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Power Rangers Cookies

Yields 4 dozen

The things you’ll need

  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 1 ½ cups + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Red, yellow, blue, green, pink, and black royal icing in decorating bags
  • #2, # 4 & #12 tips
  • White & black fondant
  • Metallic bronze food paint
  • Mini football cookie cutter
  • Small fondant rolling pin
  • Fondant roller
  • Wax paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk almond meal, flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one a time, mixing and scraping in between each addition, and then add extracts.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Divide the dough into 2 discs, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 24 hours.
  7. Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick and then use a cookie cutter to cut out circles.
  8. Place the cookies onto lined cookie sheets and bake for 12 to 13 minutes.
  9. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheets and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Time to decorate!

  1. With a #2 tip, outline each cookie in a different color of royal icing and then let them dry for a few minutes.
  2. Use a # 4 tip to fill in each cookie with the same color as its outline. Use a toothpick to smooth the icing.
  3. Use your fingers to flatten out bits of yellow fondant and then use the small end of a #12 tip to cut out circles. Pinch two sides of each circle to make it an oval.
  4. Roll out black fondant and cut out mini football shapes. Cut off the pointed ends of the footballs.
  5. Paint each of the yellow ovals bronze and then use royal icing to attach each oval to a black “football”.
  6. Roll out white fondant and cut out small squares. Use a fondant roller to cut out white belts.
  7. Arrange the fondant pieces on top of each cookie and then use a circular cookie cutter to cut the excess fondant. Remove the excess.
  8. TaDa! Go Go Power Rangers Cookies!

The other week at our Botanical Gardens #livestameet @amygdaliv brewed up some rosewater toner for our girls and hid them all over the premise. There are many recipes for this, and @floreashelby has a great one on her blog that inspired this GPM activity. Here’s the run down:

You will need:
Red Roses
Witch hazel
Vitamin e oil
Your favorite essential oil

Liv made 3 kinds: Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint

1. With love, tear up the rose petals with your hands

2. Combine the petals with boiling water in either a pot or mason jar

3. Steep until the petals have become limp and completely saturated in the new deep red liquid

4. Strain the petals and poor the water into a jar and fasten the top for maximum freshness

5. Let it cool

6. Mix ¾ rosewater and ¼ witch hazel in a new container

7. Add at 1-2 capsules worth of vitamin e oil and at 10 drops of your desired essential oil

Once you’re finished, you can either put it in a spray bottle to mist your face with or a travel tube to soak a cotton pad to wipe off any dirt/oil/debris after washing your face. It’s extremely refreshing way to wake yourself up whilst cleansing your skin. If you make your, don’t forget to tag us!!

I forgot to post this last weekend, my She-Ra cosplay is finished! This week will be too rainy and cold to do a photo shoot so this is the best picture I have. Did anybody see me at Roc Con on Saturday?

To Hell with Fake Pockets! (DIY tutorial)

H&M, 20 EUR, otherwise nice jeans, but with fuckING FAKE POCKETS!!!!

Supplies: black thread, pins, sewing needle, sewing seam ripper, scissors, dark polyester lining

and those DAMN fake pockets pants!

Turn the bastard jeans over and rip off that useless seam (but be careful not to rip off anything not-so-useless).

Trace out the edge of the lining (use a chalk or sth that washes off).

Cut out the lining to get the right shape for the pocket! (the length of the lining depends on the size of the pockets you want - some 30 cm (12 inches) should do; it’s better to use a longer piece and cut some off later).

Now pin the cut-out side of the lining on the denim.

Get the needle & saw that bitch on! You can do a double stitch or whatever. Just try to make it look good on the outside (on the denim).

The sequence matters! When you finish with the outer edge, get to the sides. I used the sewing machine, but if you’re not comfortable with the modern technology of 1900s, you can do it by hand. And now seems like a good time to tell you that you have to mirror everything you do on the other side as well! (or do you want just one pocket?! Do you???!!!)

Yay, it’s starting to look like a pocket! Hand-stitch the upper side and you’re almost good to go!

Now get rid of any excess threads, turn over the edges and stitch them to prevent tearing.

Is that…is that a poCKET?! OMG!!

OMG I’ve got pockets now!

Ok, ok, calm down. Eat some Milka. And thanks for checking out this tutorial.