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Make Your Own Creepy Vintage Photographs

by on Oct.26, 2012, under Craftables, Eye Candy

My wonderfully creative friend and fellow blogger Dot of Dabbled.org created an awesome tutorial for making your own super creep-tacular vintage undead photos just in time for Halloween. Reminiscent of the spooky decorations found at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ride The Haunted Mansion, these pictures are sure to garner interest at a Halloween gathering. One could also create a few of these from existing photos of friends and family and tuck them around the home for a discreetly dark vibe.

skulls undead living dead halloween

via dabbled.org

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Skinny White Wine Sangria

by on Aug.29, 2012, under Yummies

Yes, yes, I am a slacker on blog posting, blah blah, whatever.

So I use the notes app on my iPhone mobile smartphone quite often to store little tidbits I dont really have anywhere else to put. Movies I want to see, songs to download, recipes I have all the ingredients for on hand, costume design ideas, etc. Last year, when I was attending the locally famous Murder Mystery Party hosted by my friend and author Linda Sands, I met a lovely women named Robyn, who was making sangria to share. That act alone told me I would like her and we should be friends. The theme/setting for that particular party was Latin America, so sensibly sangria had to be invited!

While enjoying our yummy adult beverages and making conversation about our roles in the game, Robyn shared her wonderful recipe for the Skinny White Wine Sangria she was making with me. I quickly whipped out my phone, opened my Notes app, and jotted down her recipe.  I think this recipe was from one of those Real Housewives bitches or something, but I don’t watch that crap on TV, so I’m not really sure. And if that is the case, I wouldn’t want to give them any credit anyway, so my friend Robyn is getting all the kudos here.

This recipe has been just sitting in my phone for nearly a year now (291 days to be exact, as my app is telling me). I didn’t really have anywhere else to put it. I suppose I could have emailed to myself, but why? My phone is always with me and often I use it in the kitchen for cooking anyway. What’s to gain from pulling it up via email verses from my Notes app? So today I had the idea today to actually SHARE this recipe on here, thus preserving it for prosperity and letting others enjoy it as well. I know, I can be a little dense about this blogging thing sometimes. Now I can clean it out of my Notes app, and my sense of organization will be satiated.

White Wine Lemons Oranges Vodka

Skinny White Wine Sangria
 
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Type: Drink
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Ingredients
  • Sweet White Wine (such as Bay Bridge)
  • Tropicana Trop50 Orange Juice
  • Welch's Orange Pineapple Apple Juice
  • Vodka
  • Splash of Sprite
  • A few Oranges and Lemons, sliced into rounds
Instructions
  1. There's not really any measurements with this, as it can be scaled to any size pitcher you want to mix it in.
  2. Start with a good portion of the wine as the base.
  3. Mix in ¼ to ½ as much by volume of the OJ and Fruit Juice to wine used. (If you started with 2 cups of wine, add ½ a cup each of each juice) 2:1 wine to juice ratio.
  4. Add enough Vodka to give it a little punch.
  5. Pour in a healthy splash of Sprite to give it some tingle.
  6. Garnish with Oranges and Lemons and even some pretty herbs, if handy (basil or mint for example).
Notes
I had been drinking this concoction when I wrote the recipe down, hence it's a little vague. Really though, this is a great combination of flavors and you really would have to go out of your way to mess it up.

 

 

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Cards and Cocktails for Moms

by on Apr.29, 2011, under Craftables

Tiny Prints LogoHint: Keep reading for free stuff!

I had the distinct pleasure of being invited to my first blogger party a few days ago. That’s right world, watch out I’m going places! My friend Nancy, who runs the awesomely creative and crafty Dabbled.org, was asked to host a party for some local Atlanta bloggers and friends to promote Tiny Prints Mother’s Day card collection. They treated us, all mothers in our own right, to a wonderfully catered meal, a very generous wine budget, a manicurist, a masseuse, and a beautiful array of their most popular Mother’s Day cards. Suffice to say, we all had a wonderful night.

Being that Mother’s Day was the theme, there was lots of talk about our personal experiences with motherhood. Comparing horror stories, battle scars, and tales that make your heart melt, all while indulging and being pampered. I can say for sure, there are plenty of worse ways to spend a Wednesday night. Being a fairly new mom myself (my baby is almost 17 months old), I had a great time listening to the wisdom of those more experienced, and also being able to interject on occasion with my own particulars. I always love the reactions I get when I describe the projectile poop my daughter sprayed me with when I was changing her at about 4am when she was less then 2 months old. Nothing like standing in the shower, before the sun is up, washing liquid poop out of your hair.

Courtesy of Dabbled.org

Now, all that being said, TinyPrints really did impress me with their card quality and massive selection. I have already made 2 cards, one for my mother and I went ahead and got a jump on Father’s Day and did one for my Pops too. I scanned through their other occasion cards also and am looking forward to making some for birthdays and other upcoming holidays. For the same price (or in some cases less) that you’d pay at the grocery or pharmacy for a name brand *cough*Hallmark/American Greetings/Etc*cough* card, you can create a personalized card featuring pictures of your family, friends, pets, or whoever. Enter your own message, or use one of their many suggestions, and then they will print it and mail it either directly to the recipient or to you for a personal signature. Overall, the interface is easy and intuitive. You do not need to be a computer wiz to figure out how to upload your pics or get them onto the cards, it walks you though step by step. All this without having to trade elbows with other last minute card shoppers while having to pick over the card reject graveyard. TinyPrints is MUCH easier and doesn’t cost you any gas!

I am very much looking forward to seeing my finished card and seeing my mom’s reaction when I get to give her a card plastered with her grand-baby’s pictures. If the quality is on the same level of the cards we got to see at the party, I am sure to end up with an excellent finished product.

Courtesy of Dabbled.org

Now for the best part: FREE STUFF FOR YOU! You can create your very own FREE Mother’s Day card just by clicking Like on TinyPrint’s Facebook page. There will then be a link in the menu on the left with instructions on how you can get your free card. Be sure to order by May 2nd, to ensure delivery in time for Mother’s Day.

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Talk about a snazzy disguise!

by on Feb.17, 2011, under Yummies

For winter-haters like myself, the first days of the year above 60° sends our pulse racing that spring might finally be on the horizon. Yeah yeah, late freezes, blah blah, cold winds from the north, whatever. I am already eying the neighborhood  pool (hey, we even had money to pay the dues this year, so I might actually get to use it!) and dreaming of firing up the grill for cook-outs. With cook-outs, warm afternoons, and my friends on mind, I saw this little recipe gem and I was…well…I was in love!

Lemon Drop Jello Shots

Photo by Bakers Royale

No more stealing the paper ketchup cups from McDonald’s…wait, I mean buying those little paper cups legitimately from the internet. Now your jello shots can be delivered in a attractive and environmentally friendly container.

Before you make your shot mix however, you need to prepare your fruit. Now I am a lemonhead, so I am doing this recipe with lemons, but it can be done with pretty much any citrus fruit. With all of the different flavors of jello available, you could make a wide variety of fruit/liquor/color combination.

First step is to prep 8 lemons (this will yield 32 finished servings). Cut lemons in half and juice. Set the juice aside, you’ll need it later. Using a grapefruit spoon (or a paring knife if your careful), remove the insides of fruit and. Try and get a nice smooth inside to your halves. You can also try turning the fruit inside-out and scraping the pith clean that way.

Lemon Drop Jello shots fruit

photo by Bakers Royale

Now that your vessels are ready to receive their bounty, time for the jello shot recipe. Perform a Google search and you will find tons. This one looked exceptionally delicious, but you could use just about any found online. Just remember that you may need to adjust the ingredient quantities so that it yields approximately 3 cups of shot mix.

Lemon Drop Jello Shots

  • 8 large lemons, sliced in half and prepped
  • 2 packages lemon Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup liquor (I like Bacardi Limón for this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, for dipping

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Combine water and jello mix and stir until mix is dissolved. Then add the liquor, lemon juice and cold water.
  3. Place the empty lemon peels hollow side up into a muffin pan. Pour the jello shot mix into the shells until it reaches the rim of the fruit.
  4. Once all your fruits are filled, place muffin tins into the fridge for approximately 4 hours, or until the jello is firmly set.
  5. To serve, warm a shape-edged knife under hot water. Dry knife and slice halves into wedges.
  6. Pour the sugar on a plate and coat wedges on both sides.
  7. Share and enjoy!


Photo by Bakers Royale

Now if the kids sneak out from bed while you are having a shot, you can just pop the rind in your mouth and give them a silly grin, and no one will be the wiser as to what your really up to.

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Dr. Seuss Cupcakes

by on Jun.09, 2010, under Yummies

Cupcakes, in my humble opinion, are one of the supreme foods in all the universe.  Tiny, portable, infinitely customizable in substance, filling, icing and garnishments; and great for sharing…oh and did I mentioned generally delicious! Thus you can see the nature of my penchant for these little cups of delight.

I am shamelessly stealing this link from a friend who posted it on Facebook earlier today. It is just too awesome not to share. Without further ado, I give you Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 Cupcakes!

These not only give you the yummy of the cupcake, but combine it with the fun and sugary confection of cotton candy! The original creator notes however, not to apply the cotton candy until just before serving, or it will melt into a puddle of runny blue liquid on the tops of your cupcakes. With a growing baby in my house and a love for classic children’s tails, I dare say the likely-hood of a Dr. Seuss party in my future is fairly high.

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