Google+ That Flour Child: January 2013

January 28, 2013

S'mores Cupcakes

I found this recipe on Pinterest (where else?) and knew I needed to make it at some point.  Although, I will admit, I was pretty intimidated by the whole filling/real buttercream situation as I usually take the easy way out and use store bought cake mix and frosting and focus on the decoration.  I decided it was time to grow up, and it was so easy!  Except for the fact that I didn't really follow the recipe and still used boxed cake because, well, I'm still a student and like to take short cuts when I can.


I didn't use cream cheese, I substituted for butter because that's what I had and I wasn't making another trip to the grocery store (gas is expensive).  When it came to the marshmallow filling, once I added butter the fluff flavour disappeared.. so i ended up using the entire jar of fluff (oops).  I also just made up the icing as I went until it tasted good, and it was amazing, likely not buying store bought icing anymore, although this buttercream was un-pipable.  I think it was because of the graham cracker crumbs, but I had to spread it with a knife, which is fine, but not what I had envisioned.

So I started by baking the chocolate cupcakes based on the box, but with mix instead of water and at 325 degrees instead of 350 for 25 minutes.


Then I took a small knife to cut holes out of the top to fill with the marshmallow filling,




Covered them with the graham cracker butter cream, put some mini marshmallows on top and drizzled melted chocolate chips to finish.



These are delicious but VERY sweet, but that's how cupcakes should be in my opinion.


Rachel

January 14, 2013

DIY Acid Wash Studded Denim Shirt

Denim shirts are everywhere these days, they come in all colours, shapes and sizes.  All the ones I've found that I like have been around the $80-100 mark so I decided I would try to make my own.  I wanted an acid washed one with studs on the shoulders, so that is exactly what I did and I am so pleased with how it turned out.

I started with a dark wash denim shirt from Ardene, that I found for 50% off, so it was only $15! Loved that.  This is what the shirt looked like before I did anything to it:


First I acid washed the shirt.
For this you only need:
Your shirt
Bleach
Elastics

You want the start by bunching up your shirt and securing it with elastics. Fold back and forth and twist and scrunch over and over until you end up with a ball of crumpled shirt covered in elastics.

 

Then you take a bucket or bowl you don't care about and mix equal parts water and bleach.  Place the shirt in bleach mixture and leave it to sit for about 20 minutes, checking whenever you want.  Once the colour starts to fade (the bleach will probably turn a yellow-orange colour) when this happens, take it out or turn it over if it wasn't completely submerged.


After you removed the shirt form the bleach, cut the elastics and run it under cold water until most of the bleach is gone.  Throw the shirt in the dryer and you will end up with something like this:


I wore the shirt like this a couple of times because I liked it so much.  But then I decided I needed to take it to the next step.  I added gunmetal studs to the shoulders, following the stitched parts of the shoulder as a guideline.  I ordered the studs from eBay, it's the best way to get a bunch of studs for really cheap.  I ordered about 500 for less than $5.  The final product looks like this:


Rachel










January 13, 2013

Homemade Pickles


I have a slight obsession with pickles, so obviously I decided I needed to try to make homemade pickles.  I wanted a simple recipe that didn't require fancy canning responsibilities and would be ready to eat relatively quickly, so I set out on Pinterest.  I found this recipe here and ran with it.

I made a few adjustments to the recipe, so mine looked like this:

For the brine:
3 cups water
6 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. coarse salt (the salt specifically for pickling)

minced garlic
fresh dill
8 mini cucumbers


I started by mixing the brine ingredients in a pitcher, stirring until the salt dissolved, and put that off to the side.  Then I cut up each mini cucumber into quarters lengthwise like so:

I used two recycled Classico spaghetti jars for these pickles and it worked out perfectly.  I pulled off some sprigs of dill and put them in the bottom of the jars, followed by half the cucumbers, more dill and the rest of the cucumbers, and finally more dill.


I sprinkled the minced garlic on top of the cucumbers and then filled the jars with brine until the cucumbers are completely submerged.  Closed up the lid and put them in the refrigerator for two days.


I left them in the fridge for two days and these pickles were AMAZING.  They don't taste like store bought pickles but fresh and delicious.  They don't keep for as long as canned pickles but they should keep for a month, which is plenty of time for me to eat them.  Yum.
 Rachel 

January 9, 2013

Christmas Baking on Instagram

I know its late, and I know I didn't post any recipes from Christmas baking, and now it feels too late to do it at all so I figured I would just post some of the pictures I took and posted to instagram for people to look at and imagine how amazing it all tasted.
Chocolate Crinkle Peppermint Kiss Cookies
Recipe HERE!!!!
New addition to the christmas baking this year and were my favourite, definitely making these for years to come.

Shortbread
The best shortbread recipe ever (family secret).

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows
I've wanted to make marshmallows for a long time, it really is easy!  And these were so good in hot cocoa.

Christmas Vanilla Chip Cookies
Last minute decision, so chewy and so good.  Recipe Here.
I also made some killer gingerbread with the roomies before we all left for our break and when we should have been studying for exams, but I do not have any pictures unfortunately.... I will have to track those down.
Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!
Rachel