Saturday, April 30, 2011

Finger Food Saturday...

Pepperoni Pizza Biscuits

Dry Basil
Pepperoni Slices
Pizza Sauce
Green Bell Pepper
Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut all biscuits in half.  Press biscuits into muffin cups.  Layer three slices of cooked pepperoni, one spoonful of pizza sauce, chopped green peppers, shredded mozzarella cheese in each muffin cup.  Sprinkle basil over each.  Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Again another really easy recipe to make.  The only time consuming step is the pre-cooking of the peperoni's.  I believe this is an important step though because it helps create less grease in the final product.

* If you try any of the Finger Food Friday recipes, I would love to know what you think. If you changed them up, I would love to know what you did. Email me or comment on this post.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Belated Easter!

Just because you don't have kids, doesn't mean you can't dye some hard boiled eggs.  This Saturday, I bought a dollar something egg dying kit at Walmart and boiled some eggs.  Didn't want to do anything too fancy, so I just wrapped some rubber bands around the eggs and dunked the whole egg in the dye bath.  I let the eggs sit in the dye for about 30 minutes to get the darkest color I could.

When all the eggs were out drying, I started the clean up and became curious about the left over dye....what else could I use this for??  I immediately thought of the many white tank tops I have and just had to try it.  the colors came out really well, although I have not washed it in the washing machine.  If after washing all the dye comes out I will not be too upset, that is actually what I am expecting.  It was just fun to do.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Finger Food Friday

As promised another recipe from the Poker Night Recipe Book.

Sloppy Joe Biscuits

I give these 5 stars!!!!  Using only 4 ingredients, they are quick to put together.  (and very yummy)

Ground Beef
Sloppy Joe Sauce
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Brown Ground Beef, drain grease.  Add Sloppy Joe sauce.  Cut all biscuits in half, flatten and press into muffin pan.  The silicone muffin pans work the best to prevent sticking.  Spoon beef mixture on top of each biscuit and top with a pinch of cheese.  The amount is up to you.

Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until biscuit is a nice golden brown.  Serve warm.

* If you try any of the Finger Food Friday recipes, I would love to know what you think. If you changed them up, I would love to know what you did. Email me or comment on this post.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another Neglected Project

How sad projects must get, after so much attention and excitement for them, to only get half done and set aside.

Years ago, I started making these flowers...I made a ton of them.  When it came to connecting them to make a blanket I got stumped as to how I should do it.  At first I thought I could just whip stitch them all together.  That was taking forever and did not look as well as I would of liked.  So all the little flowers got shoved into an old cheese ball container and set aside (for 3 to 4 years).  Till now!

After much research in how to connect afghan blocks, I think the blanket can finally get worked on and finished.  I detached all the flowers I connected so long ago and started crocheting a border that will create a Pentagon shape.  The border will help give a straight edge in order to connect all the shapes.  This is my first Afghan block blanket...and without a pattern, I am either brave or stupid. 

If I can work all the kinks out, I will try to write out a pattern.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Above are hats I made in one night for my two nieces, one is four months and the other 2 years.  Between all the chores I was able to tackle, shooting off fireworks for a 50th birthday and enjoying the 55 to 60 degree weather this weekend I can't believe I was able to finish two of the most adorable hats for my nieces.  I don't have kids of my own so I find great joy in creating things for these two girls.  They don't live near me, so planning is important, especially when it is something for a holiday. (No fun to wear a bunny hat after the holiday)

I used a pattern I found on Raverly, an online community of crocheters and knitters. (you have to be a member to view...sorry)  The pattern was really easy to follow.  Each hat only took about one and a half hours to complete and only used a small amount of yarn. 

I had wanted to make a couple other things to send, but time ran out and as it is I am sending it Fed Ex to be certain that it gets to them by Easter.  I can't wait to see the pictures.
* Bear is my prop, not part of the package.

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Still Friday

This post has been on my mind all day.  Unfortunately, it is tax season and as you know I work for tax accountants.  As promised though it is still Friday and the first page of my recipe book.......

Bacon Quesadillas

This is always a hit.  I would definitely rate this one a 10!  The guys love these when I make them and my husband request this one a lot.  I found the recipe here.   They take a little time to make because you can only make one at a time, but it is well worth it.  With only a few ingredients, they are simple to put together.

...and how about another recipe.
Philly Cheese Bites

Deli Style Roast Beef
Swiss Cheese Slices

Chop Roast Beef, cook with onion and spices.  Cut all biscuits in half and press flat.  Layer, 1/4 piece of cheese...Roast Beef...1/4 piece of cheese.  Fold over, seal edges.  Bake at 375 for 13 to 16 minutes.

Another "10" recipe.  Easy to make, but as with the Bacon Quesadillas, when you are making lots of them it takes some time (only so many you can fit in the oven at one time).

If you have any questions about these recipes, feel free to email me.
(I am not getting paid to promote any website or product mentioned in this post.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Keeping Them Fed

Every Friday night for the last five years my husband and his buddies get together and play cards...and every Friday night for the last five years I slave away in the kitchen and make them finger food.  For the longest time the recipes for Friday night were disorganized and shoved into a pile.  The plan:  To make a recipe book with all the recipes, that will be a constant work in progress.

So far I have around 20 recipes added to the book and this weekend I put together the cover.

The journal is handmade by me.  It has a duct tape cover and drawing paper for the pages.  The cover was designed using stamps, old playing cards, and stickers.  To keep things from staying on the cover, I glued everything together and sealed them using a laminating plastic.  Using E6000 Glue, I adhered the plastic to the cover with a few dots, then stitched around the edges to keep it from peeling up later.  This book will get a lot of use and handling, so I want things to stay put.

Visit this blog on Fridays, where you will find the recipe pages inside the book.  Included will be the recipe artwork, the recipe and the guys reviews.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Easter so early?

Can you believe it?  An Easter project weeks before Easter?  I just hope this isn't the only Easter project that gets done.  What do you think, will my 2 year old niece be happy to receive this?