Monday, December 5, 2016

Citrus Butter Cookies {from the Pioneer Woman}

A couple of weeks ago I was at my mom and dad's beach house and alas it was too cold and damp to do much of anything outside (this Florida girl is not happy with 55 degrees and windy days at the beach!).

My mom and I were chatting, flipping through magazines, and watching a little Food Network. The Pioneer Woman came on and wouldn't you know - it was as if she knew I was watching and needed to see this recipe! So, here you have it my version of  The Pioneer Woman's Citrus Butter Cookies. Thanks Ree!



Print Recipe

Citrus Butter Cookies


Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 15 Min
Total Time: 30 Min
Serves: 36

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Salted Butter Softened, 4 sticks
  • 1-1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 1 Tablespoons Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Zest
  • 1 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Meringue powder (or one egg white)
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until combined.
  3. Add eggs and mix until combined.
  4. Add the zest and the flour and mix until just combined, then add juice and mix until combined.
  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop dough and roll the dough into balls. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan with a spatula and allow to cool completely before icing.
  6. In a bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and milk until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add a couple drops of water. If icing is too thin, add additional confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until desired consistency.
  7. Drizzle the icing across the cookies. Sprinkle with extra zest before the icing sets.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Coastal-ized Tailgate Chair


We've had a few old tailgate chairs lying around that have some stains, wear and tear, but are still great for throwing in the back of the Jeep for tailgating or a star-gazing trip to the beach. 

I wanted to do something to spice them up but was having a hard time finding something that would work no matter the weather and would stick to the canvas of the chairs. Then, I stumbled across Multi-Surface acrylic paint at the craft store.

[LIGHT BULB]

Let's make a stencil with the Silhouette Cameo!


  1. Find a flat surface, approximately the same height as the chair when it is open and bent over. My porch coffee table was an exact match. Lay a towel over the table in case of any paint that bleeds through.
  2. Lay the chair on the towel surface.
  3. Place the stencil in the center (or wherever you like) of the chair. If you used adhesive backed vinyl, use your finger to reinforce the seal around the edge of the stencil to avoid any bleeding of the edge.
  4. Put a dab of each of the paint colors on a paper plate. This will be your palette.
  5. Using a fingertip, lightly dab the paint sporadically within the stencil. Make sure that you overlap the edge of the stencil so that you really "define" the outline of the shape when you remove the stencil.
  6. Apply a second round of fingertip dabs - wait about 30-60 minutes in between applications so that the first layer has plenty of time to dry - this will help avoid mixing colors. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using the chair.


Please note: I have not been paid for the materials that I recommended in this project. I purchased a Silhouette Cameo last year and in my kit came a BUNCH of materials that I had no idea what to do with. The Printable Foil being one of those materials. The FolkArt Multi-Surface paint was chosen for this project because they had the best range of colors.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Homegrown Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray




Living at the beach means, BEACH HAIR. That crusty yet soft, full hair that only comes after a day in the sun at the beach.

I regularly use Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray. At $24 for 4 oz., it can get pricey when I can get it for FREE after spending a day at the beach.

So why don't I just bottle salt water from an East Coast Beach?
Answer: This is complicated. Don't get me started on the state of the beaches. Let's just say, you will be bringing home more than a bottle of salty sea water. If you want to find out more about that, visit the Surfrider Foundation to read about it yourself.

On that note, swimming in the ocean followed by a shower doesn't leave me grossed out like bottling salt water and then spraying it on my hair over the course of a month does.
So, my next solution is to follow the instructions posted on Huzzah and form my own opinion.

Homegrown B&B Surf Spray

  • 3 teaspoons Epsom Salt 
  • 3 squirts Water-Based Hair Gel 
  • 3-4 ounces Tap Water 
Pour all ingredients into your empty B&B bottle & shake well before each use.

4 oz of tap water is too much to fill my B&B Surf Spray Bottle. I only use 3. If you're using you're own bottle, you'll probably be fine.

You can adjust the "stiffness" quotient by adding more water or gel appropriately. Which makes me even HAPPIER since sometimes I get a little overzealous with the B&B spray and whoops, OVERLY crunchy hair. This homegrown stuff took me all of 30 seconds to measure/mix the ingredients and I just saved myself $24. That's good stuff right there.