Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Salsa Beef and Veggies

1 lb hamburger cooked and rinsed
1 tomato chopped
2 zucchini chopped in big pieces
2 ears of corn - taken off corn from cob
2 chopped bell peppers
salsa - at least 1 cup or more to taste

Fry up hamburger then wash to remove oil. 
Add veggies and salsa until heated through, 
You can sprinkle cheddar cheese
or add rice to stretch it or other veggies

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Carrot Apple Zucchini Bread

I found the recipe  here

I did do some adaptations because
my one grand has a milk allergy
I also did not ice 

1/2C unsweet applesauce  and 1/4 C veg oil
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
2½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of ground nutmeg
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup diced, peeled apple

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans
Line with parchment paper and set aside. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Orange-Strawberry Shrimp Taco Boats

A nice cool and easy dinner

precooked shrimp
premade pico de gallo
strawberries * you can sub pineapple. mango, peaches 
bag of shredded iceberg lettuce
flour taco boats
Soft Tortilla Taco Boats

citrus based dressing 
like Kroger brand Orange Miso

Image result for kroger orange miso

Marinade the shrimp in a moderate 
amt of dressing for abt an hr
While marinading chop up strawberries 
add to pico and chill

Grill or heat up shrimp to warm

place shredded lettuce 
in the bottom of the boats
Add salsa and top w shrimp

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Space Wedding Galaxy Favors

When trying to find space/planet/universe ideas
came across
galaxy ornaments
We decided that the
smaller version would be
the best idea
These mini iridescent ornaments
were purchased 
at Hobby Lobby

I used Pledge floor finisher
Swish a very small amount
it in and drain
then using a funnel layer in glitter colors
shake out excess
I followed up by putting black glitter
to fill in any spaces
Let air dry
The color combos are endless!

They were then put into these
small favor boxes from Dollar Tree

Mexican Wedding Cookies

2 sticks butter
2/3 C powder sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp cinnamon
1 C finely chopped pecans
powder sugar to roll

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Beat butter, 2/3 c powdered sugar 
and vanilla in a bowl until fluffy. Mix in combined flour,
 salt and cinnamon. Beat in nuts. Refrigerate until firm 
abt 2-3 hrs. Roll into crescent shapes or round.  

Place 1 in apart on a greased cookie sheet 
and bake for 12-15 or lightly brown. 
Roll warm cookies in the powdered sugar

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nana's Xmas Cookies

My grandmother would make 
these every Christmas

1/2 C shortening
2 1/2 C flour
1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
1/4 C molasses
1/4 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt allspice, clove and mace
1/2 tsp cinnamon and ginger

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and molasses. 
Slowly add dry ingredients to creamy mix
Add additional flour if too sticky to roll. Chill and roll out 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Space Wedding Cutlery

I printed the sentiment on to
business card size
and then cut the foil paper
just a bit larger

With a corner cutter I rounded them

Then using 
double sided tape 
I put the cards together

I cut strips to go around the napkins
and taped them to the cards

Slide the napkin in




Slide in utensils and you are done

Flower Girl Ball

We started with a 5 in ball

With wide ribbon wrapped it aropund the ball
and tied 2 knots
using pearl pins and silk hydragena flowers
we went around the ball in a circle

After covering the ball 

rhinestone bling
was added
(sort of looked like constellations)

Bending a wire w
the gem at the end twisting it

I twisted the taila round a pin 

then cut the excess off

then applied them here and there

Matchng hairbow

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Whole Berry Orange Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

3/4 C sugar
1/4 C water
3/4 Orange Juice
1 bag cranberries

My secret ingredients:

1/2 - 3/4 C  of orange marmalade (more or less to taste)

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan Cook until all cranberries have popped

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thai Butternut Soup

I made this soup last night

I did have a few adjustments
I could not find the Kraft dressing so I ended up 
substituting Sam's Choice Sweet Lime Cilantro Dsg

  • 4 cups chopped peeled butternut squash (I bought free pre-chopped squash)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups 25%-less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
                                    Dump all ingredients except cilantro and                              peanuts into a slow cooker 
  •                                  and cook until squash is soft

  •                                    Using a immersion blender, puree the                                  squash or pour into blender
  •                                   in small batches; blend until smooth
  •                                  Serve topped with nuts &  cilantro. 
  •                           (I used toasted pumpkin seeds)
  •                          I also had some crusty bread with it

Monday, October 30, 2017

Space Wedding : Planet Centerpieces

The idea came
from this photo:

The base are balloon weights from Dollar Tree

To represent the family we used 4 planets

2 2.5 inch ones for the parents
2  2 inch for the children

Instead of being scientifically correct
it was decided to take each ones
favorite color and create their
own planets

The paint was sponged on with a dauber
for the best coverage

placed on skewers
rubber banded and tapped together

and hot glued to the base

the planet stems are anchored
by using 2 of the star branches 
twisted around the taped

The bottom is then reattached 

To take up more area on the table
12x12 mirror tiles from Lowes were used

The centerpieces worked out to be about $5 a piece!

We added Dollar Tree star shaped tealights

!st scuff up the finish w a sading block

I attached them to the box with
poster ticky tack

Then sprayed them with
Krylon Shimmering Purple

in retrospect I would
do a few things differently
because this spray 
is difficult. I would've 
base coated them
with black paint
thus decreasing how much of 
this paint I use - it is rather pricey
at $10 a can (I used 50% off coupons)
but it still was $10 for 
40 of them
They needed multiple coats
and the glitter part had a tendancy
to clump
I would consider just spraying
the item with purple paint 
then adding glitter

The end product: