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French Press Frozen Cappuccino

I made this for Hubs over the weekend and he raved over it. He likes his coffee strong and simple so this was a winner. Yield: 2 Ingredients: 2 cups ice cubes 1 1/2 cups strong coffee or two espresso shots, chilled 1/4 cup NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer 3 tablespoons granulated sugar Ground cinnamon (optional) If you'd like to … [Read More...]

Scotch Restickable Products

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...]

Simple Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients 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...]

Picnic Party Theme

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...]

Scrapbooking: Paper or Digital?

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 Recipe

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. Ingredients 1 cup frozen loose cut leaf … [Read More...]

Who knew you couldn’t microwave metal??

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...]

Vera Bradley Review

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...]

Crochet Amigurumi Horse

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...]

Mini Nutella Fried Pies

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...]

The Ironman and Vegacal

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...]

Green Beans and Taters

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...]

How to Make a Towel Animal: Monkey

Mr. Monkey is a little more challenging than the towel animal elephant, but if I can do it then so can you. You will need: 1 Bath sheet (I used a regular bath towel, but my monkey isn't as long as he needs to be because of it) 1 Hand towel safety pins Lay the bath sheet (regular towel if you are cheating like me) out horizontally and roll … [Read More...]

No Bake Healthy Banana Split “Cake”

Now that you've stuffed yourself silly over the holiday weekend, here's a healthy way to get back on the wagon while still indulging. Ingredients: 16 graham cracker squares 1-2 bananas, sliced (soak them briefly in the pineapple juice if you like to maintain color) 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup canned pineapple pieces 2 sugarfree vanilla … [Read More...]