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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Easter Bunny Light

  • Bunny ears and bow set.
  • Bag of marbles, plastic crystals, anything you can put with lights.
  • 2 black flat marbles
  • 20 count light set
  • 2 big pom - pom's
  • 1 bright pink 1 inch pom
  • 1 square vase
  • 2 pipe cleaners cut into 1/3's
  • Hot glue gun
How to do it:
I had to do it twice because my lights looked funny. I put a layer of crystal pieces in the bottom and then 6 lights on top. Then I added about 2 inches of chrystals and another 6 lights, then another layer of chrystals and the rest of the lights. Then I stuck the bunny ears in then more chrystals. Glued on the poms, eyes and pipe cleaner whiskers. Added the bow and plugged it in! Yippeee! I love fun, fast and easy projects.....especially when I had all the stuff for it!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Are You Aware, Is Anyone

I saw this on facebook and not for sure if it is true or not but thought that I should share and see if anyone has any information. First of all this is a picture that some are calling strawberry crack with this little message

THIS REALLY SCARES ME! ALL PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE!! ...There is a drug going around the schools ...It's known as Strawberry Quick ...or strawberry meth looks like pop rocks that kids eat, smells like strawberries &... also comes in other flavors like chocolate, etc..... Please tell your children not to take candy from anyone even a classmate because this drug that looks like pop rocks is actually crystal meth rocked up with strawberry flavor & can kill them

While, I am not sure if this is a new drug or not I think it does draw awareness to the fact that people are tempting our children with what they may think is a treat. As a child and a young parent I can remember stamps, stickers, and tatoos being bad for our children because sick individuals were tracing these items with drugs. Very sad Please take time and learn what is out there that can harm your children.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Clean The Pantry Stew

7 ounces light turkey kielbasa (half a package)
1 small onion, about 3/4 cup, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 oz) no salt added diced tomatoes, drained but juice reserved
1 quart Chef Meg's Chicken Stock
4 red potatoes, quartered (about 2 cups)
1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup carrots, shredded or chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bunch kale (about 6 cups raw), stems removed and cut into bite-size pieces
2 dashes hot sauce

Place a dutch oven or large saucepan over moderate heat. Coat with nonstick cooking spray. Once the pan is warm, add the onions and sausage. Cook until the onions soften and the meat is browned on all sides. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. (If some of the onions are removed with the meat, that is OK.)
Add the garlic and drained tomatoes to the pan and cook, stirring constantly until the tomatoes start to dry out and a brown color appears on the bottom of the saucepan.
Slowly add the stock and reserved tomato juice to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any browned bits (called fond). Add the potatoes to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, then add the beans, carrots, meat, and peppers.
Cook five more minutes, then add the kale and simmer for three minutes, until the kale is wilted.
Season with hot sauce and serve warm

Makes 8 servings (1 heaping cup)

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Green Monster Recipe for a Healthy St. Patricks Day

Green Monster Muffins
Most spinach muffins are savory but these are sweet!

Makes 12 muffins
Dry Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (note: you could probably sub flours of do 1 1/2 cups total of a single flour, instead of 2, if you’d like)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 single serving applesauce (or 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup PACKED, triple washed baby spinach, chopped by food processor into small bits (see photos above)
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp lemon zest (depending on how lemon-y you want it)
Optional ingredient: 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, plus extra for topping
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. Add dry ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk together.
  3. Whisk to beat egg and sugar together till light (I did this by hand for just a couple minutes).
  4. Whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredient mixture, add 1/4 cup walnuts if desired, and stir gently just to combine – do not over-mix.
  6. Pour muffin batter into muffin tin cups – about 3/4 full each. If using walnuts, sprinkle walnuts on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 14-17 minutes until centers set or a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Cool at least 10-15 minutes before serving.
recipe source the chic life

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Just Where Did The Ball Go

During a recent golf game a golfers ball ended up in a place one would not of thought of that before. Check the story out for your self here

Southern Pimento Spread

2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained
salt and black pepper to taste

Place the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and pimento into the large bowl of a mixer. Beat at medium speed, with paddle if possible, until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper

Star Salsa

1 red bell pepper, dice
1 pineapple, diced
4 kiwis, skins removed and diced
1 fennel bulb, sliced in half, core removed and diced
2 star fruits, sliced thinly
1 lime (for the juice)
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Once all of your fruits and veggies are diced, combine them in a large bowl. For the dressing, squeeze the lime juice into a smaller bowl. Add the chopped cilantro and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk the oil in, creating the dressing. Toss the salsa with the dressing and serve in mini cups with crackers, or even on top of grilled fish or chicken.
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Meet Me Monday

Acting Balanced
1. What was the first live concert you ever attended?
2. What colors look best on you?
3. What is one thing about you that most people wouldn't know?
4. Who would you call to be bailed out of jail?
5. What do you think is the greatest invention of your lifetime and why?

1. besides school concerts etc.. I would say it would be big daddy weave
2. pink and red
3. that I often get depressed
4. oh my mom or hubby or my children to get someone to help
5. I would say the internet it is a world of its own

To Salt or Not To Salt

How much salt do you put in your water when cooking pasta? Well according to a simple light sprinkling of salt will simply not do the job. The tip they offer is to use 2 to 3 tablespoons of regular table salt for 6 quarts of water seems to be the best

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The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom


I loved pacman when I was a teenager played it al the time , ate the cereal and yes did the pacman dance

thought it was a great time to share with you about the b1g1 chicken sandwich at burger king hurry over there and get it

believe it or not I think I can read this so super funny

I can only imagine

Since i was a little girl I have always loved these big federal style houses. I wondered what the walls would say was there grand parties that went on inside? Were the owners scrooges that did not have guest over but suffered with their own greed inside the walls? What about family was the house so big because there was a large family inside this house? Do you ever wonder about history and look at pictures or objects and wonder what, why , when???

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pistachio Fudge

Today February 26 is national pistachio day, the beautiful green color is also perfect for spring and St. Patricks day

  • 1 pound white baking chocolateshopping l
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened                                                  
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® green food color
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • Additional pistachios for garnish, if desired                                                  

  • Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over sides of pan. Spray with no stick cooking spray. Melt chocolate as directed on package. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar on low speed until well blended. Add melted chocolate, extracts and food color; mix well. Stir in chopped pistachios. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Garnish with additional pistachios, if desired. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm. Use foil to lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into 25 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Store in refrigerator. Substitute: One bag (12 ounces) white chocolate chips can be substituted for the white chocolate squares.

    recipe source: Group Recipe

    Twist It Up Baby

    Girls just twist and shouting and having a great time while they do it