Thursday, March 28, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

I can't stop making wreaths

So forever now.... I've had the materials to make this:

The Pinterest Link

It has sat in my craft cabinet for at least a year. I just love the fluffiness of it. I'm soooooooo loving this wreath I think that I'm going to use this every non holiday time and just switch out the bows.
So there's the cast if characters:


Here's what was key to this project. A thick marker type pen to stick in the filter. Not only did it help space out the filters, but it also helped get a good amount of glue on each placement.


So off I go. Sticking filters on a foam wreath. Over and over and over again...


Then I get an ingenious idea. Get the girls involved. Soon I had a fortress:


Here we are after one row...and then I realize....this thing is going to be huge!
And here we are after 3 rows


And 5 rows...almost done!






This is where it got hard. I wasn't sure if I should stop at this point, or add one more row. But being that I don't seem to do anything small...



I flip over the wreath and add another row.




Glad I did.... Looooook at that bit of loveliness!!!!!!!!!!!


Well that took forever to post.  Sorry it's been crazy busy at work. :)

Enjoy and definitely TRY THIS!  In total I used 4 packages of filters and about 4-5 sticks of glue...and worth every penny.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Part 2: Blueberry Lemon Sweet Rolls

I'm terrible.  Really really terrible.  I finished up these phenomenal rolls and then ate them.  well almost all of them.  And I didn't even finish posting my pics.  Bad bad Jennifer.

So, on the PW recipe she suggested letting the dough rest overnight, which I did.  I woke up still kidless on Sunday morning and finished up the recipe.  Here's the play by play...


Melt some butta n stuff!


Waiting for a scald...  it's like waiting for water to boil... but worse... you have to actually watch it.


The "rested" dough


Roll that puppy out!!


Uh  forgot to take a pick of my lemon sugar... but there it is on the dough!!!


Add some blue berries!  I had to add less otherwise Jasmine wouldn't eat any...


Make a log and seal it up


Cut and smash it in a pan..then cut and smash again...


While it's in the oven, make the glaze.  This is where I failed.


Mine was WAY to thin because I added to much milk


O - M - G... Amazingness.


And then add some glaze... and obviously I couldn't wait to eat it...


Overall... easy recipe. And amazing taste.  Ultimately - Jasmine wouldn't eat any because of the blueberries but that's OK.  My butt will just get bigger - and I'm OK with that for now.

Go try this recipe. You won't be disappointed. PLUS she has alternatives including a marmalade one that may be my next attempt on sweet rolls.

So if that wasn't enough.  After I picked up Jasmine, We watched Food network all day and I search Pinterest for crafty things to do.  I came across this gem:


Jasmine has A TON of broken crayons - so i figured... why not.   And here's my version:


This was by far the most tedious part... removal of the paper.  Be prepared for wax under your nails that will take forever to get out.


We decided to sort by color type - but you could mix it up for some cool efects


Put it in the oven on your lowest temp and let them melt!


After it cools, pop them out of your mold and enjoy the amazingness!

Happy New Years to you all!!! Be safe!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kidless Cooking - PW Blueberry Lemon Sweet Rolls

I find myself alone tonight and it's been a difficult decision on what to make today. Well... tonight. I've already done crafty things with Jasmine. Assembled a desk. Made lemon sugar hand scrub. BUUUTTT...nothing in the over. I've now boiled it down. Ever heard of Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman? She is a phenomenal chef. If I could emulate anyone - she wold be it. Recently she posted this blueberry/lemon sweet roll. O - M - G. It just looks like heaven in a dish. Her dishes are relatively easy - and this one doesn't look so hard. But let's see what happens. I've had Bourbon - so I can't promise greatness. :)




Here's how it all went down:


Waiting for a boil....


ahhh ha!  that took forever...


add to flour and yeast and sit for an hour.... add more flour, salt, powder, soda, then refrigerate.  We'll see the rest in the morning!! :)

Me... I'm going to go game for a bit. :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Marshmallow Fluff Craze

Jasmine is obsessed with marshmallow fluff. On my mom's death-iversary I had an inkling for a fluffer nutter. So I made us both one. And without knowing it, I killed the PB &J from ever entering my daughters mouth again. Fluff fluff fluff.

So of course I had to search Pinterest for a recipe for marshmallow fluff. And bingo!



And today... We experimented. Of course I don't have a stand mixer, so we just used our electric mixer but here's how it all went down:


Egg whites and sugar whipped to peaks


Sugar/corn syrup to soft ball stage


Mix the two together and beat beat beat 


Starting to firm up!


What mom wouldn't let her daughter be the guinea pig?  She's lucky I stopped the beaters really...


It's more creamy than I thought it'd be.  But.... it's still warm...


Canned and ready to store....or....eat!!!

Easiest recipe I've done on Pinterest for what it yielded. Now we wait and see if it holds. :-)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve.....

It is Christmas Eve, and all though the house nothing was stirring... Not even a mouse.

The stockings all hung on the wall with care since we live in an apartment with no fireplace to spare.

And.... I'm blocked. Lol

I can not think anymore, my brain I'd fried from thinking up presents to give to people who give me far more.


This year I was fortunate enough to be blessed with some help from the local food pantry. They have a program to help single mothers and the less fortunate at Christmas. Truly a blessing. They arrived with a huge box of food - which wasn't expected. And so many gifts that combined with what little I had already bought jasmine, was far too much. So since her birthday is in February, I held back my purchases and will give her those at that time.

Crazy crazy times.

The Mayan guys were wrong... Lol

This year has been far more trying than I expected.

So since I have some time today, I thought I'd make some rolls. Cookies. Toffee....

Last night I found this:

Link to the link to the blog

And of course, I had to make it.

My version below



Of course I had to add pretzels!!! :)

Enjoy your Christmas! We are going to have a blast!!!!!!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Suppose I should start writing again, right?

It's been a little bit of a crazy year...

I hope that I can continue to make at least monthly posts here, but I'm going to try for weekly,

It's Christmas time. That time of year that nearly drives me insane with all the "I want this" and "i want that!". I have no idea how mothers with multiple kids do it without having a migraine everyday. Today is decorating and Christmas tree day, so I've busted out the old inherited ornaments, plus my cheesy Walmart and dollar store ones and am on a mission to make this house Christmassy.

But first I'll procrastinate.

A friend if mine today was in a frenzied state over letting her 14 year old boy go to six flags with a few of his friends, admittedly I am not the mother of a fourteen year old,.. But I think back to the times when my mom let me "go do"... And honestly, while yes they were the most freeing times I can remember (apart from the day my ex left the state) I was also scared shitless some of the time. Always afraid of disappointing my parents with my actions; peer pressure; weirdos at the mall... You get where I'm going with this.

I always knew if I messed up, got in trouble, or something inappropriate happened, I'd never be let out again. My parents were strict on me due to some issues with my older siblings. So I always felt like the one that they were going to make sure they weren't going to screw up again on. No pressure there!

I digress...

Things have turned in the way we raise our kids, that's evidently clear. Kids don't play in the street anymore, stay out past the street lights going on and I always feel like I'm suffocating my kid. When did this change exactly? I blame America's most wanted. I feel like that show was so pivotal in the 80's family household. We got to watch these criminals be caught for all these terrible indecencies and it burned into our brain, scared the crap out of our parents, and so then forever how we interact with our kids was forever changed. "Don't go outside, you might get kidnapped", "don't stay out to late, predators hide better in the dark", "don't get to close to the water, a shark will rip your legs off".

I have tried reallllllllllly hard to let jasmine have the freedom I did when I was a kid. I let her go ride her bike outside by herself. I let her go to friends houses in the complex by herself. I let her go on walks in the complex by herself. And until she if fails me in the sense of trusting her judgement and at least asking permission to do things, I will continue to let her grow her wings and be an independent little girl. It's one of her most endearing qualities, I think.

So it boils down to when jasmine is 14 and wants to go to six flags with her friends sans me,
I will say yes. Then stress out the entire day hoping that she thinks before a potentially bad decision is made by her and her peers... "Is this something mom would ground me for doing?" And if it is that she has the strength to walk away or even better yet, get at least one of those peers to walk away with her.

I think that my friends son, is of that caliber. Great Christian kid, the family's unit is strong, they are a level headed bunch of peeps, not easily swayed to make rash or spontaneous decisions.

Not like someone I know.... :p