XO - You can do it too

Friday, January 19, 2018

Simplest Valentine DIY decor. It really can be done on many different letters and numbers. The XO is cute for an engagement or wedding decor idea. My daughter and son in law will be married a year soon but I still love thinking and working with wedding and shower stuff.
So here I bought hard cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby. There are a few sizes and also numbers and symbols to choose from. Of course if you want the letters to stand up very sturdy, you can use letters made of wood.
I also bought the moss,with a sticky glue backing. Hobby Lobby too.
I then cut the sheet of moss to wrap around the letters. Doesn't have to be perfect, and cut the moss before you remove the backing.  Very sticky. The moss is messy so put down a sheet or be prepared to vacuum after the project is complete.
That's it. As you cover the letters the moss blends together.
As I said you can place them on a shelf, or a centerpiece with flowers or candles, you could wrap twinkly lights and set the letters in greenery , so many options.
I decided to tie them to the wreath I love on my front door and then I added a simple red ribbon for Valentine's Day.

Fudge-Get in my belly

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ok, so it's January and everyone is eating healthy and exercising.  Blah, blah. Just kidding. I do post great healthy recipes but this one is just Yummy and a crowd pleaser.
I made it a few times over the holidays and it was a hit. I follow Siri Daley, who does segments on the Today Show. She is has a fun IG that always highlights easy and great recipes. Some really healthy and some fun. I like a balance of the two. I think she is coming out with a cookbook soon. Be sure to check her out. She also has a web address, Siriouslydelicious
Here is the fudge recipe
Cookies n cream fudge
Makes 24-48 pieces depending on how you cut the pieces. I like them bite size
1 bag white chocolate chips 11-12 oz
1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz
25 Oreo cookies
Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. I can't live without this stuff, seriously. @Reynolds
Place cookies in a big plastic bag and crush them into chunky pieces. I used a rolling pin, a bottle of wine works, and then drink it, lol
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt white chocolate chips and milk together, keep stirring.
Add crushed cookies and stir more. Immediately pour into prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula.
Refrigerate until it is firm. Can store up to a week in Tupperware. Enjoy xo

Designer to check out- Brooke Wagner

Monday, January 8, 2018

I enjoy searching for designers to follow and use their work as inspiration for projects or to share with my readers.
Brooke Wagner Design is so fresh and worth taking a look at her site. She is based in Corona del mar, California, but services all my over the US.
Lots of clean lines, texture and great fabric choices.
Brooke Wagner

Big Al's shadow box DIY

Saturday, January 6, 2018

So at Christmas time I always try to think of a memory keepsake type present. So since my youngest son had finished his freshman year of college football, I said to my husband, it would be nice to come up with something that is a keepsake for that.  His wheels started turning and he went into the garage.
He took old license plates and put together this shadow box, with his jersey number, along with a photo of Ean on the field.
We couldn't leave the other kids out, so he made one for my older son, who had played football at the same college that Ean is currently attending.
He made one for Alexis and Ed, who were married this past February. That shadow box included a picture from the wedding, and the wedding date was in old license plate numbers and letters.
He also made each of them a keychain with their initial from a license plate letter.
So thoughtful and a great keepsake. Easy to replicate if you have old license plates.

Hanging greenery

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I think the hanging greenery I see in florists shops and some other stores have had them as pretty decor. The one I made was simple and I didn't add too much greenery as the branch started to crack a bit.
Items you need:
A branch
Some greenery
Fishing wire
Spray paint
Twinkly lights
So, first I gathered a few branches and decided on a straight shaped one that was a medium thickness.  I made sure it was dry and then spray painted it white. I did a light coat.
Measure the fishing wire and loop it over the curtain rod and around the branch. Do on both sides.
Add the greenery onto the branch and tie down with the fishing wire.
I added some crystal faux snow to the greenery
Add the twinkly lights
So pretty and easy

Can not screw up this apple pie

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We did. My sister in law and brother in law hosted the holiday in their beautiful and cozy home in Maryland. Big group of us and so much fun.
My husband loves this apple pie I make. The recipe is from my other sister in law on the Craig side of our family.  She is Debbie Craig, too. Two of us out there. Lol. She is blonde and I am not, haha.
Ok so here is the recipe.
I always buy the pills bury pie crust. Let it sit on counter as you prepare the filling.
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash salt
6cups sliced apples. Machintosh, Rome, tart variety
2 tbsp margarine or butter
Heat 425 degree oven
Mix everything but the apples together along with 1 tbsp margarine
Stir in apples, winds up being 6-8 apples. Sometimes my pie is filled pretty high.
Set one pie sleeve on the bottom of 9" pie plate
Fill with Apple mixture, then rest of butter in shavings on top of mixture
Cover pie with second crust sleeve and pinch top n bottom together.
Cut thin strips of foil and cover crust for first 30 min.
Make a few slits in the top of the pie for steam to escape. You can be fancy with little cookie cutters.
After first 30min take foil off and continue to bake til juice bubbles and pie is alittle brown. Total bake time is 40-50 minutes.
I also set the pie on a tray in the oven so if any juices overflow they won't make a mess in your oven.
Top with ice cream or I like So delicious cool whip, coconut whipped topping.

Carrot Soufflé. Last minute addition but will be a staple for years to come

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I make this carrot soufflé dish every Christmas Day but I wanted to share with you all in case you want to try for Thanksgiving. This is a huge crowd pleaser. It was given to me years ago by my child's elementary school teacher, Mrs Muller. @Melinda jack muller. She had received it from Judy Firsichbaum which was stolen from Fran Skiba. Lol, well worth the theft.
Ok. So here it is. I double the recipe easily but of course you don't have to.
1 lb cooked carrots soft
3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbs flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 stick melted margarine
Dash cinnamon
The topping:
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cornflakes crumbs ( sometimes I delete these and add 1/4 cup more nuts)
3 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs melted margarine
This gets mixed together as the topping, last 4 mentioned ingredients

In food processor or kitchen aid or mixer, blend carrots til not lumpy and then add all ingredients but the topping. Pour into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle on topping
Bake uncovered 350 degrees 45min- 1 hr. Serves 6-10
You can cook carrots n mash them up the day before and keep covered in refrigerator to save time day of if you like.
Enjoy! Xo