You'd think someone would stick to simple projects when they're trying to learn how to do something, but I've never been the smartest person when it comes to stuff like that. So I went from sewing pillows to making a "u" shaped rice bag, to trying to clone my youngest's favorite play dress.
Yes, you read that correctly. I didn't even have a pattern, just an existing dress, some newspaper, a yard and a half of material with matching thread, and a "let's try it and see" attitude.
So here's how I came about making the dress pictured above.
Today's recipe is one for the coffee lovers in your life. It's simple and easy to make, and it's one of those dishes that gets even better if you make it a day ahead.
It's a variation on an icebox cake, so it's perfect for late spring and into summer. It packs a lot of coffee flavor, and each bar is quite rich. So a little goes a long way.
Today's review is of Never Trust a Sorcerer by L. R. Barrett-Durham. It's a fantasy adventure novel with a strong female protagonist. It has a touch of romance without that becoming the main focus of the story.
I will try to keep all reviews as spoiler free as possible. All reviews will be available here, on YouTube, and Goodreads.
The antagonist is a powerful sorcerer with a yen for world domination, and he's both tried and failed once before. He's been searching for the magical relic he was using in that attempt a few decades earlier since it was stollen, which is what ended his original bid for planetary despotism. He's just a little bitter and out for revenge against the family who stole his weapon to tide him over as he searches.
Anyone who has stopped by one of our booths at the various conventions and events we go to in the past few years knows I write fiction in addition to soaping, blogging, and vlogging. I have a novel and a collection of short works out now, and I'm well into the process of producing another novel. But, what you might not know is I've also been working on a series of flash fictions for a year now.
Each week since early February 2016, I've written a flash fiction story of 500 words of less based on first line prompts I either pulled from online sources or gotten from reader suggestions. At the end of March, I began making audio versions of the flash fictions and posting them each Friday over on Eng Family Vlogs. Then over time, the flash fictions began to intertwine and connect until I began to realize I'd created several new fictional "universes" in addition to adding to the three "universes" I've been writing in for years.
Valentine's Day is coming up next week. I thought I would share a fun and simple cookie recipe with an impressive presentation you can make for your someone special.
Chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered cherries are a Valentine's staple. They're delicious, but they can be a bit predictable. This recipe shakes up the concept just a bit by incorporating those classic flavors in cookie form. They're a variation on the classic Jello cookie, and you can make them in any flavor variation you like.
The batch pictured above was made using strawberry because that's what the dollar store I went by happened to have in stock, but I'd imagine they'd work just as well with any fruit flavor you might dip in chocolate.
It's the time of year where I begin brainstorming the new permanent fragrances and designs for debut at Con Kasterborous in June.
Each year, we introduce nine new fragrances to be added to our permanent collection. Last year was an exception when a last minute request was just too good to push into the next line. So far, I have a couple solid ideas, but I want to hear from you. Everything we do here at Contented Comfort is to try to help make your life more contented, comfortable, and just all around awesome, after all, so your input is key!
What are some characters, series, or general concepts you would like to see rendered in soap? Do you have a specific fragrance idea you'd love to try? Leave a comment below or contact me directly to leave your request, and I'll see what I can do to bring them to life.
We're just under a month away from Valentine's Day. Can you guess what that means for the store here at Contented Comfort? Our Valentine's specials are back!
From now until the holiday itself, you can find our Strawberries and Champagne and Sensational Sweets varieties in the Holiday Specials section.
Because our family avoids gluten due to troublesome symptoms experienced when eating foods made using wheat, rye, and barley, we've developed a habit of carrying desserts, mains, and sides without them to potlucks. This has caused us to get a bit creative now and again, so I thought I would share a few of our favorite holiday recipes with you this year.
Mini pies are wonderful desserts to carry to family get togethers and potlucks of any sort. They're individually portioned, and the forgiving nature of the gluten free pie crust recipe used makes them relatively quick and easy to make.
Today's post is a throwback to a DIY tutorial I wrote for my old mommy blog back in the day. My girls loved wearing hair bows, but they also had a tendency to tear them apart to "recycle" the ribbon whenever the mood struck. So I took to making their hair bows.
With the holiday coming up, I thought I would share a basic tutorial on a simple but pretty bow my girls loved. They're even designed to be intentionally lopsided, so they're more or less goof proof.
Several years back, Chris and I started trying to redecorate our house. Up until then, we'd had almost all hand-me-down furniture and just whatever was already on the walls when we rented or bought a place. As most newlyweds do, right? But we were several years into our marriage and a couple of years into our first house, and we wanted to make it feel like "ours."
So, we started with paint, both for the walls and, we thought, for art. Unfortunately, life happened, and the canvases I started way back then got shoved in the back of a closet and forgotten for several years. However, I found them back at the start of the summer, and I've been working on a couple of them whenever I had the chance these past few weeks.
Amanda is the artisan behind all the products made and sold by Contented Comfort.