Saturday, June 30, 2012

DIY bird seed feeder!

            Found this yet again on Pinterest a while ago so I began to save the toilet paper rolls and  paper towel rolls for about a month or two. Today, even during GA's 103+ degrees F (We are in a code RED) , I decided to finally do a couple.
So, I got out :

3 toilet paper rolls
creamy peanut butter 
a paper plate, 
a knife, 
and our huge thing of birdseed.
 I spread the peanut butter over the rolls and then rolled the rolls in the bird seed. 
Since it is so stinking hot out, I figured I didn't have to let it dry or harden since it was hot enough outside that the head would harden ( ahem... bake) it on its own.

And here it is, the finished cute little bird feeder. Just slid it onto some branches! 

P.S. One thing I have found out that when it rains, the rain completely washes all the bird seed and peanut butter off.

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My garden is almost done!


My Garden

Is almost

 All my plants and seeds are now planted.

Bought one potted flower and transferred it to one of the 1/2 cinder blocks for the middle. Now I begin the process of slowly buying more flowers to fill the other holes. I'm wondering if I can use the one potted flower I bought and distribute it to 1 or 4 holes. Hmm.. don't know if that might ruin the roots or not.. It looks like 4 separate little flowers. We'll see...

Hopefully my dad will help me get my fence up soon. That is exciting.

My Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

Look at my wonderful new toys :) I'm becoming quite a baker :) haha...

I was given this beautiful Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer as a graduation present. And put it straight to use! Then I finally used my Pizzelle maker!  Oh pure joy :)

Well, this week you will see many posts of the 4th of July desserts that I will be making. I'm so excited to do so! Plus, I'll include my own recipes for them so be a follower/subscriber and stay tuned!!

Plus, my garden is growing!

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Tickets in a shadow box

Found this idea for a shadow box on Pinterest (gotta love that place).

I found this small shadow box at a yard sale for $2.50 and just finally decorated the back today.

So now, instead of an old red Christmas box that contained one of those $5 jewelry things from Walmart, I can creatively display my movie tickets (and a Braves game ticket which is hidden) in a nice little display :)

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pizzelle Maker and Battle wounds from the garden!!


Birthday present from the greatest grandparents :) I sure can't wait to start making "Nana Cookies" !!!! I'm already drooling...
Wow you can really see my scar next to my eye on the right side of the picture.. 

So, I'm not typing as much because I did this to my finger this morning! 
While cutting drainage holes in my 2 new kiddie pools for the garden, right towards the end, I did this. Don't worry, all cleaned out now. It just kinda hurts still.... First time I ever cut myself with a knife.. yeow...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Home Made Taco Seasoning

For dinner tonight I thought I'd try a recipe that I found on Pinterest (gotta love that site!) 

1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder ( I didn't have any today)
1/4 or 1/2 Tbsp Crushed Red Peppers

I used about 1/2 of this jar for dinner then did it all over again to fill the jar for the cupboard. 

For 1/2 of this recipe I added about 5 Tbsp of water. It wasn't liquidy so add more water if you so desire.

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My little garden is growing :)

Here is my garden! So far!
So far I have planted Garden Beans and my pepper plant in the first kiddie pool. I plan on buying two more pools tonight. Once I have those then I'll plant my cucumbers and my peas :)
And then I have to plant my tomato plant once I can figure out where I want it to go.. hmmm

Throw it together meal

I started by boiling 1/2 a box of macaroni noodles. While that was boiling, fry chicken (desired amount) in skillet. I added some Oregano to my chicken to cook in some flavor. While that is frying..

 Cut up some tomatoes (desired amount) and shake some Oregano, Parsley and Basil onto the tomatoes to soak in the flavor. Now it is time to stir the tomatoes,
 the Philadelphia cooking creme ~ Tomato and Basil flavor,
 your cooked macaroni noodles,
 stir all together in the skillet.
 Once it is completely stirred together,
I added some cheese and then stirred that all together. Now it is ready to eat!!! And let me say, it was pretty yummy :) It was literally a throw together meal. I used the extra tomatoes we had and last of our cheese.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Auntie Anne's Pretzel's recipe!!!

That's right! I made some Aunt Anne's Pretzels! And let me just say, they taste so good!
But it was not easy. The webpage I got the recipe from did not mention a couple important things. So I ended up baking two and almost 4 pretzels onto the wax paper that I was told to use to protect the pan.. yea.. didn't work at all.  So how about I give you the recipe and fix their mistakes!

What You Need
§  1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

§  1 teaspoons vegetable oil
§  3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons powdered sugar
§  1 teaspoon butter (melted)
§  3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
§  1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
§  1 1/4 cups warm water
§  Kosher Salt for Topping

What To Do
 - Prepare yeast as instructed on the packet
- Add oil to the yeast and stir.
- In a separate. bowl mix place powdered sugar, butter, flour and salt. Mix. Place yeast mixture into the dry ingredient bowl. Now add 1 1/4 cups of warm water.
Flour a surface and knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
Place dough in a covered bowl ( I use plastic wrap) and let it rest for about an hour at 80 degrees. Dough should double in size.
Preheat oven at 425
Take dough and cut into 8 sections. And roll into a long rope.
Below is a video on how to make the pretzel shape. But if you are like me and doing this is just way too complicated then you can always just watch how they are shaped and shape them yourselves after you roll them into the rope. 

Prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 tbsp baking soda. ( It will give the pretzel that wonderful brown color).
Dip each pretzel into the bath.
Place pretzel on to parchment paper on top of a baking sheet. (I used wax paper and my pretzels baked onto the paper. So unless you want to eat some wax paper that won't harm you and you don't taste it, I suggest you just spray your pans with PAM or something of that sort.) 
Bake for about 10 minutes or until pretzel is brown.
Blush melted butter (optional ) onto each and sprinkle salt on top.
And viola! You now have your wonderfully made Auntie Anne's Pretzels at the fraction of the cost to buy 8 of them!!!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

The start of my little garden!




4 bags of potting soil? CHECK!
1 bag of manure? CHECK!
fencing/screen? CHECK!
Tomato and tomato wire holder? CHECK!
Peppers? CHECK!
Peas, Green Beans and Cucumbers? CHECK, CHECK AND CHECK!
Plant food? CHECK!
Gardening tools? CHECK!

PHEW! My Garden is coming along! I'm hoping to begin the planting of at least the seeds in the next few days! Won't officially plant the two pre-grown veggies until my fence can be put up. I'm getting so excited about this! I just hope it doesn't turn to be a failure. I have so many big plans for this! Maybe too many plans...If I could have my wish.. I'd just stay home for ever and garden and bake! haha seriously though.
Stay tuned during this week! I'll have pics up ASAP when its done!

Next steps include: preparing the kiddie pool garden, planting seeds, then putting up a fence, planting pre-grown plants THEN I'll begin making the little garden area all pretty with flowers!

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

The start of my little garden

First step to my garden is complete! I finally found the kiddie pool that I have been searching many places for! And I almost didn't get it! I went to pay for a blow pop for my mom because at the place we stopped at before, I got one for myself, so here I bought her one. Well...I asked the lady if they had any and she directed me to the back of the store and low and behold! My searching was complete! Psh.. Walmart, Target and the Dollar General didn't compare to RiteAid in this instance!
Next : Buy fencing, cinder blocks with those holes, potting soil and the vegetables themselves!!

Stepping up my baking experience!

Top left picture : Sweet Potato Casserole
Top right picture : fresh strawberries
Bottom picture: Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie

I had so much fun making the sweet potato casserole and rhubarb strawberry pie! And let me tell you something about those strawberries! My Nana and I stopped by a little farm stand and bought these fresh strawberries. I told him I never had a fresh strawberry like this before so he allowed me to take one (from the basket I was buying) and as I ate it (savored it more like) he went to the back room and brought back a replacement strawberry and 4 fresh raspberries for my Nana and I! He was such a sweet old man! And those were some of the best were the BEST I have ever had!
And that Rhubarb pie I made couldn't have been better! Mhhm good

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

                                             While visiting family in New York (near Buffalo) I decided to treat my grandparents to a special dinner. Flipping through a recipe book I found one I wanted to make. Buttermilk baked chicken. It turned out so good! I made a mess of flour but that was most of the fun! Added to the chicken, I made some brown rice, green beans and special garlic buttered biscuits. Forgive me but I can't remember the exact name. My grandparents loved their dinner!