Smoke and Cinnamon Old Fashioned (via abeautifulmess.com)   Smoke and Cinnamon Old Fashioned (via abeautifulmess.com)  I love a good Old Fashioned. It's a pretty simple drink in that it doesn't involve many ingredients. But it still ends up tasting complex. I also love drinks that have a cherry, as it's like getting a mini dessert with your drink. But I don't tend to order too many overly sweet drinks, so an Old Fashioned is right up my alley. 

Smoke and Cinnamon Old Fashioned (via abeautifulmess.com)This version is not too far off from the classic because how can you truly improve upon such a great drink? But two minor tweaks add some fun flavors, and one doubles as a kind of party trick if you are making these for guests and want to impress them. 

I say any cocktail that involves a little bit of fire is always fun in my book. :) 

Old Fashioned ingredientsSmoke and Cinnamon Old Fashioned, makes one

1 teaspoon simple syrup or super fine sugar
2 dashes bitters
1.5 oz rye or bourbon whiskey
a splash of water
orange peel
1 Luxardo cherry
1 cinnamon stick
cedar board + kitchen torch
ice

First use the kitchen torch to burn the cedar board, and then place a cocktail glass immediately over the board, trapping in the smoke. 

How to make an old fashionedIn the glass, combine the simple syrup (or sugar) and bitters. Give that a few quick stirs. Fold and squeeze the orange peel over the drink, then lightly rub the edges of the glass with the peel before adding it to the glass. Add the ice (I love a big ice cube here) and pour in the whiskey and a splash of water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cherry.

Smoke and Cinnamon Old Fashioned (via abeautifulmess.com) Just a couple of notes:

-You can use any maraschino cherry, but I do recommend seeking out Luxardo cherries (available online if you can't find them in stores near you) as they are SOOOO good and really elevate at-home cocktail making. 

-You can buy cedar boards usually in the grilling section of stores or online. You can use other boards as well, just make sure they haven't been treated or coated with anything that you would not want to eat. 

Cheers! xo. Emma 

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

At Home with Missy Wade       Hi, friends! Today, Missy Wade is sharing her beautiful 1920s Craftsman home with us. Missy lives in our hometown (in the cutest neighborhood). Her space is so bright and inviting! Ready to see more?

At Home with Missy Wade         Rug/E Carpet Gallery, Lamps/Hobby Lobby.

"We live in a charming old neighborhood in Springfield, MO where folks spend most of their time outside, working in their gardens, walking their dogs, and visiting with their neighbors on their porch swings. We have festive Fourth of July and Halloween parades each year, various block parties, and often you'll find people carrying casserole dishes down the sidewalk, heading to a potluck. My husband and I, along with our then 2 year old, moved to this neighborhood 11 years ago.

"We ended up adding 4 more children to our family and were busting at the seams in our 3 bedroom home. So we looked and waited for a home to go on the market in our beloved neighborhood that could accommodate our family of 7. My dream home became available when our dear friends, who were living in it at the time, offered to sell it to us.

At Home with Missy Wade           Table Runner/Target

"My husband and I love the character of an older home. Our friends that lived here before us did a lot of beautiful updating. We bought the house 2 1/2 years ago and have tried to pick up where they left off... mostly cosmetic things like painting, switching out light fixtures, some tile work, etc. We were able to build a covered deck off the back of the house last year and that's been a nice edition.

At Home with Missy Wade          Office chair/Target.

At Home with Missy Wade"My favorite place to be in our home is the kitchen. It has amazing natural light and it's really the gathering spot. I love being able to look out the window and see my kids playing in the yard while I'm prepping dinner or baking sweet treats. My computer is in there, and I have You've Got Mail on constant loop. :) The kitchen is my happy place.

At Home with Missy Wade             Blinds/Ikea, Chairs/Amazon, Lamp/Target, Rug/RugsUSA.

At Home with Missy Wade        "For as long as I can remember, I have loved antiques. My mom started me young, toting me along to flea markets and garage sales. She has a great eye and will still spot things in a booth that I totally miss. I love collecting old artwork, particularly watercolors, mccoy pottery, and knickknacks from antique stores in other cities and states. One of my favorite treasures is a needlepoint of a street scene in Holland. My sister-in-law lives in Amsterdam and she bought it from a street fair and sent it over to me. 

At Home with Missy Wade At Home with Missy Wade   Lamps/Hobby Lobby, White Dresser, Mirror and Curtains/Ikea, Curtain Rod/West Elm.

At Home with Missy Wade     At Home with Missy Wade     "Decorating my house has become a hobby and an outlet. I really try to be intentional in making our home inviting and filled with beautiful things. And I think that can be achieved in any space you live in, and on any budget. This is the fifth place my husband and I have called home in our 16 years of marriage. We plan on staying put here for awhile. :)"

Thanks so much for sharing, Missy! Be sure to follow her on Instagram here

Credits// Author: Missy Wade. Photography: Janae Hardy.

How To Make Temporary Tattoos via A Beautiful MessHey, friends! Today I'm excited to share that we teamed up with our friends at Canon USA to teach you how to make temporary tattoos! 

You probably already know, I LOVE tattoos. If you don't have any tattoos, you might not know this, but people tell me their tattoo "ideas" ALL the time. And they also talk to me about how they're too afraid to get them. Haha—yeah, having tattoos is kind of like wearing a sign that says, "Talk to me about tattoos." Haha! 

Anyway! For that large population of y'all that are "too afraid", there's always these fun temporary tattoos. Great for kiddos too! OK, let's get into it! 

How to make temporary tattoos  1First up, print your tattoo designs on printable tattoo paper. You can use my design (below) or you can design your own. If you design your own, remember it needs to be an 8.5x11 inch file and you need to flip it (so it looks backwards) before you print it. I used my Canon PIXMA iP8720 printer for this project, which is my favorite printer because the quality of the print stays top notch, even when printing on different types of materials like we did for this project! 

Tattoo Download, Click Here

Next, Follow the instructions on the temporary tattoo paper. Add the plastic film to the paper. 

How to make temporary tattoos  2Next, cut out the tattoos you want to use. Remove the plastic film and stick the tattoo to your skin. 

How to make temporary tattoos  3Next, use a wet cloth on the back of the tattoo paper. Then peel it off. 

Easy, right? Then just repeat and add as many as you want! 

How To Make Temporary Tattoos via A Beautiful Mess Real vs. Fake. Haha! 

If you guys make this project, please tag us on Instagram #ABMCrafty! 

xx -Elsie 

 

Creamy Double Broccoli Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com)  The other night Trey asked, "What's your favorite food right now?" And before I could even answer, he smiled and said, "Wait, is it still pizza?" To which I enthusiastically said, PIZZA FOR LIFE!

Some things never change. ;)

Creamy Double Broccoli Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com) I guess I'm just a simple gal with simple tastes: I like bread with cheese on it. Sign me up every time! 

I must admit though that I do actually like to change up what goes on my pizza. And I'm excited to share this combination with you—it's got a creamy white sauce filled with ground up broccoli and then more broccoli on top. Get it? Double broccoli. And although I probably wouldn't call this "healthy", it certainly packs a big dose of vegetables, along with the cheese and cream sauce. :) 

Pizza dough recipeCreamy Double Broccoli Pizza, makes one 12-inch diameter pizza (serves 3-4)

For the dough:
1 cup warm water
pinch of sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 teaspoons of cornmeal for dusting the pan

For the sauce + toppings:
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cream
3 cloves of garlic
8 oz. broccoli, divided (stalks removed)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a glass measuring cup, stir a pinch of sugar into the warm water. Then sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Let that sit for about 5 minutes. In another bowl combine the flour, salt, and oil. Pour the yeast water in with the dry ingredients and stir until a soft dough ball forms. Feel free to use plenty of flour on your work surface and hands as you work with it so it doesn't stick to everything. Knead a few times, just to make sure the dough is well combined, and then place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Place somewhere warm and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour until it's nearly doubled in size.

Creamy broccoli sauceCreamy Double Broccoli Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com)Towards the very end of your rise time, you can go ahead and make your sauce. In a food processor chop half of the broccoli with the garlic until very fine. In a small pot melt the butter over low/medium heat. Add the flour and whisk so a paste forms. Add 1/4 cup of the cream and whisk so the mixture is well combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the broccoli mix and remaining cream. The mixture should be thick and spreadable at this point, but if it seems too thin to you, simply put it back on the heat for a few seconds or so to help it thicken up.

Roll out your dough on a well-floured surface. Sprinkle cornmeal on your baking stone or lightly oiled pan. Bake the dough for about 5 minutes at 400°F. Then add your sauce, mozzarella and remaining broccoli. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until the edges of the crust begin to brown and the cheese becomes bubbly. Top with the red pepper flakes. 

Creamy Double Broccoli Pizza (via abeautifulmess.com)    Slice it up and enjoy! And if you love pizza as much as me, check out our pizza archives because we've got some good ones in there. Happy dinner making! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

 

ABM  Hey, friends!!! With two of our main writers taking maternity leave this year, we are looking to add a couple contributors to our team! Please read the details FULLY before applying. We are looking for very specific skills, and we are not considering any other positions at this time.

Skills + Requirements: 
-Experience fully producing DIY, craft or food blog posts. Please send us an example of 3 posts that you wrote and photographed that you feel would be a good fit for A Beautiful Mess. We give special consideration to clean, bright photography. 

*We cannot consider anyone who cannot both write and photograph their own content. 

-We are looking for writers who can teach any of the following categories (please specify which areas you specialize in): Crafts, Sewing, Home Decor DIY and Novelty Food. 

-This is a remote position, you can work from anywhere. 

-We offer compensation per project and cover cost of supplies. We do not have any full-time positions available. 

-We're looking for someone who can start doing 1-2 posts per month and step up to 2-4 during the months team members take maternity leave. Flexibility is key! 

To apply: 

Email jobs AT redvelvetart DOT com with your name, a paragraph about yourself and your experience, and three examples of blog posts you have fully produced that we can look at. We will contact you if we need more information. Please do not follow up. 

ABMABMThank you so much!!! Elsie, Emma and the ABM team

UPDATE- These spots have been filled. Keep at eye out for a few new writers starting this month and next month! :)) 

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