December 19, 2013 12:28 pm · Posted by Lauren G
It's the season for giving, and I'm always a fan of homemade presents. They're so much more personal and of course they were made with love! I have a number of dog owner friends, so I decided to try making homemade dog treats. I was too lazy to go to the store, but I was able to find a recipe that I already had the ingredients for. There are a lot of roll-out recipes that people use cute dog bone cookie cutters with, but this recipe does much better using just a cookie scoop. I might have to try one of those other recipes soon, but I'd have to get a dog bone cookie cutter first! I haven't given them out yet, so I don't know what the verdict is, but I hope all my doggy friends will love them!
- ½ cup of oatmeal
- 1/ tablespoon of peanut butter (I used chunky you can use whatever you have in the house)
- ½ tablespoon of water
- 1 large egg
- ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients.
- Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Scoop out the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet (they don't really spread).
- Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through.
- Store in an airtight container or freeze.
(Inspired by Two Little Cavaliers)
December 25, 2012 12:18 pm · Posted by Lauren G
I hope you all have the most wonderful and magical day! Happy Holidays!
(Image courtesy of Mobile Device Salon)
December 11, 2012 12:29 pm · Posted by Lauren G
December 4, 2012 12:29 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Sorry you didn't get a post last Thursday. Since I accidentally posted twice on Tuesday, I figured it was ok if I skipped a day. For the past week, I've been trying to get in the holiday spirit. I guess the year has gone by too fast, because even after Thanksgiving, I'm still not ready for the nonstop Christmas songs. I have started decorating the house a little with these super easy magazine trees. I have a slight pack rat problem and have a shelf of old magazines that won't read again, but don't want to throw away, so this is a perfect way to reuse them! (I also roll them up and put them inside my boots to keep their shape) Here, I used an old Backstage with an awesome picture of Kristen Stewart on the cover...
1. Open magazine and bend to break spine.
2. Fold individual page from top right corner to inside seam. Fold same page from bottom right edge to gutter.
3. Fold bottom triangle of each additional magazine page up, making the bottom of the tree flat. Then, tuck the triangle in between the folded page.
4. If desired, spray-paint folded tree or use spray adhesive in a well ventilated area. Immediately sprinkle glitter over wet paint. Let dry.
(Inspired by Martha Stewart)
November 27, 2012 12:02 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Have you noticed that I use my KitchenAid for every baking project? I love it! But one thing I don't love is the bowl it comes with. It's a stainless steel bowl that's extremely hard to hold on to when trying to pour, scoop, or whatever.
I'd love to get this 5 quart glass bowl with a pour spout and lid. It's also microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, but I'm not sure why it's so expensive. This one is on sale at Amazon for $69.95.
At half the price, this stainless steel mixing bowl is on sale right now for only $32.75 plus $5.99 for shipping! This is a dishwasher safe 5 quart bowl for Artisan mixers only. I'll have to check which model I have. It's probably not an Artisan though...
So here's a 4.5 quart bowl that fits a wide variety of models. This one is $43.95 plus $4.49 for shipping.
November 8, 2012 12:40 pm · Posted by Lauren G
I know I'm getting old when I start asking for kitchen gadgets for Christmas, like a slow cooker. I know there's nothing really new and exciting about a crock pot, but I've never had one before, and I never remember my mom using one when I was a kid. But according to Pinterest, they're all the rage because all I see are countless crock pot pins. They all look so delicious and I'm still amazed by the fact that you just throw things into the pot and let it cook. You don't have to do anything! So here are a few slow cookers I've got my eye on. Let me know if you have any recommendations!
First on the list is the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking system. It has six diffrent functions: steam roast, bake, sear, slow cook, simmer and saute. Talk about a multi-tasker! Plus it comes with a removable roasting rack, multi-purpose pan, and silicone petite muffin tray and is supposed to be a breeze to clean.
Now here's your average slow cooker made by the original Crock-Pot. At only $50, it's definitely more reasonable than the Ninja, but who knows if I'd actually use it for anything else than a slow cooker. According to the 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, can you really go wrong with this one?
Then again, why do I need a 6-quart slow cooker when I'm cooking for one or maybe even two? Here's a simple 3-quart for less than $20. At that price, I don't mind that it only has 4 settings - off, low, high, and warm.
December 22, 2011 12:02 pm · Posted by Lauren G
© Getty Images
What? It's Christmas time already? How did the year fly by already? Last year I found out all about Santa Claus, but what are some other great Christmas traditions? I've always had a love/hate relationship with mistletoe. Did you know that it's actually a parasitic plant? Ya...that means that it grows attached to or inside the branches of another tree or bush. While the plant was originally considered a pest since it can kill its host plant, it's recently been recognized for its ecological importance. Many animals eat the leaves, shoots, and berries, which actually led to this plant getting it's name. "Mistel" is the Anglo-Saxon word for "dung" and "tan" means "twig." Put together, it basically means dung on a twig (gross) since mistletoe is commonly spread by birds "dropping" seeds on a branch.
So how did it become a tradition to kiss under a plant called "dung on a twig?" Well, people don't actually know, but there are a lot of traditions surrounding this parasitic plant. The first ancient tradition comes from the Druids living in Britain around 100 A.D. They thought that mistletoe could perform miracles like cure diseases and protect people from witches. They even thought it could help people and animals have more babies. So the Druids had a special ceremony that would happen in late December or early January. Priests would cut mistletoe out of oak trees and then give the mistletoe to people to hang in their houses so that it would ward off evil spirits. Later, when Christianity became widespread in Europe after the 3rd century AD, the mistletoe plant was somehow integrated into the new religion.
The whole kissing thing might come from a Viking legend. Around 800 A.D., the Viking god, Balder, was killed with a poison made from mistletoe. His mother, Frigga, was able to bring him back to life by reversing the effects of the poison. Afterwards, she kissed everyone who walked under mistletoe because she was so happy to get her son back. This custom was later integrated into Christmas with the story of St. Nicholas meeting his true love under a mistletoe.
So, I hope you all have a special moment under the mistletoe this year (and that you enjoyed the really awkward picture above). Happy Holidays!
(Inspired by Wikipedia and How Stuff Works)