Thursday, January 31, 2013

Very Berry Cobbler Recipe

I found this recipe on Pinterest a couple days ago and loved it!
This is the easiest cobbler I've ever made!

1 box of white cake mix
2 bags of frozen mixed berries (12 oz bags)
about 15 oz of sprite (I just used two 7.5 oz cans)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Dump both bags of frozen berries in dish and spread out.

Pour the cake mix over the berries and spread out.

Slowly pour the sprite over the cake mix so that it covers
the cake mix evenly. This is what makes the crust.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.
Serve with vanilla ice cream!
Makes approximately 12 servings.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

Here's the recipe for one of my most favorite desserts!
Do yourself a favor - don't even try to figure out what
the fat/calorie count is...

2 cans of crescent rolls
2 blocks of cream cheese
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup of cinnamon sugar
(FYI-to make your own cinnamon sugar, add
1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1/2 a cup of sugar and mix)
Using a 9x13 pan, unroll 1 package of crescent rolls and line
the bottom of the pan. Flatten.
 Mix together the cream cheese, plain sugar and vanilla extract.
Spread the mixture over the crescent rolls.
 Unroll the other can of crescent rolls and place on top
of the cream cheese mixture.
 Pour the melted butter/margarine over the top of the crescent rolls.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Makes about 15 servings.
Thanks to my sister's mother-in-law, Cheryl, for the recipe!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Peacock Deco Mesh Wreath

A friend of mine asked me to make her a wreath
that would work in between holidays. And here's
what I came up with:
turquoise deco mesh (21" width) 
wire wreath
floral wire
peacock plumes
wooden letter
paint and glitter paint
glue gun
fishing line
I attached the deco mesh to the wreath form using floral
wire.  I painted the wooden letter black, then added a layer
of gold glitter. It was a little too much gold, so I did another thin
layer of black paint over the gold, but enough gold still shows through
to shimmer in the light. The peacock feathers and the letter were
attached the deco mesh with hot glue. But the letter was still a
little bit floppy, so I attached it to the deco mesh in a couple
places with fishing line.

I love how it turned out! I may just have to make one for myself now :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Roasted Potatoes Recipe

This recipe is another one of my mom's - only 3 ingredients!
Red Potatoes (about 10)
1/8 cup of olive oil or vegetable oil
Packet of onion soup mix
Wash potatoes and cut into chunks.
Put the potatoes, olive oil, and onion
soup mix in a ziploc bag and mix together.
Line a baking dish with aluminum foil
and add the potatoes.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.

This amount of potatoes will serve approximately 8 people.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lemony Chicken Casserole Recipe

I love this chicken casserole recipe of my mom's... 
3 chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers
1/2 stick melted butter
a little bit of pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon)
*FYI - salt isn't really needed as it's in the soup*
Cook 3 chicken breasts and either chop or shred them.
Mix the chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, pepper
and the lemon juice together. Put in a lightly greased
baking dish. Crumble ritz crackers on top, then pour the
melted butter over the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for
about 30 minutes, until it's bubbly and the crackers are browned.
If you want to make the casserole ahead of time, just
leave off the crackers and butter until it's time to bake.

Don't let the name fool you.... it really doesn't have a strong
lemon taste - I promise!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wood Photo Blocks

Thank you to my cousin Janna for introducing
me to an amazing craft.... Wooden Photo Blocks!
I made 15 of these blocks for Christmas gifts. This was
a craft that *gasp* my husband wanted me to make, and he
actually helped me make them! They were gifts
for his family members, and they will all end up being
displayed in the cabin that we are in the process of building.
This is a fairly simple project, it was just a little time consuming
for me, considering I made 15 of them all at once.
wood blocks cut to size
photos printed on computer paper
gel medium
foam paintbrush
spatula or something similar
mod podge
rag and bowl of warm water
First, you need to get some blocks of wood.
You can buy wood at Home Depot or Lowe's, and they should cut
you the sizes that you need. I got mine from my brother, who
builds houses, and my husband cut them for me. Have the
wood cut a little bit bigger than your picture-if your picture
is 4x6, cut the wood to be 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 or close to that.
Print pictures from the computer onto regular computer
paper. Flip the image horizontally so it is backwards before
printing. I only did black and white photos because I like
how that looks, but the process is supposed to work with color
photos as well.
Using a foam brush, spread on the gel medium (can be bought at
craft stores, I got mine at AC Moore) to cover the wood.
Also spread gel medium on the photo. Place the photo, picture
side down, on the wood. Use a spatula or similar item to gently rub
the photo so it lays flat on the wood and be sure to work out any
air bubbles. I spread out newspaper to work on and ended up getting
quite a bit of the gel medium on the newspaper - it's also pretty
sticky, so I had to replace my newspaper a couple times too.

Let the photo dry. I waited overnight. Then, use a rag and warm water to
gently rub off the paper (this can get messy - the paper residue will be
all over the place!)  Don't use too much pressure or else you will rub
parts of the picture off the wood. I let each picture dry in front of a fan
for a few minutes to see where there was still paper residue. It took about
three times to get all the paper off. Once all the paper is off, and the wood is
dry, and then add a coat of mod podge over the picture and let that dry.
 If your wood block base is thick enough like mine, you can just stand
the pictures up to display. You could also add hooks on the back of
the wood to hang it on a wall, or attach ribbon/twine to hang it.
Another option would be to cut cubes out of the wood, and put pictures
on all sides of the cube.
I loved how this project turned out, and so did all of my in-laws!
Our cabin is on Summersville Lake, so I used a lot of pictures to represent
what the family enjoys doing while we are there - swimming, wake boarding,
surfing, rock climbing, camping, etc. They are gonna look great!