Have you ever had that moment- maybe throwing a party or decorating a space- and something was missing? You were missing the finishing touch, but you couldn’t figure it out? Or if you did, you didn’t know how to make it? In our Lifestyle and Guides section, you can see different Do-it-Yourself ideas for any style, recipe or home.


“It’s the little things in life”


Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Cookies

By: Isabella De Bartolo

What you will need:

Cookies:

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/3 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon red food colouring

¾ cup sour cream

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

Heart cookie cutter (optional)

Cream Cheese Filling:

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Step One:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease baking sheets, or line with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together.

Step Two:

Cut the chocolate squares into small pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave chocolate on High for 30 second increments. Every 30 seconds, stir until melted.

Step Three:

In a large bowl, beat ½ cup butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until light and fluffy; pour in the egg and beat until mixture becomes smooth. Mix in the red food colouring and chocolate mix until evenly blended. Add half of the dry ingredients (sifted), stirring until well mixed. Beat in the sour cream and remaining dry ingredients. Once well mixed, fold in chocolate chips.

Step Four:

Place spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake one sheet at a time in the oven until they spring back when you press on them (9 minutes). Allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove and place on a wired rack.

Step Five:

For the cream cheese frosting, whip ¼ cup butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth. Blend in powdered sugar in half cup portions until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.cookie

Source: allrecipes.com


DIY Valentine’s Day Gift: Mason jar Kisses

By: Isabella De Bartolo

What you will need:

1 package of Kiss chocolates

1 Mason Jar

Paper

A pen (or a printer)

All you need to do for this craft is first place a package of Kiss chocolates in a Mason jar. Then, write a note saying “Kisses for when I’m gone” on the sheet of paper. Slip it into the jar so that the words are visible from the outside, and Viola! The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone.

Below is a picture of the jar when finished:jar.jpg

Source: Pintrest.


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Christmas Baking

By: Isabella De Bartolo

                                                 

Sugar Cookie:

What you will need:

1 1/2 cups of butter, softened

2 cups of white sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

5 cups of all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

 

Step One:

In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Once you’re done mixing in the butter and sugar, beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt once the other batter is evenly mixed in. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour or overnight.

Step Two:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll the dough out on a floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Step Three:

Bake 6-8 minutes in oven. Let cookies cool completely.

christmas cookies

Icing:

What you will need:

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 teaspoons of milk

2 teaspoons of light corn syrup

¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

Step One:

Mix powdered sugar and milk together, and stir until smooth.

Step Two:

Beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing is smooth. If it’s too thick, add more corn syrup.

Step Three:

Divide icing into separate bowls and stir in food coloring if you want. You can dip the cookies, paint them with a paint brush, or spread them using a knife or the back of a spoon.

icing

Source:

Pintrest, allrecipes.com


 

DIY: Scary Prank

By: Isabella De Bartolo

What you’ll need:

Toilet paper rolls (empty)

Glow sticks

Scissors

 

Step 1:

Cut holes into toilet paper roles in the shapes of different scary eyes.

paperrols

 

Step 2:

Place the glow sticks into the toilet paper roles. (You could tape in if needed).

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Step 3:

Place creepy eye creation into bush or tree and watch the scaring begin.

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By: Isabella De Bartolo

Source: Pinterest


Halloween Sugar Cookies

By: Isabella De Bartolo

 

What you will need:

1, 1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Halloween shape cookie cutters (Pumpkin, Skeleton, Ghost, etc.)

 

Step 1:

In a large bowl, mix the butter until fluffy. Once the butter is fluffy, slowly add the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Step 2:

Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Once mixed in and feeling dough-like, put mixture in a separate bowl, and cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Step 3:

Heat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out the dough on a flat, floured surface until about ¼ to ½ inches thick. Using your cookie cutters, cut the dough to how you may like.

Step 4:

Place the cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes in the oven. Let them cool completely before applying the icing.

Halloween Sugar Cookie Icing

What you will need:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons milk

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Your choice of food coloring

 

Step 1:

In a bowl, stir in the powdered sugar and milk, until smooth.

Step 2:

Beat in the corn syrup and vanilla extract, until icing is smooth and glossy. If it is too thick, add more corn syrup.

Step 3:

Divide icing into separate bowls and stir in as much food coloring as you want. You can also dip the cookies, paint them with a paint brush or spread them using a knife or the back of a spoon.halloween cookies

Source: Allrecipes.com & Geniuskitchen.com



DIY: Yarn Pumpkins

By: Isabella De Bartolo

What you’ll need:

21 pieces of orange yarn, cut to 36 inch (92cm) lengths

2 ounces (60mL) of white glue

1 balloon (12 inch size/30.48), blown up half full

1 brown pipe cleaner and 1 green pipe cleaner

Step 1:

Start by blowing up 12” balloons about half full. The bigger you blow the balloons the more yarn you’ll need. But the smaller you blow them, the more egg-like the shape will be.

balloon

Step 2:

Cut out about 21 pieces of yarn about 36 inches long. If you make your pieces of yarn too much longer than that, they’ll get tangled when you soak them in the glue.

string

Step 3:

Tie one of the pieces of yarn to the end of the balloon. Open one of your kitchen cabinets and hang the balloon from the handle. It’s way easier (and cleaner) than trying to control the balloon when it’s lying on a flat surface.

tied

Step 4:

Pour the glue into a small bowl. It takes about one full 2-ounce bottle of glue per yarn pumpkin (add a bit of water to the glue once it starts to dry).

glue

Step 5:

Dunk one of the pieces of yarn into the bowl of glue, and swirl it around gently with a plastic fork to get it completely covered with glue. Hold the end of the piece of yarn with your fingers, then gently run it between the tines of a fork to remove the excess glue.

fork

Step 6:

Take the glue covered yarn strand and press the end down somewhere and wind it around the balloon, making sure to press down the ends of the yarn to secure them when they’re in place. Repeat with the remaining pieces of yarn.

glue string

Step 7:

When you’re done, find somewhere to hang the yarn covered balloons to dry. They do drip a few drops of glue when they are drying, so make sure you put down an old towel or dollar store table cloth so you don’t wreck whatever is beneath them.

hanging

Step 8:

When done drying (should take 24 hours) make a very small hole in the balloon close to where the knot is (it won’t pop if you cut it near the knot). You want the air to leak slowly so you can detach any yarn as the balloon shrinks. Then pull out through opening of the yarn.

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Step 9:

Make the pipe cleaner stem and vine by wrapping the pipe cleaners around your pinkie finger. The stem is just a spiral, so tuck the end of the pipe cleaner into the yarn. You don’t need glue, just tuck it.

3 pumpkins

Source: Pinterest

 

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