(via furbish studios)
February is finally over! I am so relieved to be heading full-speed into spring. Although, today is the coldest day we’ve seen in a few weeks. Spring is taking its sweet time.
Tonight I’m hosting a craft night. We’re making wine spritzers from our soda stream and cooking dinner. We’ll also be making various pom pom crafts, hence the photo above. If you need inspiration for what to make this weekend, here are some tasty and creative links.
Mardi Gras is coming up! Celebrate with these festive Mardi Gras cupcakes.
How cute are these cookie monster macaroons?
And if you’re still craving sugar, A Subtle Revelry did an amazing roundup of pinata cakes.
Elizabeth has been doing all sorts of cool things with essential oils and today she made a healing hand lotion.
This etsy shop features amazing wool felted constellations. They are beautiful.
Also, Cabaret is coming back to Broadway featuring Alan Cumming as the Emcee! How amazing is that? My roommate and I are grabbing tickets. I feel so fortunate to be able to see this. I love this musical and especially love Alan Cumming as the lead.
I wanted a shabby chic bookcase for my apartment, but didn’t want to pay a lot of money for it. I decided to D.I.Y. it and was on the hunt for a bookshelf with lots of potential.
Then one day I was walking home and saw this seriously neglected thing in the trash. I walked past it, and briefly considered it for half a block. Then I turned around and called Ryan to ask him to help me carry it home (and up three flights of stairs).
While I’m no stranger to grabbing things out of the trash and bringing them into my home, I have always been too scared to do it in New York because of bed bugs. But I figured I was safe because:
1. It was cold outside. Bed bugs like warm temperatures.
2. It was only one item of furniture (if you see an entire apartment’s worth of furniture, stay away!).
3. I didn’t see any bed bugs.
Regardless, I wiped it down with bleach before I brought it into my apartment.
I just love the final result. Here’s what I did. I wiped down the entire thing. Its previous owner was using it for a makeup stand (pictured above). I removed the top tier, lowering the height of the shelf.
Then I repainted the white shelves with leftover paint. It’s Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace and painted the legs of the bookshelf with two sample sizes of Benjamin Moore’s Ticonderoga Taupe.
The whole project cost $3! I certainly recommend browsing the sample area of the paint store for cheap, high quality paint. Especially if you’re doing a small touch up.
This is not the first time I’ve rescued something from the trash and gave it a new life. Remember this adorable desk? Or this shabby chic window?
Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. It’s that time of the month and you’re losing your mind craving something chocolate. So you start searching the house like a hungry dog looking for something to appease the craving. And, of course, you don’t have any chocolate around. This is usually for two reasons:
- You are trying to “be good” and only keep healthy snacks in your house. Or
- You’ve eaten all of the chocolate already.
I struggle with a combination of both equally terrible situations in my apartment. So the next best thing is to look in your pantry and see what you can whip together before you tear someone’s head off. Oh, is that just me?
I whipped together this fudge in a matter of minutes and placed it in could be considered a single-serving sized tray. You only have to put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before it’s ready to eat. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter melting in my mouth kept the mind monsters at bay so I could get on with my life.
The tray was actually a leftover Chinese takeout container that I cleaned and lined with wax paper.
The container was about 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. It made about six slices of fudge. If you’re using a larger pan, I recommend doubling the recipe.
fast and easy vegan fudge
Recipe type: dessert
- 2 squares semi-sweet baking chocolates
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- sea salt for topping
- On the stove top, melt the baking chocolate over low heat, being careful not to burn the chocolate.
- Once it is melted, stir in the coconut oil.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder and peanut butter until well combined.
- Remove from heat and continue to whisk in the powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a wax-paper lined baking dish.
- Place the fudge into the fridge for 10 minutes to allow it to firm up before eating.
- Serve cold. This fudge melts easily. Top with a pinch of sea salt.
I used crunchy peanut butter, which nicely added a few peanuts to the fudge. Top with finishing salt or sea salt. This is a must.