Boredom Buster #5: DIY Paintings and Watercolor!

It’s been while since the last time I’ve done one of these, but I’m going to bring them back for the summer! Today’s boredom buster is to make a painting or watercolor. There is a way to make something look watercolored, without having the actual watercolor palettes. I am going to show you that today.

Watercolor:

This way of watercolor is not the normal way. For this one, you will need: sharpies, rubbing alcohol, canvas, painting brush, newspaper, and a syringe or pipette.

The first step is to lay the newspaper down on your work surface and put your canvas on top. This prevents the space from getting dirty in case you spill something. Next, you will need to get the sharpie color of your choice and start coloring! Fill your pipette or syringe with rubbing alcohol. Place drops around the canvas and quickly rub it around with the paintbrush. What I usually do is color a corner of the canvas, so that the color cascades downward. Now, I will warn you, even though you will add the rubbing alcohol to the sharpie, the place where you originally colored is still visible. This is a super easy, fun way to make art over the summer. And hopefully, you have some of these things lying around the house.

Painting:

Now this is very straight forward. Most of you will have painted before, so this should be very simple. You will need: a canvas, paint, paintbrush, newspaper, and a cup full of water.

You are going to lay your canvas down onto the newspaper, just like with the watercolor. Dip your brush into some paint and paint away. After you have finished with that color, rinse out the brush in the cup. You can dab of the water on the newspaper. 🙂

Today’s my brothers birthday, so I made him this!

Making a painting/watercolor is an easy way to spend some time over the summer. Hope you have fun!

Love,

LibLou ❤

Berry Lattice Bars

Since it is Summer, I’ve had extra time to bake. Nothing showcases this season like some nice, fresh berries! I looked through all of my recipe books for a fruity dessert and stumbled upon “Blueberry Lattice Bars.” However, I made a little twist to this recipe. The recipe book I used is called: Taste of Home: Bakeshop Favorites. To make my version of these bars, you will need:

Dough:

1 cup of Butter (2 sticks), room temperature/softened

1/2 cup of sugar

1 egg

1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla

1 3/4 cup of all purpose flour

1 cup of whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Filling:

2 cups of blueberries

1 cup of sliced strawberry

3 teaspoons of cornstarch

1 cup of sugar

Before I get into how to make this recipe, I’d like to update you on what changes I made. First, I switched from all all purpose to some all purpose and part wheat flour. Second, I used strawberries and blueberries, instead of just blueberries. It tastes absolutely delicious. Have fun experimenting with other fruits as well!

The first step is to beat the butter and sugar in your stand mixer or big bowl with hand mixer, until light and fluffy. I always make sure my butter is a pale color before continuing. Next, beat in the egg and vanilla. Lastly, add in the flour and salt a little at a time. Cover your bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours.

I ended up letting mine refrigerate for longer than said, and my dough was fairly hard to work with. So, when it comes time, I recommend that you microwave your dough for about 10+ seconds. However, don’t microwave for too long or the dough will be too warm, making it hard to work with it again.

After 2 hours have passed, take out the dough and roll 2/3 of it into a 14 x 10 inch rectangle to fit on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan. Also, pre heat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

Rinse the blueberries and strawberries and cute the strawberries. Put the fruit, cornstarch and sugar into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the sauce thickens. Mine had some strawberry chunks and blueberries still there, that is okay. Pour the filling into the pan. You may need a spatula to spread it out evenly.

With the remaining dough, cut into strips so that you can make a “lattice” pattern on top of the filling. I was not good at this, so mine does not have the fancy pattern on it. But that’s okay! You can do whatever you want to. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool before you cut and serve.

And ta-da!! You are done. This treat is super delicious and would taste even better a la mode. Enjoy!!

Love,

LibLou ❤

Tiramisu

For Father’s Day this year, my family decided we would make dinner for my dad. The theme ended up being Italian. Of course, the first dessert to pop into mind is Tiramisu. Usually, I don’t like this dessert, but this year, it was phenomenal!

To begin, I would like to link the recipe I used. To find this recipe, click here. On this website, the post includes tips & tricks on how to make this amazing Tiramisu. The only tip I have is to be prepared for each step. This recipe moves along fairly quickly, so make sure you have all of your ingredients out. 🙂 Now, the part we all look forward to, the pictures!

This is after I dipped the last fingers into the coffee mixture.

This is the “filling” that goes on top of the ladyfingers.

These are pictures of the final result & it was delicious. This recipe is slightly challenging but is worth it.

Happy Baking!

Love,

LibLou ❤

Fruit Tart

On Mother’s Day, we invited family over to our house for a lunch. I was put in charge of dessert and eventually landed upon this easy fruit tart recipe. I figured this would be a good idea because it would be a nice, healthy, refreshing choice.

For the tart I used an easy recipe. It said for you to buy a pre made crust but I decided to make one of my own. However, I cannot find the recipe for that crust. Sorry 😦 . On top of my filling, I put blueberries and strawberries, but you can use whatever you like. Now, I did have to double the recipe for the filling so that it would fill my pie pan. The one tip I can give is when the eggs are heating in the sauce pan, keep watch. You do not want lumps. To see the recipe for our tart click here.

After following the recipe, the tart turned out spectacular! It was pretty and tasty.

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Liblou ❤