A Lovely Treat – Beignets

Beignets.

It’s decided. Beignets in the Draper household are going to become a staple Valentine’s Day tradition. They were delicious, simple and a blast to make and eat with the love of my life.

And when I say simple, I mean they were RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE. I’m pretty sure I’m going to offend some beignet fanatics out there by what I’m going to tell you next. But… they were actually made out of Pillsbury’s biscuits. Yes, I said it – those store-bought biscuits that frighteningly pop open a little too loudly.

I originally saw this idea on Pinterest but since there were no step by step directions, I figured I would post my own. So…

beignets

What you’re going to need to make these lil’ devils are:

  • 1 can of Pillsbury’s Grands! Flaky Layers – Honey Butter
  • Vegetable oil – enough to fill the pot halfway or an inch deep
  • Pot/pan – it just needs to be at least 3 inches deep *I used a taller pot.
  • Instant thermometer *Tip Below!
  • Powdered suger & sifter
  • Honey – optional, but delicious!

Then:

  1. Get your oil heated up to 360° *If you don’t have a thermometer, take a small piece of bread and place it in the oil. Watch how it fries up. When it is fried to your liking, get to frying! A close Army friend taught me this and I think it is genius! Thank you, McNally!
  2. Open the biscuits and cut each one into quarters. *We used a heart cookie cutter on some of ours
  3. Place three at a time into the oil
  4. After two minutes, flip them over to the other side for another two minutes
  5. Place fried beignets onto a paper towel covered plate
  6. Top with powdered sugar and honey and enjoy!

*A good thing to keep in mind when frying foods is that the oil will continue to get hotter. After your first batch, keep an eye on how the oil is frying things up. They may be browning a lot faster than you want so just turn the stove heat down a little!

When last night came to an end, Blair and I were literally licking the powdered sugar off our fingers. I’m so happy I bought two containers of biscuits – I might just have to make these again here soon! Right after I go to the gym first, of course…

Lauren

DIY: Mickey & Minnie Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine’s Day.

After searching the last couple of weeks for the perfect Valentine’s Day card for Blair, I gave up. I couldn’t find one… I know there are tons of cards out there, but most of them are too cheesy or just dumb, so I decided to make one myself.

Now, Blair and I are HUGE Disney fans. We love everything Disney – Blair even proposed to me at Disneyland! So it made sense to me to make something Mickey and Minnie related for Valentine’s Day…

To make a Mickey and Minnie Valentine’s Day Card, you’ll need:

  • A blank white card with an envelope *You can buy a pack of them at Walmart.
  • Black Sharpie
  • Red scrapbook paper
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Images of a Mickey Mouse silhouette and a Minnie Mouse bow *I used simple ones I found off of Google – You’re just tracing the basic shape so they don’t need to look wonderful.
Valentine Card

Simply adorable!

To make the Mickey Card, just:

  1. Trace the Mickey silhouette onto the blank card with a pencil
  2. Carefully cut along the tracing

Then, to make the Minnie Bow:

  1. Trace the bow shape onto the piece of red paper
  2. Cut out
  3. Outline the bow shape with a Sharpie *Time to get creative! My bow is far from perfect, but I looked at a few bows online and just mimicked the outlines I saw.
  4. Glue the bow onto the inside right ear

Finally:

  1. Put your special message inside the card. Just make sure it is something from the heart!

After finishing this project, I literally got butterflies in my stomach. It makes me beyond happy and I’m so excited to watch Blair open the envelope and see this. I know he’ll LOVE it and I can’t wait to give it to him!

Lauren

Update: He LOVED it!

Why I’m Thankful for 24 Hour Shifts…

Yesterday.

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My Makeup Bag!

It’s days like those that I’m thankful that Blair had a 24 hour shift. Now, it’s weird for me to say that because I hate them for the most part, but yesterday was different. It was chaotic to say the least and the only way to properly end it was by doing crafts while laying in bed eating strawberries and chocolate chips while not caring if I dropped a chocolate chip on our white linen bed. Ya, it was just one of those days…

Since my original plan of doing a sewing project was thrown out the window practically within 30 minutes of waking up, I knew I needed to get my mind off what it was worrying about. That’s when it hit me what I wanted to do. I wanted to add a felt heart to my makeup bag.

A while back I had pinned something just like this from Etsy. It’s simply adorable and I’ve wanted it for quite a while now – so last night I just decided to make it myself. To begin I just grabbed my makeup bag . It’s big, waterproof, lined and has an outside pocket (perfect to store all of my brushes). It’s actually a toiletry bag from an Army supply store called Ranger Joe’s, but it is by far the most perfect bag to use for makeup – I love it!

Anywho, To Make a Felt Heart ACU Makeup Bag, you’ll need:

  • An ACU toiletry bag (You can buy one here or at any Army supply store)
  • A sheet of felt in the color of your choosing
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle

This is by far one of the easiest and quickest projects an Army wife can do to spruce up anything digicam.

The steps go like this:

  1. Cut a heart shape out of the felt sheet
  2. Position the heart where you want it on the bag *I used a little bit of spray adhesive on the back of it to make it stick to bag while I did the next step
  3. Using the embroidery thread, sew the heart onto the bag
  4. Knot the thread and take a step back to admire your adorable Felt Heart ACU Makeup Bag!

See how easy and simple that is?! Not only is it adorable, but it ends up being way more cost effective to make it yourself. Score! 🙂

Lauren

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Left Bag: Etsy makeup bag for $25.
Right: Ranger Joe’s toiletry bag for $12.99.
*Just add a DIY felt heart with embroidery thread yourself and save over $10.