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Six Dress Halloween Costume

For Halloween this year, I went as a character from my all-time favorite TV show, Battlestar Galatica. I’m serious, guys. This is the most fan-person thing I’ve ever done. I’m not kidding, I’m getting excited just writing this post. The character is Caprica Six, or the six model of cylon. I find her fascinating and one of the most intriguing fictional characters ever developed. So, to show off the dress, Ryan, Watson and I did a little photo shoot. You think I’m kidding?

Watson Modeling

Watson was being his usual grumpy self. And ryan was showing me how it’s really done.

Ryan Modeling

So, he’s gonna kill me for posting that photo. Ok. On to the dress, which is why you’re really here.

Dress Before:

Dress Before Dress Before

Dress After:

I cut up an old dress my friend let me have. I created a shape for the bodice, extended the back (I couldn’t get it to zip over my breasts), cut out the waist and back, and shortened it.

Dress After Side view Dress After

Here’s the back of the dress.

Back of Dress

I bought a wig, but it looked cheap and horrible. I might be this character again and again for every Halloween. I saw a really someone create hand make the character’s jewelry, and I’d like to attempt that next time.

Here’s me doing the iconic pose.

Caprica 6 Pose

What do you think?

So now you know, I’m a huge nerd.

pumpkin-shaped sandwich cookies

I couldn’t pass up a $1 pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter from the craft store. Normally, when I buy cheap cookie cutters, well, you get what you pay for – sloppy edges and rounded corners that resemble some type of cookie shape. You’re just not sure what. At least it’s still a cookie. That’s the great thing about baking.

I had a really great feeling about this cookie cutter. And while I know I’ll only use it once this year, it was worth it, because these cookies were fantastic.

Pumpkin Cookies

See below for ingredients and printable instructions.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugar together until you get a custardy look.

Whisk

Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Continue whisking.

whisk egg

Once blended, begin mixing in the melted chocolate chips, until they’re fully combined and you get a nice, smooth chocolate texture.

add chocolate

Slowly fold in the flour mixture until well combined and you get a thick dough ball.

add flour

I switched to a wooden spoon here. You want your dough to look something like this.

chocolate dough ball goodness

On a piece of wax paper, roll the dough flat. You want it to be about 1/4 inch thick. Then let it firm up in the firm up in the fridge for about fifteen minutes. If you’re having a hard time rolling the dough flat, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.

roll it flat

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

After the dough has set, pull it out of the fridge and get to work with that cookie cutter.

cookie cutting

You can ball up the extra dough and roll it out flat. If it gets too gooey, just stick it back in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.

Cookie Dough

cookie cutouts

Place them about an inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies spread a little. Bake for 20 minutes.

Let them cool before you add the frosting.

frosted cookie

I added about a tablespoon in the middle and Smush!

For the Filling
Beat all of the ingredients until they are soft and creamy. Add food dye until it looks like this (or desired color).

orange filling

These cookies are great for Halloween. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good picture of the baked pumpkin shapes. I was too busy eating them.

pumpkin cookies

cookies

pumpkin-shaped sandwich cookies
 
Author:
Yields: 12 3-inch sandwiches or 24 cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 egg
Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. milk (I used almond milk)
  • red and yellow food coloring
Other Things
  • Whisk
  • Wax Paper
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Cutter
Instructions
For the Cookies
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugar together until you get a custardy look.
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Continue whisking.
  4. Once blended, begin mixing in the melted chocolate chips, until they're fully combined and you get a nice, smooth chocolate texture.
  5. Slowly fold in the flour mixture until well combined and you get a thick dough ball.
  6. On a piece of wax paper, roll the dough flat. You want it to be about ¼ inch thick. Then let it firm up in the firm up in the fridge for about fifteen minutes. If you're having a hard time rolling the dough flat, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  8. After the dough has set, pull it out of the fridge and get to work with that cookie cutter.
  9. Place the cookies about an inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies spread a little. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Let them cool before you add the frosting.
For the Filling
  1. With an electric mixer, beat all of the ingredients until they are soft and creamy.
  2. Add food dye until it reaches the desired color

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chocolate banana gelato ice cream sandwiches

chocolate banana ice cream sandwiches

I decided I was going to make an ice cream sandwich you couldn’t buy at the store. Ryan wanted a chocolate banana combo. So I went to the store to buy the banana ice cream.

It turns out, plain banana ice cream isn’t exactly a popular flavor. I could only find banana ice creams with mixed-in candies. The only plain-ish banana ice cream was a chocolate banana gelato.  This is where I become jealous of everyone who owns an ice cream maker.

ice cream sandwich gelato

Here’s the deal. If you make ice cream sandwiches with gelato, your job will be much harder. It melts instantly and it isn’t as dense are regular ice cream. But it can be done. I think my sandwiches would have much more shape if I used regular ice cream.

I also bought a pint of chocolate peanut butter gelato. But that pint made a beeline straight to my belly, so no sandwiches there.

Yields: 9 sandwiches (appx. 2 x 3 inches each)
Prep: 30 minutes (+ time it takes for your ice cream to harden)
Baking:  15 minutes

ingredients:
-1 pint of ice cream, softened
-1 1/3 cup flour
-1/2 cup cocoa powder
-1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp Butter
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 egg yolks
-1 tbsp. vanilla extract

other things:
-parchment paper
-cookie cutters
-lots of space in your freezer
-rolling pin

1. Line a 9×13 in cake pan with parchment paper.

2. Take your softened ice cream (or gelato) and spread it evenly throughout pan, so it’s about an inch thick. Don’t worry about trying to spread it the length of the pan, you just want it nice and even and an inch thick. Using gelato didn’t work too well. It was too mushy. It also melted too fast. If your ice cream is starting to melt, be patient and put it back in the freezer for a bit.

ice cream sandwich gelato

3. Place this in the freezer to re-harden.

4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

5. In a small bowl, sift the flour and cocoa powder together. I don’t have a sifter (I know!), so I always use a wisk.

cocoa and flour

cocoa and flour together

6. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until soft and fluffy. I used an electric hand mixer for the next couple of steps.
butter and sugar

butter and sugar

7. Then beat in the two egg yolks.

egg yolks

8. Add in the cocoa and flour mixture and continue to mix. It’s going to look very crumbly.

cookie crumbles

9. Don’t forget to add the vanilla.
vanilla

10. At some point, I had to switch to a wooden spoon to combine all of the ingredients. Once everything is combined, pat it down into a ball (or a blob, in my case) and transfer it to your rolling area.

cookie crumble blob

11. Prep your rolling pin with flour and roll out the cookie mixture until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

flat cookie dough

12. Use your cookie cutters to cut the dough into a square shape.

cookie cutter

13. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

baked cookies

14. Let those cookies cool. Now go grab your ice cream. At this point, the gelato was as firm as it was going to get. It might take a little longer if you’re using ice cream. Use the same cookie cutter to cut out your ice cream. Then place the square ice cream on top of the cookie. Since the gelato was lacked shape, we just did something like this:

15. Cut the shape of the gelato with a knife, which didn’t really work, so we just sort of scooped it up instead.
melted gelato

15. Place a blob of gelato on top of a cooled cookie.
gelato

16. Squish it with another cookie and use your fingers to lick up the stuff that falls out on the side.
ice cream sandwich

17. Put it back in the freezer for a bit, to let it firm up. Then eat!
ice cream sandwich

After a few hours in the freezer, the gelato firmed up. These were absolutely tasty. The cookie tastes like a mix between an Oreo and a shortbread.

make your own sugar body scrub

Still thinking of what to get your best friend, sister, or mom for Christmas?

Make Your Own Body Scrub

You will need:
White Cane Sugar
Raw Sugar, Turbinado Sugar, or Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
Oatmeal
Sea Salt
Baking Soda
Olive Oil
Jars or Plastic Bags

First, I decided on how much I wanted to make. The easiest way to do this, is place all of the ingredients into the container you plan on using.

sugar2

I wanted to make two jars full.

Here are your proportions. I added half white sugar and half brown sugar in each jar. Then I added about two table spoons of cinnamon to each jar. Then I topped each jar off with about 1/4 cup of oatmeal.

sugar31

Sugar and oatmeal are great for your skin, they both exfoliate and nourish.  The cinnamon adds a lovely smell, you can substitute the cinnamon with an essential oil, if you’d like. You could also throw in some vanilla extract, but I was out.

Then I poured both jars into a mixing bowl. Once in the mixing bowl, I added about two tablespoons of baking soda and a 1/4 cup of sea salt. Baking soda clears up acne and sea salt is also a great exfoliant and provides your skin with minerals.

sugar4

Now mix it together.

sugar5

Once you’ve thoroughly mixed this, it’s time to add the olive oil. Olive oil ads moisture to the scrub. Just be aware that I used a lot of olive oil for this mix, and that stuff isn’t cheap. I used about a cup. However, I was making a large batch of this. Start adding in the olive oil a few tablespoons at a time.

sugar6

It’s really important that this mixes thoroughly into every ingredient.

sugar7

Eventually your mixture will start looking more like a moist scrub.

sugar8

You want it to have a gooey texture, like cookie dough.

sugar9

This is the look mine had once it was completely saturated.

Next, scoop it into your jar.

sugar10

And you’re done. All you have to do is add a nice label (unlike my boring labels). You can find tons of free cute label templates online.

sugar11

The cursive is the only thing I have going for me.

Treat a friend to a nice pampering session. The best part about this is that it’s chemical free! There isn’t a need for any warning about getting it in your eye/call poison control/swallow and die. It’s all natural and edible (although not recommended, uh sugar high.) It also leaves your body smelling like oatmeal cookies. I couldn’t believe how awesome the cinnamon and oatmeal made this smell. Feel free to fool around with ingredients and scents, substitute sugars, oils, and flavors. Experimentation is the best part about homemade.