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Fantastic Finds – My $2 Weekend Project

Posted by Kathryn on November 18, 2012 in DIY, Fantastic Finds |

As I’ve mentioned before, I love to browse through second-hand shops! You never know what you will come across. This weekend, I found a $2 bar stool. (These usually run $20 at a store like Walmart.)

Bar Stool - Before

 

With the paint I already had on hand at home, I created the bar stool below from my $2 purchase! It goes along with the chair Bringing an Old Piece of Furniture New Life (Chair #1) and table Inexpensive DIY Gift – Looks Expensive – It’s Not! I made from inexpensive furniture I’ve purchased at second-hand shops over the past couple of years. I plan on giving them all to my son someday when he gets his own place.  Afterall, he’s halfway to becoming a UC graduate (majoring in chemical engineering)!

Bar Stool - After

 

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Meal Plan For October 8th

Posted by Alexandra on October 7, 2012 in Meal Planning |

 

 

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It’s been a while since I  planned my menu.  Oh wait, it’s been awhile since I actually cooked.  I have been extremely busy moving and helping my daughter and her family move back home from across the state.   I have really not cooked or baked for the last several months.  Everyone is now moved and while I still have a garage half full of boxes to unpack, it is time to get back to a normal routine.

The following is my menu plan for the week:

Monday
Breakfast - Maple Pecan Quick-bread
Lunch- Peanut Butter and Apple Wrap
Dinner- Crockpot Ground Beef Taco Soup

Tuesday
Breakfast- Cereal
Lunch- Chicken salad with grapes and pecans
Dinner- Beef Tips and Noodles

Wednesday
Breakfast- Fruit Smoothie
Lunch- Lunch Out
Dinner- Leftovers

Thursday
Breakfast- Egg and Cheese Bagel
Lunch – BLT with Vegetable Chips
Dinner – Chicken, Cheese and Corn Casserole

Friday
Breakfast- Oatmeal
Lunch- Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich with BBQ Chips
Dinner-Pepperoni Pierogi Bake

Saturday
Breakfast- Bacon and Eggs
Lunch- Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with chips
Dinner – Dinner Out

Sunday
Breakfast- Strawberry Topped Pancakes
Lunch – Grilled hamburgers with baked beans
Dinner- Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas

 

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Sweet Temptations – Oreo Cheesecake

Posted by Alexandra on June 14, 2012 in Recipes, Sweet Temptations |

WELCOME TO SWEET TEMPTATIONS!

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Dessert tonight was Oreo cheesecake.  This cheesecake was so yummy.  I really liked the double layer of chocolate cookie goodness.

 

Ingredients:

For Crust:

  • 25 Oreo cookies (about 2 1/2 c. crumbs)
  • 1/4 c. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

For the Topping:

  • 6 Oreo Cookies

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

To prepare crust: Break up cookies and place in food processor fitted with metal blade; process until crumbs form. Add butter and mix until blended.  Press into a 9-inch spring form pan that has been lined on the bottom and side with parchment paper. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan and about 2/3 the way up the side. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

To prepare filling: Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy with an electric mixer set on low. Gradually mix in vanilla, sugar, milk, and whipping cream and mix until smooth.   Add eggs one at a time; mix just until blended.  Stir in Oreo cookies. Pour mixture into the Oreo crust.

Topping: Break up cookies and place in food processor fitted with metal blade; process until crumbs form. Sprinkle the Oreo cookies crumbs on top.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Enjoy!

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Muffin Monday – Nutella Muffins

Posted by Alexandra on June 10, 2012 in Muffin Monday, Recipes |

Welcome to Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday!

 

 

Oh my, these muffins are amazing.  Sweet, delicious and Nutella filled.

 

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Nutella

For the coating:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffin cups with paper bake cups or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, milk, sugar and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Combine wet and dry mixtures and fold together gently until just mixed.
  4. Fill muffin tins about 1/2 full.  Add a tablespoon or so of Nutella, then add additional batter until tin is 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Do not over-bake.
  6. While muffins are baking, melt butter in a small bowl.  In another small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Remove muffins from pan while still warm.  Dip the warm muffins in melted butter then dip/roll the muffin in cinnamon sugar.
  8. These are best eaten while still warm.  Enjoy!

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Meal Plan For June 11th

Posted by Alexandra on June 10, 2012 in Meal Planning |

 

We will be sharing a recipe for Nutella Muffins for Muffin Monday. If you have a muffin (or cupcake) recipe, please share it at Muffin Monday.

 

 

The following is our menu plan for the week:

Monday
Breakfast - Nutella Muffins
Lunch- Chicken salad with grapes and pecan, and carrot sticks
Dinner- Super Simple Applesauce Chicken and broccoli

Tuesday
Breakfast- Cereal
Lunch- Peanut butter and honey sandwich with apple slices
Dinner- Mexican Redneck Casserole

Wednesday
Breakfast- Oatmeal
Lunch- Lunch Out
Dinner- Leftovers

Thursday
Breakfast- Bagel with cream cheese
Lunch – Loaded baked potatoes
Dinner – Beef and Broccoli with rice

Friday
Breakfast- Pancakes
Lunch- Cottage cheese and pineapples
Dinner-Breaded Pollock Fillets with mac and cheese

Saturday
Breakfast- Biscuits and gravy
Lunch- Roast beef sandwich with vegetable chips
Dinner – Dinner Out

Sunday
Breakfast- Jeff’s Easy Omelet
Lunch – Turkey burgers and sweet potato fries
Dinner- Roast Chicken with baked potatoes and carrots

Thursday, we will be sharing a sweet recipe for “Sweet Temptations”. Please come back share your own sweet recipe with us. I would love to know what delicious treats you’re making this week.

 

 

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Muffin Monday – Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Posted by Alexandra on June 3, 2012 in Muffin Monday, Recipes |

Welcome to Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday!

 

 

There is no better way to start your day then with a delicious Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin.  Simple to make but so sweet and delectable. Make a batch and watch them disappear.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper bake cups or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine well eggs, oil, milk and vanilla.
  3. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Combine wet and dry mixtures and fold together gently until just mixed.
  4. Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full.  Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top of each muffin before baking.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool on rack.
  6. Enjoy!

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Meal Plan For June 4th

Posted by Alexandra on June 3, 2012 in Meal Planning |

 

We will be sharing a recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins for Muffin Monday. If you have a muffin (or cupcake) recipe, please share it at Muffin Monday.

 

 

The following is our menu plan for the week:

Monday
Breakfast – Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
Lunch- Egg Salad with vegetable chips
Dinner- Crock Pot Ribs with Sauerkraut and Carrots

Tuesday
Breakfast- Cereal
Lunch- Peanut butter and honey sandwich with apple slices
Dinner- Beef and Vegetable Stir fry

Wednesday
Breakfast- Oatmeal
Lunch- Lunch Out
Dinner- Leftovers

Thursday
Breakfast- Bagel with cream cheese
Lunch – Tuna Salad with apples slices
Dinner – Baked Ziti  and salad

Friday
Breakfast- Pancakes
Lunch- Taco Salad
Dinner-BBQ Chicken Pizza

Saturday
Breakfast- Eggs and bacon
Lunch- Meatball Subs with Chips
Dinner – Dinner Out

Sunday
Breakfast- Breakfast Casserole
Lunch – Sloppy Joes with Cole Slaw
Dinner- Roast Chicken with baked potatoes and carrots

Thursday, we will be sharing a sweet recipe for “Sweet Temptations”. Please come back share your own sweet recipe with us. I would love to know what delicious treats you’re making this week.

 

 

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Coupon Preview for June 3rd

Posted by Alexandra on June 1, 2012 in Coupons |

There will be (1) Smartsource, (1) Redplum and (1) P&G insert in this Sunday’s newspaper. Just click on the Sunday Coupon Preview for a complete listing of coupons that will be available! You can also get printable coupons at CoolSavings and Coupons.com. Also, don’t forget to save your digital coupons at Cellfire.

 

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Sweet Temptations – Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted by Alexandra on May 30, 2012 in Recipes, Sweet Temptations |

WELCOME TO SWEET TEMPTATIONS!

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It has been really hot here for that last few days.  I’m talking 90 plus degrees. Did I mentions that I hate the heat?  In order to cope with these temperatures, I made ice cream sandwiches.  These are easy and your kids will love making (and eating) them.

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole chocolate graham crackers
  • 6 scoops chocolate ice cream, softened
  • 2 cup chocolate candy melts
  • assorted cookie decorating sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap. Break graham crackers in half, making 12 squares.
  2. Place a scoop of softened ice cream on 6 squares and place remaining 6 squares on top, pressing down firmly. Place sandwiches in freezer until firm. Place melting chocolate in separate microwave-safe bowls.  Microwave for 1 minute at 50% power.  Stir thoroughly.  Continue to microwave and stir at 30 second intervals until smooth and completely melted. Dip each ice cream sandwich halfway into melted chocolate. Immediately decorate with sprinkles and place on the baking sheet. Return sandwiches to freezer until chocolate hardens, then enjoy immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap and keep frozen until ready to serve.
  3. Enjoy!

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Muffin Monday – Butter Pecan Muffins

Posted by Alexandra on May 28, 2012 in Muffin Monday, Recipes |

Welcome to Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday!

 

 

I wanted a muffin that was delicious but quick and easy.  Well, these Butter Pecan Muffins definitely met the bill.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising Flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper bake cups or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, pecans, and brown sugar; mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine milk, butter, vanilla and egg; blend well. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan; cool slightly on wire rack. Serve warm.
  5. Enjoy!

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