Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Caramel Pretzel Rods

After trial and error I finally made one of my favorite treats! Caramel Pretzel Rods! Here is what I used.

-Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzel Twists(you could use any type of Pretzel you want)
-Kraft Caramels
-White Vanilla Coating(They are disc shaped. I found mine at a cooking specialty store. I tired white chocolate chips, but they would not melt for me)
-Milk Chocolate Coating
-Sprinkles

For melting the caramel I just followed the directions on the back of the bag of caramels for making caramel apples. Once my caramel was melted then I dipped the pretzels in the caramel half way and then put them on a greased piece of wax paper. Once the pretzels were cooled I melted my white chocolate for thirty seconds in the microwave and then checked it. I would also stir the chocolate after I checked it. I kept following this process until all the chocolate was melted. Then I dipped the caramel covered pretzels in the white chocolate and set them on a greased piece of wax paper. If you want to put sprinkles on your pretzel rods then do it right after you dip them in white chocolate. If you want to drizzle chocolate on them wait until the white chocolate has cooled before you do that! To drizzle your milk chocolate just dip a fork in your melted chocolate and then move it back and forth over the pretzel rods.

It is fun to add sprinkles for holidays. I did these for the 4th of July! They are an easy and cute treat to take someone.
{Whitney}

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Check it Out

Have you noticed that we have recently reorganized our recipe links on our side bar? Hopefully it will better help you find what you are looking for.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Advertising Update

We have updated our advertising information on our blog. Click on the Advertising link at the top of our site to see our options and rates if you are interested in promoting your business.

Weekly Menu

Monday: Parmesan Chicken, Rice, Green Beans

Tuesday: Mexican Casserole, Chips and Salsa

Wednesday: Stroganoff, Green Beans, Rolls

Thursday: Southwest Egg Rolls, Chips and Salsa

Friday: Baked Potato and Chili

Saturday: Eating Out

Sunday: Going to Parent's house to eat..taking Fudge Striped Cookie Salad

{Whitney}

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Organizing Your Scrapbook Scraps

I really like to keep my scraps of paper if there is enough left to do something with it (card or gift tag). I used to keep the scraps in a shoe box, but they would always get bent and didn't fit the best. I found these containers at Michaels and love them! They are 12X12 so my papers never get bent. I have one for solid papers and one for pattern papers. They make it nice to see what scraps I have. Love organizing!
{Whitney}

Friday, June 25, 2010

Blog Swap with Oopsey Daisy

I am super excited that Whitney and Alish let me take over their beautiful blog today. When I need inspiration, I know I can find it here! I will do my best to fill their gigantic and adorable shoes today.






I am Alison, the crazy lady behind Oopsey Daisy. Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. Now I am a stay-at-home Mom, and I love to make things for the people I love. This is my inspiration:








I am lucky to be married to a wonderful man who lets me go craft-crazy! And my Little Man inspires a lot of creativity. He keeps me insanely busy so I relish any time he's sleeping. Naptime and bedtime are craft time at my house.








I make lots of messes, pull out lots of stitches, and "Oopsey Daisy" is the name of my game! Here is just a snippet of what you might find on my blog:








Quiet book ideas like this Mr. Potato Head:













Delicious and easy recipes like these snickerdoodle muffins:









Fun learning activities for kids, like this Old McDonald barn and animals:













EASY sewing projects like this denim ruffled table runner:









A banner for every occasion like this red, white, and blue star garland:











Family Home Evening ideas like this Family Love game with free download (game board and cards):













Gift ideas like these M&M Bowties with printable tags:














Did you enjoy your own personal tour? I hope so! Oh man, that was fun! Ladies, thanks so much for letting me skip over to your blog for a day. I hope you will join me for more Oopsey Daisy fun. Every day is an adventure! Come by and say hello!






Thursday, June 24, 2010

Red, White and Blue Kabobs

These festive kabobs will be great for any 4th of July party!

They are quick and easy!

Things you need:

skewers
blueberries
chocolate chips
sprinkles
strawberries
marshmallows(I found the star marshmallows at Walmart)

I just melted the chocolate chips in the microwave. Then I dipped some of the marshmallows and fruit in the chocolate and put sprinkles on them. I let them sit for a few minutes and then put them on the skewers. Told you it was easy! Hope you all have a Happy 4th!

{Whitney}

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chocolate Marshmallow Pillows

I found this recipe on Betty Crocker. These cookies are so good. They remind me of rocky road brownies. I love anything with chocolate, nuts and gooey marshmallows.

Chocolate Marshmallow Pillows

Cookies

1

pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) double chocolate chunk cookie mix

1/4

cup vegetable oil

2

tablespoons water

1

egg

2/3

cup chopped pecans

12

large marshmallows, cut in half

Frosting

1

cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)

1/3

cup whipping cream

1

teaspoon butter or margarine

1

teaspoon vanilla

1/2

cup powdered sugar









Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, oil, water, egg and pecans until soft dough forms.


On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart.


Bake 7 minutes. Remove from oven; immediately press marshmallow half lightly, cut side down, on top of cookie. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or just until marshmallows begin to soften. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.


Meanwhile, in 1-quart nonstick saucepan, melt chocolate chips over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Add whipping cream, butter and vanilla; blend well. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth.


Spread frosting over each cooled cookie, covering marshmallow. Let stand until frosting is set.


From Betty Crocker

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Flirty Aprons Winner!

The Flirty Aprons winner is:

Randi who said... I visited their site and love all of them (I adore aprons) but if I had to choose I would pick the frosted cupcake one.


Congrats!

Remember you can receive 20% of any regular priced Woman's apron by entering the code FA202010. Code expires July 15th.

Wedding Cards

Last Month we did wedding cards for our theme for the month! Good thing we did because it is definitely wedding season and I have gotten lots of invites!



{Whitney}

Monday, June 21, 2010

WeeklyMenu

Monday: Skillet Lasagna and green salad

Tuesday: Tacos and fruit salad

Wednesday: Poppy seed chicken over rice and veggie

Thursday: Grilled Salmon Packets

Friday: Sloppy Joes and chips

Saturday: Chicken and fried rice

Sunday: Dutch oven BBQ chicken and Potatoes

Click on links for the recipes.

{Alish}

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summer Skirt

I am not much of a sewer, but a bunch of my friends and I made these skirts. I was feeling so proud of myself when it was finished. It turned out darling. It were originally created by Dana @ Made. Go HERE for more information and for the pattern.

{Alish}

Friday, June 18, 2010

Father's Day Card

Here is a last minute Father's Day card idea. It seems like it is hard to me to make cards that are for men! I guess it just the girl in me! Happy Father Day to all the dads out there!

{Whitney}

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad

I just LOVE this dessert. This is not a very good photo, but trust me it is YUMMY!

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad


Crust:
2 cups crushed pretzels
2 Tablespoons Sugar
3/4 cups Melted Butter

Press in pan and bake at 350 for fifteen minutes.

Filling:

Combine
1 package cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 9 oz container Cool Whip

Spread on the pretzel layer.


Topping:
1 Large box Raspberry Jello
2 Cups boiling water
1 bag frozen raspberries


Dissolve Jello in boiling water and then add raspberries. Allow to cool before adding spreading on the cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate for at least four hours.


{Alish}

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Vinyl Winner

We picked two winners and one did not get back to us. So, the other winner of the $35.00 Gift Certificates to Staker Sensations is:


Carol who said... There are so many cute things in Shannon's Etsy shop, but I really like the Large Topiary tree, it would look great in my kitchen!

Contact us by Friday or else we will pick someone new!
2sisterzstuff@gmail.com

Flirty Apron Give Away


Flirty Aprons is doing a giveaway and giving one of our lucky readers their choice of an apron!


How to win:

Add our NEW button to your side bar (1 entry)
Visit Flirty Aprons and tell us what you would love to win. (1 entry)
Follow Sisters' Stuff (1 entry)
Purchase an apron from Flirty Aprons (5 entries)

Leave your e-mail with each entry!


Be sure to follow All rules to win the give away!
Good Luck!
Winner will be announced on June 22

Flirty Aprons also has a coupon that you can use for 20% off any regular priced apron! Just enter code FA202010! Code expires July 15!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Flip Flop Puffs Tutorial


We are excited about this fun summer tutorial from:
Raychel Kennedy from My Creative Way



As you know, I love tulle :D


I haven't had any new tulle projects lately so here is my newest one.






You will need:



  • Tulle



  • Scissors



  • Measuring Tape



  • Flip Flops










  • Cut your tulle at 6 inches.








  • You will need 40 strands of tulle.










  • Simply tie 2 strands of tulle at a time around the strap in a knot.




  • Continue around the strap until you have a total of 10 knots.




  • Do 10 more knots on the other flip flop.






Have fun and change it up.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weekly Menu

Monday: Spaghetti, Green Salad, Garlic Bread

Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner! Waffles, Eggs, Ham

Wednesday: Tacos, Chips and Salsa

Thursday: Wild Rice Soup, Rolls

Friday: Shake n' Bake Chicken, Rice, Green Beans

Saturday: Mexican Casserole, Salad, Chips and Salsa

Sunday: Roast, Potatoes, Gravy, Corn, Rolls

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Staker Sensations Vinyl Giveaway Winners!

The two winners of the $35.00 Gift Certificates to Staker Sensations are:

Lil' Luna who said... I checked out the etsy shop and would love my child's silhouette!

and

shan19 who said... I love the butterfly growth chart. My daughter loves anything with butterflies!


Please e-mail us before Wednesday or else we will pick a new winner! 2sisterzstuff@gmail.com

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tithing Jars/ Piggy Banks

I wanted to make my kids some small and inexpensive tithing jars.
Here are the the results.
These could also be used for:
piggy banks
small collections
reward system

Here are the cans looked like before I began. The wrappers had been removed.
I took small cans that were previously used for nuts.
I washed them out. Then mod podged on scrapbook paper. I mod podged on a large circle of card stock to the top of the lid and cut a slit with an exacto knife large enough to fit coins. I add ribbon for a final touch. They are small, match their rooms and are working great so far.
{Alish}

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baby Lollipop

I recently went to a baby shower for my sister-in-law who is expecting a baby boy! I saw this tutorial and thought it was adorable! The original tutorial was for a receiving blanket, but I just used a burp cloth instead. I think it turned out cute and looked great on top of her gift! I used cellophane instead of shrink warp because I already had it on hand.
Can't wait to make more of these!



{Whitney}

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to enter the Staker Sensations Give Away! She has a some great stuff and you could win a credit to her etsy shop!

Go here to enter!

Hawaiian Haystacks

We have been asked to share our Hawaiian Haystacks recipe with you. These are really easy to make and everyone is happy because they can add their own toppings.
It is not much of a recipe, more of just a how to.

I actually make Hawaiian Haystacks 2 different ways.

1. My favorite way to make them is with a homemade gravy and left over chicken. I cook a whole chicken in the crock pot and we will eat that for a meal. Then the next day, I will make a gravy from the drippings and add left over bits of chicken meat to the gravy to serve over the rice.

2. When I want to make Hawaiian Haystacks,but have not cooked a whole chicken. I just put chicken tenders in the crockpot and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup. I will let this cook on low for 4-6 hours and use this to serve over the rice.

Both ways are really simple. This is a quick and easy meal that my family loves.

Basically all you do is cook the rice. Serve rice with chicken and gravy and each person can add their own toppings.

Some of our favorite toppings.

I usually just use toppings that we have around the kitchen.

Toppings can include:
shredded cheddar cheese
pineapple tidbits
sliced olives
diced green onion
chopped celery
shredded coconut
slice almonds
diced fresh mushroom
Chow mien noodles
diced tomatoes
peas
mandarin oranges
raisins
diced green pepper
corn
or anything else that you think would be good

{Alish}

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Father's Day Pop Bottles

I made this for Father's day and it was so fun! I had a hard time finding pop bottles that were clear. I ended up finding them at K-mart. I downed the pop and then got to decorating them(after washing them out of course). I found great directions and a place where I could print out the already made labels, here! I did a few things different..like make my own front label and I didn't spray paint the inside of my box. I also didn't use the chipboard labels for the mini tags. I just punched a hole in them and attached them with small leather string. Although I took a few shortcuts I still think it turned out cute! Can't wait for Father's day so I can give this away!



{Whitney}

Monday, June 7, 2010

Weekly Menu

Monday: Sloppy Joes, veggies with dip

Tuesday: Cajun Chicken Pasta

Wednesday: Southwestern Egg Rolls

Thursday: Whole Chicken (in the crock pot), rice pilaf, veggie

Friday: Bean & Cheese Burritos

Saturday: Skillet Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad

Sunday: Grilled Chicken Brushetta, Potatoes, Veggie, Cool & Creamy Fruit Salad

{Alish}

Saturday, June 5, 2010

StakerSensations Give Away





Get ready for a great give away!


StakerSensations

Two lucky winners will win a $35.oo towards anything they would like from
Shannon's Etsy store. Here are a couple of cute things that she sells.



Check out her etsy store HERE.
Check out her craft site HERE.

How to win:


add our NEW button to your side bar (1 entry)
Visit Shannon's etsy store and tell us what you would love to win. (1 entry)
Follow Shannon's craft site (1 entry)
Purchase something from Shannon (5 entries)

Leave you e-mail with each entry!


Be sure to follow All rules to win the give away!
Good Luck!
Winner will be announced on June 12th.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Blog Swap with Tonii

Hello fellow Sisters Stuff Fans!! My name is Tonii and I am the wife to an amazing husband and mother to 3 of the cutest little munchkins around!

My blog originally started like many, with the hope of journaling these years of my young family and keeping in touch with friends. However, as I kept finding more and more inspiration on other blogs, I decided to post some of the things I am trying to do in my life to not only cut the chaos, but to also try and find joy in the journey :)I am ridiculously thrilled to be doing a blog swap with these talented gals, hopefully my little blog can give you a few ideas on ways to get organized, fun parties to throw, or simple activities to enjoy those kiddos just a little bit more! :) Here are some of my favorite posts:

Trying to think of an inexpensive, creative way to make the Little Princess in your life have a special start to her special day? Check out my post on creating a Princess Cereal Breakfast Bash, she will love it!



http://ptskjohnson.blogspot.com/2010/05/cutting-chaos-week-6.html


I am also constantly trying to find ways to simplify my life so I can get more organized and see the blessings and joy all around me. Check out this post where I share some of my favorite systems that have made our house run much, much smoother! :)

http://ptskjohnson.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-love-me-plan.html

One more thing I am really passionate about is enjoying the time I have with my children, and at the same time teaching them in fun creative ways! We try to pick a theme each week and do corresponding activities and crafts, this weeks was on of my favorites, Nutrition Week! :)

http://ptskjohnson.blogspot.com/2008/08/nutrition-week.html

I hope you will stop by my blog anytime, and follow me on my adventures as I try to Cut the Chaos in my life, one day at a time! Thanks again Sisters Stuff!