Crafts and recipes on the cheap for the normal person

Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies March 16, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 8:56 pm
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Happy almost Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! I was feeling like making a dessert last night and felt like it was close enough to Saint Patrick’s Day to make it an Irish dessert! These brownies turned out AMAZING warning: they are incredibly addictive! I got the original recipe here. Give them a try:


  • Brownie Mix
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey’s
  • 1 teaspoon brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Mix the brownies mix, 1/2 cup Bailey’s, vegetable oil, and 2 eggs. Bake them for the time and at the temperature suggested for the brownies
  • Mix the milk, 2 tablespoons Baileys, and brewed coffee in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave it roughly a minute, until it’s boiling. Let it cool to room temperature
  • Mix the butter and confectioners’ sugar and the butter. Next add the Bailey’s mixture and the vanilla extract.
  • Spread the frosting onto the brownies and enjoy!

Wine Bottle Vases

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 2:33 am
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Recently we’ve been trying to be classy in my apartment and start drinking some wine. Mixed reviews on what’s good and what isn’t so far but we’re getting there. Now me being the hoarder I am, I wanted to save some of the wine bottles we’ve been finishing, I swore I’d find some way to use them, I just wasn’t sure how. The other day I was bored, and feeling crafty so I dug up the wine bottles and decided to do something with them once and for all.


The project I came up with is insanely is and it looks so cute! Here’s what I did:

  • Supplies: wine bottles, spray paint, paint and paint brushes
  • I used hot water to get the labels and the sticky stuff off of the bottles.
  • Once that was done I spray painted them silver with some spray paint I had, this part was a bit tricky since I didn’t want to touch the bottles and get spray paint all over me. I wish I had taken a picture for you guys, I literally put the bottle in the grass upright and moved around it with the spray paint, I can’t imagine what my neighbors thought.
  • Once that dried I free handed some lines onto the bottles, DON’T try using duct tape, I thought I’d be smart, give that a shot, not a good idea. If you have painter’s tape go for it, otherwise I freehanded it and it turned out ok.
  • Paint whatever you feel so inclined to paint on there. I did one with a few lines and one with just a bold one in the middle.
  • For decoration I stuck some fake flowers in them that I got from Michael’s for a dollar.

And voila you’re done! I told my roommates I would actually use those bottles!


Nutella Lava Cookies March 7, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 11:11 pm
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Recently there’s been a lot of snow here in Virginia. And I’ve gone a little stir crazy. Along with cleaning and watching a West Wing marathon I decided it was cookie making time! I found the recipe for these nutella lava cookies on pinterest and it was love at first sight. These were amazing right out of the oven! They were a little tiresome to make, the rolling got old quick but they were so worth it! Give them a try!



  • 1 cup butter
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups large semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • nutella for filling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  5. Mix in the cocoa powder at low speed until well blended.
  6. Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball in the palm of your hand and put in about 1/2 tbsp of nutella in the middle of the dough. Then wrap the edges around to form a ball and to cover the nutella completely. Place on the prepared baking sheets, and repeat process, placing balls about 2 inches apart. Bake about 13-16 minutes, until cookies are cooked and slide easily off of parchment paper. Serve while warm.

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Baked Parmesan Tilapia

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 10:58 pm
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One of my favorite things about having fish for dinner is how quickly it thaws when it’s frozen. It is my go to whenever I’m running late, starving, and forgot to plan ahead. Normally I just throw some marinade on it, I found this recipe a few weeks ago and loved it! The original recipe called for thyme but I didn’t have any so I just used basil and oregano and it worked out fine!  Give it a try and tell us what you think:

Baked Parmesan Tilapia:


  • 1 tilapia fillets
  • 1 Tbspbutter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 clove mincedgarlic
  • 1/8 tsp basil
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 cupParmesan cheese; grated


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Put on a baking sheet (spray the non-stick spray first) and bake for 10-12 minutes (it doesn’t have anything on it right now, add salt and pepper if you want but I didn’t and it turned out fine)
  3. Mix the butter, garlic, basil, oregano and parmesan cheese together.
  4. Once the fish is done (my mom says fish is done when it’s flaky, so that’s the standard I use), spread the mixture over it and let it sit in the oven for another 3 minutes.

Original recipe from:


Salsa Chicken

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 10:56 pm
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This chicken recipe is a fun fiesta recipe! Alright I’ll stop the terrible puns now, but seriously though this chicken recipe is awesome. It was so full of flavor! This is my moms recipe so give it a shot with a side of rice or nachos!

– 1/4 pack of taco seasoning mix
-Shredded cheese (any blend)
1 chicken breast

-sprinkle the taco seasoning mix ontonthe chicken
-brown the chicken in a skillet for about 3 minutes on each side, this locks in the taco flavor.
-put the chicken in a pan and pour salsa over top
-place in oven and cook at 375 for about 30 minutes or unil the chicken is done.
-sprinkle cheese on top and put back in the oven for 3 minutes.

And you’re done! Enjoy!




Button Bowl February 26, 2013

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 1:46 am
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I saw this really cool button bowl on Pinterest the other day, it didn’t have the best directions so I decided to wing it and make my own! The product is incredibly cute! While it was cute just an FYI this is incredibly time consuming it required a lot of glue! So here’s how you do it:

1. You’ll need:

  • A balloon
  • Buttons (I used two packs of 130 and used almost all of them)
  • Mod Podge or Glue (or you could be like me and use both)
  • Paint brush
  • Something to hold the balloon while the glue dries (I used a cup)

2. First paint a layer of glue onto the balloon, I let this dry almost completely, it created a sort of sticky film

3. Starting with a little area at a time paint glue onto the balloon and attach the buttons, this part was super messy but fun! I rubbed the glue around with my fingers because the paint brush kept sticking to me.

4. Let it dry completely, while you’re waiting occasionally check on the balloon and make sure the buttons aren’t sliding, if they are just push them back up.

5. Once it’s dried paint a layer of glue (I switched to Mod Podge at this point) and let it dry, I let it sit overnight

6. For good measure I put yet another layer on after this (I invested this much time why would I want it to not work!)

7. Once it’s dried completely cut a slit at the top of the balloon and let it deflate, WARNING when I did this turns out the bottom part of the bowl hadn’t dried completely. Because of this I had to do another layer of glue on the inside of the bowl, not sure if you were more patient if you would have to do this.

And ta-da that’s it! You’ve got a super cute bowl made out of buttons and glue! Let me know if you try it!



Cheddar Chicken February 20, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 4:09 am
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This recipe is so delicious! It tastes great and is so easy to make! My one issue was the bottom was a little soggy, if you have a rack to put the chicken on and than put into a pan I’d recommend that, however soggy bottom or not, this chicken tasted great!Here’s the recipe:



4 buttery crackers (such as Ritz), crushed
2 ounces grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 clove garlic, (I bought a small container of chopped garlic awhile ago and it’s served me well for things like this)
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Heat oven to 350° F. In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Dip the chicken in the butter, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help the crackers adhere. When I did this very little stayed on, so I just patted a majority of the mixture onto the chicken when I put it on the baking sheet.

Bake until the chicken is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.