It's been 3 months since my last post, but what a crazy three months it has been!
As you all know Beanies & Weenies launched Fall gift baskets on September 1. Since then, I have hard at work developing a line of Christmas gift baskets (more on that later) and growing my freelance marketing business. I also had a month long sinus infection and somehow ended up rescuing a cat during a thunderstorm (she now rules my house).
On top of that, we went on vacation in October and I came back ENGAGED! So, naturally, to make things even crazier, Zack and I decided to find a house and move back to our hometown and within two weeks of getting engaged, we were in our first house together!
These past three months have been a whirlwind, but Christmas is coming up and there is nothing that puts me in a more creative mood than Christmas decorations and DIY Christmas gifts.
Keep an eye out here at Beanies & Weenies for the launch of my Winter lines including the Christmas gift baskets and beanies like the one featured above. I will also be sharing at least two (probably more) DIY Christmas crafts, presents, and crochet patterns a week between now and Christmas.
Until then, stay jolly and check out some pictures from these crazy three months below!
What better way to usher in Fall than with sweet and nourishing pumpkin spice body scrub!
If you haven't heard yet, Beanies & Weenies is releasing Fall gift baskets this Friday that include a crocheted basket, two fall colored crochet washcloths, and 4 ounces of handmade pumpkin spice body scrub! The best part about it is that it only costs $25!
If you're thinking, "well, that's great and all, but what can I do with a sugar scrub?" then I'm here to enlighten you.
Sugar scrubs are pure magic for your body. I'm not exaggerating! Sugar scrubs help you get rid of dead skin and moisturize at the same time. Who doesn't like silky smooth skin from head to toe? That's right. No one.
The best part about sugar scrubs, Beanies & Weenies' pumpkin spice scrub in particular, is that they are made of completely natural ingredients! You don't have to worry about sketchiness or irritation unless you are allergic to coconut oil, sugar, or pumpkin spices.
Magic I tell 'ya.
While you can use sugar scrubs from head to toe, here are my top three uses for sugar scrub:
To use your sugar scrub, take a steamy hot shower because, why not? The steam and warm water will help open your pores and help you get the most out of your exfoliation.
Grab a small lump of scrub at a time and work it into your skin. Just rub, rub, rub in circular motions while enjoying the aromatic scent the scrub gives off. Envision all your dry, dead skin just flaking off and leaving behind skin just as smooth and soft as a baby's bottom.
Once the scrub dissolved, rinse off your skin and apply a moisturizer to lock in the smoothness. Then parade around admiring your freshly pampered skin!
There! Now you know how to enjoy the body scrub in the Beanies & Weenies fall gift baskets when you buy one this Friday!
And if you haven't entered the Beanies & Weenies Fall Basket giveaway yet, head on over to Instagram and do it now! The giveaway ends Thursday at 11:59 est and the winner will be announced Friday.
The 4th of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means! Summer is in full swing! Between trips to the pool or beach and time spent enjoying the warm weather, it is easy to get too busy to cook. And with everyone's favorite grilling holiday only a few days away, everyone wants to get out, enjoy some fireworks, and eat good food. If this sounds like you, I have the perfect recipe for you: burger sliders.
I made these babies out of desperation last week. I had a handful of foods about to go bad and I was at a loss for what to cook. When my boyfriend had the idea to throw everything together to make burger sliders, I thought it was ingenious! Especially after I tasted them!
Not only did they taste good, but they were so EASY to make! I mean it! Neither my boyfriend or I know what we are doing with a grill. But when I busted out my handy-dandy George Foreman grill, all I had to do was sit back, relax, and wait for my food. Seriously. It was that easy. But if you are an avid griller, this recipe can just as easily be done on a traditional grill.
This recipe all started when our newest grocery store, Lidl, had hamburger on sale. I also had some of my favorite King's Hawaiian rolls that were nearing their expiration date. Naturally, we put two and two together to make these easy burger sliders. We spiced up our burger by grilling some onions on the George Foreman grill, as well as using salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. I also decided to use provolone cheese on my burger sliders instead of the regular American cheese. I highly encourage you mixing it up and make these burger sliders with different spices. Here is a recipe that I like for burger seasoning. Homemade chili would also be good on these burgers. These easy burger sliders also go really good with homemade fries!
Without further ado, here is the recipe for easy burger sliders!
Let me know what spin you put on these easy burger sliders using #beaniesnweenies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or tell me in the comments below!
The time has come. The time of oppressive heat, puddles of sweat, and general misery is upon us. Summer is finally here.
If you can't already tell, I'm not a big fan of summer, especially here in the south, due to all of the heat, sunlight, and sweating. I can tolerate the summer as long as I have an ice cold drink and a pool to swim in.
What I also don't mind about summer, despite the heat, is the food. Barbecues are front and center this time of year and I am more than happy to brave the elements to be first in line for some good grilling.
Since it is so hot outside, I tend to reach for lighter foods to go with my grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and right now, my go to is pasta salad.
Much like chicken and potato salad, I don't trust just anyone's pasta salad. There are a lot of ways you can make it and a lot of ways it could go wrong. That's why I took it upon myself to make the perfect pasta salad for summer and today, in honor of the first day of summer, I am sharing the recipe with you.
My summer pasta salad may lack several ingredients you are familiar with in the traditional pasta salad. Part of that is because I used what I had on hand and the other part of that is because I just plain old don't like olives. But I promise this recipe is just as yummy as as a traditional pasta salad, if not more so.
All you need to make summer pasta salad is tri-color rotini pasta, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, avocados, and Ken's oil and vinegar dressing. The Ken's dressing is the special ingredient. Without it, you wouldn't have my super special summer pastas salad. So, without further ado, here's my recipe for summer pasta salad!
Tri-color rotini pasta
Ken's oil and vinegar dressing
One of my favorite things about birthdays is all the free things. And I'm not just talking about the presents. I'm talking about all the coupons and goodies you get from being a rewards member at your favorite stores and restaurants. So far, my favorite goodies have been a free scoop of ice cream and Baskin Robbins and free tater tots at Sonic. That coupon for Olive Garden is going to taste mighty good this weekend too. But one birthday reward has blow all the rest out of the water and that is my free gift from being a Sephora Beauty Insider.
May's Beauty Insider birthday gift at Sephora was this cute blush and lipstick combo from Tarte. Anyone who knows me know that I am definitely not going to sneeze at free makeup. In fact, I will more than likely do everything I can to get free makeupt. It was a no brainer to yes to the Tarte duo at the checkout counter, especially when I haven't tried any of their makeup before.
This Tarte combo comes with an Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in the shade paaarty and a tartiest lip paint in the color birthday suit. Lipstick is my weakness. Actually, that's why I was in Sephora in the first place. I was buying my birthday lipstick. (I chose Stila stay all day liquid lipstick in perla, but that's a different story.) I was eager to get this Tarte freebie home and try it on.
This Tarte lip paint is fantastic! This lipstick has a cool mint smell and goes on like a dream. It felt so light on my lips. Not to mention, the shade is a dark dusty rose color that makes for the perfect nude lip. And the Tarte blush is a nice light pink color that didn't make my already rosy cheeks too rosy. I usually stay away from blush for this very reason, but I have a feeling I will be picking this one up often.
Let this blog post serve as a reminder to you that when your birthday rolls around, don't forget to check everywhere you are a rewards member with so you can get your free goodies too! Tarte is a great brand and if you haven't already, check out their makeup!
Things have been crazy for me these last few months. I have not had time to maintain my website like I should due to producing an awards show in Las Vegas, graduating, and turning 21, but now that things are winding down, prepare for a Beanies & Weenies like you've never seen before.
This past semester was rough. I was taking 17 credit hours worth of classes and working as an editor at ECU's student newspaper. On top of that, I was part of a specially chosen group of students who flew to Las Vegas at the end of April to attend the National Association of Broadcasters convention and produce the Best of Festival awards show for the Broadcast Educators Association. I have been a busy bee since February!
Now that graduation is over and my birthday has passed (I finally turned 21!), I plan on dedicating a lot more time into Beanies & Weenies and my freelance services. For starters, I plan on updating this website and posting many more blog posts with cool patterns and tutorials. I also plan crochet a giant inventory of goodies for Etsy, local markets, and maybe, just maybe, a few giveaways (shhhhh!).
Anyway, that was my quick update. Check back later this week for what could be a fun crochet pattern or interesting DIY. I haven't decided yet.
Until then, check out these pictures to see what I've been up to for the last 3 months!
With the Super Bowl less than 24 hours away, chicken wings and dips are being prepared for chowing down during game day all across the country. If you are in search of a last-minute dish to take to a Super Bowl party or just one more item to add to your menu, I have just the recipe for you: homemade cheese fries.
Cheese fries are my specialty. To me, there is nothing like picking up a french fry covered in ooey-gooey cheese. They are the perfect side dish for a Super Bowl party buffet line because they can be enjoyed by themselves or as a side with meatballs, wings, fajitas, and so much more.
I make cheese fries so regularly that I have perfected my recipe. They are my go-to snack and side dish because they are easy to make and the ingredients are cheap and readily available at any grocery store- which makes them perfect for the Super Bowl. I have spent numerous hours trying to make mine taste as good as the appetizers at Chili's and Texas Steakhouse and I think I have finally succeeded.
The trick to making Cheese fries is a combination of ingredients and cook time. Colby jack cheese is the best cheese for cheese fries. Sharp cheddar is a decent alternative. I also recommend using steak fries as opposed to shoestring and crinkle cut fries because they are wide enough to pick up a good helping of melted cheese.
I like my cheese fries to have crispy edges and soft middles. Every brand of french fries has different directions on the bag, but I have found that cooking them at 400-450 degrees for 20-25 minutes works best. I leave mine in for about 21 minutes and let them finish cooking after I add the cheese.
Making cheese fries is one of the simplest things in the world and it has such yummy results! So, if you are looking for a last minute Super Bowl dish, then look no further than my game day cheese fries recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: apprx. 30 minutes
***For an added bite to your ranch, use my go-to spicy ranch recipe: mix a few spoonfuls of cayenne powder into a dipping bowl full of ranch until it has a red tint and as much bite as you like.
And that's it! That's all it takes for you to make a delicious dish for game day that will be a hit with the crowds. If you use my recipe for cheese fries to eat during the Super Bowl, let me know! Tag me on social media with #beaniesnweenies and let me know how it turned out!
Sorry for the radio silence over the last month- I have been super busy starting a new semester and settling into my role as Arts & Entertainment Editor at my college newspaper. Somewhere in between all that, I found the time to make a short film and enter the Campus MovieFest contest at ECU!
I am so thrilled with the results. My movie was a campus finalist which means it was one of the top 16 at ECU out of 44 movies. Not to mention, I had the honor of followed the cutest movie star in the world around for 24 hours to film it.
Anyway, as I'm gearing up to share game day recipes and Valentine's Day crafts with you this upcoming week, check out my short film "Jim." It's about a savage beast that terrorizes one single apartment. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
I love a cold smoothie. When everything is so doggone hot during the summer, a frozen treat like this just hits the spot. One of my all time favorite flavors is strawberry banana. It's a classic. Over time, I have perfected my own strawberry banana smoothie recipe and even found a way to make it a complete, balanced breakfast for eating on the go.
Earlier in the year, I blogged about healthy smoothies for breakfast. This recipe is an extension of that. Essentially, what you need for a strawberry banana smoothie is, of course, strawberries, bananas, and milk, but I added a few things to make it my own.
First, I started by freezing fresh strawberries and bananas by smoothie portion. Or you could just buy the pre-frozen fruit. You're choice. That keeps you from having to use crushed ice and it getting all gross and watery as it melts in the summer heat. Since I like my smoothies a bit thicker, I scoop about 3 spoonfuls of Greek yogurt into my blender then add the frozen fruit and blend it just a little to make room for the rest of the ingredients.
Next I add just a splash of milk and the equivalent of two spoonfuls of honey. Honey is a great natural sweeter and I can't get enough of it. I probably actually add more like 3-4 spoonfuls. Then I add a scoop of protein powder to keep me fuller longer and a small handful of spinach to make the smoothie energizing. From here I blend it all up until it's smooth, adding more yogurt and fruit as necessary. I generally like to fill my single serve blender to the top.
And, viola! There's you're healthy, summer treat. A strawberry banana smoothie is my go to smoothie. What's yours? Let me know in the comments. Maybe I have my own recipe for your favorite smoothies!
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One of the best parts about summer nights is spending it cooking around a fire, especially on a camping trip when you make this twist on a classic camping dessert: smores campfire cones. Smores are a classic crowd pleasing dessert. It has everything you could want in a camping dessert. Smores are crunchy, gooey, and sweet. Kids of all ages adore smores and making a smores campfire cone makes the experience even sweeter and a tad less messy. With Summer right around the corner, what more could you ask for?
Campfire cones takes the best part of smores and lets you customize it any way you want to. You can add anything to a campfire cone. I like to put marshmallows, chocolate, strawberries, and bananas in mine, but you cad add everything from Reese's Pieces to caramel candy into yours. That's great for large crowds with a variety of tastes. Campfire cones are delicious and easy to make. They are perfect for Summer night snacking!
Whether you plan to spend your summer nights around a campfire on the beach or around a fire pit in your backyard, these smores campfire cones summer camping dessert will be a hit and here is a recipe on how to make them:
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I'm Jennifer, a 21 year-old crochet, craft, and DIY enthusiast who loves sharing her projects with the world. I hope you find inspiration in my posts. Keep checking back for new projects every week and don't forget to sign up for Beanies & Weenies newsletters!
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