Saturday, November 19, 2016

Add some Christmas whimsy to your children's room

I am so excited for Christmas.  Every year I cannot wait and as soon as Halloween is over, I'm making plans.  I've been pretty busy since I am going to school, but I wanted to make time for some fun things this weekend.  I made some decorations for my kids' room and I think they have the perfect feeling.
This is a simple felt tree. I cut felt squares of four different sizes and stacked them.  I tied a knot in the bottom of some thick embroidery thread and threaded that on a giant needle. Then I added a mini wooden spool and began poking the needle and thread through the felt.  I alternated with little wooden beads and ended with a knot on top.  It took me a few minutes and I made lots of colors.  I did this green one, but then on the garland below I made red, silver (mixing silver sparkle canvas and light gray felt squares), white, and aqua. So easy, and so cute!

Pardon the pictures.  I don't have a super awesome camera, but you get the idea.  I tied lots of funky, bright ribbon around the tops of bright colored ornaments and strong them on some light blue yarn.  I alternated felt trees with the ornaments so there would be lots of texture and fun.

This was super simple.  I took an embroidery hoop and tied three white strings to the inside hoop.  I then nestled that inner hoop in the larger hoop and tightened it.  After that I took pieces of white tulle and tied them around for that fluffy, wintry look.  I tied a knot with the white string and added red embroidery floss down the middle which was tied to funky colored ornaments (these are all shatter-proof) and hung it high up on the ceiling so it wouldn't become a hazard.

The last thing I made was super simple.  I used masking tape to create the shape and lines on a flat wooden circle and then I let my little one help me paint and sprinkle glitter.  For the star at the top, I made a big glop of golden paint and then took the back side of my paintbrush and carefully drew paint from the middle out into spokes.  It took us maybe ten minutes all together.

The colors and decorations I chose are all whimsical and sparkly -- it is so festive and fun and just the thing to get my little ones into the holiday spirit.

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Recipe: Sweet Breakfast Panini

My awesome MIL got my family a panini press/griddle/grill. YAY! So I've been using it. A lot. Good buy, obviously.

This morning I decided to try a sweet breakfast panini since the appliance was still out from pork chop snadwiches last night.


-Cinnamon bread
-Thinly sliced strawberries OR strawberry sauce OR strawberry puree
-Sweetened cream cheese (cream cheese plus sugar... however sweet you like it)
-Butter/ margarine

I used strawberry puree I had in my fridge... cinnamon bread... and neufchatel cheese.

Butter your bread on the outsides. Smear cream cheese and lay out your strawberries. Stick in the panini press and cook. OR if you don't have a panini press... Make sweet grilled cheese for breakfast!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Awesome Sauce: A SUPER quick (like, five minutes) meatball sauce from stuff in your pantry

Okey doke, folks. I was thinking about dinner. We had a pound of ground beef hangin' out in the fridge. We also had some leftover mashed potatoes from Easter. I was out of beef broth and onions/ onion powder. Couldn't make a gravy without those! No sir.

So I whipped up an awesome sauce to go over the meatballs my hubby made (I know, I know. He rocks.) from the ground beef and the mashed potatoes we had.

Now, this would be an even faster and easier meal if you buy those wicked yummy meatballs from Costco.

Okay here is the sauce recipe I made up using items from.... MY PANTRY!!! It is meaty and rich and super tasty:

1. A can of beef consomme (it has gelatin so it thickens somewhat, but you could use half of a can to three quarters of a can of beef broth. Maybe it would be thinner... maybe not. You could always thicken with cornstarch or flour if you needed)
2. A packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
3. A can of cream o' mushroom soup
4. Pepper and garlic powder to taste

Mix it all together with a whisk and heat 'til bubblin' (stirring a lot so it doesn't scald). Pour liberally over your meatballs and mashed 'taters. mmmmmmm.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pepperoni Eggplant Parmesan


I LOVE eggplant parmesan. My 3 year old? Not so much. I wanted a way to entice him {read bribe} to eat it. How? Pepperoni.

Okay. Peel your eggplant. Slice into medallions.

Dip first into this mixture:
1 egg
1/4 C. milk

Then into this mixture:
1 C. parmesan cheese
1 1/2 pieces of dry bread (use your food processor to turn it into crumbs)
1 T. basil
2 t. oregano

Fry. Drain. (DRAIN WELL. Eggplant kind of sponges up the oil) Make sure you get the outside nice and crispy. This will make the eggplant parmesan really yummy and not slimy.

Cook your pepperoni in a frying pan for a minute. Just 'til they get slightly crispy. I buy Turkey pepperoni. Much less fat and still a lot of flavor.

Now layer! I put a little sauce (homemade with italian sausage in it) on the bottom so the eggplant won't burn. Then layer half of your fried eggplant medallions, sauce (it depends on hom much you like) and perpperoni.

Next your cheese. You can use mozzerella, ricotta, or provolone. I LOVE provolone cheese. Particularly this brand. It's from Costco and is so flavorful and delicious.
Your eggplant parm should look like this:
Now layer the last of your eggplant, more sauce, more pepperoni, and more cheese.

Bake at 375* 'til hot and bubbly. I think... 15 minutes? Maybe more. Watch it carefully!

Happy cooking!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Free ebook Cookbook

Check out this link here for a free cookbook download of Quinoa recipes :).

Happy cooking.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Roasted Winter Veggies and Sausage

Again with the photography!

Anywho. I love really hearty meals in the winter... and if they are sorta healthy... even better. That way I can trick my bod into thinkin' I'm storing up for the long, cold months, but NOT (ish).

K. This is another recipe I made up and didn't measure a lot so once again, let your tastes determine how accurately you follow my rough amounts.

2 parsnips
2 Italian Yellow Squash
6 Red Potatoes
5 Carrots
1 (large) sweet potato (the white kind, not the orange yam)
1 or 2 Kielbasa type dinner sausage(s) (I used turkey sausage). Depends on how much sausage you want.
1 yellow onion
1 Red Bell Pepper
3-ish  garlic cloves
About 2 T. Thyme
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)

Preheat your oven to 325* (longer roasting) OR 425* (much faster roasting time)

Peel and roughly chop the parsnips, carrots, onion and sweet potato.
Wash and roughly chop the potatoes, squash, and bell pepper.
Dice the garlic cloves.
Slice the sausage.

Mix your thyme, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Mix all the vegetables and then drizzle just enough oil to evenly and lightly coat. Sprinkle your seasoning mix over and mix. Taste a bit of carrot to test the seasoning amount. Add more salt/ pepper as desired. Remember, though, as these roast the flavor from the onion, garlic, and sausage will boost your dish.
Mix in the sausage.

Line a cookie sheet with foil for easy cleanup and dump everything out on the cookie sheet.

Bake in the 325* oven for about 55 minutes (or until veggies are tender and brown) or bake in the 425* oven for about 20 minutes (or until veggies are tender and brown). STIRRING HALF WAY THROUGH. If your veggies are tender, but not browned you can broil them for a few minutes.


Note, I roasted mine in two ceramic dishes because it was super pretty when I put it on the table. And I got a new ceramic dish for Christmas and wanted and excuse to use it.