Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mango Bread

It turned out delicious! :) Megan tasted it, and confirmed that it's yummy! :)

Here's the recipe! :) I initially got it from allrecipes, but changed it up a little, so here's my version...(it makes one 9x5 loaf.

  • 1 cup self-rising flour (if you're using all purpose, add 1 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup veggie oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  1. Sift flour (baking soda & salt also if using all purpose) and cinnamon.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in eggs and beat well.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Blend with flour mixture until combined.
  6. Fold in mango, mixing it just enough to evenly combine.
  7. Spray a 9x5 pan and pour in the batter.
  8. Let stand in the pan 20 minutes (while the oven preheats at 350*)
  9. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
PS....How do you like my plate I got at the antique mall a few months ago?  I don't think it was really antique, but it could be!! Either way, it was only $2 and really really cute! :)

Creations by Kara

PonyTails and FishScales

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

And here is my "green" picture for "You Capture" at "I Should be Folding Laundry"
It's my trusty bike that started out as my Mom's, but when I came to college, Dad said a bike with dragonflies on it just wouldn't do.  He was right, I haven't seen a bike here yet with dragonflies...and I've been here over five years...


Online Shopping and Cooking!

I feel like I haven't ordered from in forever!!  But then again, I haven't really been home often enough to order anything either (between Birmingham, the beach, Birmingham, France, Birmingham, Birmingham, Birmingham, and Birmingham...I may have added/missed a few Birminghams in there...)

So today I ordered the oh-so-popular aluminum foil in our apartment...we use it when we cook almost everything on our cookie sheet...saves us from having to stick that thing in our sink and take up all our space! ((We have an old fashioned manual dish-washer for all of you who haven't seen our apartment. And by that, I mean... water, faucet, gloves, sponge/rag, and soap. hahaha)  Anywho, I'm just excited because I know I'm going to run out of that stuff soon and I don't like having to run to the store every time I run out of aluminum foil...

If you haven't ordered from Alice before, it's free shipping to your door (or to your mail room in our case :) :) ) and they automatically apply lots of manufacturer's coupons.  They've got lots of cleaning supplies, toilet paper (they're favorite thing to advertise..."Never run out of toilet paper again") and some interesting snacks, drinks, and meals.  We like to get the soup packs from time to time.  You pretty much just add chicken broth, and maybe one or two other ingredients and let it cook! :)

Anywho, I'm thinking I'm going to go try to make some Mango bread... Publix has had good deals on Mangoes the last two weeks and I remembered to get some yesterday!  I saw recipes on Paint Chips and Frying Pans for Kiwi Banana Bread and Pear Delight Bread and I have kiwis and bananas....and we'll see what comes out of the oven hahaha. :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

How Exciting!!! :)

Yay!!!!! :)

The bag I made to keep my money in while I was traveling was featured! :)

Thank you so much again Laura!!! :)

A Blueberry & Mint Dinner (Finally!)

Since I went home this weekend, I never got around to making anything with my blueberries and mint, but today for my mini dinner, I did!  My stomach was acting crazy earlier this morning, so I thought the mint would do it some good.  I kinda took the recipe I posted earlier last week as and idea and went with it.  I only had about 20 minutes to make something because I had to be at the desk to work from 9pm to 10pm. (Cheer and Dance camp are in our building this week!)

First I boiled some of my pretty noodles (the colorful kind! haha!)
When the noodles were almost ready, I put a few mint leaves in the water to let the oils cook with the noodles.
I drained the noodles & mint and put them on my plate that I had sprinkled with some shredded cheese (so the warm noodles would melt the cheese).
Then I rinsed some blueberries and sprinkled them over the top of my pasta, and sprinkled a little more cheese on top as well.  That and some cucumber water was a perfect small meal for me.  Some of the cheer coaches came by and asked me what I was eating...I told them, and they said it sounded pretty good! :)

Sorry about the super fuzzy/blurry picture.  I took it with my phone and apparently couldn't hold my arms still...and there's a shadow happening at the same time haha.  Either way, you get the idea!! :)

Mandy's Yellow Corner

Friday, June 25, 2010

Yay new shrug! :)

I started a shrug from a tshirt last night, but didn't get to finish because I decided I wanted to use white bias tape, and all I had was orange....

I don't have a picture of it yet (I'll take one when I'm wearing it) but this tutorial is what gave me the idea to make it!  I think hers turned out absolutely adorable!

Yummy lunch.

Oh my...I took my own advice and made this yummy dinner and turned it into lunch.  I buttered bread, but it on the pan, sprinkled a little shredded Colby Monterey Jack cheese, then a slice of tomato, some spinach leaves, another tomato slice, place some thin cubes of mozzarella cheese, another piece of buttered bread.  And now it's half-way in my tummy. Oh and wonderful cucumber water to drink! If you've never had that before, try it!! Just put a few slices of cucumber in your glass, then a few cubes of ice, then fill it up with cold water.  It's so refreshing, and it'll make you want to drink water all day! (and get really well hydrated!!) :) :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cake Presents!

I said I'd post pictures of Megan's Cupcake Pin Cushion and Birthday they are!! :)

From a and w

 Somehow, I managed to forget to take a finished product can see the pins in this picture where I was hand stitching the "wrapper" in place.  I also added a pom-pom to the top.
And the cake...

From a and w
And her reaction when Julia & I gave it to her! (On my singing, colorfully lit cake plate my parents gave me for my birthday!! :) :) )

From a and w

All Thingz Related

Happy Birthday Megan!

Megan's 21 today!
In about an hour, a friend of ours is coming over to help me decorate a really cute cake for her! (I'll post pictures tomorrow...because Megan can't see it until we give it to her!! :) ) Also, when I post those pics, I'll post pictures of the cupcake pin cushion I gave her for her birthday! It turned out really cute! :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bite-Sized Sausage Casserole

Over at Southern Fried Dreams there's a Hospitality Linky Party happening until midnight tonight! I've been thinking this week what my favorite food to serve guests would be (if we were hosting parties in our 500 sq. ft. apartment!) and I'd have to say it would be these little mini casseroles Adam and I came up with!   They've been Sunday School Snack approved!! :)

***Also, here is a variation of my recipe that includes bacon and hot sauce!! :) Blah to Ta-Daa: Yummy Breakfast Casserole (I'm glad you loved it Melissa!!) :)***

I started making Sausage Casserole sometime shortly after we got married because we both love breakfast foods, and not necessarily during breakfast hours.  One day Adam asked if I could make bite-sized ones so he could warm up a few to snack on at work and not necessarily have to sit down and eat (being a fireman, they have some days where they just don't get a break, especially when he was working day-shift this past semester!)  So I gave it a shot, and this is what we came up with!! I don't have any pictures because I didn't take pictures last time I made this. :(

I will say that making the miniature ones isn't as quick as a regular sized casserole, where you just pour the ingredients in.  It takes just a little bit more time, but so worth it! :)

These measurements yield about a 1.5 casserole + 24 (or more if you're feeling it) bite-sized ones!
The bite-sized casseroles are made in a mini cupcake pan

  • 1/2 cup butter (only for large casserole)
  • 1 lb. pork sausage
  • 6 slices bread (cubed...for the big casserole...omit if only making small ones)
  • 1 can flaky biscuits (the buttery, the better :).... again, not needed if only doing a 2 quart casserole)
  • about 2 tsp dried basil
  • about 1 tsp oregano
  • at least a 1/2cup shredded cheese (we love colby-montery jack...and we always add extra because we love cheese a little too much)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
    • Preheat the oven to 350.
    • Brown the sausage and set aside.
    • Beat the eggs well and add milk.  Add in the basil and oregano.
      • For Bite-Sized Casseroles....
        • Open the can of biscuits and separate each biscuit into 3 to 4 layers (some will separate easier than others, just make sure you have enough for all your spaces in your mini cupcake pan)
        • I always spray my mini cupcake pan, even though it's non-stick....just in case...
        • Shape each circle of biscuit dough into it's own mini cupcake slot.
        • Place a few crumbles of sausage (is there a better name for that?) in each compartment.
        • Pour the egg mixture over the sausage SLOWLY because it will want to overflow if you pour too quickly!
        • Sprinkle a little cheese over each mini.
        • Bake until the eggs are set and the biscuits look done (about 15-20 minutes, give or take).
        • (They look like Petite Quiche when they're done!)
      • For Larger Casserole...
        • Melt the butter and pour into your casserole dish.
        • Layer half the cubed bread into the bottom of the dish.
        • Sprinkle about a 1/2 cup of cheese over the bread.
        • Sprinkle the sausage evenly over the bread crumbs, paying special attention to fill in spaces.
        • Give the eggs an extra mix to move the spices around (they like to collect together in the egg mixture) and pour the mixture over the sausage and bread.
        • Cook about half an hour.
        • Just as the casserole begins to look set, pull the casserole out and sprinkle a little extra cheese on top. :)
        • When it's done, cut into squares and serve hot!

Mandy's Yellow Corner

Possible Blueberry/Mint Combo...

Mom sent me a link to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's page on blueberries (which Auburn is a part of..yay!! :) ) And they had this recipe that was different and looked tasty....

 I'm thinking.... sub crumbled mozzarella for the feta cheese...and sub some mint for the thyme?  I found some other recipes online I might give a try... if I do, I'll post them!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blueberries & Peppermint...Need Ideas!

My Paw-Paw had quite a knack for gardening, there's no question about that.  I specifically remember him helping me plant squash, then MamaRie cooking it...and I wouldn't eat it! hahaha.  We also had a strawberry patch at least one year. (I'm sure I helped eat them!)  My sister and I used to try to help him set up the strings for the beans to grow on (we didn't eat those either!).  And we ALWAYS helped pick blueberries!  Well, I've got some more of Paw-Paw's blueberries in my freezer now! :)  Can't wait to make some pancakes, muffins, cobbler, ....bread maybe? (anyone ever made blueberry bread? Is it any good?)  While I was at it, I got a bag full of peppermint leaves from the herb garden (where the strawberries used to be!)  I really don't know what I'm going to do with the peppermint leaves, other than maybe make some peppermint hot cocoa?  I need to look for some recipes that use fresh peppermint...any ideas? (other than a mojito?)  I'll do some research myself and post any results I find that taste good. :) Post a link in my comments if you have a good recipe!

Monday, June 21, 2010

I want one!!

There is a machine called the Silhouette. I've seen some bloggers talking about it, and over at Tatertots and Jello, they're giving one away!!


You should definitely go look at this thing! Silhouette has a blog as well where you can see projects other people have done! If I had one, I'd start decorating everything with it! haha! And I would for sure use the heat-transfer capabilities to design my own fabric!! :) Anywho, just had to get that out of my system!! :)

Another Purse for Another Sister! :)

I picked out this fabric a while back, thinking I'd use it for something for me or my middle sister...or both. Well, this adorable clutch pattern I found at Skip to my Lou was perfect for my sister.  I added a strap to the side so she can carry it solo with her phone and wallet...or use it as a wallet in her purse! :)  I think the polka dots are cute too.  The instructions at Skip to my Lou Pleated Pouch Tutorial  were amazing!  She did a FANTASTIC JOB explaining everything!  Absolutely the easiest zipper I've installed in my life! :)

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Super Simple Dinner

Inspired by my FAVORITE sandwich in France!

Tonight for dinner, I decided to put a little twist on the sandwich I've been craving since I got back from my trip to France.  I wish I could remember the name of at least one sandwicherie where I got the sandwiches I'm talking about...but I can't.  I know I got one in Les Baux de Provence, and I'm pretty sure I got another in Avignon.  (Oh! And I got a sandwich similar to it at the Louvre as well!) Anywho, the sandwich was on a baguette sliced like a sub, with tomato, mozarella, basil, and spinach.  Once I got the sandwich grilled, another time I didn't...but either way, they slide the sandwich into a paper sleeve so you can walk around and shop while you eat.  It's fantastic!  Wish I could find a good picture, but I just didn't see one that shows everything I'm talking about ((Imagine Subway...but better because it's on a baguette and it's not packed super full...just enough for you to eat the entire thing and still have room for some frites ...the best fries you'll ever eat.))

So anywho...I took the ingredients from my favorite French sandwich...and I took what Adam calls "Basil Toast" or "Bruchetta Stuff" that I've made before...combined the idea of each into a "toast" that we wound up folding into little half sandwiches...cooked some noodles...and viola! Dinner.

Instructions (Pictures at the end)
  1. Preheat the oven to about 450* and get out your ingredients! Bread (Really good on French bread obviously...but I looked at mine this morning and it was a smidgen moldy, so I didn't trust it :( ) Tomato, Pesto, Spinach, Mozzarella.
  2. Spread the Pesto on the Bread. 
  3. Pull the stem off the Spinach and place the spinach in smaller pieces on the Bread.
  4. Slice the Tomato into thin slices (or thick if yo like!) and place on the Bread.
  5. Slice the Mozarella into squares and place on the Bread.
  6. Cook for about ten minutes, or until the cheese is melty and the edges of the bread is toasty.
  7. Serve with noodles with your favorite sauce! (More Pesto please for me! And Marinara for the hubby! ((Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo is also delicious!!))
**Tips to make it even simpler**
---Use canned diced tomatoes (drain before placing the tomato pieces on the bread
---Use pre-shredded cheese (mozzarella, or whatever kind you have in the fridge!)


    Keeping It Simple

    The Girl Creative


    Mandy's Yellow Corner

    Happy Father's Day! :)

    When it all started :)

    Hope you're having a great day!  I'll see you soon! I love you! :) ~wendy

    Saturday, June 19, 2010

    Musical Purse!

    Yay! I finished! I don't really know how long it took me since I took a break to eat some pizza...and check my email...and clean my desk....  If I sat down and started without stopping, I'd say an hour and a half or two hours? Oh, and I was taking pictures along the way, so really like an hour and a half.  Maybe only an hour if you're super motivated!

    I got the inspiration for this purse from a book I bought earlier this year: One Yard Wonders (click on the link to see it on Amazon.)  It's a fantastic little book (and by little, I mean 101 projects...) all made with one yard of fabric!  For this purse, I somewhat followed the instructions for "Child's Messenger Bag" buuuut I tweaked it. :)  First off, I used two different prints of fabric instead of two. In addition, I inserted an extra layer of fabric in the main portion and the flap of the bag for extra durability.  Also, I lengthened the strap so it would be long enough for my sister to wear across her body (the pattern has it set for a toddler).  The last difference is that I didn't put any velcro closure on the flap.

    Since I took several pictures while making this, I grouped some of the pictures together to keep the post from being a mile and a half long.  Click on the pictures to see them larger and more detailed.  I know they're a bit hard to see here! PS The bag I made came out to be about 10"wide and about 12" tall.

    • Cut out your pieces!  When you look at all of the following pictures keep this in mind: for this purse I have the outside (black with notes), inside (white), and the lining (solid black that seems to have a blue hint compared to my other black fabric! haha).
      • Picture 1: Body of bag (mine is 12.5" wide and 26" tall with the longer end parallel to the selvage).  If you're making different measurements make the width equal to [width of finished purse + ~2" seam allowance].
      • Picture 2: Flap of bag (mine is 10.5" wide and 12" tall with the longer end parallel to the selvage).
      • Picture 3: Inside Pocket & Strap I made the pocket 9" wide and 5" tall.  I cut one piece to match the inside and one piece to match the outside.  You can do it however you like!  For the strap, you can use one long piece (make sure you cut the long end parallel to the selvage so it won't loose shape), or you can do a patchwork look...whatever you like!  I had one long piece of the outside fabric and two square of inside fabric to give a little contrast to the strap.  My long piece measured 39"long x 5" wide and each square was 5" by 5".
      • Picture 4: Assembling the pocket  Pin the pocket pieces together, right side together. Sew the pieces together on three sides.  On the fourth side, leave room to turn the pocket back right side out.  It doesn't show in this picture (but you can see it in later pictures), but after turning and ironing, I sewed a seam across the unfinished portion of the pocket, and this because the top of the pocket.

    • Getting everything ready to assemble!
      • Picture 1: Basting I basted the lining to the inside pieces on both the body of the bag and the flap of the bag. 
      • Picture 2: Pocket I pinned and sewed the pocket close to the top edge (about 3" down).  Only sew the sides and bottom. (Now you see the top seam on the pocket? :) )
      • Picture 3: Strap Assembly I pinned and sewed the contrasting squares to the end of the longer piece of the strap (right sides together) and ironed the seams.  In this picture you can see before and after ironing the seam.
    • Strap and Flap!
      • Picture 1: Sew the Strap Fold the strap in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew down the length.
      • Picture 2: Flip the Strap This is the part where you sit down and watch TV for a little bit! :)  Turn that strap right side out and iron it!  Afterwards, sew close to the seam on each long side of the strap (can be seen in later pictures...I used contrasting thread because I love that look...and it's handy for pictures for tutorials!! :) )
      • Picture 3: Sew the flap pieces Place the inside (that's already basted to the lining) and outside pieces together, right side together.  Sew along the sides and bottom.  Leave the top open. Clip the corners!
      • Picture 4: Flip and Stitch  Turn the flap right side out, press, and sew close to the edge on the two sides and bottom.
    • This is the most complicated part of this purse...but definitely do-able!! :)
      • Picture 1: Starting the folding Fold the outside piece in half (hamburger style) so that the right sides are out.  Pin along the fold so it will stay in place for now.
      • Picture 2: Fold the top layer of fabric down, towards you, so that the fold is about 1 inch.  Pin this fold as well.
      • Picture 3: Pick up the entire outside piece, holding all the layers of fabric that are folded.  Make sure the top edges meet.  Looking at this picture, you can see the resulting new fold that forms when you pick up the fabric.  Pin along this new fold (it sort-of reminds me of a paper lunch bag...)
      • Picture 4: Getting close to more sewing This picture shows what it should look like after you've pinned all the folded layers together and start to remove the inside pins.  So if you opened up the "folder" you've created, this is what you would see.  At this point, the right sides of fabric are together.
    • Yay! Halfway done with folding!!
      • Picture 1: Sewing the sides   Sew along the full length of each side (not the bottom or top edge). Remove pins and you're done with the complicated part of the outside!!
      • Picture 2: Rewind and do all the same to the inside... Start with the inside layer facing you (lining to the middle).  And...follow the above instructions again!
      • Picture 3: Just a checkpoint  This is what the inside will look like once it's all folded and pinned and ready to sew up the sides.  The seams you already see are the seams used to baste the lining to the inside layer.
      • Picture 4: Yay done with folding!  Looking into the inside layer after it's all folded and sewn! Cute pocket, huh?
    • So Close!
      • Picture 1: Pin the Strap to the Outside Pin right sides together (obviously there may not be a "right" side to the strap, so whichever side you want to be on the outside).  Pin the center of the strap aligned with the side seam of the outside of the bag.  Baste in place.
      • Picture 2: Another checkpoint... This is what it looks like at this point!
      • Picture 3: Attaching the flap Pin the flap to the bag, right sides together (and raw edges aligned).
      • Picture 4: Baste the flap Baste the flap in place!
    • Finishing Touches!!
      • Picture 1: Put the outside (with strap attached) into the inside.  Make sure the flap (flipped out...haha that sounded almost redundant!) is facing the pocket.  Also make sure the strap isn't twisted at the ends  where it connects to the purse body.
      • Picture 2: Pin in place and sew! Leave about 4 or 5 inches unsewn on the side opposite the flap and pocket so you can turn the purse right side out.
      • Picture 3: Checkpoint again!  See the turning space I left?
      • Picture 4: Finished!  Once you've turned the purse right side out, iron the top front edge and sew close to the edge, closing the turning space you left.

    Super cute right?? :)

    Another project I need to do will be inspired by this little garbage bag I had next to my sewing machine..

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