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Eats // Peaches and Cream Pops

July 8, 2013

peaches and cream pops recipe by Nanette Wong for Sugar & Cloth

photos and recipe contributed by Nanette Wong  of Rules of Threee for Sugar & Cloth

With the heat wave that’s hitting the West Coast, all I want to do these days is lounge around in a hammock, fanning myself while eating delicious icy treats. While the former is slightly harder to do, considering I live in a small city apartment, the latter is much more achievable. I was strolling through the farmer’s market this past weekend, when I saw the fresh abundance of peaches prevalent at every farmers’ stand. Instantly, the idea of a summer pop, striped to signify summer and bursting with peachy goodness popped into my mind.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped fresh peaches
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp sugar + ⅛ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk

peaches and cream pops recipe by Nanette Wong for Sugar & Cloth

Combine water and ½ sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. When it comes to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until all the sugar is melted. Set aside and let cool– this will be your simple syrup.

peaches and cream pops recipe by Nanette Wong for Sugar & Cloth

Next, combine the fresh peaches and about 2 tb water in a saucepan over medium heat. Crush the peaches gently with a potato masher or wooden spoon as the pan is heating up. You want to make sure you don’t burn the peaches, but heat them enough to let them juice. When the peaches are mostly just clumps, strain the mixture over a bowl and keep the juice. Add the simple syrup to the peaches until it’s sweetened to your liking– I used about ¾ of the syrup.

peaches and cream pops recipe by Nanette Wong for Sugar & Cloth
Lastly, we’ll create the cream mixture. Mix together the greek yogurt, milk, and 1tbsp sugar and vanilla. Then it’s time to create the pops! Alternate pouring the peach mixture and cream mixture into the popsicle mold, freezing for 20 minutes in between each layer.

peaches and cream pops recipe by Nanette Wong for Sugar & Cloth

photos and recipe contributed by Nanette Wong  of Rules of Threee for Sugar & Cloth

Nanette Wong for Sugar & Cloth

 

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DIY // Revamp any bag with leather straps.

June 18, 2013

DIY leather handled tote bag

I’m always on the look out for simple and inexpensive ways to revamp items I already own once I wear out their traditional look. It’s just an added bonus when the finished outcome of a revamp makes it look even more expensive than it really is, like DIY leather strapped tote bag which only cost me $15 in materials!

Chelsea from Lovely Indeed sent me this darling tote a few months ago, and I’ve been using it for everything. It was just a matter of time before it earned it’s leather straps, here’s how:

Materials:

  • Small rivet starter kit
  • Scissors
  • Leather punch
  • Tote
  • Leather for straps (bought mine precut at Tandy leather, similar here)

DIY leather handled tote bag

DIY leather handled tote bag

First, cut the existing straps off your bag as close to the trim as you can. Then measure and cut two 22inch leather pieces to use as straps. The width is up to you as far as comfort, mine are cut a 1/2 inch thick.

DIY leather handled tote bag Once you have the desired placement of your straps, use the leather punch to punch through the straps and tote bag. I made two holes for two rivets on each side for added support, but it’s up to you.

DIY leather handled tote bag Next, insert rivets in the holes you previously made according to the instructions on your kit.

DIY leather handled tote bag If you want to make a closure strap, measure and cut a piece of leather that is 1inch wider than the desired with of your closure strap, and insert a rivet on each side.

This way it’s snug enough to keep the strap closed.

DIY leather handled tote bag Cut a piece of leather that’s about 6 or 7 inches long to use as a strap (making sure it’s long enough to safely rest where you placed the enclosure piece).

DIY leather handled tote bag Making sure the leather is facing wrong side-up, use a rivet to to attached the leather strap.

DIY leather handled tote bag Fold the strap over and under the enclosure, and you’re finished!


DIY leather handled tote bag

DIY leather handled tote bag

 

 

 

Eats // The best 5-minute bruschetta you’ll ever eat.

May 29, 2013

recipe for the best five-minute bruschetta

No lie. This isn’t one of those scenes from Elf where Buddy congratulates the coffee shop for having the “World’s best cup of coffee”. No, no, this is legit. With the summer coming up and guests popping in unexpected, this is a bruschetta recipe that you’ll want on hand. And the best part about this appetizer? It requires no actual cooking or measurements, just throw all of the ingredients together and you’re set!

Ingredients (all of my ingredients are from Trader Joe’s):

  • Brioche toast slices
  • English peaches n’ cream cheese
  • Fresh avocado
  • White truffle oil
  • Bruschetta sauce

recipe for the best five-minute bruschetta

Drizzle a bit of white truffle oil on each brioche toast and then top with bruschetta, avocado, and cheese.

recipe for the best five-minute bruschetta

 

 

 

DIY // Pool Noodle Garland

May 24, 2013

DIY pool noodle garland

I, Kathleen, don’t know about you, but once the summer beach toys start popping up in stores, I can’t help but be sucked right in. It’s silly because I don’t have a pool or live near the beach, but somehow I’m able to ignore that fact and browse for ages anyway.

This DIY pool noodle garland is a super simple way to add some summery fun to your next party or barbeque. And don’t worry: no pool, no problem!

Materials:

  • 3 different colored pool noodles*
  • String
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting mat

*Note: I’ve found that if you’re looking for noodles that are in the same color family, you might have to visit a few different stores to choose from different pool noodle brands. If shopping around, it’s a good idea to cut a thin slice off of each noodle you’ve purchase to bring along – I’ll admit that I did get a few funny looks comparing noodles!

DIY pool noodle garland

With the blade of your exacto knife fully extended, cut your noodles into ½” slices using the lines on your cutting mat as a guide.

Depending on how long you want your finished garland to be, continue to cut the pool noodles until you have enough. The garland pictured used a half of each of the three noodles.

DIY pool noodle garland

Feed the noodles onto the string.

Tie a noodle slice at each end of the garland to prevent the noodles from sliding off while you hang it. If hanging from the ceiling or wall, you can simply tape this noodle to the surface as well or if it’s a visual distraction cut it off once the garland is secured.

And there you have it – a fun alternative use for pool noodles this summer!

And there you have it – a fun alternative use for pool noodles this summer!

 

kathleen of snowdrop and company

project and photos contributed by Kathleen of Snowdrop & Co.