Homemade Popsicles

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Confetti Ice Cream Pops, Capri Sun Fruit Punch Pops
Root Beer Float Popsicles, Fudge Popsicles

 

I have an ice cream maker.  I’ve had it for about over a year so far and have not used it.  I have had intentions of making ice cream (and still do), but I just don’t have the time or energy to do it.  Actually, I will admit that I am just lazy. 

And with how the weather has been lately (freakin’ hot) it makes me crave something chilly to cool down with. So, it makes me want to make popsicles.  Yes, I know, if I can’t find the time or energy (or get off my lazy butt) to make ice cream with my ice cream maker, what makes me think I can make popsicles.  Maybe if I had cool popsicle molds like these than I would be motivated to use them, maybe.  Plus, what’s easier than mixing a few things up, pouring it into molds and then freezing them, right?!

 

P.S.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win some cute handmade paper goods!

Pink Popcorn

I was craving pink popcorn. 

I know what you’re thinking, “Why would you, a 29 year old woman, be craving that?”  And I have an answer for you….because it is Summer and I wish I was a kid again!

There’s something about Summer that reminds me of pink popcorn.  I think it’s because I associate Summer with carnivals and with carnivals there is pink popcorn. 

I remember being a kid and going to the carnival and heading straight to the snack station to get a brick of  pink popcorn to gnaw on, oh and a caramel apple.  Then going off to ride the Gravitron and praying that I wouldn’t throw up  mid-ride.  Oh, the good ole’ days!

Unfortunately, I cannot turn back time and I can no longer stomach riding the Gravitron or any other ride, for that matter.  Apparently, getting old does that to you or maybe it’s just me.  So, I decided to relive my childhood by making homemade pink popcorn.

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pink popcorn

very slightly adapted from: food.com

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup water
2 to 3 drops red food coloring
1 cup unpopped popcorn

Directions:

pop corn in an air popper or over the stove top.

boil the sugar, butter, water and food coloring for 3 minutes. let cool for 10 minutes.

slowly poor the sugar mixture over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly.

let dry on a cookie sheet. to speed this process dry in a 200 degree oven for 10 minutes, watching carefully.

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4th of July Desserts

July 4th is less than a week away, which means after this work week is a 3 day weekend fireworks,cocktails, BBQs and sweet treats. 

For some reason when ever there is a party I always end up bringing a dessert, go figure.  And for this 4th of July I plan on bringing dessert to the BBQ.  I wouldn’t be “me” if I didn’t bring something sweet. 

Are you going to a July 4th party or throwing one?  Do you need an idea for a fun and colorful dessert?  You know I got you covered!

Here are some fun and easy recipes to bring to your July 4th party…..

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Flag Cake, Flag Krispy Treats, Cupcake Kebabs, Red, White & Blue Parfait

It’s a GIVEAWAY!!

I am so excited to announce that I am teaming up with Amy (my birthday twin) from Aimes Design for a giveaway!  I am so happy to share with you her cute and creative designs.

If you haven’t checked out her Etsy store then you have to head there and check out her super cute work.  She makes the cutest handmade paper goods, like invitations, note cards and favor tags. (I really like her mustache note cards.)

Here’s a few of her designs:

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Want to enter to win a set of 10 of any handmade goodies from Aimes Design? 

Here’s how:

1) Head over to Aimes Design on Etsy and take a look around.

2) Come back to my blog and comment on which design or product you would pick if you won the giveaway.

It’s that easy!

What an extra entry?

1) Go to the Domesticated Diva Facebook page and click “like”.

2) Come back to the blog and leave a seperate comment saying that you like me on Facebook.

That’s easy too, isn’t it?

You will have until Saturday, July 9th at 10:00am CST/ 8:00am PST to enter and the winner will be picked from random.

The Bay through my iPhone

I am back in Joplin as of late last night and to be honest I wasn’t too happy to come back. Lucky for me, I had a husband and a job, which I both love, to come back to.

One thing that wasn’t waiting for me here was my cable and internet. Yup, I still am without both and still struggling to survive without it.

That’s where my iPhone comes in, with the WordPress app I am able to write this post. Cool, right?!?

I also took some pictures of my visit to CA with my phone and I thought I would share the pictures with you.

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Parrish and Ava are excited to get on the plane!

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The first place I went to after getting off the plane. I had to get a Filipino Breakfast!

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The view of San Francisco on the Bay Bridge on my way to the wedding rehersal.

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After the rehearsal dinned we went to the Groom’s parent’s house. For cups his mom gave us champagne glasses but she couldn’t find the bottoms. I thought that was so funny. We can use them to drink, but we couldn’t set them down…LOL! His mom is so cute!

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Oh and I kinda drank while I was in CA.

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One of the reasons I went to CA, to watch this girl walk down the aisle. We’ve been friends for over 13 years. I love her!

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I [heart] the city!

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The Giants won! The fireworks went off as we were on our way home from Off The Grid.”

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Somebody brought Porto’s all the way from LA…yum!

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YAY! Apple and Donald are getting married!

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The MOH and bridesmaid. We’ve been friends for over 13 years too. I love her!

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The beautiful bride!

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A toast to the Bride and Groom!

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Michelle (Groom’s sister), me and Marie (Groom’s cousin) in the limo.

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The Groom giving the Bride a lapdance..LOL!

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Only in the Bay Area would you find this deal!

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Avie Baby sleeping…

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My kids swam for 5 1/2 hours…umm, yeah they got sunburnt.

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I can’t go to Great America without eating a Funnel Cake.

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My BFF, Denise, got me this cute Kate Spade coin purse.

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Ava and Denise’s dog, Frenchie.

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I forgot to show you my bridesmaid gift! I got a Juicy bracelet, isn’t it cute?!?

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Denise lives in Downtown Oakland and this is the view from her window. It’s amazing!

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Jerk Chicken from Cafe Rio California. Soooo yummy!

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Denise and her Godchildren

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Pet Rocks!

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Cocktail Buns and Egg Custard Pies

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POOPED!

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Back to Joplin

20% off at Bare Escentuals

It’s that time again….Friends and Family at Bare Escentuals!  Bare Escentuals is offering 20% off. 

I have used Bare Escentuals for the last 7 years and I love it.  If you haven’t tried their make-up then this coupon gives you a good excuse to try it.

Click below to get the coupon and print it out… 

Off The Grid

There are many things I miss about living in the SF Bay Area and one of those many things is the food.  I love the fact that you can get any type of ethnic food in one city.  Not only is the food accessible it’s authentic and yummy as hell.  I really, really , really miss authentic Chinese, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese and Mexican food!

Naturally, with me being back in this wonderful city, the one thing that was on top  of my agenda was FOOD (and a wedding and visiting all my friends and family).  I have been eating so much it’s ridonkulous!!  But, I love it!!

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One of the places I went to eat was at Off The Grid which is known as a “roaming mobile food extravaganza”, with 30 food trucks and various food tents.  It happens every Friday night at the Fort Mason Center from 5pm-10pm.

Don’t get the wrong idea about the food trucks because they are not your typical “taco truck”, they are what I consider “gourmet food on the go”.  I spent 4 hours roaming and eating on Friday night, I was in heaven!

 

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My first stop was Senor Sisig for a Sisig Pork Taco which is served on a corn tortilla with onions, lettuce and a cilantro cream sauce.   My sister got Sisig Pork fries which is topped with nacho cheese, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and jalapenos.

When we got there the line was pretty short but as the night went on the line got longer and longer.  If you have ever tasted Senor Sisig than you will know that the food is worth waiting in line for.

Don’t know what Sisig is? Click Here to find out.

 

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Our next stop was El Porteno where I got a Pollo Empanada filled with chicken, chorizo, raisins and olives.  The buttery and flaky crust was heaven and the filling was so flavorful. It was a flavor explosion in my mouth!

 

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My sister went to the Onigilly food truck.  To be honest, I didn’t know what Onigilly was until I read their sign.  Apparently, it’s called “The Samurai Snack”,but  it looks just like sushi to me , but it’s made with brown rice.  What do I know?!?

I didn’t get to taste it.  My sister didn’t have anything bad to say about it so I assume it was okay.

 

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Since arriving, my mind has been set on eating a Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) or 10. Lucky for me there was a Littlegreencyclo to satisfy my craving.  Not only did I get my sandwich, I also got to eat a bit of my sister’s garlic noodles and garlic fries.  I must say that I liked the garlic noodles better than the sandwich.

 

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Of course I couldn’t pass up the Cupkates truck.  Unfortunately, we got there later in the day so they were out of most of their flavors.  I really wanted to try the Dulche De Leche cupcake, but ended up having the Ginger Lemon.  It was moist and the flavor combination was perfect!

 

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I love pork buns!  I really wish that I could find them in Joplin.  You can always find pork buns in San Francisco, oh how I miss living close to the city.  Another thing you can find in the city is Chairman Bao.  There pork belly bun is to die for and I mean I would kill to get another one.

 

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Strawberry Nutella Creme Brulee, that’s all that need to be said about that! YUM!

[Inspiration Board]: Pink and Grey


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tablescape
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Snickerdoodle Pie

Since the tornado hit a few weeks ago I have been without Internet and cable.  It really really blows!  I don’t mind being without cable, I would rather read a good book, but Internet, I need!!  How am I supposed to socially network, find recipes, get directions, shop and most importantly, blog without Internet?!?  I do hope for my sake and most importantly, my families sake that our cable and Internet are back up by the time we get back from CA.

I guess being without Internet given me an opportunity to tackle my “to-try” recipe pile. When I find a recipe in a magazine I want to try I tear it out and put it in a file folder.  My folder just keeps continuing to get bigger.

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I decided to make this pie a few weeks ago when my MIL texted me asking if I would like to bring a dessert to the BBQ at her house.  Well, when she texted me that I had already made my grocery run for the week and didn’t buy anything to make a dessert with and I’m lazy, so I didn’t want to go to the store again.  So, I had to whip something up.  I went to my “to-try” pile and looked for a recipe to make with stuff I already had and came across a recipe for Snickerdoodle Pie.

Being a fan of snickerdoodle cookies, this was a great dessert to make.  It’s weird because the pie isn’t really like a pie.  It’s more like a cake baked in a pie crust.  You can call it a cake or you can call it a pie, potato (poh-tA-toe) or potato (poh-ta-toh).  Either way it’s yummy.

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Snickerdoodle Pie

Ingredients:

1 rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (1/2 of a 15-oz. pkg.)
1 Tbsp. raw sugar or coarse sugar
1/2 plus 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
2 tsp. butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. light-colored corn syrup
1/2 plus 1 tsp. vanilla, divided
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare pastry and line 9-inch pie plate. In bowl combine raw sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Brush melted butter over crust. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set aside.

For syrup, in saucepan combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, the water, corn syrup, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Set aside.

In mixing bowl beat 1/4 cup softened butter with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in granulated sugar, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar until well combined. Beat in egg and 1 tsp. vanilla. Gradually beat in milk until combined. Beat in flour. Spread evenly in crust-lined pie plate.

Slow pour syrup over the filling in pie plate. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Cover edges of pie with foil.

Bake pie 25 minutes; carefully remove foil. Bake about 20 minutes more or until top is puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes on wire rack. Serve warm.

 

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Push-up Cake Pops

I am so excited to be back home in the San Francisco Bay Area for the week and since I have Internet here (the tornado knocked out our cable and Internet) I thought I would tell you all about my new obsession…push-up cake pops!  They are the cutest and most creative food item I’ve seen since cakepops.

There is just something about being able to play with your food that makes it that much more appealing.

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P.S. I will be having a giveaway soon.  Maybe in the coming week, but don’t worry I will give you a hint on what you can win….all I can tell you is if you love handmade invitations then you won’t want to miss this giveaway!