Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mug Cake

Hey ladies! I hope everyone has had a great week so far. I got totally snowed in last weekend! I have absolutely no tread on my tires and my alignment is way off, so I was not driving anywhere. That's what boyfriends with new cars are for! I've known that I need new tires for a few weeks now, but knowing I have to pay over $400 for them, I keep putting it off. It is also so cold outside, I swear I can never get warm. Every night I crave watching a movie under a big warm blanket with fuzzy socks on, eating or drinking something warm. I have been hearing a lot about something called a "mug cake". These are cakes that are cooked in the microwave in a mug! Genius! Not only is it a quick fix, it is a delicious and cute fix! Why have I never heard of these?! Oh well, I'll just have to make a bunch to make up for lost time! Let me know what you think!

2 Minute Chocolate & Salted Caramel Mug Cake

What you’ll need: {makes 1 mug cake}
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg – beaten
3 tablespoons skim milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 salted caramels
What to do:
1. Into a small bowl add: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and vegetable oil. Mix to combine.

2. Pour mixture into a regular sized coffee mug. Drop caramels into center of mixture one at a time.
3. Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. If needed {if cake batter is still gooey}, microwave on high for up to an additional 30 seconds.

Nutella Mug Cake
mug cake Nutella Mug Cake
4 tablespoons self rising flour
4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1. Combine all ingredients in a largecoffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 3 minutes. (Time depends on microwave wattage. Mine took 1 /2 minutes.) Top with whipped cream and a little chocolate sauce if desired.
2. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Enjoy!
Strawberries & Cream Mug Cake
0005 10 Tasty Mug Cakes You Can Make in Just Minutes
1 egg
2 tablespoons strawberry yogurt, well stirred
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream for serving
1. Coat the inside of the mug lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Mix the egg, yogurt, vegetable oil, baking powder, extract, sugar and flour in a small bowl until completely smooth.
3. Fill the mug to halfway full and place it in the microwave. Bake it for 3 to 4 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Top with strawberries and whipped cream and serve.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentine's Day Crafts

Hello lovelies! Besides Chinese New Year, Valentines Day is also coming up! For some people, this is an exciting holiday, and for others, it is not. Some like to make a big deal out of Valentines Day, but my favorite part is the cute stuff that goes along with it! I love pink and I love an excuse to decorate and make everything all girly and pink. It doesn't really matter to me what my boyfriend and I do for Valentines Day, but I'm going to have fun making all of these crafts and decorating my room pink and full of hearts. For those of you who don't have a significant other, you can throw a Valentines Day party, or even an Anti-Valentines Day party for your friends. It's a great excuse to get together with a fun theme. For Anti-Valentines Day, decorate in all green, because its the opposite color of pink. You can hang up broken hearts, voodoo dolls (fake ones please), and cut heart confetti in half for a table decoration. Whatever you plan on doing, just have fun with it! That's what Valentines Day should be about! Let me know what your plans are for V-Day, I would love some ideas! Happy crafting!
Below are some crafts I found for Valentines Day. Click the links underneath for your DIY instructions!

    1. Paper Heart Garland: Sparkle & Hay
    2. DIY Heart Glitter Nail Polish: Delighted Momma
    3. Origami Heart: B.loved
    4. Heart Bookmarks: Craft and Creativity
    5. DIY Origami Heart Cupcake Topper: Omiyage
    6. Sweet Heart Sugar Cubes: Craft Passion
    7. Candy Heart Rings: Blue Moss Girls
    8. Paper Quill Heart Pendant: Craftzine
    9. Valentine Snow Globe: Whipperberry
   10. Fabric Valentine Card: The Purl Bee
   11. Valentine Popcorn Invitation: Eat Drink Chic
   12. Candlestick Topiary Tutorial: Stay-at-Home artist
   13. Miniature Hand Embroidered Note: Cornflower Blue Studio

Here's a cute little table set up you can use for an Anti-Valentines Day party!
An Assortment of Anti-Valentine's Day

Monday, January 16, 2012

Chinese New Year Recipes

Hey hey! I hope everyone had a great weekend! In my previous post I told you guys a little bit about the Chinese New Year coming up January 23rd. Today, I want to give you some Chinese recipes that you can make for your own party, or for a date night! I guess it doesn't really matter what you use them for, but you should try them out! Here you are my lovelies :) Click on the links below each picture for the recipe!!!

Steamed Chinese Dumplings

Baked Crab Rangoon
Baked Crab Rangoon

Chicken Egg Rolls

Pineapple Tart

Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup

Fried Rice

Orange Chicken
Orange Chicken

Get Cookin' Ladies!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chinese New Year

Hello lovelies! I don't know if many of you know, but January 23rd marks the day of the Chinese New Year. It is considered the biggest holiday in China! This year marks the year of the Dragon. (Click HERE to discover your Chinese zodiac). There are many cool, unique traditions that go along with this holiday. For example, the giving of the red bags. This is when parents give their children money in a red bag that signifies good luck for the year. Parents also give their own parents the red bags to signify a longer and fuller life.  My boyfriend's family is from China, so I get the privilege of celebrating with them! They go all out! His grandma makes dumplings the night before and puts pennies in some of them (after they've been boiled and cleaned, of course), and whoever has a penny in their dumpling, gets a dollar. The goal is to eat as many dumplings as you can, to get the most money! Fun, huh?! You can read more about Chinese New Year HERE.  I love learning about Ben's family's culture, and it is so fun to be a part of. Everyone should celebrate Chinese New Year! It would be a fun themed party and a good excuse to get all of your friends or family together. Today I'm going to show you some crafts you can DIY for Chinese New Year, and in later posts, I will be giving you recipes and good ideas for decorations! I will also be posting pictures from last year's Chinese New Year celebration. I hope you'll be just as excited as I am! Click on the sources below for your DIY tutorials!

Sources for DIY projects!!!
Row 1, Picture 1: All About Ami
Row 1, Picture 2: nifty thrifty things
Row 1, Picture 3: forty weeks...and then some
Row 2, Picture 1: forty weeks...and then some
Row 2, Picture 2: Fairy Fox (No DIY tutorial)
Row 2, Picture 3: Kaboose
Row 3, Picture 1: Omiyage
Row 3, Picture 2: Kaboose
Row 3, Picture 3: Creative Kismet

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Winter Snack Recipes

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone had a good weekend! I did! I'm so happy because lovely RANDOMLY REESE nominated me for my first blog award! Yay! I am extremely excited and feel very appreciated! Such a nice feeling. Make sure to check out her blog, she's absolutely a-mazing! You won't be disappointed! Thank you Reese! :)

One of my 100 New Year's resolutions is to do more baking! Yay for food! I don't think my boyfriend is convinced I'm a good cook yet...(convincing him is yet another one of my resolutions.) hah! This might be a tough one. My awesome new blogging friend, Reese said she likes when I post recipes, so here you are girl! I wanted to make some fun snacky recipes. I would love your feedback on them too! (Thank you Lioness!) These yummy recipes are for you to spoil your Hunnys with. Make it a date with a movie on the couch under the blanket, with some homemade snacks! Most likely, mine will be during a basketball game...yay. These are also good for a well-deserved girl's night! Hope you love these as much as I do!

San Francisco Garlic Fries
From: Tracey's Culinary Adventures
These fries are yummmyyy. Who doesn't love french fries?! They are a guilty pleasure for me, but I feel MUCH better about eating these because they are baked, not fried. So indulge in some "baked fries" and don't feel bad! 

San Francisco Garlic Fries

nonstick cooking spray 
2 1/4 lb russet potatoes, cut lengthwise into batons (see pics)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

San Francisco Garlic Fries

(To cut the fries - cut a small section off one side of the potato so you have a flat surface to begin your cutting. With that flat side down, slice the potato into 1/4 to 1/3-inch wedges, then stack the wedges and slice into 1/4 to 1/3-inch batons. )

Preheat oven to 450 F.  Spray two large, rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the potatoes with 2 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in a large bowl and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Divide the potatoes between the two baking sheets and spread in a single layer.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the fries are tender and browned (no need to flip or toss them while they're in the oven but I did rotate the baking sheets a few times).  Increase the oven temperature to 500 F and continue cooking until the fries are dark brown in spots, another 5 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil with the garlic and parsley in a large bowl.  Add the hot fries and toss to coat.  Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

No Bake Cookies
These cookies only have THREE ingredients. And they taste a-mazing. How easy is this, seriously?! I love the fact that you can make something this delicious with only 3 ingredients. Mind blowing! 

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups corn flakes cereal
1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Add the peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
2. Fold in the corn flakes until evenly coated.
3. Using a tablespoon, drop the mixture on to wax paper or parchment lined cookie sheets.
4. Allow these to cool in the fridge or the freezer until hard. Enjoy with a huge glass of milk!

Buttery Soft Pretzel
By: La Petit Brioche <--click there for more pics 
I am in love with Auntie Anne's, which is what this pretzel reminds me of. Now this recipe is a little more time consuming, but completely worth it. I'm totally going to trick my boyfriend into thinking I'm a baking genius with this recipe. Do you know anyone who bakes homemade soft pretzels as good as overpriced soft pretzel places you can barely afford to go to? This girl. 


  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter, for brushing
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about                     
         10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
4. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned. Brush with melted butter. Enjoy!

Elephant Ears (or Palmiers)
Elephant ears are the only reason some people go to carnivals. I honestly can't say that I blame them. I have also never seen a small elephant ear, besides this one! And trust me, this is small compared to ones you get at a County Fair. These are cute and D-lish!


2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Pour 1 cup of the sugar mixture on a flat surface such as wooden board or marble. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry onto the sugar and pour 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture on top, spreading it evenly on the puff pastry. This is not about sprinkling, it's about an even covering of sugar. With a rolling pin, roll the dough until it's 13 by 13-inches square and the sugar is pressed into the puff pastry on top and bottom. Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle. Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough. Then fold 1 half over the other half as though closing a book. You will have 6 layers. Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices, cut side up, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place the second sheet of pastry on the sugared board, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar mixture, and continue as above. (There will be quite a bit of sugar left over on the board.) Slice and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment.
Bake the cookies for 6 minutes until caramelized and brown on the bottom, then turn with a spatula and bake another 3 to 5 minutes, until caramelized on the other side. Transfer to a baking rack to cool.

See you next time ladies! Get cookin'!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Food On A Stick

Hey there! So everybody and their mother knows that Cake Pops are extremely popular at this moment, right? Of course. Well, I found something that takes the whole Cake Pop idea to the next level. If we can put cake on a stick, why can't we put other things on a stick that look cute too? WE CAN!! Maybe I'm the last one to catch this train, but I honestly never thought beyond a Cake Pop and I was a-mazed when I saw these fantastic foods on a stick. What makes them better than regular foods, you may ask? Um... because they are small and on a stick! Duh! Ladies, with these you will have the cutest parties, I promise. I know you're probably wondering if I have ever heard of a shish kabob, and yes I have, but these are different! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. They are so darn cute! Tell me what creative foods you want to put on a stick!

Poptarts on a Stick

poptartpopsAgain 300x214 Poptart Pops & an Interview with Bakerella

FOR THE TWO-BITE POPTARTS1 c. fresh cherries, pitted and diced
3 T. sugar
2 T. cornstarch
2 T. water
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 pkg. prepared pie crusts
wooden popscicle sticks
FOR THE GLAZE1 c. powdered sugar
1-2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
food coloring and sprinkles (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch and almond extract. Heat on stove over medium heat until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. Unroll pie crusts and using a pizza cutter to slice them into 1 1/2″x 2″ rectangles (I used a ruler to measure mine into equal sizes.  Just use a butter knife to score your pie crust before cutting). 
Place a wooden popscicle stick on top of one of the cut rectangles, then spoon a small amount (about 1 1/2 tsp.) of cooled cherry filling into the center of the pie square, taking care not to get it near the edges.   Gently lay a second rectangle over the top of the cherry filling.  Press the edges of the rectangles together with a fork.  Transfer to a baking sheet.  Bake poptart pops in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or just until the edges begin to brown. 
In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla to make glaze.  Tint with food coloring, if desired.  Spoon over cooled poptart pops, sprinkle with colored sugar, and allow to the glaze to harden slightly before serving. Enjoy!
Pizza on a Stick
Makes about 24
1 pound (grapefruit size) piece of dough (I used the Master recipe (page 25), but Olive Oil dough (page 134), Whole Wheat (page 74-9) or even Brioche (page 189) would be great!)
1/2 cup pizza sauce or crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
pepperoni or other favorite toppings
preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Set up 2 0r 3 baking sheet pans with parchment or Silpats, set aside.
Roll the dough out to a 1/4-inch thick rectangle, using enough flour so the dough doesn’t stick.
layer on the sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Leave some of the cheese exposed so that it can melt and act as a glue, to hold the pizza rolls together.
Roll the dough into a log, starting at the long end.
Using kitchen shears, cut the dough into 1/2-inch thick buns. (I only baked 16 and then wrapped the rest of the log, refrigerated it and will bake it later this week. You can also cut and freeze the individual pizza rounds to thaw and bake within the next 2 weeks.)
Place them on the prepared sheet, leaving plenty of space for them to expand when they bake. Allow them to rest on the counter for about 15-20 minutes.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted and caramelized a bit.
Put them on a stick or let them cool and pack them in a lunch box!
S'mores Pop
Smores Pop
No recipe for this dessert. Just a few notes:
  • You will need a bag of jumbo marshmallows, crushed graham crackers and some melted chocolate.
  • You can of course make these without roasting the marshmallows, but really, marshmallows taste so much carmelized.
  • Assembly: Stick a popsicle stick in one end and slowly turn the marshmallow 1/2 inch above the flame until golden. Dip the roasted marshmallow in melted chocolate and then roll it in crushed graham crackers. That’s it – enjoy!

DIY Scrapbook Paper Tree

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is accomplishing some of their New Year's goals. One of my goals this year is to buy a house. I am already pre-approved, I just have to find the perfect one for me! That is a very hard thing, mind you. There are not a lot of "good" homes on the market, and there is a certain area I am looking to buy in. Not always the easiest task, but until then I am continuing to save my money, so that I can decorate my humble abode all cutesy. One of my goals for my house is to have lots of homemade decoration pieces in it. It would be really neat for me to look around and see things that either I made, or my friends made, just for my house. I saw this little project on Craftgawker a long time ago, added it to my favorites, and never forgot about it. It is this cute little tree in a vase with little fun-colored scrapbook leaves on branches. How creative! This is brought to you by Two Girls Being Crafty and I'm going to share the tutorial with you today! You can make the leaves any pattern or color you want. You can do a green and brown theme, a rainbow theme, or any theme you'd like. Your choice! Let me know what you come up with!

Scrapbook paper tree

This simple project uses scrapbook paper leaves to create a bright and cheery Spring ambiance for your home. You could also use these beautiful trees in a wedding, baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party... the possibilities are endless!

What You Will Need:

Scrapbook paper  
Floral Wire (I used 24 gauge wire)
Glue (You can use scrapbook or tacky glue, but I just used good ole Elmers)
Vase or Pot to place your branches in

The awesome thing is - you probably already have most of these supplies on hand. I only had to purchase the floral wire for a little over $1 (with a coupon). What an inexpensive way to bring Spring into your home!
Let's Get Started:

Scraps for Scrapbook paper tree

First, drag out your unseemly healthy assortment of scrapbook paper scraps. If you don't (yet) have a unreasonable amount of scrapbook paper (and everyone should), then just head over to your local craft store - Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels and pick out your favorites.

Cut out your scrapbook paper leaves

Cut out a template of your leaf from the cardboard (you can also use chipboard or card-stock). I used two different sizes of leaves - one small and the other a lot larger. Try to make the leaves as symmetrical as possible (which I did not realize until later). This will help with pairing up a back and front leaf later on. Using your template, cut out as many leaves as you want. Cut them in even numbers because, again, you will be pairing them up later on.


Take your floral wire and cut strips anywhere from 5"-8" long. I know that's a big range, but I'm taking into account the different size leaves. If it's a larger leaf, you will want a few extra inches of wire. 

Making scrapbook paper leaves

Lay down some newspaper next to your workspace. Take one of your leaves and put a thin strip of glue down the center. Place a piece of wire on the glue. Find a leaf of the same size and same scrapbook paper (or different paper- this is your project!) and place it on top of the glue, sandwiching the wire and forming a "vein" down the center of the leaf. Place your newly made leaves on the newspaper. Keep going until you've made all of your leaves. 

Scrapbook paper leaves on tree

Now for the fun part! Start placing your leaves on your tree by wrapping the floral wire around a branch. You can arrange them in a natural way (as pictured above)...

Scrapbook paper leaf

...or make them funky.

Scrapbook paper leaf tree

And you're done! This project is so easy. You can make a huge tree or just make a small, simple one. Do ten of them for an event, or just create one for your humble abode. Either way, take this idea and run with it. You can create some Spring magic using only a few supplies! 

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Happy New Year everyone! I had a great night with my wonderful boyfriend and his family. We had fruity drinks, champagne, and eggrolls... Yummy! I'm starting out this new year with lots of craft projects. I actually have a closet full of yet-to-start projects. I have lately been loving any type of head wear, especially headbands. It can really spice up an outfit! Now you can't have just one handy black headband, you have to have options ladies! My plan is to make all of these before spring, because there are some really cute spring-summery headbands! Plus, in Spring you can be as colorful as you want! Can't wait :) Here are some tutorials I found of some awesome and oh-so-pretty head pieces! Click on the captions for the original site. Hope you love them as much as I do!

Braided Bohemian Headband
Courtesy of Elisa Mclaughlin Designs

20 inches of three types of lace or ribbon. You may want to double up if one of your strands of lace or ribbon is significantly narrower than the others. As you can see in the picture I used two strands of the narrowest type of ribbon to even out everything.
2.5 inches of elastic
Sewing Machine (glue will work also)
If you want to make the flower extras you will need. A silk flower, a button, some extra ribbon, a couple of wooden beads, and a crocheted doily. 

Ok, Lets get started! Tape your three equal lengths of ribbon and lace to a flat surface.

Braid the lengths and tape them together at the other end. The length of the braid should now be around 18 inches. Pull the taped ends off the table and fold it around the end of the braid so both sides are now taped.
Sew the ends of the braid to either end of the elastic. If you have a sewing machine make sure you do two rows of stitching on each side for the extra reinforcement.

Once you have done this you can add some ribbon around the outside of the place where the braid and the elastic intersect. As shown in this picture.
Now you have a beautiful braided headband. If you want to add the flower so it looks just like the picture here are the instructions for the extras.
Take your silk flower apart. Pull the center from the petals and carefully separate the petals.

Fold up the doily and as you sew the button through the hole in the center of the flower also sew the doily to the back.
Also sew your extra pieces of ribbon to the back. I threaded a few wooden beads onto the ribbon and tied the ends before I attached the ribbon.
Once you have attached the doily and the ribbon to the back of the flower tie all of your extra frill to the braided headband.
Wear and enjoy!

Ruffle Headband
Brought to you by ADOR
What you need: 

-Flower petal template- located HERE
-Sheer fabric
-Permanent fabric glue
-Headband (wide bands work best)

What to do:

-Print the template on cardstock and cut out

-Trace template onto fabric: 12 Large, 20 Medium, 3 Small

To make the large flower: 

-Fold in half.

-Fold in half again.

-Make a few quick stitches to hold in place.

-Cut a small circle of felt.

-Sew the folded petals to the edge of the felt circle.
-Sew 8 petals around the edge and 4 in the center, then fluff. 

Repeat steps to make the medium flower.

This is a diagram of how I assembled the petals on the headband.

Use small dots of permanent fabric glue to attach the large flower to the side of the headband.

Attach the medium size flower above the larger flower, towards the center.
Now all you have to do is attach petals down the sides.
Cute, huh?!
5 Strand Braided Headbands
Courtesy of Make It and Love It
First, find some old t-shirts.  Or buy some jersey knit.  Either way works.
Then, cut your fabric into long strips.  I made my strips about twice as long as the measurement around my (or my daughter’s) head.  The thick headband strips are about 2 inches wide and the narrow headband strips are about a 1/3 inch wide.  You’ll need 5 long strips for one headband.
Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end.  (Or hand stitch them or glue them.)

Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges.
Then lay your strips with the sewn edge up at the top (tape this down if that will help you while braiding) and then split up the strips into 3 on the left side and 2 strips on the right.
Now, to create this 5 strand braid……’ll kind of be braiding on the left side and then braiding on the right.  And then back and forth until you’re done.
But let me explain a little better.
First, you’ll work on the left side. So grab the strip all the way on the left (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the right(pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the right of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the left (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the right side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the right side.  Now you have your strips separated into 2 strips on the left and 3 strips on the right…….but opposite from the beginning.
Now, you’re going to do the same thing on the right side………just mirrored from what we did the first time.  So grab the strip all the way on the right (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the left (pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the left of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the right (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the left side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the left side again.
**Something to remember: When you’re working on the left side or on the right side……’ll always start with the strip on the outside.  So if you’re working on the left side……grab the strip all the way on the outside on the left.  If you’re working on braiding on the right side…….start with the strip all the way on the outside on the right.
So, start again from the very beginning and work on the left side again (pics #1-5) and then on the right side again (pics #6-10).
You’ll need to adjust the tightness as you go and may have to tighten individual strips here or there.
Keep on braiding and braiding……keeping the tension about the same all the way down.
When you get to the end (or as long as you need it)…… (or hand-stitch or glue) the ends in place.
Then overlap the ends together and sew (or glue) in place. 
**Before attaching, remember that knit will stretch and the woven design allows for stretch.  So you want to make this headband smaller than your head so that it hugs your head and stays in place.
To finish it off (and cover up the ends), cut a rectangular piece of fabric that’s wider than the ends that you’ll need to cover.  Fold the side edges in…….
And then stitch (or glue) one end on the inside of the headband.
Then wrap this piece of fabric around the headband, tuck the ends up……
And then stitch (or glue) this end down too.
And that’s it.
A nice and stretchy headband for you or a little girl you know.