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Making Me

23 Jan

I recently had the opportunity to do a great deal of research into the field of DIY beauty…

Some of it was fun. Some of it made sense. Some of it was just bizarre.

But there I was trotting along, reading article after article relating to apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, tea tree oil, jojoba, etc, etc, etc… And then I decided that I needed to get back into the swing of things. I happen to adore DIY, and I was more than willing to try these natural remedies and treatments.

I started with coconut oil… If you have not luxuriated in the sheer decadence of a sugar scrub that used coconut oil, then I have a sneaky suspicion that your body is in for a treat. Once I started using it on the outside, I started using it in my food, and let me tell you, coconut oil is one of the things that made my body super happy with me. If you want good, natural oil that wont block your pores, look no further (and this is coming from a girl who used to have oily places on her face!)

Then I went to apple cider vinegar. I use it as a toner, and my face is so pleased with me. Before, I was committed to benzoyl peroxide, and anyone else who has used it can attest to the fact that it can dry your skin out and leave you red and rough. Not so with ACV. Just make sure to dilute the solution before putting it on your face. I’d say about two parts water to one part ACV. But that’s just me. Others say a 1:1 ratio works for them. ACV restores your skin to a normal pH!

These are some of my most recent loves, but stick around. I will be providing recipes (DIY beauty AND munchies)!

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Perfect Puff Pastry (easy too)

16 Aug

pop-tart, puff pastry, treats, yummy

It all began harmless enough. I was looking at a homemade pop-tart recipe on a popular blog, and it called for puff pastry dough. This was new to me. I had never heard of it, but being the DIY girl I am, I did not heed the blogger’s warning to buy it in the freezer section. Little did I know it was a warning… I hurriedly hastened onto Google to find the perfect recipe. I mean, I wasn’t a novice baker by any means; I could make dough.

It was disastrous. If the Hindenburg had been a pastry dough, mine would have laid waste to not only my kitchen, but probably the block as well. There was all this rolling, and I think I was supposed to fold it, but the butter kept oozing out… Suffice it to say, it was nightmarish. And for once, I carefully followed the recipe without a hint of variation.

When I told my oldest sister about the debacle, her reply was, “I always heard that it was ridiculously hard, and it is just better to buy it from the freezer section.” Aw, now I see.

Well, I decided that I would surrender the pastry for now. Maybe time would bring me more baking skills… then one fateful day, at a library sale, I found Lessons in Gourmet Cooking by Libby Hillman (1963). As I was flipping through, what should I happen upon but “Quick Puff Pastry.” My destiny was sealed…

Quick Puff Pastry

1 lb sweet butter (if you dont have any, go unsalted and add a touch of sugar/honey)

4 cups of flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 c water

1/4 c white vinegar

1 egg

1. Place butter in a large bowl. Add flour and salt. Blend together, breaking butter into large clumps.

2. Make a well in the middle, add water, vinegar, and egg. Stir wet ingredients and gradually blend in butter and flour. Combine all lightly for 1 minute. (It’s OK if the mixture may be lumpy, uneven, and somewhat unmixed).

3. Roll mixture back and forth into an oblong shape (messy is OK. It starts to take shape after the first rolling).

4. Fold dough by placing top third over center third. Fold bottom third over center third. There are now 3 layers of dough. Now, like you were closing a book, fold the dough in half right to left, leaving you with 6 layers.

5. Turn the dough around once to the left, and rough again into strip 1/2″ deep. Repeat folding, turning and rolling about 4 times.

6. If at any time the dough becomes sticky, refrigerate it for about 30 minutes.

7. After you are done rolling and folding, refrigerate overnight after covering well. Dough can be kept up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

OVEN TIME!

8. Preheat oven to 425 F.

9. Refrigerate formed pastries before baking. It makes them hold the shape better, and the insides are less messy.

10. Brush all pastries with beaten egg.

11. Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 375 F the rest of the time. (20 minutes for small. 30 for middle-sized. 40-50 minutes for large.) Dont get tempted to open the oven the first ten minutes!!

 

70’s and Farmers’ Market

10 Jul

Friday, I went to the Farmers’ Market in the tiny town in which I currently live with a few of my friends… and it was amazing! There was such an interesting collection of stuff! Here are just a few examples:

I think that my favorite was the sucker in the shape of a rubber ducky. How can you deny the appeal of a sucker the flavor of Tutti Frutti? Especially when it is a rubber ducky?!?

I decided to be a true rebel, so I wore mismatched shoes. They had the same color scheme, so that’s OK, right?

Do you ever just feel inspired to take it easy and relax? It was just so awesome. The Convoy song played over their speakers as well as Johnny Cash (classic!) and then the kids got to do chalk art. After the fact, I decided to add a little bit of mine.

 Two adorable little girls helped me out with it. It was such fun.

One of them took a break next to Haylee. Turns out the little girl’s name was Haylee too!

All in all it was a day of great fun, great friends and great hair!

Girlie Drinks, Bubbles, Merry-Go-Rounds and Awesome Friends

3 Jul

Today I decided to treat myself. After working hard all day long on homework, I looked in my fridge and decided that some seriously girlie drinks would be the best place to start. Soooo, since I don’t drink alcohol, I enjoyed a strawberry-spiked lemonade.

I took it out onto the ledge to my apartment and grabbed my bubbles (just picked them up yesterday. Scented and everything!) and had a piece of fun.

Then my roommate came home and suggested going to the merry-go-round that we still have in town. Can I tell you how much I love and miss merry-go-rounds? I am so sad that they were deemed unsafe for this generation to play with in most places… it both a tragedy and a travesty in my opinion. I mean look how cute it looks!

Once we got this out of our systems, we ran out to play with some friends with bubble and balance beams. I am telling you, if you want to have fun… go out and do all the things you did as a kid.

(Sierra blew the bubble while I went around popping them. I thought is was fun that you see the trails of the bubbles. Very nifty if you ask me.)

 

 

(This is me perched on the balance beam. I was scared at first that  I would fall off when doing the splits, but after scooching my leg down and forward, I made it!)

It turned into an awesome night of some great fun and I found the most, hugest dandelions EVER. When the light is better, I will be taking tons and tons of pictures to share with you. These were so cool that I just couldn’t believe them all the way myself!!!

-The Vintage Sweetheart!

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