DIY 41: how to make a coffee scented candle

Hey pixels!! Nothing says home more than a nice decor. And which decor is ready without a couple of cute candles? Candles add light and fragance to your home, and they make any situation even better.

coffee scented candle

What about making candles at home? Trust me, my happy pixels, it’s easier than you’re thinking now. It just requires a couple of steps to complete all the work. The results are great; you choose how strong is the scent, and the colour you want.

DIY coffee scented candle

Today I’ve made a coffee scented candle. Did you know that just the smell of coffee can help to activate us in the mornings? And contribute to improve our mood? It could be a great choice during our breakfasts, or if you work at home, you can burn one at that moment when you feel sleepy. Think about it, my happy pixels!!

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You’ll need:

  • 1 mason jar
  • 19-20 tablespoons wax (any kind of wax)
  • 1 cotton wick
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coffee (it will add scent)

Directions:

Make sure that your mason jar is clean enough. Before making a candle, I always clean mine with water and a neutral soap. Allow to dry completely.

Melt your wax using a double boiler. Keep in mind that wax can be difficult to clean–you may want to purchase a cheap, heat-safe pot that you designate specifically for making candles.

When wax is melted, add coffee and stirr until it’s completely dissolved.

Place a wick in the center of the candle mold.  Place it on a flat surface in a protected workspace (such as on a cookie sheet or a cutting board.) The wick should be in the center of the candle mold with about 4cm sticking out of the candle. Loop the end that will be out of the wax around the center of a pen or pencil. Rest the pen across the top of the mold you will be pouring your wax into. Make sure the wick hangs down straight into the center of the mold.

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Pour the melted wax into the mold. Pour slowly so that it does not spill over. Make sure not to knock the wick out of the mold accidentally. Wax will shrink a little once it has cooled so keep that in mind when pouring it into your molds. I usually make more wax amount and I refill the empty space a couple of hours later.

Allow the wax to cool completely. Remember to refill the empty space with more wax. If needed, reheat it using the double boiler.

When the candle is totally cool, trim the wick down to about .65cm. This will contain the flame.

Add a nice sticker, and voilà!! A cool candle with a wonderful scent!!

Note: you can make variations. Instead of coffee, you can add some other scent and colour to make lavender or orange candles, for example. I did a cinnamon one, and it smelled great, too.

Do you like candles, my happy pixels? Do you buy them or do you make them at home? Are you going to make one? Please, let me know in the comments below.

The Mystery Blogger Award 2

Hey pixels!! The amazing Busy Bee nominated me for this award! Wow! I feel so honoured, so definitely go check out all of her blogs, it’s amazing!

the mystery blogger award

The Rules…

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well…Thank you and congrats to Okoto for creating this award!
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

 

3 Things about me! 

  1. My favourite colour is green
  2. I love traveling, reading and going to the cinema (but I only go when the film is really good)
  3. I would like to have a caravan

The Quezzies…

What kind of ‘other’ room would like in your house if you had extra money? (e.g library, art studio)

I would like to have a big extra room with enough space for all the things I like to do: a reading nook, space for drawing and painting, a tv to watch cycling tours… If it has to be just for one purpose, a photography studio would be great!!

What extra subject do you wish was taught at school?

Something creative and funny, like painting or sewing. Maybe knitting, too. At elementary school we learn how to make a DIY camera  and how to make bread, and it was awesome. But I can’t make this things now, I want to learn again..

Do believe that a bottle is 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Why?

Usually I’m optimistic, so I tend to see the bottle 1/2 full. I try to have a positive vision about life, and to learn from bad situations, if it’s possible.

Is there a hobby you’d like to try?

Yes, lots of them: crochet,  wood, learning how to play a musical instrument…

What is your favorite song right now?

I don’t have a favourite song, I have lots of favourite songs: here you can have a look at my playlist.

And I have a second playlist just with Eurovision songs!!

My best posts…

  1. Homemade Nutella
  2. Baked potatoes & sauce
  3. Vegan Banana Smoothie

My questions for you….

  1. What’s the story behind your blog name?
  2. What’s that one song you love to sing in the shower?
  3. What’s the first thing you would do during a zombie apocalypse?
  4. What are 3 words you like?
  5. Where is one place in the world you’ve always wanted to visit?

My nominees….

  1. Bea Free
  2. Golden Pink Journal
  3. Felis Recipes
  4. Pink for Days
  5. Gluecksgeist
  6. Luna
  7. 3 Sisters Abroad
  8. Abbey Co Seattle
  9. My Booky Life
  10. The Jam Jar

Thanks for reading!! Have a super awesome day everyone!

Lots of love,

Sílvia

 

Onion rings

Hey pixels!! I’m sure that you love onion rings as much as I do!! Yummy and crispy onion rings. Today my lunch has consisted in a bunch of onion rings and a cheese pizza. Not so healthy, I know….

onion rings

I love homemade onion rings. You know all the ingredients you’re using are fresh and natural, and that makes them better. Don’t worry about the job, they’re ready in just 15′. Yes, it’s a little more job, but the effort is worth. At least from time to time.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large white onion, peeled and sliced (my onion was so big that I cut every slice in two halves)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley, choopped
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Directions:

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In a bowl, beat egg, milk and 1 1/2 tablespoons flour. Add salt. Soak onion slices into this mixture.

Pour the rest of the flour on a dish, and breacrumbs in a second  one. Coat onion slices in flour and then, in breadcrumbs. For a nice taste, mix parsley with the breacrumbs. It will be a cute addition.

Repeat all the coating process: egg, flour, breadcrumbs.

Fry in hot vegetable oil. I fried mine for about 4-6′, or until golden and crispy. Use a papel towel to remove the excess of oil.

Serve with some kind of sauce: tomato or vegan maio. Or just as an appetizer, with a pizza, as I did today. Without sauce.

Do you like onion rings, my happ pixels? Do you make them at home? Are you going to try this recipe? Please, let me know in the comments below.

The Versatile Blogger Award 2

Hey pixels!! The great Bea, from Bea Free has nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. I want to give her a massive thank you for taking the time out of her day and nominating me! I hope that everyone reading this goes on over to Bea’s blog to check out some of her great posts.

versatile-award

HERE ARE THE RULES:

  1. Display the award.
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate bloggers.

SEVEN FACTS:

  1. I wanted one of my favourite cyclists to win the giro, but he is not going to win… and I feel sad for him
  2. I fall in love with every cat I see
  3. I write a personal diary
  4. I’ve seen snow two times in my life, and I could play with it just the first one…
  5. I’m afraid of trying to make macarons, it looks so difficult…
  6. I would like to have my own creative business
  7. My horoscope sign is Taurus

NOMINEES:

EVERYONE! Whether you’ve done this before or not, I nominate you to do this post because why not spread the love?! Make sure to tag me in your posts so that I can check them out.

Thanks for reading,

Sílvia

Stuffed zucchini

Hey pixels!! Before introducing this awesome Spring veggie recipe, I would like to say: Congrats, Portugal!! They won Eurovision last Saturday!! Have you heard the song? It’s so nice!!

stuffed zucchini

And now, after that, let’s talk about our stuffed zucchini! It’s a nice recipe, perfect for Spring. It’s not too hot to avoid using the oven, and the veggies are awesome. I boiled rice to eat at the same time, but you can change it for another thing, or eat just the vegetables. It’s up to you, my happy pixels!!

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I love stuffed vegetables. Do you remember our stuffed eggplants from last Summer? The best part is that you can make this kind of recipes using different ingredients to change a bit the original recipe. Feel free to introduce some changes to your versions, my happy pixels!!

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Just in case you want to know it, the drink is a kiwi and pineapple smoothie. Just blend a large kiwi with the content of a whole small pineapple can, including the juice. Awesome!!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 4 large zucchini
  • 400g tofu, shredded
  • 1  onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 120g mushrooms, sliced
  • 350g tomato pure
  • 150g grated cheese (use your favourite one)
  • olive oil, rosemary, salt, sugar
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

Boil zucchinis for about 10-15′. Allow to cool and remove pulp using a spoon.

In olive oil, cook onion for about 5′. Add carrot, mushrooms, rosemary and salt. Cook for 6-8′.

Add tomato pure. If needed, add more salt or sugar. After 12-15′, set aside.

Make a white sauce using milk, flour and butter. You can follow this directions.

Mix white sauce with tomato sauce, tofu, zucchini pulp and grated cheese. Use this mixture to fill boiled zucchini skins.

Bake them at 180ºC for about 15′.

Serve warm.

Do you make stuffed vegetables as a main dish, my happy pixels? Do you like this kind of recipe? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Eurovision Party 2017

Hey pixels!! Do you know what happens today? Which great event? Yes, you guessed it right: Eurovision!!! The best song contest ever!! Yes!!!!!!!!! Happiness is that, my happy pixels: to eat yummy food while watching it. Actually today I have even more happiness: a cycling stage, making all the food and Eurovision. Today is going to be a great day!!

japanese cotton cheesecake

Like every year, I organize a small party. That means, above all, food. I see the song contest with my cousin and my grandmother. I cook and we eat while watching the contest. As an introvert person, this is one of my favourite kinds of party.

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Today’s menu include a pizza and a Japanese Cotton Cheesecake. To get inspiration for the pizza recipe, I checked our pizza recipes list (to make a giant one). The contest starts at 21pm, which is my current time for dinner. Perfect!!

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It’s my second time making this cake, but today I’ve doubled the original recipe amounts because I wanted a bigger cake. I love cheesecakes, and this recipes is awesome. I don’t know if you’ve tried it, but if the answer is no, please, give it a chance. You’ll love it!!

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 240g cream cheese
  • 240g white chocolate

Directions:

Preheat oven at 170ºC

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or using the microwave.

Whip egg whites until soft peaks form (meringue).

Add cream cheese to the melted chocolate and mix well. When it’s smooth, add egg yolks and mix.

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The last thing is to add the meringue to the chocolate, yolks and cheese mixture. 1/3 at a time, make sure it’s well incorporated.

Grease a round 20cm mold. You can use greased parchment paper all over the mold, but I just used paper on the bottom and greased sides with butter.

Pour the batter into the mold. Drop the mold lightly on the counter to eliminate air bubbles that could remain on your batter.

Place mold in your baking sheet; add some hot water to the baking sheet, like if it was a double boiler.

Bake:

  • 15′ at 170ºC
  • 15′ at 160ºC
  • stop the oven and bake with the remaining heat for 15′

Allow to cool completely before unmolding. Dust with powdered sugar if you want. Mine has cracked a bit because it was still warm when I unmolded it. I know, my happy pixels…. I was in a hurry: I had to take pictures and publish this post before going to my granmother’s house in time for Eurovision…. 😉

Do you watch Eurovision, my happy pixels? Do you make something special while watching it? Are you going to make this cake? Please, let me know in the comments below.

May Share & Inspire: “D”

Hey pixels!! How are you? My lovely friend Esmé has included my Darth Vader cookies recipe into her May Share & Inspire post!! Please, check her amazing blog!!

This month is about recipes with their names starting with the letter D: I’m not sure if you remember our Darth Vader cookies. 

darth vader cookies

Here is a link to Esmé’s beautiful post, so you can see all the awesome recipes!!

Thanks for reading, my happy pixels!!

Lots of love,

Sílvia