Friday, October 17, 2014

Lemon Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I made this cake for my kids to take over my ex husband's house for his birthday. They brought us a piece & it was YUMMY!!! So good & you know it doesn't have all the chemicals that are probably in the box mixes. I made it in a bundt pan & drizzled the chocolate sauce over the top & looked fancy too!


Lemon Cake:

3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups sugar
1 cup butter (room temp)
1/2 cup shortening (room temp), I used butter flavored shortening
5 large eggs
1 cup milk
6 tbsp lemon juice
1 lemon zested

Spray flour cooking spray on bundt pan

Add all ingredients together & mix until blended. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degree's until center comes out clean, about an hour. Cool in pan.

Chocolate Frosting:

2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
6 tbsp. butter
5 tbsp evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Add Dry ingredients in bowl. Beat other ingredients in until blended. You can change texture by adding more sugar or milk to taste. Pour over cooled cake (which is popped out of pan right side up). Enjoy!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Garden veggie tomato soup & pasta

I served this with honey beer bread & was delish!!! Everyone loved it & used up garden veggies.


Put onions cut up on bottom of cooking sheet. Put cut up tomatoes on top. Roast 350 degrees 20 minutes. Add garlic, 2 cloves chopped to top, salt/pepper & some cooking sherry. Continue roasting until tender. Put roasted mixture into food processor with some rosemary seasoning & crust bread. Blend until chunky/soupy. Pour into dish. 

For pasta i sautéed corn & cherry tomatoes with butter & broth. Season with salt/pepper & add chopped fresh basil. Add cooked pasta, toss & add shaved parmesan cheese. Serve with homemade beer bread, or crusty loaf & real butter. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick Garden veggie dinner

Bisquick 1 1/4 cup
2 eggs 
1/3 cup parm cheese
1 cup milk
Salt/pepper
Rosemary/garlic seasoning
Zucchini cut up
Tomatoes cut up
Onion cut up

Put cut up veggies bottom of baking dish. Add remaining ingredients put on top. Bake 350 degrees 35-40 minutes. Serve with salad with veggies from the garden! 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quinoa bean chili

Got this recipe off of pinterest & tweaked it a little.  

Bag of quinoa chili cooked
Can of corn
1 large onion chopped
Can of black beans
Can of kidney beans
Tomatoes in olive oil & garlic
1 can tomato paste
Chicken orveggie broth 
1/2 tsp.Cayenne
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp. cocoa powder
2 cloves garlic crushed
Plain greek nonfat yogurt
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sriracha sauce to taste

Cook onion in olive oil. Add all other ingredients except sriracha, yogurt & cheese. Add broth so it can simmer for about 20 minutes & flavors meld. Put in bowl, top with dollop of yogurt, sprinkling of cheese, sriracha. You can add cilantro if you wish. Healthy & delicious served with crusty bread, totinos chips, etc.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Scrapbook paper cards

Just an idea to make that card special, homemade.








Decoupage glass magnets

Clear Glass stones
Modge podge
Paint brush 
Craft paper
Magnet
Glue

Cut craft paper to size of stone & modge podge on bottom. Cut magnet to size of stone & glue to bottom. Let dry.







Thursday, July 17, 2014

Washer jewelry

Take washers (hardware) & paint with nail polish, or decoupage scrapbook paper onto. Then put a layer of dimensional modgepodge. Do this for both sides of washer. Then put on string with a few beads for embellishments & tie. Wallah, a colorful bohemian style necklace! 




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coaster revamp


I got these coasters free at target with purchase. Wasn't thrilled about design, so decoupaged craft paper over old design.

Here's original coaster:



Here are my new, better (i think) coasters, just waiting for the glossy/glassy coat of dimensional modge podge to dry:








This is the container it came in. I decoupaged over the store logo. ��


Gift box re-do

I took a gift box that had a jewelry company name on it & decoupaged right over logo! Now its ready for me to use to give a jewelry gift in. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

DiIY Gift tags

Scrapbook paper
Pencil
Scissors
Modge podge
Small paint brush

I cut pieces of colorful paper to size of business card. Then cut thicker decorative paper to size if top in thin strip. Then modgepodge the strip to the to of the paper. 

I plan on using these for gift tags & they match the decorative clothespins in post below.




Modge podge clothespins & paper clips

Modge podge (i used glitter type)
Clothespins
Small paint brush
Pencil
Scizzors
Scrapbook paper

Trace shape of clothespins with pencil on paper & cut paper to size. Put paper on clothespin & spread modgepodge over top of paper evenly with brush. Do same on other side. Let dry.








I'm going to use these to decoratively hold gift bags together, but they could be used in many ways. You could use holiday themed paper & hang photos on twine with these also when you receive christmas cards. Just some ideas. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Plastic paint for moldy, scuffed old outdoor chairs

Sorry forgot to take before pictures. Just picture old, white, moldy, dirty looking plastic outdoor chairs. For $3.00 can of spray paint, i made them new & colorful!






Ta da!!! Like the outcome? I do. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Easiest Dinner EVER!

This is literally my go-to easy dinner, which is pretty healthy, smells delicious & everyone likes. Win-win!

You take a bone in chicken breast, wash & pat dry, spray baking dish with cooking spray, put salt/pepper on top of chicken. Then put some McCormick pinch perfect rotisserie chicken on top of chicken. Lastly top off with a little butter.

I put in oven with chicken a few baking potatoes, scrubbed & stabbed & cook 350 degrees about an hour (or until browned on top & no longer pink). Once literally thrown in oven, you can go do other things. When dinner is almost done, I make up a quick salad. I think the Italian dressing gives additional flavor to the meal. How easy is that?

Before going in oven...spices shown.

When done & plated. Wallah!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Healthy Easy egg dinner or brunch

I love this meal because everyone in the family loves it, it's healthy, filling & easy to make. You can make any salad you like, but I paired the egg dishes with oven potatoes & Kale salad with a side of oranges. I like oranges with eggs because the vitamin c helps you absorb the iron in the eggs more efficiently!


For Kale salad, I make a vinagrette with: chopped garlic, orange juice, lemon juice, salt/pepper & soy sauce. Mix as you wish, I used about a cup of each of the juices, 2 cloves or garlic & 2 tbsps of soy sauce. Toss well.

Then I make 2 eggs strata's. I make a vegetable one for the vegetarians in the family & a sausage one for the meat eaters.

Vegetable Strata:

Sausage Strata:

For  Veggie strata, Just saute 1 onion chopped, & veggies of choice chopped in olive oil. Example: Mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, spinach. Saute until tender & season with salt/pepper.

For Sausage strata, saute onion & 6-8 breakfast sausage links cup up until cooked & tender. You could also add bacon if you wish.

In a separate bowl, beat 12 eggs with 2 cups of milk. Grease 2 separate baking dishes. In one dish put veggie mixture, in other sausage mixture. Crumble bread (partly stale) over each dish to cover vegetables. Put about 1 cup of cheddar cheese/parmesan cheese over each baking dish mixture. I like to add some feta too for more delicious flavor!! Then put 1/2 egg/milk mixture in each pan. You can season with more salt/pepper if you wish. 

Bake 375 degrees until solid & browned on the top, about 1/2 hour to 40 minutes.

It's an easy brunch, or dinner! Here it is plated:


I also cooked chopped potatoes, onions in oven which were tossed with olive oil & seasoned with salt/pepper. Delish! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Glass etching gifts

I made these for christmas gifts. Would be great for engagement or housewarming too. Pretty easy to make & a useful gift. You can give as is, or fill with cookies, or use as gift box n fill with kitchenwares, etc.



Armour etch cream
Glassware (not pyrex)
Rubber gloves
Stencil brush
Vinyl stencils
Sponge
Painters tape

Take glass & place vinyl evenly as possible. Surround tape with painters tape. Put rubber gloves on & take stencil brush & heavily apply etch cream. Leave on for at least half an our, an hour is better. Put gloves back on, & with sponge wash etch cream off. Then take tape & stencils off. Wash dish & dry. Be careful, etch cream is caustic. Enjoy your new dish, now monogrammed or personalized!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Roasted tomato garlic sauce with white bean balls

Great meatless monday meal!


I used tomatoes from the garden, cut up, added 4-5 garlic cloves, salt, pepper, olive oil & cooking sherry & roasted for an hour at 450 degrees. 


1 can cannellini beans
1 can great northern beans
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
Oregano, thyme & parsley to taste
2 eggs
Salt/pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2/3 cup bread crumbs

Mix all together, make into balls & fry until browned on each side. Drain on paper towels.


Put 1 small can of tomato paste
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 cup red wine
1 tsp sugar
Purée of roasted tomatoes/garlic (put in food processor)
Juices from roast tomatoes/garlic
Salt, pepper, thyme to taste



Cook pasta of your choice, drain & serve with bean balls, roasted tomato sauce & fresh parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!


Girly party favor or stocking stuffer


Pretty nail file
Inexpensive, colorful nail polish
Washi tape

Put them together for a colorful stocking stuffer or little something extra to go with larger gift. Could also be used as girls party favor. Costs under $4.00 eack & very cute! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Delicious Pork Loin Dinner

Ingredients:

Carrots peeled & cut long (however many you desire)
Parsnips peeled & cut long
Onions cut into fourths
Bag of trader Joe's jasmine rice
1 boneless pork tenderloin
salt/pepper
2 Garlic cloves finely chopped
1/2 cup water 
1/4 cup dry white wine wine

Glaze:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
Chopped chives for garnish

spray Roasting pan with cooking spray, then coat with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle both sides of meat with salt/pepper & rub with garlic. Cook over med/high heat until browned on both sides. De-glaze pan with white wine. Put onions, carrots & parsnips around pork & put into over 1 1/2 hours 350 degrees, until it's done. Before roast is done, in saucepan combine glaze ingredients & stir until thickened. Brush roast with glaze several time last 1/2 hour of cooking. Take out roast when done & sprinkle with chopped chives. 

Make Trader Joe's jasmine rice & serve with pork, carrots, parsnips & onions. Enjoy!
 

 Plated~


Friday, July 19, 2013

Easy Vegetarian Indian Meal





Bag trader joe's frozen edamame
3 cloves garlic chopped
Bag cooked lentils
Can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. cumin
2 shakes of each: 
cayenne powder, ground ginger, tumeric
1/2 can of condensed milk
Bag brown & wild rice trader joe's
Salt/pepper
Can chicken or vegetable broth

Boil bag of lentils to heat

In another pan cook 2/3 of chopped garlic on olive or coconut oil. After about a minute, add can of tomatoes & condensed milk. Add seasonings, drain lentils & add to tomato mixture. Simmer until thickened. Season with salt/pepper.

In small pan sauté rest of garlic in olive or coconut oil, then add edamame, salt & pepper. Cook until softened, adding broth to pan as cooking. 

Take naan out of bag (frozen trader joe's), bake 400 degrees about 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. 

Serve with rice or stir rice into lentil stew. Serve with naan. Enjoy! Healthy vegetarian meal.

Note:  Tumeric, ginger & cayenne are known for cancer fighting properties. Benefit!!!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fruit & Nut Salad


A nice light summer breakfast or snack & my kiddo's loved it! Cut up strawbereries, peaches, granny smith apples, throw in a handful of blueberries & a handful of cashews, then top with shaved dark chocolate! Healthy, fresh & delish!

I made a different variation for my daughter with almonds instead of cashews & sprinkled with cinnamon. You could also add different fruits to your liking, mix with granola, pistachios, oatmeal, yogurt, coconut, whatever your hearts delight!