Make your own Beeswax lotion!

A friend of mine has really bad eczema on his hands and I really wanted to make something natural that would help him. I discovered this recipe on another wordpress site (http://asonomagarden.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/how-to-make-an-easy-beeswax-lotion/)and decided to have a go at it. This is a step by step slideshow of me making it, and I do believe it came out very well. Go ahead and click on the first picture to begin–

If you would like to view this as more of a slideshow, you can view it here: http://www.flickr.com//photos/95293216@N05/sets/72157633370978552/show/ as the embed was being fussy.
Making something natural is very rewarding and a lot a fun, I would highly recommend making this because it is simple yet effective.

Using Pinterest to “craft” your business

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Personally I only use Pinterest for DIY’s, humor, ideas, and other interests of mine and never for business purposes. However, I do find it interesting that many businesses use Pinterest for promotion and brand recognition. So I put together some information on Storify regarding the features geared toward businesses, and tips from people who use it as such. It’s kind of cool to see a different approach to something you’re so familiar with, click on the link and check it out!
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DIY Car!!!

One of the most intensive crafts to create is probably a car, especially from scratch. Well my handsome boyfriend, Adam, who is trained in automotive and the like, has been working on building his own car completely customized. He has been ordering supplies, welding parts on, putting it together, all kinds of stuff that I will most likely never understand. I think that what he is doing is so awesome that I chose him to interview for my blog! This of course is not an instructional video, it’s just a quick look at someone doing something super creative. If by some chance you decide to take this kind of thing on or you repair your own car, this is a link to the place where Adam gets a lot of his parts http://www.speedwaymotors.com/

Banana Foster French Toast!

Hello my crafty friends!

I decided I wanted to shake things up a bit and post a recipe for one of the best things on the planet which is banana foster french toast. I discovered it last weekend when I went with my boyfriends’ family to bunch at The Bistro at Flat Creek Estate, a vineyard by Lake Travis. Of course I had had french toast before, and it has always been one of my favorite’s, but I have to say that I am seriously considering never going back to just plain old every day french toast.

So there are a bunch of different variations to this recipe, but I think the end result is pretty much the same, and I am sure just as delicious. I’m just going to put a general recipe that I will be using when I make it this up-coming weekend.

My word, doesn’t that just look heavenly?

Ingredients:

Challah Bread

4 Eggs

1 Cup of Milk

1/2 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon + however much you want to sprinkle at the end

1 Tablespoon of Butter

Now I have always made the toast with regular thin sliced white bread and had no idea what “Challah” was. So in case you don’t know either here’s what it looks like:

Directions:

  • First cut the Challah bread into 1/2 inch think slices
  • Then in a medium sized bowl or a small pan, mix up the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. (I think that I will probably add a pinch of salt as well.)
  • Now dip each slice of bread in the mixture until you feel it has absorbed it and is well coated on both sides.
  • With the stove on high heat, melt the butter in a large pan. Cook each slice of bread until it is golden brown on each side which can take up to five minutes.

Now it’s time to make the best part!

Banana Foster Sauce

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons of Butter

3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup

1/8 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

2 Bananas Sliced

Directions:

  • I think it’s best to start with cutting up the bananas so that they are ready to go when it’s their time to shine. You can cut them into regular circular slices or you can do it diagonally/lengthwise to get longer thinner slices. Like so:

  • With the stove on low heat melt the butter and caramelize the brown sugar by cooking  it until it dissolves and gets all bubbly.
  • Add in the maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt, stir it a lot while it cooks for about three more minutes.
  • Now turn down the heat even more so that it’s just at a simmer. Add the sliced bananas and stir them around while they cook for another five minutes.

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Now put the french toast on a plate and pour the sauce all over it. Usually there is some kind of whipped cream served on the side or you could add nuts or berries.

Enjoy!

*Warning* This is more of a dessert than a breakfast dish because it is super sweet and slightly unhealthy but highly delicious

In case you want to go to the vineyard and have the french toast that I had, here’s the website for it!!

 http://www.flatcreekestate.com/restaurant/