Monday, January 14, 2019

New and Improved Sausage Balls

 I'm the fan of a sausage ball or six.  I made these for New Year's Eve, but I might just whip them out again for the super bowl....because everyone knows that even more important than the game, second only to the commercials, is the spread.  These were really great b/c they have the additional of the seasoning pack from the Red Lobster box.  Garlic makes everything better....and keeps vampires away, so....win win....unless you are a fan of that sort of guy.
Ingredients:  1 box of Red Lobster Biscuit Mix, 1 pkg (16 oz) sausage, 8 oz block of sharp cheddar cheese (shredded), 8 oz block of pepper jack cheese (shredded)
Instructions:  
1.  Head over to 350.
2.  Mix the biscuit mix, seasoning (in the mix box), and sausage.
3.  Add cheese to the mix and combine (this takes a lot of work, squish, squeeze, squish again).
4.  Roll 1 inch balls (I made them about 1 1/2 inch b/c I was trying to save time) and place them on a baking sheet.  T
5.  Coo for 25 minutes.  Cool on a paper towel to soak up some of the oil.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Vintage Valentine Tree

I have a white tree I have out at Christmas, and this year I decided to turn it into a Valentine Tree.  It's something I'll add to as I find the right cards at antique stores as I'm out and about, so it's just the start, but it's  a great way to display the few Valentine's I had already, an get a few more months out of my tree.  
 I had some white felt balls already, and I used some pink thread and felted some hearts and made a little garland for the tree.
 I collected a few more Valentine cards this year, I love the Mechanical Cards with moving parts.
 I want to add more garlands etc, but I'm trying not to rush the process and just let it grow through the years.
 I bought some little heart clips on Amazon I'm using to clip the cards to the tree so they aren't damaged.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Clearance Ornament Craft

 I found little snowball ornaments at Target on clearance after Christmas, and I decided to give them a make over for future years.  I bought two, so you are looking at the first finished ornament.
It was the easiest craft b/c I just bought some buttons at Hobby Lobby I hot glued around the ornament, and I used my scrap ribbons and tied it to the string that was already there.  Ornament two will be shades of gold instead of silver b/c I'm an equal opportunity kind of gal when it comes to my fake precious metals.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Teaching Tuesday: Author's Purpose

 I made this a few years ago using free articles from readworks.  Step 1 is students sort definitions/examples etc of the different reasons author's write stories.  Step 2 is applying that to stories they read. 

Here is a link to the prinatable version.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Clover Rolls

 So, one of my goals NOT for the year, because that would be crazy, but for say....the next ten years, is to work my way through a cookbook.  I won't blog about all the recipes because you can buy the cookbook, but I will blog about a few with some tips and tricks I've learned because lets face it, I wasn't qualified to write the cookbook, so there is a learning curve that perhaps a more proficient chef doesn't realize would be helpful.
For instance, homemade bread.  I wanted to make rolls for Christmas, but...it's Christmas, I also don't want to MAKE homemade rolls on Christmas.  So...my quest was to make THIS recipe for no knead clover rolls, but do it in advance, and...it worked!
I made the rolls two days before.  I did have to punch it down several times until it created a little bit of a hard shell over the top (which was easy to massage out).  When it came to the day of, I pulled the double out and rolled it into the balls as instructed.  I just let it sit around (covered with a towel) for a few hours and it rose again (a lot, this yeast was doing it's thang).  I added butter and they were a huge hit.