Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pantry Purge Cake and Recent Recipes

Recipe #174 - Hot and Spicy Sausage Dip from SweetLittleBlueBird:  I apologize for the lack of picture of this, I had one last-minute chance to take a picture before it got taken away to be served at a pot-luck, but trust me, this is WAY more delicious than it looks.  This sausage dip is everything you love about sausage balls, in a cheesy, creamy dip form.  I made this for a school event.  I made it the night before, then re-heated it in the crock pot the next day before our meeting. It was gone before I even got a chance to have any, but I had a feeling that would happen and I snuck some the night before. Yummy yummy!

Recipe #175 - Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese from food52: I don't have a picture of this dish. I made it for a Memorial Day barbeque, and it was pretty good, but not absolutely spectacular. I have to say the bread on top was different, but definitely added an extra crunchy aspect to the mac and cheese that people seemed to like, but it didn't re-heat very well.

Recipe #176 - Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken from rockrecipes:  I'm working on cleaning out our massive stock of food before I go and buy more, and this recipe was chosen because it was made with everything we already had in the house.  It was pretty easy (not as easy as my usual meal of a bowl of pasta) and absolutely delicious! Fiance liked the chicken alone without the sauce, so I had extra sauce left over. I had chicken nuggets the
 next day and it was just as good!

Recipe #177 - Easy Addicting Corn from BudgetSavvyDiva: This corn was yummy, but I prefer just plain 'ol corn on the cob. Worth a try... it's easy and a use of that bag of corn in your packed freezer!

Recipe #178 - Chicken with Feta Cheese Sauce from Garnishwithlemon: If there is one food I love more than anything it is feta cheese. Okay, not really, but I love feta cheese a lot... and this recipe was delicious! It was a chicken with a creamy, delicious feta cheese sauce. I had tons of sauce leftover even though I used a ton, so I'm putting it on pasta tonight to make a different kind of mac and cheese. Yum!

Recipe #179 - Pantry Purge Cake: This is my masterpiece.  As I said, I'm working hard to clean out the pantry, and I had a box of cake mix and some chocolate frosting in there.  Now, it just seemed to boring to make a simple cake, so I made an extreme pantry purge cake.

First, I made the box cake in two 9" rounds.

Next, I melted a bunch of chocolate chips and peanut butter together to make this deliciousness:

Then I added some powdered sugar to make a true frosting.

I added that mix to the top of one layer, really thick, and cooled it in the refrigerator.  It turned into a delicious fudge-like substance.

Next, I mixed some peanut butter in with the container of frosting to add some bulk and flavor to it. I then covered the two layers in the store-bought frosting mix.

Finally, I finished it off with piped frosting and melted peanut butter drizzle.  What a work of art!

Now... the taste.  The cake was SO dry, it was a horrible mix! Everything else (MY creations) were delicious though!

American Flag Shorts - DIY!

Did I mention it's summer? I don't think I did. Well, it's summer... and that nice, relaxing time that I've been looking forward to for 9 months very quickly turned into boredom and loneliness.  What do teachers do over the summer pre-family?

Well, I may have a gap for a few more years, but I am happy to fill that gap with crafts. I finally have time to do all those silly things that I saw on pinterest and never got around to.  Not only do I love doing it, but it gives me a focus during my empty days.

Are you rolling your eyes and saying 'Poor Baby' yet?

So, I saw these adorable American Flag Shorts on pinterest from tumblr, and I knew just how easy they would be to make... so I did!

First thing I did was start with some white shorts.

Then, I cut out a star shape on cardstock with the cricut, and I traced the stars on the left pocket in regular, ballpoint pen.

I also drew lines on the right pocket using a ruler.

Then, I painted.  Just plain 'ol fabric paint and a paintbrush.  It took a little patience to paint all around those star shapes, but overall the whole project took about 30 minutes and they are my new favorite shorts!!!

 I'm ready for summer, are you!?

Baby Month Onesies

Tiny nose, 10 fingers, 10 toes, puffy cheeks and bright red lips... it's baby time again!!

Another friend had a baby recently, and even through my startling realization that I'm in the age group where this is normal, I was still able to put together a baby gift and ship it her way.

I decided to make the month-by-month Onesies that I've not only seen on pinterest, but I've seen quite a few facebook pictures of different variations of month-by-month pictures. I thought this was a really cute way of doing it.

Just as a warning to all my beloved family and friends, when it comes time for my baby, you WILL be getting a monthly pregnancy picture, as well as a monthly report on the baby's likes, dislikes, height, weight, and stages.  I don't care that you don't care and I don't care that my 2-month-old probably likes the same things that every other baby likes.

Anyways, I really liked the idea of this, and at first I was going to just make them with the Cricut and iron-on vinyl, but they only carried 3 colors of iron-on vinyl at Michaels, and none of those colors were ones that I wanted.  Yes, I could have ordered it online, but then I wouldn't have the instant gratification that I so desire.

Plan B.  Fabric.  My new plan was to just buy heat-bond, cut out different numbers in different colors and patterns of scrap fabric, and iron them on.  Well, The first month worked like a charm, then I just could not get the Cricut to cut any other fabric.  It might not have been sticky enough (it would have taken an extra 30 minutes to re-stick it, thus, no instant gratification.  I'm not sure what the problem was, but the only fabric that would cut was the first one I tried.

Plan C. Use all the same fabric and pretend it looks as cute as the picture in my mind.

So, first thing I did was cut a rectangle of fabric and iron it flat, then I cut the heat-bond down to the same size and ironed it on the back.  Then, I stuck it on the cricut mat, set my cricut to the highest pressure and depth and lowest speed, and cut out the numbers and words.  Then, I was able to iron them right onto the onesies.

At the end, I decided to add some cute polka-dots to all the shirts to make them a little cuter.

Of course, I couldn't leave the gift there. I had to make some Personalized Baby Bottles inspired by Etsy.  It's amazing all the different things a machine and some vinyl can do!