11.28.2011

Fresh off the press

How to: Newspaper nails 


I typically don't do nail art but I thought this was really 
neat so I gave it a try.It was surprisingly very easy.If 
you decide to try this though, make sure you don't rub 
the paper when you are applying it. I thought it would
 help to transfer the ink but it doesn't. It turns 
out better when you apply a steady press.



1. Choose a base coat, light 
colored polish and a high gloss
 top coat.


2. UV lamp for fast drying. 
The Seche top coat I use has to 
be cured with the lamp.

                                         
3. Cut newspaper strips. Place 
strips in rubbing alcohol for 15 
seconds. Remove newspaper & press 
firmly on nail for 10 seconds. 
Do not rub.


4. Peel off newspaper and the ink 
is transferred to your nails.
Apply top coat.


11.26.2011

Southern Red Velvet Cake


Mmmmm...Red Velvet Cake. One of the most loved and dreaded desserts. Loved because of its one of a kind taste and hated because it's one of those desserts that has to be mastered. I've made this cake a dozen times already and each time it turns out differently. I've tried several recipes thinking the recipe I used was not quite right but then I realized it was just me. Blend too hard, it will turn out chewy. Not enough food coloring and it will turn out ugly. Bake it 5 minutes too long, it'll be dry. Try to cut corners on the cream cheese and your icing won't have that creamy zing to it. 


After much trial and error, I've finally mastered my technique! The one I made for this past Thanksgiving was sooo moist and the icing was perfection (finally learned to stick with Philadelphia cream cheese). Turned out so delicious, I snuck in the kitchen to eat one right after breakfast as soon as my husband jumped in the shower:-P  No one wants to be judged for having a cupcake for breakfast-lol!

 The recipe was given to me by my sister, who got it from her mother-in-law, who I'm sure got it from her mother. I could have simplified that but I couldn't resist! Reminds me of how my grandmother says, "Two sisters children" when going down the family lineage.
 I'm like, "Cousins?". Lol! Here's the recipe:


Southern Red Velvet Cake:
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup of sugar
2 1/2 cups of cake flour
1 tsp cocoa
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (I use white distilled and its fine)
1 cup of Crisco vegetable oil
2 bottles of food coloring 
*2 bottles for a deep red. For a brighter red, use 1 1/4 bottles like I used in the cupcakes pictured.


Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz package of cream cheese (Philadelphia is great!)
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 box of confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract


Steps:


*sift dry ingredients together
*put all wet ingredients together in one bowl
*pour wet ingredients into dry and blend on medium for 2 1/2 minutes
*batter will look watery. this is normal
*add milk to thickness for icing. buttermilk or milk works


Bake @ 325 F for 25 minutes (9 in pans)
If your'e making cupcakes, bake for 20 minutes. The recipe will yield 2 dozen. I prefer to make cupcakes so I will know how it turned out before everyone else:-) 


Garnish with 3 oz of crushed pecans





Pure deliciousness! 









11.18.2011

Night at The McNay

Since moving to San Antonio, everyday I've driven by the museum hiding behind a mini forest and said, "I've got to go there one day". I finally did & now I'm stunned and in awe . Was the first museum of modern art in the state of Texas practically in my backyard all this time? Yes. The McNay was there all this time.

The historic Spanish Colonial Revival mansion-turned-museum showcases pieces by Gauguin, O'Keefe, Picasso and Robert Melton (<--cool stuff) just to name a few. 

I appreciate and admire all forms of art but Im not exactly one of those pretentious "Artsy Fartsy" people who stares at pictures for hours on end in an emotional coma. I once tried to train myself to be the "deep" analytical type in a college art course but it just didn't work.  Everyone goes through that, right? (smiling to myself)

For me, the star of the show was French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, who designed the recent sleek glass pavilion. Old architecture fused with the new.... I get that.




 






11.14.2011

Pink Front Door


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Nothing says, "Welcome" like a hot pink door! When seeing this bold and unexpected thing of beauty, I couldn't help but to 
daydream about what I'd find behind that door. No stalker! j/k
Below, I've created a mood board of what I think is behind it (more like what I would put behind it!). 





So what do you think? Would you consider a pink door? 


11.11.2011

silver spoon.

 


          










































































who says you have to be born with one? after seeing Leif's glitter teaspoon set (now sold out), i was inspired to pull out my glitter and make a little kitchen art. three weeks prior, i bought the frame at tj maxx and it sat in my kitchen with the stock photo b/c i couldn't decide on what to do with it. at just $7.99, i couldn't resist! 

after digging through my 'take out' drawer filled with to-go menus and soy sauce packets, i found a spoon, slathered it with glue & glitter and presto! an original piece of art! 

act on a whim...


11.08.2011

1st Post




Hi all you interested people!


After toying around with the idea of having a blog for the past couple of years, I’ve finally decided to give it a go.

It’s a lifestyle blog that will cover my love for home design, earrings, diy, natural hair, frugal finds, and other deliciousness.

Hope you enjoy some of this stuff as much as I do:-)


Sheena