DIY: Backyard Luau Good Eats

Sand Dollar Cookies

These cookies might be a bit of a challenge to make, but it's totally worth it. They aren't too sweet and are brushed with a bit of cinnamon for the perfect day at the beach look and feel. Five shaved almond pieces pressed into the top and boom, perfect Sand Dollar cookie. Get the recipe here.

Sea Shell Chocolates
(michaels.com)
Get this mold from Michael's. You can also get the melting chocolate from there too, but Walmart has it cheaper. I used the cream and white chocolate colors. If you want to make them look marble, here's an awesome tutorial as to how!

Flip Flop Cookies


You can use Milano cookies or Nutter Butters. Ice them on top with any colors or designs you like, then use icing or licorice for the straps. I put them on a tray of graham cracker crumbs to look like sand and bought a few miniatures from Michael's (like buckets and the sand castle.)

Boozy Pina Colada Cupcakes

These were super fun and easy to make. The cupcakes were white cake mix with Pina Colada margarita mix, pineapple slices, coconut extract, splash of pineapple juice from the can of pineapple chunks, and about 1/4 cup vodka. I had to add a bit of flour and baking powder to it because of all of the liquid, but they turned out nice.

The frosting is 2 sticks of butter, a bag (yes BAG) of powdered sugar,  1/2 cup vodka, coconut extract, Pina Colada margarita mix and some yellow food coloring.

Snacks and Icebox Cake

I put all of the snacks into buckets. The little buckets have candy in them "Life Savers" starring as LifeSavers and Peach Rings, "Pool Noodles" as Twizzlers, "Fish" as Swedish Fish. I used the shovels as serving spoons.

Icebox Cake, because of the graham cracker crumbs and vanilla pudding has the tones and feel of the beach. It's also a cool dessert which is nice on a hot day. It's a layer of graham crackers, layer of vanilla pudding, layer of graham crackers, layer of vanilla pudding, graham crackers crumbled on top. CHILL. Serve. 

DIY: Redneck Couture Cookies

These make for excellent housewarming gifts or quick and easy emergency party favorites! These jars are pre made cookies for quick and easy baking. These recipes are originals that have been inspired by Redneck Couture's Boot Bling

Step One: Gather your materials!


-mason jar
-cookie ingredients
-measuring utensils
-paper towels

Couture Cookie #1: The Sue Ellen
Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Ingredients:
(for the jar)
3/4 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup crushed Werther's Original candy

1/4 cup (half stick) butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

Unwrap your candies. CRUSH 'EM. This can be done a variety of cleaner ways, but I took a meat mallet to these lil guys. It worked, but it was a bit of a mess. I suggest putting the candies in a ZipLoc baggie before crushing them, that way, all of the pieces stay in the bag.

Place your jar on the paper towel, this will come in handy. Measure out your dry ingredients. Pour them one by one into the jar, stacking style. Start with the largest quantities first, or if you want to make it look artsy you can stack them by color. 

Whatever doesn't make it into the jar, pour off of the paper towel into the jar. It's easier to use the paper towel as a funnel than pouring the ingredients in straight.


Print out the recipe card and you're done!

Couture Cookie #2: The Anna
Bourbon-Cranberry-Walnut-White Chocolate Cookie

Ingredients:
(for the jar)

1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup white chocolate chips (optional) 

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (one stick) butter
1/4 cup bourbon

Place your jar on the paper towel, this will come in handy. Measure out your dry ingredients. Pour them one by one into the jar, stacking style. Start with the largest quantities first, or if you want to make it look artsy you can stack them by color. Whatever doesn't make it into the jar, pour off of the paper towel into the jar. It's easier to use the paper towel as a funnel than pouring the ingredients in straight.

Print out the recipe card and you're done!

Couture Cookie #3: The Scarlett Rose
White Chocolate Craisin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:
(for the jar)
3/4 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup craisins
1/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter (half stick)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Place your jar on the paper towel, this will come in handy. Measure out your dry ingredients. Pour them one by one into the jar, stacking style. Start with the largest quantities first, or if you want to make it look artsy you can stack them by color. Whatever doesn't make it into the jar, pour off of the paper towel into the jar. It's easier to use the paper towel as a funnel than pouring the ingredients in straight.

 

Print out the recipe card and you're done!

 

 

Get Inspired

1. Watch your favorite TV show.
2. Make a playlist with a theme: work out, get pumped, throwbacks, a specific year, a special someone, an artist, a "phase," etc.
3. Go to the craft store.
4. Write a bucket list.
5. Plan a vacation.
6. Plan a fancy party.
7. Clean out your closet.
8. Take a bubble bath.
9. Get your nails done.
10. Dye your hair.
11. Pintrest.
12. Etsy.
13. Storyboard a project-photography, movie, party, etc.
14. Go for a walk.
15. Drive around.
16. Make some food!
17. Go shopping.
18. Write in a journal.
19. Crafts.
20. Write a list of goals.
21. Sing your heart out in the shower.
22. Come up with an idea for a new movie.
23. Try a new TV show available on Netflix.
24. Create something! Just put pen to paper.
25. Browse concept photos.
26. Cast actors as characters in your story.
27. Exercise.
28. Make some tea.
29. RANT.
30. YouTube tutorials.
31. Do some new makeup.
32. Step outside of your comfort zone.
33. Find a craft to do every day for a month and document the experience.
34. Set deadlines.
35. Give yourself some space.
36. Click here.
37. Stumble aimlessly on StumbleUpon.
38. Road trip.
39. Read.
40. NEVER GIVE UP.

 

April 14, 2015 by Lexx Fusco

Bad Day Kits

We all have our bad days every now and then. It can be super frustrating, hurtful, tough and long but you make it to the next day and you should be very proud of yourself for that. However, it is nice to have some help.

This holiday, I started making "bad day kits" for people because, being a starving college student, I don't have a ton of money to spend, but I wanted to still get the special people in my life something special for themselves...

So I headed on over to Dollar Tree and Five Below and that's when it hit me: a kit to help get through a rough day.

You can create a bad day kit for yourself, friends, neighbors, family members or really anyone. You can get really specific or be super general. Either way, the kit not only will be full of stuff to help make that person feel better, but it is also a super generous thought. 

 

Here are some basics:

-mini jar candles (Dollar Tree!)

-bubble bath

-pummice sponge

-incense

-candy

-tea

-hot chocolate

-fuzzy socks

-facial scrub

-applicator for mentioned scrub

-nail file

-nail polish remover

-nail polish

-a cooling mask

-a bean neck pillow

-a mini teddy bear

-movies

-earphones

-ear plugs

-bubble wrap (the most therapeutic thing in the world)

-joke book

 

If you want to get more personal:

-notes (compliments, memories, song lyrics, motiviationals, fun facts, etc.)

-pictures (personal photos, baby animals, hunks, pretty ladies, funny photos, etc.)

-journal

-a mixtape (CD or playlist, whatever you kids are using nowadays)

-giftcard

-coupon book (1 free massage, road trip, coffee and chit chat on me!, etc.)

-mini liquor bottles (for those REALLY bad days)

 

What helps get you through a bad day?

We hope that all is well and that these kits come in handy if necessary.

Let us know what you put in your kits! Perhaps some Redneck Couture to lift the spirits with a splash of fashion?!