Friday, December 28, 2012

Ways to keep your food fresh long

Well hello, my dear friends! Hope everyone had great holidays and not many of you got coal in their stockings!
Now that we all have tons of left overs, here are some ways to keep your food from spoiling fast? Check out the link below!!
Here it is: http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/27-ways-to-make-your-groceries-last-as-long-as-pos

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I call it a "WOW" dessert!!

Before I  let you know the secret recipe to make this amazing dessert, make sure that you turn off the daily calorie count right now! The diet is starting beginning of the year!



There are three layers to this goodness, actually four if you count the whipping cream as the top layer. The following recipe is exactly the way I made it but the second time around I am going to double the amount of the middle layer - which is the cream cheese layer. That layer is so tasty but it's kind of getting lost underneath the chocolate layer.

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
8 oz of cream cheese
1 cup sugar
13.5 oz or more of homemade whipped cream
1 large package of instant vanilla pudding
1 large package of instant chocolate pudding
3 cups of milk

Bottom layer
Mix together flour, softened butter and finely chopped nuts. Press the mixture into a WELL greased 9 by 13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool it before you start the assembly.

Middle layer
While the bottom is baking, beat sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in 4.5 oz. of whipped cream. Spread it over the cooled bottom.

Top layer
Beat cold milk into vanilla and chocolate pudding. It should start getting smooth and thick pretty fast. Before it gets too thick, spread it over the middle layer.

Beat 9 oz of whipping cream (or more, bacause who is counting) with a tablespoon of sugar and spread it over the top. Decorate with some shaved chocolate (if you have it, otherwise it's just as good without it).

It's a fingerlicking goodness, I tell you!!



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday party favors

Here is a cute idea that I used over the Holidays last year for a party favor.





You can also substitute "snowman poop" for "reindeer poop" and fill the bags with chocolate covered raisins. Of course you'd have to change the poem accordingly. The "reindeer food" is oatmeal with some glitter mixed in it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cards made easy

With the Holidays approaching I felt urgency to make cards, which I eventually bundle up and give out as gifts to teachers and friends. I decided that this time around I'm going to make things really simple and will concentrate on the beautiful paper that I already have on hand. A lot of the paper that you buy from the stores already comes in color coordinated books.  Use it along with a greeting stamp and you will have cards in no time at all. Here are some of my current creations.




 These easy cards allow you to use what you have in your closet rather than running to the store and getting more new stuff. Also, simple projects are less intimidating so you are more likely to tackle them. Give it a shot and get working on those wonderful gifts for the Holidays.


Happy crafting!

Friday, November 30, 2012

The easiest pot roast ever!!

It's finally pot roast weather... for now!!! I have a super easy, hassle free recipe for you!!
You can use beef chuck but personally I use london broil just because I like it that way!
Put the meat in the crock pot, sprinkle it with dry Lipton Onion Soup mix, turn it on low and cook it until it falls apart. No, I did not forget about adding water or both or any other liquid for that matter. You don't need to add any liquid at all!!! Just the meat and dry Lipton Onion Soup. I usually put a frozen piece of meat in the crock pot in the morning and leave it in until I get back from work. It's a finger licking goodness for sure!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pull-Apart Garlic Rolls

This is a very tasty recipe for family gatherings.



Ingredients:

18 frozen dinner roll dough, thawed
1 stick of melted butter
2 cloves of minced garlic (I actually put 3 because I love it super garlicy)
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp of chopped fresh parsley (optional)
2 Tbsp of chopped chives (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bunt pan.

Cut thawed dinner rolls in half and place them in a large bowl.

Combine butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley and chives in a small bowl. Pour over the rolls and toss to coat.

Arrange rolls in greased pan. Cover and let rise in warm place for an hour or until doubled in size.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool for 10 minutes, then invert the pan onto a plate and serve.





You can keep the rolls warm in the bunt pan until the rest of the food is ready to be served and then invert them onto the plate. They will disappear in a blink of en eye. Sometimes before I put them into the oven I sprinkle more parmesan on top. Do you know WHY I do that? Just because I can!  

Enjoy this finger licking goodness!!

Life is like ice-cream......

.... enjoy it before it melts.

This is a fun, long-time retired SU stamp set which you can probably still find on ebay.  I cut out all the ice-cream scoops and placed them on top of each other, you know, just to make them look more... delicious.


Remember, ice-cream doesn't help with bad mood. It cures it!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pumpkin bread

It's funny how I remember exactly who gave me this recipe. It was an older lady whose husband was an artist. They would take pictures of his paintings and sell them as postcards to supplement their income. It was probably 15 years ago and I've been using this recipe ever since. It makes two loaves or one loaf and eight mini loaves.
Ingredients:

1 c. oil
3 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz. canned pumpkin
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts



Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Beat oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add canned pumpkin. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves and mix well. Finally add the chocolate chips and walnuts and incorporate them into the mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees in well greased pans for 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick stuck inside comes out clean.

Enjoy this finger licking goodness!!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Just believe

I used this card at one of my workshops. The circles are embossed with clear embossing powder and Martha Stewart punch was used for the side decor.



Get crafting ladies!




Monday, October 29, 2012

Cornbread like no other

I took me a long time to find a recipe for a good, moist corn bread, so when I tasted this one, I knew that it was a keeper. I'm going to serve it along my delicious chili on Halloween.

Ingredients

2 boxes of Jiffy corn bread mix
1 16 oz can of cream corn
1 small container of sour cream
3 eggs
1/2 c. oil

Grease 9 by 13 baking dish. Beat eggs and oil. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bake it for 40 to 50 minutes in 350 degree oven.





Enjoy this finger-licking goodness!!

A pot of chili


There is a debate as to the origins of chili con carne. Some assume that it's a Mexican  dish. Afterall ancient Mayan and Aztec used chili-like sauce called mole, which combined chile peppers, vegetables, cinnamon and chocolate.
However, experts will tell you otherwise. In the late 19th century in San Antonio, Texas cooks came up with a dish in which they substituted expensive chocolate and cinnamon found in mole with chile peppers and meat which were more readily available. The wonderful creation is chili as we know it today.
Ok, ok, so this recipe is not the simplest one you've ever made but certain things just require love and labor in the name of perfection. If you decide to make, you will not regret it. I saw this recipe on tv, tried it and fell in love with it. It really is one of the best chili I've ever made.



I followed the recipe pretty much to the dot with the exception of meat. I used all ground beef and no italian sausage. Don't let the "Dragon Breath" in the name scare you. You are in charge and you can make it as spicy or mild as you want it. The recipe asks for bacon fat and you should not skip it nor should you be skimpy with it. Make a ton of it while you are at it, so you that you can freeze the leftovers for those cold winter evenings when you walk thru the door and still don't know what to make for dinner.

It's a finger-licking goodness, I tell you!




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pizza on the Barbie

Pizza, according to some, is the world’s perfect food. I must say, that over the years I have grown to love it just as much as the rest of the nation. The precise history of pizza will never be known. What we do know is that around 1000 AD the word “picea” appeared and was describing flat, round breads that were preseason prior to baking. However, pizza as we know it today did not come into play till much later in history, around the 18th century in Naples. It spread around the world making it’s way to the US where the first pizzeria was opened in 1905 in New York City and the PIZZA-MANIA begun.




Ingredients:

Pizza dough

Olive oil for brushing

Pizza sauce: tomato, pesto or barbecue

Toppings of your choice



Cut your dough into small balls and roll them out into 8 inch circles. No worries if they are not perfectly round, the pizzas look great when they take a shape of their own. Brush olive oil on both sides of the rolled out dough and put it on a hot grill. Close the grill while the dough is grilling. Leave it for a couple of minutes checking on it occasionally to make sure that the grill is not too hot and the dough is not burning. Flip the dough over and leave it on for additional couple of minutes. By now you should be able to tell when the dough it cooked. When it does look cooked spread the sauce of your choice on top of it (in my case it’s pesto but you can use tomato sauce or even a BBQ sauce), put some toppings and cheese on and close the grill once again. Wait, don’t you walk away, this is not going to take long. You are just waiting for the cheese to melt and you will be ready to devour this finger licking goodness. The dough is going to be wonderful and crisp, just the way to you like it. AND, always a plus, you can have a fresh pizza while camping.


A big Bon Appetit to the country that eats almost 100 acres of pizza per day! Enjoy!



** According to pizza.com, eating pizza once a week can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer.






Welcome back, Friends!

Hello my friends!

Watch out, I'm coming out of hibernation! Yay! This time around I want to add a new twist to my blog. Those of you who know me are aware of how much I love to cook, travel and scrap, so you will be seeing delicious recipes coming your way along with exciting cards and wonderful travel tips for the destinations which I have explored with my amazing family.

I'm going to start off with grilled pizza recipe which was a hit during one of our camping trips and I've been making it at home ever since. It's easy, fast, can be personalized and it is perfect for those wonderful fall nights.