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These fortune cookies are easy to make. They make great gifts to give to your special someone on Valentine’s Day or just to eat on a regular Thursday like me.. uh what?

I got the idea from this blog:http://sugarforthebrain.com/2013/01/14/valentines-fortune-cookies/they made them a lot better than I did.

Ingredients:
2 large egg whites
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup flour
1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
Dash salt
½ cup sugar
3 teaspoons water
Red or pink food coloring
Melted chocolate
Sprinkles

Makes about 10-12 cookies

In a bowl, add egg whites, vanilla extract, almond extract and oil. Beat the mixture until it’s frothy. Then sift in the flour, cornstarch, salt, sugar and water. Mix until smooth.
Divide the batter in half and add couple drops of red food coloring into one mixture.
On a greased cookie sheet, add 1-2 tablespoons of batter and make a circle. It should be roughly 4 inches in diameter. This is where you can decorate it how ever you want it. Then place the cookies in a 300 F degree oven. Depending on your oven, it should take 10-13 minutes. They should be lightly golden brown on the edges. Make sure to watch them carefully so it doesn’t burn. When you take it out of the oven you need to work quickly! That is why you should do two cookies at a time. You can see in the video how I messed up. So with a spatula, flip the cookie and put your message in the middle. Fold the cookie in half and use a cup to bend it down the middle. Then place it in a cupcake tin so it holds its shape. If your designs didn’t turn out like you wanted them to you can dip the fortune cookies into melted chocolate and add sprinkles! Place them in the fridge so that the chocolate cools and hardens. Then enjoy!

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This is great for people who have oily skin like I do. I am very oily around my T-zone area, especially my nose! Cornstarch is a great alternative to other makeup powders to suck up the oils and help mattify your face! For me, this lasts a lot longer on my skin than my other powders and has better oil control as well. Some makeup companies put cornstarch in their mattifying powders. It is safe to use on your face and has not broken me out.

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Bracelets are very trendy this spring and some of the ones I’ve been eyeing are from Michael Kors. Especially this Michael Kors Triple-Wrap Padlock Bracelet, Gold ($95) and the Michael Kors Double-Wrap Chain Bracelet, Golden ($145). I’m not saying I’m broke… ok, well.. I am broke.. and since I am saving up for a trip next month.. spending $240+ on these bracelets was out of the question. So off I went to my nearest craft and fabric store (JoAnns). There I was able to find a large gold metal chain. It was in the purse making handles section and I saw a pack of 12″ that was on clearance for.. 97 CENTS! WOOT! Sadly there was only one left. I already had a pack of thin metal chain from my previous DIY Hex Nut Bracelet. Then I went to Target and bought some belts. The two yellow and green ones were on clearance for $9 and the minty green one was $12.99. So this totals up to around $32.. for making THREE belt bracelets. If you have old belts already then this practically costs nothing. So, I set up everything and got to making these bad boys and there’s something about crafting and making these things yourself that zones you out and it’s just very relaxing. It didn’t take too long to make either. So.. watch the video below and see how you can make these double wrap belt bracelet yourself. =]

What you’ll need:

3 thin belts

Pack of thin metal chain

12″ large gold metal chain (the brand I had was Everything Mary)

string

nail and hammer

scissors

 

 

 

I’ve been eyeing the Giles & Brother hex nut collection for a while.. but not the price.. ouch. So I decided to try and make it myself. I loved the look of the red large hex nut necklace and made a mini bracelet version of it. Once you get the hang of braiding and adding the hex nuts.. everything else is quite simple. You can find all the stuff at your local craft and hardware store. I bought all of my things from JoAnn’s fabric and craft store. The brass hex nut (#6-32) I bought a pack of 100 on ebay for around $7 with shipping. I went to Lowes and they didn’t sell it in bulk but I’m sure other stores do I just didn’t want to drive to another store. lol.

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Here’s the tutorial:

What you’ll need:

3 yards of red leather cord (or you can use whatever color you like)

18 brass hex nuts (#6-32)

5 jump rings

1 lobster clasp

one pack of metal chain

small charm

pliers

scissors

tape

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my ghetto video setup! lol.

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Hope you try it out! =]

❤ Angela.