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Friday, April 22, 2011

Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute

Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute

I know a lot of peo
ple are making their Easter Candies right n
ow! Most of them call for Corn Syrup!
That stuff is so nasty & so bad for you! You can read about the dangers & side effects here:

~All you need~

  • ~2 cups white sugar
  • ~3/4 cup water
  • ~1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ~1 pinch salt
  • 1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  • 2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • 3. Reduce heat to a simmer and put cover for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan. ( This never happen to me, so I just skipped it & it worked out fine for me)
  • 4. Uncover and simmer, stirring often, until it reaches the soft ball stage.

  • Makes about 2 cups

    I have used this recipe last year & it worked great when I was making my homemade marshmallows!


    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Dazzling up your flip-flops~Tutorial

    Tutorial on dazzling up your flip-flops ~*

    You Will need:

    2 inch wide ribbon
    A pair of flip-flops
    White hand quilting thread
    You want to use hand quilting thread, because it's very strong &
    very unlikely to break.
    Your going to start with threading your needle. I double threaded by, I've notice when doing that, when pulling the ribbon later on, it was very unlikely to break.
    Leave a good size knot at the end of the thread & a little extra because your gonna need it to pull at the end.
    I found these flip-flops at Walgreens for only $5.99.
    Depending on full you want your flower; if you want it really full I would cut between 18 inches to 24 inches.
    You always want to burn the edges of your ribbon, to prevent it from fraying later on.
    Fold the ribbon in half.
    Then you make long stitches along, to sew the both sides together.
    That's what it's going to look like, once you have finish.
    Remember what I said about holding on to the knot on the end? Well make sure you have a good grip on it & gently pull the ribbon, as spin it around as you pull.
    This is what it should look like, once you have pulled it all together. Tie both sides of thread together, to keep the flower nice & tight.
    I sewed mine on with the same quilting thread.
    These would make a cute gift for a girl, or a cute Mother's Day gift for a friend or even your Mom! I made these for my sister-in-law's birthday this past week. Since she's love sparkly things, I hot glued some fake diamond gems on the straps!

    Let me know if you like this tutorial! It was my first time doing something like this.


    Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Dressing it up; Part 2

    This was one of the gifts I made this yesterday for
    my lovely sister-in-law, Anna!

    I found this cute shabby chic frame at this adorable place called KNB Consigments!
    I got it for a steal, since the glass was already broken.

    I took some cute paper & cut it to same measurement as the frame.

    Then I found these pre-made flowers that I found at Walmart recently for only $2.00.

    Took some 3D glue dots, to make the flowers pop up.
    You can find these at A.C.Moore & Michaels for about $3.00.
    Then I added a cute quote about friendship below to the flower!

    I've really been getting into card making recently as well!

    I just think it's so much special when you make cards or gifts, instead of buying something brand new. It shows piece of your heart, when you put so much love into a gift.

    Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!
    You know how I love to reuse things & make something new out of it!
    Plus it helps our landfill right?

    Recently I saw on Live View Studio's blog about going green!
    You can view their post here; & check out their awesome pictures while your there!

    Isn't that such a cute & clever idea??

    I came home from shopping yesterday & realize I was out of wrapping paper!
    I remember seeing on Live View Studio's blog about using
    a paper bag, & thought hey I could do that!

    I took all the handles from my Whole-foods bags & made a bow with it.

    Comment & share on how you like to dress things up or reduce & reuse!

    Dressing it up ~ Part 1

    I just simple love to take something & make it even more cuter, especially with stuff you already own! I got my lovely idea from a friend's profile picture! I thought to myself, I could totally do that!

    I have this chalkboard up in my dinning room, that I use to post a weekly bible verse that I've come across during my quite time with the Lord. Last night when my husband took me out on a date & took me to one of my favorite places; A.C.Moore! While I was there I found these cute paper flowers already made! Even tho I know how to make them, I thought these flowers were too cute to pass up!

    All I did was hot glued them onto my chalkboard! Complete cuteness!

    I took this plain 5 x 7 black picture frame, for my daughters room & dressed it up a little. I forgot to take a before picture.... I know shame on me!

    You can use ribbon, buttons, basically anything!

    Though..I don't think I'm completely done with this yet!
    Thinking about instead of using a picture, making it collage with a 3D letter E in the center.

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    After a day like today

    Several tornados touch down here in NC. I was so sadden ro hear of all the damage that occured from the tornados. My heart is filled with so much thanks, that all of my family, friends were kept safe & that our possessions were safe as well.

    I do have to say after a day like this a cup of tea sounds lovely:)

    What's for dinner?

    Looking for a good marinate for dinner! Here's one awesome honey mustard one!

    1/3 cup Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup honey
    2 tablespoon mayonnaise
    1 teaspoon steak sauce
    4 skinless boneless chicken breast

    Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl & add meat. Let it marinate for 2-4 hours. Then grill!!

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    Philadelphia 3-step lime Cheesecake!

    Right now I have this baking in my oven!

    2 pkg. 8 oz each cheese cheese , softened

    1/2 cup sugar
    2 Tbsp fresh lime juic
    1 tsp grated lime peel
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    2 eggs
    1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
    3 Tbsp sugar
    3 tbsp butter, melted

    Mix the crumbs, sugar & butter, press onto bottom of pie plate.

    Mix cream cheese, sugar, juice, peel and vanilla. Mix well on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix until blended.

    Pour into crust.

    Bake at 350•F for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

    Makes 8 servings.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    From boy to girly!

    Have a pair of boy flip flops & want to make them girly? I tell you it's very easy!

    I took black ribbon & hot glued it around the straps. Then I made flowers out of the same color ribbon & secured them on good.

    Then I took black acrylic paint & painted the bottom of the flip flops.

    Then after it dried, I applied a thick coat of mod podge! Love this stuff! You can do amazing things with it!

    Of course you have to add some bling to it right?!?!

    There you have it! From boyish to girly!

    Saturday, April 9, 2011

    Sandwich Rolls made from Pizza dough recipe!

    • This recipe is actually meant for pizza dough but I had some dough leftover the other night, so I just made it into some rolls! They tasted awesome! Honestly this is my favorite pizza dough to work as well!

    Makes about 12 large rolls or 1 pizza crust!

    • Ingredients

    • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
    • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
    • 2 cups bread flour
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    2 egg yokes : if making rolls

    Directions for Pizza Crust:

    1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    3. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a pizza crust shape. Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

    Directions for Sandwich Rolls

    Preheat the oven 350 *
    Make as directed as above. After the dough has doubled in volume, shape into rolls & let rise for another 25 mins or so.
    Take 2 egg yokes & brush over the rolls!
    Bake for about 15 minutes.

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Cheeseburger Pockets

    Cheese burger pockets!

    I didn't follow any recipe just did my own thing.

    I pastry crust: recipe below
    1 lb ground beef
    Half onion
    1 garlic clove
    5 dashes of pepper
    5 shakes of garlic salt
    4 shakes of garlic powder
    4 shakes of garlic powder
    Block of cheddar cheese

    Serves 3 Or you could make them into smaller portions.

    Preheat your oven to 350

    I fried my meat & drain the oil off it. I like to season my meat very well! Gotta have flavor!! After I seasoned my meat, I added in the onions & garlic clove. I let it all simmer for about 10 minutes.

    I rolled our my pastry dough into medium circles. I put a good spoonful of the meat & two squirts of ketchup on top, follow by a few slices if cheese.

    Then I rolled out the top crust, applied it on top the meat & pinch the edged with a fork!

    Pastry crust

    1 1/4 cup flour
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup cold butter- sliced
    1/4 cup cold butter

    Combine flour, salt, butter in food processor using steel blade. Pulse few times, them pour water in while running on low to medium speed. Shut off food processor as dough forms a ball around blade.

    I plan on changing these up, maybe doing a pizza one or chicken Parm one!

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Homemade Play Clay!

    Homemade Play Clay

    4 cups flour
    1 cup salt
    1 1/2 cups water
    food coloring

    Preheat oven to 350 f. Mix ingredients together in mixer or by hand. I did mine in the Bosch & knead for 5 minutes.
    You can divide the dough into portions and add dye.

    I mix mine in metal bowl, because I was afraid of dying my mixing bowl for the Bosch. Put used clay in bags and use within 4 hours of mixing.

    My lovely hands dyed from it all...Just lovely lol..

    Our shapes we made! A Bird & 2 flowers!

    I got the recipe from one of my favorite books I own, in this recipe book

    :Homemade: A Surprisingly Easy Guide to Making Hundreds of Everyday Products You Would Otherwise Buy link here if your looking to buy it:

    You will find recipes to make your own shampoo, conditioner,cleaning products, beauty products, bake goods, insects repellent, basically anything!