Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Welcome to November! Now relax.

With Samhain behind us and Christmas on the horizon, November is usually a busy month. It's the National Novel Writing Month in a number of countries, it's also Movember for all the men out there and it's the month we spend frantically getting prepared for December, Christmas AND New Years. So here's an idea - take a few moments to relax and get yourself in a good place for the month to come!

Honey Body Scrub
20g Salt Flakes
40g Brown Sugar
40g Sorbolene Cream
15g 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
10g Honey (at room temperature)

Combine all ingredients, scrub should be slightly runny. Apply a small amount to the desired area and massage in a circular motion. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Not intended for use on the face, can be stored in a sealed container for up to 1 month.

Chocolate Face Mask
1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Thickened Cream
2 Tsp Cottage Cheese
1/4 Cup Honey (at room temperature)
3 Tsp Quick Oats

Combine all ingredients till evenly mixed. Use finger tips to apply evenly to face and gently massage in a circular motion. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Not intended for use in sensitive areas, avoid the eye area and store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Milk Skin Soak
1 Cucumber (any variety)
3/4 Cup Quick Oats
1 1/2 Cups Powdered Milk
3/4 Cup Bi-carb Soda
3 Tbs Cornflour
2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
2 Tsp Cinnamon (or other spice of choice)
Essential Oil if desired
500ml Warm Water

Combine all dry ingredients and essential oils if you choose to use them. Either store in a sealed container for up to 6 months or combine with warm water. Thinly slice the cucumber and place a slice on each eye to help refresh and tone your eyes.

You can combine all these things in one big day of pampering along with your favorite drinks and some relaxing music or use them individually. The big thing to remember is not to stress yourself out and to make sure you take some You-Time.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vintage Hair

I know I've been a bad girl but I'm feeling way too lazy today. I just baked 40 cupcakes for a customer all iced like Gir from Invader Zim and it took me nine hours. So, what I'm going to do today is show you some of my favorite hairstyles to do and then link you to my YouTube channel so you can learn for yourselves!

Sonne's YouTube!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

So Gone!

Oh my goodness! I have been gone for such a long time! >.<
Sorry Sonne!!!
ok well at least I have some good news now.
  1. I am back and will be trying to post at least once a day.
  2. I am finally starting a video blog for this.
  3. plans plans plans!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Baking Bazzar - Top Ten

I love to bake. I do it all the time instead of buying sweets and breads for my family. I'm equally addicted to scouring the internet for cool ways to make somewhat plain treats quirkier and more interesting. Today, I'll share with you my top ten cutest ideas and maybe a few quick how-to's to make them yourselves.

Popcorn anyone? It's an age old trick, making something look like something else either to make it look more appealing or to hide the fact that it's something gross or forbidden. But here's an idea - Why not make something delicious, like a cupcake, look like something kids normally don't like, like a carrot? I made some cookies the other week that looked like lima beans and now my son is quite happy to eat the real McCoy, because his brain now equates them with sugary goodness. Genius huh?

Classically speaking, nerds and kitchens don't get along quite so well, but a lot of molds have been broken what with nerdy becoming sexy and outlandish becoming conservative. All of us nerds are now free to proudly wear our Pokemon outfits, our pocket protectors and talk about program coding without fear of retribution so why can't that translate into the kitchen? This is a gorgeous idea to jazz up boring fruit. Simply select your favorite nerdy icon and cut/slice/stack/mold your food to create it.

Take the Rubbiks Cube for instance. Choose three or four different foods and cut them into 36 equal squares then stack them into three layers of twelve squares. Voila, one cute but nerdy meal to grace your dinner table!

Nothing goes better together than fruit and chocolate. Except maybe chocolate and chocolate! But there are literally hundreds of ways to combine the two that take less than a few minutes and are a sweet indulgence. You can puree your fruit and pour it into a fancy silicon mold then top with melted chocolate for a cute snack. You could roll your fruit in a coating of chocolate or dip and decorate. You could slice your fruit and mix into the chocolate and set it back into it's block form. You could stack slices of chocolate and fruit like a kabob. Go nuts!

What could be cuter than slicing open a fresh loaf of bread and finding an adorable panda picture inside? Instead of a panda, what about I♥You? Or a cute little bird, or the word bread itself? You can make it vegan, gluten free, wheat free, yeast free or plain white and fluffy. You could make a dog or a cat of a small child or a car or a plane or a pony or a Pikachu or a sword or a witches hat or a lightening bolt or a frog or a princess or a unicorn or a rainbow or a tree or a snake or a miniature bread Monet!

Got left over fruit peels? Why not turn them into delicious, flavor infusing serving dishes! Play around with your favorite fruit combinations like Orange and Mango, Kiwi and Mandarin, Apple and Pink Grapefruit. Or, use the hollow halves of your fruit skins as molds for fruit-like jelly shots.

Cut a small hole in the top of a watermelon and empty and entire bottle of vodka or liquor of your choice into it. Plug the hole and refrigerate over night. The next day you can cut it into delicious juicy, fruity, alcoholic slices that'll liven up any summer get together!

Or - Pick a small fruit like strawberries and hollow out the middle. Mix up or buy your favorite mousse/custard/ice cream/cheesecake mix and spoon into a piping bag. Pipe your cream concoction into the center of your hollowed out fruit and stick in the fridge or freezer till set again then enjoy a delicious fruity treat!

Bake it in a cup! Or a jar! How adorable does this look? A sweet tea cup and saucer with a magnificently light and fluffy cupcake inside topped with yummy cream. The perfect accompaniment to a girls night in or a high tea party. Or separate your cake batter into smaller bowls and color with food dyes then layer or swirl it into a clear jar and bake it that way so you can see the colors and patterns through the jar then top with fresh whipped cream and juicy berries. How delicious!

This is one of my personal favorites. I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to stop baking them. Or eating them. Simply spoon your cake batter into ice cream cones, the kind with the flat bottom, and bake at a slightly lower temperature for a little bit longer. Top with colored butter cream icing and decorative bits like colored sugar, baking glitter, hundreds and thousands, chocolates and cookies, sugar flowers, bakers paint, icing sugar and whatever else your heart desires. You can even change up the color of your batter so when you bite into it, surprise! Neon pink or ocean blue spongy cake that you thought was ice cream. Also a good way to disguise healthy muffins as unhealthy treats!

Think about it - A scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor sandwiched between your favorite cookies. The ones pictured might have been bought but there is no reason why you can't make this one at home. You can even go all out and smoosh in some of your favorite candies like gummy bears, Wonka nerds, snakes, caramello koalas, pop rocks or candy corn. Roll it in hundreds and thousands, smashed rock candy, or chocolate hail. Make your own ice cream, as creamy and sinful as you like and slam it between two, three or ten cookies in a delectable tower for the ultimate treat for a hot/warm/any day!

And how about these cuties? Nothing says pretty as a princess as a crystal bowl filled with delicate rose shaped cookies. You can do this with any kind of cookie dough so long as it's a little runny but still holds it's shape and there aren't any lumps in it. Simply fill a piping bag with your cookie mixture and pipe into the desired shape. Let it sit for a while to form a slight crust so it doesn't collapse at the first sign of heat then smack it in the oven for the required time and voila! You could do this with pavlova mix to make little crunchy pavlova biscuits. You could do this with anything really, it's all up to your imagination!

And finally, another favorite of mine. I'd love to find one of these pans over here in Australia but so far no luck, not ones that I can afford at any rate. You don't have to use the pan though, which is the brilliant thing. You can find an ice cream or paddle pop shaped cookie cutter and do it that way or you can do it how I do it. Take a bunch of lolly sticks and soak them for a few minutes in warm water. This will leech out any nasty chemicals and make sure the sticks don't burn. Roll a stiff cookie dough into short logs and wrap around the lolly stick. Shape how you want them to look and place on a greased tray. Bake for the required time. You can eat them just like that or ice them with royal icing and other yummy stuff!

Happy baking!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Who wants abs!

I'm getting fit! Oh noes! This can't be good!

So, to start with I found THIS!
And I'm going to make these habits mine so my metabolism is faster.
Check them out.
I'm also going to be exercising and stretching everyday.
And walking to work -.- That takes an hour for me and it's uphill coming home...

Now for those of you who already know me you know that I am an aerialist. So yes, my arms are strong.
But I'm not fit.
Most of what I personally do is just enough in my arms and legs to keep me on the ropes or harnesses but that doesn't mean I'm fit.
I do have a gut (I can't believe I told you that!) and I am pretty weak... I'm teased enough about that...
So for me I'm going to be focusing on strength and a little more flexibility because I need that for my job (not the McDonald's one, that's just my part time thing.
So wish me luck everyone!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In Absentia

I must apologize for being gone so long and missing a post. I have been busy, very busy. Especially today, I've just gotten home (it's now 4pm) and I left at 630 this morning. I had my practical driving test today, test number three actually, and finally got my provisional license so today I'm going to give you some neat ideas for keeping your cars neat, cute and fresh!

I hate having rubbish all over my car so when I saw this awesome idea I just cried in thanks for someone's genius. It's a Tupperware container with a hinged lid and a garbage bag. Simple and effective and easily hidden under the seat or in the foot well. I honestly can't believe I've never thought of this before. We used to have a garbage bag tied around the gear shifter, which wasn't exactly safe but it was better than having empty take-away bags and bottles and kid rubbish all over the floor of my car. This is so much better!

Window stickers are all the rage now, especially since the popularization of the stick family. Making your own is really easy - you will need a photo-editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. You will also need a printer, sticker paper (decide if you want vinyl or a regular bumper sticker material) and a craft knife.
Make your image. Once your image (a photograph, drawing or design) is in the computer, you can print it out on the sticker paper. If you chose vinyl sticker paper, you can draw your image on it. Now that the image is printed, cut it out. All what's left to do is stick it on!
After a while the new car smell fades and there's a certain odor which creeps into the fabrics and carpets of any car. To make it smell pretty again here's ten DIY air fresheners to use anywhere.
Vacuum. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice in your vacuum's bag before sweeping your carpet.
Extracts. Combine vanilla, almond, or other extract with a cup of water, and spritz with a spray bottle about your living space.
Vinegar. Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc, and let it sit while you're away for a few hours. When you return, the vinegar smell will have gone away, taking other odors with it.
Vinegar #2. For particularly offensive smells,  simmer white vinegar in a small saucepan on the stove for 30-45 minutes. As it evaporates, it will help dissipate other smells.
Citrus Zest.Don't even use or eat a piece of citrus without saving the zest, or rind (the peel, without the white 'pith'.) If there's no place for it in your recipe (though there probably is), simmer in a bit of water, or place in your garbage disposal and run for a minute with the hot water running.
Baking Soda. Simply 
Lightbulbs. Add a drop of essential oil to a lightbulb ring, and add the ring to each lightbulb in a room. The heat will help it move throughout the space, and it's apparently fire safe.
Fabric Softener Sheets. Have a peek here for several techniques.
DIY Simmering Potpourri. Simply simmering several ingredients and spices does a great deal to scent your space. Look here for some excellent recipes.

 Keeping your car clean will not only help it last a little bit longer but will make it something you can be proud of driving! Lots of road grime goes unnoticed when washing you car so make sure you hose off the under carriage, scrub down your wheels and the front grille. Wash your car once a fortnight and once a month give it as good polish to keep the paint from fading and cracking and help keep your car running smoothly and sexily!

Seat covers are a great way to spice up your car and keep your factory or aftermarket seats in good condition. You can buy a pretty set for under $20 these days and making customized ones isn't that hard. If you're making it from scratch you can trace your existing seats for a pattern, and sew them out of the fabric you'd like or you can jazz up a cheap, plain set with applique, studs, fabric paints and pen, iron on transfers, patches and even scrap material or old band shirts. There's hundred of ways to make them fit your car and your personality without them being run of the mill.

Drive safe!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Photo Bomb - DIY Lighting

Okay, I've made a decision - Once a week I'm going to do a photo bomb, a long (very long, knowing me) list of photo's for every aspect of life which will hopefully inspire some creativity and get you motivated with your projects. This week I'm very big on lighting, so here you go.

Light up your life! - Sonne