Friday, December 31, 2010

Super Saturday Ideas

I went to my mother's Church activity where they did a Super Saturday. I thought I would share a couple of ideas because I know people are always looking for Super Saturday ideas. Here are a few things that I did.

Reusable Bags. They got the material at JoAnns
Charm Necklaces-I made this one for my daughter. I am not sure where they got these, but I would just search online if you are interested! Everyone just brought their own paper or material. Then we put a clear gloss over them.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Banana Crumb Muffins

These muffins and so yummy for breakfast or a snack. Our family loves them. I found this recipe online somewhere, but can not remember where.

Banana Crumb Muffins

1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking pd. 2 Tbsp. flour
½ tsp salt 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
3 mashed bananas 1 Tbsp. butter
¾ cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup melted butter
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fill muffin tin with muffin papers.

Mix flour, baking soda, baking pd, and salt. Then add bananas, sugar, egg, melted butter and nuts. Spoon batter into muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. flour, cinnamon. Cut in 1 Tbsp. butter until resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Name Board

Our little sister is headed off to college this year. We really wanted to make her something for her dorm room. She is going to decorate it in black, white, and lime green. So we made her something a little funky!
This project was really easy! We just got a black frame with glass in it. We applied the vinyl we got from Staker Sensations. We glued fabric to the back of the frame. Then we finished it off by gluing on some ribbon and a satin flower. I am sure it will look great in her new room!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Buttermilk Brownies

These are a cake like brownie that are great with a side of vanilla ice cream.

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk

Sift sugar, flour and cocoa together in bowl. In sauce pan, bring water, butter and oil to boil. Pour over dry ingredients and beat until creamy. Add buttermilk, soda and eggs. Beat thoroughly. Bake in grease sheet cake pan for about 18 minutes at 400 degrees. Frost warm brownies with the following frosting.

1/2 cup butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1/3 cup buttermilk
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Weekly Menu

Monday: Sour Cream Enchiladas, Chips and Salsa

Tuesday: Hawaiian Haystacks with Rice and Toppings!

Wednesday: Wendy's Chili, Cornbread

Thursday: Steak, Baked Potato, Onion Soup Potatoes

Friday: New Years Eve Party!!!

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Shake n' Bake Chicken, Red Potatoes, Corn


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Breakfast Sandwich Casserole

Lindsay from Our Family Treat Shares a yummy recipe with our readers!

One of our favorite traditions we adopted from my husbands grandmother. Now, this is not your typical cut up, soggy bread casserole. This is so so good! Grandma Pat would start the breakfast casserole every Christmas morning bright and early, before any
gifts were opened. As the festivities began, the smell of the breakfast became almost unbearable. She passed away only a couple of days before Christmas of 2001, and I never got a chance to meet her, Grandma Pat's breakfast casserole remains one of our favorite
Butter all 12 slices of bread. Place 6 slices, butter side down in a 9 x 13 pan (be sure to spray the pan with Pam first).
Then add grated cheese, meat and a veggie. This particular casserole had cheddar cheese, ham and onion. However, we also make a pepper jack cheese, sausage and green pepper casserole as well that is just as delish (just be sure to brown the sausage before adding to the casserole)!
Then layer with the other slices of bread-butter side up. Then top with eggs. Be sure to get all the bread covered with the egg. Cover with foil and place in the fridge over night.
In the morning (before the kids wake you up to open presents) put this in the oven at 350. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to it is perfect while you unwrap and play with all your new goodies! About an hour into the baking process, remove the foil so that the bread had toast. Once it is nice and brown, remove and serve!DELISH!
Breakfast Casserole

12 slices of bread
18 oz of grated cheese
1 pound of your favorite meat
8-10 Eggs
Salt and Pepper

Directions: Butter all slices of bread. Place 6 slices of bread, buttered side down. Then top with grated cheese, meat and veggies. Then place the other 6 slices of bread, buttered side up on the top. Beat 8-10 eggs in a bowl, with salt and pepper. Pour the eggs over the whole casserole...make sure to get all the bread covered with eggs. Cover the pan in foil and refrigerate over night. Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours (30 of which is without the foil).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Summer Sweets Winner is..........

Rachael who said...

I would LOVE to win the two vintage zipper clips. I've seen plenty of those clips/headbands and keep wondering where the "flower" for them even come from. SUPER cute idea!!! :)

Congrats Rachael!!!

An early Christmas gift for you!

12 Days of Christmas

Stephanie from Somewhat Simple is sharing a great gift idea for that person who is hard to buy for-OUR HUSBANDS!

Thanks Stephanie, this is so clever!!

In 2008 my husband and I were HORRIBLE at making time to spend just the 2 of us, so I came up with the idea to pre-plan a date night for every month in 2009. I chose dates we probably would not have chosen to do had we decided on the fly to go out, which is usually what we did. Things like going to a comedy club or miniature golfing- all fun activities, but not something we ever made plans to do. When I gave him this for Christmas, I just printed it out on plain white paper and stapled the corners of each page- TOTALLY boring! Today, in preparation for this post, I jazzed it up a bit and made them into coupons you can print and cut and staple together to make a coupon book. Feel free to copy any or all of these and give them to your special someone this year for Christmas. Maybe it will spark your creativity enough for you to come up with some of your own as well! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea

This is what I am giving to friends this year for Christmas. It was really easy to put together and I think it will be something that they can use up! I like that I could put them together ahead of time and that they are easy to deliver! I got the spatula and muffin cups at JoAnns.
Can't wait to deliver them!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Weekly Menu

Monday: Skillet Lasagna and green salad

Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner: pancakes and bacon

Wednesday: Tacos

Thursday: Potato soup and rolls

Friday: Appatizers: Queso dip and chips, potato skins, relish tray, brushetta

Saturday: Ham, cheesy potatoes, rolls, veggie, cool and creamy and chocolate pie

Sunday: BBQ Chicken , baked potatoes and veggie

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Stockings

I am so excited to be here today! I am the author of A Vision to Remember. I also have my own etsy shop, where I sell many of my creations. I am a stay at home mom of 2 awesome girls and one dog. They are my inspiration for sure. Everything that I have made has been for them in some way.

Throughout this pattern please use a 1/2 inch seam

Here is how I made it:
1. Cut out 48 strips of coordinating fabric. Each strip needs to measure 9 inches by 2.5 inches
2. Now take each strip of fabric and place sandwich 2 on top of each other with wrong sides together. So now you will have 24 fabric sandwiches.
3. Take 2 of the sandwiches and place them together. Sew down the long side of the fabric sandwich.
4. Repeat with 10 more fabric sandwiches.
5. You will now have a rectangular piece of fabric.
6. Now make another rectangular piece of fabric with the remainder pieces of fabric
7. Lay your 2 rectangles on top of each other with wrong sides together.
8. Take a stocking that have already and lay it down on top of your fabric and cut out the shape. (if you need a little more width just add a piece of fabric where you need it)
8. Now sew those 2 pieces of fabric together around the outer edges BUT NOT THE TOP. You will be sewing 4 pieces of fabric together at the same time
9. Cut out a piece of fabric that measures 4 inches by 1 inch. This will be the hoop to hang your stocking up with.
11. Sew down both long edges of the piece of fabric. Stick the short ends of the piece of fabric in between the sandwiched fabric at the top of the stocking.
12. Sew around the top of the stocking. You will be sewing 2 layers of fabric together.
13. Now take some short blade scissors and cut all the raw edges of your stocking.
14. Wash and dry the stocking.
15. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this fun and quick pattern. To visit my blog please go to HERE. Etsy shop is HERE

Here are a couple of things that I have made over at my blog:

I love making rag quilts. I sell many in my etsy shop, but this pattern is available for download on my blog here.

This was a fun pleated headband that I made for myself (one of the few times that I craft for myself, if you know what I mean :)

I also made this fun Ribbon skirt for my daughter (Part 1, Part 2)

I also have many other tutorials on my blog. Make sure to stop by and check them out.

I also have my own Etsy shop. There I sell rag quilts, car seat tents, and lots of patterns. Some of the patterns I sell are rag quilts, belly band, and fabric flowers.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Link Up!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Cookies

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to be guest blogging on Sister's Stuff today! Don't they have the most fabulous ideas??

I'm Sumo, from Sumo's Sweet Stuff!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

My real name is Summer, but my husband nicknamed me Sumo when we were dating. (Should I be offended?) Now he's got all of my family, as well as lots of our friends, calling me Sumo. I think Aunt Sumo sounds pretty great, don't you? I live in Utah with my husband, and our two beautiful daughters - Remi & Reece!

I started Sumo's Sweet Stuff last May as a place to keep some of my crafting projects so that my personal blog wasn't overrun with them. Somehow, that developed into a place to host giveaways, share tutorials, share recipes, and feature fellow bloggers' ideas and blogs! I also use my blog to promote my etsy shop, so if you're ever in the market for some baby girl accessories, or even a little something for yourself, come on over! Every Monday is Market Yourself Monday, where you can link up your latest projects, and visit other blogs to get some inspiration!
Sumo Sweet Stuff

Today I'm going to share a Christmas recipe with you. We made these last year for neighbor gifts, and they were a hit! Really, you won't even want to give them away, so be sure to make extras for yourself!

Here's what you need:

Cake mix
1/2 c. oil
2 eggs
crushed candy canes
peppermint extract
Andes baking bits (optional)

Pre- heat your oven to 350.

Mix your cake mix, oil, and eggs.

Stir in your baking bits. (I LOVE these candy cane bits!)

Put scoops of dough on your cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Let your cookies cool completely before adding frosting!

I mixed peppermint extract and red food coloring into my canned vanilla frosting. I just add extract to taste.

Frost one cookie and then roll the edges in the crushed candy canes.

Add your other cookie on top.

DONE! And delicious!

I also made another batch with just regular Andes baking bits - not the candy cane ones, but the chocolate and mint ones. For those, I used chocolate frosting instead of the peppermint frosting, and still rolled the edges in candy canes. Yum!

You can put all of your goodies on festive paper plates, or you can make these fun charger plates using a little bit of vinyl. I think they add a nice touch!

Thanks for having me over here today! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Summer Sweets Giveaway!

One of my great friends {Summer} makes the cutest headbands and accessories! She sent me some of these things and I love them!! They look cute on my daughter and I can also wear them as well!! Check out her blog, Summer Sweets and also her Etsy Shop where she sells her darling items!

She is offering a great prize to our readers!! You can win all the following accessories!

Two Vintage zipper clips
Vintage fabric wrapped headband with three rosettes embellished with pearls!
I have this and LOVE IT!
Three lace headbands in brown white and light pink and three silk burned edge flowers in baby blue, brown and light pink with embellished with pearls and sparkles!
To Enter:

1. Follow Summer's Blog (1 entry)
2. Follow Sisters' Stuff or tell us if you already do. (1 entry)
3. Tell us which item you would be most excited about to win! (1 entry)

Please enter each entry as a separate comment. Include your e-mail so that we can contact you if you win.

Winner will be announced December 22!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teacher Gifts

My kids are giving their teachers these pencil boxes that I embellished for Christmas this year. We will fill them with chocolate treats and wrap them up cute. They were super easy and inexpensive to make.

( I found the boxes at Michaels craft store.)