Archive | May, 2011

Serrano Cilantro Cream Sauce

26 May

Have you guys ever had the chicken tacos from Buffalo Joe’s? They are one of my favorite things to eat! And they really couldn’t be any simpler: Grilled chicken, cheese, red onion, lettuce, corn tortilla. BUT… they serve them with a sauce called Serrano Cilantro Cream Sauce, and OMG! I want to bathe in that stuff. I seriously can put it on ANYTHING, so I figured I better figure out how to make it! I scoured the internet in search of recipes, but after trying this and that, I still didn’t have the recipe… until now.

I think this is pretty close, and I am happy with the results!


Serrano Cilantro Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 5 small Serrano peppers, seeded
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup Mexican Crema.
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • salt & pepper, to taste.
DIRECTIONS:
Put everything in a food processor, blend, and enjoy!
This is so easy! You can put it on tacos, a salad, or even use it as a dip for chips!
(If you can’t find Mexican Crema, you can use 1/2 c. sour cream and 1/2 c. heavy cream.)

30 Days of Shades: Day 26–Katy Perry Purr

4 May
I bought Katy Perry’s new perfume, Purr, and I LOVE it!

Katy Perry Purr



I know this isn’t the traditional eyeshadow, but every now and then, it’s fun to do something different! I was inspired by Katy Perry’s Purr perfume ad. 🙂
To see how I created this eyeshadow look, scroll down and watch the video!

Here is the description of the perfume:
The composition of Katy Perry Purr combines top notes of peach, forbidden apple, gardenia and green bamboo with the heart of jasmine, pink freesia and Bulgarian rose and the base of vanilla orchid, creamy sandalwood, white amber, coconut and musk.

It’s hard to tell in this pic, but I have on some false eyelashes with sequins on the lashes. You can tell in the video. Very fun! 🙂





I know it’s a bit lengthy, but this isn’t something that can be done too quickly! Makeup is ART! 🙂
Thanks for watching!

-Amber

Crayon Hearts

3 May
Apparently I am on a Crayon kick, thanks to the Crayon wreath yesterday. It got me thinking about all of the crayons we have lying around the house.. especially the broken ones. Addison and Macyn both love to color, but since they are only 1 & 3, well they leave them lying on the floor a lot. I end up stepping on more than my fair share of crayons. (At least the ones that Dixie, our Boxer, doesn’t eat.) So as a solution to our Crayon problem, I figured we could make these Crayon Hearts!
*** I thought this was a solution until we came back from Nannie’s house, and Macyn apparently forgot these were crayons and not candy! It took her two bites to realize they were really yuck.

First thing you need to do is to peel of all of the paper. Addison liked helping with this part. I usually don’t let her peel the paper off, so this previously “forbidden” act was tons of fun for her.

Then break them up into small pieces and place them into a baking mold. Make sure it is oven-safe! If you don’t have a silicone shape mold, you can use a mini muffin tin.

Place the desired colors together.

Place them in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Once they firm up, they should just pop right out of the molds, and are ready to use! (You can put the tray into the freezer if you are impatient…like me. Just make sure it’s in there level, otherwise you will have a colored mess in your freezer.)

These are the perfect size for little hands to hold.

MK really liked them and did NOT want to share.

And here is the look I got when I told her she had to. This looks JUST like her Daddy.

Of course the pink and purple one is Addison’s favorite!

-Amber

How to make a Crayon Wreath

3 May

Not too long ago, my sister and I were in Hobby Lobby, and we picked up a flyer for a Crayon Wreath. It collected dust with all of the other craft ideas we thought were cute. So when she called and asked about an idea for Teacher Appreciation week, well I remembered this. (Of course, I was thinking it was a clock.. which is much more intricate. A wreath is much better!)

It was a fun and easy craft project, and I think it turned out cute!


Supplies:

  • 1 -8″ embroidery hoop
  • 1 -12″ embroidery hoop
  • 3 boxes of 24 ct. crayons
  • Ribbon for bow and hanger
  • acrylic paint
  • sponge brush
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • Wooden apple cut out
  • Wooden bus cut out
  • paint pen


Steps:

  1. Unscrew the screw from both hoops and hot glue the ends of the hoop together.
  2. Paint the hoops with acrylic paint.
  3. Lay the smaller hoop inside the larger hoop.
  4. Lay all of the crayons on the hoops in the desired color order, making sure that “Crayola” is showing. (We just think it looks better.)
  5. Glue down each crayon, making sure that all crayons are facing the same way. We placed one dot of hot glue on each hoop, and then laid the crayon in between both hoops. (See the picture below.)
  6. Use the paint pen to write the teacher’s name on the wooden apple.
  7. Make your bow.
  8. Take a loop of ribbon for the hanger and place it on the wreath where you want it to hang, and hot glue it in place.
  9. Hot glue your bow at the top of the wreath.
  10. Hot glue the wooden apple and wooden bus on.
  11. Stand back and compliment yourself on the awesome Craft Diva that you are.

*Make sure you paint the insides and the outsides of the embroidery hoops, just in case it shows through!


*See how the larger embroidery hoop is on the outside, and the smaller hoop is on the inside? That’s what we’re looking for! Now place your crayons on in an orderly fashion people…and GLUE!

Now I think this is a gift any teacher will appreciate! 🙂

*Amber & Heather*

Kroger Grocery Haul: 05/01/2011

2 May
Since I’ve been doing my coupon shopping on Sunday night, Monday mornings are very exciting for my girls! 🙂 They love to see what all I bought the night before. MK was particularly interested in the Toy Story Toothpaste, and Addison was excited about the yogurt and Goldfish. To all those people that say, “You can’t ever get any good groceries with coupons.”…well, I disagree!

It’s really hard to get a picture of ALL of the groceries to where you can really see what I bought, but this picture gives you an idea!
I am proud of my detergent section over here. 🙂 $2.99 for each box of Tide and $1.50 for the Purex.
Here’s my lengthy receipt!

WHOOOO found a good deal??!

1 May
If you know me, you know I have a slightly abnormal obsession with owls. I can’t help it! WHOOO can resist?? 🙂 Ok, I know that’s cheesy, but that’s me.
I actually saw this necklace in a flyer for Bealls today, and I just HAD to go get it. Besides, it was on sale, and I had a coupon, and I had $20 in Bonus Cash!
Even without the Bonus Cash, it would have only cost me $25.63, but since I had that, I only paid $5.63! Now THAT’s what I call a good deal! Thought I would share my fabulous feathered find.
(They actually gave me back 20% coupon back if anyone is interested. Coupon Code: 1100011632. It is a Shopping Pass good on a Jewelry/Accessory purchase until May 8th. They can just type that number into their computer, but if anyone wants this paper copy, let me know.)
Marcasite Pendant
Sterling sliver.
18″ Chain

Here’s the proof baby! (However, I will say that whoever was going to pay $90.00 regular price would be considered a little crazy in my eyes!)