11.30.2011

Fudge Pops

Hello friends! I am thrilled to be a guest
over at Marilyn's ArtsyGirlConnection
 today!! What an honor:)

theartsygirlconnection

This recipe idea for Fudge Pops
is a sweet little treat for the holidays...
and don't be confused!
These are not the 45 calorie Fudge Pops
from your freezer isle!
These Fudge Pops are the REAL DEAL!
Fudge on a stick (a peppermint stick to be exact!))...

You will need:
small candy canes, 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips,
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk, 1/4 cup butter,
and 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional), small bite sized
cupcake liners, and wooden skewers (or sticks of some
sort to hold up candy canes while fudge sets)...


Place butter, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk in
a large microwavable bowl. Zap in microwave on medium until
chips are melted, about 3-5 minutes, stirring once or twice during
cooking. Stir in nuts if desired.

Arrange the bite sized cupcake holders in a pan and line
up skewers along each row to hold up candy canes
while the fudge sets in the fridge...

using an ice-cream scooper or large spoon, quickly spoon
the fudge into each paper holder, then place an unwrapped candy
cane into the fudge...lean the top of the candy can against
the skewer to keep it in place while fudge hardens...


Place the entire tray of fudge pops into the fridge and allow
to set for about 1 hour.


Serve all together, each little fudge pop is simply delicious 
when eaten as a whole! The burst of peppermint is just perfect
if you peel off the wrapper and pop the fudge into your mouth!!

OR...you could wrap them up individually for little gifts...

Enjoy! 
May your holidays be sweet and filled with
happy memories!
xoxoxo

11.29.2011

You Are Special Plate

I grew up with this sweet You Are Special plate...
You are special today red plate

My mom served us our birthday breakfast, lunch,
dinner, and cake on this plate.
We used this plate to celebrate accomplishments and
sometimes just "because."

When I moved out on my own, my mom bought me
one of these plates to start my own traditions.

Now my kids look forward to using this plate on
their birthdays. Last week they served a delish
birthday breakfast for ME on the red plate, so sweet! 

The Red Plate Stories is a project ofRed Plate Store
promoting the tradition of the "You Are Special Today" Red Plate.


plate photo via

11.28.2011

The Crafty Community

I'm thrilled to be a part of Erin Klein's Crafty Community

She's the gal behind Kleinspiration and part of Teaching Blog Addict 
Teaching Blog AddictKleinspiration


Here are some cute Handcrafted Notepads
from Pretty Nifty Gifts


A cute Turkey Cookie Recipe/idea
from Hi Cookery


and lots more...
come by and check out this fun, new blog!! 
See you there!!! xoxoxo

11.26.2011

Sewing Party

Us gals had a little party today stitching up aprons!!

It was SEW fun! 

We're getting ready for a tamale making party next week at our
friend's house...we'll be looking cute! 

Sew Cute Cards

I'm super excited to host a
little sewing party for our
sweet friends!

Although I'm no master seamstress, I am 
thrilled to spread the joy of sewing 
to a younger generation of gals!!! 

I printed up this invite and added some swatches
of fabric for our apron project...


cut the 8.5X11 paper down a bit...

punched the bottom, stitched on the sample swatches and a bit of ribbon...

sweet little invitation:) 

Recently, I posted the Celebrate Winter Project Magazine...
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I absolutely love the projects featured! Check it out for 
some fun ideas, happy crafting! 
 (photo source for apron shown on my invite)


11.25.2011

Instafriday 11/25

Happy Friday!
Are you out shopping on Black Friday today?
We went out after the dishes were done...
last night! Crazy!! Fun!!

Anyhow, here are a few pics from the week...
linking up with Life Rearranged


I'm thankful to have children who LOVE to cook...
My oldest son whipped up some delish beef stew this week...yum!


Always at some sort of soccer practice, love this pic of the kids warming
up and the sky looming overhead...


books from my cookbook shelf out and ready to read through for the season...


the kids and some friends after church last week...they make me happy!

not an instagram pic but I love this pic of mom, dad, and me after church...

for my birthday this week my kids cooked me a delish breakfast,
served on our You Are Special Plate:) so sweet! 

11.24.2011

Happy Thanksgiving


Have a blessed day with 
family, friends, good food, 
and football!  
sweet

11.23.2011

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving? 
The gears are in motion at my house...
and I just wanted to share this 
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs recipe with you

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

If you want hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel, make sure they are several days old. If this is Easter time, and everyone is buying their eggs at the last minute, buy your eggs 5 days in advance of boiling. (See the reference to using old eggs in Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking). Hard boiling farm fresh eggs will invariably lead to eggs that are difficult to peel. If you have boiled a batch that are difficult to peel, try putting them in the refrigerator for a few days; they should be easier to peel then. If you need to hard cook fresh eggs, and want them easy to peel, steaming the eggs works well. Even fresh eggs steamed for 20 minutes will be easy to peel.

METHOD

1 Put the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered by at least an inch or two of cold water. Starting with cold water and gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking. Adding a tablespoon of vinegar to the water will help keep the egg whites from running out of any eggs that happen to crack while cooking, but some people find that the vinegar affects the taste. I don't have a problem with it and I usually add a little vinegar. Adding a half teaspoon of salt is thought to help both with the preventing of cracking and making the eggs easier to peel. Put the burner on high and bring the eggs to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds.
2 Reduce the heat to low, return the pan to the burner. Let simmer for one minute. (Note I usually skip this step because I don't notice the eggs boiling until they've been boiling for at least a minute! Also, if you are using an electric stove with a coil element, you can just turn off the heat. There is enough residual heat in the coil to keep the eggs simmering for a minute.)
3 After a minute, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes. If you are doing a large batch of eggs, after 10 minutes you can check for doneness by sacrificing one egg, removing it with a slotted spoon, running it under cold water, and cutting it open. If it isn't done, cook the other eggs a minute or two longer. The eggs should be done perfectly at 10 minutes, but sometimes, depending on the shape of the pan, the size of the eggs, the number of eggs compared to the amount of water, and how cooked you like them, it can take a few minutes more. When you find the right time that works for you given your pan, the size of eggs you usually buy, the type of stove top you have, stick with it.
I also find that it is very hard to overcook eggs using this method. I can let the eggs sit, covered, for up to 15-20 minutes without the eggs getting overcooked.
4 Either remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them into a bowl of ice water (this is if you have a lot of eggs) OR strain out the water from the pan, fill the pan with cold water, strain again, fill again, until the eggs cool down a bit. Once cooled, strain the water from the eggs. Store the eggs in a covered container (eggs can release odors) in the refrigerator. They should be eaten within 5 days.
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Celebrate Magazine

I just have to share this amazing publication! 
Celebrate Magazine will make you smile:)


11.22.2011

Cuptakes App

I'm lovin' some sweet apps from



Not only can you buy the app for .99
but you can order a matching case for your phone!

Click here for the app..

the only problem now is that I can't decide
which background to use???

these are a few I uploaded from my faves on my iPhone...







check out this app, you won't believe your eyes, the 
selection is delightful!! 

11.21.2011

Party foods...

I'm gearing up for the holidays and looking for 
great recipes to add to my menu...

Southern Living look amazing! 
Mushroom Puffs

Oh, and their Blue Cheese Bacon
dip, as well!! 
Christmas Recipes: Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip Recipes

Forget the grape jelly, how about
some Cranberry Meatballs from SL?
Cranberry Meatballs


My pin-boards are overflowing with
great ideas, can't wait to try these 
from Pinterest

Love this arrangement from 
Eddie Ross! I think the kids 
would be excited about veggies
after seeing this:) 
Cabbage dip bowl veggie tray


oooh, Pesto Bread!!
You might need to click on Google 
Translate (I did) as this delish recipe is 
linked to a Turkish blog, fun! 
Pesto bread.


Although my sweet family is bringing
the desserts this year, I might try to set 
out a few little treats for the kiddos...

so easy! Just melt Hershey’s kisses onto tiny twist pretzels (275 degrees, 3 minutes), remove, and immediately press a single m&m; on each. Refrigerate until eating to make sure they are deliciously solid!

How darling are these Pumpkin Bites?
Pumpkin pie bites.  oh yum!! from flowerpatchfarmgirl's blog

Happy menu planning! Hope some of these 
recipes inspire you!! I know I am going to 
try and mix it up a bit this year, sway from 
the usual chips and dip routine:) 

photo source for each image via link

11.19.2011

Pinterest Party

Link up with The Scrap Shoppe
for some Pinterest hopping!
Link your Pinterest address not your blog...


some fun stuff I found from the pin/blog hop...

rolled paper. Neat idea



Christmas TV Movie Schedule 2011...It's a Wonderful Life (a must see!)




favor?  super cute



here are the rules from The Scrap Shoppe's blog...)
The goal for this party is to create a Master List of Pinterest accounts for crafty folks like yourselves.

This is a one time link party that will remain open indefinitely. 

In true blog hop fashion, you can link up here or on Tammy's blog.
All links go to the same place so there is no need to link up in both places.

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