I love you to the Death Star and back

Today is a special day as it is husband’s birthday. He’s turning the ripe old age of 27. The same age I was when we got married. Yep, I’m a cradle robber. Represent. Anyways, I had a very special present in mind for him this year and I had it stored in my memory bank for some time …

Back in April my lovely friend Pat from In My Wheele House blogged a project she had done with a globe, some chalk + chalk paint and blew my mind by drawing the Death Star right onto that baby. I knew it would be a perfect home made present for husband. I found a globe in a charity shop, picked up some spray paint and I was on my way.

First I washed the globe, let it dry then I sprayed it with one coat of Iron Curtain grey paint – how very appropriate. Since it was plastic I went with spray paint to avoid peelage. And of course I went with my good old reliable Montana. I let it dry over night, and the next day I taped it off with washi tape. I used a thinner-than-usual black washi-style tape I got in IKEA. The reason I chose washi tape vs. masking tape is because it’s a lot more gentler when it comes to removing. 

I taped out a grid  of sorts {as seen above}, then sprayed with a darker shade of Montana paint {I cannot for the life of me remember its name right now}, peeled off the tape and again let it dry overnight. And please excuse my incredibly shoddy phone pic above. I was working sneakily in the spare bedroom at night – not the best for taking photos. 

The next day I used a Montana acrylic extra fine paint marker to draw in the details. I free-handed the wobbly and incredibly inaccurate lines and finer details, hoping it would closer resemble the Death Star. Yeah, I know it doesn’t look exactly like it, so if you’re a hardcore fan, please be gentle. If you squint your eyes at it from far away, it’s a dead ringer though. The perfect addition of nerd to our living room if I may be so bold.

It’s about to get sappy all up in here folks. You’ve been warned.

Happy birthday husband. You are the light of my life, always and forever. And as I wrote on your card, I love you to the Death Star and back.

Crater cookies

Earlier this year I briefly wrote about the crater cookies I made for husband’s birthday. I’ve made these seriously simple delights several times since, so I thought it was about time they get their own blog post.  I’ve even made and brought these to parties so one does not attend empty handed, and they’ve gone down a treat every time. Prepare to salivate from the facial region …

I spotted this recipe online earlier this year, to which I can thank and am forever in debt to the Pinterest gods for sending it my way. Originally titled cookies and cream Oreo bark, this recipe could not be simpler. Two ingredients. See?
3 x 100g white chocolate bars, I used Milkybars {or 4 packs, using one to drizzle over the top at the end}
4 x 150g packs of Oreo’s 
Gently melt your white chocolate in a pot on the lowest setting on your stove, stirring occasionally. While the chocolate is melting, chop your Oreo’s into quarters – you don’t want to chop them too small otherwise when added to the chocolate, it turns into a heaping mess of grey. 
When the white chocolate has fully melted, stir in 3/4 of the chopped Oreo’s, saving some to decorate the top. Line a tray with grease proof paper and tumble the contents of the pot onto it. Mush it down a bit so it isn’t one big lump, and add the remaining pieces of chopped Oreo’s to your liking. Should you like to get in touch with your inner Pollock, melt a 4th bar of white chocolate and drizzle over the top for extra hysteria. 
Place the tray into your fridge and allow to cool for roughly one hour. Once cool, chop and pile haphazardly onto a decorative plate, and place at either child level or within reach of someone you don’t particularly like. 

The above is a perfect amount for entertaining, as it is an incredibly rich treat and one would only handle a few nuggets per sitting. For a more personalized stash, halve the quantities shown above. Keep any leftovers in an air tight container in your fridge, where they will eagerly await to be picked at any hour of the day or night. xx A

I hope you …

Today I’m another year older and bolder. Today is also the first day in months that it is rainy and rather gloomy. I’m ignoring that by watching a favourite movie or two, a beverage in each hand, stuffing my face with food I’m usually cautious of, spinning with arms wide open and fancifying my nails. Nails first though, then booze. Word to the wise; don’t do it the other way around. Especially with gel nail polish. Learn from my mistakes. 
Thanks to incredibly adora-balls husband who braved the weather this morning, I had a croissant with tomato, mozzarella and pesto and a carrot cupcake fresh from the bakery for breakfast. F*ck yeah. 
So, what are your favourite things to do on your birthday? Boozy breakfasts, couch marathons, or fancy restaurants? Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy your weekend and it isn’t too rainy. I have every intention to spend the rest of my day much like so –

xx A