Friday, July 20, 2012

New Recipes

Last Saturday I hosted a 31 party.  My consultant is so outgoing and fun to be around.  For this I decided to try a few new recipes I found on Pinterest.  Some of it went well and others did not.  Since I had never made them before and didn’t give myself time to make something else if it failed my guests got what I got.   The first thing I made was Mimosas, this wasn’t on Pinterest, but I took Pineapple Orange Juice and mixed it with Champagne.  It went over well.

I tried to make a Tiffany Punch, it was a pretty blue colored punch that sounded like it tasted really well.  It called for blue punch   and Lemonade.  Simple right?...wrong!  So apparently I was supposed to use the Blue Hawaiian Punch that comes in the big bottle in the juice aisle.  I used the Kool-Aid punch in the blue packet.  Apparently that’s a red punch and it taste kind of bland and adding the lemonade didn’t make it any better.

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I also make a Caprese Dip.  It was really easy to make.  I took two logs of fresh smoked mozzarella and cut it into cubes then took one package of cherry tomatoes and cut them in half.  I just through it on top of the cheese.  Then cut up some fresh basil from my garden and dumped in on top.  I cooked it in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes.  Just until the cheese is completely melted and bubbly.  I served it with some fresh French bread.  I loved it.  Although, I learned only me and my mom will eat tomatoes and my mom doesn’t like smoked cheeses, so I was the only one that actual ate any of it.  It was amazing!!
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I then make a smore’s dip!  Amazing!!!  Just a tub of marshmallow fluff, a can of sweet condensed milk, and a package of milk chocolate chips.  I wanted it to stay warm and melted so I put it into my fondue pot and kept it on low.  It was a huge hit.  Everyone loved it.  I served it with graham crackers.

I also make some no bake bars.  The Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars where really good.  It was super simple melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powered sugar, and peanut butter all mixed together and pressed into the bottom.  Then chocolate chips and peanut butter melted and mixed together and spread over the top.  I just popped it into the freezer for about an hour and then into the fridge until everyone arrived.  They went over really well.
The last and final thing I made was Pizza Dip.  Everyone loved it, but me.  I just don’t care for it for some reason.   It’s very simple.  Cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise mixed and put at bottom of pan.  Top with mozzarella and parmesan, then pizza sauce.  Then top with more mozzarella and parmesan and pizza toppings.  I did just peperoni with olives on the side.  It was almost gone when everyone left, but I just didn’t like it as much myself. 
Pizza Dip  
I added all the recipes for you so you can easily copy and print them.  I hate it when I find a recipe I want to try and it’s all broken up and impossibly difficult to print out. 
Let me know what new thing you have tried recently and it you ever tried a new recipe just to find no one likes it.

Pizza Dip
(from Closetcooking)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded/grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 ounces pepperoni, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
  1. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream mayonnaise, mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano and spread it across the bottom of a pie plate.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce on top and sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni, green pepper and olives.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the cheese cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars
(from Let’s Dish)
1 cup butter melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (use the boxed kind, or grind them in a food processor. Tiny granules.)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

S’mores Dip
(found at Tasty Kitchen)
11.5 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
7 oz. of marshmallow fluff
graham cracker sticks, for dipping
Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a heatproof bowl, and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir until melted and smooth.  If needed, microwave for 10 additional second increments until chocolate has completely melted.  Dot the surface of the chocolate mixture with spoonfuls of marshmallow fluff.  Stir marshmallow into chocolate to create a marbled effect.  Serve with graham cracker sticks.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Little About Me

Hi everyone,

As you have noticed I’ve just started blogging.  I’m really enjoying it.  I thought after a few blogs I would take some time to tell you a little about me.  I first opened my blog for a scholarship.  I needed to blog about a specific topic in order to qualify for the scholarship.  Then I was introduced to Pinterest by a friend.  I fell in love with it.  I think it’s all I do.  I waste spend so much time on there finding things that I want to try. 

It started with quotes, moved to recipes, and then to gift ideas.  I found all kinds of cheap, fun, cute gift ideas.  I have used many of them.  After loving that so much I started with some of the crafts.  My first thing was homemade fabric softener.  You can find the recipe I use here.  I felt like I had accomplished something when it saved us so much money and it smells wonderful.  Then I started finding all kinds of things that I wanted to try.  I started thinking that I wanted to talk about it.  My husband sure doesn’t want to hear about it…lol.  He’s getting bored of me showing him my ideas and things I have tried out. 

I’m 23 years old.  I’ve been married for 5 years.  My husband and I don’t currently have any children, but we do have two cats.  I’m a full-time nanny, so you will still see many children crafts over time.  I also just received my bachelors in applied management.  My plan is to move into a career in Human Research.

I’m really interested in your suggestions and thoughts.  I’ve really just doing this because I enjoy it, but I would love for you to be able to get something out of it.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Lined Fabric Box

I recently came across Mandy's Krafty Exploits blog. She had this great idea about taking shipping boxes and lining them with fabric. I thought it would be a cute idea and would save me tons of money. I am a box junkie, I buy one for everything and for at least $10 a pop it starts to really add up. I spent $3 on fabric at Walmart. I didn't think to take pictures of my own before so I added one from Mandy's blog. I also had some let over fabric so I put updated my over the toilet cabinet also. I think it turned out great let me know what you think.
This one is from Mandy's Blog
Replaced the non matching Deer photos that came with the over the toilet cabinet, I got it free, with the extra fabric.
Box I did.  Just a regular box that was shipped to me.  I covered it in the fabric and then but all my bathroom stuff in it.  I'm really happy with it.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I came across this amazing recipe for dishwasher detergent on another blog Being Creative To Keep My Sanity. You can find her post here.

I'm really excited to try this recipe and let you guys know how it works for me.

 Dishwasher Detergent ingredients:
 1 box Borax (4lbs 12 oz or 76 oz ) (2.15 kg) found in the detergent isle
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz or 3 lbs 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
24 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like kool-aid. (**Note: lemonade will stain soap dispenser yellow, another option would be to use citric acid instead of lemonade. You can usually find citric acid in the canning isle )
3 cups Epsom Salt Lemi Shine rinse aid (this recipe does not work very well without it) You can find Lemi Shine in the dishwasher detergent isle at just about any store. You can also use vinegar as a rinse aid. If your dishes are coming out with spots on them that means you do need a rinse aid.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blogging Scholarship - President Obama

My favorite presidential candidate is President Barack Obama.  I voted for President Obama the first time and will be more than happy to vote for him again.  As a student, I am very aware of the hardship that student loan debt has caused current graduates.  I believe that hiver education should not be a luxury and should be affordable to everyone and that is what President Obama believes in.

Currently the average student relying on student loans graduate with an average of $25,000 in debt.  My husband and I are both full-time students.  I have been in school for six years and my husband is on his second degree.  We have a lot of student loan debt between the two of us and without President Obama; we may not be able to have the future we went to college for. 

My husband and I personally were led astray by trusted adult on our path to funding our college education.  This caused us to have a lot of personal student loans and my husband to graduate with a degree he didn’t enjoy.  After such a hard lesson in life, my husband and I changed our paths.  We learned a lot more about grants, federal loan, and scholarships. 

My husband comes from a middle-class family and I come from a low-middle-class family.  My parents do not have the finances or the ability to help pay for college or help me with my student loans.  So paying for school is something that has been very hard for my husband and I.  President Obama has my concerns and the concerns of other students like me in mind.  He feels that education should be affordable and not an expensive privilege.  He understands that Stafford Loans help fill the gaps after scholarships and grants.  President Obama’s student loan reform means that I will be able to pay off my loans within a shorter amount of time.


Blogging Scholarship

Monday, April 30, 2012

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