A long, long time ago I ran a blog linkup called Tuesday Tutes and Loot. Unless I have a demand for it, I’m not going to do the linkup thing again. But I am going to bring back my Tuesday Tutes & Loot posts because I’ve got tutorials, recipes, and stuff to give away. So, without further adeiu …
This week’s I’ve got a recipe and a link to a tutorial that I tried (and loved). Let’s start with the recipe.
Peanut Butter Banana Waffles
Peanut Butter Banana Multigrain Waffles
- 2 c Your Favorite Waffle Mix
- 1/2 c Peanut Flour / Powdered Peanut Butter
- 1/2 c Flax Meal
- 2 Overripe Bananas (mashed)
- 2 Eggs (beaten)
- 2 c water
- Heat a waffle iron to your desired done-ness (hint: go one step more done than you like because these are moist!).
- Grease your iron with the coconut oil.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (waffle mix, peanut flour, flax meal).
- Pour wet ingredients into the large bowl and stir.
- You can add more water if needed.
- Pour batter into your waffle iron. I do this 1/3 a cup at a time, but this will vary based on your iron’s size.
- Remove with a fork.
- Serve warm. Butter, syrup, peanut butter, and other toppings optional.
You can freeze the waffles and pop them in the toaster later! This is what we typically do.
Those of you who know me know that I can’t eat those waffles because of the peanuts and the bananas (food allergies / intolerances), but Mark loves the peanut butter and banana combo, and I know a lot of you out there do too!
Sherbet Marble Mani by A Beautiful Mess
Next up is a link to a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. They posted this Sherbet Marble Mani tutorial last week. I’ve seen marble manis floating around the internet and thought, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” But this tutorial gave a lot of tips and tricks to get your mani right on the first try, so I gave it a whirl.
Here’s their version (perfect, of course).
Sometimes I wonder how many tries it takes to get the photos for their tutorials. I guess if I was making money on this blog I might care more about photos for tutorials, but since I don’t make money over here …
I decided to go with their recommendation of using Zoya polish because I know it takes longer to dry, which is desirable for a marble mani because you’re racing to put your finger in the water before the polish dries and gets goopy. So, I didn’t have much choice on the colors I used since I only have a few Zoyas.
Here’s how my left hand turned out. I followed their recommendation on taping the borders of your nails with scotch tape.
I got lazy on my second hand and didn’t use the tape. I had a really hard time cleaning these up. I also got lazy and didn’t re-do the nail polish in the water between each nail like I did for my left hand and like they recommended. If you work fast enough (tape ’em all before) you can get all your nails done with one setup of polish/water. I think they said to remove all the polish and re-do it between each nail so that you can get the *perfect* design on each nail. I didn’t have
time patience for that.
Tips / Tricks
- Follow their advice on the tape. Cleanup is a bitch otherwise.
- Room temp water (mine wasn’t distilled) is a must. I refilled my water and it was warmer, which caused the polish to dispurse. I’d imagine cold water would make the polish hard and not separate like you want it to do.
- Definitely use polish that takes longer to dry. The Zoya polish dried so fast that I think that regular polishes / laquers would get goopy.
- You can use Q-tips instead of the makeup brush. I used Q-tips and cleanup wasn’t bad. The brush would be easier though.
- Use a variety of light and dark colors so you can see the marbling better. I put a light color between each dark color so it showed better.
My nails were dry by the time I was finished doing the manicure (which lasted about 20 minutes in all). Usually I’m done painting my nails in 5-7 minutes, but smudge them within 10 seconds because I’m too impatient to wait another ten minutes for them to dry. The marble mani takes so long that they’re dry after, and you’re not bored because you’re busy while doing it.
Cleanup was easy: pour out the water, peel off the tape, and Q-tip the edges.
Also? Since I used a light / nude color in my marble I don’t notice chipping at the edges as much.
I liked their tutorial and I will definitely do another marble manicure. I recommend trying this if you’ve got some patience and the tools on hand. It was fun!
I hope you enjoyed my resurrection of Tuesday Tutes and Loot! I’ve got a back log of recipes and tutorials to share and I’ll be on here more regularly since I have time and miss writing. 🙂