Lunch, My Vintage Suitcase, and {FINALLY} the Hair Bow Tutorial

For lunch today, I made my brother and I some well-done quesadillas and a dairy free chocolate coconut milkshake. The quesadillas are pretty simple. You just shed a little mozzarella cheese onto a white corn tortilla, crush some feta cheese on top, and sprinkle a dash of garlic salt onto all that. Then, you cook it in a toaster oven (NOT a microwave!) set at the ‘toast’ setting until the cheese is golden brown. Ta da!

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Here is the recipe for the dairy free chocolate milkshake:

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Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Milkshake

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You’ll need:

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1 tbs. dairy free hot chocolate mix

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 drop Sweet Drops English Toffee liquid stevia OR 1 quick squirt of agave (optional)

1 scoop coconut ice cream (any flavor, I used vanilla)

A sprinkle of vanilla powder (optional)

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Turn over a glass cup with a flat rim. Set rim in almond milk for a second. Then press rim into a small amount of the hot chocolate mix. Whisk together the almond milk and hot chocolate mix in a cup until combined. Whisk in the vanilla powder. Add liquid stevia or agave. Add the coconut ice cream. Enjoy!

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If you aren’t dairy free, then just use your “regular” dairy-containing milk and ice cream. I’m slightly lactose intolerant, but I used whole milk mint chip ice cream. Have fun with your milkshakes! Dip the rim in honey, agave, jam, or peanut butter for a different flavor. This milkshake recipe is mainly meant as a starting point for you guys to expand on. In the comments section, you can post your variations on this recipe!

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I bought a vintage suitcase at a local store for $38. I was around $40 at first, then I took a chance and waited until it went on sale. I bought it later. What a grab! (It’s for display because it’s old and I don’t want it to be damaged on plane trips.)

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I finally decided to upload the pictures for the hair bow DIY like I promised. I will post them in episodes. Today I am showing the first 4 steps. Keep checking for the next parts!

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Well, this has to be the longest post ever! I hope you liked it. Don’t be afraid to comment and be sure to like and follow me.

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End of Spring Break Post

I have a few more days left of spring break, and I found this blog: www.abeautifulness.com. It has so many great craft ideas that I will try this weekend. It is so refreshing and exciting! Some of my favorite posts are here…:

Braided Rug

Geometric Photo Art

Horse Throw Pillows

Hanging Basket Garden

Lace Patterned Coffee Table

Anyway, I just got The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds interesting. I will do a review once I’ve read it — the whole 500+ pages.

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Today I made a horror movie trailer with my brother. We used iMovie on an iPad, and it turned out pretty well (if I do say so myself.) I also received a final grade on my class…94%!

I recently finished editing and adding captions to a couple pictures. I used PicMonkey, (and Repix) which are both great free sources.

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Don’t forget to comment and tell me what your favorite craft from A Beautiful Mess is!!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day all! In honor of the holiday, I wrote this whole post in RED. For my third post, I am including a craft.

Keychain Craft

You’ll need:

One 10” long, thin nylon cord OR a thick thread (such as embroidery floss), any color

Scissors

A bead, coin with a hole in it, or charm

One small carabiner 

Directions:

1. Cut the cord into 4 equal pieces. 

2. Tie 3 of the cord or thread sections together and braid them (not too tightly), then tie off at end.

3. If the end of the cord or thread is melted to prevent fraying, then cut the tip off. Then pull one of the threads to make the end fray and frizz out. Do this to all 3 ends.

4. Pull the remaining cord or thread piece into a ‘U’ shape, loop the charm/coin/bead through the cord and then tie the ends. 

5. Clip the braided cord or thread section into the carabiner by wiggling it through the braid. Clip the “charm” loop into the carabiner as well.

6. Clip the carabiner onto your backpack or purse!

I wasn’t using a nylon cord (like the type used for parachute cord bracelets) but a satiny and smooth kind. I think that embroidery floss would work, although it may have trouble fraying.

I’ll try to do a post a day with either a recipe, craft, review, or gardening tip, but I can’t guarantee it. I’ll leave you with this — check out Bing.com for an adorable Valentine’s Day picture!