Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. It's the holiday of love, expressing
your feelings to the ones you love and your appreciation of your friends. To me Valentine's Day is not
just for couples. It's for families and friends. To show the ones you love and care for how much you
really do care for them. We give each other flowers, cards, and chocolate. I have something a little
different to share with you today. It's close to chocolate but not technically chocolate. But first story
When I was a kid I remember my parents including us kids in a little Valentine's fun.
Besides getting the usual thin cardboard cards with funny sayings and silly characters we would also
get a small gift. I got a few little things, nothing that cost too much, things like pencils and candy.
The one thing that stands out the most and I will probably never forget is a special heart shaped
lollipop that we seemed to get almost every year. To anyone it was just a cherry flavored lollipop
with Minnie Mouse on the wrapper, but to me it was the best lollipop ever. For two reasons; First, I
only got it for Valentine's Day. That made it special in itself. Second, it was a gift from my parents;
the people whom I looked up to the most and I still do. What's your favorite Valentine's Day memory
as a child?
These hearts are yummy and bring back childhood memories. Although they are not
cherry strawberry is the next best thing.
Ingredients: Makes about 30 candies
1 bag of red candy melts. or white chocolate that you would dye red
sprinkles of course
strawberry candy flavoring
heart candy molds
1. Melt candy melts at 30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth.
2. Add sprinkle the the bottom of each heart mold.
3. Add 10 drops of candy flavoring. Stir well.
4. Put mixture into candy molds tap molds to release air bubbles. This will make the candy smooth
and pretty. And place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until set.
5. To remove the candy just turn the mold upside down and the candy should fall right out. If they
seem to be a little stuck just give the mold a tap or two on the counter and they should pop out.
Monday, February 6, 2017
I know I said I was only going to post once a week, but I just had to share this with
you. This is how we make our nachos. Now, I know the ones in the picture look a little plain. That's
just how I like mine. You can always add other things and we will get into that on the actual recipe.
First, the story then the recipe.
It was game day and. of course, we had to have nachos. What's football without junk
food, fight? Originally, my husband was the first to arrange this wonderful mountain of gooeyness.
He seasoned and grilled the chicken. He also talked me into adding beans. Since then I have taken
over the duties of nacho making. Yes, I realize that bean are usually on nachos, but I never cared for
them until my dear hubby talked me into giving them another try. Now, I can't go without them.
The game itself wasn't very exciting to me. I guess I was still a little bitter after my
team lost horribly that last playoff game. Can you guess which team? I'll give you a hint: Green and
yellow are their colors. That's right. The Green Bay Packers! They were so close and it seemed like
they just gave up that last game. Oh well, there's always next year.
This recipe is super simple and very yummy. The kids will love it just as much as the
3 Chicken breasts
1 jar of Queso
1 30 oz. can of refried beans
1 can of sliced olives
1 bag of Tortilla chips
sour cream, guacamole, salsa etc. (optional)
1. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt. Cook on grill pan or grill until done.
2. Place chicken on cutting board to cool.
3. Warm refried beans in a medium sauce pan until hot. Warm up queso.
4. Cut chicken into cubes and assemble your nachos.
Add any other toppings you would like. Smoked paprika would a nice addition. Enjoy! Serves 4
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Who doesn't love a good cupcake? They make great gifts and they're yummy. And perfect for Valentine's Day. There is a slight twist to these cupcakes. There is no frosting.
Let's get into the recipe, shall we?
1 box cake mix and the ingredients from the the box instructions.
1 bag of white chocolate chips
and some really cute Valentine's sprinkles!
1. Mix cake mix according to the directions on the box.
2. Bake and cool cupcakes completely.
3. Fill piping bag with James and fill cupcakes.
4. Melt white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals stirring after each until smooth.
5. Spread white chocolate on top of cupcakes as you would frosting.
6. Immediately decorate with those cute sprinkles. And Enjoy.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
You have probably already guessed what this post is about just by reading the title. But, before we get into the details of the infinity scarves let's talk a moment to talk about the weather, shall we? I love rain. I love listening to the rain the smell of rain walking in the rain. There is one thing about it that gets me a little grumpy sometimes. That is when there is too much rain. I know we need it and a lot of rain keeps us out of a drought ( or recovering from one) but I think we have had enough; at least for a little while. A little break would be nice. I want to go out and take pictures of the beach with worrying about my camera getting wet and hubby is missing the surf days. Being cooped up in the house on his days of is driving him crazy. To be honest it's driving me crazy too.
I love the rain, really I do, I promise. Just a little sunshine, that's all I ask.
Now That my little rant is over on to the real topic.
I love to sew. I'm not good at it by any means and it makes me nervous sometimes but I love it. It's relaxing and opens my door to creativity. I also love listening to music while I sew. Do you listen to music while you are crating or sewing? What music do you like? I love show tunes when I'm sewing.
When I was trying to think of something to make for gifts I wanted to make something that was new to me to learn a new skill in sewing. I found the infinity scarves on Pinterest and fell in love. then, I researched flannel and found out how big it is right now. I remember it being big in the '90's. Did you love flannel back then? So, I went to the fabric store and fell in love with three of the most beautiful pieces of fabric I had seen in a long time.
I bought the fabric and headed home, so excited, I couldn't wait to get started. To the sewing room I went and..... threw the bag of fabric on the futon and walked out of the room. This was going to be the year that I made my Christmas gifts early. This was going to be my year! Hmm....not so much. Because I was so nervous that I was going to mess them all up I didn't start until about two weeks before. And you know what? They were so easy to make, there was no reason to be nervous. I don't know why but sewing intimidates me until I actually start working on a project.
The moral of the story, friends, is to never be afraid to try something you haven't done before. Oh, and the scarves turned out beautifully.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. I have a confession to make. I have not posted here in a year. I'm actually pretty embarrassed about it too. There is no good excuse for it; just bad ones I used to talk myself out of posting. That ends now. Once a week I'll be posting something new. It might be a new sewing or crochet project or a new recipe. If you would like to see something new let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your ideas.
The New Year brings inspiration and new beginnings. It's a great time to start a project. I have decided to do a 365 photo challenge. Each day I'll be taking two photos, one for instagram and one for a photo album I'll be putting together.
Thank you all for hanging in there with me, I know it hasn't been easy. Let's ring in the new year with amazing challenges and growth.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I finally got around to making a rag wreath. They have been catching my eye for over a year and it's finally finished. It was super easy. Just cut fabric into strips and tie them around a wire wreath form. I added a few red jingle bells to make it even more festive and maybe even a little magical. Enjoy the Holiday Season and be creative. When you are finished creating hop over to my fb page and share what you made. I can't wait to see it.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I love Thanksgiving. I love everything about it. So, this year, I dicided to make some cloth napkins. I didn't want plain fabric for this project. It had to be a fun print, something different. Are these fun or what? I just love the turkeys and the look on their faces. They are not perfect by any means, but I had fun making them and they whip up in a flash. I think next time, though, I'm going to try different corners. What's your favorite craft project for Thanksgiving?