the fabric for that and this adds a more unique detail!
Anyway, this is the finished romper. It's super cute! I love it so.
We like to do alterations and sewing projects like this every now and then so if you enjoy posts like this, comment and let us know! We do it, we just want to know if we should take pictures and share them with you!

xo, Savannah
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