Fresh herb bouquet

The other day I was unloading groceries and pulled out some fresh cilantro and basil that I was going to use later in the week. I put the fresh herbs in a mason jar that was resting in the drying rack, added some water, popped it onto the window sill overlooking the sink and I had a beautiful fresh herb bouquet- all in less than 10 seconds!

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Easy Ice Cream Cake

Ya know those weekends where you accidentally get VIP passes to a yoga convention and find out after Day 1 post-yoga beers that you need to bring dessert to a dinner party at the end of Day 2? Make this cake. Or make it any other time you’re physically exhausted, have a bit of a buzz going on (i.e. gas stove top and oven are a bad idea), and have minimal time before you go to bed to create a dessert. It’s another 10-minute 4 ingredient dessert.

Easy Ice Cream Cake

Time: 10 minutes active time plus freezing

Ingredients

  • Tub of ice cream (any flavor)
  • 12 ice cream sandwiches (any flavor that goes with tub of ice cream).
  • Hot fudge topping (or caramel if you’re feeling crazy)
  • Cool whip

Step 1: Take half the tub of ice cream and spread on the bottom of a cake pan (I’ve used a bread pan in the past and it works well for smaller portions or 2 cakes with different ice cream flavors).

Step 2: Layer unwrapped ice cream sandwiches on top of the ice cream. Cut/eat any excess as needed/desired.IMG_3940

Step 3: Layer the rest of the ice cream on top of the ice cream sandwiches. If you have time/patience pop in the freezer to set up a bit.

Step 4: Heat the hot fudge until it’s a pourable consistency and pour on top of everything. If you didn’t freeze after step 3 it will turn into a bit of a melty mess but it will look and taste the same in the end.IMG_3941

Step 5: Freeze until it sets (I ate dinner and then returned about 30 minutes later).

Step 6: Top with Cool Whip.IMG_3942

This is a really easy make ahead dessert as it keeps well in the freezer and is resilient to transport (e.g. won’t spill, doesn’t need to be served warm). Take it out a few minutes before serving to make cutting easier. If you want to get fancy serve with extra ice cream topping and/or decorate with sprinkles. I obviously did not have time/patience/creativity to do anything other than put Cool Whip on top, but I was too busy licking the spoons (ice cream! hot fudge! Cool Whip!). And ya know what? So were our friends who ate it the next day.IMG_3943

How to make your house smell like you’ve been cleaning all day while cleaning for 10 minutes.

I live with these dudes:

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The are furry and smelly and dirty. I need to vacuum every day to keep the house clean. That means that when I vacuum every third day I can use every bit of help I can get. This is where this stuff comes in handy:

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  • Take a piece of cotton. I use a wipe because I don’t know where our cotton balls are.
  • Put essential oil on said piece of cotton. I use eucalyptus because it makes me feel like I’m in a spa (a very furry, smelly, dirty spa).
  • Take your newly essential cotton and put it in the dirt collection bag of your vacuum. As you vacuum the heat and air from the vacuum will release the smell from the cotton in to your room.

Et voila! Your house smells amazing and like you put way more effort into it than slapping some essential oil on a cotton ball. Even better? There is no additional cleanup as you can just dump the cotton ball with the dirt that was vacuumed up.

Sometimes I use so much essential oil even my trash can smells great. Which is awesome because I hate taking out the trash (which is an entirely different blog post)…

Christmas Crack

Here’s a recipe that takes 10 minutes, uses 4 ingredients, has minimal risk of injuring you in the kitchen (unless you can’t resist licking the spoon (warning #1)), and creates maximal refrains of “Oh my god, you need to eat this now” (seriously, I took it to a holiday party and it was such a hit).

Christmas Crack (cue angels singing)

Time: 10 minutes plus cooling (warning #2)

Ingredients

  • Saltines
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate but dark chocolate would be better)

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Preheat over to 400. 

  1. Put saltines in a layer on a jellyroll pan, cookie sheet or whatever other flat surface you have that is oven safe. Eat the broken saltines while you do everything else.
  2. PhotoMelt the butter and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Do not taste because you will burn yourself. Do not lick the spoon because you will burn yourself. Wash the pan out immediately when you’re done because otherwise you will be tempted to taste the dredges and it will still be hot and you will burn yourself (warnings #3-5).Photo-1
  3. Pour melted brown sugar mixture over saltines and pop the tray in the oven for 5ish minutes.
  4. Take out and while still warm (do not try them at this point because you will burn yourself; I did not learn my lesson from burning myself while licking the spoon in step 2) sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  5. Photo-2Wait a minute and then use a spatula to spread the melty chocolate chips over the surface.

Let them cool, eat the non-perfect ones to remove any doubt that you can execute perfection, and if you have enough restraint, package any remaining ones for others. If you are feeling fancy, put something pretty on them. Otherwise, just be proud you were able to save enough from your face to share with others. Ta-da!

The Holiday Not Wreath (AKA How Slack Craft Was Born)

Welcome to Slack Craft! My first post is about how not to make a wreath.

Scene: Hubs and I are trimming our Christmas tree. Hipster holiday is playing on Spotify, we’re drinking eggnog lattes, and our stupid tree from Whole Foods is shedding leaves and branches like our mountain dog sheds fur in the summer.

Action: I see two twigs on the ground, grab some leftover twine that bound the tree and co-opted two suction cups from the thing that holds my razor in the shower. I tied the twigs together with the twine, tied the bound twigs to the suction cups, and affixed the holiday abomination to the glass door in front of our house. Seeing it was sufficient, I made another for the other door. Ta-da! No wreath holiday decorations made from sh!t I found around the house.

Feeling extra fancy? Add ornaments. Clearly I wasn’t feeling extra fancy.

Slack Craft Holiday Not Wreath

Slack Craft Holiday Not Wreath

 

Hi. I’m Kat, and this project inspired Slack Craft. Learn more about me here and stay tuned for more tips on faking fancy for slackers.