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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Key lime Parfait :)

Key Lime pie is one of those desserts that screams SUMMER, but it is so refreshing and delicious, it would be a shame to only indulge in this for one season.  These parfaits have the scrumptious taste of Key Lime Pie, but have the beautiful presentation of a parfait.  

And the dessert is so simple, you will have a great dessert with very little fuss.  I love to eat this in my backyard with my feet up while I relax and watch butterflies having fun:-)  In the winter, enjoy this and smile when you think of what a great summer you had. For a great touch for entertaining, try serving these in shot glasses with mini spoons.

A gratuitous whipped cream shot. There is nothing quite like homemade whipped cream.
Are you convinced?

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 1-2 cups chilled whipping cream 
  • Pure Vanilla Extract

Melt butter in heavy small skillet over medium heat. Mix in sugar and stir until bubbling, about 1 minute. Mix in crumbs; stir until color deepens, about 3 minutes. Turn out onto plate and cool.

Stir condensed milk, lime juice and lime peel in large bowl to blend (mixture will thicken).

For whipped cream topping, beat 1 cup whipping cream in bowl until stiff peaks start to form. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Make sure the bowl and the beaters are cold. It helps if you put the bowl in the freezer and the beaters 10 minutes before you make the whipped cream.

Using electric mixer, beat cream in medium bowl until firm peaks form; fold into lime mixture.

Place 1/4 cup lime mousse in each of six 8- to 10-ounce wine goblets. Top each with 1 tablespoon crumb mixture, then 1/4 cup mousse. Top parfaits with remaining crumb mixture. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. Just before serving, add a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Stay tune I'll be back with more recipes ! LOVES xox


Shoe Rack Gardening Organizer {Gardening}

Now that gardening season is upon us this gardening organizer is perfect! You’ll use an old shoe rack and some clay pots! So easy to set up and use, you’ll be able to see everything you need to make your garden beautiful!

Well, it might not be the prettiest thing, but it sure makes me happy every time I see it sitting there in the corner of my mud room, all ready to help whenever needed.

We've had a bit of a problem since moving into this house almost two years ago. Our garage is a disaster zone unlike you've ever seen. I promise you. The tools and hardware and junk are all piled together in giant heaps on top of the various work benches. So finding anything is nearly impossible, if you can even get to the work benches past the bikes, several ride-on lawn mowers, stacks of flooring waiting to be installed and power tools all over the floor. It's bad.

There's a little skinny hard-to-get-to cupboard in the house that I was using, but it wasn't working out so well, and my "house tools" kept mysteriously ending up back in the garage.

 I found this old shoe rack in the basement, and you might have one just like it lurking around somewhere. I put it by the door to the mudroom and now everything I need is right there waiting for me on my way outside. The little angled shelves are perfect for grabbing whatever I need quickly and easily.
Terra cotta pots make it even easier to fill er' up with all my gardening and quick home repair necessities.
So what do we have here? Just the basics. Stuff I use everyday-ish. A hammer, tape measure, screw drivers, and wrenches, gardening gloves, a little shovel and some pruners, seeds and fertilizer, and some tie-downs for when we're taking yard waste to the recycling center.

As I recover more and more useful tools from the garage, I have room for them on my little stand! It's a silly little thing, but it makes me happy.

Well, yes, it probably would make me even happier if I just cleaned out the garage. I'm hoping to get started on that one too a bit this month.

Until then, I'm happy with my little shoe rack.:)


DIY Picture Frame idea for Dorm and Apertment :)

Let’s face it: when you’re out on your own for the first time it can get ridiculously expensive to decorate your first place. And if you have a lot of pictures of friends and family lying around but not a lot of picture frames you could be looking at a very expensive problem…unless you turn to this neat DIY tape picture frame ! Using simple materials like ribbon and tape you can create a unique and cool frame that suits your sensibilities.
One thing that you do need to keep in mind is that, since you’re using tape, you need to make sure your pictures are secured and don’t have too much tape residue on them as that can make it a bit difficult to remove the frames without tearing your photos. However you could always remedy this problem by simply making copies of your photos.
When I moved into my first apartment a year and a half later, I had mostly abandoned this style of decorating. Instead, I was determined to make my new living space as adult as possible. After all, this was a real apartment. Equipped with cheap frames from the dollar store, I arranged several of my own photographs on my bedroom walls. Even if they weren’t expensive custom frames, they made me feel infinitely more grown up.

Indeed, there is something inherently sophisticated about hanging picture frames on one’s walls. Perhaps it’s because they lend a space some semblance of intent, rather than the feeling that random bits have been thrown together. Unfortunately, many rentals and dorms restrict frame use because of rules forbidding nails or tacks. Additionally, frames can be cumbersome to move and ones that aren’t from the dollar store can be quite costly.

As a cheap, easy and surprisingly chic alternative, consider framing magazine clippings, photographs and postcards with different colored tapes. The supplies travel lightly, can be changed frequently and can be purchased for very little.

To make these fun and stylish tape picture frames, all you’ll need are a few images to frame, one or more kinds of decorative tape, scissors and an X-Acto knife or similar blade. For tape, we used Japanese washi tape (available at many craft stores or online here), black masking tape and copper foil tape. Tape comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures, so do some browsing and find what you like best!
When you have your materials assembled, begin by taping up a single image. It’s important to tape up and frame your images one at a time so you can be sure of how much surrounding wall space you’ll have left. Once your image is up, take a roll of tape and make a frame around your image, adjusting the size and amount of interior space to your liking. As illustrated in the first image, you can go far beyond a simple rectangular frame. Mix it up! If there are bits of tape that are longer than others or overlapping in awkward ways, use your X-Acto blade to carefully trim off the excess. Move the blade lightly over the tape to avoid putting marks on the actual wall. This technique is especially useful when making non-rectangular frames.

Ta-da! That’s it! Easy peasy. Now gather some tape and some pictures, and make yourself some snazzy frames. I guarantee you’ll feel instantly fancier.


DIY Zipper Sleeve Shirt ! :)

It's long weekend and there are so much things we can plan and if  you are not going any where than here's the fun way to create your own style at home :)

When people think of DIY clothes they tend to think of making things like dresses or shirts and other things that are fairly standard. This amazing DIY zipper sleeve from Trash to Couture is a great way to set yourself apart from everyone else making their own clothes. Using an already made tee shirt and a zipper you can get a unique look.

The site also suggests that you can replace the tee shirt with a simple yard of fabric. It all comes down to what you think would look best. Mixing and matching different fabrics and patterns could be a great way to really customize this simple but stylish look.
If you want to learn how to make this shirt then click here!

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