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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coconut Sandwich Cookies

I made these today after seeing them on the Martha Stewart Show! These cookies are amazing & sooo yummy! I'll be adding these fav's to my top cookie list!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (7 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut (about 2 1/4 cups)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Whisk to combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup coconut. Place remaining coconut in a food processor; pulse until coarsely ground.

Beat butter and both sugars with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture and ground coconut; mix until just combined.

Drop dough by level tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until lightly golden around edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dividing evenly, spread filling on flat sides of half the cookies; sandwich with remaining cookies. Roll edges in 1/2 cup reserved coconut, and chill until ready to serve.

*Vanilla Butter Cream*
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, and beat in confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping down side of bowl as necessary, until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat until smooth.

Comment below if you decide to give these cookies a whirl!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Easy honey barbecue chicken pleaser!

Not sure what to make for dinner? Well I have this super easy recipe that you can always please anyone with!

Chicken breast, or thighs or even whole chicken! ( You can use basically any part of the chicken & I bet it would taste amazing!)
Few dashes of garlic powder
Few dashes of onion powder
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
*about* 1/2 cup oh honey
*about* 2 cups of Barbeque sauce

Grease a 9x13 dis & preheat your oven to 375*

Mix all the wet ingredients together, then pour over chicken! Bake for about 35 mins or until chicken is done! I always enjoy this & it's super easy to throw together in short amount of time!!

If you like this post, don't forget to comment below!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Re-use Recycle~

Here I am again on re-use & recycle! I had this empty oatmeal container laying around & knew I could come up with something creative with it!

I used ribbon for the straps and hot glued them on.

Once I removed the wrapper from the container, I sprayed it with tacky spray.

Then I used some scrap fabric that I had on hand that matched the ribbon.

After that I decorated with ribbon all around it.

Sorry about the lack of pants on my kiddo! She big on taking off her pants right now....potty training soon?! I hope so!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Step-by-step on re-doing any lampshade!

First your going to want to take your lamp shade & trace the shape on any type of craft paper. Once you have it trace, go ahead & cut out your template! Once it's cut your going to want to pin it to the fabric to get a straight cut as your cutting the fabric.

Once it is all cut out, your going to want to make sure it fits your lamp shade.

After you your done with that step, your going to need some fabric glue to make a nice seam on both edges of your fabric.

Once you make a straight line of glue on your fabric fold the fabric over & press down. It drys pretty quickly & saves you time from pulling out your sewing machine.

This is the very important step in the process of re-doing your lamp shape. You want to make sure you line up the seams just right because once the lamp is turn on you will see the shadows from the seams.

Once you have a straight seam on the lamp shade your going to want to spray the lamp shade with spray tacky glue. This stuff drys pretty quickly, so you want to take your time to make sure you smooth out the fabric so there isn't any crinkles.

Once you have the fabric wrap around your going to fold the extra fabric over at the top on the inside. Once you fold it over your going to hot glue it in place. Your going to repeat that same step at the bottom. To keep a solid seam you can use any ribbon & hot glue that in place.

There you have a new lampshade that is super cute!

I'm making some fabric flowers to attach to the lampshade. I'll post a picture of it when it's all finish!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY Pottery-barn Decor Letters!

Soooo I saw these letters in the latest magazine & thought the idea was super cute! Don't get me wrong, I love their stuff, but if I can save money & do it myself while enjoying it, so be it!

So I took some pretty scrap booker paper, spray tacky glue, white paint & some wooded letters.

Love this stuff!! It works great for all craft projects! I sprayed the letters, with the tacky glue & laid the paper on them. I made sure there were no crinkles, as I was smoothing it out. Then I painted the sides white, with acrylic paint.

I'm thinking of copying the same idea with flowers around her name. I'll post of a picture of the finish project soon!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

DIY Pottery Barn Decor!

This past week I received in the mail, the latest pottery barn kids magazine! Like always, I always like to browse their magazines!

I came across this painted tree, with fake leaves attached to the painted branches & thought that was such a cute idea!

For sometime now I still haven't been 100% happy with my Emma's room! I saw this tree & had to do it myself!

I found some bird houses for only $1.00 each at my local dollar store!! Steal!!

I had the paint on hand, which worked out perfectly! Now Pottery Barn has the bird houses for $24.00 each!! I'm sorry but that's a rip off when it took me less than 30 mins to paint the birdhouses! The tree took me maybe an hour!

Sorry for the lack of a nice made bed! :)

There you have it, a very simple DIY pottery barn project!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Taco Seasoning!

Are you ever tired of using the taco season packets from the store that have MSG in them? Well I have a simple recipe that I keep on hand whenever I'm in the mood to make taco's!

1 teaspoon of potato starch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 teaspoon chilli powder
4 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix together in a bowl! Store in air tight container in a cool place up to 1 year!

I usually add it to taste when I'm making tacos!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Light General Tso's

I found this recipe on Martha Stewart website! No joke, I have a love/hate relationship with her stuff! Sometimes her recipe or craft ideas frustrate me to the max, then sometimes their super easy! I really enjoyed this recipe, its not really hot just has a slight kick to it! You can find the recipe here :http://www.marthastewart.com/314942/lighter-general-tsos-chicken

The recipe calls for soy sauce, but we try to avoid soy as much we can, so instead I use Bragg's Liquid Aminos! It taste very similar to soy sauce just not as salty.

1 1/4 cups long-grain brown rice I used white rice instead, since my husband doesn't like brown rice = )
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated and peeled
3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 large egg whites
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons safflower oil

Cook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Add snow peas, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, and red-pepper flakes; toss to combine, and set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken, and toss to coat.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess), and add to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining oil and chicken, and set aside (reserve skillet).

Add snow-pea mixture to skillet. Cover; cook until snow peas are tender and sauce has thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet (with any juices); toss to coat. Serve with rice.