When I was growing up in the '80s and early '90s, my mom was busy homeschooling me as well as heading up our church's Sunday school department. Whenever she wanted to put up non-permanent billboard cut outs or display educational charts/maps in our dining room (aka the classroom) she used this blue tacky adhesive stuff. It had the texture of Silly … [Read More...]
3-5 medium bell peppers
1/2 cup Stove Top stuffing
1lb ground beef or turkey
6 oz shredded cheese
1/4-1/2 cup diced onion
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 clove minced garlic
3/4 cup tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Halve and seed bell peppers then lightly salt the insides. Set aside.
Brown beef in a large skillet (Note … [Read More...]
We celebrated Sweet T's first birthday yesterday with a very low key picnic-themed party. This theme was simple to bring together and perfect for a summer birthday.
Guests served themselves buffet style on red plaid plates. Utensils were placed in a jelly jar then an open picnic basket alongside the plates and napkins.
Old fashioned bottled … [Read More...]
Ever since 1997 when my mom brought home some of the first 12x12 acid free papers and their primitive matching embellishments, I've been a scrapper. Those early pages make me cringe, but at the same time they are a memorial to the early days of the hobby. With entire shops dedicated to the craft and the advent of digital scrapbooking, we've come a … [Read More...]
Shortcut lasagna, lazy lasagna, cheater's lasagna; whatever you want to call it. I have toddler and need at the time savers I can get! This dish tasted much better than I thought it would and with only 7 minutes of prep work is perfect for busy nights when you just don't have time to make dinner.
1 cup frozen loose cut leaf … [Read More...]
Every person in America over the age of three, myself included. But... pride goes before a fall. I was working on a recipe to post later in the week and I didn't want ya'll seeing my stained-up Tupperware. Anytime I work on a recipe that's going on this blog I pull out my Wolfgang Puck stainless steel bowls so it appears that I'm a "real" cook. … [Read More...]
To me the name Vera Bradley is synonymous with ultra-feminine purses, but I had no idea they also have a line of luggage. This is ironic considering a lack of feminine-looking luggage was the motivation for the formation of the company in 1982. I was given the opportunity to review the Grand Traveler in "Plum Petals" and I'll never bring my beat up … [Read More...]
It's been a while since I've posted any crochet projects because it's been a while since I've had any! During our May trip to Florida I used some of the time to work on this crochet horse. He comes from the pattern book Super Cute: 25 Amigurumi Animals. For the body, I used some type of leftover yarn my mother-in-law had that she tells me isn't … [Read More...]
Got a sweet tooth? This should take care of it.
Largest ice cream cake
Largest Rice Krispie Treat
Largest whoopie pie
Largest wedding cake
Largest ice cream scoop pyramid
Largest gingerbread house
Largest peach cobbler
Largest … [Read More...]
It is the most exciting time of your life, you are about to become a mom. Your body is changing in new and wonderful ways. There are so many exciting moments and there is nothing like feeling your baby kick for the first time. The rate at which your body changes is rapid, and although exciting it can also leave stretch marks.
Between 75 and 90 per … [Read More...]
Fried pies (or hand pies) are a tradition here in the South. My personal favorite was always apricot until I made these Nutella fried pies. Traditional fried pies are usually 6" in diameter, but I made these 4" so they are more like little snacks instead of a full-fledged dessert. Means you can eat double the amount, right?
Nutella Fried … [Read More...]
I always add ground turkey or beef to pasta sauce, but with the addition of oyster mushrooms, I didn't even miss the meat.
1lb pasta of choice
1 small onion (1/2c)
2T olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
16oz pasta sauce of choice (choose something simple that won't overwhelm the mushroom flavor)
5 oz oyster mushrooms
1/4 bunch … [Read More...]
In our rural Alabama community there is an Ironman Road, Ironman grocery, and an Ironman Baptist church all named after this iron statue.
He is believed to have been created in Birmingham, AL around 1900 as an advertisement for Vegacal Liver Tonic which was manufactured in New Jersey at the time. The front of the iron man reads "Vegecal for the … [Read More...]
This is my favorite way to eat green beans. We have an abundance in our garden right now so I thought I'd share. The cool thing about this recipe is that you can make it with very few green beans if you have to. Just use extra potatoes and onions to make up for it. That's what I do at the beginning of the season when I can only harvest a … [Read More...]