Frozen Fruit And A Killer Sandwich

I’ve been forcing myself to learn how to make real food. In a few weeks I’ll go back to living on my own and I refuse to eat nothing but green beans, frozen yogurt, peanut better, or grapefruits for every meal.

I’ve mastered baking, but I should really broaden my horizon.

I figured out how to make fruit popsicles. The recipe is really easy to make.

You just combine fruit and sugar, about 2 cups of fruit and 2 table spoons of a fine grain sugar will yield 3 medium-sized popsicles.

I made two flavors: strawberry and yogurt and lemon blueberry. I tried adding plain yogurt to the strawberry for a cream sickle.

Okay, the next recipe is a tuna sandwich with humus. If you’re skeptical I don’t blame you, but I promise it’s good.

I like to make my tuna salad with olive oil, capers, parsley, lemon and onions instead of mayonnaise and relish. I used toasted wheat bread, spread the humus on, layer sliced cucumbers then the tuna salad.

It’s been a relaxing week because I got a chance to not only make food and blog but I also managed to find some free time to do a few paintings. This is my favorite from this week.

The End Of An Era

Devotion is planning one month in advance, sewing costumes, buying 20 tickets and waiting in line for seven hours in the rain for a movie. It sounds insane, it is insane, but it is necessary.

I’ve grown up with the Harry Potter series, ever since I was a third grader I’ve been an HP reader and life-long fan. It was only fitting that my friends and I go all out for the midnight premiere.

Two of the guys from our group decided at 5:30 to begin their wait to get prime seats, so I made them a Harry Potter themed paper bag dinner.

The main course: Lightning bolt sandwiches. These were made to resemble Harry’s scar.

Dessert: Crystal ball cookies with fortunes.

And a few extra treats.

Popin’ 4th

The 4th of July is for celebrating all the wonderful things about America. Freedom, baseball, jazz music and gluttony.

My sister and I made cake pops for an Amurica (yes spelled with a U) themed party, they were pretty much a hit.

We used a  red, white and blue funfetti cake mix made by Pillsbury. That way the pops are American inside and out.

Cake pops are super easy to make.

The first step is to make a cake. Once the cake is cooled you’ll crumble the cake into a bowl, make sure you get rid of all the big chunks.

Next mix in frosting with the cake. Be careful not to add too much so it doesn’t get too thin.

Roll the cake/frosting combination into balls, or whatever shape you’d like. I made a few star-shaped ones and a few flag- shaped ones.

Let the cake freeze for about 20 minutes.

While they are freezing melt baking chocolate in a bowl to dip the cake pops in.

Once fully frozen put the cake balls on a stick then dip them into the chocolate covering the entire cake ball. Freeze the chocolate then decorate!

My friends and I are probably the only people over the age of 20 who still have slip-n-slides at our parties.

For more decorating ideas and recipes for cake balls check out www.bakerella.com

Nailed It

Breakfast and doing my nails and filling out paper work, I do this far too often. It’s almost my daily routine. Now thanks to a tip from a friend I learned how to transfer magazine clippings to my nails.

You’ll need rubbing alcohol, nail polish. clear polish, and a magazine.

Okay, first paint your nails, any colour will do. let them dry. Now cut down pieces from the magazine that will fit on your nail and soak them in the rubbing alcohol. Then you’ll place them on your nail, let it dry. Once it’s dry wet it again with the alcohol and slowly peel off the paper. It should leave then ink behind. now just paint a clear coat over it and you’re done.

And no post is complete unless I’ve shamelessly inserted one of my own paintings. This was a birthday gift for a friend, I know it’s weird but it’s an inside joke so trust me it’s not super weird.

A Time To Tan

Pale, fair-skinned, delicate, porcelain, glow-in-the-dark, pasty, whatever you want to call it, it’s what I am.

Every summer while everyone else’s skin is dropping a few shades after an hour of sun exposure. While mine shows barely any change in colour after a week at the beach.

It’s fine, I accept it. While the rest of you beautiful people have wrinkles and skin cancer in ten years I’ll be the one mocking you for not wearing the SPF 70 sunscreen made for infants.

While on the subject of beautiful people, my grandmother’s birthday is today. Happy birthday Gammy!  For her birthday I painted a picture of her from an old black and white photograph.

I’ve got to say, Gammy was a babe. And I adore her dress, it’s so cute.

This isn’t oil on masonite like the rest of my paintings, it’s acrylic on canvas.

In The Summer Time

I’ll be the first person to admit that they hate summer weather. That does NOT mean I hate summer.

Summer is super. It’s the perfect time of year for kayaking, beach, river, hiking, camping and snow cones… and I love all these things.

See? Camping. Also sweet potatoes. I must go through phases with foods. First it was grapefruit then peanut butter then honey and now sweet potatoes.

When it gets too hot I can just stay indoors and paint.

One more lovely thing about summer, it’s far too warm for jeans so I can wear dresses practically every day.

The picture to the left is before.

I semi-sew this dress, I cheated by using the skirt of an old dress.

One last treat for your ears and eyes:

A Gift That Gives Back

Name two of the best things that can happen to you before 12 a.m.

If you said have a Thai brunch made for you to eat with friends then getting a huge gift you are correct!

I love being home again and being able to spend more time with the friends I have missed so much. Over brunch at my friend’s house she gave me an easel and paints she’d had for a while and never used.

With the gift that she has given me, I decided to give her a few paintings in return. At the end of the summer she with be leaving for college, so these will be a combination of a thank you/going away/graduation gift. I’ve only finished one so far.

Since this is a food blog as well as an art blog I have to throw these pictures in.