Friday, July 30, 2010

Five On Friday

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Check out this trash to treasure find, Brittany, at Pretty Handy Girl transformed from sad to fab! Upholstering Little Bench-A sweet spot to land just made me smile! I'm always amazed at the remakes I see, and this is an no exception. She's just completed a trashy chair she found..."Daisy"! Another fabulous idea from Brittany, Hanging Jar Storage in her garage, is a neat treat for all of us! One of my new favorite blogs for go, and please tell her I sent you!

Char at Crap I've Made is celebrating Christmas in July! She shares a gift idea all of us would appreciate, Flat Iron Travel Pouch Tutorial. Ho! Ho! Ho!...I'm so not there, but I will be soon!


This isn't the first Ironing Board Cover I've seen, but it is the cutest! With her soldier off training, Nicole at Whimsy lane crafts is busy making-over her laundry space. She shows us step-by-step just how it's done in her Laundry Closet Makeover-Part 5. I'm off to find 2 yards of fabric today!

Two lucky boys at Leanne's house got this Back-to-School Survival Kit this last week. It sure seems early to hit the books, but their Mom knows how to Organize and Decorate Everything. Here's the cute love note, and you'll want to see the contents of her sweet survival kit!

Isn't this colorful Trip Around the World quilt, set on-point, just smashing? Rita at Red Pepper Quilts shares how she quilted it for a Down Under Doll Quilt Swap #1. Head on down to see how pretty the back is too!

Have an inspired weekend all!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Snickers Bars

Well, HELLO there.  If you're looking for a ridiculously rich finish...chewy and sinfully rich...

Well look no further...Hello Snickers Bars will meet all of your needs!

Cool and cut into 16 squares...and try to remember to breathe!

Snickers Bars
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup chocolate wafers, crushed
  • 1 cup caramel, melted
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
Melt 1 stick of butter in a square 8x8 pan. Layer over this chocolate wafer crumbs, caramel, peanuts, chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes, (350 for a glass pan). Cool and cut into 16 squares.

Ah ha: I dreamed these up for my guy who sneaks Snickers Candy Bars on occasion. I baked mine at 350 instead of 325, forgetting all the rules with a dark pan. They were too crunchy around the edges. Also, the caramel makes them sticky and hard to cut in the pan. Next time I will line my pan with parchment paper, let the bars cool and then lift them out (with the parchment) and cut them into squares on a flat cutting board.

Try to dream low-carb and remember how many you've eaten...please come back!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

and i quote

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."
~Rachel Carson~

Monday, July 26, 2010

Summertime Tuna Salad

Our flowers are at their peak right now. Give me color and bring on the bees!

Another favorite, lacy, golden, dill blossoms, smell heavenly!

Delicious dill is prolific now along with zucchini and cilantro...lovin' it! Our season is so short here that I enjoy every minute of summer's goodness. I wanted a light salad, similar to Susan's Chicken Salad, and with dill from my garden I made this light and fresh Summertime Tuna Salad.

It's cool and yummy too and there's no need for a long how to here.  Just use what you have or like with good canned tuna...yup, it has to be quality, white albacore, water-packed. If it's fishy, it's a no go around here!

I mixed albacore tuna, celery, dill pickle, grape tomatoes, red onion, dill and mayonnaise together with a little fresh lemon juice. I chilled it for about 1 hour and then served it on a bed or green leaf and romaine lettuce, garnished with dill blossoms, whole grape tomatoes, avocado and toasted sunflower seeds. This is one of our favorite summer meals ever! Hope you'll enjoy it too.

 Summertime Tuna Salad
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans white albacore tuna, drained
  • 2 large dill pickles, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, fine dice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced
  • 1 lb. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large lettuce (romaine or red leaf are ideal)
  • 2 avocados
  • sunflower seeds to garnish
Combine tuna and vegetables in a mixing bowl. Gently fold in mayonnaise, lemon juice and add salt and pepper to serve. Serve on a lettuce bed. Garnish with avocado, whole grape tomatoes, and sunflower seeds. Makes 4 servings.

Sending sunshine your way!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Five On Friday

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Got an extra rain gutter on hand? If not, you'll want one like Jacqueline. She's posted one of the best party desserts ever. You'll love the how to and results posted at Purple Chocolat Home for this ingenious Pig's Trough For a Crowd. I'm already planning to make it for an upcoming family reunion and getting ready for an uproar, including some snorting!
You'll never want to buy a bow again! Oh, you can buy the cheap ones that are smashed and crinkled, but why would you? My fabulously fun friend, Debbie at Words On Wheels, admits to having a problem common to many of us. Adventures in Hoarding Part 2: Bow Making will have you tied in knots and you'll learn a new trick. Don't need bows? Go find out what is happening to all of your missing scissors!

Need a summer party and some buzzzzz? Bird at Bird Crafts creates the most amazing party ideas. You'll want to buzz by her Honey-Bee Day Party . It's just bee-utiful, and sweet for any occasion!

Recently I picked up some fabric on a whim! I just fell madly in love and had to have it. Looking for a perfect pattern, I was delighted to stumble on One More Mixtape Quilt at, Oh Fransson! by Elizabeth Hartman. Well designed, the pattern includes 3 different block sizes for 4",6" and 8" squares, and 3 different layouts for a total of 9 quilt patterns in one! I have the fabric, and bought the 19 page PDF pattern (it's awesome and I received it in 1 hour). I am excited to get started! Anybody want to quilt along?

Let's wrap up this week with Valerie, at Frugal Family Fun Blog is saving money and having fun with her little ones this summer using paint and potatoes! I remember doing this when I was young and we made Christmas cards and teacher thank you notes. Make a merry memory, bright and cheery, Watermelon Wrapping Paper makes a gift almost too cute to open!

Have an inspired weekend all!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Zucchini and Cheese Casserole

Our zucchini squash is coming on like gangbusters! Thank heavens cause there's so many great ways to use it...
I can't remember...I think we combined my grandmother's recipe plus my mother-in-law's concoction and it became one of our favorite dishes...
Zucchini and Cheese Casserole
Yesterday we celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. I married a gem of a guy and we laughed a lot. It's been quite a ride together! Some days, "It's been for the birds!" However, mostly it's been wonderful, challenging, so blessed, and adventurous!

Everyday this beautiful pair of doves visits my garden. It's been amazing to see how they look out for and care for each other. I love their soft cooing and how peaceful they are compared to my squabbling finches. They remind me to be better when it comes to caring for and showing love to my guy.

I wanted to fix a special dinner for us and with all the zucchini growing daily, I decided to use it in our cheesy casserole. Know that you can use almost any veggie that you like, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, corn with green chilies is yummy. Just use the basic ingredients and customize it. I also like to combine favorite veggies. We really enjoy here it is!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. You need about 2 pounds of vegetables, about 5 squash. Dice the onion and slice the squash. You can also dice or grate the squash...your choice!

Throw it in a covered pan and add water. Bring it to a boil and then simmer about 4 minutes until it's tender crisp.

Drain and cool in a colander for about 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and marjoram. Add two eggs and whisk together until smooth. Add remaining two eggs and milk. Whisk it together well.

Add the cooled veggies to the egg milk mixture.

Gently add the cornflakes...

Then the cheddar cheese.

Spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray. Pour all combined mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes till the center is set.
Casserole should be bubbly and light golden brown around the edges. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.
I usually serve it with a green salad and fruit. I also serve it with grilled chicken and a rice pilaf for all of my carb eaters...
but our favorite special occasion treat is a grilled rib-eye steak...grilled by, you guessed it, the best in the West! Here's to 37 more years of cheesy love...

Zucchini and Cheese Casserole
  • 2 pounds of zucchini, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. marjoram, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, ground
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Slice and dice squash and onion. Throw it in a large covered pan with 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for about 4 minutes until tender-crisp. Drain and cool in a colander for 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and marjoram. Add two of the eggs and mix till smooth. Add 2 more eggs and milk and mix well. Gently add cornflakes and then cheddar cheese. Spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray. Pour veggie mixture into it and bake in a 325 degree for 45 to 55 minutes, till set. It should be bubbly and light brown around the edges. Let set for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Lots of love to my best!