There’s some really fun stuff buried in the archives here – so for Spring 2012 I’ve found seven of my favorites for you.
Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies: Leprechauns not included.
Here’s a secret: this isn’t a special recipe, you just add pistachios to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and you’re all set. But just in case, we’ll revisit the steps one by one.
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 C butter
2 1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 oz. chocolate chips
1 handful pistachios, shelled and chopped.
Cream together your butter, eggs, sugar’s and vanilla.
Add your flour, salt, baking soda and mix in.
Chop your pistachios (I bought them pre-shelled).
Add your chocolate chips and the chopped pistachios to the batter, mix to combine.
Scoop your dough onto your baking sheet and bake at 350 for 9 to 11 minutes.
I like to think of each light as a mini, personal chandelier.
Egg cartons, emptied. Preferably the cardboardy ones. Scissors, paint and Christmas lights.
Start by cutting up the carton until you’re left with 12 little pieces per carton. I had two so I ended up with 24.
Then paint to your hearts content. Or not, you can leave them plain. You’ll poke each light, individually through the bottom of the carton piece and then watch magic happen.
There are some really great ways to bring visual texture to your workspace which creates interest and depth and a bit of personalization to the cubicle.
We’ve all seen the mini Zen gardens or small Bonsai trees on someone’s desk before, possibly even a water feature or rock garden. Not only are these great stress relievers and oftentimes hobbies; they’re meant to personalize the space but to also bring in other dimensions or textures to your workspace.
This week I show you how to add texture to your workspace – it’s easy, frugal and I bet you already have everything you need in a cupboard at home. Click here to read more over at Turnstone.
I don’t have anything against wrapping paper, just that it’s over done. And everyone and their cousin’s brother has a closet full of the stuff. Except me? I gave away most of my stockpile in the wrapping department when we sold our house.
I’ve seen most of these ideas in magazines or around pinterest but got really excited about them when I saw an uber-creative and very talented friend gift wrap a present for her husband in an old blueprint.
Old blueprints, old sewing patterns, comics, scissors, tape and gifts!
I called up that favorite realtor of ours and asked if he had any old blueprints or if anyone in the office might? Maybe you know a contractor? Hoarder? Is it possible you know a realtor who is involved with a development?
He had a few laying around and agreed to give a few to me. GIDDY! (I have a few other ideas for them as well – but as gift wrap? AMAZING. So fun.)
Sewing patterns you either have in your basement or at your local thrift store for 10 cents a piece. And comics? If you don’t get the paper – your local paper is a great place to walk in and ask for day old or week old papers to sort through. Also, your parents? Grandparents? Anyone who gets the paper?
Your tree just got interesting.
It begs to be mentioned that this is a great alternative (and eco friendly version) for wrapping but it’s also mostly free. In my case, entirely. You throw away or recycle the gift wrap after opening presents but there’s no need to throw away your money too. Right?
Friends!! What are you doing differently this year?