Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Thrift Store find!

These Asian gems cost me only $6.  There are hidden finds all over your local thrift stores in the housewares area -- take the time and look all over, you will be surprised!

Happy Decorating!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Sprinkles Marshmallow Treats!

I'm new to doing the photo collages, and I'm so glad that I started!  It's such a great and easy way for you to get an easy recipe all in one picture.  

So I've added two in case you like one better than the other.

"Pin" away!
These treats are super super easy.

I thought of the idea because I loved cake pops so much but needed something that was fast.
I first made them for my friend's baby shower and they were a hit!  So I decided to do a tutorial to show you all just how easy.  

Click here to see the "Ready to Pop" baby shower.

My son is going to be Bakerman at pre-school again and I needed something creative.  They have a no cupcake rule, like most pre-schools now.  So choosing this treat was a no-brainer.

First you need the supplies.  I used bamboo skewers to do the job.  They are long (usually for grilling kabob's) so I just took a pair of scissors and cut them to size.  

**Later on that day when I went to get additional materials that I forgot, I saw that there were smaller skewers available.  No need to cut at all!  Making it even easier.**
You need the Sandwich Bags with the fold.

I'm sure that there are "special" (expensive) cake pop/sucker bags that you can find at Hobby Lobby etc., but this was $1 and they end up looking very nice.

You also need some string, ribbon, or twine.  Just anything that will make it look decorative and cute.
Here I'm cutting the fold off of the sandwich baggies.
You need Marshmallows of course, and some frosting to coat them with.  The sprinkles have to stick to something!  :)

I used a ready-made frosting because, well... it's easier!  
But making homemade frosting isn't difficult at all.  Click here to see my frosting recipe tutorial.
LOVE LOVE LOVE Sprinkles!!!
Put most of the frosting into a small bowl...
And heat it up for about 15 seconds.
You want the marshmallow to dip easily into the frosting.
Now for the fun part!
What I did was put an empty plate into the fridge   The frosting is pretty melty and the sprinkles can tend to fall off if it doesn't get set right away.  

So I would coat 2 treats, and then immediately put them into the fridge so they can set. 
Don't be scared about putting them sprinkle/frosting side down.  It works can you see?
So because Noah is Bakerman, I wanted to present the treats in a creative and pretty way.
This is also a great ideas for doing any type of birthday party of shower.

This is just a plain gift box.
I put Styrofoam into it and then wrapped it in tissue paper.

So the kiddos could get an extra treat, I surrounded the box with lollies.
Start wrapping the treats.
This part takes the longest because it gets difficult tying a bow around the slick sandwich bags.  
But it can be done.
So pretty!
Finished Bakerman treats.

When Noah saw this, he was thru the Moon!
Look at my happy boy!
Yay Bakerman Noah!

These were the ones I made for the shower. 
It's the exact same thing, but with chocolate frosting.
Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Stuffed Red Peppers

For the longest time, I have wanted to make Stuffed Red Peppers.  Why haven't I?
Have no idea.  But one day I got so sick and tired of wishing I could have a stuffed red pepper I finally just wrote down the ingredients and made it that night.

And I'm so glad I did!  Look how amazing these turned out!  
Not bad for my first time.

I'm here to tell you how darn easy these were.  And delicious too.  My husband doesn't normally eat peppers thought that they were amazing.

Also see the start to finish collage at the bottom.


Servings:  6 to 8
Prep Time:  1 hour
Cook Time:  1 hour 30 min.
Difficulty:  Easy

What you need:

1 cup tomatoes (diced)
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
1 cup rice (cooked)
2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 md. onion (chopped)
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
6-8 large bell peppers
1/2 cup green onion tops (chopped)
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1.5 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup Old El Paso Cheese 'n Salsa

**Below small images are the same as above, just in the all-cool collage form.**

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Start by cutting the peppers in half lengthwise, leaving the stems intact, and halving them also.  Remove the seeds and ribs inside the peppers.
Using a hot skillet, saute the ground beef.

    Remove the foil and spoon the juice from bottom of the casserole over the top of the peppers.  Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon of bouillon granules, and House Seasoning together.
Saute well until onions become translucent.  Drain the fat off.
 Add the rice, cheese, and sour cream.  Mix well.
Then add the tomatoes, green onion tops, and soy sauce.  Mix well again.
Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese to the mixture.  Mix well... again  :)
Now for the fun part!
Stuff the mixture into the peppers.
In a small bowl, mix the hot water and the remaining bouillon granules.
Place the stuffed peppers in a dish.
Sprinkle with the rest of the cheddar cheese.
Now pour the stock into the bottom of the pan with the peppers.

cover with foil and bake for 25 to 35 minutes.
Look how amazing!!!

Ok.  It's always nice to make something and say to yourself, "This tastes pretty good!"
I'm very proud of myself for this dish and plan on making it again soon.

Kalk Bay, Cape Town

I know I said that the wine tour was the most memorable, but it's actually a toss-up with going to Kalk Bay.  
It was a place that I had wanted to go to last year but didn't get a chance to since we had a little one. 
The reason why it was so nice was because it was just one of those spur-of-the-moment stops in a little, quaint town just before Cape Point.  We walked around looking at all the sights, went to a book store, shared an espresso, laughed and had great conversation.
I will definitely remember this for a long time.

We first stopped by this cute little cafe for some espresso.

 This wall tile is so mosaic and beautiful.
 We walked down to the book store where we purchased a book for our son, Noah.
 I fell in LOVE with this hotel as soon as I saw it.
What a cool place to stay!
 This little township is settled on a huge hill.
 It was a tiring walk for me.  Maybe because I'm out of shape, Lol!
 I thought this was such a gorgeous home.  A great view of the ocean.
Our last name.  I wonder what this could be...
Let's find out! 
 Jeff and I were so excited when we saw this shop!

 I bet that the people shopping inside thought we were crazy.
 Happy couple.
 I have always wanted one of these. 
And this one is in great condition!
 Kalk Bay is so great!  It's like everything was a piece of art.
And such beautiful signage.
 What a stunning planter.
I'll never forget going here.