Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Puffs Primavera

If you are looking for a really delicious and easy recipe to take to parties this summer, then this is the one for you. I made these yesterday to take to a pool party and they were yummy! My hubby actually asked me if I made them or just heated them up!? LOL!

Tray is from Ikea. It's my new fave. It's long enough to hold lots of goodies. :)







Recipe:
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
1 small zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 3-inch matchstick-thin strips
1 small red pepper, cut into 3-inch matchstick-thin strips


Directions:
Heat the oven to 400°F. Stir the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and black pepper in a medium bowl.


Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 10x12-inch rectangle. Cut off a 2-inch strip crosswise to make a 10-inch square, reserving the strip. Cut the pastry square into 25 (2-inch) squares. Cut the reserved pastry strip crosswise into 25 strips.


Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese mixture in the center of each pastry square. Arrange the vegetables diagonally on the pastry squares on top of the cheese mixture. Fold 2 opposite corners to the center over the filling and press to seal. Place the pastry strips crosswise across the center of the filled pastries. Wrap the ends of the strips around the pastries to meet in the back and press to seal. Place the pastries, vegetable-side up, onto 2 baking sheets.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yarn Stash Re-Do

I am a part-time knitter for sure. And I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to my knitting projects. If it's not a gift and I don't have a deadline, it can linger on for months. But that doesn't stop me from buying more yarn. :O

So, as you can imagine, I have a yarn stash that has gotten out of control over the last few months. The little basket that I bought to house my yarn is beyond overflowing. It is littered with bags and bags of unfinished projects and new yarn.

I have been on the hunt for a lidded basket that doesn't look like a laundry basket. It is has been harder than I thought. Then today while I was perusing the aisles of AC Moore for wooden letters, I saw a big but not too big basket that would work and it was 50% off.

Well, when I got to the register, it ended up being $5.00! The original price was $14.99. I was stoked over the bargain even though I had to climb the shelves myself to get it. Everytime I go in there, I swear I will never go there again. :O I am glad I went this time. :)

Look at the transformation...

New Basket:

Messy Stash:

New and Improved Look:

What do you think? Pretty nice for $5.00 and 5 minutes of my time. :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father's Day Frames

Here they are...

They were a hit. So much so that my Mom was jealous. LOL!

For my Dad...


For my hubby...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Father's Day Photo Idea

This year I wanted to do something really special for my father and my husband this Father's Day.

So, I came up with this inexspensive photo idea. I hit Michael's today armed with a 50% coupon for 1 regular priced item and a 20% off my total order one. I picked up unfinished wood letters for $1.99 each and a heart for 99 cents. The paint was 2 for $1.00. I always have foam brushes so no cost there. And I picked up a 3 photo black frame on super sale at Kohl's for under $10.00 and a wood desk frame on clearance for $6.99 at Michael's. My photos were even 25% off after I used a special Father's Day coupon code for CVS.

My supplies:


Here they are painted:


The photos:


The frames:


As soon as I pick up the photos from CVS, I'll share the finished product. The photos should be ready in 30 minutes. :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sunshine Swizzle Stick




What You Need:
3 qt. (12 cups) cold club soda
1 can (12 oz.) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 pkt. (makes 2 qt. drink) CRYSTAL LIGHT Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix*
1 qt. (4 cups) raspberry sherbet

Make It:
ADD club soda and concentrate to drink mix in punch bowl; stir until mix is completely dissolved.

SCOOP sherbet into punch just before serving.

*NOTE: CRYSTAL LIGHT Packets come in two sizes. Please note packet size before preparing recipe. Kraft Kitchens TipsSpecial Extra
Sherbet adds color and flavor, as well as acts as ice cubes to chill the punch.

To Halve:
This recipe can easily be halved. Prepare as directed, cutting all ingredients in half. Makes 9 servings, 1 cup each.

Substitute:
Prepare using 4 pkt. (makes 1 qt. drink each) CRYSTAL LIGHT Lemonade Flavor Drink

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Flag Day




Show your colors for Flag Day or 4th of July with a fun and festive dessert. Raspberries, blueberries and creamy filling are the red, white and blue toppings on the easy cookie crust.

Prep Time: 20 Min
Total Time: 1 Hr 35 Min
Makes: 24 servings

INGREDIENTS:

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4cup powdered sugar
2teaspoons grated lemon peel
2cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2cups fresh blueberries
1/4cup apple jelly, melted.

DIRECTIONS:

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Cut cookie dough into 1/4-inch slices; place in pan. With floured fingers, press evenly over bottom to form crust.

2 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.

3 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon peel until fluffy. Spread over baked crust. Arrange raspberries in large star shape in center. Arrange blueberries around raspberries. Drizzle or brush with melted jelly. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 150(Calories from Fat 70),Total Fat 7g(Saturated Fat 3g,Trans Fat 1g),Cholesterol 15mg;Sodium 85mg;Total Carbohydrate 18g(Dietary Fiber 0g,Sugars 11g),Protein 2g;Percent Daily Value*:Vitamin A 2.00%;Vitamin C 4.00%;Calcium 0.00%;Iron 2.00%;Exchanges:1/2 Starch;0 Fruit;1/2 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;0 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;1 1/2 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:1;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sweet Treat

for the end of the school year.

Just put a lollipop stick into a marshmallow. Dip it in melted chocolate. And decorate it with nonpariels. :)

Add a cute tag and some curling ribbon and voila a sweet treat for teachers and friends. :)