BBC (Baileys Banana Colada) Recipe

There is a Hawaiian restaurant down the street from our house that makes the best blended drinks.  On a nice day, I like to go there, sit on the patio, order a fruity drink, and people watch.  It’s very relaxing.  One of my favorite drinks is the BBC, which stands for Baileys Banana Colada. It is so delicious, but it is never on the happy hour menu, so it is a little expensive. I did some research and found a recipe for a homemade version that is just as good and a heck of a lot cheaper.

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Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1-2 Frozen Bananas (I love bananas, so I tend to put in 2,but 1 should be plenty)
  • 2 oz Irish Creme Liqueur
  • 1 oz Rum (Dark Rum is preferable)
  • 1 oz Coconut Creme
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Ice (if needed)
  • Whip Cream
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All you need to do is combine the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.  If it is a little watery, you can add some ice and continue to blend.  Then pour it into a glass and top off with Whip Cream.

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It’s super quick and it tastes like a tropical dream.

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Have a great Labor Day weekend!

DIY Fox Mask

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For my birthday last February, Joey bought me tickets to see the Arcade Fire at the Gorge. The tickets requested that attendees wear formal wear or a costume, which I completely forgot about until last week. The concert was on Friday, so I only had a few days to come up with a costume. I wanted to wear a mask, but I didn’t have any creative ideas, so I did some Pinterest stalking. I saw a few really cute homemade fox masks for little kid costumes, and I decided to make a grown up version.  I drafted Joey to make me a template for the mask.  He did a really great job, and the mask  ended up looking awesome. I’m including a template here, in case you want to make your own mask.

The materials I used are listed below:

  • Mask Template
  • Empty Cereal Box
  • Scissors / or an Exacto Knife
  • Yarn
  • Pencil / Pen
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Construction Paper

I started by cutting out the template pieces.

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Then I traced mask base on the cereal box.

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After cutting out the mask base, I traced and cut out all of the other pieces from construction paper. Then I hot glued those pieces onto mask base. I was very careful to check that the eyes were in the right location before gluing them on and cutting out circles to see through.

Fox-Mask4.1Once the hot glue had dried, I cut two small holes on the sides of the mask.  Then I strung a piece of yarn through each hole.Fox-Mask5

I tried the mask on and tied the yarn secure in the back of my head.

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Doesn’t it look cool? It was a perfect costume because it is really low key. I was able to just wear jeans and a regular t-shirt, but once I put my mask on, I was ready to party.

Hard Cider Swingtop Bottle

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Joey and I really like hard cider.  So when I saw a bottle of Chelan Gold Cider on clearance at the grocery store, I had to buy it. Not only is it delicious, but I was intrigued by the bottle design.  It’s a swingtop bottle, similar to the water pitchers that I have been seeing at a lot of cool restaurants, and I knew that it had some upcycling potential.

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After we finished the bottle off, I got to work on my upcycling project. I started by sanding off the screen printed logo; however, in the process of removing the logo, I scuffed up the glass. To cover up the scuffs, I made a koozie out of some fabric.

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I like how the fabric koozie gives the bottle a slighly rustic feel.  It’s just the look I was going for.

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I’m always looking for ways to reduce my waste, so the fact that I was able to save this bottle from going into the landfill is a win in my book.

Accordion Style Ruffle Pillow

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a DIY post, so I think it’s about time I share something new.  I recently gave an old pillow a makeover that turned out pretty good, considering how little effort I put into it.

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To recreate this look, you’ll need a plain pillow cover.  I sewed one from some scrap fabric, but you could also buy a cover for pretty cheap. I also cut a 7″ by 40″ panel of sheer fabric.  I folded the sheer fabric, accordion style, and used a hot iron the crease the folds. I made sure that each fold was slightly offset from the previous fold, as shown in the picture below.

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Then I sewed straight down the middle of the folded fabric. You can either use a sewing machine or hand sew it, depending on your preference.

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I secured the accordion ruffle to the pillow, using small stitches.  For an added effect, and also because I did a horrible job hand sewing the pillow closed, I used leftover fabric to add some pipping around the edge of the pillow. I hand stitched the piping on, which is pretty unprofessional, but it worked.

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There you have it. A simple way to add some pizazz to a plain pillow. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever made, but it sure beats buying an expensive new pillow.