Wednesday, June 30, 2010

S'mores Cookies and a Little Spray Painting Project

Giant S'mores Chocolate Chip cookies
(recipe courtesy of www.picky-palate.com)

Ingredients

2 sticks softened butter
1 Cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
4 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 Cups chocolate chips
3 regular size Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
3 Full Graham Crackers
5-6 Large Marshmallows cut into fourths

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place butter and sugars into a stand or electric mixer; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla until well combined.

2. Place flour, salt and baking soda into a large bowl; mix then slowly add to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips. Mix until just combined. Scoop a heaping 1/4 Cup of cookie dough into muffin top pan cups. Press down then gently press chocolate bar squares, graham cracker pieces and marshmallow slices on top of cookie dough. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until edges are just turning brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.


Hot...right out of the oven!






Cooling...




They were outrageous! Dylan was kind enough to share a little piece of his. They are pretty big. Oh My! Go make them!!




Picked up this little napkin holder for my kitchen table and it is just screaming to be spray painted. I think I might go with orange. Stay tuned to find out. ;)

Friday, June 25, 2010

HomeGoods Loot

Now that school is over and I am home, I decided to spruce things up around here. I spend most of my time in the kitchen so I decided to start there. I knew a trip to HomeGoods was in order.

While roaming the aisles of HomeGoods with my son, he found these adorable little appetizer plates on the cutest stand. They go perfectly with my new yellow kitchen. I had to have them.



Then I found this matching spoonrest. It is part of the set so I just had to have it. And I needed one anyway since I've just been placing my dirty spoons directly on the counter. And at $3.99 it was a steal.




And three cute little bowls to match.



Now, I really need to bring in another color in there. I am thinking of mixing in a little orange and a little green to spice things up. What do you think?

Monday, June 21, 2010

June Bug



In the South, a june bug is what they call an adorably pesky child. I made this yesterday in honor of my very own little adorable pesky child who turned 10. ;)

You can make it for kids too. Just omit the rum. :)

Enjoy! It is most certainly delicious.

3 cups of ginger ale
4 Tbsp grenadine
4 Tbsp orange juice
3 scoops of orange sherbet
1/2 cup white rum

Blend together. Pour into ice filled glasses.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

One Month From Today

I will be here. Sunnin' my buns. Ahhhh, life is great!




Such a cute coverup. Don't ya think? It is perfect to go to breakfast in and then right to the beach. Or even to lunch right from the beach. It's from Mark. :0




I will be making this for dessert one night. LOVE me key lime anything. ;)

Key Lime Poke Cake




Cake
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 eggs

Key Lime Filling
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup Key lime juice or regular lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
4 drops yellow food color
1 drop green food color
Frosting
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped vanilla frosting
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
Garnish, If Desired
Fresh strawberries
Key lime slices
Lemon leaves



1. Heat oven to 350°F for shiny metal or glass pan (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
2. In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
3. Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. With handle of wooden spoon (1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter), poke holes almost to bottom of cake every 1/2 inch, wiping spoon handle occasionally to reduce sticking.
4. In medium bowl, stir together filling ingredients (mixture will thicken). Pour over cake; spread evenly over surface, working back and forth to fill holes. (Some filling should remain on top of cake.) Refrigerate 1 hour.
5. Spread frosting over cake; sprinkle with lime peel. Garnish with strawberries, lime slices and lemon leaves. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Friday, June 11, 2010

3 Cheese Mostaccioli Bolognese




3-Cheese Mostaccioli Bolognese
From: Campbell's Kitchen
Prep: 30 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

If you're looking for a baked ziti recipe that's better than the rest, try this one...it gets unique and delicious flavor from sliced zucchini, and the blend of three cheeses makes it even better.

Ingredients:


1 pound ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced (about 1 cup)
3 cups Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce or Organic Tomato & Basil Italian Sauce
6 cups mostaccioli or tube-shaped pasta (ziti), cooked and drained
6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese



Directions:

Heat the oven to 400°F.

Cook the beef and garlic in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Pour off any fat. Add the zucchini and cook until it's tender. Stir in the sauce.

Stir the beef mixture, pasta, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese in a 3-quart shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the mixture is hot and bubbling and the cheese is melted.

I have to say that I have not ever not once been disappointed by anything I have made from Campbell's. This is no different. However, I use my own sauce as I am not a fan of jarred pasta sauces. If you must use a jarred sauce, I recommend Rao's. It is the closest to homemade. Enjoy!

Easy & Delish!

Southwestern Salsa Chicken




Ingredients

1 tablespoon(s) chili powder
1 teaspoon(s) cumin
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into strips
1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
1 cup(s) Pace® Chunky Salsa
1/4 cup(s) water
1 bag(s) mixed salad greens

Directions

1.Stir the chili powder and cumin in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
2.Heat the oil in a heavy 12-inch skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it's blackened and cooked through, stirring often. Remove the chicken from the skillet.
3.Stir the salsa and water in the skillet and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Divide the greens among 6 plates. Top with the chicken and salsa mixture.

I made this for dinner last night and it was outrageously good and super easy to make. I served mine with cous cous too since I am a starchaholic. It was a hit with the entire family. :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

12!

On May 30th, Dylan turned 12. I am now the Mom of a 12 year old. Boy, time does sure fly by when you are having fun. :)

We celebrated with family in our yard. We had a big ol' BBQ, played games and had a marvelous day.

Some shots of the birthday boy with family members. :)





And would you look at my beautiful 3 layer star cake. I made a red velvet cake as per the birthday boy's request. And I used my Martha Stewart cake molds. They worked fabulously. Of course! :)



Here is my boy blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. :)



Finally, a couple fo presents. He's already cleaned and smoothed some rocks. Now we are on to the polishing stage. It only takes 8 days. :O Thanks Aunt Lisa! ;)



Sunday, June 06, 2010

Some Freebies For You

Free Paint Samples ...

http://media.benjaminmoore.com/WebServices/prod/PDFS/June302010.pdf

Free Dove ...

http://www.dove.us/#/haircare/free_sample.aspx

Free Bacon Salt ...

http://www.totallyfreecrap.com/Archive/2010/may/bacon.htm

Free Foot Balm ...

http://www.flexitol.com/index.asp?idc=3

That's all I got for now.

Enjoy the freebies. :)

Friday, June 04, 2010

Mini Book



Nothing like a mini book to get your creative juices flowing. I think I will make each girl in Natalie's Girl Scout troop one as an end of the year gift along with a cd of all the pictures I took throughout the year. :)

Supplies:

Cardstock - Die Cuts With a View
Patterned Paper - Making Memories
Flower Punch - Fiskars
Circle Punch & Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Letter Stickers - Anna Griffin
Adhesive - American Crafts (my new fave)

TFL!

Mo