Google+ That Flour Child: October 2013

October 30, 2013

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Running behind on your Halloween planning?  Finding yourself the eve of Halloween with nothing to wear?  Well have no fear, with a little creativity.. there are many ideas you probably have sitting in your closet or can whip up in a few minutes.

Amazon Lady
Amazon Lady

Channel your inner Jane from Tarzan and throw on any animal print, or this fun leafy skirt, mess up your hair and keep your makeup dirty.

Alien
Alien

What about an adorable alien?  Use any metallics you have in your closet.. or some bright green.  Or just go get some metallic silver spray paint and go crazy on some old clothing like a skirt or boots you never wear.  Make some antennae with some sparkly pipe cleaners and some fuzzy pompoms attached to an old headband! Rock some super sparkly makeup and nails to top it off.

Burglar
Burglar
Through on some black and a striped top (or paint stripes on a white tank using tape) and use a scrap of black material to make a face mask.  Maybe add a prop like a cat to become a "cat burglar" or a hamburger/McDonalds bag to become a "Hamburglar."

RedCoat from Pretty Little Liars
RedCoat
This is seriously my back up costume for the weekend incase another party pops up.  Very few boys with know what the hell I am but that doesn't bother me.  Plus, its an excuse to buy a bright red coat.

Happy Halloween everyone!
What are your costume ideas?

October 29, 2013

Extra Chewy Chocolate Chip and Sprinkles Cookies

The reason I made these cookies has a bit of a back story so first I will give you the recipe and then you can read the story at the end if you wish.

These are the CHEWIEST cookies I have ever made and they stayed that way overnight even though we left them uncovered just sitting on the counter.  I got this recipe from one of my favourite blogs, Sally's Baking Addiction and it was perfect because it required no mixer, which you can't expect a house of guys to have.  I made these cookies while I was at my boyfriends over the weekend and I forgot my camera so I apologize for the phone pictures in this post but I decided it was better to document it than not at all.

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or anything you'd like, I used 3/4 cup chips and 1/4 cup sprinkles)
Next time I make this recipe I will probably double it because it only makes about 16 good sized cookies.

Mix together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl combine melted butter and sugars and stir until smooth.
Whisk in egg and vanilla. Slowly combine dry ingredients into wet.
Fold in mixings. Cover the dough, and chill for a minimum of 2 hours.


Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to slightly warm for about 10 minutes until you can mould it into balls with your hands.


Preheat the oven to 325F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Form dough balls about 3 tablespoons in size.
Bake for 11-12 minutes.


Now for the story...


After the cookies baked and cooled I took some white buttercream and wrote Tough on all of them.  My close friend was recently attacked by a man hiding in a bush while she was on her way home from school.  I made her some cookies in an attempt to make her feel better both with the home baked goods and the pun of her being a "tough cookie."  


I think it helped her a little bit, better than nothing!

Have you ever taken your friends baked goods when they're upset or sick?

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October 22, 2013

90's Couple Halloween Costume - Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris

Last year my boyfriend and I went as the famous 90's TV show couple from Saved by the Bell.  One of our favourite shows growing up (it was always on in the morning right before leaving for school), we decided it would be a unique costume and went to work (well I did)!


For Kelly:
I thrifted a pair of mom jeans and a grey pullover.  I picked up some cheap white tennis shoes, a pair of black suspenders and a white lace bandeau at Ardenes.  I also bought a wig (from a costume store) in hopes to mimic the signature bangs she always rocked.. but it didn't exactly work out.

For Zack:
I thrifted some light wash jeans, a huge dress shirt (baggy is necessary) and bought a plain grey shirt at Walmart.

First, the grey pullover got an iron on Bayside Tigers logo that I found on Google Images.  I used some printable iron on t-shirt transfers for this (just follow the directions on the box).
Next, I cut the neck out of the sweater to give it a severe over the shoulder neckline.
I also cut the mom jeans into high waisted shorts, rolled at the bottom.  To do this, line up the crotches of the jeans and a pair of shorts you already own and cut along the leg.
The bandeau I had was a little skimpy so I added some stretch lace to the top and bottom of it in order to get more coverage, I simply hand-stitched this on.
The sweater is optional, but I found it helpful because it can be so chilly in October... once we got to the bar I took it off and tied it around my waist (totally acceptable in the 90's).

Picture inspiration from this UO tee
The only work that Zack's costume required was the shirt (made the same way as the sweater) and I slightly bleached the jeans for a more acid-wash look.

aaand.... couple photoshoot!





I apologize for image quality.. they are all taken off of Facebook since my laptop was stolen shortly after this and I lost the original copies of the photos.

I stinking love Halloween.. and I love couple costumes more.  I always try not to take things too serious and I never want to be something everyone always sees!  My roommate didn't even know who we were but we did find an AC Slater at the bar, which was amazing!

What are you guys being for Halloween this year?  Or is it always a secret until the big reveal?

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October 21, 2013

Caramel Filled Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Its been awhile since I have made some cookies from scratch... I've been stuffing my face with those pumpkin sugar cookies from the package (yup, guilty).  I saw this recipe from Handle the Heat and had to try these.  I have never made normal snickerdoodles... but I mean, why start simple?

Now her recipe is in ounces and cups.. so I am going to give you the recipe in cups.  My cookies did end up a little gooey but once you roll them in the cinnamon sugar, they are fine and they still taste great.  Next time, I will just pop the dough in the fridge... but I had a couple impatient people (Graham) watching intently.


  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking power
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, unsweetened, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 20 soft caramel candies


Preheat the oven to 350C and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt) in a medium bowl.
Beat the butter, cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar together until fluffy.
Add egg, melted chocolate and vanilla.
Slowly add dry ingredients.
Roll dough into 1 1/2 tbs sized balls, break the balls in half, put caramel inside and seal edges.
Roll balls in cinnamon and remaining sugar.
Place on baking sheet and flatten slightly.
Bake for 10-13 minutes, until just set.
Caramel will be very hot so let them cool for 5-10 minutes!

Cue Graham for caramel pulling pictures.






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October 18, 2013

DIY Boho Booties

I admit I am like most people in the fall.  I can not own enough booties.  So naturally, I had to make a DIY pair perfect for fall!


I picked up these plain brown boots from Ardene's...

And then some trimmings at various places.  Including lace, cotton fabric, leather cord and belts.































I stuffed some old dish towels in the boot to kind of have an idea of how big around they would be once my foot was in there.


I started by sewing the fabric and lace into circles that fit around the boot and putting them around the boot until I was happy with the layout.


I secured these pieces with some dots of hot glue (but you could use fabric glue too).

Next I braided the red leather cord together, wrapped that around.  And then I just wrapped the belts around.  Again, I secured with some hot glue.  You may need to poke new holes in the belt and cut off the end.  I did this with a screw to make the hole and then cut off the extra end and burned it so it wouldn't fray.


Now go rock out in the leaves in your new, personalized booties!!!


































What are some of your favourite things to wear in the fall?

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October 17, 2013

Glitter Letter Banner


So I saw this sign on pinterest probably 3 days before homecoming and said to my roommate, "Why don't we have one of these already?"  Cue trip to Michaels.  We bought 8.5' x 11' pieces of glittery foam card in silver (again, we wanted purple... no luck).  We also bought ribbon to hang the letters from.
Of course... I didn't take pictures but I made a little mini banner for my corkboard above my desk to give you guys an idea.

We split each sheet of foam in half (so count how many letters your saying has... divide that buy 2 and that's how many sheets of foam you need!).  

I know this is in thirds, but this is the scrap half of the last piece of foam leftover and I made a mini one that says YAY
Next, you want to draw your letters so that they fill the box you just made.  You can either eyeball it (like I did for YAY) or measure the width of each letter so they look even (like we did for the CHEERS sign).


Cut out all your letters and enjoy getting glitter everywhere!!!

Next you want to poke two holes through the top of your letters in order to hang them from the ribbon.

You want to thread the ribbon so that you go in from the front, behind the letter to the next whole and back out the front.  This ensures that the ribbon will not by lying over your letter but mostly behind it.

Continue this for every letter until you have them all attached!

Now your banner is ready to hang wherever you wish 

This one is above my desk to give me a little motivational cheer while I am slaving away at the books!

Our big CHEERS banner is hung in our dining room (or drinking room as us students refer to it as) and is the perfect place for the shameful "iced" picture.

Let me see your banners! Leave a comment below.
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October 16, 2013

Idea Notebook


I seriously need to get my brain organized.  I have an obsession with writing things down otherwise I will forget whatever I needed to remember.  I probably have about 6 or 7 notepads on my desk, 3 calendars and 2 agendas that I write things down in.  Plus my phone, and desktop "sticky notes."  When I saw some notebooks that the girls at A Beautiful Mess made I decided I needed one just for the projects and recipes I plan in my head for the blog.  I bought a small notebook at Walmart and decorated it with the OneBrokeStudent colours and logo.


I gathered some old scrapbooking paper and printed out a logo.  I started by cutting a piece of turquoise paper to fit the cover of the book.  To do this, just lay your cover on the coloured paper and trace around it.



















I spent time cutting out little holes for the rings to go through.. but I wouldn't do that again.  I don't think it is worth it at all!  I also cut out the logo and glued it on top of the turquoise.



The end result is pretty plain, but I think the size will be great for writing down ideas quickly.  I might do this with my class notebooks... since they are all the exact same and I always bring the wrong one to campus!  But I will have to think of something cool to do with those... maybe Mod Podge some crazy genome and biology pictures?!


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