Tuesday, February 4, 2014

5+ Super Fave Man Food Recipes

I adore my mister. Butterflies still sore in my tummy with one wink from him. There is so much I do appreciate about him. Nauseas yet? Yeah, he doesn't want to hear it either. Words just don't cut it. Actions speak louder than words.

What the mister wants is smokin' hot chicken pot pie. Freakin' amazing brownies. A plate piled with chocolate chip cookie dough balls and nutbutter milkshakes. Gluten free and dairy free and all the better for it.

Here are 5 (bonus links above!) of our most heavily rotated Man Foods*:

  • Perfect Pot Roast from The Pioneer Woman. I used to think it would take another 20 years to get a moist and tender roast. Nah. Just do what she tells you and I promise- perfect pot roast! 
  • Kale with Bacon. I swear he loves this.  Most kale haters will change their mind when you add bacon.
  • Almost Instant Paleo BBQ Sauce. Really, it's baked BBQ chicken he loves but there are 4 million recipes for that and your Grandma's is probably totally better. This sauce is delish'- and really almost instant!

Enjoy these tasty favourites and I hope you find a new blog or two to follow. These are some powerful food makers!

*I know- ladies love their meat and butter, too! Whether you are makin' these for your own mister or for you- I hope you enjoy.

Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Defuzz Your Sweater

Is your beloved sweater collection looking a little sad? Thrift store finds of once lovely sweaters can be easily passed up when they are covered with pilling and fuzz. Not anymore. Let's perk up those cozy knits, easy peasy.

fuzzy sweater
pumice stone

Yes, they make "special" pumice stones for sweaters but they are really the same thing you get from your hardware store.
I do not recommend using an old razor as it can snag and cut fibers. Special combs and electric defuzzers can work wonders but I like low tech- and I'm cheap.

Good sweater candidates for de-pilling:
100% acrylic and acrylic blend sweaters (Target cardigans are perfect!)
100% wool and wool blend

Not so good sweaters for using pumice:
fine woven fabrics, like silk

Always do a test patch!

Let's get started.

Lay out your sweater on a clean surface.
Hold one end of your sleeve to keep it in place, use the other to make small sweeps with the pumice stone. Brush away the little fur balls as they pile up. Keep going, double checking front, back, sides, and details (like ties and collars).
Shake off your fluff balls and use a lint roller (or tape wrapped around your hand, sticky side out) to get the last bits.
Now, doesn't that look better? I'd love to hear what you are going to spruce up first!
Love this sweater? You can get it in the shop this week!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

How To Make Your Screen Font Bigger

Shrimp is almost one year old now and she amazes me every day. With one quick whack at the keyboard she can make the font on my Facebook really, really tiny. *sigh*

Maybe you just want your screen font to be a little bigger (or smaller), or maybe you have a little helper who made yours teeny tiny like mine was. Either way, it's a quick fix.

Control + on a PC or Command + on a Mac will make it bigger. Control - and Command - will make it smaller.

Ahhhh. That's better.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Follow Along on Bloglovin'


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With the ending of Google Reader last year, I was delighted to find Bloglovin'. It's even easier to use and darn pretty to look at. Keep up with Sweet Happy Pie and all that I have in store for 2014!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Felt Strawberries

I made these little felt strawberry ornaments and have no step by step to show you. Fortunately, the crafty ladies below have shared their own techniques for whipping up felt strawberries for pretend play or ornaments. These will be so cute tied onto packages!

My strawberries start out like Martha's pattern. A half circle with a wedge removed. I added French knots for teeny tiny seeds. Using a large needle, I pulled the string through the felt top, knotting on the under side.  Then using teeny tiny stitches to attach the top to the berry. If you make some, I'd love to see them.

Three easy tutorials:
Martha Stewart 

Bug Boo and Bean

Bread and Buttons

For more of my favorite handmade ideas, follow along with my Pinterest board: Handmade!

Enjoy! xo,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

How To Make a Daisy Cupcake

Another easy peasy cupcake tutorial. You can whip these up ahead of time or...put out the toppings with naked cupcakes and let party guests make their own. Did you see my Owl Cupcakes tutorial? Offer one- or both.

orange buttercream (or yellow, pink...whatever color your heart desires)
Milk Duds
full size marshmallows, cut in half. colored marshmallows are always an option

To Make:
1. Bake cupcakes and gather ingredients.

2. Slather on frosting. Messy is just fine- we just want the toppings to stick and some of the color to show.

3.Place one Milk Dud in the middle.

4. Circle with marshmallow halves. I squished some of the fluffier marshmallows, just a little. Place the sticky side of the marshmallow down.

5. Enjoy! For more sweet treats, follow along with my Pinterest board: Eat, Sweet!