Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sippin' Saturday

Starbucks Iced French Vanilla Latte (or Vanilla Latte with Hazelnut)

I first had a similar drink at McDonalds – their iced hazelnut latte brings back memories of road trips. This drink is the closest Starbucks equivalent I could find to it. Perfectly sweet, perfectly refreshing, great flavoring. While ordering this at Starbucks I discovered that vanilla+hazelnut=French vanilla, which is something I definitely didn’t know before. Anyways, this drink is a great mix of sweet vanilla and rich hazelnut.

Banana Colada Fuze

I’m not usually a fan of Fuze drinks, but I really like this one. It has a pina-colada flavor and a banana flavor combined. It’s a great tropical drink, with a little bit of a pineapple afterbite.

Snapple Tea Will Be Loved (Pomegranate Berry Tea)

This drink is the “Maroon 5” picked drink. While refreshing, it doesn’t have an extra-special flavor that would make me buy it again. It tastes like a slightly sweetened lemon tea.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Crochet Flower Earwarmer

So a couple of days ago it was really cold outside, and my ears were not too happy. And, everyone else has these super cute earwarmers – so I found a pattern to make one on the internet. Actually, I had wanted to make one of these for a while, but I wasn’t really motivated to until the weather suddenly changed. You can find the pattern here. Here are a couple of things I did different from the pattern.

1. I didn’t notice the “Use size H hook” thing on the side, so I used a size J hook instead. It may have made the earwarmer a little bit bigger, but it seems fine to me.
2. It never clarifies if you should chain three before turning - I did, and counted it as my first stitch in that row. For most of the pattern, you need 9 stitches per row.
3. I made the flower in my school colors, because I’m a big fan of school spirit.
4. Also, the flower directions are hard to understand. When it says “sc around the first spoke”, it means the first spoke of the original flower – your original 4 chain loop. For some reason, I felt it would be a good idea to single crochet around each spoke in the bigger flower – it didn’t work out so well the first time.
5. Instead of sizing it and then single crocheting the two ends together, I just sewed a large button on one side, so that it would be easily adjustable.

Here are some pictures. I love this project! I think I might make another one, only in black/gray and with the right hook size next time.

What it looks like all spread out

Flower close-up!

Me, sporting my new, awesome, earwarmer!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Personal Pizookies!

Happy All-Saints Day! This week's "Tasty Tuesday" share isn't a recipe, but rather, a really cool idea that my friend shared with me.

What you basically do is put a ball of cookie dough on the top of each indent in an upside-down cupcake tin. Cook these (we used a low temperature, but I think it would work out fine if you used a higher temperature and a lower cooking time). And voila! Little cookie bowls.

Taking the cookie-bowls off the cupcake-tin

Perfect size for a scoop of ice cream!

My friend Donovan showing off our creations
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