Easter follow up

Easter was great, beautiful morning at church with the family. Pastor Henry and Dan baptized me, many people stayed to watch the baptisms. We had 9 people at the late service all being baptized it was an incredible experience.

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Then I came home and before I could start dinner I took poor Echo to the vet.

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She had a bordatella shot last week and it seems like she has kennel cough symptoms now 😦 Luckly the new vet I found is amazing and wonderful, they were open Easter Sunday and only charged their regular price. The vet and staff were so sweet and attentive, and they even called the next day to see how she was doing. I’m so thankful to have found them, and Exho seems to be doing much better.

After all that I finally got to making Easter dinner! I didn’t get many photos but we had:

Spiral Ham glazed in Brown sugar and Pineapple
Mac & Cheese

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Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

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Stuffing

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Sautéed Red potatoes

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After Dinner, we waited for the food coma to pass and celebrated my Sister’s and James’ Birthdays

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Plus I got to see moms little dogs that I don’t get to see often anymore! That’s Noni and Cooper. I didn’t get a pic of Coco but she’s a tiny Maltese that is my dads little girl.

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How was your Easter weekend? Did you celebrate ? Cook? See family ?

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Happy Easter!!

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HAPPY EASTER!!!

What are your Easter plans for today?

I am going to church and getting Baptized today! For some reason I have just never done it, but today I finally am.

My family is coming to town to go to church with me and support me for the baptism, which I am so thankful for!

After church I am going to make a version of my Grandmothers traditional family Easter dinner.

I’m making:
Glazed Ham
Mac & Cheese (& a 2nd Gluten Free)
Sautéed Red Potatoes (my Grandma would usually make mashed)
Cornbread Stuffing ( & a 2nd Gluten Free)
Gravy

That’s all for this Easter. Usually for holidays I also make cornbread casserole, green bean casserole, sautéed summer squash, and candied sweet potatoes.

Does your family have an Easter Dinner? What do you eat for Easter? I see people talk about Hot Cross Buns and Easter Bread, do you make these? Are they a tradition in your family?

Here’s all the prep I did yesterday to make dinner today super easy.

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I was going to do more but I got completely sidetracked making more Peanut Butter Banana Crunchies!

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Happy Easter everyone!!

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Easter Wreath

Okay so I still don’t really have an eye for this cute wreath thing but I’m happy with how it came out for now. Hopefully as I keep decorating my wreath I will get a better eye for how to make it look spectacular! Here it is!

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Please let me know what you think! And what you think could be done differently!!

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath!

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Yesterday it was time to change the wreath again! With Valentines day over and St. Patty’s Day coming up here is my revamp! The first few photos are of the wreath before I found a new piece to add. 20130218-220335.jpg

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Then I found these at Ralph’s and added them…

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What do you think? I almost like it better without the big center clover… I would love your thoughts on this!!

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Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Valentine’s day wreath

Back in November I posted my fall wreath. It is this great burlap wreath I found on a blog and made. After fall I redecorated it for Christmas and now it’s all ready for Valentine’s day!

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I bought the adorable cupcake stickies and beads at Joann’s

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Lindsey made me these crazy awesome pipe cleaner decorations for it! (But I need to get safety pins to attach them)

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After they are attached I promise to post the pictures here!

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Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Are you doing any V-day decorating? I would love to see!

Peppermint bark cookies & a little catching up

I love feeling productive. I have been off for a couple weeks over the holidays and I love keeping busy even when I’m off. This past week I have been catching up on all of life’s little tasks that needed my attention.

Moving my living room around so it feels less full,

Cleaning my desk clutter,

Doing ALL of my 2012 filing (this really helped the desk clutter, ha),

Worked on my 2012 bookkeeping to prep for tax time ( I have started trying to get my paperwork in as soon as I have all my W-2’s, rather then waiting till the last minute when I’m much busier. So much less stress)

Cleaned out the chicken coop (this severely annoyed my girls, they proceeded to spend 2 hours moving all the fresh clean hay around after I upset the balance, I think I have the only chickens that hate hay in their nesting boxes)…. ( oh! And they still are NOT laying yet, soon hopefully)

Cleaned out, detailed inside, and washed my car. (It was a disaster, so nice to have it clean inside and out)

Lots of baking

Learning about California’s new Cottage Law so I can renew my efforts at Elle & Olle’s Goodies and Noms!

I would love to hear in the comments what you have been up to over the holidays!

Okay, on to the real reason for this post: COOKIES!

Peppermint Bark Cookies

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This recipe is my base for all my chocolate chip cookies, and I just consistently change what I add in (milk chocolate chips, dark, white, oats, coconut, corn flakes, cocoa nibs, peppermint, etc) I don’t take any credit for this base it’s an adaptation of many tested Internet and cookbook cookies, when I found a combination I liked I memorized it. Here is the base:

1C Butter ( I use unsalted)
1C White Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar

Cream together.

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Add:

1 Tsp Vanilla extract
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt … ( since I use unsalted butter)

Mix well.

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Add:

2 Large Eggs (one at a time)

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Then:

2 1/4 to 2 1/2 C AP Flour
(I add it 1/4C at a time, leaving the mixer running)

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When that’s all mixed well making a beautiful base I add whatever I’m mixing in.

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Bake at 350 – until the edges are barley browning. I usually do mine 8-12 minutes depending on size.

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Peppermint bark cookies :

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1 Tsp Peppermint extract, (added with the vanilla)
2C Semi Sweet Chips
1C White Chocolate chips
1/2 C Peppermint Candy bits

Chocolate chip with crunch:

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(Sorry I didn’t get a very good picture of them)
2C Semi Sweet Chips
1C White Chocolate chips
1/2 C Cocoa Nibs
(I made these for New Years Eve)

Lindsey’s Cheesy Cheez-Its Chicken & Bottle Cap Wreath Ornaments

Hello, faithful followers! The Infamous Lindsey here for a guest post. I recently, and very happily, made some breaded chicken with a twist (that I came up with myself!) and bottle cap wreath ornaments (that I found on Pinterest)! I kinda forgot to take pictures of the chicken though… heheh, oopsy. Anyways, on to the goodies!

Lindsey’s Cheesy Cheez-Its Chicken

Breading:
½ box of Cheez-Its (or your favorite cheesy crackers); smooshed to bits
3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp dill
½ tsp garlic salt
pepper to taste (I used Montreal steak seasoning, but it’s up to you)

Oil:
3 tbsp oil
2 tsp garlic oil (or a clove or two of minced/smooshed garlic)
1 vegetable Knorr® Homestyle Stock™

1) Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix oils/garlic with the stock starter and pour into the baking pan that’s gonna fit your chicken making sure to cover the whole bottom. Add extra oil as necessary.

2) Combine breading ingredients in a dish or container and cover chicken with it. Place chicken in the pan and put some extra crumblies on top to make sure it’s well covered and ready to be crispy. If you want, some shredded parmesan on top is super scrumptious.

3) Bake for 20 minutes, flip chicken (maybe add more parmesan… yum!), and bake for another 20 – 25 minutes or until chicken is done.

That’s all there is to it! Super easy and super tasty. I recommend scraping all the gooey Cheez-Its leftovers off the bottom of the pan and snacking on them before anyone else can! My dad actually said it was awesome. Normally he just grunts and shrugs like a teenage boy… Proof that this is the bestest chicken ever! On to the crafty goodies!

(UPDATE FROM DANIELLE @ Filmmakingandcookiebaking-
Lindsey and I made this last week for a small dinner party and my house.

Here is the yummy, yummy chicken.

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Sharp Chedder Mac & Cheese (with a little of the cheez-it breading on top.)

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Sautéed zucchini squash with garlic, pepper, seasoning salt, & dill)

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Loaded mashed red potatoes.

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Ceme brûlée Cheesecake.

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Bottle Cap Wreath Ornaments

glue gun
7 bottle caps (all the same or mix it up)
¼ inch thick ribbon that matches or contrasts (whatever floats your boat)

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1) Arrange and tack together caps with a dot of glue on the back. Flip over and tack between caps as well for a bit of strength. Try not to make it seen, but if it is the ribbon will cover it later.

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2) Snip approximately ¾ inch long bits of ribbon. You’ll need 7 of them. Glue as shown in the next picture… Not entirely sure how to explain it, but it works I swear. If the ribbon is taut, it keeps the wreath together better than just the glue.

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3) Loop ribbon at wherever the top of your wreath is for a way to hang it all ornament-like and secure it with glue. (This pic is actually from the finished product so you can also kind of see how I wrapped and secured the ribbon… kind of… as well as the nifty gift tag I made)

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4) Wrap ribbon around wreath between the caps to cover any glue dots that may be seen on the front and strategically glue in place on the back as you go. The back doesn’t look entirely too pretty after, but the front is adorable.

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5) Add a bow to the front and you’re done. I cheated and made the bow by tacking the ribbon with glue instead of trying to tie it. I added a clear piece of really thin plastic (card stock or construction paper would work too) to the back for a gift tag, but that’s only necessary if it’s a gift or you want to record the year it was made.

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Well, folks, that’s all I’ve got for ya today. Hopefully I’ll be back soon for another guest post or for more kitchen adventures with Danielle. Until then, happy cooking and crafting to all and to all a good night. ;P

My Thanksgiving Table and Menu

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

For this wonderful holiday I am making dinner and my family is coming to town!

First of the menu:
(This year no turkey, yes we are weird, but my family tends to prefer ham so I’m going with that)

Ham (from trader joes)
Cornbread Stuffing (my Grandma’s recipe)
Macaroni and cheese (my Grandma’s recipe)
Corn Bread casserole (my fav! Got this recipe from a friend that made it for thanksgiving a few years back)
Homemade garlic, herb Mashed Potatoes with Gravy (of course)
Hawaiian sweet rolls
Green bean casserole (added to my thanksgiving menu last year)

Pecan pie cheesecake
Mud pie
Pecan pie

Now here is my table with two of my covered pumpkins.

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I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving, how ever you choose to celebrate!
I would love to hear your comments, how you spent thanksgiving, see your decor, and what you ate!

Covered Pumpkins for decorating

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When I was decorating for fall with Lindsey, I really wanted to make these covered Dollar Store pumpkins I saw on The Southern Institute Blog . We got all the stuff and covered four different ones.

1- Thick Twine
2- Fall covered yarn
3- Burlap
4- Paper ( I tried scrapbook but it was too thick, so we switched to an awesome tissue paper we found)

Here is the yarn one, Lindsey started it using Mod Podge. She had to go part way though and I actually ended up using hot glue to finish it.

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Here is the twine covered one, using a hot glue gun.

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Here are all four! With various accents from the craft store to finish them.
The burlap was attached with hot glue, and the tissue with mod podge.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall decorated sugar cookies

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After the Pioneer Woman posted about this amazing book, I immediately ordered it. Today i used Bridget’s recipes for my cookies and icing, i highly recommend this book. If you don’t have it just start with your favorite sugar cookie dough!

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Roll out and cut your shapes! I went and bought pumpkin and leaf shaped cutters for fall.

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Bake (of course)

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Now for the really fun, creative, choose your colors part! Royal icing for piping and flooding.

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Note: this is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. I was not contacted nor compensated for this post.