Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tumblr Tuesday #64

It's pretty late on a Tuesday for me to be posting this (10:16pm over here), but I managed to get it together on time. Life has been pretty hectic for me, getting back into a routine after being sick, but I'm glad to be healthy again. I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vegan Caramel Apple Pie

After my boyfriend and I went apple picking a few weeks ago, we had a surplus of apples that we really had no idea what to do with...so we did what anyone in this situation would do and made pie. This caramel apple pie was so incredible that we had to make it twice!
This original recipe is via the Earth Balance-sponsored blog here. We kept the recipe the same, but made a few tweaks to the write-up to make it easier to understand. Let me know if you make this pie and what you think!

  • two pie crusts, for bottom and top (I bought mine, but homemade would be that much better)
  • 3-4 apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, or preferred butter substitute
  • 3 Tbs whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Prepare apples. Mix with 1/4 cup brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Fill pie crust.
  3. Lattice (or if you lack that skill, as I do, crumble) the second pie crust over the apples.
  4. Combine the Earth Balance, flour, cane sugar, water, and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until the liquid starts to thicken.
  6. Pour caramel sauce over the pie, letting it seep through into the apples under the top crust.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes at 425F.
  8. Decrease oven temperature to 350F, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 40 minutes.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Crafty Saturday #52

If I had done Crafty Saturday posts every single week without fail (which hasn't happened due to laziness and a hiatus), then I would have been doing these posts for a year. My first Crafty Saturday post was actually in February 2013, so it was just over a year and a half ago.
Anyway, here is this week's collection of awesome projects I've come across recently!

brittanymakes floor poufs 2
Pouf Cushions, via Brittany Makes

DIY Bicycle art
Bicycle Canvas Art, via ModPodge Rocks

diy jump rope
Natural Jump Rope, via Say Yes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tumblr Tuesday #63

I have spent almost my entire weekend sick in my with my boyfriend (who I managed to get sick). I really enjoyed getting to spend so much time with him, but I am ready to feel better and get back into the swing of things. I am very much on the mend, and I hope everyone who is sick with an autumn cold/flu/who-knows-what feels better soon too!
Here is this week's Tumblr Tuesday post (my computer is acting up again, so I apologize for the short post).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Arrangements by Emily Blincoe

Although I may not appear so based on the current state of my apartment, I am a very organized person. Putting things in order is extremely pleasing to me. I love how everything looks in its place. I also love beautiful arrangements, whether it be of color-coded books, knick-knacks, etc. So of course I fell right in love with Emily Blincoe's arrangements of everyday items. I could look through her portfolio for ages and still be impressed. Here are some of my favorites (you can view her entire portfolio here: http://www.emilyblincoe.com)








Saturday, October 11, 2014

Crafty Saturday #51

Happy Saturday, my friends! I hope you enjoy these great DIY ideas, as well as enjoy your weekend!

DIY Strapped Bra 4
Strapped Bra Top, via A Pair & A Spare

DIY Copper Peg Shelf Tutorial vintagerevivals.com
Copper Peg Shelves, via Vintage Revivals

This is an easy Halloween project for kids that results in a dramatic decorative display.
Melted Crayon Lantern, via MPMK

Friday, October 10, 2014

50 Books in 2014: 36-40

I have recently realized that I do most of my reading outside of my house, rather than when I am at home. I love reading on the bus, after I've put the girls to sleep, when the studio is quiet, etc. Perhaps this is because once I get home, I am exhausted and about ready for bed. I know that I should read before bed (rather than scroll through tumblr on my phone), but it's a habit I haven't managed to break. I'm sure I would get a much better night's sleep if I fell asleep to a book rather than my phone. I'll have to start to try doing this more and see if I notice any difference.
I have another update of books that I have read towards my 50 in 2014 goal. According to GoodReads, I am ahead of schedule for this goal. I'm really excited by the thought of reaching this goal. Only ten more books from now until December 31? That sounds so easy!
Here are reviews of my five most recent reads.

1. Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice by Thea Sabin
GoodReads says: "Due to the sheer number of Wicca 101 books on the market, many newcomers to the Craft find themselves piecing together their Wiccan education by reading a chapter from one book, a few pages from another. Rather than depending on snippets of wisdom to build a new faith, Wicca for Beginners provides a solid foundation to Wicca without limiting the reader to one tradition or path. Embracing both the spiritual and the practical, Wicca for Beginners is a primer on the philosophies, culture, and beliefs behind the religion, without losing the mystery that draws many students to want to learn. Detailing practices such as grounding, raising energy, visualization, and meditation, this book offers exercises for core techniques before launching into more complicated rituals and spellwork."
Average Rating: 4.09

I said: 4/5 stars, " This book is a great introduction to Wicca (which I knew very little about prior to reading). I would highly suggest this book to anyone who is interesting in learning about Wicca."

2. Design Bloggers at Home: Fresh Interiors Inspiration from Leading Online Trend Setters by Ellie Tennant
 GoodReads says: "A digital revolution is underway. A global network of creative, interior design bloggers has emerged, publishing fresh and inspiring content online every day. With diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, these individual bloggers combine to create a thriving online community of trend-setters and style gurus. In her first book, interiors journalist and stylist Ellie Tennant meets the characters and creative forces behind leading design blogs, exploring their online realms, their beautiful homes and their clever styling ideas."
Average Rating: 3.63

I said: 5/5 stars, "This book contained so many inspiring photos of homes, as well as great interviews and blogging tips. I really enjoyed reading it."

3. Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism by Betsy Greer
GoodReads says: "Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection where craft and activism meet; Craftivism the book is full of inspiration for crafters who want to create works that add to the greater good. With interviews and profiles of craftivists who are changing the world with their art, and through examples that range from community embroidery projects, stitching in prisons, revolutionary ceramics, AIDS activism, yarn bombing, and crafts that facilitate personal growth, Craftivism provides imaginative examples of how crafters can be creative and altruistic at the same time."
Average Rating: 4.12

I said: 4/5 stars, "This book opened me up to an entirely different view of what it means to be an activist. It also provided some very inspiring interviews and artist bios that drive the meaning of craftivism deeper. I do wish it had provided concrete ideas for how to incorporate craftivism into one's daily life rather than expecting one to use the inspiration of what has already been done from the essays in the book."

4.   Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
 GoodReads says: "Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she had been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family?"
Average Rating: 3.89 

I said: 4/5 stars, "This book was so hard to put down (although I'll admit that I did put it down for a few weeks because it was a bit scary for me). The book is dark, but certainly worth reading. It has many unexpected twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite some explicit dark content. "

5. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
GoodReads says: "In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman."
Average Rating: 4.07

I said: 5/5 stars, "This book was short, but filled with vast wisdom. I am incredibly grateful that I have read this book. I really think that everyone should read it, and be inspired to live a life full of love and intent."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tumblr Tuesday #62

As if by magic, the trackpad on my laptop has started working again almost all of the time. This is great news for not only the Tumblr Tuesday posts, but also any other post or activity that requires copying and pasting pictures. Enjoy this week's set of pictures.

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