Sunday, August 24, 2008

THe winner!!



The winner of the First contest is STEPH!!!! from http://socalledmommy.etsy.com

All other participants if you wish to purchase something from my shop I will give you a discount. Please convo me for detail. Thanks to all who participated in my first blog give-a-way!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Applebutter Bread- Recipe

It's almost fall time and we are getting apples from our neighbor's tree. This is so good! I've also made it using pumpkinbutter instead of applebutter. I'd like to thank WaHa for this wonderful recipe!!

Applebutter Bread
Makes 1 loaf

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons soda
2 cups flour
1 cup apple butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup pecans

Directions:
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Combine buttermilk and soda. Combine flour and spices. Add alternately with buttermilk beginning and ending with flour. Stir in apple butter and pecans. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr or until wooden pick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 mins; remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wanna Win??


http://zappyturtle.etsy.com
THis is my first give-a-way on my blog!
To qualify just comment on your favorite item in my shop! That's it, then you are entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to my shop! The contest will end on August 23rd. THe Winner will be posted on August 25. Please leave a way to contact you.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

MMMmmmmmmmmmmm......Blueberries

I share recipes with bakers all over the world and here is a few from the Baker Chicks


Blueberry Buckle

3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c veg. shortening
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 c. fresh or dry pack frozen blueberries, rinsed and drained

1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. soft margarine or butter

Mix sugar, shortening, eggs and milk until well blended. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg & cloves. Fold in blueberries. Spread batter in a greased 9" square pan. Combine last 4 ingredients & mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375 for 45-50 min. or until top springs back when lightly touched. Serve warm, cut into squares.

blueberry cream pie

9" pie shell, baked and cooled

1/4 c. cold water
5 Tblsp. all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 c. fresh or dry pack frozen blueberries, rinsed and drained
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. water

Make a smooth paste of the cold water, flour and salt. Boil 1 cup of the blueberries w/sugar and 1/2 c. water. Add the flour paste and stir until it thickens. Remove from stove and cool. When cool, fold in the remaining blueberries and pour into pie shell. Refrigerate. When cold, top with sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.

Blueberry Banana Bread

2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
5 medium bananas : mashed
4 eggs
4 cups of all purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs; add bananas, then 2 cups of flour. Measure 2 cups more reserving 2 tablespoons to coat blueberries. Place remaining flour in sifter with other dry ingredients. Sift and fold into the banana mixture. Sprinkle 2 tbs. flour over the blueberries and coat well; then fold into batter. Divide the batter in to prepared loaf pans. Bake for approximately 50 minutes.

Blueberry-Pineapple Cream Cheese Salad

Salad:
1 (6 oz.) pkg. raspberry-flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 cups blueberries
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained

Topping:
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz.) container dairy sour cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Stir gelatin into boiling water until dissolved; stir in cold water.
Stir in blueberries and pineapple.
Pour into a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
Chill until firmly set ( about 3 hours ).

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla
until smooth; spread evenly over set gelatin.
Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Makes 12 servings.

Friday, August 8, 2008

SHHH....! This is top Secret for my Blog readers.....

A contest is coming soon! Be sure to check back Tuesday Aug 12th for the anouncement!

Recycled Booty Bags- Trashion

What can ugly pants become?


Great Looking Bags!!

This artist gives unwanted pants a new life! The great bags can be used for a tote, reusable grocery bag, or even a book bag. She also has other wonderful items in her shop check her out! http://recycledbootybags.etsy.com

A bit from her profile:“I am a thrift store fiend. While shopping one day I found a really loud pair of pants. I thought why would anyone ever buy them-they were neon orange. Being a bit silly I felt bad for them cause they would never find a home. Kinda like the Humane Society meets the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It was there that the inspiration hit me for my bags. I bought the homeless neon orange pants. I experimented with them and created my first booty bag. The rest is history. Now I regularly "adopt the unadoptable" of the horrible pants world.
Bad pants = COOL BAGS!”

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm terrible

Well here today is Trashion THursday and I forgot. However I hope to feature a Trashion artist tomorrow. Today my kids started back to school and I finally got that mountain of paperwork filled out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

1.5 pounds ground beef
2 cups diced onions
1 (15- ounce ) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pink kidney beans
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles
2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans diced green chiles
1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
Corn chips, for serving
Sour cream, Grated cheese, Chopped green onions, Pickled jalapenos, for garnish
Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker or a stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours. To serve, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with sour cream, cheese, green onions and jalapenos.

I changed some ingredients original recipe can be found:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/paula_deen/0,1974,FOOD_11023,00.html

Monday, August 4, 2008

Treasury

WEll I finally got a treasury!
I made one for Trashion!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20919

Come give it some love!!

A Great Idea- Recycled Tags


I needed some tags for some promos I was working on for a show. I wanted something recycled and sturdy. So I decided to try paper grocery bags. I cut the bag into sheets that were approximatly 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" and would fit into my printer. I created my tags in a program and printed out onto the bag sheets and they turned out great! Count on a few extras just in case. Be sure to turn any print on the bag away from the printing side.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Specialsuds- Feature Friday

So far Feature Friday has been a shop that I have made a recent purchase from and this week is no exception.



Tina and her three boys run this wonderful shop. I first found this shop in the promo thread. She was offering the cupcake samples. I bought a Lavander Vanilla and absolutely love it. They also make larger bars and Tubby paint! This is a great set of tubby paints and a paint brush for your kids to use in the tub. Come by and check out the shop, don’t see a scent you want? She is very Convo friendly!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13504818