Friday, June 29, 2012

An industrious summer!

Bake Sale!

Looking to keep older kids entertained this summer? For under $10.00 you can co host the bake sale of the Summer!

Easy Peasy!

    Pink cuppies with chocolate chip "seeds" and green cool whip frosting make perfect little watermelons! For the cookie fan simply add a cup of peanut butter to your favorite boxed cookie mix! Fast and easy for the days a scratch recipe is not necessary!


Let your older kiddo's and friends of course....create cute and fun signs for their sale while the goods are baking!


After minimal prep time enjoy hours of children being productive, creative, and    entertained!

 How are you keeping up with boredom this summer?


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Wednesday full of words..

We are a little like Ellen here...

A little dance ritual to start our day! Every morning after juice and kisses it is time to hit the floor! Baby K loves to dance! What is on our playlist? The usual! This morning Karmin got us rocking into a good day! I was watching my loves twirl around thinking how perfect these moments are...

Everyone should stop and dance!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The road ahead...

    Do you ever look down the road ahead and wonder if you have the strength. Do you ever look back at the winding path twisting up behind you that lead you to this current place and think it a miracle...

   "The right thing"

    I am always learning from life and never questions its lessons. If I look back on a mistake and there was a lesson to be taught I never regret its place in my life. Suffice it to say I have never made the same mistake twice. It is funny how at certain times in life you assume you know all there is to know. That you know your heart inside out....

   That is usually when the hand is dealt. The time when you truly have to dig deep and resurrect your old ferocity and combine it with new strength you never knew....

    For the last eight and a half years I assumed I was doing the right thing. Assumed I had it all figured out. Turns out I knew nothing. I gambled with the most precious gift given me, believing it was for the best. Now as I face the road ahead it is with all the courage I can muster. All the hope I can surrender...

   This is the right thing to do

   It just took me a little longer than it should have to learn what it was I needed to do. That is the silver lining I suppose. I have eight years of experience leading me to this all consequential decision. It had to take this long for the pieces to fall into place. It needed years to grow and flourish into fruition...

    Life is never easy, but with our eyes and hearts open we will continue to learn and grow from Life's Curious Wisdom...



Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer fun with not one but two! Jalapeno recipes!

   Nothing says summer like fresh jalapenos! We are big fans at our house and spent the day working on some super delicious stuff! First we made a jalapeno coleslaw! For this recipe you will need:

6-8 roasted poblano peppers
6-8 roasted jalapeno peppers
1 16 oz bag tropical fruit mix
1 quart peaches drained
1 cup apple cider
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 bags Dole coleslaw mix

   To begin you will need to roast your peppers. The proper way to do this is to coat the peppers with oil. I use vegetable or olive oil. Place the peppers on baking sheet and place in the oven on the Lo broiler setting until the skin begins to blister and turn brown.

While your peppers are roasting in a large saucepan combine fruit, sugar, and cider. Once peppers have browned allow them to cool before chopping and removing seeds. Add to your fruit mixture and begin to cook on medium high heat.

The mixture will need to reduce until it has the consistency of jam. This takes awhile! In the meantime rinse your coleslaw mix in cool water and have ready in large bowl.

Once the fruit and pepper mixture resembles a thicker mixture...

Allow to cool and move to a mixer or food processor. Blend to puree and let cool an additional ten minutes.

Once cool it should be thick like jelly. Add to coleslaw mix a little at a time until you have the desired consistency. You will have leftover sauce! Chill before serving and enjoy! My favorite thing about this recipe is it is uniquely shocking! First sweet and unfamiliar then hot and spicy! 

   The perfect side dish to compliment any barbecue or to top a tasty burger! This recipe easily yields one quart of dressing! This tasty sauce is also good on eggs, burritos...whatever!

The next recipe will have you mad at me! So tasty and so terrible! Save for a cheat day! Or Fathers day which happened to be my excuse for indulging in bacon wrapped chicken jalapeno poppers!

For this recipe you will need:

10-12 Jalapeno peppers
4 chicken breasts boiled and shredded
1 8oz package of cream cheese at room temperature
4 T butter
dash of pepper
dash of rosemary
1/2 cup diced green onion
1 16 0z package of bacon

Start by washing halving and removing seeds. Please wear gloves! If you have never had a jalapeno burn I am warning you of misery you have never known! 

In a large bowl combine cream cheese, butter, green onions and seasonings. Mix well then add chicken mixing well again.

Once mixed start stuffing! Stuff them as full as you dare! The stuffing mixture is thick plus you are going to hold it all in with yummy bacon! The mixture will cook down so really do load them!

Next is the fun part! Wrap each jalapeno with one slice of bacon and use a toothpick to hold it all together! This will also help keep the poppers upright while baking!

Pre heat your broiler to the Lo setting and use a broiler pan for your poppers to catch the excess grease! Keep an eye on them while under the broiler. Once the bacon is nice and crispy brown take them out and resist the urge to devour a smoking hot popper! Let them cool!

So there you have it! Two easy and delicious jalapeno recipes to enjoy this summer! I cannot wait for salsa! What are your favorite jalapeno recipes! Share them!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hopping just for fun!


    I miss hopping! So lets hop just because! Link up for fun! While you are here link up to the free hop till ya drop blog directory located in the tabs above! 

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Save the date! An invite only tutorial...

 I am feeling old today! The wedding season is upon us! Awhile back while pondering a gift for the daughter of a good friend I stumbled unto "my thing"... What is "my thing"? Well every bride gets a mixer right?! I got out my Cricket and pressed for time and sanity I was admittedly going to slap the initials of the happy couple unto a piece of glass and call it good...while looking at their invite I was grabbed by the notion that I should use their invitation in some form...


    That has now become "my thing" I create gifts using the invitation! It has been a huge success! An announcement is the first announcement to the world of their new life! I love these projects! It also gives me time to reflect on fond memories of friends and family! The beautiful bride here is my cousin whom I used to babysit! Hence the "I feel old today!"

Using the first letter of the soon to be last name I had a few ideas!

Remember the lace stencil from a few posts back? I still love it!

     I painted the front and back of one of the letters. Then used hot glue to adhere them together once I had completed my collage...

    My little sister introduced me to modge podge! I am now convinced it is the most underrated craft supply!

    I carefully ripped their beautiful invitation to shreds, and created a collage. Be creative! Get sloppy! When your collage is finished simply flip over the letter and trim the excess paper off with a razor blade.

Back view! I attached small wooden blocks as the stand.

Front beautiful view! What are your wedding gift traditions?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Whats cookin?

    My brain is anxious! I cannot wait to get my hands on some phyllo dough! My mother brought over the tastiest little creations! Move over baklava! 

Gonna try this one first! Got any great phyllo recipes?

Hot Italian Sausage- 1 lb. bulk

Green Bell Pepper- 1/4 cup, chopped

Onion- 1/4 cup, coarsely chopped

Prepared Spaghetti Sauce- 1 cup

Ricotta Cheese- 4 oz. (1/2 cup)

Green Giant Mushroom Pieces and Stems, drained- 1 (4-oz.) can

Dried Oregano Leaves- 1/2 teaspoon

Frozen Phyllo (filo) Pastry Sheets- 12 sheets (18x14-inch), thawed

Margarine or Butter- 1/2 cup, melted


1) Preheat oven to 350°F.
2) In non-stick, sauté sausage, bell pepper and onion until sausages are browned,
3) Pour off the fat.
4) Stir spaghetti sauce, cheese, mushrooms, and oregano in the sausage mixture, until well combined, set aside.

5) Spread filo sheets and cover with plastic wrap or towel.
6) Arrange 1 filo sheet on working table and lightly smear with margarine.
7) Place 2 more filo sheets, brushing each with margarine.
8) Using a sharp knife, slice all layers of filo sheets to make 12 rectangles.

9) Drop 1 tablespoon filling in center of each rectangle.
10) Gently bring the filo corners together to seal and form bundle.
11) Do the same with remaining filo sheets and filling.
12) Arrange the bundles on ungreased baking tray.
13) Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

14) Remove the pan from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hearts full for Baby Nicole...

 I wish I had the right words to say...

 I wish I knew how to put down how my heart feels...

 I hope...

I love...

 Please know...

 Thank you...


 I am humbled by what I have experienced today. Love at its truest. Hope at it's finest....

Thank you!

A glimpse...

All of these items have been donated with love!

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