Sunday, August 30, 2009
- 4 cans of small biscuits cut in 4 pieces each
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix together so all pieces of biscuit are covered with the mixture. Spoon the pieces into a greased fluted pan. I love my stoneware fluted pan ($29)
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
In a sauce pan over the stove combine the ingredients above and bring to a boil. Pour the mixture over the biscuits in the pan. (Add pecans to the top - you can add them whole or chopped)
Bake in the oven 40-50 minutes.
Here's a list of the other meals we had:
- Thursday Dinner - 30 minute chicken in pampered chef deep covered baker, risotto, broccoli, salad and french baguette. Brownies too!
- Friday Lunch - Lemon Chicken Risotto soup (made with the leftovers)
- Friday Dinner - Homemade Pizza with garlic and herb crust. 1- Sausage and Pepperoni and 2- Sausage, Chicken and Spinach
- Saturday Breakfast - Cinnamon Banana Pancakes, Bacon and Fruit
- Saturday Dessert - Homemade M&M cookie and ice cream sandwiches
- Sunday Breakfast - Monkey Bread
- Sunday Lunch - Cookout with brats, pork chops, corn on the cob, mac 'n cheese and salad
I think everyone had a great weekend... and a few extra pounds :)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
- Make the brownie mix just as it says on the box
- Spray the mini muffin tin
- Use a the small scoop for the brownie batter
Peanut Butter Filling (I just eyeball):
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- pinch of salt
- pinch of vanilla
- 3 Tbsp of milk (more or less depending on the consistency)
So you just take the filling, put it in a ziplock bag and cut the tip. Just pipe it into the middle of the brownie.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 9-10 minutes. Let them sit on the counter to cool a few minutes before trying to get them out. They are just perfect because they are a little chewy around the edges, but perfect in the middle with the peanut butter.
I hope you like these as much as I do!
- New Vinyl flooring - I installed it with a grout line ($40)
- New Trim
- New Vanity ($199) and Sink ($130) and Faucet ($55)
- Refinished Tub ($550)
- Mirror ($20) - got it on the clearance aisle at Home Depot
- Paint - already had it from the old house bathroom - FREE
- Light Fixture and bulbs
- Hardware for the door, towel rods and toilet paper holder
- Shower Curtain rod, rings and curtain
- Reusing some towels from other bathrooms
- I'm going to use the silver bowl I found at the thrift store for the back of the toilet I think!
Much more to come. I can't wait to post pictures of the room with clothes on. I thought you would all still appreciate the new clean look of the bathroom with the dirty work done. Thank you everyone who pitched in and helped or had ideas!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
2. Cooked 2 chicken breasts in 1/2 onion and clove of garlic and used the "mix 'n chop" from pampered chef. If you don't have one you need to order one :)
3. Melted a half stick of butter and whisked in 1/2 cup of flour with salt and pepper. It turned into a thick paste. To thin it out I used a cup of fat free half and half. Then I added a can of reduced fat cream of chicken.
4. I steamed broccoli (I don't really like peas) and carrots in my "Large Steamer" also a favorite of mine. I put chicken seasoning over them when they steamed for more flavor.
5. I combined the chicken/ gravy mixture and veggies (I also added some left over risotto) and poured it into the crust. Topped it with the remaining crust and baked it for 20 minutes.
Like I said, the power went out, but only after I enjoyed my semi-homemade pot pie!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
- Caned Chair - $5
- Set of Pictures - $2.50 (I just wanted them for their frames)
- Silver/ Tin bowl - $1.50
- Wooden Pedestal - $1.50
- Brass/ Wood Candle Holders - .50
I've already spray painted the pedestal black, the candle holders silver and the picture frames a white wash. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with the chair yet, but i have seen some really cute ideas on other blogs lately. Stay tuned to see some of this stuff in future pictures.
Total cost of my visit- $11 and many hours of fun!
It will eventually get it's much needed makeover, but here's what I came up with to get by... Mirror ($2) and group of picture frames different sizes and colors ($5)-- all from the Thrift Store. Spray Paint ($2) and "Live, Laugh, Love" I already had.
I'd love to hear your ideas for it's formal makeover. I can't wait for Christmas - Santa will finally have a chimney after all these years!
Blueberry Coffee Loaf Recipe:
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. oil
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 c. blueberries (If frozen, don't thaw)
Combine all ingredients together except topping, folding blueberries in last. Pour into well greased Pampered Chef Stone Loaf Pan.
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 3 Tbsps flour
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbsps oil
Mix topping together and sprinkle over top. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Now 2 years later with school finished and a larger kitchen, I signed up! I’m now a Pampered Chef Consultant. I had my first open house party July 29th. I made all the food ahead of time so everyone could converse and see the new house. We had the following:
- Salsa Bites
- Pecan Tassies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cake
- Fresh Salsa
- Fruit Salad in the Trifle Dish
I had about 16 guests and everyone found something they had to have. I took orders outside the party as well. The show sales were over $1,000!! Because July's host special was additional $$ I was able to get $315 in free products, (4) 50% off items and the Stainless Steel Bowls for 60% off. I ended up getting over $500.00 worth of product for about $100.00 – I love a deal!My start-up kit for Pampered Chef was $155 and I got over $500 of products and party supplies.
If you want to see all of their products visit http://www.pamperedchef.com/. These are some of my favorite items:
- Deep Covered Baker # 1352 - 30 minute chicken (MICROWAVE) - no need to heat the oven for this recipe
- Large Micro Cooker # 2778 - Steams vegetables in 3-4 minutes (MICROWAVE)
- Stoneware Fluted Pan # 1440 - Makes the best cakes even peanut butter chocolate cake recipe (Oven or MICROWAVE)
Are you noticing a trend that I like to use the microwave in the summer? There's also a great Grilling Basket # 2707 for grilling veggies outside. The fall items are coming out soon as well.
I’m sure I’ll feature some items and recipes in the future. Let me know if you would like to host a cooking or catalog show soon!
Cake Mix: 1 white cake mix as directed on the box - add juice of 1/2 lemon and lemon zest - Bake as directed - Cool to room temperature.
- 6 oz. Lemonade Concentrate (thawed)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- Yellow food color as desired
Mix together until smooth, poke holes in the cake and pour glaze over the top. Top with icing or whip cream and a slice of Lemon! YUM!!!
**I have to try this with Pink Lemonade too!
- It will all come out in the wash
- Laundry Room – Drop your drawers
- Laundry Room – Sorting it out one load at a time
- Soak, Wash, Rinse, Dry, Fluff, Iron, Fold (All over the walls in different places in different fonts?)
Monday, August 10, 2009
You must be thinking that I've got amazing handwriting, but wait I don't. Therefore, I turn to my husband's profession - TEACHING. Most of us remember the overhead projector. I use an overhead to project the image on the wall. Follow these steps:
1. Find the font you want to use. You might have to install it on your computer
2. Type the saying in word
3. Select the words and change the font to outline
4. Make the font as large as possible-- so it will fit on a page
5. Print the image on a piece of transparency paper (be careful when taking it off as the ink will smudge)
6. Put the transparency on the overhead and line it up the way you want on the wall. At this point you can adjust the size and placement. This is what I like about it - choose the size and arrangement you want.
7. I trace the image on the wall in pencil - just in case the projector gets bumped
8. Fill in what you traced with the paint pen color of your choice. I haven't tried using white yet, so let me know if anyone tries it.
This is the saying I painted in our foyer:
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tonight I made the Peanut Butter-Kiss Cookies. I didn't have any kisses so I just mixed in Chocolate Chips. Yumm! We had some friends stop by and see the house - their daughter kept sneaking away to get more.
I would highly recommend getting this cookbook. It's a great gift for newlyweds or college kids. My mom got it for me in college and I'm still using it.
My boss even asked me about some cookie bars I brought into the office last week. That weekend she ordered the cookbook. I feel like I should be getting some sort of commission for pushing this book.
Even if you don't buy it I'm sure I'll post more recipes.