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
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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.
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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
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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
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