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  • Woven Baked Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

    Sep 10, 12 • Helen • Baking, Featured, RecipesNo CommentsRead More »
    Woven Baked Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

    Not only is baking bacon great for feeding the whole family, but try this trick to make the bacon not fall off your BLT!

  • 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!

  • Sprinkle Cake Cookies

    Sprinkle Cake Cookies

    For a quick batch of really delicious, colorful cookies, the journey starts with a white cake mix!

  • Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

    Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

    I love the 4th of  July.  I love the flags, the parades, the picnics and the fireworks!  I love going to the flag ceremony and breakfast at our church and then stopping by our little neighborhood’s 4th celebration, where the kids decorate their bikes and have a parade.  Barbeques with friends, watermelon (with seeds…it’s more fun to spit!) and corn-on-the-cob…yum!   But like everything else, holidays seem to sneak up on me.  No matter how hard I try to stay on top of things, they do, they just do.  It seems like, and not that long ago, we eased into the month of June and now we only have one full day left!  Over a month ago I saw the Authentique Glory Collection and thought, “This will be great  for 4th of July cards!”  Know what?  I got three done…yep, only three.  It’s a good thing that red and navy are good colors to have in your stash!  Sorry…my camera is a little off on the navy…or maybe that’s my PhotoShop skills!  It helps to break up the monotony of my more “girlie” palates.  Banners are a good addition for any birthday card, and the red/white/blue palate is yet another reason to celebrate. What would the 4th be without a few stars and stripes? And the season would not be complete without a rocket bursting…right off the card! Here’s to a slower schedule and more time

  • 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!

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