November 5, 2013 by Jenn
So a couple weeks ago I was on the website for my favorite nerd website with tons of fun gadgets and toys for photographers, Photojojo. (It. Is. Awesome. Check it out) Anyhow. I came across this thing called a Lomography Film Scanner for your iPhone. What is this madness you say?!?! Well, it’s a little machine that helps you scan your film into your iPhone. WHAT? I’m old school. I’ve been taking photos with the help of my dad since I was 9 and I have a lot of film, like A LOT. So I ordered it immediately.
Photojojo is an amazing company for a ton of reasons (and no, no one paid me to say this) to buy their products. They have fun toys, an excellent shipping policy, AND my purchase came with a tiny dinosaur. Yep, perfect. So here’s how it works…
You have to download the app that accompanies the gadget but it’s free! Open up your app and select the option to take a photo. Next you turn on the little light and slide your negatives through the bottom. The app automatically inverts the image so it look correct to you on you iPhone screen.
So, once your negative is in the machine and your app is open and ready to go, all you have to is press the capture button and there you go! The photo will then be inside your phone to edit or instagram or tweet or Facebook or email or whatever fun internet thing you like to do with you photos.
October 31, 2013 by Jenn
My favorite holiday is finally here!!!! I’ve made some delicious spooky snacks fro friends who are coming over tonight.
I’ve seen folks do mummy cupcakes before but I decided to do mummy cookies. I purchased the eyeballs in the cake decorating department at Michael’s. I made pumpkin cookies and used a flat icing tip to make the mummy bandages.
These pretzels are a staple of any party because they’re easy to make an accessible for your guests. I bought the black candy melts, dipped the pretzels in the chocolate, and then sprinkled them with Halloween sprinkles.
I usually like to have a special cocktail for parties but this year I decided to do a mimosa bar. I poured 3 bottles of champagne into my dispenser with a few drops of green food coloring and plastic eyeballs (for the spooky). On my table I had blood orange juice, cranberry juice, and pink lemonade so folks could make their own drinks.
ps. ITCHIEST. WIG. EVER.
October 30, 2013 by Jenn
Halloween is tomorrow and I just can’t wait. Emily and I are doing Guns N Roses. She is Axl and I’m Slash… photos to follow. Anyhow, I enjoy a good spooky front yard. However, we don’t have a front yard. Living in Baltimore city, we basically have a flower bed. So I worked with what I had and came up with a spooky fence and sign for our front “yard”. Here’s how to make it!
You will need:
- gray spray paint
- thin wire
- wood (I found these cool small stakes from my local hardware store for 50 cents a piece)
- white paint
First I took all of my wood pieces and spray painted them gray.
I sanded the wood a bit with the sandpaper to make them a little rough. Next you’ll want to white wash the wood to make it appear older. White wash in stores can be expensive and it’s much easier to make your own. Just mix water with your white paint until it has the consistency of glue. Paint the gray wood with the white wash mix until it looks spooky. I then nailed the wood into the front flower bed. Once all my pieces were in order, I wrapped the metal wire around them. Super simple and easy.
To make my beware sign, I took a wood piece from my boyfriend’s stock and spray painted some of the edges red and used black acrylic paint to write beware. Again, so easy.
We spray painted a few old boxes gray and organized our pumpkins on them. Voila. Spooky front yard display.
I used yellow and orange lights all around the perimeter of the flower bed to make it look spookier at night.
Yay! Halloween party is ready for tomorrow night. What’s your favorite way to decorate?
October 26, 2013 by Emily
Recently my dad gifted me a giant box of matzo crackers… and by giant box I mean a large box containing 30 regular sized boxes of matzo. And after gobbling up all of my hummus, cheese and peanut butter with the crackers i still have 29 boxes to deal with and started to noodle around with other ways to use them up.And then I remembered cracker toffee…
My roommate from freshman year in college would make this toffee with saltines in our dorm rooms toaster oven and we would devour sheets of it during last-minute all nighters. While our loving friendship didn’t last, my love for these candies did.
This candy is super easy to make and a real crowd pleaser, I put this out at my husbands birthday party and it was gone in a flash. I also plan to make a large batch of these to bring to my co-workers around the holidays(I have scads of matzo, I should share the wealth right?)
What You’ll Need:
5 to 6 sheets matzo (or about 50 saltine crackers)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup slivered almonds
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 11×17 baking sheet completely with foil and lightly grease with butter.
Line the bottom of the baking sheet with matzos, filling all the spaces.
In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together, stirring over medium heat until it begins to boil.
Let the caramel boil and bubble for about three minutes to allow it to thicken, stir in the vanilla and sea salt then pour evenly over the matzo.
Bake the sugar covered crackers for 10 minutes, watching carefully to ensure they don’t burn.
Remove from the oven and immediately cover the surface with the chocolate chips, let the heat from the caramel to melt the chocolate for about 5 minutes before spreading with a spatula.
Top with the almonds and use your spatula to gently press the almonds into the chocolate to ensure they are stuck in there!
Allow to cool completely until the chocolate it set, remove from the baking sheet and break into bite sized pieces.
It should keep a week, but mine was gone in a day!