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  • Loaded Baked Potato Dip

    Sep 1, 12 • Helen • Appetizers, Featured6 CommentsRead More »
    Loaded Baked Potato Dip

    Baked potatoes are one of my favorite quick and easy cold weather meals, but when it's too hot to eat hot food, what's a girl to do

  • S’More Bites

    Aug 27, 12 • Helen • Baking, Desserts, Featured, Sweet Treats2 CommentsRead More »
    S’More Bites

    I can’t believe it!  Summer is almost over and I have yet to make it to the beach.  That’s right – no sandy feet, looking for shells or even much of a sunburn…and I got that at a garage sale!  But there’s a church beach party coming soon and I signed up to bring a dessert.  What to bring, what to bring?  Then I came upon the perfect thing – S’More Bites! I have to admit that I am not much of a traditional S’More lover.  Even though I love the taste of this traditional campfire treat, I have an aversion to so many unwashed hands reaching into the same marshmallow bag and the struggling to assemble them, not to mention the messy hands and faces that result while eating them.  I know…I’m such a old fuddyduddy!   But when I saw these little S’More Bites with the same flavors, pre-assembled and bundled up in one bite (or two), I knew that these would hit the spot, at least for me!  (Adapted from the recipe at Pampered Chef.) S’More Bites 7  whole graham crackers (1 cup, finely crushed) 1/4 cup powdered sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 4 bars (1.55 ounces) milk chocolate, divided into sections – I decided to make these late at night and didn’t have  candy bars, so I used a bag of Nestle’s Milk Chocolate Chips 12 large marshmallows, cut in half height-wise – I had Jumbo Kraft marshmallows,

  • Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

    Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

    When life (or friends) give you lemons, make lemonade...cupcakes!

  • Confetti Macaroni Salad

    Jun 21, 12 • Helen • Cooking, Family Stuff, Featured, Recipes2 CommentsRead More »
    Confetti Macaroni Salad

    At home, we just call it macaroni salad.  But if you’re used to the macaroni salad you find at the grocery deli, calling it macaroni salad would be way off the mark and just plain old wrong!  I have been known to eat store-bought mac salad (on a rare occasion) if its served to me or I’m desperate, but the heavy use of mayonnaise/salad dressing is  not among my favorite group of flavors.   Which brings me to…Confetti Macaroni Salad! Growing up, our family made macaroni salad from scratch.  The distinctive flavor of the home-made salad dressing is something that I actually crave.  It is heavier than a store-bought salad dressing, but really yummy.  Its got that sweet and sour taste that comes with vinegar and sugar, but the mustard makes it delicious!  I resist the urge to make it all the time because the current residents of our house are my pickiest eaters and unless I get visitors, I find myself eating it all myself…wait!  What’s wrong with that! Confetti Macaroni Salad 1 lb. box of Ditalini (salad macaroni), cooked al dente; rinse and drain 1/2 of a red bell pepper and 1/2 of a green bell pepper, top and seeds removed, and diced – cut a few thin slices from the remaining halves of both for garnishing 1/2 of an red onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 large carrot, shredded 1 lb

  • Pink Lemonade Cake Pops

    Pink Lemonade Cake Pops

    Cake pops.  My daughter reminded me that I had done cake pops before (here) and that I needed to do something different.  But I couldn’t resist –  I’ve found something really wonderful that I just couldn’t wait to tell you about…Pillsbury Pink Lemonade Cake Mix! I really couldn’t wait because I’m very afraid that this is one of those seasonal things that may not be around for long and these are so yummy and make into such scrumptious cake pops with just the right tang to them.  I felt the need to tell you to be on the look-out for Pillsbury Pink Lemonade Cake Mix and Frosting!  I found mine at Von’s in University City/San Diego, and I bought a few to have on hand for the summer activities that are coming up.  I mean, what goes better with summertime than pink lemonade? Yep…that’s a bite out of the cake pop.  I certainly didn’t have any problem getting Mike to take a bite out of one, as long as he got to finish it when I was done taking pictures.  Keep your eye out for Pillsbury Pink Lemonade Cake Mix and Frosting – delicious!  Just in case you were wondering – no.  Pillsbury did not pay me to rave about this new flavor.  I really like it that much!

  • Scrap Tags

    Apr 10, 12 • Helen • Arts and Crafts, Cards, Featured, The TwineryNo CommentsRead More »
    Scrap Tags

    In the process of cleaning my workroom, which I seem to be constantly starting but never finishing, I came across a bag of fabric scraps from ages ago when I was making yoyos.  I hate to throw things away, but I am trying to adopt an attitude of use it or toss it…I am guilty of pre-meditated scrap hoard!  However, if one chooses to face their addiction, the occasional paper project might give one the justification needed to NOT completely purge the little, lingering bits of this and that…which is what I just did! The red wool piece is actually not a scrap…I think I might be able to make a few thousand hearts from the piece I have!  I love the background kraft-colored tags – so neutral but nice! The big flower behind the heart was leftover from a project.  I love the decorative pin! On occasion, I miss-cut a piece of lace or ribbon.  Can’t throw those scraps away – it was the perfect length for this tag! What a deal – a few random scraps got used right up.  Oh, if only all my the scraps were so small and usable!  Now, in case you were wondering what the heck you would do with these… They make a nice touch of color to a wrapped gift, a note on a plate of cookies, and a layout or a card.  If you keep them a little less dimensional, you

  • Jell-O Cookies

    Jell-O Cookies

    Light and fruity, these cookies are sure to bring a smile!

  • Dyeing Doilies

    Feb 12, 12 • Helen • Arts and Crafts, Featured, Valentine's Day4 CommentsRead More »
    Dyeing Doilies

    I did it, Stephanie...dyed some doilies, except I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. Anyone want to make some of these dyed doilies? I want to try the food coloring next time. Let me know if you want try it with me!

  • Valentine Inchies

    Valentine Inchies

    Here they are...Valentine Inchies!

  • My Heart’s Not In It

    My Heart’s Not In It

    Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. Here are some easy treats that don't cost a lot to make a bunch! AND there's a giveaway...check it out!

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