Friday, August 29, 2014

Instagram Weekly Round Up

Time again for the weekly round up-- feel free to join in on the Confessions Facebook page. I'd love to see what you've been up to this week!

Have a wonderful weekend!

{ From Left to Right } 

1. Canvas butterfly wedding decor
3. Location pins at Boylan Bridge Brew Pub
4. Raleigh city trip
6. Train tracks
7. Sickness takes over the major house
8. Anniversary trip research
9. Raleigh skyline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lavender Simple Syrup

I have always been a big fan of lavender, it's always been one of my most favorite scents. I used it in my wedding flowers and even spent time visiting a Lavender farm when we were in Price Edward Island last summer. One of my most favorite summer time drinks to make is Lavender Lemonade-- they go really well with these Lavender Sugar cookies, I'm just sayin'. 

To make your lemonade you will need to make a Lavender simple syrup, but don't limit your use of it to just lemonade. It's a wonderful addition to mojitos, mixed drinks, coffee, as well as dessert recipes.

Lavender Simple Syrup
Makes 1 cup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup lavender flowers

Mix together the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil. Lower heat to medium low and add lavender flowers. Stir for 1 minute before removing from heat. Allow to seep for 45 min before running through a fine sieve. Allow to cool before refrigerating. Keeps for 2-3 weeks in air tight container. Add lavender simple syrup to taste as needed. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY Wedding Wands

If your looking for an alternative to throwing rice, or your wedding venue doesn't allow sparklers you might consider these adorable ribbon wands as part of your send off. They cost less than ten dollars in supplies and are easier to make than you think. Not to mention they make for super cute wedding photos :)

Here's what you will need... 

Wooden Dowels
Colored Paper strips (not pictured) 
Hot glue

  1. Start by pre-cutting strips of your ribbon and colored paper.
  2. Hot glue your ribbon to the middle of your paper strip. 
  3. Next hot glue your dowel to the left edge of your paper strip pointing down. (see image) 
  4. Place a bead of hot glue down the center of your paper strip long wise and quickly and tightly roll toward the ribbon. 
  5. Cover the papers edge by hot gluing a bell over the seam. 

See how totally easy was that?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pinterest Tested & Approved Week 3

Today is monday and that means it's week three of Pinterest Tested and Approved, where I share some of the pins I've tried out and just how much I liked them. Feel free to join in on the fun over on the Confessions Facebook page, or follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks at next weeks tested projects!

by Diary of a Recipe Collector

I'm warning you ahead of time, these wraps are incredible addictive, we ate them pretty much every day for lunch last week. You can't go wrong with pressed wraps. It's a little extra work to grill and press them, but a lot easier than you think... and so worth it!

When you grill your wrap use a heavy cast iron pan to rest on top of them to press them down evenly. Cook your wraps on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes each before flipping once. 

by My Frugal Adventures

I ended up making this yummy lemon curd as part one of a two part recipe that called for it. I've actually never had or made lemon curd before so this was entirely new to me. I was really craving lemon something last week and this jelly-like substance hit the spot. 

This recipe fills one pint jar and then some. 

by Scrummy Lane

Holy cow are these good. They require a little bit of effort since most people don't have the lemon curd on hand, and it's sort of a three part deal, but it's the perfect dessert that's light and crumbly lemon-y goodness. 

 When spreading the lemon curd keep it 1/4" away from the edges and try to make it 1/8-1/4" thickness where it's spread.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Instagram Weekly Round Up

Time again for the weekly round up-- feel free to join in on the Confessions Facebook page. I'd love to see what you've been up to this week!

Have a wonderful weekend!

{ In order from Left to Right }

3. Lemon Curd
5. Love Quotes
6. Lowes Lumber
7. Grilled Cuban Wrap
8. New Rug 
9. Pullen Park, Raleigh

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guestroom Reveal

I managed to spend a lot of time working on my guestroom, and while at times it seemed like I would never get it finished the day has finally come! I actually have guests coming in this weekend, so I am super excited for them to use it now that it's completely finished and ready for them. 

As with most of the rooms in my house I keep this one on a tight budget, but all things considered I really love how it came out. I sneak in here and read from time to time since it gets the best sunlight in the house. I'm thinking about adding a rug in, but since I haven't found the right one it could be a while. 

In case you were wondering... 

DIY Headboard -- $35.00
Typewriter Table (Night stands) Flea Market -- $5.00
Industrial 3 Tier Tray Stand -- Ross $49.00
Better Home & Gardens Long Mirror -- $35.00
Luggage Rack -- Garage Sale -- $1.00
Industrial Plant Table -- Garage Sale $5.00

Metal Garden Trellis -- The Barn $45.00
Skeleton Key Shadow Box (DIY) -- $50.00
Assembled Frames -- Thirft Shop $20.00
Antique Mirror / Chalk Board, Flea Market -- $35.00

White Vignettes -- Thrift Shop
White & Silver Terrarium -- Ross $29.00
Silver Scale & Bottles -- Flea Market
Galvanized Wire Bucket & Twigs -- Michael's
Small Potted Plant -- Ikea
Candle Holder -- Free
Round Apple Basket -- Ross $15.00
Basket Pendant Light -- DIY $10.00

Brown Faux Fur Throw -- TJMaxx $25.00
Gray Fur lined Comforter -- Ross $25.00
Gray Sheet Set -- Marshalls $30.00
Ivory Throw, Ikea -- $12.00
Black and White Accent Pillow, Ikea -- $14.00

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bacon Beet Chips

We recently made a trip out to our World Market here in Raleigh, I went on a mission to buy a new set of silverware, so naturally I found myself in the International food section staring at this...

My husband was so excited, and I will admit I was a little skeptical but we decided to take a chance and buy it. We really aren't big meat eaters in this house, we've actually narrowed meat eating down to once or twice a week. With that being said, I don't know anyone who doesn't like the taste of bacon. So I decided to make some Bacon flavored beet chips for snacking. 

They didn't disappoint-- we actually ate them all up in one day like the little piggies we are, but I couldn't even feel bad about eating them. Bacon salt has virtually no calories or fat and works great as a salt replacement. Even though these chips taste decadent, you can munch on them guilt free because they are actually a much healthier option. 

Bacon Beet Chips

2 Large beets
olive oil spray
bacon salt
sea salt

1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with olive oil and set aside.
2. Peel the skin off of your beets and wash well. Using a mandolin slice your beets into thin chips.
3. Place your beet chips on your baking sheet and spread out. Coat tops with olive oil spray and sprinkle with bacon salt and sea salt. 
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until crisp. 
5. Serve immediately and enjoy. 


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