Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sassy Water

~taken from

Now I don't know why it's called Sassy water but it looks pretty so I made it.

Here's the recipe:


2 q. of water
1 medium cucumber
2 lemon
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
10 mint leaves.


*peel and thinly slice the cucumber
*wash and thinly slice your lemon
*grate 1 teaspoon of ginger
*wash and pick around 10 mint leaves.

*place everything in the water jug

*leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

7up Biscuits

~taken from

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-up
1/4 cup melted butter


*Preheat oven to 450.
*Mix sour cream into biscuit mix
*Add 7-Up.

* Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan.
~Makes a very soft dough and sticky.
*Sprinkle extra Bisquick mix on board or table, and your hands and pat dough out to about the size of the pan and cut 9 biscuits.

*Place cut biscuits in pan, they might not fit perfectly, but just squish.
*Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

SO good and picky husband approved!

Friday, September 23, 2011

That time of year is coming...

What time of year is that, my Birthday Day of course. You know how several store, you frequent have Birthday clubs you can join and they send you something for your birthday? Well, my most favorite store of all time, Anthropologie sent me a birthday card good for 15% off my next purchase. Now this might not seem like a lot for most stores but for Anthro, you take whatever savings you can get. At any rate, they really make the cutest birthday cards. Last year they sent one out that had a birthday candle necklace attached to the card and look how clever this years is.... they just continue to top themselves.

Thanks for thinking of me....

Thursday, September 22, 2011


These would be great with a cup of coffee! YUM!


1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature) *I only had salted and it didn't make a difference
3 oz. Regular Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1 1/2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg (room temperature)
1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 3/4 Cups All - Purpose Flour
super fine sugar

*Heat your oven to 375 degrees and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. *I just sprayed my cookie sheet since I didn't have parchment paper.

*Place butter and cream cheese in your mixer bowl and beat for 1 minute.
*Beat in the sugar and baking powder.
*Add the egg and vanilla and 'Beat Until Fluffy.'
*Beat in the flour.

*Chill for 30 minutes for drop/roll cookies, one hour for cut-out cookies.
*Scoop by rounded teaspoon full and dredge drop cookies (roll balled cookies) in superfine sugar.

*Bake for 7-9 minutes.
*Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Mickey Mouse Bag

I decided I wanted to make a Mickey bag, and I found a template for Mickey's head online. Here is my test run bag to make sure everything was going to stick properly. So here it is!

I hand stitched a boarder around each Mickey head, and sewed a button on each and then tied fabric around the handles. Now on to make the real bag.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


If you haven't signed up for Groupon do it now. It's totally free and wonderful. Basically, you can either get emails or just go to the site (after signing up) and get great deals, discounts and coupons. Today I got a great one for Red Robins. The deal was this: for $10 you can get a $20 gift card. No need to wait for it in the mail. After you buy it, you can print it up right then and there. If you print it and misplace it, no problem, you can print it again, but remember you can only use it once. If you buy more than one, you'll have two different certificates to print.

Here's the link to sign up:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle

This recipe is very easy and tasted just like brittle and chocolate chip cookies as well!
Adapted from Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Cookbook


1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips or any other type of chip you see fit (milk, semi sweet, toffe, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc.)
*I used milk chocolate and white chocolate chips -1 c. MCC and 1/4c. WCC*


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cookie pan with parchment paper. *I didn't have any so I just greased the cookie pan.*

Mix the butter and vanilla.

Add in the flour, sugar, salt and chocolate chips, and mix it all together until well combined.

The dough may be fairly dry and crumbly, no worries!

Dump the dough onto lined cookie sheet.

Press it into a thin layer using your hands. Mine didn't completely fill the cookie tray, so don't worry if yours doesn't.

The thinner you press it, the crispier it will be and the quicker it will cook, so adjust accordingly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, check, if edges are lightly brown and center is set, remove from oven.

Allow to cool COMPLETELY. I stuck mine pan in the fridge to speed up the process.

Break up into pieces, I just used a knife and cut in random pieces.

That's it, SO SIMPLE, and SO GOOD!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Apple Dumpling Goodness

So, Summer is coming to an end and we're coming up on one of my two favorite seasons, Fall. I love the trees changing colors, the weather getting cooler (halleluiah, Texas Summer is NOT FUN, I've come to learn). So, with all the excitement of Fall approaching, I had yet another itch to bake something. This time I've made super yummy, super quick, apple dumplings. You will not believe how easy these are to make... the secret ingredient.... ready for it? MOUNTAIN DEW! I know right, who would have thought...

So here is the recipe, make it, love it!


*Cinnamon not in picture...oops.

2 whole Granny Smith Apples
2 cans (8 Oz. Cans) Crescent Rolls
2 sticks Butter
1-1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Cinnamon, To Taste
1 can (12 Oz.) Mountain Dew Soda

Peel and core apples.

Cut each apple into 8 slices each.

Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll.

Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan, if you have a smaller/bigger pan that's fine too.

Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir.

Add vanilla, and stir.

Pour entire mixture over apples, make sure each little apple goodness, is covered in the mixture.
Pour the secret ingredient, Mountain Dew, around the edges of the pan and in the middle too.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

*I had a lot of extra sauce in the pan, after baking, so I used a turkey baster and sucked out the sauce and put it in a little bowl.

*You can service it with ice cream for extra yumminess however this is so good it stand on its own! Use extra sauce to pour over the dumpling and ice cream! YUM!

*recipe from the Goddess of the Kitchen, The Pioner Girl

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jersey Knit Bracelets

Look how cute these are:

Photo from: Pink Pistachio

I made this one

These bracelets are SUPER easy to make out of old t-shirts..... This would also be cute as a necklace too! Great for kids and adults alike, you can use any jersey knit t-shirt you want!

Want to know how to make them? Just follow the link to Pink Pistachio's blog!

Enter to Win!

Click here to enter

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Momento for the Birthday Boy (or Girl)

Ok, so my Mother-in-law is throwing a 60th birthday party for her brother-in-law (my hubbie's uncle) on Saturday. There will be about 14 people or so there and a couple of kids. We've gone out and bought decorations, she's ordered the cake and the menu has been decided upon. I don't know my hubbie's Uncle and Aunt all that well but I wanted to do a little something for the party so I made a Birthday Wish Jar.

*Birthday Wish Jar*

Guests write special birthday notes to the birthday boy/girl, and at the end of the party they have a great keepsake to take home and keep to remember their special day.

*Find any old jar with a lid, decorate it to match the theme/colors of the party.
*Cut up some paper for guests to write on
*Come up with a cute way to explain to the guest what they need to do

Here's the one I'm working on for Saturday. I still need to add a few more things but here's the one I made.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my sweet little cousin. I created this and emailed it to her mom so she could see it on her birthday (while her gift is still in transit).