Monday, March 28, 2016

10 Meals and More Grilling Edition with Tastefully Simple!

Hello everyone!

I share with you on this post my latest freezer meal prep video. We have since eaten four of these meals and they are SOOO good! I love how with Tastefully Simple, these recipes just seem to get better and better! So without further ado, here are some prep instructions for the 10 meals and more grilling addition, which can be purchased here


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Birthday Money Haul!

I share some crafty goodness with you on my recent trips to Tuesday Morning and Michael's. My dear husband took me out to lunch at one of my happy places, and across the street was a Tuesday Morning that I had never went into. As shocking as that sounds, I made short work of it, and also went to another. My patient hubby was very kind throughout our shopping trip, asking, "Is this the washy tape you're looking for? How about this?"  I tried not to take too long, for I didn't want to take advantage of his kindness, but certainly it was kid-in-a-candy-store kind of fun today.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Pink Stamper: Marvelous Monday Giveaway & Winner

My Pink Stamper: Marvelous Monday Giveaway & Winner: Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I had a great time with my BFF.  Today I am working on my Going Global cla...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Getting my craft on!

Hello, fine crafting friends!!

I wanted to share with you a project that I made this afternoon. The weather was yucky, and I was getting in a BLAH mood, so I went into my little corner of the basement and decided to just get busy with my hands. That always seems to lift my spirits, and it sure worked this time! I have been doing a fine job collecting supplies from Chalky and Company, which is a new sales company that opened in June of 2015. I haven't. however, been doing as stellar a job of making some craft projects from said supplies. Has that happened to anyone else? Please tell me I'm not alone on that!! hehe

So after I went through my cabinets, I settled on working with these "ingredients":

I didn't really know what exactly I was going to make yet, but then once I started up a James Bond film, (Dr. No...the original James Bond! SWOON) I got all inspired with the era, mixed myself a lemondrop martini, and got my craft on. I found the Suburbia Cricut cartridge, and pulled the images of the martini girl and the "me, cook?" images for use as a stencil, and the small martini glass cut from paper for the small button. I was thrilled when I also found some coordinating trims and cardstock from Stampin' Up! in Coastal Cabana, and some buttons from Papertrey Ink. I also found various doodads and whatnots from my many hauls from Tuesday Morning and Hobby Lobby trips. I was super happy with what turned out.

I have also realized today that I need desperately to craft more and buy less. I have all types of craft materials purchased up and it's time to use it all! Now that I am down to one full time job, I am finding I have more time for crafting and doing all things domestic, and it really has been good for my soul.

I hope sincerely that you can find some time to do something you love to do now as well, and I thank you kindly for sharing this project with me. Enjoy your Sunday!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Simple Beef Stroganoff

I made one of the most delicious meals tonight, and boy was it delicioso! Here are the ingredients you will need:

2 lbs. beef stew meat
1 Tbsp. Garlic Garlic Seasoning
2 Tbsp. Onion Onion Seasoning
1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
14.5 oz. can of beef broth
2 tsp. Worchestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp. butter
8 oz. fresh sliced mushrooms
1 cup sour cream
12 oz. egg noodles

Before leaving for work, I added the first 6 ingredients to my slow cooker and set it on low. 



After returning home, about 8 hours later, I sauteed up the mushrooms in butter and added them to the crockpot. As I was sauteeing the mushrooms, I also added the 1 cup of sour cream to the slow cooker, and also started boiling the water for the eggnoodles. By the time the noodles were done, so was the sauce! (Sour cream needs to spend about a half hour in the slow cooker with the rest of its friends!) :)

Here is the video below taken by my dear daughter:



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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Butterscotch Bread is the Bomb!

Today I took Beer Bread to the next level! It was so tasty, that I am super glad I made extra to share! To make this EASY and delicious bread, you will need the following ingredients;

(This is for a double recipe, which I totally recommend!)

Butterscotch Quick Bread

2 packages of Tastefully Simple Beer Bread mix
2 (12 oz. ) cans or bottles of cream soda
2 cups (1pkg.) butterscotch chips
6 TBS melted butter
1/3 c sugar

You will combine the first three ingredients, and pour into 2 greased 9 x 5 loaf pans. This time I ended up making 3 mini loaves instead of the large loaf pan. Drizzle with butter, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 50-55 minutes at 375 degrees. I took the mini loaves out after 40 minutes.

Here are pictures of the steps:



The only thing I did differently than the above stated directions, is that I poured melted butter and sprinkled sugar after the baking was done. It was a lot less soggy and very yummy that way.

I hope you enjoy this recipe soon! 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hello Everyone! Today I share with you another recipe, but instead of a slow simmer of a soup, which is a great meal to make on a weekend, I share a quick meal that you can prepare during a hectic weekday. Enjoy!


Merlot and Mushroom Meatloaf

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 egg beaten
1 cup quick oats
1 cup Merlot and Mushroom Slow-Cooker Sauce, divided

(Optional, and what I show in the video, is 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms, sauteed in 2 TBS of butter and a touch of roasted garlic oil, and 2 cups mozzarella cheese. YUM! )

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup Merlot sauce in a large bowl; blend well. Form into a loaf and place in a greased 8 X 8 baking pan. Flatten slightly. ( In the version I demonstrated, I divided this part into two layers, and put the sauteed mushrooms and shredded mozzarella in between the layers.) Top with remaining Merlot sauce. Bake, uncovered, 55-60 minutes or until internal temp reaches 160 degrees. Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Salt and Pepper to taste.

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