Friday, November 24, 2017

Fall Salad

I'm clearing my phone of pictures and I found this one of a salad I really loved and want to remember.  I tossed together spinach, apple slices, candied pecans, and white cheddar cheese.  I added some balsamic vinegar for dresshing and it was the perfect comination of salty and sweet.  So, before I say goodbye to fall and all her flavors, I wanted one last memory, so next year I remember I do like more than pumpkin bread & caramel apples when fall rolls around. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

12 Day of Christmas

 I did this once before for my cousin's daughter, and it was a big hit.  I bought a bunch of little crafts at craft stores in the area and I wrapped them each individually (12 crafts to be exact).  I added a tag with a number and the date to each tag (because my goddaughter, who is getting these gift, does not like to wait).  This way she can look forward to opening a gift each day, and she will soon learn they come with a little something for her to do each day. 
Her house should be well decorated by day 12! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Crockpot Cornbread Dressing

     This photo isn't a beauty, but the dressing was delicious.  I brought this to a potluck last week at work.  There is a group of us that spends the ENTIRE day outside working the turkey trot for each grade level, so last year I started a little friendsgiving for the workers who are ready to gorge by 2 pm.
     I wanted to bring a Thanksgiving dish, but I've been sooooo busy all month, so I looked for something easy to throw together and came up with this dressing.  I combined a few different online dressings, so feel free to add and subtract.
Crockpot Cornbread Dressing
Ingredients:  8 c. of corn bread (I cooked 2 boxes of Jiffy according to directions and then crumbled it up, I also added about 4 pieces of day old white bread), 1 can cream of chicken, 1/2 t. pepper, 11/2 t. sage, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 3 c. chicken broth, 1/4 c. melted butter, 4 eggs, 1 med onion chopped, 1 c. celery (chopped).  
Instructions:  Mix all ingredients.  Place in a crockpot and cook for 4-5 hours on low.  Top should be browning.  

Saturday, November 18, 2017

TShirt Quilt

 This year for Christmas I made my brother a t shirt quilt.  He had a ton of shirts taking up closet space from sport's team victories and races he's run.  I used a plastic square to cut them all down to the same size. 
 I cut 2 inch strips and sewed them to the sides and then between each row.  This allowed me to be less than perfect.  The reality is I don't have the patience or talent to match up corners, so this is the most forgiving way for me to put together blocks...and it makes the quilt a little longer too. 
I bought some batting and a soft sheet for the back and I took it to a quilter to attach the two pieces together and then added some binding using the same fabric between each square.  Last,  I added some dog hair b/c no project is complete without dog hair. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Photo a Day


I usually post in advance, but for the first time, I'm behind in blogging. It has been a real bugger of a year.  I have a lot of fun things planned for December, including December Daily, but in the meantime.  One thing I have kept up with is my photo a day on Instagram. Sometimes it's something I did, something I ate, or an ever recurring theme..my dog. I  love her more than a little. This is my second year and the first few months were difficult to remember to post, but in the midst of hard days I love flipping back day by day and seeing so much good and significance in what seems like a year of more of the 'same,' and at points 'hard.' 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Thanksgiving Cards

This summer I tried to get ahead on my cards.  I put together theseThankgiving cards using some of my scraps and doodads for my godchildren and their siblings.  I buy big packages of blank cards when they go on sale and then use my scraps and misc stickers and ribbons to try to put together cards for the holidays....when I have the time...which usually means I store up in the summer like a squirrel with her acorns to get me through the winter and all her holidays.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Peppermint Fluff Candle

Last year I saw some cute little candles inside tin cans at a craft show and I decided it looked like a good DIY project!  
 I bought wick and candle squares at a craft store, and then I saved a can from a meal, used some peppermint essential oil for a scent, and a washer.
 To prevent my can from having a sharp edge I used one of those openers that removes the lid/rim and all.
 I tied the wick to the washer and placed it down at the bottom of the can.  This wouldn't work if the can wasn't metal (fire hazard), but it works for this case and made a nice weight.
 I tied the wick to a straw and placed it across the can in the middle so it would stay (sort of) straight.  The candle wax suggested a double boiler, but I just stuck it in the microwave for about 5 minutes until it was melted.  I dropped in a few drops of essential oil and then poured it into the can.
 It goes in clear, but when it was starting to harden, just to jazz it up, I added some crushed peppermint.
I added a label and then bagged it up with some mints.  I don't think I'll go into the candle making business, but....it was a fun little gift to give a few friends and different from my norm!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Sugar Cookie Truffles

 In my defense....of those who celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving.....I posted this a year ago-I just set it out into the world of cyberspace b/c my blog was too full last December when I made these.  OK...I totally celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving, but still....that's not my reason this time!
I put together these little treats for a potluck.  I thought they sounded festive and fun...and it turns out you can add tasty to that list.
 These are so simple to make.  It required three ingredients-four if you add sprinkles.  I used some slice and bake cookies to make some sugar cookies.  I took 12 of those cookies (about 2 inches across) and crumbled them in a food processor with 2 tablespoons of cream cheese.  You roll them into balls (I got about 16 1 inch balls out of mine).  I put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes (or place them in the fridge for an hour or so).
Melt white chocolate, dip, and sprinkle quickly (it hardens really fast).

Monday, October 30, 2017

Butterfinger Cookies

 Last year I had a staff development, so I was a little late getting home....and then the hundreds of trick or treaters became the tens.  I ended up with a few hundred pieces of candy.  One part of the stash were all these butterfingers.
I found a recipe via twopeasandtheirpod.  It was a fun crispie cookie....that I shared with my coworkers....if the trick or treaters won't come to me-I'll go to them.
Butterfinger Cookies
Ingredients:  1 c. flour, 1/2 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. baking soda, 1/4 t. salt, 1/2 c. butter (at room temperature), 1/2 c. sugar, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 t. vanilla, 1 c. old fashion oats, 1 1/4 c. Rice Krispies cereal, 1 c. chocolate chips, 1 c. chopped Butterfinger candy bars
Instructions:
1.  Head over to 375.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
2.  Mix flour, baking powder and soda, and salt.
3.  In a separate bowl cream together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Add it flour mix.
4.  Stire in oats, cereal, chocolate chips, and Butterfinger chunks.  Don't over mix.
5.  Place on trays in tablespoon size pieces.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Cookie for 2 minutes.  Remove from trays.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dollar Store Halloween Crafts

 Things have been a little crazy the last few months, but I did have a little time to swing by GMT and share a few cheap and easy Halloween crafts.  Here is the segment, but I also took a few pictures. 
 One craft I shared were these spell jars.  I found the tutorial via FlamingoToes.  She used pictures from graphicfairy.  I just blew up the pictures to fit inside these little dollar store fish bowls (the original tutorial used Christmas ornaments). 
 To make them smokey I used a really quick spray of spray paint.  I also found some candle sticks at the dollar store I sprayed black to display these on. 
 Another craft were these dollar store village pieces.  I've sprayed these white and added glitter in the past, and this go round I sprayed them black to make a little haunted village.

Friday, October 20, 2017

French Dip Sliders

 I have been in a meal rut.  I'm trying really hard to cook most nights and make a little bit more so I can pack several lunches for myself throughout the week.  I've made it to mid October and so far I have done pretty good about not stopping to grab fast food b/c I lack a plan.  BUT.....I've sort of run out of things I wanted to try, so I went on a hunt.  I found a this recipe at Chelsea'sMessyApron.  It sounded good, but pinterest has been a cruel cruel liar in the past.  This time.  This time, pinterest (and Chelsea) hit it out of the ball park.  I did make some adjustments b/c I knew in the past with the ham version of these it could be a little TOO buttery (words I never thought I'd say).  I also don't like tons of meat, so I adjusted that as well.  See recipe below.  Now I need to go exploe every slider recipe on pinterest. 
French Dip Sliders
Sandwich Ingredients
 2 T of softened butter, 1 pkg Hawaiian sweet rolls (12 total), 1/2 lb deli roast beef (mine was more on the rare side since it was going to bake more, and I asked for it to be thinly sliced), 12 slices of provolon cheese slices, 1 1/2 c. french fried onions
Seasoning Ingredients
4 T butter, 1 pkt of Au Jus seasoning mix (divided), 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 T sesame seeds, 1/4 t. onion powder, 1/4 t seasoning salt, 1/4 t. dried minced garlic
Instructions: 
1.  Heat oven to 350 and butter the bottom of a pan. 
2.  Cut the rolls in half without seperating the rolls. 
3. Place bread bottom in pan.  Spread out 6 pieces of cheese, your meat, french fried onions, and 6 more slices of cheese.  Add top to rolls. 
4.  Stir together 1 1/2 t. of the Au Jus mix, butter, Worcestershire, sesame seeds, onion powder, seasoning salts, and garlic.  Brush over the top of the rolls. 
5.  Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Use a sharp knife to seperate the rolls. 
6.  While sliders cool some, add the rest of the Au Jus mix to a pan with 2 c. of cold water.  Stir and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to thicken.  Serve with sandwiches. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cabbage Coleslaw


I made this coleslaw a few weeks back.  On day three I realized I hadn't photographed it, and by this point it had turned purple from the purple cabbage, but it still tasted good.  In fact, it was better the next day.
It was easy to toss together, and it sounded strange, but it was one of my favorites to date.  If I was feeding this to others I might skip the purple cabbage just for looks, or maybe not, it's kind of fun!
Ingredients:  
1 med head of cabbage, shredded (I grabbed a bag that was already shredded and had carrots), 1 large red onion (diced), 1 c. grated carrots, 2 stalks of celery (chopped), 1 c. white sugar, 1 c. white vinegar, 3/4 c. veg. oil, 1 T salt, 1 T dry mustard, black pepper to taste.
Instructions:
Mix all the veggies.  Sprinkle with sugar and mix well.
In a saucepan combine the vinegar, oil, salt, mustard, and pepper.  Bring to a boil and pour over the cabbage.  Mix well.
Chill and serve cold.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Crockpot Mexican Dish


I made this really simple side dish to serve at a Mexican themed meal recently.  I was looking for something easy to toss together to go along with everything I was monitoring on the stove, and this was perfect because it cooks itself.  You can add any veggies or spices according to your taste.

Crockpot Spanish Rice
Ingredients:  1 c. long grain rice (uncooked), 1 c. water, 1 14.5 once can of diced tomatoes (included the juice), 1/2 c. chopped onions, 1/2 c. chopped green peppers, 1/2 t. salt, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 T. ground cumin, 1 T. chili powder
Instructions:  Place all the ingredients in a crockpot.  Stir together.  Cook for 2-3 hours on low until all the water has evaporated out of the rice.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Adult Lunchables

 I've been in a freezer dinner rut the last few years, so this year I bought some cute little containers via Amazon and I've been trying to make my own version of adult lunchables.  I haven't taken a picture of all of them.  I did BBQ and Slaw once....and a few others, but here are a few pictures, mostly for my own good, of some of the ones I've enjoyed most. 
 I'm all about sweets...and salads. 
I try to eat my main meal for lunch....it allows me to eat less for dinner.  Some of these I eat over two days too, but it's allowed me to go to work more prepared to prep these in advance.