Monday, January 12, 2015

Organize that Tupperware!

Happy New Year Everyone!  I am so excited to be back to blogging :)  How are your new year's resolutions going?  Is one of them to be more organized?
With the turn of the year, many people use this time to a fresh start and try to get more organized in their life.  Last year I shared with you a binder I made to organize my homemade birthday cards.  This year, I am sharing with you how I organized my baking cabinet.  It also happens to be part of the Silhouette Challenge and I am so excited to take part in my first challenge.  (Can I just say I love my Silhouette Cameo?!  I really do - it's been awesome to learn to use is the last several months and there are so many amazing projects out there.  I can't wait to share more of the cute things I have made, but those are posts for another day :)
So clearly I love to bake - if you know me or have been reading long, you will find many yummy treats on here.  Every good baker needs to have her supplies easily accessible.  One of the things I loved about my husband's house when we first got married was the space for my baking supplies - It was a serious treat after having things stuffed in odd places in my tiny galley kitchen in my apartment.

While I love my baking cabinet, it definitely needed a bit of a face-lift and some organization.  This project fit the bill and was a super simple one to tackle.
The first thing I did was measure the face of each of the different sizes of Tupperware I wanted to label.

Next I picked a font I liked (I used KC Lemonade - so fun!)  (second side note - KC Lemonade came from dafont.com) and typed out my labels in the Studio program.  The KC font was pretty good, but to be on the safe side, I did offset the text by .02, just to make it a tiny bit thicker and easier to cut out.
I double check my measurements, to make sure that everything would fit, then it was time to cut!  I used Oracle 651 vinyl and used the default cut settings in Studio for vinyl.  I also used my mat when I was cutting.  
Once everything was cut out, it was time to weed it out (get rid of all the parts of vinyl you don't want, leaving just your letters)
I didn't have any transfer tape at the time, so I used a lint roller sheet instead.  Place your transfer tape over your design, and use your scraper tool to get it to stick to your letters.  Then slowly peel the backing away.  Now place your letters on your Tupperware and use the scraper tool again to get the vinyl to adhere to your Tupperware.  



Repeat as needed for each label you made. 
Ta Da!  All neatly labeled.  Now I not forever confusing my flour and sugar at first glace.  


I love how my cabinet looks now too - all pretty and organized.


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My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Goals in 2015

They're baaaaack!  In 2013 I made goals (I don't like the word resolution) and updated you every month.
I missed doing that in 2014.  2015 is going to be a busy year, I am sure, but I missed the written down goals and looking at my progress throughout the year.  So I'm writing down a few goals for this year to give myself some guidance.

1. Run 215 miles (yes, this mileage is shorter than my goals in previous years, but I've been so sore lately, I've barely been able to run, so I need to slowly build a solid base again)
2. Knit 5 Chemo Caps
3. Finish my next prayer shawl
4. Make 52 Cards for Operation Write Home
5. Personal goal - not exactly sure on this one yet - stay tuned :)
6. Date night with my husband - at least once a month!
7. Open an Etsy shop and sell at least one item (to someone who is not my mom, lol)
8. I also want to do Project Pinterest again - this year I want to actually DO 15 things I pin on Pinterest :)


These are the things I would like to do this year.  What are your goals for the new year?

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year!  I can't believe that 2014 is already over.  It seems like the year sure flew by.  While 2014 was less eventful for my family that 2013 had been, it was a very busy year none the less.

Early 2014 saw us in the grips of bitter cold - M and I made the best of things by going skiing nearly every weekend.


As spring arrived, I lost my grandfather and celebrated the wedding of my best friend - all in the same week.

During summer I participated in 100 Happy Days and found lots of small things to celebrate every day.  As usual, the summer went by way to quickly, but the highlight of our summer were three camping trips, one with my parents, one with friends, and one with M's parents.










Summer came to the end with the wedding of my brother and I became a godmother to my cousin's son!

Fall saw me return to work as an adviser at my online school, working with 8th graders again.  They sure keep me busy.
The biggest change in our year happened in November when my husband decided he had had enough of the crazy schedule working for the sound and production company and returned to work as an electrician in a neighboring town.  It's been an adjustment for us both, but we are enjoying having our weekends together again!
We closed out 2014 listening to our favorite band.  M worked for his old company for the night and we rang in the New Year with Brat Pack Radio.

I know I've been absent on here for quite awhile (blame my computer needing to get sent back for repairs the week of Thanksgiving and then scrambling to finish up last minute Christmas gifts), but I have lots of fun things to share with you for the new year.  I've been busy while I've been on break from work preparing posts.  I'm going to start small, and plan to post at least once a week, if I get enough ideas stocked up, then I'll go for more :)  I can't wait to share with you some of my recent craft projects and kitchen successes!
I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Manly Happy Birthday

I know I have been absent from the craft posts for quite awhile.  I've been working on lots of little things, but keep forgetting to take pictures!
November is a busy month for birthdays in my family.  My dad, brother in law, father in law, husband and godson are all born in November - it's a busy month!  Today, I wanted to share some cute cards I made for my dad and father-in-law for their birthdays.  These cards would also make great Father's day cards!
The idea is based off of a cardmaking class I took once, but I adjusted it based on what I had on hand.

First you will need to cut your "suit" fabric.  One piece should be 3 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches.  The other side should be 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.
Inked edges of both pieces of paper.
Now you need to create the fold for the lapel.  To do this, on the top of the larger piece of paper, make a mark 2 inches from the top left corner, and a mark 3 inches on the left side from the bottom.  Score along this line to connect the two marks and fold back.
If you are using double sided designer paper - you are all set.  I was using designer paper, and didn't like the coordinating side, so I cut a piece of the teal paper to cover up the folded back piece.
On the smaller piece of paper, make a mark on the left edge, five inches from the bottom.  On the right side, make a mark 3 inches from the bottom.  Score between the two marks and fold back.
Using a tape gun or your adhesive of choice, adhere the narrow piece of paper.  Then apply the larger piece of paper, overlapping the smaller piece of paper slightly.
Trim off the overhang from your lapel on the smaller piece of paper.
Stamp on your Sentiment.
Adhere buttons using glue dots.
For the bow tie, use a punch or trace a bow tie shape and adhere using foam squares. I traced mine as I don't have a bow tie punch!



Buttons are from Jo-Anne's
Sentiment is Paper Smooches

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Loaded Cookie Bars

I hope you all had a great weekend (and fun celebrating Halloween if you do so).  Post Halloween there is usually lots of candy and treats lying around, so it's a great time to make these cookies.  The base dough stays the same, but you can basically chose your mix-ins, depending on what you have on hand, leftover, or whatever sounds good!  Oreos or graham crackers add a perfect crunch, and M&Ms, chocolate chips, or a variety of bit sized candy bars add some sweetness.  These cookies really leave it up to you!
These make up in no time at all and are great treat to share, or enjoy on your own with a tall glass of milk.  I took them to work with me and they lasted just minutes!

Loaded Cookie Bars
Recipe Adapted from Averi Cooks

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP vanilla
1 cup flour
2 cups/12 chopped Oreos (or grahman crackers, or pretzels, or other cookies)
1/2 cup M&Ms (or other candy/chocolate chips)

Directions:
To begin, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Then prep an 8x8 pan with foil and spay with cooking spray.
Begin making the cookies by melting the butter.  Let cool slightly, then add egg.  Mix in brown sugar and vanilla and mix until smoother.  Next, add the flour and stir until just combined, being careful to not overmix.  Then it is time to fold in your add ons.  I used Oreos and M&Ms but you can use whatever you want!  I mixed in half of my M&Ms and held back the other half.
Place batter into pan and smooth or pat out as best you can (dough will be very very sticky).  Then sprinkle remaining M&Ms or candy on top of the batter. 
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes.  Top should not look doughy and the edges should be just barely browning.  If you can, use a toothpick to test the center.
Make sure to let the bars cool in the pan for at least a half hour before slicing.  Store in an airtight container. 
Enjoy!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

One Dish Chicken Dinner (Winner Winner!)

I can't believe is's already the middle of October.  Wow - this fall is sure flying by!  With the school year in full swing, evenings are busy with sports practices, homework, and many other things.  It can be hard to get in a routine of having a home-cooked meal as a family.  This One Dish chicken dinner is amazing!  One dish (fewer dishes to do!) and simply throw and put in the oven and an hour later you have a wonderful hot (healthy!) dinner for your family!



One Dish Wonder - Chicken Dinner
Recipe adapted form: Mama Say What

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast - cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh cut green beans (can also use frozen or canned)
  • 4 potatoes cubed
  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • 1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix

Directions:
First, begin preheating oven to 350 degrees.  Next, spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.  Place your green beans along one of the long sides of the pan, place your chicken chunks in the middle, and place your potatoes along the other long side of the pan.  Sprinkle the Italian Dressing packet over the entire pan and do the same with the melted butter.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for one hour at 350 degree. 
Enjoy this simple (one dish!) dinner!
 


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Spiced oatmeal cookies




Happy October!  The weather has definitely turned to fall around here.  Two weeks ago it was 80 degrees, this past weekend it was blustery and highs in the 40 (With some snow mixing in the rain overnight - so not ready for that!).  Fall sure did arrive with a vengeance as the calendar turned to October.  
With the cooler weather, I am definitely thinking about fall baking.  I am not really a fan of pumpkin, so you won't see tons of pumpkin spice recipes on here.  While I'm not a fan of the pumpkin flavor, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and cloves always have a warm feeling to me and work perfectly for fall.  Enter these oatmeal spice cookies!  They are delicious and go great with a warm cup of coffee on a chilly fall morning.  
If it has oatmeal it's healthy, right? That's what my neighbor asked when I dropped off a few of these cookies to her. I told her they were healthy enough, but they sure we're delicious and I had had to hide a few for her before my husband and I devoured them all! They are very addicting and have a great taste. The light glaze adds just a hint of sweetness and I love how nice and chewy they are (due to the oatmeal)

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe Adapted from Annie's Eats

Ingredients:
For the dough
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 8 TBSP butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
For the icing
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Directions:
Using a stand mixer, combing butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add in egg and vanilla.  Slowly add the oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Blend well.  Using a cookie scoop, place on baking sheets covered with a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper, or grease cookie sheets). 
Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degree.  Let cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
When cookies are completely cooled, make your icing.
Combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and wish until smooth.  Add more sugar if thicker icing is desired, more milk to make it more runny.  Carefully dip the top side of the cookie in the icing, hold cookie over icing bowl for a few seconds to let excess icing drain off.  Let icing set before storing cookies. 
Enjoy!
 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Grilled Pineapple Chicken


As promised last week, I'm back again today to share another delicious grill recipe with you.  This one was so good, my husband didn't even blink an eye when I said we would be having ti two weeks in a row (we ate it all up the first time before I even got a chance to take any photos!)
This chicken tastes amazing.  The marinade comes together in minutes and can be made the night before, or before you leave for work in the morning.  The combination of the sweet pineapple and the soy sauce give the chicken a tremendous flavor.  Give it a try at your next cook out!


Pineapple Grilled Chicken
Adapted from: Six Sisters Stuff

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 - 1.5 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup diet lemon-lime pop such as Sierra Mist or Sprite (regular pop works too)
  • 1/2 can crushed pineapple (pineapple chunks or tidbits work too if that's what you have on hand!  If using bigger chunks of pineapple make sure to drain all of the pineapple juice in the can for the marinade)
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar


Directions:
To begin, mix up your marinade in a large bowl (preferably one with a tight lid).  To mix the marinade, mix up your lemon-lime pop, pineapple (including all of the juice from the can), soy sauce, and brown sugar.  Mix until sugar is dissolved
Place chicken in marinade.  I like cut the breasts in half so they soak up the marinade better (and then they are better portion sizes! The boneless skinless chicken breast from my meat department are always so huge!).  Place lid on bowl and shake well (hold the lid on tight!) to coat the chicken well with the marinade.  If you don't have a lid for your bowl, you can just stir the chicken into the marinade.
Refrigerate for at least four hours (preferably overnight or all day while you are at work - better flavor :))
Grill chicken until internal temperate is 165 degrees and no longer pink in the middle.
This chicken goes great with homemade bread and corn from the freezer - or fresh corn on the cob!


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Ranch Beer Chicken and Potato Kabobs

We may be into September, but we're not done grilling yet!  In the next few weeks I have two great grilling recipes for your to try - so excited for them!
First up are these Ranch Beer Chicken and Potato kabobs.  Yes, I do live right next to Wisconsin, yes, people from Wisconsin love anything that involves beer or cheese. :)  This is the perfect recipe to take advantage of a nice fall day and enjoy a cookout with friends.
The marinade is super easy to make and adds a delicious flavor to the chicken and potatoes.  And no, you won't get drunk off of this either ;)  The beer just adds flavor, but the alcohol cooks right off in the grilling process.
I hope you enjoy!

Ranch Beer Chicken Kabobs
Recipe adapted from Frugal Foodie Mama 

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of chicken - cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 pounds potatoes
  • 1 TBSP ranch salad dressing and dip mix
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup light colored beer
Directions
First, make your marinade by combing the beer, powered ranch dressing mix, garlic, and olive oil inn a small bowl.  In a medium sized bow, place your chicken chunks and cover with about 2/3 of the marinade.  Place lid on medium bowl and shake well to coat the chicken.  Then refrigerate for at least two hours.  Shake again at least once more.  Cover and refrigerated the rest of the marinade.
30 minutes prior to heating up the grill, begin parboiling the potatoes.  You want them to be softish on the outside, but more firm in the middle - enough to easy skewer, but not so soft that they will split when you skewer them.
Once potatoes are half cooked, place in cold water to stop the cooking process and allow potatoes to cool thoroughly. Once cooled, place potatoes in a bowl and coat with the leftover marinade.
Prepare skewers, by alternating one chicken chunk with one chunk of potato.  Cook kabobs on grill, rotating every 5 minutes.  Total cooking time should be about 20 minutes, depending in heat of grill.  Make sure that chicken is cooked all the way through and potatoes should be crispy.
Makes 5 servings.

Enjoy!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

5 Simple Steps to Freezing Corn

Where has the summer gone?  I can't believe that I am back to work and Labor Day is just around the corner.  With the close of summer, many people are canning, preserving, and freezing the produce of summer.  Slowly but surely, I am learning different ways to preserve summer's bounty and while it is tons of work, I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am done.  And both my husband and I love being able to eat our own fruits and vegetables all through the winter.  While we don't have a garden, we do get most of our produce from local stands or the farmer's market, so it is usually all locally grown.
The first thing I learned to freeze was corn, as it is a simple process and something both my husband and I really really enjoy.  Corn is a staple at our meals, appearing at least once a week.
Freezing corn is a simple process.  My husband likes to find a roadside stand with the peaches and cream corn or "super" sweet corn, because that is what he likes best and we feel that it retains a great flavor, even after being frozen for months.  Starting with a good sweet corn is important, because then we don't have to add anything at all to our corn, not even butter!  This year we got 5 (baker's) dozen which yielded around 70 cups of corn.

Step 1 Shuck the corn - easy enough.  Try to get off as much of the "hair" as possible.

Step 2 Blanch the corn by boiling it in water for 5 minutes.  Blanching destroys the enzymes in the corn that would cause it to lose its color, taste, and texture.

Step 3 Immediately place corn in ice cold water.  This stops the cooking process

Step 4 Cut the corn off the cob either using a sharp knife or with a mandolin or a corn peeler tool like this one (which is what we use - so easy!).  You want to cut about 2/3 of the kernel off, but don't cut into the cob.  I cut my corn in a cake pan to make it easier and less messy.

Step 5 Measure your corn into Ziploc freezer bags.  For the two of us, I usually put in two cups of corn into a quart Ziploc bag.  Squeeze out as much air as you can from the bag.  Then wiggle the corn around so that it lays flat and place in the freezer.  Once it's frozen, then you can stand the corn upright, like a book, which makes for easy storing and grabbing.

I hope you enjoy making your own corn.  I know you'll enjoy the fresh taste of summer in the middle of winter.

If you have any questions, let me know!

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