Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Must Try Tuesday: April 26, 2011

Wow!  Can you believe Easter has come and gone?  We are steam rolling now until the end of school...only 4 1/2 weeks left...yikes!  Here are some awesome recipes that I found on my favorite blogs.

I love creme brule and this looks delicious goodness to me!
From Granny's Kitchen


I love citrus and chicken and I can't wait to give this a try...
Deals to Meals


C+C Marriage Factory


Look at that garlic poking out daring me to take a bite....



Friday, April 22, 2011

Recipe: Streusel Topped Cranberry Pear Butter Bread

I have never been a big fan of pears....it's kinda like the whole banana thing for me....it's the texture of the fruit.  But I do love pear butter and baked goods with pears....it changes the whole texture.  This pear bread is so good!  It has a crunchy top and super moist inside that is jeweled with sweet cranberries...a perfect combination.  I used the pear butter that my mother canned last summer, but you could use a store bought version.  You could even substitute with apple butter.


Streusel Topped Cranberry Pear Butter Bread

2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup pear butter (apple butter may be substituted)
2 tbsp milk
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9x5x3 loaf pan.  Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and dried cranberries; set aside.  Combine eggs, butter, pear butter and milk; beat well.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just combined and dry mixture is moistened, do not over mix.  Add pecans, if using.  Spoon batter into prepared pan.  Prepare topping by mixing flour and brown sugar until all lumps are gone.  Cut butter into flour mixture until pea size lumps form.  Spoon topping onto batter and lightly press down.  Bake for 60 to 65 minutes.  Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack.

I have also made this as muffins as well. 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Must Try Tuesday: April 19, 2011

So many yummy good things on the blogs this week.  Easter is right around the corner and some of these would be delicious for Easter dinner.

Lemon just screams spring and these cupcakes look oh so tasty!
Brandy's Baking


Teacher Appreciation week is the first week in May
and these are adorable!


Cookies and cream....my girls would love these everyday...
Inside BruCrew Life


This just might be my Easter dinner ham....
Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


Summer is fast approaching and I can't
wait to make this to go along with a brisket...
or ribs....or chicken...
Brown Eyed Baker


I think this would make a great bread to give to teachers...
Little Kitchen on the Prairie



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Project Idea: Felt Hydrangea Headband

How adorable is this headband?  Almost as adorable as that sweet baby girl.
Mama Says Sew has the tutorial on her blog.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Must Try Tuesday: April 12, 2011

My recovery is progressing and I am starting to stand for longer periods of time, so I am anxious to get back in the kitchen and try out some recipes.  Here are some that I will be making very soon.


I love blondies...almost more than traditional brownies...
this blondie looks so good...
Brandy's Baking


Yummy!  My kids would love this...
everyday if I would let them....
Jamie Cook's It Up


We love nutter butters and this recipe looks awesome! 
Simply Designing


I have been wanting to make corn dogs for
awhile....this looks like a great recipe to try....
This Mommy Cooks

I LOVE Tex-Mex!  This looks like delicious goodness...
C+C Marriage Factory


See above...need I say more...OK, I will....
oh...yummy goodness...get in my belly....
Coleen's Recipes


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Project Idea: Book Puff Ball

I love this book puff ball made from old book pages. 
 Lyssa from Born Again Crafter has the tutorial on her blog. 
It looks so easy that maybe this will be a craft project
that I can do with the girls during summer break.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Must Try Tuesday: April 5, 2011

I am slowly starting to feel more human again and have been able to read my favorite blogs this week.  I can't wait until I can get back in the kitchen and try these out!

These look so good...


Who doesn't love Snickers??? 
Mama Schell Says...


Adorable!  Who knew a simple vanilla cupcake
could turn into something this awesome!
It's Always a Party at the Parkers


We love stuffed crust pizza.  Now I can save a few dollars
because I won't have to splurge on delivery pizza!
Flexible Dreams


I have been looking for a good wheat bread recipe and
this looks like it will be a keeper!

Frugal & Focused


We love ham.  We love cheesy.  We love breakfast.
Real Mom Kitchen


We love our brisket down here in Texas.  I have a recipe from
my grandmother that I always use, but this looks
so good, I can't wait to try it....
just don't tell my grandmother....
Framed Cooks


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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Recipe: Fried Pickles

Things are finally getting back to normal around here.  I am slowly starting to feel a bit better.  I still have a ways to go, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

While I am recuperating, my mom is making meals for the girls.  We L-O-V-E fried pickles and my mom has an awesome recipe.


Fried Pickles
(recipe by Peggy Watson)
{print recipe}

Seasoned Egg Wash
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Dash of of hot sauce (or to taste)

Seasoned Flour
2 cups AP flour
1/2 tbsp garlic salt
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
2 tsp pepper

Oil for deep frying
Dill pickles, hamburger chip

Heat oil in deep pot.  Whisk together all ingredients for egg wash, set aside.  Mix ingredients for flour mixture in a shallow dish.  Dip pickle chips in flour mix, then egg wash, then back into the flour mixture.  Fry chips until golden brown, about 1 minute.  Do not overcrowd your pot.  Drain on paper towels.

Serve with ranch dressing, or condiment of your choice.

Linked To:
* My Tiny Kitchen: This Week's Cravings
* A Southern Fairytale:  Mouthwatering Mondays
* Blessed with Grace:  Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
* It's a Blog Party:  Delicious Dishes
* All the Small Stuff:  Tuesdays at the Table
* Mandy's Recipe Box:  Totally Tasty Tuesday
* Mess Hall to Bistro:  Made From Scratch Tuesday
* Dining with Debbie:  What's On the Menu Wedneday
* Lark's County Heart:  Made it Monday
* It's A Keeper:  It's A Keeper Thursday
* Mommy's Kitchen:  Potluck Sunday



Friday, April 1, 2011

Project Idea: Summer To Do List

I LOVE this idea!  This is a great solution to the "Mom...I'm bored..." that we hear a thousand million times during the summer when kids are out of school.  I found this awesome idea on one of my favorite blogs, A Girl and a Glue Gun. 

The idea is to preplan activities for the summer and create a card for each one.  A master envelope (shown above) is created and each night an activity card will be placed inside.  The envelope is then hidden for the kids find the next day...which adds to the excitement. 

Here are some examples of activity cards....

Awesome....right?  I am so on this for our upcoming summer break...which is in about two months!  I can honestly say that mine will not be as elaborate and wonderful as Kimbo's, but I am excited get started.

Check out her blog for more ideas and to see this wonderful project!