Yep, that is sliced hot dog on a hambuger bun. It’s what we had in the fridge.
Then put all of the fruit in.
Finish pouring the custard out on top of the fruit.
Once each layer was baked and had time to cool, I got to work. I used some fancy s’mores flavor frosting and smeared that on top of one of the cakes.
Then, I put the other cake on top of the first one. I pressed them together, and tried to make the cake look even.
To finish it off, I arranged a bunch of mini marshmallows and graham cracker pieces on top.
It was delicious and a hit at the party.
Happy birthday, Lauren!
Check back Wednesday to find out about the other treat I made over the weekend.
Once you’re living together, every couple finds that certain jobs begin falling to one of them or the other. They’re assigned according to gender roles, or your schedules, or because one person (Christina) has decided it’s “gross”. Spider removal. Bathroom cleaning. Spray painting. She doesn’t always give me credit (I’m fine with it), but if something needs to be spray painted, it’s on me. So I’m starting to become an expert.
We’ve used spray paint on a lot of our projects. It sounds easy. It even sounds fun. But we’ve discovered that it’s not always practical. So if something needs a fresh coat of paint, you’ve got to think about more than just the color and decide how it’s going from the can to the project.
Smooth finish – Spray paint leaves no brush marks, and if you do it right—repeated light coats—it won’t run either. For this lamp, we needed even, nearly undetectable coverage, so spraying it was the way to go.
Funky sh apes — Spray paint is a lifesaver for any shape you’ll have a hard time wrapping a brush around. Painting that lamp would have been a big ol’ mess without it.
Time — Spray paint dries crazy-fast, so even though you’re laying down several coats, you’ve finished a dresser before Christina can stitch a pillow. Unless, of course, you run out and have to dash to the suburbs to get more.
Cost of Coverage — Here’s where spray paint loses a bit of its glossy finish. This dresser took four full cans of spray paint, at about $3.50 a pop. For that cost, you’d have conventional paint left for the rest of the bedroom set, and you could throw your brushes and rollers away when you’re done.
Space — If, like us, you live in an apartment, finding a place to spray paint can be a pain. We’re lucky to have access to a garage. Otherwise, you could put down enough newspaper to housebreak a racehorse, and you’ll still scrubbing over-spray off your kitchen tile (and the wall, and the dog’s bowl) with a Magic Eraser. Not to mention the fumes.
Even though spray painting sounds easy, and even though cleaning brushes is a drag, take the time to figure out what’s really right for the project. And, if you skip the spray paint, maybe you can even get some help from your better half.
With a coat of paint and some new hardware, we’ve completely changed the look and feel of this old dresser and gave it a new life!
Next, grab that spray paint! He primed the dresser and sprayed it white.
Dan carried the huge dresser back up to the office and added on the hardware we had already purchased from Home Depot. In case you’re wondering, it’s the Martha Stewart Living Classic Polished Nickel Canopy Cup Pull.
I cut out just the bird part (not the branch or leaves) and used that as a stencil on some green scrapbook paper. I did that four times and cut each bird out.
I really like the contrast of the more delicate bird knobs so close to the metal hardware.
A little while back, Dan sent me a recipe for a quick and easy grown up snack. He figured if I had the recipe, there was a much better chance of it ever being made than if he alone had it. I’ll admit, it looked like it would be quite tasty.I finally had the chance to make them when a couple friends came over for a little backyard wine party get together. Here’s how they came out.
I followed most of the directions from the article, but I did change it up a bit. For starters, we used nectarines instead of peaches since that’s what we had on hand. We sliced them, dipped them in the honey-water mixture, and grilled each slice on both sides.We deviated from the recipe with the crostini bread. We bought a regular baguette from Trader Joe’s, and i cut it into small slices. I brushed a thin coat of olive oil on each side of the bread, and then on to the grill it went. As we did for the nectarines, we grilled each piece of bread for a short time. Be careful not to leave them on there too long, or they will be scorched. I took every thing off the grill and put it aside until it was almost time to serve them. Allow yourself about ten minutes of prep time before you need them.
I put about one teaspoon of bleu cheese onto each crostini and topped it with a nectarine slice. I baked them on a baking sheet only until the bleu cheese got melty, which was only a few minutes.
I took them out of the oven and glazed them with the remaining honey-water mixture.Finally, they were ready. We took them outside and enjoyed them alongside Cupcake Chardonnay, which my friend Lauren brought to share. They paired very nicely. I highly recommend it.
As does Lauren.