Archive | August 2010

More Diaper Gifts

Just a few of the items I made for my shop this week.  I had a great weekend at the shop last week so I had to stock back up.  I made three diaper cakes, two diaper wreaths and two gift boxes this week.  Hopefully I have another great weekend!

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Taco Pizza

At our local all-u-can-eat pizza restaurant they serve a taco pizza, two of my family’s favorite foods!  I decided to make my own version of a taco pizza.  My family LOVED it!  It is a very child friendly recipe, so make sure to let the kids help out.

We started out by using a pre-made pizza crust.  We spread about a half of cup of  fat-free re-fried beans on the crust.  We then made the seasoned taco meat.  I used one pound of ground turkey breast and one packet of taco seasoning.  I followed the directions on the taco seasoning packet.  Then we topped it with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.  I cooked the pizza on my Pizza Pizzaz (love it)!

After the taco pizza was finished cooking we topped it with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and salsa.  With a little sour cream and some tortilla chips it made a great dinner!

Birthday Cookie

Bubby just celebrated a birthday.  His birthday cake request was for a giant chocolate chip cookie.

Normally I would make chocolate chip cookies from scratch, but I happened to have coupons for the cookie mix and icing so I decided to make it the easy way.  I was able to make his birthday cookie for around $2.00!

I just followed the cookie directions on the bag, used an aluminum pizza pan and baked for 15 minutes.

Bubby loved his Birthday Cookie!

How does your garden grow?

Well if you are me not very well.  I have the blackest thumb ever.  Bubby brought a cabbage plant home before the end of the school year and was so excited. The only thing he had to do to win a prize was to grow a healthy cabbage and bring a picture of him with his cabbage back to school this fall.  I thought how hard can it be to grow one cabbage, apparently harder than we thought.  His poor cabbage looks the same today as the day he brought it home 2 months ago.

Lucky for me my dad is an awesome gardener!  He has a little garden in his back yard for my mom to use daily, and he and my great uncle have a much larger garden outside of town.  For the past few summers I have been lucky enough to visit my parents during the summer and have my mom teach me how to can.  She has been canning since a small child, it was a normal part of their summer.  She told me a story about how each age group of kids had different jobs.  The worst job being for the littlest kids, jar washing! Since they had the smallest hands, they made the best jar washers, she couldn’t wait to grow out of that job!

We had so much fun this summer canning tomatoes, chili sauce, tomato juice, hot pepper butter, and blackberries.  My mom had already canned green beans and corn for me before I visited.  I am so grateful to have have my pantry stocked with all the wonderful vegetables my dad grew and my mom and I canned.

Thanks for all of your hard work mom and dad!

Fun recycled castle project

A few weeks ago we were sitting around with nothing to do and we decided to make a recycled castle out of stuff we had around the house.  There is a step by step tutorial here.  We didn’t have half the items they called for so we improvised a little, OK a lot! SO if you decide to make it, don’t worry if you don’t have everything on their list, come up with your own design and have fun!

(Do you see Baby Dog’s nose on the edge of the picture? So cute!)

J-E-L-L-O

"Jellin'-Melon" Snacks

What is the perfect summertime treat…JELLO! I came across this recipe on the Jello website the other day and thought how cool is that!  The next time you need to take  a side dish to a BBQ make this but wrap the two halves together with plastic wrap and wait until you re ready to serve before slicing.

1 Cantaloupe, cut lengthwise in half.
3/4 cup  boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin
1/2 cup  cold water

Make It

REMOVE seeds from melon halves; cut thin slice from bottom of each. Scoop out melon flesh, leaving 1-inch-thick shells. Place upside-down on paper towels to drain.

ADD boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 15 min. or until slightly thickened. Pour into melon shells.

REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until gelatin is firm. Cut into wedges.

Variation:  Prepare using a honeydew melon and JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin.