Make a Watermelon Explode with Rubber Bands

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Making a watermelon explode is actually quite simple: rubber bands. That's it. Just keep adding them to the circumference of a watermelon until it explodes. (Which, yes, it will explode. Big time.)

It was one of the scariest things I've ever done in my life.

Here is some documentation of the process and then the carnage that ensued:

Want some?

Happy Wednesday :)

Love, Maurine

Fourth of July Weekend

Monday, July 7, 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! It's the best when Independence Day falls on a Friday, isn't it? A few friends and I headed over to the Jefferson Memorial at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, for the fireworks. It's pretty much the greatest place to see them—nation's capital, overlooking the water, everyone geeking out because they're actually in DC on the Fourth of July... Yep. Be jealous.

On our way to the Tidal Basin. We ended up at this lovely little spot on the Tidal Basin overlooking the water but still right by all of the monuments:

So, my fireworks photos weren't amazing (I blame DC for starting their fireworks before it was dark), but here are a few shots anyhow. It was fun to practice, at least (:

And...on the way home through the streets of DC:

Sadly, I have no sparkler photos to show you because DC security took all of the sparklers from me :/ But I am going to a party Wednesday night and am planning on bringing the remnants of my sparkler stash. So. You're just going to have to deal with more photos to come on Wednesday!

Love, Maurine

Friday Faves // Vol. 1

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hi, there. I've been thinking lately that I'd love to have a place to share with the world what little things I'm liking at the moment. Just because there are so many great things out there to talk about, you know? So, of course that has manifested itself as a Friday feature here on the blog. (I'll try to make it entertaining—promise!) So, you can expect to see a post like this every Friday or so, with "Shop Crush" still happening one Friday each month. Just lettin' ya know.

Also, I think the phrase "Likers Gonna Like" is really funny. It's pretty much my mantra when it comes to working with social media...ha!

Here are a few things I'm liking this week:

1. The idea of building and keeping a beautiful go-to card collection. I saw this post about pretty cards over at Oh Happy Day! the other day, and it really got me thinking about how nice it'd be to have a go-to stash of nifty cards for gift-giving. There are so many talented artists and designers out there—not to mention it's a fun craft to delve into—so I'm thinking that when I have a few extra pennies lying around in the near future, I'm going to have to make this happen ;)

Photo cred.

 This cat. I think Peeta the Bengal is legitimately the cutest cat on Instagram. You should follow him asap. And hey, follow me while you're at it ;)

This TED talk. This talk has been one of my faves for a while—it's "Feats of memory anyone can do" by Joshua Foer. It's basically about how memory works and about how people are able to remember insane amounts of things. It'll change the way you think about remembering things ;)

4. This movie. Have you seen How to Train Your Dragon 2 yet? This franchise totally almost slipped under my radar (is that the phrase? to slip under one's radar?) because I'd always assumed it was a random Dreamworks animation series for eight-year-old boys. I saw the second one last weekend, however, and ahhh, I fell in love! I even watched the first one the following day and pretended it was a "prequel" that was made later since I hadn't seen it yet. So you should most definitely see it if you haven't. A super cute dragon, Norwegian vibes, music by Jónsi...what's not to love?

“Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.”
—Mark Twain

5. This quote. I just think it's nice :)

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

Love, Maurine

Coconut Frosting

Monday, June 23, 2014

Now that it's officially summer, it's about time I posted a coconut frosting recipe, huh? I actually have two recipes for this in the works, but here is the first one! This one simply uses an extract to get you the coconut flavor you want. I, myself, am kind of a fan of using the real thing over an extract in recipes, so once I nail down a recipe for coconut frosting using coconut milk, I'll post that and link to it here as well!

Enjoy this in the meantime :)

Makes enough for 12 cupcakes or for half of a standard double-layer 9" round cake.

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 1/2–3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2–4 TB milk or cream
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt (optional)

  1. Cream the butter for a good few minutes.
  2. Gradually beat in some the powdered sugar.
  3. Incorporate the milk or cream and vanilla.
  4. Finish by incorporating the rest of the powdered sugar. The more you add, the stiffer your frosting will be. (Just be sure to test along the way, since your frosting can quickly become too sweet!)
  5. Apply frosting to completely cooled cupcakes or cake.