Friday, April 28, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Freezer Garlic Bread
1. Mix butter, oil, parsley, garlic,and salt together.
2. Spread evenly over bread.
3. Place bread in freezer for 10 minutes until butter hardens some.
4. Stack bread by twos and place in freezer bags. Freeze for up to three months.
5. Pull out and place in 400 preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper baking cups.
3. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until the cake mix is well incorporated and no longer lumpy.
4. Fill cups to 2/3 cups full. Bake 18-23 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean with inserted.
*makes 24 muffins
Friday, April 21, 2017
I found this little drawer and decided it would be an adorable holder for a scrapbook. I bought these little tags and I found a bunch of different quotes to represent each month of the year.
I used my scraps and paper embellishments and I made a 'main' month tag for each month, but then I also made three colorful tags to go behind each month. The idea is that she can add pictures and stories to the tags that go along with each month so that at the end of the year, there is a year worth of stories and pictures.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
During the busy holidays the crockpot is about as big of a commitment as I make to most dinners..mostly because my oven is busy, but seriously, busy or not, this one is staying in my rotation.
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Ingredients: 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken, 1 1/2 c. bbq sauce, 1/2 medium onion (grated with juice), 1 T olive oil, 1 T. Worcestershire sauce, 2 T. brown sugar
Instructions: Stir all ingredients together (except chicken). Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and cook 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low. Take a fork and shred and stir with juices.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Here is that tutorial. Unicorns are our joke. No doubt, birthdays are better when served up on a princess plate.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Lots more DIY dino to come....
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
They sell foam wreaths and bunny ears at the dollar store. You can also find boas there, but they aren't always in stock, so I used a coupon and got two for half off at the craft store.
Monday, April 10, 2017
So....if you have a family with similar needs, or just want to try out some tasty potatoes, here's one that worked for us. The original recipe came from panningtheglobe.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
1. Roast the Garlic: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice off the top of the garlic head so that you see all the cross sections of all the cloves. Drizzle 1 t. of oil on the exposed garlic. Wrap tightly in foil. Bake for 35 minutes. Let it cool.
2. Peel, slice, the potatoes and put them into a large pot. Cover them with cold water by a couple of inches. Add 2 t. of salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes (or until tend enough for a fork to easily slide in and out).
3. Save 1 c of water before draining. Drain. Place the potatoes back into the pan. Turn the heat off. Squeeze the garlic out of the skin into the potatoes and mash with a masher until they are all blended together. Add 6 T. of olive oil. Stir or mash. Thin with potato water a little at a time until you like the consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with onions and/or parsley.
*I made these the day before and reheated them in the oven before serving.
Friday, April 07, 2017
To make my yarn puffs I just looped a bunch of yarn around four fingers about twenty times. The more you loop, the bigger your puff. Use fewer fingers when looping to make smaller bunnies. Lab puppies are optional.
I cut out little pieces of felt and glued those and the pompoms to the white puffs after I had tied them to the twine to make sure I got them in the right place.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
French Onion Soup Casserole
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add onions and cover. Cook for 30 minutes and stir from time to time.
2. Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Heat the broth until it boils. Reduce heat to low and let is simmer (uncovered) for 30 minutes. The broth will reduce.
3. Lightly toast the bread slices.
4. Pour the onion and broth mix into a greased casserole dish. Cover bread with the bread and top with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake (uncovered) at 350 for 20 minutes (Until cheese is melted and brown on top).
Monday, April 03, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
So, before heading to South Florida for the first time I did a lot of research. I read a lot of post. I asked a lot of friends. The best advice came from a friend of mine who lived in Miami for a few years. One thing she told me (after I rented a car) was that I wouldn't need a car while I was in Miami. She was so right. I parked the car for two days and didn't move it once. One, because everything I wanted to see was a mile or less away (at the most) and two, the traffic is CRAY-ZEE! I'm sure it didn't help that the spring breakers were all in full force, but I'm told the drivers are always this nuts. So, just a thought-to save some sanity and money-wait to rent your car until you are done touring Miami. I also found the car rental to be really expensive. I had read it wasn't bad, but....it was pretty pricey and they added a bunch of fees for tolls. Even if you only use the tollway once they charged us every day a service fee, plus the tolls, so....plan to add quite a bit to your usual cost b/c I think it would be really tough to drive anywhere without hitting a toll road.
OK....on to some details. When I first arrived I drove to one of the first Keys-Biscayne (not to be confused with Biscayne National Park). There was a cute lighthouse that sat at the end of the beach. You can climb it and get a great view of the beach around. It was just a beautiful little beach town and worth a stop-especially as we waited for our hotel room to get ready.
My friend also suggested we walk to a place called Lincoln Road with tons of shopping. We went on a Sunday and they also had an antique market with rows of booths with lots of art deco fun, jewelry, and antiques on Sunday.
I read about a stop called Robbie's in Islamarado. There were some little stands etc around a marina, and a place to eat that overlooks a boat marina (the lot was crowded). The draw is the tarpon. ONE THING I didn't know was that to walk out on the dock, it's two bucks a person. If you buy a bucket of fish-(a few bucks more) you can walk out with that, but....just know-it's not free. The fish were pretty impressive.
We shopped and walked up the street. Next time I'd probably skip most of the other shops along the route and just shop Duval. There were lots of different artist shops and souvenir shops and stands. We also hit up Jimmy's Buffets for lunch.
We took a few hours to walk about a mile making lots of stops and finally made it to Mallory Square. There are more shops here, but this is where to aim towards sunset.
There were lots of fun pieces that tell the story of his life here and after, and you can even walk up and see where he wrote many of his books throughout the 7 years he called this place home.
Last up was a drive to Homestead and the Everglades National Park. I LOVE national parks. I'm on a quest to visit all the big ones, and I've got several on my list for the year. It's so neat to see animals in their natural habitat.
We stopped to take the Anhinga Trail. It's less than a mile, but....first up you need to cover your car with the provided tarps so the vultures won't damage your car. Sure enough they were still on the cars that were covered up prancing around.
A day was really enough time to spend in the Everglades, but it was a really unique spot and a different national park from the other wooded ones I've visited in the past. We ate at Buttonwood-it's just a little grill in the park. It was great grill food, nothing fancy, but an easy spot.
After we left the park I stopped at this farmer's market you pass along the Homestead entrance called Robert Is Here. It has all this unique fruit and veggies, but I recommend the fresh fruit milkshakes. They cost about 7 bucks each, but they really were delicious. For dinner I tried out a BBQ restaurant about ten minutes from my hotel called Shivers-another great find. I'm tossing in food recommendations b/c I've had a lot of bad meals in my days-but all of these stops I've mentioned I'd definitely do again!
On my last day, we had a few hours before we needed to head to the airport so I took my friend's advice one last time and went to an area called Wynwood Walls. It says it opens at 11, but that's only a small portion, you can really get there earlier and see a lot of the art work before headed into the small portion that opens/closes etc. The earlier the better because parking is a booger.
What a unique concept though. I LOVE art, and this whole part of town used to be these old abandoned concrete buildings. Artist were brought in and now the whole place is covered with graffiti art by well known artist with little funky restaurants along the way.
All in all I learned a lot. I could definitely do it better next time, and I have lots of tips and tricks I can share now with my friends who head down south. Let me just say-spring breakers or not-March looks good on Florida!