Hello Sweeties! In the next 2 days we are giving away a sweet Cupcake Ring! Don’t you want one for yourself or a friend?!
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I made almond milk for the first time after hearing so much about the almond milk from Pressed Juicery! This is sweetened with a little bit of date and some vanilla extract. It’s so fresh and delicious, like a healthy, natural, melted milk shake. If you want to make your own just follow these steps:
1 cups of raw unsalted almonds
3.5 cups of filtered water
2-4 Pitted dates, depending on how sweet you want it
1 tsp of vanilla extract, or a whole vanilla bean if you like!
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt
A blender (I used my nutribullet)
cheesecloth or specialized Nut Milk Bag or sieve
1. In a bowl or container put the almonds in water until it’s covered. You’re going to soak these almonds for about 6-8 hours till the skins are soft. When you are done soaking the almonds drain and rinse them. Now, I took the skins off the almonds by easily slipping them off with my index finger and thumb. Some people don’t take the skins off but I guess it’s a matter of how you want your almond milk to look. Without the skins the almonds are white and therefore will produce a pure white milk.
2. Next put the almonds, filtered water, pitted dates, and vanilla in a blender or something like a nutribullet which I have. Since my nutribullet is small I halved the ingredients and did it in 2 batches.
3. Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute
4. Next strain your blended almond milk through your cheesecloth/nut milk bag/sieve into another container. If using cheesecloth or a nutmilk bag squeeze the remaining almond milk into the container, almost like milking a cow!
5. Pour the almond milk back into the blender and add the cinnamon and salt and blend on low to combine.
6. Pour into a container and now you’re done! The milk will last for 3-5 days in the fridge. Use it for cereal or anywhere else you use milk! It’s also super delicious on it’s own!
Umm, yes, above is a picture of Honey Boo Boo attacking the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM and yes this is exactly how I felt the first time I went there too.
Now for years I've been a connoisseur of cupcakes, and by connoisseur I mean I'm down right obsessed with them. I mean, I made a whole jewelry line based on cupcakes, I collect cupcake decor like a fiend and even won my company's bake off with my signature red velvet cupcake recipe (I won a $25 Target gift certificate because of it!). Now this cupcake ATM has come along and I can't help but think "The Secret" is working because of all the cupcake love I'm putting out there in the world.
If you are in Los Angeles (and now Chicago) and you love cupcakes or it's like 3am and you want a dessert that's not from a drive-thru I highly recommend going to the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. Not only is it open 24 hours but it's also restocked everyday with a lot of variety from your classic cupcakes to vegan cupcakes and even cupcakes for your dog! I can't help but think God is listening to me when he makes it possible for me to get a cupcake at any freaking hour of the day.
Please enjoy more pictures below of this gift sent from Heaven:
Oh Disneyland, the mere mention of the place sends fits of joy fluttering through my heart and mind. Growing up in Southern California I've been lucky enough to live near this legend since it is only about 45 minutes away. I don't think I can ever tire of Disneyland or grow bored with it because no matter how old I get, it will always make me feel like a kid again.
I've only had great experiences at Disneyland. I think being an imaginative person I've grown to deeply appreciate it and Walt Disney's goals for the park. Now that I'm an adult I feel like I'm in a better position to enjoy the park because I don't have to beg my parents to buy me souvenirs, ha! This time around, however, I'm an annual pass holder and it's the best! There are different levels to the Disneyland annual passes. There's the ultimate, ultimate pass that lets you in everyday of the park, but costs more than $500 and then there's the one I have which is the Southern California Resident Annual pass. With this pass I can enjoy Disneyland on Sundays and Weekdays, but not on Saturdays, major holidays and the whole month of July, hahah. It's also great though because the block out days are the ones I'd want to avoid - that's when the park is the most crowded.
Here are a few highlights about the park that I love: My most ultimate favorite ride is Space Mountain, of course. I think it's the fastest ride at the park and the most fun. I'll also never tire of Pirate's of the Carribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Matterhorn, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Small World. My favorite non-ride attractions are the Disney Gallery, the shops, going on the train when I'm too tired to walk, the park during the winter holidays, taking the monorail, and The Tiki Tiki Room because it reminds me of my parents.
If you ever want to remember what it's like to be a kid again, I recommend you go here. And if you're not a kid anymore, watch out for those strollers, they can get really annoying!
Here are some pics from some of my past and recent Disneyland trips. I'll put up more when we go next time!
Clockwise from top left to bottom left: the Partner's Statue, the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups, the plaque you see when you enter Disneyland, and awesome Disney balloons,
Birthdays can be great, sometimes they can be just okay but if you want a spectacular birthday well then consider this bad boy the next time someone needs to blow out a candle, or two. Just watch and be amazed!
Okay, are you blown away yet? Did you see that?! I mean, come on - fireworks?! A rotating, musical flower that opens and is lit up to the sky?! Now if that doesn't make you say "Oh my God this is gonna be the best birthday ever!!" I don't know what will.
Over the years I've stocked up on these little beauties and surprised dear friends with them. Their faces when the fireworks go off is priceless! Just see below!
Happy birthday faces
Close up of a cake I made topped with said awesome candle
_How many of you out there, like me, try to keep up with hobbies while trying to balance work and life!? I've always been a jack of all trades (Masterette of None, unfortunately) and am trying to slow down to enjoy the fun things in life. The next hobby I'm going to under take is sewing! I've signed up for my first sewing class (At Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica, by the way. Jan 28th, join up and say hi!). I dream of making my own bags, totes, dresses and presents for friends. Hopefully work won't pull me away from it so I can be a sewing machine (Ha!)!
A few questions for everyone:
What are your current hobbies or hobbies you want to learn?
Are there any hobby that you've mastered and are pretty good at now?
Any sewing learning tips?
Okay, has anyone seen these Blythe dolls? I think they are sooooo cool and I want one, now!
I know to some they probably look a little freaky and stuff, but they are so interesting. They were originally made by the Kenner toy company in the 70s but are now making a come back, especially in Japan. Besides their humungous heads and gigantic eyes, another feature of the Blythe doll is that you can pull a string on the back of their head and their eye color changes! Can someone say AWESOME!?! Hahah! Also the popular thing to do is make clothes for the dolls and you can sell them on ebay, and some of you know how I BE knitting stuff! On the other hand, I'm a grown woman and still playing with dolls, hmmm, how sad Karen, how sad.....
To check out more Blythe stuff go to: This Is Blythe
According to Wikipedia the a macaron (/mɑːˈkæ rɵŋ/ mah-KÆ-rhon) is a sweet confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. They are predominantly a French confection and are even sold at some McDonald's in France!!
I distinctly remember the first time I ever had a French macaron. I was with my best friend out on a rare window shopping trip down Montana Ave in Santa Monica. We were having the best time and decided to walk into this small French bakery to make it even better. These little round discs caught my eye because first off, I've never seen them before and second, they came in so many colors! Sweet pastel pink, green, blue, purple - you had to just imagine what these colors could taste like.
To my surprise they were crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside, like a tiny crispy cake! After that I would never forget them and in fact became a little obsessed with them since I had no idea when I would see them (soon after the little French bakery on Montana closed). Luckily, they caught on like wildfire here in LA. There are huge varieties of unique flavors like the green tea and rose at Jin Patisserie on Abbot Kinney.
If you've never had a French macaron yourself I definitely advise you to seek some out! You won't regret it and if you are already a French macaron lover like me or know one you can express your love for them with the French Macaron Earrings in the Little Sweet Thing Store!
Hello! Welcome to day 1 of the Little Sweet Thing Blog! Little Sweet Thing is not just about jewelry but it's about the idea of sweetness in our lives - things that make us smile, laugh, and remember good times. This space will be my sounding board to share with you just how sweet life can be!
Little Sweet Thing was born out of Karen's obsession with Cupcakes! When she couldn't find the perfect cupcake ring to wear she made one and now she is sharing her love of all things sweet with the world!