Jp’s Birthday | Waffle Recipe

10Time flies so fast; somehow, our little baby brother Jp has turned 13 years old today. How is he 13 already??? Although we were very young, we can clearly remember the day he was born, and it couldn’t possibly have been a whole 13 years ago! On birthdays in our house, we take the day off school to relax, the birthday-person gets to select whatever they want to eat for dinner, and us kids make them a special breakfast. This year, we were honored to be the only two people to make the meal, just for him 😛 We decided that buttermilk waffles topped with homemade whipped cream and strawberries, with bacon on the side of course, sounded like a very yummy 13th-birthday-breakfast. Check out how we made this meal!

For the pancakes you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbs granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 tsp vanilla extract

Lets get started! First, turn on your waffle press and grease it if you need to. Ours needs to be greased or the waffles get stuck, so we use coconut oil to grease it between rounds XD  1 Lets get started! First, turn on your waffle press and grease it if you need to. Ours needs to be greased or the waffles get stuck, so we use coconut oil to grease it between rounds XD

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and whisk well. Use a spoon (or your fingers) to make a well in the middle of the powder. Pour in buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla and mix well until everything is combined without over-mixing. Allow the batter to rest for a minute or two.2 In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and whisk well. Use a spoon (or your fingers) to make a well in the middle of the powder. Pour in buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla and mix well until everything is combined without over-mixing. Allow the batter to rest for a minute or two.

34For our waffle-maker, we used about 1 1/2 scoops of batter for each waffle, but every waffle press is different so you may need to use more or less depending on the size of your press.

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Completely unrelated, but this is our cat Van. Our dad found him behind a dumpster and brought him home to surprise us (trust us, we were surprised XD ) He has blue eyes, no tail, and is a total sweetheart. We bought a new rug to go in front of the sink so you can be comfy while washing dishes, but he has decided that this is his new sleeping spot! He will not leave the spot, because it is cushy and soft. You can be standing with your legs pressing on his face and he will not move! He has mastered new levels of kitty-yoga on this mat.
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Look at that little face!!! ❤ 🐱

Anyways, back to the recipe! Move cooked waffles to a wire rack (such as a cookie cooling rack or even your oven!) to cool and repeat until you have no batter left. Cooling the waffles on a wire rack is important, otherwise your waffles will sog and they lose that delicious crisp crunch! 😥

65Whip some whipped cream, fry up some bacon, and top with any syrup and fruit you want, and you’re done! Super easy, fun, and thanks to the vanilla, they taste delicious even without syrup. We used the syrup we bought at the Maple Syrup Festival to top these and it was amazing! (See our post about the Maple Syrup Fest here!)

10111314How yummy does this look??? This recipe made enough waffles for some of us to have two, so depending on the size of your waffle press, this recipe makes about 12-16 waffles. They taste so sweet and crisp, while not being to sweet or too crunchy. They were just right for the occasion, and it was the perfect way to start Jp’s birthday. On a side note; how scary is it that we now have five teenagers in the house? Five????? o_O  XD

What do you eat for breakfast on your birthday? Do you have any special traditions? Any tips to make these pancakes even more amazing? Let us know in the comments!

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! ❤