Anyone can buy a coffee cup. Get D-I-Y with your M-U-G instead, and throw a Mug Decorating Party. Take a solid colored mug, decorate it using a food-safe ceramic marker, and bake it in a preheated oven at 350ºF for 20 minutes. Once it’s finished, fill your mug with this Hot Brown Sugar Tea recipe for a delicious and cozy treat.
I’m really wanting to start something… maybe a blog? I’m not sure what yet I just know I want to do something creative.. if I start a blog it would be randomly themed, I would have section for WWE where people could ask questions and I would give my opinions.. a section solely for writing where you can ask questions and I can give advice and a section for all of the little DIYs I do where I can post the finish products and tell you how to do them yourself and tips I’d found along the way… just an idea I’ve had going through my head for a few weeks.. would anybody interested? Any ideas or suggestions?
I haven’t done a Make It Yourself Monday for the longest time and this one almost happened out of accident. My friends and I decided that it was the perfect day to bake cookies so we made these delicious S’mores cookies. However, it wasn’t until afterwards, as we were eating the cookies, that I realized I should have taken photos of the process for ze blog. So alas, the next day, we made the cookies again. We didn’t care, the cookies were that good. Seriously, these might be the best cookies I’ve ever had.
You will need: (for about 25-30 cookies)
1 ½ cup flour
1 ½ cup coarsely crushed graham crackers
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ lb butter
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Start crushing up 1 ½ cups of Graham Crackers into course crumbs. We used a fancy hammer to crush up the crackers in a ziplock bag, but rolling pins or your fists work just as well.
2. Combine 1 ½ cups of Graham cracker crumbs, 1 ½ cups flour, ¼ tsp baking soda and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl and mix well.
3. Cream together ¾ cup brown sugar, ¾ cup white sugar, and ½ lb butter (aka a cup of butter). If you are thinking to yourself that this is a lot of butter, you’d be right. These cookies are definitely not healthy, but boy, that butter makes them good.
4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients until they are mixed well together.
5. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips. We may have added a lot more than 1 cup… I really like chocolate.
6. Drop two ounce cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for eight minutes.
7. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and press about four marshmallows and four chocolate chunks into each cookie while they are still soft.
8. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes.
These are the perfect summer cookies. Nothing screams summer louder than S’mores and cookies combined together. I have a feeling these are the only cookies that we will be making all summer and that is quite all right with me.
Are you going to try out this Make It Yourself Monday? Tweet me (@whenimolderblog) or Instagram me (@taylorlainee) pics if you do! I would love to see how yours turns out.
Make Your Own Microbial Medley: A Famous Investigation To Do At Home
The poet William Blake prodded us to “see a world in a grain of sand,” and this simple project
does just that—only with a cupful of mud! Just add a few other easy-to-find ingredients to
create an entire ecosystem for bacteria called a Winogradsky column. Over several weeks,
different species will separate into visible layers depending on how they use—or don’t
use—oxygen, light, and nutrients such as carbon or sulfur. It’s a living lesson in how microbes
play an essential role in the life cycle as they reuse and recycle nutrients, not unlike the way
the bacteria that inhabit our bodies break down foods to give us energy. Or as Rob DeSalle,
co-curator of the special exhibition The Secret World Inside You,
likes to say, “The human digestive tract is one huge Winogradsky column.”