Wednesday, January 30, 2013

5 Little Candles

So I keep coming up with ideas for candle holders/lanterns since about summer. Some I get from Pinterest, some I remember doing as a kid, and some just pop into my head. But which ideas are the best? If I want to fill a room with beautiful light and patterns, which is the best? So I decided to make a bunch to compare and come up with the one I like best. Might as well share the results so others can figure out what they'd like before making their own too. :) After all, "Remember kids, the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down."

Each of the 5 candle holders will have a picture in daylight, a picture at night when lit, and pictures of the patterns they put on the walls when lit.

Here are the candles:

1. The Flower Garden Candle

I pressed some flowers from My Garden this year back in September, when I first started this experiment.

2. The Angel Candle

I was kinda hopeful about this one, since I came up with it myself and it's my husband's nickname for me. :) It was, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful ones by day. However, I wasn't as excited about the patterns on the wall as I hoped, perhaps if there was more purposeful arranging of the feathers it would be more spiffy.

3. The Autumn Candle

This one came out to be my favorite. It's just pressed leaves that you can find anywhere. These leaves came from one of my favorite parks- Eastwood Park. It looked fairly pretty with the candle unlit and lit. Though it's my favorite because of the gorgeous patterns it threw on the wall when lit.

4. The Lace Candle

I love lace, so this was a fun one. I just snipped part of a sleeve from an old shirt- no gluing, no sewing. :) It was the simplest to make. It turned out darker than I was hoping with less patterns on the wall, but that might be improved with a different type of lace.

5. The Holy Metal Candle

My mother, sister, and I used to make these as part of Advent. It was a lot of fun as a kid. This time it was a bit frustrating since every hammer blow would bend the metal. I tired sticking a cup in to help keep shape as well as sand, but the cup got a cut in it and the sand was messy. The lights and patterns were pretty disappointing, but perhaps if someone had more patience than I, it could be gorgeous.

6. The Unfinished Candle

I found these really spiffy leaves on Pinterest:
You can see how to make the veiny leaves Here
I don't remember giving up, but either I gave up, or my husband accidentally washed the dish they were in... either way, I wouldn't recommend it. First of all, the smell that was given off by the reaction worried me about the affect the chemicals might have on pets or kids in the building. (I'm not sure, but just in case, I took it outside.) It was also very difficult to handle the leaves without breaking them. I'm sure that getting them on the glass bottle would have been near impossible.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Decadent Dark Chocolate Cake Coffee Recipe

Here's a recipe that would be great for a special holiday- surprise your loved one on Valentine's day. Or a good recipe to treat yourself to to make any day a luxurious day. Decadent Dark Chocolate Cake Coffee is rich and delicious. Valentine The Teddy Bear decided to make herself some to warm herself in this snowy weather.

The recipe will make 3 tall glasses of coffee- or 6 coffee cups worth of coffee.

Ingredients You'll Need:

6 Cups Milk (I usually use powdered milk mixed with water)
3 Tablespoons Coffee (if you prefer Decadent Dark Chocolate Cake Cocoa then replace with chocolate chips or cocoa powder)
1 Tablespoon Butter
3 Tablespoons Flour
4 Tablespoons Sugar (or Sweetner)
2 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder
Pinch Of Salt


Heat milk on pot. Add 1 tablespoon of butter.

In a bowl mix 3 tablespoons flour,

4 tablespoons sugar,

2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder,

and pinch of salt. This makes a cake mix.

Slowly add dark chocolate cake mix to hot milk while stirring.
So rich and chocolatey!

 Add 3 tablespoons of coffee. Serve and enjoy! It's delicious with frozen cool whip and caramel on top! Yummy!

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Add 5 Tablespoons of pre-made chocolate cake mix.

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