Sunday, March 27, 2011


I don't have a little one around anymore, but still tempted to go ahead a make ups some adorable Bunny Peeps Banner that Dana at Made created.  She even has a template to use to make the rabbits :).

For the complete tutorial click here.

Photo:   Made

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Homemade Cadury Creme Eggs

One of the blogs I follow, From Glitter To Gumdrops has a very tempting recipe for Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs that sounds very doable.

For the recipe, click here.

Photo:   From Glitter To Gumdrops

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Soda Can Earrings

This is another gem from You Seriously Made That?! on making earring out of a soda can, earring wire, 2 dimes and Dimensional Modge Podge.

For the tutorial click here.

Photo:  You Seriously Made That?!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Orange Julius

I have seen these as the mall, but there was no way I was going to pay mall prices for drink so I have never tried this before but this recipe posted by The Idea Room that her son learned in Home Ec that sounds fairly simple.

It uses a 6oz frozen juice concentrate, 1 cup each of water and milk, 1/4 each of granulated and powered sugar, 1st of vanilla extract and 8 ice cubes.

Photo:  The Idea Room

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Chocolate Cake with Salted Carmel Icing Inspired by Starbucks***ACCOMPLISHED***

I did make a version of this and posted it here.

I wish I had seen this recipe before I went shopping yesterday as I would have made this for the carry-in at work tomorrow instead of the "play it safe" with dill pickles, preztels and the yet to be baked Ready to Bake Easter Chocolate Chip cookies.

It from Salsa Pie and she posted directions for both using cake mix and ready made frosting/topping along with directions to make it from scratch.

For the directions and recipes click  here. 

Photo:  Salsa Pie

Monday, March 14, 2011


Boy, I wish I had thought of this year ago - my son's first birthday party theme was "Under the Sea" and I made colored macaroni necklaces for the guests if they wanted to wear them and hand painted each noodle. 

Instead The Mother Huddle dyed them instead putting about a half a cup of rubbing alcohol in a bowl and 10-15 drops of food coloring then dumped the macaroni in the mixture to soak and when the desired color achieved, dump on a paper towel lined tray to dry.

This will not be likely something I will use in the near future, but keep in my "Grandma bag" arsenal for a rainy/snowy indoor activity with future grandchildren.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I was looking up a recipe on Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing recipe on their website that I had seen on TV and came across this also and putting it on my project list for this summer when vegetables are in season and not so expensive.  I like all of the ingredients in the salad but have never tried all of them in the same salad before.

Below is the recipe from Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing website:
  • 2/3 cup Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Garden Vegetable Dressing
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, ends trimmed and stems removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cups diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds"
Just toss together and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Photo:  Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

Saturday, March 5, 2011


This fabulous idea is from Blah to Tada! and is unbelievably made from empty paper towel tubes you then cover in felt. What a great way to upcycle paper towel tube into something useful!

For the tutorial visit  Blah to Tada!

Photo:  Blah to Tada!

Friday, March 4, 2011


I saw this over at one of the blogs that I follow Thrifty Decor Mom and remembered seeing this in Family Circle as I child and I know my Mom made a version of it and it was delicious, so of course it is going to go on my to do list, although I know "Dream Whip", which used to be poor people's version of whipped cream because it is a dry mix and doesn't have to be refrigerated, will be harder to find.

The recipe calls for a white cake mix, pistachio pudding mix, club soda and oil and the topping pistachio pudding mix, Dream Whip and 1/2 cup milk.

For the complete recipe click here.

Photo: Thrifty Decor Mom

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I have not used alcohol much in my cooking but this sounds like it would be interesting to try out some time.

The salsa is made from pasilla chiles, garlic, orange juice, dark beer and a tablespoon of tequilla. 

 The "homemade" chips are purchased tortilla chips coated with vegetable oil, garlic and fresh ground pepper.

This was spotted over at Food Buzz by Kitchen Confidence aka

Brandon Matzek that he adapted from the book "Fiesta at Rick's"
by Rick Bayless.

Photos:  Brandon Matzek