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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Three Ingredient Flourless Cupcakes - From SCRATCH!



Would you believe me if I said that you can make rich, flavorful cupcakes without flour, sugar, or milk?

Three ingredient cupcakes


These amazing cupcakes are made with only chocolate chips, eggs, and full fat coconut milk. I got the original recipe here: https://youtu.be/-XG3RU9bCE8

I first tried the recipe just as instructed, except I used 5 1/2 ounces of chocolate chips rather than chocolate bars. It was good, but I like more. I do love my frosting and glazes! When I made this recipe again, I thought, since I need parchment paper anyway, why not just pour the batter into cupcake liners?

Three ingredient cupcakes
Three ingredient cupcakes



Three ingredient cupcakes


I also made them "grown up" style. With a bit of Kahlua Mocha. The Kahlua just takes the whole thing over the top!!

Three ingredient cupcakes

Three ingredient cupcakes

Three ingredient cupcakes


Seriously, these little beauties are simple enough to make to satisfy a quick dessert craving, while being delicious and elegant enough to impress your dinner guests. Plus, I think they're super adorable on a vintage floral saucer, don't you think?

Three ingredient cupcakes


Look at the inside. Scrumptious!

Three ingredient cupcakes

So, here it is -

Three Ingredient Chocolate Cupcakes 
  • 5.5 oz chocolate chips (I use dairy free, dark chocolate)
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, or coconut cream
Cakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Refrigerate your **coconut milk while you make the cupcakes (or do like I do and store your coconut milk in the fridge!). Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and, once the chocolate is smooth, let it cool at room temperature. Separate your eggs and add the yolks to the melted chocolate. Whisk the chocolate and egg yolks together until smooth. Using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate and egg mixture. Place 8 cupcake liners into a cupcake pan. Fill liners about a third full. This recipe should be evenly divided among the eight liners. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes, until the tops of the cupcakes begin to show cracks. Remove from oven and let cupcakes cool completely.
Topping:
Empty coconut milk into a mixing bowl, discarding (or save for re-use) the coconut water. Beat the coconut milk with a hand mixer until it resembles whipped cream. If you would like to sweeten the coconut milk, or keep the whip from falling apart, you can beat in a couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar. I like to do this if I am saving the whip for a later time. When ready to serve, add a generous dollop of coconut whip topping to the cupcake.
If you are making it adult style, remove the cupcake from the liner, put it on its plate or bowl and pour a bit of Kahlua over the top and let it run to the bottom of the dish. Now, add your cream.

**When shopping for coconut milk, pick up the can and shake it. If it is too solid to slosh inside the can, it will be perfect for whipped coconut cream. My favorite brand is Chaosuan. It is most consistent in the fat content and the ability to whip.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mexican Sunflowers and a Morning Visitor



     Good morning from Central California! As I was enjoying the first few sips of my morning coffee, I couldn't help but notice the gorgeous morning light in my yard. Although my little slice of the earth will remain hot through October, I can still feel the slightest hint of fall coming. Just a little chill in the air before the day's heat comes to serve as a beautiful reminder of the coming change of the seasons.
     The morning was so pretty, I just had to grab my camera and take some shots! I had planted lots of wildflowers near my fence earlier this year, trying to obtain a cute cottage-y sidewalk view that I have been crushing on through Pinterest. Forgetting that I have lots of foraging birds here, I failed to plant deep enough and lost most of the seeds. Except for this beauty, which surprised me and continues to wow me with its beautiful blooms.

Mexican sunflower

Mexican sunflower

Mexican sunflower

     I think I love these flowers so much because of the colors. I just love the color orange, it is so bright and happy and quirky.

     While I was outside, I was visited by a friend. I don't know her name but that doesn't seem to matter to her.

Lynx point siamese cat

Lynx point siamese cat

Lynx point siamese cat

Lynx point siamese cat

     So, back to the sunflowers. This is purely coincidental - I had a vintage sheet in my fabric stash that I pulled out over the weekend to make some pillow covers with. I think that these covers are a cute, unexpected bit of fun for the family room sofa. I found the pillow inserts at the thrift store recently and they are so comfortable and inviting! I am seriously loving them.


Mexican sunflower throw pillow 
Mexican sunflower throw pillow  
Mexican sunflower throw pillow 

     Sandy is helping me by modeling with the pillows!

Mexican sunflower throw pillow 

Mexican sunflower throw pillow 
      
     What is happening where you are? Are you ready for fall? Please comment with a link to show your fave photos!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey Book Bead Bracelet



Who is ready to see Christian and Anastasia in the theater?? Only nine days from today! Here is a little something to get you in the mood!

I have these bracelets for sale in my Etsy shop. You can see them here: http://etsy.me/18RYb0V and here: http://etsy.me/1v2igpI.

In fact, because you came here and checked it out, I have a coupon code just for YOU! Use the code BLOGFRIENDZ at checkout for a 20% discount.

Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 


These bracelets were made using the actual book pages - I cut, rolled, glued and poly coated all of these babies. They are water resistant and stronger than they look!


Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 

 These Fifty Shades bracelets have a set of handcuffs charm.


Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 

I used alternating gunmetal and sheer blue colored beads. I have plans for a grey and red bracelet as well. 
Do you have other color ideas??

Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet 

Fifty Shades of Grey Bracelet  
Fifty Shades of Grey Bracel

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It's a Tule Fog Kind of Morning



My little corner of California's Central Valley hasn't seen much sun lately. You may have seen that California is basking in gorgeous 70 degree beach weather. Yeah, not here. Not that I'm complaining, though. I happen to love my winter here.

The photos below are of the site where I love to shoot product photos.

Central Valley fog
 This little red house is where the girls model their hats. It is a gorgeous, old, weathered red.

Central Valley fog

Central Valley fog




I love seeing this old tree.

Central Valley fog



The orchard is almond. It's going to be stunning when those trees bloom!

Central Valley fog 

Central Valley fog

Central Valley fog

Central Valley fog

However your morning looks, I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Edwardian Inspired Red Tam is Perfect For Cold Weather



     Who is watching Downton Abbey (raising my hand over here)? I love to see what hats all of the girls are wearing. While my own Gemini Vintage upcycled sweater hats are not anything that you will find on Downton, I do draw inspiration from hat styles of the first half of the 1900's.

     Gemini Vintage sweater hats are fashioned from sweaters found during my thrift store hunts. I enjoy the challenge of finding sweaters in great shape and gorgeous colors and love to use them for my sweater hats. My hats are all hand cut and sewn by me in my little home studio.

     This all cotton hat features a same color shabby flower sewn securely on to the hat.

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red

Upcycled Sweater Hat in Red
     Please visit http://etsy.me/154ZwyV to see this listing and all of Gemini Vintage Store's offerings.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jamie Lynn Spear's Spiral Wrap Hymnal Bracelet



     Last year I had the insanely cool opportunity to sit in on a radio station performance by Jamie Lynn Spears at KRTY in San Jose, California. For the record, Jamie Lynn has a naturally beautiful voice. I brought along two of my hymnal spiral wrap bracelets to give to Jamie Lynn and to Britney. I didn't expect much from it, I was just hoping to see a few photos here and there of her wearing the bracelet. I was blown away when I saw this post on iheart.com recently!

Jamie Lynn Spears' hymnal bead bracelet


Jamie Lynn Spears' hymnal bead bracelet


FAVORITE GIFT YOU'VE RECEIVED FROM A FAN:
"Recently a fan actually gave me this bracelet [see above], which is so cool. I've been bathing in it, I shouldn't, but it's old hymnal book pages that she rolled up and made a bracelet out of, and she made my sister one to match and I gave it to my sister. I just thought that was really thoughtful and really cool, because it's musical but then also has that religious part too. I went to a radio station and I played a few songs for some radio people and she was there. She gave this to me and I thought it was so cool. I wear it everywhere. I wear it pretty much every day. I love those kinds of things that you get. Nobody else will have them, and they mean something to me."

Here is the full article: http://news.iheart.com/articles/favorite-things-467903/jamie-lynn-spears-favorite-things-12543398/#ixzz3PO95iHPj


This is really the best testimonial that a maker can receive. It's true that the beads are water resistant and it's also true that no one else will have them. No two of my bracelets are identical, even though they may have the same color patterns. I create the beads from the actual books, not copied pages, and no two are exactly alike.

Jamie Lynn Spears receiving a
 Gemini Vintage Store hymnal bracelet


Jamie Lynn Spears receiving a
 Gemini Vintage Store hymnal bracelet


Jamie Lynn Spears and I wearing our spiral wrap bracelets