Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adventures of the Crazy Kind

So here is the ordeal-e-o life is a adventure. Yes we can look at it as day to day work....but I see the adventures in life and go for them. As one of my FAVORITE movies of all time "UP" says "Adventure is out there!" Okay so sometimes my adventure comes in the form of tackling Mt. hubbykids (my giant stack of laundry) but recently I've been on a few more exotic adventures then laundry. I have done catering for 50 people 2 times! whipped out dishes like I was a southern queen bell momma chef from the southern kitchens of heaven....okay slightly over exaggerated there but I had fun! Ever since "issues" we will say lightly in my family growing up as a child I begged for a bit of normalcy in my family nothing to normal but I wanted so bad even as a child for my family to come together. Meal time became my favorite when we ate together. Some how the food and the table just gave us a warm normal atmospher for a moment and we disappeard from the hell we we're living at times. Food for me became a pure escape into laughter and good times and there is nothing like food that brings people together. The most used room in a house is a the kitchen. This cooking adventure has lead me on a pretty wild path. It all started with my friend not knowing what to purchase her wonderfully sweet and wealthy client for Christmas because she had 2 of the best of everything already and well what do you get her? She decided upon a chef for a night o cook dinner for her and some friends. However last minute the chef called and canceled. Rather then let her client down my friend called me because she new I loved to cook. Tha night I whipped up a chicken cordon Bleu for my first time, a spinache apple bre salad with candy pecans and a herb bubble loaf then finished with a raspberry triple layer chocolate mouse I refer to as (3 layers of heaven). I got a call later that my friends client wanted me to cook for a baby shower. Sure why not so I did. I remember a slightly inebriated man walked up to me and said "Said whatttsss the naaame of your bussthiness?" as he munched down like 3 of the crab cakes on the stand in front of me that I was putting out. My reply "Oh, I'm just getting started" the lovely drunk man replied "well thatts a lovelly naaaaame for a businessth I kinda like it it's catchy" ha ha ha so funny I could have fallen outta my shoes, but I kept a some what businessth style expression and finished working lol! I was called once out of the blue a couple were flying in their top clients for Derby and though they had reservations at a high end restaurant  however the place had overbooked and cut their resevation from he books. So my job Lobster and beef tenderloin, appetizers, and dessert. This home had a awesome kitchen including a Viking stove and plate warmer which saved the meal once we found out the flight was 3hrs behind! For the guests arriving for dinner Oy! But not only did I manage ,I was called into the  dining room and they applauded as I walked in (now that's a meal) what made me happy (the plates were scraped clean, people were laughing and enjoying themselves. And the best part I had no idea what I was doing but I saw a opportunity and said to myself I bet I could do that (never had cooked a lobster before a day in my life) another crazy adventure in cooking was a charity event I did in a ladies homers not a name thrower so excuse my vagueness of detail however I had researched before the meal and found the charity's logo now we are talking a national charity big name place dealing in lots of money lots!!!! Anyway I cut a stencil out of the places logo and used cocoa powder to place the logo on each plate for dessert...the main person there for The charity cried over the dessert he was so touched (I'm sorry this is beyond touching but I need to laugh a little) when desserts so good you have the guests crying I was not sure if I would be asked back lol! But the lady I was catering for was amazed. 
  I don't have tear worthy talent. Jesus is responsible for anything I have done or did. He is the one that gave me very opportunity every smile and each yummy bite. I'm not super talented iron chef but I prayed and each time God showed me the steps the spice to add the ingredients to put together. With out him helping me and guiding me and not necessarily taking the wheel but the wooden spoon everyone would have been eating take out. Im just so thankful for the adventures in my life in God there was moments I had doubts in my ability, that I thought I would not finish in time, and many times I thought I may disappoint and I promise you several times it was miracles coming out of that oven because I can only explain one wai I did it and that was pray and faith. Prayer alters even the hand of God do why can't it fix my burnt taters to
. I just kept believing and never stayed in my despair because   Despair kills hope and ruins faith. If we are all woh is me I can't do it we are not standing in 
God's word that we can do all things through Christ including cook lobster ;-)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Just Found Flapper Lingo Online and Had To Share
By: Mai Bouchet, Special to KCTS 9
August 8, 2011
The term "flapper" evokes the image of short fringe dresses, cigarette holders, bobs and stylish hair accessories.
But beyond these shorter hemlines and daring fashion attitudes was a strong undercurrent of change for women in the Roaring 1920s. This new generation of young woman, tired of men's dominance in society and of the old social norms that stifled them, took on new behaviors previously deemed not suitable for women. They drove cars, drank alcohol, and attended jazz clubs by night where they danced, smoked cigarettes and dated men casually. They began to work outside the home and advocated voting as well as other women's rights.
Along with these new trends and social statements, these flapper girls invented their own slang, some of which still makes an appearance in our vocabulary today. Some of it is indicative of these women's growing liberation: "handcuff" was a slang term for engagement ring, "hush money" was allowance from a father, and "dropping the pilot" meant getting a divorce. This generation even had their own magazine, “The Flapper”, whose tagline was "Not for Old Fogies", that catered to the movement.

Read on below to get in touch with your inner flapper and brush up on the lingo from the 1920s. Are you a tomato, a flapper, or a Trotzky?
Alarm Clock: Chaperone
Bank’s Closed: No kissing
Bean Picker: An individual who attempts to patch up trouble (i.e. picks up spilled beans)
Bee’s Knees: See “Cat’s Pajamas”
Berries: Great (i.e. It’s the berries)
Big Cheese: an important person (originated in this period)
Blouse: Go, to go (i.e. Let’s Blouse)
Cat’s Meow: Something highly sought after
Cat’s Pajamas: Anything good, the best, the greatest
Dapper: Flapper’s father
Ducky: Term of approval
Dud: A wall flower
Dudding Up: Dressing up
Embalmer: A bootlegger
Father Time: Any man over 30 years of age
Fire Extinguisher: A chaperone
Flapper: Girl
Flat Shoes: A fight between a Flapper and her Goof
Fluky: Funny, different, odd
Forty-Niner: Man who is prospecting for a rich wife
Gimlet: A chronic bore
Goof: Sweetie
Handcuff: Engagement ring
His Blue Serge: His sweetheart, his girl
Hooch: liquor
Hopper: Dancer
Out on Parole: A person who has been divorced
Scofflaw: A lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor (coined in 1923)
Sharpshooter: A good dancer who does not hold back while spending money
Snake Charmer: A female bootlegger
Tomato: Good looking girl with no brains
Trotzky: Old lady with a moustache and chin whiskers
Weasel: Girl stealer
Whangdoodle: Jazz music, jazz band
Whiskbroom: Man with whiskers

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Make Paper Flowers For Scrabooking and Card making using Silhouette Cameo Spring Easter

Hey y'all just got finished cutting the image labeled 3D Flowers with my Silhouette Cameo. Spring is almost here do bring on the flowers! I cut a few sizes.
Want me to make them for you check out my ETSY STORE
Take your tweezers at the edge and roll the paper over itself inwards the patern to show will be rolled to the inside(doublesided paper is the best)
Leave a little circle not rolled for the base of your flower
Apply a few glue dots or your fave super tacky fast dry adhesive then uncoiling and opening up the flower a bit press it into the shape of the base hten with the tweezers all along the edge of the flower pinch and roll the edge of the paper under it may tare but after a few times it looks kinda cool like the roughed grunge and vintage texture we love in so many popular products now AKA Tim Holtz

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Look for my upcoming How to videos for Silhouette Cameo

UPDATE!! First video available on You Tube (unboxing machine adjsut blade) (Printing and cutting 1st time) (How to shop, purchase  and download from the online store)

So excited I have recieved my Cameo and I am so amazed at how simple and fun it is to use. Just incase your having any difficulty at all look for my upcoming instructional videos from unboxing to printing and cutting. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 30, 2012

This Project is Sew Easy ;-) Well this one is for people with sewing machines.
Well I own a brother sewing machine I purchased at Wal-Mart years ago. I don't really sew much because I do not know how. I've tried to learn and made a few basic things. But tonights post is not about's about scrapbooking! There is this really cool scrapbook tool Sew Easy you can add stitching too your scrapbook pages by hand and this rotery tool pierces the page for you in a pattern. There is also a rotary stamp that makes a ink stamped image that looks like stitch patterns.

However I own the sewing machine already it has different patterns and is so much faster then doing every stitch by hand. It's not as thick as the floss but it sure does the trick I love it. I purchased some cheapy threads in bright colors. Wound my Bobbins and started sewing and have used this several times in card making and scrapbooking. However I immediately new a pattern card would be usefull. I used a fold card for card making and just started stitching about halfway up one side ..then the important time saver part just release the foot lift up the pressure foot and slide it over to start a new line of stitching. Yes if you want it perfect sew straight rows  and cut each end but with 49 stitch patterns I my machine This was faster and less hassle and took up less thread. Don't forget to number them as you go if your machine has numbers for each stitch...fold the card and place it in it's handy cover a envelope...tah dah future reference sheet for projects! YOUR DONE!How cute will some of these be as accents?!
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

CHA 2012 Whats New

Tim Holtz

My Review;
  TOOOOOO many steps 11 min into the video we are just starting to cut? We have to pierce our own clear transparency films..that could go so wrong..why was that not factory done? I want crafting to be some work..but this was just to much. I would never get anything done

Saturday, January 28, 2012

SaltTree: Apothecary-esk DIY

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I love this pos by Salt Tree & the photo I found from Pinterest. I have purchased a bunch of little glass/ maybe some part crystal glass candlestick holders from goodwill.  I used them once at my friends bridal shower on a large sofa sized framed mirror that was set on a table flat. I sprinkled rhinestones, little diamonds and gold and silver sequens all over the mirror and had all different heights and styles of these candle holders..the affect was really pretty bouncing off the mirrored table top. Then they were used again in the cocktail area at her wedding as little extra pieces of decor. However I'm about to get them back and how very cool would it make these!! Not to mention I have 4 glass containers and a candle jar that will be finished soon. Any way though I did not write the blog above it's so pretty  I wanted to share

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Throw Pillow Frenzy

Throw Pillow Frenzy
So our sofa had a board break underneath still functions for the moment but Lord & Uncle sam willing (tax return)  Iwill be ordering a new sofa (I narrowed it down to 2) either will be a charcoal microfiber (medium grey).

The one on the top

Is  so long that it fits me, Hubby & kids side by side with room funny does not look that big? Anyway Hubby likes modern I like eclectic design.Want to know your signature style take this test at Ethan Allen it's fun. But do it like 3 times to get a accurate feel and remeber directions are (not what photo you stare at and like best..but instantly as the photo comes up choose the one your eye is more drawn to at first sight)

 To often modern comes off a little to IKEA plastic cheap for offense IKEA has some great stuff...and not so great too. However thats just it... is a "inexpensive way to decorate and you can easily use COLOR COLOR COLOR. I have recently been drawn to so many pillows on Pinterest. Since Drew hates, despizes & loathes zebra print ..and well my signature style is everyroom a tini tiny something has to be animal print..sounds tacky would have to see. For instance..note this room  hubby & I both love the style.ahhmm note the pillows Z-E-B-R-A..he he,,,however I'm loving some of these modern textiles and this black and white chevron thing Ikeep seeing reapeted WOW it's a mod zebra for me. Anyway upon new sofa...I ofcourse want new I priced around..and came to the conclusion...I have way to good of taste in pillow$ number one and number two I need to take a trip to the fabric store Tassel's here I come. MY next sewing project pillow covers for the old pillows on the sofa...inexpensive I can pick and choose some great fabrics and it wont feel so cookie cutter.

Have you found yourself at certain points in your life drawn to different colors...not your fav but just drawn? Like it hits you one day the last 3 things you pointed out to your frineds you like was purple. My "mood color I call it" can be in groups...and when  Isee a good display of makes me so happy my toes curl up like a happy kitten in the sun.note the happy kitty feet :-)I have to stop before I buy a cat instead of pillows...anyway just a thought it's supper easy to sew a square I'm not adding a zipper to much work for me right now. Fabric will cost less then pillow covers and  I really and kinda digging the random mix of pillows I've seen recently.

Question of the day..What's your MOOD COLOR been recently?
me: Black white and sunny creamy yellow or-- colbalt and orange....mainly orange as you can see below... for home decor. For clothing DK. purple

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pinterest Michelle Obama birthday photo.. Riot Sarah Traub oops

Tonight  I started purely by accident a "Pinterest Riot" still going we speek but they reported ad blocked me...what for...the truth. Oh it all was just shut down. Forgive my not normall post tonight but after all homemaking is not all cookies and glitter we are strong women who have strong beliefs which we may discuss over our new fabulous Pinterest unicorn poop cookie's (it's really on there look in the search for it). So I feel I will lay down my glue gun tonight to invite you to Sarah's World which does include politics sometimes. If you want to comment go for it no holds barre. The orange comments below are by me,  and the orange was NOT printed on the site for them to see it is my commentary thoughts....shortly in they blocked me and continued to have their say...thats it block it out people. Is that how you handle difference?
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This is a lovely photo of our first lady Michelle Obama... beautiful though some people referd to it as scary..eek..a disgrace. one posting had this to say.
“There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the black community first and foremost.” -Michelle Obama

I responded to the persons comment:

She is beautiful and that saying above? as amember of the black community..she puts that first formost...thought we were all created equal?

Thus launching a riot attack against me for pointing out the truth.... Let me point it out to you this way I viewed her comment as a racial bias hidden in elequent words....let me ask you does this offend you if I say it....
“There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the "WHITE"community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the "WHITE" community first and foremost.”

First off I never said that anywere but here and IN NO WAY BELIEVE THAT..this was for pointing out the racial bias of the comment ONLY


Abby Harris Sarah, I agree with you. She is beautiful, and we are all created equally. That's why I hope that our leaders will use their resources to benefit us all...equally. That's just me, though. I meant no offense.
GO ABBY HARRIS...she got what I was saying but the only person!

Cyxx Really? You're holding against her an out-of-context quote taken from a thesis she wrote 23 years ago? Seriously?

OKAY OKAY I see fire I through gas messing with Cyxx's comment I replied:

Sarah Traub Not holding it against her there so much to hold against her husband I don't need to focus on her ;-)
NOT the most loving words ok...thus insuing a riot to the MAXX

Carman Alvillar This all makes me sad. Michelle Obama is fabulous. You are going to whine because she wants to help the black community? Thats sad.

LETS NOT FOCUS ON THE POINT CARMAN...Lets just dance and dance around what I said/whined evidently...can you tell whineing by typing ..oh yeah..IIII DDOOOOnt wike racialy bias quotes whhaaaaaa LOL no really

Carman Alvillar I would love to sit down with Mr. and Mrs. Obama and have lunch with them. They seem like fantastic, down to earth people.

I would to were are we eating..some place fancy I hope :-)

Karen Garnica Abby and Sarah - you do mean to be offensive, and pinterest is not the place for it.


So I was asked... by
 Karen Garnica What exactly has the president done that was so aweful to you Sarah?

Now I'm looking and looking an do not see were I said "Barack Obama was so aweful to me" Do you see it? I'm looking still......this is like the worst game of SUPER Y and the Super readers ever because with them you look and find stuff ...I'm looking not finding

I get her though...but this...ME not supporting does not =He did something Aweful to me personally... poor KAREN GARNICA she must have had some rough relation ships in the past w e will pray for you.... moving on....

Sarah Traub number 2 issue (this is in response to Karen's confusion)

my number one issue is he supports abortion

then I concluded a link to
 Karen Garnica to look at Google-search abortion photos and look at what you are supporting

Sarah Traub look at what your supporting at your own risk its graphic

Carman Alvillar Ok look theres so many different types of abortion. I'm not even clicking that link because I have two kids and I dont feel like looking at a link thats possibly to dead babies and their limbs.

Really what your supporting and voting for is so bad you can't face it...think people???? PLEASE...educating yourself on what you support...kinda important....and it does not matter what kind of abortion it all end sin the same result...murder, heartache, pain, depression.

Karen Garnica Sarah, so you are against "equal" access to health care?

Yes Karen  I want you to die in the street because you can not afford to pay the enormous cost of OBAMA CARE YUP...thats what  I want. HA HA...that question is stupid affordable...affordable what I'm for I owe with insurance over $1,000 with insurance good insurnace for my son to leave the children hospital with a bandaid...yes they did other work catscan mainly the expensive part... but the way it is way way way cheaper then what OBAMA CARE HAS TO OFFER...I'm having trouble paying this amount Obamacare would do me in for sure!

Karen Garnica Sarah, stop. you are so out of line.

What line was that Karen? OH you mean that politically correct keep your opinions in a box, say only every ones a winner here is atrophy box...nah not for me..Enjoy your box ,but I live in America home of the free.... and free to express MY OPINION!!! , but some of us were born to be hearded in a line KAREN but not me. and mainly if I do not feel the line follows the truth of my beleifs.

Joni Holland Sheesh....'she' is not 'he'......I would be incensed if someone judged me, based on my husband's beliefs or actions. She's a woman's woman. Ladies we need all the help we can get. This pic was merely a celebration of her birthday. And indeed, she is beautiful.

NEVER SAID "SHE" is "he"...again not seeing it...not said

Kristina Moore Really? We can't comment on a gorgeous photo of a classy woman without it becoming an opportunity for political commentary?

No Kristina Not when it's the presidents wife and she has a quote underneath that is racially bias .then no ...can't just be oooh pretty photo and ignore the road kill beneath some of us feel our beliefs of whats right and wrong still. We have not lost ethics to conform to getting in a politically correct lines.

Abby Harris Excuse me, Karen? You have no idea where I'm coming from. I said I meant no offense, and I didn't.

ABBY SCORES AGAIN YOU GO GIRL TELL THEM I've been blocked already!


Wait there is a whole Pinterest out there go look at cookies Lisa no one invited you to be the mother of a conversation you just connected to.

Abby Harris YES MA'AM!!!!!!!

HA HA ABBY cracks me up...

then the site was blocked from comments

I still recieved a few links from somewere

Karen Garnica:I have read Mrs. Obama's entire Princeton thesis, it was good and valid

The quote at the top came from the thesis...does racial bias = good and valid to anyone? anyone?

Karen Garnica again:I have read Mrs. Obama's entire Princeton thesis. She may not be aware of the fact  that her husband's ancestors donated the land for Princeton and founded the university. This I know because we share common ancestry."

Okay Karen got the wrong recipe for brownies on here. Mr. Clinton (I did not inhale)..but he did eat the brownies LOL!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentines Day

Victorian Valentines Day postcard, Clapsaddle, Cupid with huge hat and doves
Tax season! Is all those refund checks what cause us to be so snuggly. Some couples bah humbug this day...oh it's just another retail day so they can steal your money...OH BAH LOVE BUG! People like that made cupid cry..poor cupid! NO NO NO it is a perfect excuse to fan some flames and warm up things a bit and bring a little romance into your relationship. So I'm encouraging everyone to NOT TEXT, Face Time, Email, fax, telegraph...pony express (((WRITE))) your significant other a Valentine. Try to make it as swirly written cursive as you can manage love letter...or how much you mean to me couldn't hurt. 

 I typed in Google st. valentine's day victorian images and clicked is sooo pretty I have got to make a card NOW to write my letter in! Or I might die! 

So what is Saint Valentines Day to you?

Us ladys must be beautiful and witty too. Below is some historical factuals that hopefuly will enterest you a bit about valentines Day. I know it's blah blah history but it's kinda sweet and interesting history so make yourself read who knows you might get a wrinkle in your brain shaped likea heart.

At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early Martyrologies under date of 14 February.
One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).
Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Love being associated with this day is believed to be from the middles ages in France and England during halfway through the second month of the year February 14th birds (fowls) would begin to pair together...awe doesn't that make you want to go out and hug a chicken? This started showing up in poetry.

Chaucer's Parliament of Foules
For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

St. Valentine's Day Massacre - 1929

One February evening in North Chicago, seven well-dressed men were found riddled with bullets inside the S.M.C Cartage Co. garage. They had been lined up against a wall, with their backs to their executioners and shot to death. With the exception of Dr. Reinhardt H. Schwimmer these men were mobsters working under the leadership of gangster and bootlegger, "Bugs" Moran. Within a few seconds, while staring at a bare brick wall, these seven men had become a part of Valentine's Day history: the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. St. Valentine's Day Massacrethis is a 1929 photo of police reinacting the crime.When the bodies were discovered splattered on the floor of the garage, it seemed at first glance, that not one single person could have survived the force of the attack. However, this proved to be untrue, when one investigator on the scene found Frank Gusenberg lying amongst the bloody corpses, breathing heavily and choking on his own blood. Immediately, the unconscious victim was taken to the hospital where investigators waited with anticipation for their only possible lead to wake up and finger the men who were responsible. Their greatest fear was that he would die before they had the opportunity to question him, but eventually he did wake. When he was asked for the identity of the killer, he simply stated "I'm not gonna talk," before he laid his head back and died. Without Frank Gusenberg's testimony and with only a few eye witnesses outside the garage, the investigators had to return to the scene of the crime and try to piece the murder together with what information they had.
After a re-enactment of the crime, authorities concluded that the two men dressed as policemen entered the garage and acted as if they were police on a routine investigation. The Moran outfit automatically assumed that they were policemen on a routine sting. It was obvious that they didnt suspect anything questionable with the two uniformed killers or they certainly would have never been killed without a fight. But as it was, the mobsters seemed to have cooperated with the costumed officers and consequently let the fake policemen disarm them and force them up against the wall. As soon as their backs were turned, the two men in plain clothes entered with guns and shot them down.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I know each and every one of you woke up this morning wondering what my New Years Resolution is. By the way is there a rule like not speeking wishes that if you talk about it or say it aloud that it will not come true? (I sure hope not) You have to understand I know I'm full figured so loosing weight should be just a given..not my resolution is out of guilt. Let me introduce you to my 4 year old son's former pet strawberry plant this Pet strawberry plant went from store to store with us he even cried once because I would not let him take it into church. Oh yeah and do you like his outfit he picked it out I like it kid has his own unique since of style. Mom got a little tired of toteing the pet plant from store to she said the plant would be happier if it lived in the ground. In the begining said pet strawberry plant was happy...until one day someone got very busy (aka mom) with a little baby inside and neglected to water it (my younger son)..see it was too hot for baby to go out and his very fair skin did not do well either so mom and baby spent a good portion of those hot days inside...poor pet strawberry plant was neglected...and passed along to strawberry plant heaven...may it rest in piece.
So my resolution grow the best pet strawberry plant this year!!! And try my best not to let it die...I promise nothing..but will do my best google research & strap a hat and sunscreen and unbrella over that baby and get to watering.
Also I'm considering a small contained herb garden. Not sure of the design yet but I found a few ideas I thought  I would share with you below. I love to cook with fresh herbs so why not give it a shot. The pyramid stacked planters is made from palettes imagine that more palette ideas cool! The last wood herb garden is my favorite and pretty sure it's the one to hold herbs and strawberrys alike.
 I love the wine cork glued on a skewer for garden labels what a cute idea.
You know what recipe the fresh herbs would be delish on my chicken in wine sauce easy easy recipe here it goes try it it's delish. I usually serve with green beans and stove top stuffing.

3-4 frozen is fine thawed less cook time chicken breasts
1 can of cambells brand NO healthychoice cream of chicken condensed soup
1 cup of white wine use the cheapy stuff by vinagers and olive oils at walmart White House brand I think
1/5 regular size bag of sharp cheddar cheese

Place frozen chicken breasts in a aluminum foil coverd rectangular bake pan or pyrex glass baking dish...I pam out of habit

scoop out soup and spread it ouver chicken do NOT be fancy plop it on

pour wine over mixture also add about half soup can of water you want a good amount of juices in bottom of pan about 3rd to half a inch atleast if not more it's not a exact science

 sprinkle on chease and kinda stir into soup wine were you can

. Bake at 425 for about 30-45 min.

..serve with love

and if you find yourself with some fresh basil and parsley thyme or oregeno throw some on it and a dash of lemon and pepper mmmm

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

How to Make Cake Pops

Everyone Keeps Asking How I POP?
(make cake pops that is)
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Well here it goes. As any great gossip column I must start with bashing...I can't stand the texture of most cake pops out there..the usual process includes crumbling the cake and mixing with a tub of icing or I believe sweetened condensed milk...AH EWE..squishy cake NO GOOD! Like every good housewife I buy a machine to do most the work for me ;-) The Baby Cakes Cake pop maker (I got mine at Kohl's for $19.99 on sale I think reg. $29.99) There is a cake pop pan set at bed bath and Beyond that may work good too but I have not tried it. This baby cake pop maker I felt was silly for me to even own it was just a luxury item which I'm not into the next wave of ronco food everything gadets in my kitchen that peel the potatoes, pet the dog and cook a 57 lbs. turkey to perfect juicy plumpness and has little elves that dance and sing around it when the timer goes off and it lights up with 50 L.E.D. rainbow lights.... and come with not one but two sets of free ginsutookuferyermona' knives all for just 52.5 payments of $ appologies for that....huhmmm anyway I only like basic kitchen appliances but something about the cake pop maker brought back that one moment of me mixing and baking and smelling the chocolate cake smell of my Easy Bake Oven toy when I was a little  girl and smothering my still warm cake with gooey icing I made myself ,and sharing my baked goods with my brothers and parents and watching them devour it and tell me how good I did...awe...but the baby needed socks and Nathan needed turtle necks so  I passed up the machine. However Birthday time rolled around and there cam my super husband to the Dream bake shop in my head rescue...naaah ...naaaah!!! He bought me the cake pop maker for my birthday..(this is were you say awwweee) Yes feel the warm fuzzies they are so great!
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I ripped it open still trying to not look like a wild wilderbeast devouring it's prey...and trying to keep my femanine composure..I opened it up and started right away! It worked I was "poping" everything..bananna pancake pops...cake...brownies...blueberry muffins atlass  I was in Easy Bake..I mean BABY Cake pop heaven...watching my family devour them and telling me what a great job I did. So How did I do it simple.

sprinkles, pearls powder, or icing spray the Duff brand spray is what I used w/coupon at michaels) 
plastic baggies
2 styrofoam boards that will fit in your freezer

YOU MAY ALSO WANT EXTRA STYROFOAM FOR DISPLAYING (i suggest  painting the top with martha stewart craft paints) and glue ribbon around the side edge's for a display base. You may also use wood skewers to stick in styrofoam and be taller then the cake pops hot glue bows or a birthday sign or paper dicut letters to go with your theme or decor for a party.

1) Make your box cake mix according to directions

2) place a baggie in a glass or coffee mug and fold the top down so the zip area is facing out basicly just using it as a extra hand to hold the bag open while you spoon in or pour your mixture into it.

3)Have your candy melts in a glass bowl on a pot with a little bit of boiling water in it or if you own a double broiler then use it ofcourse.. and temper (Melt them just right) your candys. Now they will be two thick read the back but I added about 1.5 -2 TBSP. of crisco to the candys you have to play with the consistency it is easy but still a artform I suggest leaving your burner on but turned down and remove the candys if it gets thick place oback on burner for a bit until you get a good consistancy to work with again. you want it almost lighlty runny not thick like yogurt. Also have your sticks laying out opened ready to rumble.

4)Though I do NOT normally suggest PAMING ANYTHING exspecially non stick because after a period of time the chemicals to spray (Propellants or emolients I think?) in Pam break down any non-stick cookware...I found it was my only choice for a easy release  I tried oils and butter and crisco would just seem to messy for this so pam it was spritzer down lightly.

5) Keeping that corner of the bag facing up cut the tip off just about 2/3" opening wide at the end and pipe until lower batter area is almost full and shut the lid. You do kinda have to play with each flavor/brand/ mix to see how full to fill it and how long to leave it in cooking one light is not always enough actually usually never enough you kinda need to really cook it good the outside needs to have a med brown golden crust look not a golden light fluffy or it will just not hold its shape and collapse a lot after you remove it and it cools.

6)Use the pronged fork tool stick in horizontaly into the cake like at it's equator line (get it?) becareful NOT to stick it all the way through to the other side that can almost sever it for some reason and the tool WILL SCRATCH OFF THE NON-STICK SURFACE...rotate the cake so the top of circle is on the bottom and close lid if you cook this way for some reason it does better I guess it's kinda like rotating those waffles in the waffle irons.

7)Now working quickly but never frantic good house wives must be calm and collective (LOL NOT) dip the end of a cake pop stick  anyway dip the end of the stick about 1" into the candy melts thin push into the cake pop about half way...then lift and flip the cake up and out of the cake pop maker...if you are getting a lot of broken ones you modt likely did not cook it long enough if it is falling down the stick it is either not cooked long enough or you pushed it through to much try doing it less next time. the candy melts will harden and act as glue to hold the cake to the stick during the full diping process. Push the non cake end of the stick into styrofoam DO NOT PRESS STICK ALL THE WAY THROUGH JUST IN A LITTLE. When your styrofoam is full carry the cake pops to the freezer... now you may freeze them for just a hour or so... but they will be better if you can freeze them over night..your choice.

8) Have your candy melts melted never use food coloring to dye the candy melts it will ruin them either buy the colors you need or there is special dye at the craft store you can use to dye them. Once your candy melts are ready pull your cake pops out of the freezer hold the stick, dip the cake part in coating until just covering it and berely touching the stick and pull it this as fast as you can the longer the cake is in the candy melts the warmer the cnadymelts holding it to the stick become therefore loosening your glue...right so then still holding the cak pop above the bowl at a angle lightly very lightly tap each pop removing the excess candy coating push into another styrofoam piece while its wet add sprinkles or oreo crumbs to the top quickly it dries fast. Also you may use spray colors or brush on cake icing shimmers with a brush once dry. I have used both wilton cake icing pearls powder and DUFF brand metallic icing cake spray from micheals it was so cool metalic silver cake pops!.............and serve with love.

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