Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I recently puchased some crayons for Zack and was disappointed to find that more than half of them were broken. Now, since I'm a terrible perfectionist. I just couldn't leave them be. But instead of must having the little crayon chunks float around my house for all eternity I decided to make these fun little gems. I just put the broken pieces into my lined mini cupcake pan and melted them. After they dried we had a collection of uper-fantastic multi-crayons. Zach loves them!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I haven't ever met the girl I'm exchanging gifts with but I did learn that she was a cook so I determined that I would make her an apron but not just any apron. My own PERSONAL design!
I have a denim apron myself and love it but I wanted to try something new so I used the front of a pair of jeans for the bottom half and then added a portion of the leg to make the upper bib. This way you can have working pockets and fun belt loops to pull the tie through.
Since I'm not the most experienced seamstress I wasn't sure how to make the back look decent since it still had all of the pocket stuff. So I used some fusible interfacing and scraps and Wa La!
Now it's a reversable apron to boot. Though I wish I could have made it one solid piece I still like the way it turned out.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
This is a classic Pioneer Woman recipe and I love it. I have tried to make homemade mac 'n cheese many times but it always came out so bland and mushy. This one had a great kick and was so nice and smooth.
The secret ingredient: Ground Mustard!
I would never have thought of using it but it really gave it a nice flavor. I also learned about tempering eggs. I've never done that before. Now I feel so gourmet!
The one thing I wish I had done was left the noodles a bit more Al Dente (See I'm gourmet now) I think it would have held up better for leftovers. Really! Check out the recipe HERE
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
As we added each new picture, starting from the bottom, I had a child come up and "hammer" it on with a toy hammer. They got a kick out of it and they seemed to really pick up the words quick.
After they built it I turned it around to reveal the chorus on the back.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I also remembered seeing these pompom wands once before so I thought I would give it a try. I think next time I'll make it a little smaller. This one is kinda gigantic in comparison to the little person I was making it for.
If anyone is interested in purchasing any of my creations just e-mail me at
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I cant take credit for these either. They are actually from Bakerella but I followed the instructions from Pioneer Woman at this link.
I'll have to admit I'm almost sad to share this because any who have tasted these will now know my secret!
Its pretty simple really- just a boxed cake mix, baked as directed. Then I let it cool overnight, crumble it up in a bowl and mix in a container of cream cheese frosting. As you can tell already, this is not a light dessert!
Then I just rolled it into balls and dipped in chocolate to finish them off.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I was actually quite proud of myself with this one because... dun dun dun... I DIDN'T follow the recipe. That's right, ME, the person who agonized over following instructions to the LETTER. I did not follow the recipe. I thought outside the box- HORRAY! I'm no longer a CYBORG!
OK- it really wasn't that big of a deal. I'm thinking this was kind of a fool proof meal to begin with. I couldn't have screwed it up if I had tried.
Here's the recipe as was given to me if anyone wants to try it:
1 package Cream Cheese
2 diced green onions
2 cups cubed chicken
1 cup drained sliced mushroom.
1/4 cup butter
Corn Flake Crumbs
Last time we made this (sans onions and mushroom per hubby request) it was a touch on the WAY TO RICH side for us. Though it may have been because it was missing half the ingredients. Anyhow! This time, I tried to think of something to tone it down so I used:
1/2 package of cream cheese
1/2 cup light mayo (we're trying to be somewhat healthy here)
1 can of cubed chicken
a bunch (that means I'm not sure how much) of finely chopped broccoli- I used my food processor. I LOVE that thing!
Oh- and just for fun I added some italian seasoning. Figured it couldn't hurt.
The outside was the same- Dip in Butter then roll in crunched up corn flakes.
Ahhhh! Aren't they pretty? I'm not sure you can tell but I love cooking on my pizza stone. Everything seems to turn out perfect. It may seem unorthodox to cook on a round pan when one isn't cooking anything round but... I'm NO LONGER A CYBORG! Remember?
Besides- I'm too cheap to go out and by another stone pan if this one works just fine.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This is a great recipe that my Grandma actually used to make for us. It's a great way to make a simple dinner seem fantastic. Especially if you have some really good gravy to soak up with your roll. Here's the rundown...
First we disolved 1 tablespoon of yeast in 2 tablespoons of warm water (top left in pic)
Then we have:
2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour (to begin with- 3 more for later)
After mixing the first ingredients add:
3 remaining cups of flour
3/4 cups melted butter.
Last- cover and let it rise in the refrigerator overnight. I didn't make it to that point though- if you do, back at 350 for 15-20 minutes. This can be used for all kinds of different rolls- crescent, orange, dinner, the favorite Cinnamon Roll- you can get really creative here. If I remember right, I think my grandma used to make crescent rolls and freeze them before she baked them. She put them in little plasic bags so we could just pull out a few at a time , let them raise and bake them up for hot fresh rolls whenever we wanted them. They were fantastic.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
These are actually not the ones I gave away. I put together a pink and purple set instead but I still thought these were pretty fun.
Ahhh... I remember the days. Dancing around in my fancy socks. Listening to the beads clickety clicking away.
Isn't it just a little funny that all of my fun creations are for little girls and all I have is a boy? Poor kid- I made him model my last tutu. I'd better not push it by sticking these babies on him.
These will be for sale also. Once I figure out how I'm going to market myself. Any one have a little girl who might want to dance around in my creations? Someone I can live vicariously through? Pass them my name will ya?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
It was for a 10 month old who is getting her pictures taken. This is the finished product. I'm pretty proud. I think it's pretty darn cute and I'm hoping they will pass the word around so that I can get some more interest. Word of mouth is the best sales tool right?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
So, when I found this little trick on Everyday Food Storage- I was pretty excited to try it out.
She calls it Magic Mix. I'll be honest- I havn't actually tried it yet but I made it today and I plan on using it with dinner tonight.
2 1/3 cup powdered milk
1 cup all purpose flour (she says it has to be all purpose)
1 cup margarine or butter (2 sticks- NOT spread)
Now, on her site she said to have the butter at room temperature but I had some trouble with my mix being too soft . You should be able to just mix it up and it will end up being kind of a corn meal texture.
Mine turned into a dough instead so I put it back in the freezer for a little bit then threw it into my food processor to break it down to the powder.
I had some fun with it- I even modge-podged an empty baby cereal container to keep it in.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The theme: Special Occasion (so the card I made before wouldn't work)
The # of girls- 16! I needed a card that was fairly quick to make
Here's what I've come up with so far.
I wanted to make a fairly generic card- one that could be used for lots of different occasions because I'm not too very confident in my card making skills yet and I didn't want them stuck with an ugly Father's day card that they would never use. This way- they can congratulate someone they may not know very well if it's not their favorite card.
The decision I need to make now is
Ladybug or No Ladybug
What do you think?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Once again I'm really not too very original. I turned to the old standby- bisquick!
I'm going to have to start making my own. I actually did find a recipie for premaking a baking mix. I think it's a great idea and I'll have to post it here but for now- just substitue what ever baking mix you prefer.
2 1/3 cup "baking mix" aka Bisquick
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp butter or margarine
Mix everything into a soft dough. Then spoon it out onto an ungreased pan. The instructions I have say to do 6 spoonfuls. Usually we just put it into a 9x9 square pan as one big cake. This time though, I borrowed a cookie cutter from a friend and formed individual heart shaped cakes.
Preheat oven to 450 and cook 10 minutes or until browned-
Now, I always have to have some sort of "duh" moment in my cooking- you'll get to know that. This one: make sure the oven is completely heated BEFORE putting the cakes in. Otherwise you'll burn the bottoms.
Yes, our bottoms were burned. (lol!!)
Finally, top with sugared strawberries and whipped cream- YUM!!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I know- I am the mother of one BOY- still, a girl has got to get some frills in sometime right?
I'm hoping to get into some craft fairs or something and try to sell these babies. It's something that I can do while I'm hangin' with Zack so I hope it works out. I know there are fancier versions- but I'm all for simplicity. Pass the word around if anyone knows someone who does have a little girl. ; )
Then I can live vicariously through them.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Now, me and creativity don't really mesh too well. On the other hand, me and copy cat-ing are actually quite good pals. SO, this is actually a bit of a stretch for me.
I'm going out of my comfort zone. I'm trying to make new friends, I'm creating something of my own. Eeeeek! I'm out on a limb so I need some reassurance.
Here is my first idea for my cardYou may not be able to tell from the pic but the "SPRING" is embossed. It's nothing fancy and to be honest, I'm not sure when or where a person might actually use this type of card but I had limited resources so this is what I came up with.
What do you think? (if there really are people who look at this thing)
Saturday, February 7, 2009
After risen, shmoosh the dough into the pan and arrange long pieces of mozzarella cheese around the edge. The original recipie I found said to use string cheese. I just didn't have any on hand.
Friday, February 6, 2009
P.S. this pic is before the cocoa was added. The one with the cocoa showed too much of my dirty stovetop and I want to all to think I'm perfect. (ha ha ha- laughing histerically)
Then add the oats, peanut butter, and vanilla.
*again the vanilla shot showed my stovetop. yuk!
Mix well and drop onto waxed paper or a greased cookie sheet.
Ummm.....considering these "cookies" actually needed to be eaten with a SPOON! I don't think it worked right.
Still, I refused to give up. I hopped on the internet and searched for a new recipie to see what I could have done wrong. I found one that called for 3 cups of oatmeal instead of 2. So I thought I would try to rescue the cookies.
I added some oatmeal.
Now it started to somwhat resemble the no-bake cookies in my memory.
See, no spoon required!
Sadly, they were only pretending to be no-bake cookies. The creamy gooeyness just wasn't there. They were powdery and crumbly. Now, I know it's not just me who has failed at these decievingly simple treats. I confirmed this same dilemma occured on multiple occasions for a friend of mine here in WI.
Alas, I was sorely disappointed last night and had to resort to a granola bar for my sweet fix. Maybe it's for the best considering I'm supposedly on a "diet".