Vegan Thumbprint Cookies: Orange Marmalade + Lavender Love

April 17, 2012 in Food Crafts

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There’s something about thumbprint cookies that just feels so nostalgic to me. My Nani used to make them, and as a kiddo I loved eating all of the cookie around the edges first, and then eating that bit of jam at the end. Yum!

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Simple Syrup Recipe: Lavender Simple Syrup

April 9, 2012 in Food Crafts

Originally published at Glue and Glitter

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We had a baby shower for one of my favorite couples last weekend, and I whipped up this lavender simple syrup for one of the mocktail recipes that we served there.

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How to Make Vanilla Extract

February 29, 2012 in Food Crafts

Vanilla Extract

I am apparently on a kick of making food that I would normally buy: almond milk, marmalade, and now I have a batch of vanilla extract that’s just about finished! Ever wondered how to make vanilla extract? It’s super simple!

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DIY Oatmeal Face Scrub

February 5, 2012 in Food Crafts, Tutorials

Cross-posted from Feelgood Style

DIY Oatmeal Face Scrub

Need a quick fix for exfoliating your face this winter? Oatmeal face scrub to the rescue!

Store-bought face scrubs aren’t always the best for your body or the planet. Even if you spring for an organic scrub, chances are it comes in a disposable, single-use plastic bottle. Rather than shell out the big bucks for something that’s not totally in line with your feelgood beauty routine, why not whip up your very own homemade oatmeal face scrub instead? Here’s how.

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DIY Almond Hand Scrub

January 12, 2012 in Food Crafts, Tutorials

Originally posted at Feelgood Style

DIY Almond Hand Scrub

When winter rolls in, my hands take a beating! This DIY almond hand scrub helps slough off dead skin cells and moisturize your hands to protect them from the cold, dry winter weather.

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How-to: Homemade Bitters

January 5, 2012 in Food Crafts

Cross-posted from Glue and Glitter

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I’m a big fan of crafts you can make in a mason jar, so when Bust magazine’s October/November issue had a recipe for cherry vanilla bitters, I knew I had to go for it!

The great thing about Mason jar crafts is that the jar is endlessly useful. A quick trip through the dishwasher, and you can reuse those empty jars for storing food or knicknacks or even in craft projects. Hurrah!

The Bust recipe was for 2 pints of bitters, but I adapted it to make 20 half pints, because what fun is booze if you don’t share it, right? I highly recommend trying to find that issue of Bust, because there’s a drink recipe to use your bitters, a second bitters recipe in there that I didn’t use, some really cool stuff about urban farming, and a hilarious interview with Mindy Kaling. Since I changed things up a bit, though, I’m going to share the recipe I used here!

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How-to: Make Raw Hot Sauce

December 8, 2011 in Food Crafts, Tutorials

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The photo above is the hot sauce fresh out of the blender. That foam disappears after a few minutes. Want to make your own raw hot sauce? Check out my favorite hot sauce recipe below!

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