3 Ingredient ???

3 ingredient chocolate mousse | Misselainious blog -2 3 ingredient chocolate mousse | Misselainious blogHaha friends this is a total blogger confession moment.  Here’s the deal.  During Christmas time I made this amazing hot chocolate.  I accidentally left some out all night and the next day it was this decadent mousse.  So I thought, “Yay a happy accident I can use as a recipe on my blog.”

I measured everything out and mixed it all together and stuck it in these cute little tea cups my Yia yia gave me and left them in the fridge to become mousse.  The next day I eagerly checked them and lo and behold it was like thick hot chocolate.  Hmmmm not what I was expecting. Trying to be optimistic I figured it was just the wrong type of coconut milk so I tried again.  And I failed again.  Then I realized I should try using coconut cream because surely that should work.  I ran to the store and bought a really over priced can of coconut cream and tried a third time because “they” say third time is a charm.  Nope, nada, ain’t happenin’.  Talk about a comedy of errors!  First it was hot chocolate and then it was a really runny pudding of sorts and the third time a slightly less soupy pudding.

So if you want to try some hot chocolate and NOT mousse here’s how to accomplish that:

1 can coconut cream/milk
1/4 cup coco powder
2 tablespoons honey

Put half the coconut cream in a bowl and the other half in a sauce pan on low heat.  Next mix in the coco powder with the cold coconut cream until well blended.  Then gradually add to the warming coconut cream in the pan.  Once that is whisked in stir in the honey until dissolved.  Put into some cute cups and enjoy!

Also don’t worry….all that chocolate pudding/hot chocolate/whatever these three ingredients make hasn’t gone to waste.  Just to my waist. 😉  We’re happily eating way too much chocolate over here!  Everyone that has tried it likes it even if we’re not quite sure what to call it!  Maybe I should leave it out next time?  Have you ever had any cookie comedies?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

Posted on February 12, 2016 by | Comments { 6 }

When Valentine’s Day finds you single

When Valentines day finds you single- misselainiousThis will be my 27th year without a date or “special someone” for Valentines Day.  It’s not like I’ve never dated or been in relationships but they’ve never happened around Valentine’s.  I realize that this holiday can be depressing if you’re single.  I get it.  You want a boyfriend or girlfriend, heck a spouse, just like everyone else seems to have.  If your social media feeds are anything like mine you probably assume the last single person (besides you)  just got engaged.  For the record though I’ve managed to not be depressed on any of those Valentines and instead they’ve been beautiful memories.  It’s because I’ve learned a few important things from people wiser than I am.  I wanted to share them with you too in the hopes that you’ll have an awesome Valentine’s day.

You’re not forgotten.  Nope you’re not.  When everyone seems to be dreaming about their person there’s someone thinking about you.  Someone really important has you on their mind all the time.  And I don’t mean your future spouse.  The God of the universe is thinking about YOU!  He’s more attentive than anyone you’ll ever meet.  Period.  You may forget him but he will never forget you.

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:15-16

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down     and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” Psalms 139:1-4

Considering that God knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30) I’d say that shows you are not forgotten.  Let’s not forget the number of hairs on your head are constantly changing…

Along those same lines, you’re not alone.  If you follow Christ he says that he will never leave you or forsake you.  The one who made all the flowers in the world and makes coco beans grow says he is by your side always.  I have some amazing friends and family but none of them are always able to be there for me 24/7 yet God is not only able but is with you all the time.  Even when he seems far away he’s not.

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Okay so one of my pet peeves is the thinking that an individual is not a whole person unless they are married or dating.  Someone isn’t going to complete you unless it’s Jesus.  If you long for marriage then yes, I hope that a wonderful gal or guy comes into your life and adds so much joy to it but if you think that you’re not complete without them that is just a lie.  I hope to get married someday but even if I don’t God didn’t create me to be half a person walking around.  I mean how weird would that be?

You have purpose my friend.  We get to be in relationship with Jesus and see his beauty.  We get to love like crazy in so many ways.

This Valentine’s Day I hope you get to celebrate what true love is about.  True love is sacrificial.  True love lays down its life for others.  True love is being awed, amazed and delighted in the One who created us.  If that sounds boring to us then we may have a small view of God.  Instead of only thinking about our single selves today let’s celebrate that we get to be alive and that we can show love to those around us.  Let’s celebrate that the very One that defines love is singing over us.  Let’s be single people who are irresistibly attractive because of the way we love others.  Even if we spend all the rest of our Valentine’s Days single it will not have been wasted or boring if we choose to focus our minds on the One who loves us best.

Here’s some ideas to spread some love today and make you happier: write a valentine’s day card to someone you think might not get any, give flowers to a shut in, make dinner for some of your single friends, buy a chocolate bar and share it with a child you know, pamper a single mom, or pay for someone’s drink in line behind you.

If you’re sad or lonely or feeling forgotten or just want someone to hold you I hope you know you’re loved and valued.  Sending you a big hug!

xxx
~elaini

Posted on February 10, 2016 by | Comments { 8 }

Anthropologie inspired hair piece

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Several years ago I had a dream job working for my dear friend who makes the most beautiful pieces of art in the form of veils and hats.  She’s a genius at it and she inspires me in so many ways.  One of the ways she would inspire me is by allowing me create little things for myself here and there.  When you have a huge collection of glittering Swarovski crystal, pearls, buttons, tulle, and feathers it’s like being in a candy store!

Okay so here’s what you need to make this:

Metal hair comb 2 inches wide (you can find these at Joann craft stores)
Metal wire in the same color as your hair comb (I used 24 gauge wire)
Wire cutters
Fresh water pearls in varying sizes
Small sized grey Swarovski pearls
Medium sized grey Swarovski pearls
Small sized cream Swarovski pearls
Medium sized cream Swarovski pearls
Swarovski crystals in clear, aurora borealis (if you want extra color/catching of light), and grey
Silver seed beads

I can’t stress enough that you’ll want to get Swarovski crystals because they sparkle more than any other brand and are very high quality.  You should be able to find them at any craft or bead store.  They are a little bit expensive but you don’t need very many.  I used 47 beads total.

You’re going to make seven “branches” to attach to your comb.  First you’ll want to cut seven pieces of wire about 27 inches each in length.  For branches 1 and 7 you can cut them a little shorter if you want but I prefer having extra wire versus running out!

Take your first piece of wire and measure up about 3 1/2 inches and make a little bend in it.  Now slide on your first bead and twist the wire together about six times.  Take the long end and create another bend in the wire a tiny space away from the twisted stem part and place another bead on. Pinch wire around bead.  Now twist that five to six times till you’re back at the stem and then twist the long wire back into the shorter one.  After you’ve placed the last bead on and twisted back into the stem just finish by twisting both wires all the way down.  You’ll do these steps with each piece of wire until you have all seven branches.

I’ve created a PDF to show you exactly how far I measured and what beads I put where to take the guesswork out of it.  You can get the PDF here!

Once you have your seven branches ready you’ll want to take branch number one and start wrapping it through the top part of the metal comb on the left side going towards the right side.  Go in between the teeth starting on the backside of the comb.  If the stem is too long just trim it before you get to the end of the comb.  Take branch number two and space it a little to the right of branch number 1 and repeat wrapping through the teeth of the comb.  Keep doing this for branches 3-4.  Branch four should be centered right in the middle of your comb.  For the next part you’ll want to take branch five and wrap it through the teeth going the opposite direction to the left.  Repeat for branches six and seven.

Now that you have all seven branches affixed to the top of the comb you’ll want to cut another piece of wire about 10 inches long.  Wrap it around the top part of the comb about three times and then string on your seed beads until you have about 2 inches of beads.  Lay that across the top of the comb and wrap the wire again around the top.  Now take that wire and string on some more seed beads until you can lay the wire back across the other way.  Secure down, tuck in any loose wires so they don’t poke out, and you’re done!

If you have any questions PLEASE let me know in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them! And if you make one I’d love to see it so just use the #misselainiousdiy

Posted on February 8, 2016 by | Comments { 2 }

Have a relaxing weekend!

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I hope you all have a nice weekend! I’ll be resting and watching Super Bowl 50. :)

Hmmm so if I want to get smarter I guess I better start doing this….

Yes, this is a post I found on a blog from 2010 but it’s too cute not to share what this wife does.

This kids hysterical laugh will definitely make you smile!

I promise you that you’ll want to play an instrument after you watch this.  And it’s one of the reasons I love being a piano teacher!

SO stunning! This makes me extra excited to watch the gymnastics in the summer Olympics this year! 😀

Four smart shopping habits of Parisian women.

Oooo this looks tasty and surprisingly simple.

Posted on February 5, 2016 by | Comments { 0 }

Simple, elegant updo

Simple elegant updo | misselainious blogHave you ever just wanted to have a simple updo that isn’t a lot of work but still looks elegant?  Yeah, me too.  This hairstyle is so easy! I think it took me less than 3 minutes to do on Cleo who was modeling this for me.  Oh and stay tuned because that Anthropologie inspired hair comb is a DIY project coming to the blog next week!

You’ll need:
+  Dry shampoo or texturizing spray
+  Comb
+  Bobby pins or tiny claw clips

Okay, so for this simple elegant updo you’ll first want to spray the hair with dry shampoo or some texturizing spray.  Create a side part.  Gently tease the front section and around the crown.  Section out two pieces on either side of the head for a later step.  If you have normal or fine hair lightly tease the remaining part of hair down to the ends.

Now take that section and twist it into a rope and then continue wrapping it in a circular motion creating a low bun.  Bobby pin in place all around the bun.  If you have thick hair you’ll want to use tiny claw clips.

Next take one of the side sections you left out and braid.  Repeat on the other side.  Take each braid and gently pull it apart and rub it between your fingers to create a fuller looking braid.  Then take one braid and cross it over the top of the bun to the other side of the head and pin underneath.  Cross the other braid over the top of the bun and pin it underneath as well.  If needed pin the braids down on top too.  There you go!

This elegant updo would be a cute idea for a date night, wedding, or even just because!

Posted on February 3, 2016 by | Comments { 2 }

Handmade Valentine’s cards

Handmade Valentine's Day cards 2016 misselainious-8 Handmade Valentine's Day cards 2016 misselainious-2 Handmade Valentine's Day cards 2016 misselainious-7 Handmade Valentine's Day cards 2016 misselainious-4 Handmade Valentine's Day cards 2016 misselainious Handmade Valentine's Day cards 2016 misselainious-6 Handmade Valentine's Day cards 2016 misselainious-3On of the sweetest memories I have with my sister is making Valentine’s Day cards.  She would buy all these fancy stickers and shimmery paper in soft pink and vibrant red and who knows what else.  We’d spread it out all over the kitchen table and we’d just create to our hearts content.  Her’s always looked like a Martha Stewart magazine and I always wanted to copy them but she’d encourage me to come up with my own designs.  I remember feeling really happy when she’d comment that she liked mine.

Sure it’s faster to go buy Valentine’s day cards but there is something so sweet about giving a handmade one.  Plus it’s also a whole lot of fun to glue stuff.  I’m like a three year old I tell ya!  So I wanted to inspire you to make your own cards this season and bless some friends with them.  Valentine’s day isn’t just for couples!

Making your envelopes is a great way to recycle so here is what you need to get started:

+  Brown paper grocery bag(s)
+  Envelope
+  Watercolor paper
+  Watercolor paint (optional)
+  Yarn or string (optional)
+  Glitter heart cutouts
+  Foam heart stickers
+  Pen or fine tip sharpie in black
+  Glue
+  Double sided tape (optional)
+  Scissors

First you’re going to cut the grocery bag down one side and around the bottom  Now you can lay the paper down flat.  Next you’ll want to gently deconstruct an envelope to use as a pattern.  Place the envelope pattern on the bag, trace, and cut out.  Fold all four sides in towards the center.  Then you’ll want to glue the bottom flap up to the two sides and your new brown envelope is.  Reference the envelope you used as a pattern if needed.

Once you have your envelopes made you can start on your cards!  I like to take watercolor paper and cut it to the size of my envelope and then tear the edges.  I like the weight of the paper and how it looks when torn.  Now here’s the fun part!  You can swish on some watercolor paint as a background or leave the paper white.  You can add hearts or write words on the front.  Here’s a great tutorial on how to create faux calligraphy if you need some penmanship help. :)  Really it’s just up to you to be creative and have fun but I’ve also included a lot of pictures for you to copy or inspire you.

I hope you send out a lot of Valentine’s Day cards this year.  I know it will make people feel loved and cared for since you took the time to create something for them and remind them that they aren’t forgotten.  Plus real mail is pretty fantastic.  This is one easy way you can be intentional about considering others.  I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it.

Posted on February 1, 2016 by | Comments { 6 }

Quotes

Misselainious_quotes1-29-16“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”  John Lubbock

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”  Brene Brown

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  Dr. Seuss

“The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little.  The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.” Charles Spurgeon

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense.  We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”  Oswald Chambers

“Perhaps to be able to learn things quickly isn’t everything.  To be kind is worth a great deal to other people…Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked.”  Frances Hodgson Burnett

‘The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.  The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.  True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.  It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.’  Audrey Hepburn

Posted on January 29, 2016 by | Comments { 2 }

I heart velvet

Misselainious_valentinesdayoutfit2016-3 Misselainious_valentinesdayoutfit2016 Misselainious_valentinesdayoutfit2016-5 Misselainious_valentinesdayoutfit2016-4 Misselainious_valentinesdayoutfit2016-2Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!?  I really like this day because I’m reminded of how beautiful love is.  Love isn’t just a romantic thing.  In fact true love is sacrificial and considers another before itself.  So I hope that whether you’re single or have a special someone that you celebrate.

I wanted to show you that it is possible to create a cute and whimsical outfit from thrifted items.  I got this dress for just a few dollars at a local thrift store and when I saw it I knew I couldn’t pass it by since it’s covered in hearts and just made me smile.  These boots I purchased at a consignment shop.  The clutch was my Yia yia’s and the ring was a gift!

I hope this inspires you to put together a look for Valentine’s Day that has some edge to it and then go give balloons to someone who might be feeling discouraged about love.

If you want to recreate a similar look here are some suggestions:

Velvet dress  (made in the USA) / Boots  (made in Italy) / Clutch  (handmade) / Ring (handmade here or here or diy here)

{Also mad props to Malia for not only convincing me that we should shoot in freezing cold weather but for taking the photos as well.  Yes, that is snow on the ground.  Yes, we are crazy.}

Posted on January 27, 2016 by | Comments { 4 }

Silk ribbons

Misselainious_silk_hair_ribbons Misselainious_silk_hair_ribbons3 Misselainious_silk_hair_ribbons2This is the easiest DIY fashion post ever.  There are only two steps.  The first thing you need to do is buy some silk ribbon.  I got mine for a few dollars at the fabric store but I would love to invest in the ones from this lovely shop at some point since they are plant dyed.  It’s important to buy silk because of the way it hangs.  Then put it in your hair! You can use it in a braid, a half updo, or in your ponytail.  Also here is a cute way to store your ribbons.

I realize that I’m 27 and that “hair ribbons” are typically reserved for little girls but I just think they are so whimsical and sweet and I’ve decided that I like them.  Need convincing?  Look at how adorable Bridget Bardot looks here.  Or how chic is Alex Chung in this photo?  Still not convinced?  Fine, here’s Audrey Hepburn with a ribbon in her hair when she’s an adult.  You can find them in art too.  Now go get yourselves some silk ribbons! 😉

For reference I bought a little over a yard of silk.  If you’re interested in seeing a post on how to braid in a ribbon just let me know in the comments and I’ll create one. :)  And if you liked this post please share it or pin it! Thanks!

Posted on January 25, 2016 by | Comments { 9 }

Have a delightful weekend!

MisselainiousLinkLove1-22-16Hope you all have a fun and relaxing weekend!  Enjoy the link love below. :)

My mouth just started watering. YUM.

Are you guilty of these common fashion mistakes?

Did you have a dream job as a child? When I saw this organization was accepting applications I almost cried. DREAM JOB.

These large scale art installations are completely mesmerizing.

So maybe fairy-tales are real. These Disney landscapes and structures were inspired by real places.

My mom and I loved reading the snippets of this love story and seeing the incredible art creations that illustrate each “page”.  (You have the advantage of being able to read all of it at once.)

Posted on January 22, 2016 by | Comments { 6 }