Afternoon in Instagram

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The last few afternoons have been rainy and dreary and in need of some creative time. One of our friends from back home has a little boy who turns 3 this month and she just found out she is pregnant again so I had a few gifts to whip up.

in progress bday shirt
mama and son shirts
They are both big Star Wars fans (in fact, they announced the pregnancy with the Storm Trooper fetus graphic) so I thought I would play with that. Yoda was definitely the smallest, most detailed graphic I've done in a while.

And I thought while I was at it, I'd whip up a shirt for myself. 


I snacked on apples and caramel and got caught up on Pan Am (my new favorite show) while I worked. Pretty fun way to spend the afternoon. :)

Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa

Sunday, November 13, 2011

One of the best revelations here recently: boiling sweetened condensed milk turns it into the most DELICIOUS caramel sauce. It's so perfect! All you do is pop an unopened can or two into a pot of water and boil it for 2-2 1/2 hours (make sure it stays underwater the whole time) and then enjoy! An unopened can will last up to 5 months- but I can't resist opening them and eating them immediately! We have had apples + caramel, ice cream with caramel, and homemade salted caramel hot cocoas almost every day! I adapted the recipe from Beautiful Mess to include my new yummy caramel.

Makes 1 serving:

In a small pan, heat 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and a pinch or two of sea salt. Whisk until completely melted, then add another 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of your yummy homemade caramel (or store-bought caramel sauce). Continue heating and stirring until warmed thoroughly then pour into a mug. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on. 

So good!