Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chocolate basket

This is a basket filled with gourmet chocolate mocha mixes, gourmet hot chocolate and assorted chocolate candies

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thinking of you card

Inside sentiment: You are in our thoughts and prayers
Paper & Flower - Target
Trim - Hancock Fabrics
Ribbon - Big Lots
Butterfly sticker - Hobby Lobby
Thinking of you rub-on - Big Lots

Monday, January 26, 2009

His eye is on the sparrow card

The little square envelope has a circle with a personal note written on it.
Paper-Hobby Lobby, Michaels
ribbon-Stampin Up
die cuts-Accucut
charm-Ben Franklin

Sunday, January 25, 2009

cup cake scrapbook

This is the cover.
A layer of mylar protects the cover

Faces are blurred out of respect for their privacy
Paper-Stampin Up, Michaels & Sams
Accucut dies
Cuttlebug die cut letters

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cup Cakes

These are cupcakes that Hannahlily made: Butterfly
Sunflower with ladybug


Spaghetti with meatball


The directions to make these cupcakes and more can be found in the Hello Cupcake book.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mac & Cheese with Vegetables

Hannahlily made this flavorful mac & cheese with roasted vegetables. This would make a comfort food side dish or I think you could add tuna and serve it as a main dish. Baked in a 9"x 13" pan topped with roasted plum tomatoes.
Mac & Cheese with Vegetables
1 lb. plum tomatoes
10 oz. frozen broccoli
1 T. olive oil
2 T. butter
3 T. flour
4 c. milk, warm
2 c. grated aged Asiago cheese
2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 T. dijon mustard
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. fresh black pepper
2 t. dried thyme
1 box penne cooked & drained (we used whole wheat)
Tip: to add crunch, sprinkle 3 T. each of grated Asiago & bread
crumbs over top of casserole before baking.
Heat oven to 400. Slice the tomatoes 1/4" thick. Toss tomatoes in olive oil and roast on parchment lined baking pan for 30 minutes. Steam broccoli keeping it slightly crisp.
Whisk the butter and flour in a pot over medium-high heat until foamy. Add the milk and whisk until thickened and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Whisk in the chesses, mustard, salt, pepper, & thyme. Stir in the pasta & broccoli. Spread in 9"x13" baking dish. Top with tomatoes & bake about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Maya Angelou quote

It is my prayer that your home is a safe place.
The ache
for home lives
in all of us,
the safe place
where we can go
as we are and
not be questioned.
Maya Angelou

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chocolate Chip - Peanut Butter Cookies

Hannahlily made these delicious cookies filled with two sizes of chocolate chips, peanut butter, & coconut. 1 c. softened butter
1 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 egg white
1/2 c. sour cream
2 t. vanilla extract
3 1/2 c. bread flour
1 T. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 c. sweetened flaked coconut
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
Beat butter & peanut butter in a large bowl until creamy. Add brown sugar, beat until creamy. Beat in eggs, egg white, sour cream, & vanilla until combined.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, & salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined. Add coconut & chocolate chips, beating just until combined.
Drop by large ice-cream scoop onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes until lightly brown. Cool on pan for 2 minutes before removing.
Makes 38 cookies.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Eat This Not That

This is the latest Eat This Not That book. This book has a lot of great information about foods at the Supermarket. It's easy to read with lots and lots of pictures. I am not a calorie watcher but I am concerned with nutrition. I am learning more good nutritious choices to make at the grocery store from reading this book.
This one covers the best food choices to make in restaurants.

This one is about the best food choices to make for kids.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Vikki's Birthday Card

This is a birthday card I made for a Vikki.
Paper from Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Stampin Up
The Happy Birthday phrase is a rub-on
Flower from Michaels
ribbon-stampin up
charm-Ben Franklin