Thursday, August 28, 2014

Banana Sour Cream Muffins

I needed a muffin (or bread) recipe for a meeting a few months back, and got this one from a friend.  I do believe this is my absolute favorite banana bread muffin of all time.  That's saying a lot b/c....I've had a few pieces of banana bread in my life.  So....try.  this.  one!
Banana Sour Cream Muffins
Ingredients: 1/4 c. sugar, 1 t. cinnamon, 3/4 c. butter(at room temp), 3 c. sugar, 3 eggs, 6 very ripe bananas, 16 oz of sour cream, 2 t. vanilla, 2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. salt, 3 t. baking soda, 4 1/2 c. flour, 1 c. walnuts (chopped-optional)
Instructions: 
1.  Grease 4 bread pans, or fill 36 muffin tins with liners.
2.  Mix 1/4 c. sugar and 1 t. cinnamon.  If you are baking bread, sprinkle this into the pans.  If you are making muffins, set aside.
3.  Cream together the butter, 3 c. sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and cinnamon.
4.  Mix in salt, baking soda, and flour.
5.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into pans or muffin tins.
6.  If you are making muffins, sprinkle your sugar/cinnamon  mix from step 2 onto the batter in the cups.
7.  Bake at 300 1 hour for bread/check at 35 minutes for muffins.  Toothpick should come out clean.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Banana Oat Bread in a Jar

 My friend Nicole and I went shopping awhile back, and I noticed her gravitating towards some of the mixes to try out....I too am a fan of the dried mixes at craft stores.  When her birthday rolled around, I decided to try my hand at a mix for her (found this on theyummylife)....so....without further ado....here's a gift in a jar idea...a fun one for holidays!
Banana Oat Bread In a Jar
Ingredients:  1/2 c. flour, 1 T. plus 1 teas. dry buttermilk powder, 1 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, 1/2 c. oa bran, 3/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats, 3/4 c. chopped walnuts (divided-1/2 c.  goes in the mix 1/4 cup for the top)
Instructions: In a 1 quart mason jar add the following ingredients in this order:
Layer 1:  Whisk together white flour, buttermilk powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
Layer 2:  Brown sugar
Layer 3: Whole wheat flour
Layer 4:  Oat Bran
Layer 5: Rolled oats
Layer 6 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Layer 7 1/4 cup walnuts wrapped in plastic
Gift Tag Instructions:
1.   Pour mix in large bowl; stir with fork, breaking up any clumps.
2  In a bowl mix 2 eggs, 1/3 c. water, 2 T. oil, ½ c. applesauce, 1 t.
vanilla, 1½ c. mashed ripe banana (3-4 bananas).
3.  Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
4.  Pour int a loaf pan coated with spray.  Sprinkle nuts on top.
5.  Bake at 350 50-60 minutes.  Cool for 20 minutes before removing the bread from the pan.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Spicy Sausage Balls

Last year I made these for New Year's Eve....I was talking to one of my friends as she was doing the exact same thing.  But...until then-these make an easy football snack or breakfast food.  I love the additional of rotel to give in a mini kick.  You can make these and freeze them in advance as well, and then pop them out and bake them when needed.  Super simple and delicious.  The original recipe came from PlainChicken.
Spicy Sausage Balls
Ingredients:  1 can of Rotel (drained), 1 LB sausage, 3 cups of bisquick, 8 oz of cream cheese
Instructions:  Drain Rotel and chop it up even finer.  Mix all the ingredients well.  Roll into 1 inch balls.  Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes.
Makes 4+ Dozen

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rusting

 I've been meaning to try rusting things for awhile now.  I finally gave it a go.  Before I move on I have to say-the cheaper your metal, the better.  If you can find bells from the dollar store....grab them.  If you can pick them up with a magnet-that's a good thing.  If not, they have a coating that is going to be a booger to get off.  The same things applies to metal pieces like safety pins that you might want to rust.  Second, the longer you soak them, the more rust your item with acquire.  After the first few days the brown 'stuff' with be floating around your bucket, but it takes awhile to start adhering to the item.
 All you need is vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and salt.  I covered my items with vinegar and let them soak for about three days.  I dumped out my vinegar and then I covered them with the hydrogen p and I added about 1/4 cup of salt.  I let THIS soak for over a week.  The second step is when the rust started forming.  It may not take as long with cheaper metal, but I learned the hard way.
When you pull your items out, let them dry on a newspaper for a few years so the rust 'sets' on the item.  If you are going to keep your item out in the weather, you might spray them with a coat of clear spray to make sure they stay rusted.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tim Tebow's Family Pizza

I saw this recipe at Taste of Home.  I don't know if it's REALLY Tebow's favorite...that's what they claim, but it was easy to throw together and tasty to devour, so....easy, delicious pizza gets my stamp of approval...because I'm sure he cares very deeply about this sort of thing!
Biscuit Dough Pizza
Ingredients: 1 lb of ground beef, 1/2 chopped green pepper, 1 envelope of Italian-style spaghetti sauce mix, 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste, 3/4 can water, 1 tube (12 oz) of buttermilk biscuits, 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese (divided), 2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions:  
1.  In a skillet, cook and stir beef and pepper over medium heat until the meat is not longer pink.  Drain.  Stir in sauce mix, tomato paste, and water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until it is thick.  Stir occasionally.
2.  Separated the biscuits and press onto the bottom of a 9 inch deep dish pie plate or cake pan to form a crush.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of Parmesan.  Place meat mixture over, leaving a crush around the sides.
3.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese over the top.
4.  Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
6 servings  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

I know I liked this recipe b/c I was too busy eating it to get a 'before' photo of it.  I love chips and dips for football fun or 'just because' get togethers with friends...or me, myself, and I.  I was cleaning out my room last year and came across a ton of recipes I had stored away, including a whole book of recipes that came with a crockpot 2 crock pots ago.  I found this super easy recipe you can toss into the crockpot to do the work, and you don't have to be timing it to come out at just the right time, or worrying about how to keep it warm through the third quarter of the football game.  This stores well, and heats up just as well the next day.  Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Ingredients:  2 8 oz packages of cream cheese (softened), 3/4 cup half and half, 1 Tablespoon of onion (finely chopped), 1 clove of garlic (minced), 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated), 10 oz bag of frozen cut spinach (thawed and drained well), 13 oz can of quartered artichoke hears (rinsed, drained, and chopped), 2/3 cup Monterey Jack cheese (shredded) chips for serving
Instructions:  Combine the cream cheese and half and half in a bowl until well blended.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.  Pour the mix into a crockpot.  Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 hour or 2 hours until warm.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Frito Pie Dip

My favorite part about football?  The food you make to eat right before you nap through the game.  I saw this recipe last year at OhBiteIt and I thought....that sounds like my kind of dip.  It includes two of my favorite things.  Fat and calories.
So...if you two are looking for a way to add a few pounds to your hips, or a dip to try out for a football watching party....this did wonders for both of those goals in my life.  The plus side-I should be easy to spot in a football crowd.  ;o)
Frito Pie Dip
Ingredients: 12 oz of cream cheese (softened), 1/2 cup mayo, 1 T. sour cream, 1 cup of shredded cheddar, 1 can of your favorite chili, 1 pkt of Ranch Dressing Powdered mix, 1/2 c. of crispy and crumbled bacon, 2 T. steak sauce (I skipped this), 1 C. of crushed Fritos (save the remaining chips for dipping)
Instructions:
1.  In a bowl mix the cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, ranch pkt, and cheese.
2.  In a separate bowl mix the chili and steak sauce.
3.  Form a ball out of your cream mix, but create a well in the middle deep enough to hold your chili.
4.  I chilled the cream mix until I was ready to serve, then heated the chili a little and poured it in the middle.
5.  Stud the sides with Fritos and top the whole thing with the crush chips and bacon bits.
*The bacon bits are also optional-it just depends on your taste.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to School Shirt

 My precious little niece is starting kindergarten this year, so....I made her a shirt.  Someone showed me a shirt that looked like this last year (thanks, Laine), and I knew it was perfect.
I bought some fabric and fusible papers on both sides and followed the steps to iron down each piece.
 I stitched around the pencil with a satin stitch and had another friend embroider her name to the pencil.  I added a ribbon with a safety pin so that it can be removed during washing.
 I bought a skirt and some leggings to match and now....an outfit to start the year!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Easy Boutique Style Hair Bow

 My friend Amber and I were at a boutique last spring, and we were looking through the hair bow selection at one of the vendor's booths.  I'm always struck by the price on those little beauties, so....just to reiterate how simple these are to make yourself...here is the exact version of one of the bows we saw.
They sell elastic in the sewing section, but if you look near the hair accessories at craft stores, you can find this special elastic that is used frequently to make the new 'bumpless' pony tail holders.  It's a little gentler.  You get approximately 3,456 feet of it for about 3 bucks...add a coupon and it's practically free.
I also found this little cluster of flowers, already together on a little felt pad in the jewelry making section.  With my coupon, it was less than two bucks.  I took a piece of scrap felt, some little pearls, and a hot glue gun.
 I cut the elastic to fit a new born babies head (just google dimensions to fit your hair bow wearer's general head size).  I glued the ends to the piece of felt the flowers were already on.  If your flowers aren't on felt, cut a piece out and glue them down.
 It's not necessary, but I covered the two ends with another piece of felt.
I glued some pearls into the middle of each flower just to jazz it up.  For about 6 bucks less than the boutique....I've got my very own boutique style bow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Turning Twenties with 20's Fabric

 Here's a bit of show and tell.  I bought these twenties fabrics years ago at a quilt show b/c I love them.  No real reason.  This reasoning, or lack there of, has ruled many of my decisions in the past.  I was talking to my friend, who actually has restraint and a rational thought process and she suggested using these fat quarters to make a quilt using the turning twenties pattern.  So....Here is it....
 It was probably the easiest...and fastest I've ever put a quilt together, so...if you need a fast one, or...you've found yourself in possession you've bought without a real plan in mind....I liked this one.
 My friends and I usually get together once a year to craft at a retreat, and I finished the above quilt so swiftly I was able to put together this other little lap quilt I had bought for a steal at the same quilt show.
 Unfortunately, I bought it to go in my bedroom, which, at the time, had shades of blue and natural wood colors....fast forward a few years in my procrastination and....my room is now shabby chic with whites and dark woods.  Oh well.  Should global warming prove false...I have plenty to keep myself and everyone in the city of Plano warm throughout the winter months.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Good Morning, Texas: Goodbye to Summer and Hello to School


I'll be posting all the directions to the projects I'm sharing today on GMT soon.  I'll also post the link to the segment on my facebook page.  I typically like to post all the tutorials in advance, but....I haven't exactly caught up on my life just yet.  I have posted the tutorials for the clothes pins I'll be sharing here and here.  I'm sharing another school related posted, and two summer souvenir ideas.  The problem is....I've been living out summer, and getting ready for school and I haven't managed to include time taking pics of projects or blogging about them, BUT....soon.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Personalized Clothes Pins

 I've made clothes pins in a plethora of assorted colors and styles...these are by far the easiest, and a great, super quick gift idea.  You can grab a pack of 36 pins at the dollar store, and I've found the small stamps for a dollar, and the ink pads are 2 dollars on sale (you can also color the bottom of stamps with markers).
 I stamped a bunch of fun little sayings onto the pins and pinned them to a card (saw this on pantinawhite).  For 15 cents....a little gift for a teacher or friend in my life.  It definitely fell within my budget and what a fun way to clip together papers/hang papers or even top gift packages.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Pink and Gold Fiesta Baby Shower

 This past May I helped host a shower for a friend who is a big fan of queso...and pink.  I decided to merge her two loves in a baby fiesta.  I've thrown plenty of fiestas in the past, but they've always been multi colored, and I wanted this one to be more 'girlie.'
 I love those the banners that hang around the markets and decided to go with this theme for the guest sign in by having people leave advice for the parents-to-be and then hang them up.  I just found a card I liked online and used some scalloped edge scissors to make them look more like the flags I love.
 We did a salsa bar.  Each host brought a portion of the meal.  We had queso, and then 6 different kinds of salsa (thanks to a co-worker's husband that loves to cook).  We put chips in cups just for a fun way to serve.  I also had little plans to place the dips, but....it did seem like a good size portion to serve these up in the cups.
 I made a ton of these tissue flowers.  I could wallpaper my room in tissue flowers-I'm a fan.
 For dessert, Sarah doesn't like chocolate....or cinnamon, so we went with cream cheese iced sugar cookies and fruit to 'make your own' pinata dessert pizza.
 Instead of the traditional pinata candy, I went to Party City and raided their pink candy selection and tossed it all over the tables.
 Each host was assigned an age, and we brought gifts.  I made an I shaped pinata which was a party decoration....turned gift when gifts were opened.
 For favors, I used a mustache mold and made pink mustaches.
 It was an easy shower to share duties on, and went a long way to serve a large group of co-workers.
Pink and gold fiesta will star in a second party very soon.  Stay tuned.