Blog Posts by Cinema & Spice

  • Mrs. Hughes' Teacup Candles

    With this Downton Abbey inspired craft, learn how to turn your favorite vintage teacups into a homemade gift for your family and friends.

    Vintage Teacup CandlesVintage Teacup Candles


    Teacups (vintage or new)



    Double stick tape

    Glass measuring cup

    Pot or pan for double boiler


    Small votive candles, new or recycled

    Wooden skewers for stirring and poking holes


    Pick a teacup. Use one you have at home, or find one at your local thrift shop. Use double stick tape to fasten the sustainer and wick to the bottom of your teacup. Next, use a glass measuring cup to make a homemade double boiler on the stovetop.

    Melt down small votives or recycled candles you have at home. Just make sure not to mix different types of wax! When the wax has all melted, pour it into your teacup until the cup is 2/3 full. Once this first layer of wax has dried, poke holes around the wick. This way, when you finish pouring the wax into your teacup,

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  • Lady Edith High Tea Cocktail

    Transform your everyday afternoon tea into an unforgettable evening cocktail. This tangy beverage combines tea-infused gin with a few simple ingredients to make a sophisticated drink you will be proud to serve to your friends. And, it's named after one of our very favorite Downton Abbey characters. Here's to you, Edith!

    Lady Edith High Tea CocktailLady Edith High Tea Cocktail


    6 oz fresh lemon juice

    3 oz simple syrup

    6 oz Beefeater Gin

    3 oz Lillet Aperitif Wine

    2 tablespoons Afternoon Darjeeling Tea

    Club soda


    Sugar (optional)


    In a cup, combine the loose leaf tea and the gin. Allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the gin and place in a shaker with the lemon, simple syrup (1 part water to 1 part sugar), Lillet and ice. Shake well and pour into your glasses. If you are feeling fancy, feel free to give the glass a sugar rim. Top off with a bit of club soda, and serve.

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  • 4th of July- Grilled Tri-tip with Chimichurri

    Try our delicious Tri-tip!


    1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1 teaspoon paprika

    2-3 lb tri tip

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    10 scallions, washed and trimmed

    10 small to medium sized tomatoes, tops removed

    Meat thermometer

    Grill pan

    For Chimichurri:

    2 cups parsley, no stems

    1 ½ teaspoon salt

    ½ cup water

    3 cloves of garlic

    1 teaspoon chili flakes

    ½ cup oregano leaves, fresh

    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

    4 tablespoons olive oil


    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat a grill pan to medium high on the cooktop.

    Create your spice mixture by combining the garlic powder, salt, black pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Coat the

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  • 4th of July- Lone Ranger Skillet Cornbread

    Try this for your 4th of July bash!


    ½ onion, chopped

    ½ jalapeno, diced

    1 ear of corn, kernels off the cob

    1 ½ cups cornmeal

    ½ cup unbleached white flour

    1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 cup milk (we used soymilk)

    ¼ cup honey

    2 eggs

    4 tablespoons salted butter

    olive oil

    10 inch skillet


    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron skillet and heat over a medium flame on the cooktop. Add the onions and saute until soft, and then add in the corn and the jalapeno. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture cook while you prepare the batter.

    To make the batter, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt and baking soda in a medium sized bowl and mix well. In a large mixing bowl, crack the eggs and then add the honey and the milk. Whisk the wet ingredients together until the eggs are fully incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Lastly, add in your corn mixture from the stovetop and

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  • 4th of July- Hi Ho Silver Whiskey Cocktail

    Our delicious cocktail!


    1.5 oz bourbon whiskey (we recommend Knob Creek)

    3 oz ginger beer

    ½ of a lemon, juiced

    1 mint leaf



    In a glass, combine the whiskey, ginger beer, and lemon. Stir well. Add a few cubes of ice and a fresh mint leaf, and garnish with a slice of lemon. Enjoy!

    Serves 1

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  • Monsters University Very Scary Monster Nails

    Supply List:

    Clear base coat & top coat

    Nail polish in bright blue, lime green, black, and white

    Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in purple (available at most drug stores)

    Hole reinforcement stickers

    Round toothpicks

    Very Scary Monster Nails

    How To:

    Start with clean, dry nails. Apply a base coat and let dry. Next, paint all of your nails except each ring finger with a bright blue polish. While that is drying, paint each ring finger lime green.

    Once your nails are dry, use a purple Nail Art Pen (or purple polish and a toothpick) to paint polka dots on your blue nails. For your green Mike Wazowski nail, position a hole reinforcement sticker on each dry green nail and press firmly. Paint the inside of the circle white and gently remove the sticker. Let the white circle dry, and then use black polish

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  • Mike Wazowski Apple Snacks

    Tasty, kid-friendly recipes are hard to come by, but this one is sure to impress your dinner guests as well as your little ones. The adorable Mike Wazowski apple is easy to make, and the yogurt dip can also double as a delicious breakfast treat!


    1 pink lady, jazzy, or fuji apple, diced

    ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

    1 tablespoon butter

    1 cup vanilla yogurt

    1 Granny Smith apple

    1 slice of provolone cheese

    Peanut butter

    1 green or blue fruit roll up

    Black food safe marker

    Almond slivers

    5 pink lady, jazzy, or fuji apples, cut into slices

    Small round fondant or cookie cutters

    A great kid friendly snack!

    To make the yogurt dip, combine the diced apple, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and butter in a small pot. Cook on low with a lid on until soft. Remove the cooked apples from the heat and set the, aside to cool. Once cool, add the cooked apple to the vanilla yogurt and stir well. Store the apple dip in the

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  • Monsters University Homemade Ramen

    A college favorite made healthier! Keep the noodles we all know and love from the Top Ramen package, but chuck the seasoning packet and use fresh ingredients to make this delicious soup. Enjoy your ramen in an oversized mug with a slice of lime.


    2 leeks, sliced into rounds

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    2 cloves of garlic, skinned

    3 chicken thighs with bone and skin

    1 chicken breast with bone and skin

    1 teaspoon salt

    3 quarts chicken stock

    ¼ teaspoon black pepper

    2 cup carrot, diced

    2 cup peas

    2 ears of corn, cut off the cob

    ½ teaspoon paprika

    ¼ teaspoon cayenne

    4 packages Top Ramen

    Lime wedges (optional)


    Saute the leeks and garlic in a stock pot with the olive oil. Once soft, remove from the pot and brown the chicken on both sides. Once browned, add the leeks and garlic back into the pot with the chicken stock. Simmer for 2 hours until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken from pot and allow

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  • SuperDad Father's Day Mug

    Your dad will feel like a SuperDad with his very own monogrammed Superman mug! Fill it with his favorite coffee and serve it alongside our amazing brunch menu, and you're all set to make this the world's best Father's Day.

    Supply List:

    Printer & printer paper



    Plain white or light colored mug

    Scotch tape

    Sharpie oil-based paint pens in red and yellow

    SuperDad MugSuperDad MugHow to:

    Print out a Superman logo with the first letter of your dad's name. Check out the link for the Superman font here: Cut the letter out and color the backside of the paper with a pencil making sure to press firmly. When the back of the letter is completely colored, carefully position the penciled side onto your clean, dry mug and use tape to hold it in place. Trace the logo using the pencil. Remove the paper and see your magically transferred design! If you're happy with how it looks, use your Sharpie paint pens to color your SuperDad logo. Let your paint dry overnight: this

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  • SuperDad Father's Day Breakfast

    Show your dad how much you care by making him the best Father's Day breakfast in the Universe! Our crispy Super Smashed Potatoes, flavorful Metropolis Morning Bacon, and a perfect fried egg will have your dad feeling like a superhero in no time!

    A Perfect Fried Egg

    Looking for a foolproof technique to make crispy, perfectly cooked fried eggs? This recipe will have you dishing out fried eggs like a pro in no time.


    8 large eggs

    Olive oil



    In a small non stick frying pan pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Heat the oil over a medium flame, and once hot, break two eggs into the pan. Let the eggs fry for about two minutes. If the oil starts to splatter, turn down the heat! The oil should be hot enough to cook the egg, but not hot enough to jump out of the pan. Once the edges of the whites begin to crisp up, carefully spoon the hot oil over the yolks for about 30 seconds. If you like your yolks well done, continue this process until a white

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