10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials

 
So, how’s y’all’s week going? Are any of ya caught in the deep freeze that’s hitting some places right now? Some of the YouTube videos are INSANE! It’s like the polar opposite here. Ha. Did ya catch that pun there?

I know, wah-wah-wah. Cheesy cheesy.

But here in Vancouver it was almost 15°C yesterday! All of our local mountains have had to shut down for the season. One of them didn’t ever even open. I don’t know if it’s that whole climate change people keep yappin’ about, but something’s goin’ with this crazy weather!

Lately, I’ve been trying to find different things to do with my hair other than just straighten it or put it in a lazy bun. Yup, I’m pretty lazy with my hair. When I go to get my roots done, I’m always impressed with my hairstylists hair. It’s all done up, curled, sprayed, etc. And here I walk in and sometimes I haven’t even brushed my hair! lol

With that being said, if I’m going to do up my hair all fancy, it’d better be easy! So, here’s 10 Wavy Hair Tutorials comin’ atcha!
 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Soft Flat Iron Curls www.paperandbirch.comSoft Flat Iron Curls – Hair & Makeup by Steph

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - No-Heat Curls with the 'Friar Tuck' www.paperandbirch.comNo-Heat Curls with the ‘Friar Tuck’ – Aunie Sauce

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Perfect loose curls tutorial www.paperandbirch.comPerfect Beachy Curls – A Cup of Jo 

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Messy Curls for Short Hair www.paperandbirch.comHow to Curl Short Hair – Essie Button

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Sockcurls www.paperandbirch.comNo-Heat Sock Curls – Divine Caroline

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Freckled fox hair tutorial www.paperandbirch.comEasy Everyday Curls – The Freckled Fox

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Everyday Curl www.paperandbirch.comMy Everyday Curl – Lauren Conrad

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - 10 minute loose curls www.paperandbirch.com10 Minute Loose Curls – Pink Pistachio

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - 10 Easy Wavy Hair Tutorials - Beach Wave Tutorial www.paperandbirch.comBeach Wave Hair Tutorial – A Fashion Love Affair

 
 
Which one is your favourite? :)
 
 
 
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  1. nataliefraser@shaw.ca'/ Christine says:

    Love the “A Cup of Jo” tutorial, use that one regularly! :)

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Treats!

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Woohoo it’s Friday!

Did you realize that it’s the 13th (insert Twilight Zone music here!). Are any of you superstitious? I’m not superstitious so to speak, BUT, I definitely am SUPER aware of my surroundings on that day cuz I’m a big old klutz.

Like BIG.

When I was a kid, I was flipping a swing around our swing set and the swing hit me square in the eye. Can you say OUCH?

Another year, I was rushing down the stairs and slipped and slid all the way down, bruising my tailbone. And that’s just a few examples.

Hmmm….maybe I should be superstitious…No stop it.

I’m not going to get hurt. I’m not going to get hurt.

I’m sooooo gonna get hurt!

Ok, now onto lovelier thoughts! Valentine’s Day! I used to be against Valentine’s Day. I thought, “who’s gonna tell me when to celebrate my love for my hubby?” Now, I love it. I’m pretty sure it’s the chocolate that won me over, but don’t tell the husband.

With our lives being as busy as they are, I think it’s nice to have the reminder to just stop and just be in the moment with each other. Plus, I found the FUNNIEST Valentine’s Day card for the hubby. Yeah, we don’t do cheese here.

Do you buy your love treats or do you make them? I go back and forth each year, but this year I’m definitely making some treats. What do you like to receive for Valentine’s Day? My husband knows that with me, you can NEVER go wrong with chocolate! If ya want to make a little treat for your hubby or kids, I’ve gotta bunch of easy and yummy treats for you!
 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats!Valentine’s Snack Mix – Glorious Treats

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - XO Sugar Cookies www.paperandbirch.comXO Valentine Sugar Cookies – Lauren’s Latest

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Red Velvet Valentine's Macarons www.paperandbirch.comRed Velvet Valentine’s Macarons – Delectable Deliciousness

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Smore Hearts www.paperandbirch.comI love you, S’Mores – The Cake Blog

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Cinnamon Red Hots Shortbread Cookies www.paperandbirch.comCinnamon Red Hots Candy Shortbread Cookies – Bakingdom

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Heart Shaped Pancakes www.paperandbirch.comValentine’s Pancakes – Camille Styles

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Inside Out Peanut Butter Blossoms www.paperandbirch.comInside Out Peanut Butter Blossoms – Lil’ Luna

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Chocolate Covered Pretzels www.paperandbirch.comChocolate Covered Pretzels – Leanne Bakes

 
 
 

Paper & Birch - Last Minute Valentine's Day Treats - Red Velvet Truffles www.paperandbirch.comRed Velvet Truffles – The Novice Chef

 
 
 
Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!!

 

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Vanilla Sugar Cookies

 

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Woohoo, it’s Friday! Woohoo, it’s FRIDAY!!

Can you tell I’m excited?

I like Fridays, not only because of the weekend, but also because it’s one of the few days I take off from cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy cooking. It’s the constant cleaning part, I’m not so fond about. If only I could have a magical little fairy follow me around in the kitchen cleaning while I cook….Oh to dream!

I’m also looking forward to this weekend because it’s finally one that’s not super crazy busy. Might actually get time to crack open a book. A couple of weeks ago we went away with a bunch of friends for my husband’s 40th. Super fun weekend – also more excitement than we had planned. One of our friends almost went into labour, which wouldn’t have been too horrible if a) we had been anywhere near a hospital and b) a storm hadn’t knocked the power out. Luckily the little bambina decided to stay inside a little longer!

Okay now onto the sugar cookies.

I feel like I get a little OCD-ish when I bake. When I’m trying to find a recipe for something, I will literally test a dozen recipes. Some maybe great, but just not the one and if it ain’t the one, then it ain’t good enough. Ya hear me?!

For these sugar cookies, I tried so many recipes that I started to loose track of which ones I had tried. I tried different variations of several recipes too. See, obsessive.

This recipe though, it’s definitely the one. These cookies are soooo good. They’re soft on the inside, not too sweet, with a hint of both vanilla and almond.

Enjoy!

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flower
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butte, cold & cut into chunks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line three cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  3. In the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg and the extracts, mixing until just combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing on low speed until just combined (don't overmix!). Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl in between each addition. After the last addition, the mixture will look very thick and crumbly.
  6. Place half of the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten dough down. Place another sheet of plastic wrap on top of the dough. Roll out the portion of the dough. Cut out as many shapes from the dough and then place them onto a prepared cookie sheet. Do the same for the other half of the dough.
  7. Place cookie sheets in the freezer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile knead the scraps of dough and roll it out too, cutting them into shapes and freezing as well.
  8. After freezing, immediately bake the cookies on the centre rack of your oven for 8 1/2 to 12 minutes, or until they appear done in the centre.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for approximately 2 minutes the cookie sheet. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Rotate the cookie sheets from the freezer to the oven to the cooling rack until all of the cookies are baked.

Notes

*Freezing dough prevents dough from spreading.

*Using plastic wrap makes it easier to roll the dough without having to use flour.

http://www.paperandbirch.com/2015/01/30/vanilla-sugar-cookies/

Recipe ever so slightly adapted from Bake at 350

 

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Perfect Chex Mix

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Is it Friday yet??

Yep, that’s how tired I am. I’m pretty sure that I’m sleep-typing this. Hmmm…I wonder if that’s actually possible? Ha. That could be interesting!

This week has been the week of all weeks. You know when you bite off more than you can chew? Oh, did I ever! The husband’s birthday is coming up this week. And it’s a big one. Usually my husband doesn’t want a big deal made out of his birthday. But I mean come on, how many times do you have milestone birthdays? Not very often. So we are celebratin’!

I also thought I’d make it a surprise, which when you live together, is a lot harder than I thought! Like tonight for instance. I had asked him for help finding a Photoshop plugin and had closed a couple of windows that had some top secret info on it. Then he tells me, he closed my notes app because he saw “Friday” (which is his birthday) and thought he probably shouldn’t see what else was written. Trying to keep other people quiet is hard enough, but I almost blew my own cover!

Even though this Friday is his birthday, usually Friday’s are poker night. He and a few of his buddies have been playing poker together every Friday for 10 years. I like games, but that’s some serious dedication. Just how serious you ask? Ok, you didn’t but trust me, you’ll love this. One of the guys moved to Edmonton a couple of years ago. So, instead of just seeing him when he’s in town. They Skype him in and then use a cellphone under a cup-hole in the table so only he can see his cards. It’s hilarious…..And kinda genius.

Because I bake so much, and we’d be on the next episode of “My 600lb life” if we ate it all, I send a lot of it with him to poker for the guys to eat. On the rare chance I don’t have anything to give them, my fallback is Chex Mix. I made a batch of it on a whim one day, and we’ve been addicted ever since. But be careful, once you start eating it, it may be hard to stop!

 

Perfect Chex Mix

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Honey Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Cheerios cereal
  • 2 cups Shreddies cereal
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or 1 tsp, if you want it a bit spicier)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large roasting pan, mix together the cereal, pretzels, peanuts and cashews.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Drizzle evenly over the cereal mixture and, using clean hands, toss to combine, making sure that the mixture is evenly covered.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature for upto 2 weeks.
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What’s In Season: Winter

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Happy New Year Everyone!!

I took a couple weeks from the blog for the holidays. I definitely missed it, but it’s nice to be able to focus on time with family and friends. There’s never enough time for it.

The hubby and I spent a weekend in Whistler last month. It was so good to have that quality time together with our lives being as busy as they are. Since we were up there, I decided to take my first skiing lesson. EEEK! I’m not the most coordinated person, so I’ve always kinda avoided sports like that. I’ve never broken a bone so far **knock on wood** and I’d like to keep it that way.

The ski lesson was with 4 other newbies so it was great we were all in the same boat. I however fell as soon as I put both skis on. I fell so much, I believe I was there to teach the others what not to do. Because of that though, the instructor did spend a lot more time with me, so in the end I did manage to go down a couple of runs without falling or crashing into anyone. SUCCESS! Future olympian right here.

I know that being the new year a lot of people make resolutions. Myself, I’m not big on resolutions, more so just making small changes. Instead of saying “I’m going to de-clutter my whole house”, which can be overwhelming, I’d like to say “clean out 1 cupboard or drawer every week or every other week. It seems more manageable to me.

Since I do all the cooking here and we try and eat healthy, less processed food it can be both time consuming and costly. This year, I’m going to try and be more conscious of making things based on what’s in season instead of just looking at a recipe and, boom that’s what we’re having for dinner! Wow, that was the longest sentence ev-AH!

Typically what’s in season in the winter are things like Brussel Sprouts, Collard Greens, Grapefruit, Kale, Leeks, Mandarin Oranges, Pear, Pomegranate, Sweet Potatoes & Turnips. Brussel Sprouts definitely are my favourite which is crazy because as a kid that was what was most fed to our dog – shhhhh, that’s our secret.

These are some great recipes to try this season!
 
 
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Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Breadcrumbs, Parmesan & Lemons – Food52

 

 

 

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Sautéed Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins – Simply Recipes

 

 

 

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Salmon with Avocado & Grapefruit – BBC Good Food 

 

 

 

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Sesame Citrus Sautéed Kale – She Knows

 

 

 

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Leek Potato Soup – Food Network

 

 

 

Paper & Birch - What's In Season for Winter - www.paperandbirch.com
Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries – The Gracious Pantry

 

 

 

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Roasted Pear Crumble – Bon Appétit

 

 

 

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Fesenjoon – Pomegranate, Walnut & Chicken Stew – Tumeric & Saffron

 

 

 

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The Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Serious Eats

 

 

 

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Turnip Gratin – Chris Kresser

 

Have a great weekend!

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