Spring Treats!

11.jpgHappy Spring!!! We are SO happy that winter is finally over; this winter was miserable for us. We had lots of cold, however we only had 2 snow days, and the snow only stayed around the first snow day. Only cold and rain, for quite a few months. We’ve had enough, and couldn’t be happier to say good bye to the cold! To celebrate, we pulled out an old recipe that we haven’t made in a long time. Pastel colors scream a few things to us: spring, Easter, and adooooooorable! These delicious peppermints are made of only 3 ingredients and couldn’t be easier. Let’s get started!

12The three main ingredients we used are 1 cup of softened butter, about 6 cups of confectioners sugar, and Young Living peppermint essential oil (if you don’t have oils, that’s okay! Just use 1 tsp of peppermint extract). We also used some food coloring  pens and gels by Wilton since we didn’t have all the colors we needed in gel. Here we go!

3.jpgFirst, start by placing your softened butter in an electric mixer and use a paddle attachment to beat the butter for one minute. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time. We sadly forgot to take pictures at this part 😥  Be sure the powdered sugar is fully mixed before you add the next cup, and that you mix slowly at first or the powder will fly everywhere! Add 4-7 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix, tasting between each drop. Once it tastes minty enough for your liking, you are ready to color your peppermints!

4.jpg6Next, let your mix stand in the fridge for about half an hour, to let it harden up just a bit. It can be hard to work with if the mix is too melty! Separate the mix into the same amount of piles as colors you plan to use (we made 5 piles for 5 colors). Spread your last 2 cups of powdered sugar on your counter top and kneed the mixture so it is no longer sticky. If you are using food color gel, dip the tip of a butter knife into the pot and dab it in the peppermint mix. If you are using food color pens, twirl the tip of the pen in the peppermint mix for a bit. Remember, not as much dye comes out of the pens so be sure to swirl a lot!

5Kneed the food dye in until the mix no longer has streaks of color. Add more coloring until you reach the desired shade. Repeat for all of your different colors, allowing the finished batches to rest in the fridge.

789Once you have completed coloring all of the peppermint mix, it’s time to shape them! This part is very fun, and perfect for letting little ones help. Simply take a pinch of the mix, roll it between your palms into a ball and gently flatten it a bit. Use a fork to press the top and peel the fork away, leaving a striped design on the mint. Repeat with all batches of color until you have none left, let them chill in the fridge for an hour, and you are done!

101112Don’t they look lovely?? They taste so yummy, and everyone loves them! The only issue is that since they are mostly made of butter, they soften if left out too long, so they need to be refrigerated while covered when you aren’t eating them. They keep for about a month covered in the fridge, however they never last more than a few days in our house!

What do you think of our mints? We hope you try out the recipe and let us know how they come out! Have you ever made peppermints before? Let us know in the comments!

😀 ❤ Happy Spring! ❤ 😀

 

DIY Cracked Marble Necklace!

10.jpgThis house has been nuts!!! We had our whole cleaning week, we celebrated Olivia’s birthday on Tuesday, and Veronica’s yesterday (We will have a post all about our outings tomorrow!!) and we have been freaking out!

We have also been cruising Pinterest looking for the perfect DIYs to try for you! We came across this craft and fell head-over-heels in love with it; we just HAD to make it for you! 😀

To make these gorgeous cracked marble necklaces you will need:

12.jpg3.jpgClear marbles in any colors, a cord or chain to hang the beautiful marble charm on, round-nose jewelry pliers, 1 jump ring per necklace, metal bead caps, jewelry making eye pins, and E-6000 glue or other strong jewelry glue. You will also need an oven, a bowl of ice water, and a cookie sheet.

This craft is so fun and the cracking is our favorite part! This is not however a good craft to do with children! It involves using very strong glue which could be hazardous in little hands, and an extremely hot oven is used, so keep the little ones out!!

First things first, we collect all the marbles we will be using! You want ones that are see through so you can really see the crackly design in the end.
Once you have all your marbles, preheat the oven to 500F (You’re probably thinking “Is that a typo?!” No it is not. 500F!) Place your selected marbles in a cookie sheet and pop it in the oven. Set a timer for 20 minutes and wait!
While your little gems are in the oven, take your bowl and fill it with water and lots of ice!! It will need to be VERY cold for this to work!
*Ding!* There goes your timer! Be very careful and remove your tray from the oven. Before you do anything, run your tray over to the bowl of ice water and dump in the marbles! You should hear a few clink-pop sounds. That’s the sound of the marbles cracking; its working!! Give them a minute to cool in their swimming pool, and pull them out to check them! They should be very crackly on the inside, but should still be intact on the outside. If you want your marbles to have a more cracked effect, simply put them back in the oven and repeat!

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We only baked ours once, and this is what we got! Sooooooooooo amazing!

Next, move to the jewelry making supplies. Take your bead caps, eye pins, and pliers. Stick the eye pin through the bead cap and clip off the excess, leaving just a tiny tail about 1/4 inch long. Fold that little edge in half and clamp it flat with the pliers. We will call this the “marble’s hat”. Take the marble’s hat, put a dot of glue on the eye pin in the middle, and stick it onto the marble. Hold it in place so it can dry on. Clip on a jump ring, string it onto the necklace chain, and tada!!!

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SO GORGEOUS! We love this craft. The marble charm glistens in the sunlight, and it almost looks magical! This makes an amazing gift, and the best part is you can make it in a large batch! ❤

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What do you think of our Cracked Marble necklace? Have any similar jewelry crafts for us to try? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below!

Washi Week-Day 7: Washi Mirror!

0.jpgToday is the 7th and final day of our Washi Week series. Wahhhh! 😦 😦 😦

We are so sad to be finishing up such a great week. We really have enjoyed the past few days crafting with you and designing new washi tape projects. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have!!

As the final day, we decided to make this post something extra special and adorable! This is a home decor essential; it adds a perfect touch of pizzazz to the room and you can customize it to match the colors in the room too! Ours matches the girls room pretty well and it is getting hung up right away!

To make a washi mirror you will need:

1.jpg2A mirror (preferably with a white base/frame), 2-6 washi tapes of your choice, a ruler, a pencil, and scissors. Lets begin!

To start, clean the base of your mirror so the tape sticks well (we cleaned our whole mirror while we were at it 😀 ). Take one of your washi tapes and put a strip on one side of the frame, right in the middle. Do the same to the other 3 sides. You can use your ruler to measure the mirror and find where is the exact center of each side (this makes it MUCH easier and it looks way neater!). Next, take a different washi and put a piece in the inside corner of the side you are working on, and then the other side with a different tape. Once you have all 3 tapes, go to one half between 2 of the strips and use your ruler to make 2 marks on the frame, both the same length apart. Take any 2 washis you like and lay a strip over each of the 2 marks. Do the same to the other half, making sure all the washi tape strips are the same distance apart. Once you have completed this side, repeat to the other 3 sides of the mirror.

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If this mirror will be going in a bathroom, you will want to seal it in case the sink water splashes on it, or it gets steamy from a hot shower. You wouldn’t want to ruin the tape!!

And that’s it!! Super easy, quick, and it adds the perfect touch to the room. We almost died at how cute our washis work together on this mirror!!! ❤

If you want yours to be more eye-popping, you could put tape between and fill up the gaps we left on ours so that yours is completely washi’d. (We love how many verbs you can make from the word “washi”) Veronica is very… conservative when it comes to washi tape; she hates wasting even the tiniest bit!!

So that wraps up our Washi Week! We really hope you enjoyed it and got to try out some of the crafts with us!! We had a blast sharing our favorite washi tape crafts with you and we hope to come up with many more; maybe in a month or two we will have enough to do a second Washi Week! 😀

Did you enjoy this week as much as we did? Did you make any of the crafts we shared? We’d LOVE to hear about it!! Let us know in the comments below! ❤