Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I want to win this and you can too!

I was just visiting The Old Painted Cottage and saw where she was giving away this grain sack bag worth $365. I would love to win but you can also have that opportunity if you go to her post and leave a comment Just click on the photo above. Good Luck  to us all!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bad to the Bone Meringues

Just thought I would share with you a little treat that I made for my stamp club members the other night. There are complete instructions on my Cake blog here. I thought these would make a cute gift for classroom treats this week It's super easy too!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mini Pies

The weather outside has me wanting to bake some pie and make the house smell yummy!  So I recently received my Semi-Homemade Sandra Lee magazine and saw a recipe for cobbler apple pies and figured this would be a great afternoon snack. I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you since I couldn't share my pies, this way you can make your house smell great too!

All you need is:

1 large egg
1 teaspoon water
1 package of refrigerated pie crust
1 can of apple pie filling (I used Cracker Barrel's brand since we went there for lunch and they have the best apples ever!)
1/4 cup sugar
Variety of cookie cutters

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together egg and water.

                Unroll pie crust onto lightly floured cutting board. Cut out desired shapes and set aside.

Add a teaspoon of pie filling to the center of the piece of cut out dough.

Brush egg white mixture around the edges off the dough.

Add another piece of cut out dough to the top and press down sides using a fork. this will keep filling from spilling out the sides of the pie.

Cut slits in the center to allow steam to vent out the top. 

Place pies on sheet pan covered with parchment and put in freezer for 30 minutes.

Remove pies from freezer and brush with egg white mixture and then sprinkle with sugar.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown and filling is warmed through.

Allow the pies to cool just a bit so they will still be warm in the center when you serve them. These are so yummy and the kids loved them!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Birthday dinner for Mom

I feel a little bad having not written here in a while. I visit blogs on my blog list pretty much daily but have definitely neglected mine. I thought I would share the birthday dinner I had for my Momma. She wanted to have a home cooked meal that included meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas, so thats what she got!

She used to have chickens and loved them, so I wanted to make an old fashioned farm theme. I have had the rooster for years (which mom secretly hopes will be hers one day), so I decided to put him in the middle and buy flowers from Publix to put in the old fashioned milk jars I got from the local antique mall.

Here are a few pics:

One thing I love to make is a garden salad with everything but the kitchen sink in it! This one included cucumbers, tomatoes, chick peas, avocado and green onion. I served it with homemade buttermilk ranch dressing in a mason jar.

She Looooves sunflowers, so I had to get some of those to add to the bouquet!

The kids and I made homemade butter!
All you have to do is get heavy cream and put it in a mason jar and shake, shake, shake! It takes about 10 minutes or so. Once it starts to form a ball, you just poor off the milk that's left and add salt to the cream mixture. Now you have homemade butter! Easy as Pie!

I decided since I had such a huge meal to cook I would not go too elaborate with the cake. I made a chocolate cake with cream cheese icing from scratch and boy was it good! 

Yes, those tasted as good as they look! Aunt Linda (mom's best friend) brought these to the party.

I just bought this chalkboard/memo board from Home Goods (love this store). It was clearanced out since one of the clock hands is missing and the clock is warped. I love it and I've decided to start a new tradition on every ones birthday to make good use of the chalkboard by writing ten things we love about the guest of honor! I even had my nieces and nephews who do not live close by to share their thoughts on why they loved Mom. 

Hope your day was great Mom! We love you! 

Monday, July 5, 2010

S'more Pops!

I realize I have not posted in a very long time but I don't think anyone really notices since I only have a few followers, but I thought I would share a little summer treat the kids and I made.

These are so easy and fun to make and anything that is quick and easy and can give the kids something to do during their long days of Summer, I am all about it! 

So here it is:

S'more Pops!

Start with large marshmallows, lollipop sticks, chocolate chips and graham cracker pie crust.
I prefer the pie crust to the graham crackers since it is sweetened and buttery.

Melt chocolate chips in a mug or deep and narrow bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted.

Break up the graham cracker crust using a fork.

Dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate. I dipped mine halfway but the kids wanted theirs coated in chocolate.

Dip the coated marshmallow in the graham cracker crust.

And now you have a S'more Pop! 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Heavenly Smell of Jasmine

I am loving how the back porch smells with all the jasmine that is in bloom just dripping from the pergola (one day I will be able to spell this word without looking in the dictionary). I have dreamed for years of having jasmine covering the porch and now I finally got it (thanks Chris and hubby). The smell is to die for and I love how it drops its pretty little white flowers all around.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Outdoor Photos

I just wanted to share with you what I am blessed with every beautiful yard. My husband has an amazing green thumb and a talent for landscaping design and our yard is definitely proof of that. As you know from an earlier post, I am attempting to get a feel for outdoor gardening and so far it has been great and my hubby has been quite impressed. So here a few photos of our yard:

This is the view from the front porch pathway. He used a mold and concrete to make this gorgeous path.

My hubby surprised me the other night by planting Hydrangeas in front of the porch. We have attempted to plant them about 4 different times and they die every single time. This time he prepped the soil with all kinds of things, so hopefully these beauties will thrive. This is my all time favorite flower besides a rose. He got them at Lowes.

They are so perfect that they almost look artificial.

This is the view out the back door. Amazing, Huh (I can say that since he is responsible for it all). There is a pond back there, but it needs some work (at least the frogs enjoy it).

This is a pergola our friend Chris and my hubby built for me for Mothers day one year. I have always wanted one that had sweet jasmine flowing from it and now I got it. 

I got this old ironing board from the antique store and the lady there suggested I put some plants on it and put it on the back porch. Isn't that a great idea?

My husband is going to sod the back yard, so thats why it looks so rough right now. Its about to drive him crazy! 

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