Friday, August 2, 2013

The Best Chocolate Syrup

I made this chocolate syrup tonight to pair with the ice cream we were having, and it was a bigger hit than I had expected! It was surprisingly easy to make, and it was gluten and dairy free! So much better (and better for you! (Not that it's healthy, but better than adding all those chemicals!)) than the Hershey's brand, and is probably cheaper! What are you waiting for? Don't just stare at the computer with your mouth drooling! Make this sauce!

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (found at your grocery store)
2 cups powdered sugar, (or 1 cup regular sugar) whichever you prefer
1 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon salt (or 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt)
1 tablespoon vanilla

Mix cocoa powder and sugar together in a small bowl, then put in a small saucepan (or just mix them in the sauce pan!) Add the water and 1/4 teaspoon salt (if using Kosher salt only use 1/4 teaspoon for now)  and whisk over medium heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Keep stirring for about 5 more minutes, and, if using Kosher salt, add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool. Use a funnel to pour syrup into a glass container, then serve right away or place in the fridge for up to a month.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Etsy Sellers

Recently I partnered with some sellers on Etsy (An online market where people can sell handmade and vintage items) and, if they would like, I gave them a free opportunity to be on my Blogroll section. Those sellers are towards the bottom. Please check out each and every one of their shops, they will very much appreciate it! These sellers are generally new or do not have very many sales and are looking for some ways to get some visitors to their shop! Make sure to visit the Blogroll section (at the top of the page) to check all of their shops out! Items range from felt toys to recycled lights, hand knitted clothes to retro style ones. They would love it if you we're one of their first customers, and they would be extremely happy if you told them that you found their shop on lizakekky! Thank you for your support of these sellers and hope that you find the perfect gift for someone, or an item to pamper you!

Check out my new etsy team, titled tell me about your shop!

Also, please check out my Etsy shop at FunFactoryGirl OR Click on the "shop" section in the bar above. You can purchase those items directly from there!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Natural Beauty Tips

Sometimes, the best ways to look beautiful are near free or totally free. Super easy, weird, and natural tips to have the prettiest face around!

Use Activated Charcoal as a tooth whitener! Using a small amount of activated charcoal before you brush your teeth like normal mouthwash is a great way to get super white teeth super fast! Or, you can dip your "toothpasted" toothbrush into a little bit of baking soda for some more whitening action!

Sleep! Treat your body right and get sleep. This is one of the things that goes over many people's heads, but really, if you want clear skin, bright eyes, and the energy to start your day right, then you need sleep! Sleep Sleep SLEEP!!!!!!

Use Coconut Oil for Everything! Use it as shampoo, lotion, put it in smoothies, give yourself a massage with it, use it as a rash cream, make organic things with it.... Almost everything! Coconut oil helps support coconut farmers and makes for clear, shiny skin, hair, clears up rashes, and is very good for you!! Make sure to use organic coconut oil!

Grow Your Own Fruits/Veggies! The GMO's and wax food coatings on many store bought foods (there are even chemical coatings on organic ones!) can be awful for your body and skin, and make it very hard for you to lose weight. Growing your own (organic) foods will make sure that you know exactly what goes into your food! Plus, growing your own food is actually much cheaper than buying produce from the store!

Drink Lots of Water! Duh. You hear this one all the time and we tend to start ignoring it, saying that "I drink enough water" or "too much water is bad for you." But in real life, water is everything. Without it nothing lives. Water helps to clear up acne and make your skin shiny and smooth. It helps to boost your energy and helps you live longer.

Get Outside! Most of us live super busy lives, but one contributor to the obesity problem in America is that no one ever goes outside! We need at least an hour of sun outside. (no sunscreen unless you're in the water!) You need Vitamin D to keep your bones from getting brittle early and will help your body to fight off infections!

Smile! Smiling is one of the free and super quick ways to look beautiful! Give nice comments and do nice things for strangers. People say that the most beautiful (Or handsome!) people are those who smile! A quote from Roald Dahl's The Twits says:
"Over time, if a person thinks ugly thoughts, those thoughts will begin to show and that person will look ugly. But if a person has nice thoughts, even if they have crooked teeth and a jolted nose, if they have nice thoughts, then they will always look lovely."

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Friday, July 12, 2013

The Best Meringues

Light and Fluffy, Gluten Free and Yummy. The attributes of a meringue. They have 2 ingredients; eggs and sugar. Though they take forever to bake, they are really, really really good when they come out. Super easy to make, they are perfect for last minute parties or events.
Caroline and Michael constantly ask me to make these. They eat them so fast that I usually end up making 2 or 3 batches at a time! There's some in the oven right now; I'll add pictures in a minute!

1 egg white
1/4 cup sugar
A few drops food coloring, optional.

Preheat the oven to 255 degrees. Separate the egg white from the yolk by cracking the egg (make sure that the yolk does not break apart) and putting a cup over the yolk. Let the egg white dribble into the mixing bowl (make sure you get all of the white.) Then, with an electric mixer, beat the egg white until it becomes a thick foam (It will start out as just a bunch of bubbles, but when the mixture turns an ivory color and you can't right away distinguish individual bubbles) and the mixture makes soft peaks when you lift the mixture, the egg is ready. Now add the sugar and beat it in. Then, if you would like, add a few drops of food coloring. After that, take 2 spoons and put them together to get a fluff of the dough. Fluff it on to a greased baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining egg mixture. Put in the oven to bake for 45 minutes. (I know, a long time, right?) Let them cool and enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from Usborne Book's 50 Science things to Make and Do.

Oh, and P.S., you can check out my new charity blog (lizakekky's not going anywhere!) about how I am trying to help people in Africa (it's kind of still under construction, though!) at You can help me help people in Africa right now by clicking here do go to my donation page for The Water Project, a charity that funds wells for communities in Africa!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Peanut Butter Minis (Or Peanut Butter Bon- Bons)

Peanut Butter. With Chocolate. And sweeteners. My own homemade recipe. (Adapted from Sabrina's Dimanche Zine #9. You can purchase that for $2.00 at . These are distantly related to her cashew bon- bons.)
What could be better than a ball of peanut buyer and sugar dipped in chocolate? Nothing I tell you, nothing. These are delicious. I went straight to peanut butter heaven so I forgot pictures. They're so quick and easy to make (no baking, chilling, or even "let set"-ing. Eat 'em straight off the pan.) We covered them in sprinkles for Michael and his friend.
This recipe makes about 13 1 inch Minis. (Go ahead and double the recipe, I just ran out of butter :) )

4-5 tablespoons of peanut butter (depending on how much of the nutty taste you want)
1/2 cup of confectioner's (powdered) sugar
2 tablespoons of butter, softened*
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
A splash of milk
A tiny pinch of salt
1 square Plymouth Pantry Chocolate Flavored Almond Bark Coating (or 1 cup chocolate chips) (optional, but the minis are better with it)
Toothpicks (optional)

With an electric mixer, combine the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, milk and salt. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix it in. At this point the mixture may get crummy, that's alright, just add a little bit more peanut butter. It should stay kinda crummy though, but as long as you can shape it alright, you'll be fine. Shape the dough into one inch spheres and place on a plate, bowl, or whatever. Now get a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave (I found that a minute and a half works best for the Plymouth Pantry kind. I just put the brand because I didn't know how others would taste.) It will keep its shape until you stir it, so now stir it into a creamy chocolaty mixture. Get a toothpick, a spoon, a fork, or even a chopstick and roll the dough in the chocolate. Place back on the plate and stick toothpicks in the minis, almost like carmel apples, if you'd like. Place in the freezer until the chocolate is solid (like, a few seconds to a minute). Now's the fun part: Take a bite and enjoy!

*A speedy way to get your butter softened it to take a vegetable/potato peeler and shred the butter over the bowl you are mixing your ingredients in. Perfectly softened butter in no time!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I've started a Fundraiser for Africa!

Recently, I've been reading about the lives of children and adults in Africa, and I've been wanting to do something about it for a long time. Now, I've figured out that I could start a fundraiser to help people in Africa get access to clean, safe drinking water. Did you know that 1 in 4 children in Africa dies before the age of 5 because of unclean drinking water? Now it's time to do something about it. Click on the link below to donate today!
(And don't worry that it says that my name is Kelly. It's my nickname.)
Kelly K's Fundraising Page