Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Recipe :: Cornflake Treats


Ingredients:

  • 1 - package marshmallows
  • 1 - stick of butter
  • 6cups - plain cornflakes
  • Green food coloring (optional) (how green you want them depends how many drops to put in)


Directions:

  1. Melt butter down
  2. Stir in marshmallows in till smooth
  3. Slowly add cornflakes in till all are covered evenly in marshmallow
  4. Spread out in lightly covered cooking sprayed dish and enjoy!
  5. We like to add the little nonpareil sprinkles to ours for an added addition of fun!


Recipe :: Pretzel Cookies





Ingredients
  • Bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels
  • Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug
  • M&M's candy
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 170F. 
  2. Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug.
  3. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon. 
  4. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M's candy into the center of each Kiss.
  5. Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. 

Recipe :: Nutella Hot Chocolate

Another recipe for you guys! This one is perfect for the Nutella nuts! Nutella hot chocolate and a home made whip cream mix to! Hope you guys like this yummy homemade simple treat!



NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE

  • 1 cup milk (I use skim)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Nutella
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa
  • Tiny pinch of salt

Directions

  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisk all ingredients together until well blended and hot.
  2. Pour in a cup and top with homemade whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place a medium bowl and your beaters from your electric mixer in the freezer for 10 minutes (this helps the whipped cream stiffen faster)
  2. Pour all ingredients into the chilled bowl and start to beat. Start off on low and gradually work your way up to high. It will be done when it is the consistency of ..well…whipped cream. Don’t over beat.


Source: The Hungry House Wife

Recipe :: Christmas Mice


Prep: 1 hr
Chill: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 12 milliliter package semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries with stems, drained and patted dry
  • 36 milk chocolate kisses with stripes
  • Sliced almonds


Directions

  1. Place chocolate pieces in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute or until chocolate is melted, stirring twice.
  2. Hold cherries by the stem and dip, one at a time, in melted chocolate to coat.
  3. Place coated cherries on a large baking sheet. Immediately press the flat bottom of a kiss up against the cherry (forming mouse head).
  4. Insert two almond slices between head and body to form ears.
  5. Use a toothpick dipped in remaining melted chocolate to make eyes. If you like, dot some of the melted chocolate on tip of kiss for nose. (Or, place remaining melted chocolate in a resealable plastic bag; seal. Snip off a very small piece of one corner and pipe on eyes and nose).
  6. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and let chill for 15 minutes or until chocolate is set.
  7. Use a small flat metal spatula or table knife to help remove mice from baking sheet.
  8. Store mice in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Makes about 36 mice.

Recipe :: Honeycrisp Apple Sangria


Ingredients:

  • 2 Honeycrisp apples
  • One 750-milliliter bottle unoaked Chardonnay
  • 1/3 C. peach Schnapps
  • 1/4 C. pisco
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 2 oranges- 1 quartered
  • 1 lemon – quartered
  • 1 lime – quartered
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Club soda
  • Mint sprigs – for garnish


Directions:

  1. Peel, core and chop one of the apples. In a bowl, combine the Chardonnay, Schnapps, pisco and honey. Add the quartered orange, the lemon, lime, cinnamon sticks, the chopped apple, ginger and cloves and refrigerate at least 4 hours. (I let mine sit overnight)
  2. Strain the sangria into a pitcher. Peel, core and finely chop the remaining apple. Peel, section and chop the remaining orange. Mix the apple and orange in a bowl.
  3. On a small plate, blend the sugar and cinnamon. Moisten the rims of wine glasses and dip in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Fill the glasses with ice. Pour in the sangria until three-quarters full. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a spoonful of the chopped apple and orange and a mint sprig.
  4. Should make around 5-6 cups of sangria.


Source: Adapted from Adam Seger & Food and Wine Magazine


I haven't had a chance to try this yet but I am super excited to try it! If you do give it a try I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

Recipes :: Kolaches

Flavors pictured: Cherry, Apricot and Plum

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Butter (1 stick)
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup Flour
  • Jam or preserves (I use Solo's cake & pastry filling)
  • Powder Sugar


Directions:

  1. Mix butter and cream cheese together. (If you don't have a mixer, use a fork till smooth.)
  2. Gradually work in flour.
  3. Gather into a ball. cover & refrigerate till firm.
  4. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  5. Roll out dough onto flour board or pastry cloth until thin.
  6. Cut out 2-inch round circles (I use the smallest tupperware I have. I believe it's a dip container)
  7. Dot center with 1/4 teaspoon of jam.
  8. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet until golden (about 10 minutes)
  9. Sprinkle with powder sugar.


Taste best warm. This should make about 3 dozen.

Recipes :: Oreo Balls


Ingredients:
1 package regular size Oreo cookies, crushed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 package white almond bark
1 package chocolate almond bark
1 hammer or rolling pin

Directions:
1. Put Oreos into large Ziploc baggie and beat to a pulp. [My favorite part!]
2. Using a blender or hand held mixer, mix smashed Oreos and cream cheese together.
3. Roll into walnut size balls.
4. Chill for an hour.
5. Melt approximately 3/4 package of white almond bark.
6. Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark.
7. Allow to harden on wax paper.
8. Takes about 15 min.
9. While waiting, melt about 1/4 package of chocolate almond bark.
10. When Oreo balls are no longer sticky to the touch, decorate with drizzles of chocolate and white almond bark.
11. I just use a sandwich bag with a tiny hole cut in one corner to drizzle the almond bark.

Makes about 40 Oreo Balls.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Recipe :: Crescent Pizza Rolls

So last night for dinner Gregory and I were discussing what we wanted for dinner. We didn't want something that would take a long time to make and left overs just didn't sound appealing. That's about the time I struck an epiphany! I had three tubes of Pillsbury Crescent rolls in my fridge that I'd been dying to make and Greg suggested a frozen pizza why not combine the two? I now present Crescent Pizza Rolls!


Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 8 Pizza Rolls

Ingredients:
  • 1 package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 4 Mozzarella String Cheese (I used the Sargento's brand)
  • 1 jar of traditional pasta sauce (or you can use meat for the meat lover) [I used Prego]
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Italian Season
  • Parmesan Cheese
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut your mozzarella sticks in half.
  3. Layout your crescents on put a small spoon full of pasta sauce on the large side of your crescent. (DO NOT apply sauce to the whole crescent unless you want a HUGE mess on your hangs)
  4. Add your mozzarella  and roll the crescent like usual. 
  5. Once all 8 are rolled baste tops with olive oil, sprinkle Italian seasoning & parmesan cheese on top
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I was nominated for an award you guys! I have to admit I'm pretty excited about it! My awesome sauce friend Jess from Sparkles & Crafts! Thanks so much darling! Starbucks soon?! HAHA!<3

Here are the Liebster Blog Award rules:
  1. Answer the blogger’s eleven questions
  2. Think of eleven questions of your own
  3. Choose eleven worthy bloggers (who have fewer than 200 followers) to interview and pay it forward.

I've come to discover I don't really have a lot of active bloggers I follow with under 200 followers...
I'll have to fix that! However,
I nominate:

Jess's Questions:
1. As a writer, what is one goal you hope to accomplish?      
To share my store with the world. Something goofy, fun or strange is always going on in my life and I love to share!
    
2. Why did you start your blog? 
I started writing a Fashion/Makeup blog (Nski Beauty) to go along with my YouTube channel and wanted to broaden my horizon and start blogging about my life. Plus I figured it be a good way to
remember life and have something to show my children when we have them.
   
3a. What book are you reading currently? 
I'm actually reading a few books at the moment. Nora Roberts: Mysterious & Irish Hearts and Diana Palmer Wyoming Tough
    
3b. Are you enjoying it? 
When I remember that I am reading them and take the time to sit and read I always enjoy it. It's a nice mental reprieve and lets my imagination run wild!
    
4. When you're on a date with your SO, what type of movie are you most likely to see? 
Hmmm, it depends on how pouty I get. LOL If there's a chick flick or something along those lines a bit out pouty lip & batting my eyelashes will get him to sit through the movie. But if we decided to hit the movies for a random date night we usually gravitate towards action movies.
    
5. Other than your SO, who captures your heart? 
CORGIS! Family and friends OH and CORGIS! LOL
    
6. What is your all-time favorite blog post (written by yourself or others)? 
I'd have to say it's my Dresser ReVamp! I was so excited with how it turned out and smiley every morning when I grab a shirt from it!
    
7. How does your SO support you and your writing (if not, why not)? 
Honestly, I think he thinks I'm nuts but that's the recipe for a perfect relationship. You have to love the
 person for who they are and lets face it. I am kind of crazy! HAHA!

8. If you could be in any movie as leading actress, what movie would it be & who is playing your counter part?
Hmmm, I'd have to say Disney's Tangled. A) Who wouldn't love having all that hair?! B) Experiencing
the world with a pair of fresh eyes seems so amazing and C) Because Flynn reminds me so much of
Gregory I crack up every time I watch the movie!

9. What is one trip you hope to go on someday? 
This is the simplest question for me to answer. I have always dreamed of one day going to Paris. I
guess I'm just a sucker for romance. Le Sigh.

10. What advice did your mom give you growing up that stuck with you throughout the years? 
"Don't mess with my babies" I'm always grown up where if anyone messed with me or my sister my mom would throw down the gauntlet. You don't mess with her kids. I'm pretty sure that's why I am the way I am when anyone messes with the people I love. I don't like it and I make it very apparent that I don't.

11. Finish this statement, "Five years ago, I never thought I would..."
Own a house, be engaged playing a wedding and picking out a corgi! LOL

Ann Marie's Questions:
  1. What motivated you to start writing a blog?
  2. Quick you only have 10 minutes before you have to be out the door! What are you HAVE to dos?
  3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  4. What is one of your favorite bloggers?
  5. Instagram? Love or Hate it?
  6. Coffee or Tea?
  7. Cooking or Baking?
  8. Favorite makeup brand?
  9. What is one website you are always on?
  10. What is one of your current goals?
  11. If you could change your name to be anything would you? What would you change it to?

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wedding Planning & New Uggs

I'm happy to say our wedding plans are coming right along! We are waiting for the priest to return from vacation and once we get the go ahead we can confirm to our reception hall! Our fingers are crossed for September 14th! Which works out nicely for us cause we didn't get any of this figured out till this week!

Next on the agenda is to book a date with my wonderful wedding planner Summer of Water Lily Events who also happens to be a good friend of mine and figure out the next step in planning the big day!

After six years I figured my chestnut Uggs deserved a break. As I wear them day in & day out from Autumn till mid Spring. And they survived the "Snowpoclypse of 2011" so it was time for a new pair. And for once Mr. Gregory didn't give me crap about it or the usual "Another pair of shoes?!" My Uggs have proven them self over and over again!

My old car and the mountains of snow!
My 6 year old Chestnut Uggs
When I bought my chestnut uggs back in 2006 and spend $180 or something along those lines at Victoria's Secret. When I finally went to make the purchase I was going to return to Victoria's but discovered they were now $210 in the catalog and $195 online and that's before tax & shipping! OUCH! So I decided to hit the internet and search for a good deal on my new pair. I stumbled upon Cozy Boots an authorized reseller for Ugg offering free shipping & no sales tax! Meaning I only had to pay $195 to get them shipped to my house and they take PayPal! I can handle that!

I chose to go with the chocolate brown pair. I was going to order the grey ones but couldn't resist the chocolate!
Chocolate Uggs

Now I have to pretend to be patient and wait for them to be shipped and at my door so I can start rocking these bad boys!