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Friday, March 29, 2013

Easy 2 Ingredient Ice Cream!


 Simple 2 Ingredient Homemade ice cream...
without an ice cream maker!

If you haven't tried this yet,
I suggest giving it a try!  So yummy and smooth!
It does take planning ahead though...
and sometimes that's a deal breaker! 

Here's what you need.
2 cups Whole cream
1 can Sweet and Condensed Milk
Blend together about 4 minutes until thick and creamy.

Put in a container and freeze overnight.



 Serve it up!

 You might not know that I LOVE to eat with little Gerber baby spoons.
All metal...none of that rubbery tipped junk.
But I will eat all my desserts with an itty bitty spoon!
And if you are me, everything is better smothered in hot fudge sauce!
Add any mixins...or eat plain!




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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Candy Canes in Spring!

 My daughter's dream world would be a giant
Candy Land!
She loves sugary treats!
I decided to try making a giant lollipop!
Could be a fun April Fools day surprise!
 I took a bunch of cheap candy canes and unwrapped them all
And then put them on a baking tray...



 Put them in the oven for about 5 minutes at 350*...
Then they soften up...I took them while still warm and quickly
wrapped them around each other on this foil platter lightly
 misted with non stick spray...

 24 candy canes later...
couldn't figure out how to get the stick to work...so it was just decor.
 She loved it!  And it stuck really well together!




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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5 Fun EGG Ideas!

We love eggs.

We eat a lot of eggs.
And we write messages or draw faces on all the hard cooked eggs,
so we are sure to get the right ones into the hubby's lunch!
Could do something fun for April Fool's!

Check out this Giant monogram I made with egg boxes!


I did an object lesson for some young ladies a while ago...
but it's perfect close to Easter.
I spoke about being clean and pure on the inside as well as the outside.
I hollowed out 2 eggs (I did more just in case they didn't work...)

I poked holes in both ends of the eggs and blew out the yoke and whites.

One egg I rinsed with water and left clean.
The other I used a syringe and filled it with a
 water and cocoa powder sludge.
I swirled it around inside the egg...and taped
over the opening with some duct tape.
I let it dry overnight.  Then I cleaned off the egg.



For the demonstration I held the top and bottom of the egg,
strategically covering the holes.
I cracked open the one that was clean inside first...then spoke about
putting unclean things into our minds and bodies...
and cracked open the filthy egg.
The youth and leaders were shocked to see the
 thick (now dried) brown gunk inside.
Object lesson winner.

And last year I tried cooking eggs in the oven, to see these spotted creature eggs...
now this is not the way I hard cook our eggs...

Hope you know how much we love eggs,
but rarely decorate them for Easter!




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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dehydrated Marshmallows!

 We had lots of hot cocoa during the winter...but this was our favorite treat!
Dehydrated Marshmallows!
Could be a fun April Fool's day surprise!
 Just filled the dehydrator with marshmallows....and turned it on for about 5 hours.
They will still be soft when you turn it off...then you just let it sit for a few hours.
They will harden up and wont be sticky.

 They puff up.
Here's one before and after...

 They are hard and crunchy like
 Marshmallow Matey's or Lucky Charms!

 We just bagged them up and put some
by all our Hot Cocoa fixin's!  :)
They aren't as rubbery as "stale" marshmallows...try it!  :)



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Monday, March 25, 2013

April Fool's Day Cupcakes!


These cupcakes are the PERFECT
April Fool's Day Lunch or Dinner!

 My daughter was born on April 1st, so we take our
pranks seriously in this house!
 Okay,
The cupcakes are actually Meatloaf!
Even though it seemed fairly obvious to me, I just told the
 family to come for cupcakes...and NO questions were asked.
  It played off perfectly, and everyone was tricked!  
Here's how to do it!

Our meatloaf recipe, we love it!

Mix:
1.5-2 lbs extra lean ground beef
2/3 cup oats
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp chicken seasoning
2 eggs
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 chopped onion
1 stick sliced green onion

stir together...hope this picture doesn't gross you out!  :)
 
 I filled plain white cupcake liners with meatloaf.
The meat is not like cake...it's not going to rise at all, in fact,
it sinks in a little...so fill it up!

Bake for 45 minutes at 350*

Let them cool slightly.

In the meantime mix up some mashed potatoes.
I used real potatoes, peeled them, boiled them and mixed them up...
you can use instant too!

Just add a couple drops of pink food coloring.
I use that neon pink, it's the perfect frosting color!
 
Scoop generous amount of the potato frosting onto the meatcakes!

For serving, I put the entire meatloaf cake into a new cupcake liner...
the first one is pretty soaked with meat grease and so 
it helps for presentation!  You could put little 
decorations on it or whatever!

This was a huge hit at my house!
It even surprised my husband, who was expecting a fluffy sherbet
 frosting and chocolate cupcakes!
So, high 5!

Hope you enjoyed the prank!  Try it out on your family!  :)



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Friday, March 22, 2013

Reversible Fabric Shoulder Bags!

Here's how to make a GREAT reversible bag!
Just print it off and tape it together...then cut it out.
You'll need 2 contrasting fabrics for ultimate cuteness.
(I didn't sew in any darts...)

Cut 2 of each fabric on the fold to make this shape.
Put the right sides together of each fabric and sew the rounded edge...
I zig-zag the edge to prevent fraying.

Do that to both...like this
Take 1 of the fabrics and turn it right side out.
Then fit that one inside the other one...this way the "rightsides" are together.
Line it up straight...

Now you are going to sew the 2 layers together.
Around the "neckline" and the "armpits" and the "backline"
Leave the top 3 inches of the straps unsewn.
Then cut little snips around the rounded edges.
Take care not to cut the stitches.  This will allow
 the fabric to lay flat inside that rounded edge.
Like this.
Now you are going to open up one of the straps...like this
And start pushing the entire bag through that strap.
It feels like it's not going to fit, just work it out slowly...
Keep going...
Until you get it all turned right side out!
Yay!
Work it out so that all 4 straps are out and flat...
and stuff one of the fabrics inside the bag.
All right sides showing!
Should look like this.
Now, this part can be tricky.
Take the top 2 straps...yellow chevron and pin them together
 (right sides together).
Then take the next layer and pin them together.
Continue onto the the back 2 layers.
Your bag should look like this so far.
Then sew a stitch across the straps where you have them pinned!

Then you just need to pin under the edges of the straps.
Then iron the straps.
Then sew that edge all the way around the bag straps...
Finished! 
Isn't it adorable?
You'll want to make a bunch now!
I got this bag insert from Amazon for $4...and it fits perfectly!
And matches!
  I used up lots of scraps and made 12 bags!




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