Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cottage Hill: Fun Printed Lunch Bags

I love this idea! I am planning on a handout at church for all the sisters that VT. These will totally fit the bill. You need to check these bags and other amazing ideas on www.lindycottagehill.blogspot.com
GONE get bags out of the storage room!
Cottage Hill: Fun Printed Lunch Bags:

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trendy Cupcake Toppers / Other Projects | Fiskars

Trendy Cupcake Toppers / Other Projects | Fiskars

Oh my this is so cute and inspiring. I have researched ideas for over 3 weeks for birthday party ideas for cupcakes! This is so cute! I love the pinwheels the best but my Dear Daughter will love the moustache the most! Thanks Fiskars! You saved my day!

Thursday, April 28, 2011



This is one of my favorite websites. I am preparing Teacher Appreciation Week gifts for the teachers of my 2 girls. I stumbled upon this giveaway today. You should go there too and enter for the giveaway.

Friday, April 22, 2011

An Easter Favorite - Hot Cross Buns

Our family loves Hot Cross Buns! They are a family tradition and we enjoy eating them hot out of the oven. It is so hard to resist them. I will be making lots of them today!

One of my favorite websites is http://www.joyofbaking.com They have a great recipe for Hot Cross Buns. Here is the link: http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/HotCrossBuns.html

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mary Mary Quite Contrary...

A while back, I blogged shortly about garden box gardening. This is something that I have been studying for several years and I wanted to try it to eliminate weeding in my garden. I live in Florida and the dollar weed loves anything with nutrients in it and has shown me that it even lives in round-up treated areas.

This year my garden was transformed into small easily maintained boxes with no weeds. WAHOO! I am learning to fertilize my plants as a raised box needs additional fertilization. But for the reveal...

I have 12 tomato plants with set tomatoes in April.

I have 24 Blue Lake Bush Beans with blooms that are starting to set beans. These are our favorite so I can't wait!

I have 4 eggplants that are blooming.

I have lettuce and swiss chard in one box and we have eaten from it for about 2 months now. This is the lettuce table that has reseeded itself this year.

I have 60 red onions that are growing daily. My daughter Olivia wants to know if they are big enough to eat. They are only the size of your thumb so she will have to wait a while.

I have 4 cucumber plants that have set fruit and are climbing up the trellis on the outside of the gardening boxes.

I have 6 bell pepper plants and 6 jalapeno plants. They are both setting fruit.I have one bell pepper that is the size of a ping-pong ball.

I have yellow squash and Zucchini squash the size of your little pinky finger. So
I will have to check daily now because squash grow twice its size in one day. The anticipation is killing me.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

One Perfect Bite Herb Bread

Ok! Here are the pictures of the herb bread that I just finished making. I did decide to use some cream cheese and Sweet Pepper Spread from Harry & David for my own tasting. Yummy! Hope you will visit www.oneperfectbite.blogspot.com

Oatmeal Rosemary Raisin Pecan Bread

I love this quick bread! It a very simple recipe and it doesn't last very long at my house. My friends rave about it and always want to recipe. Today I am feeling generous so I will share...

Oatmeal Rosemary Raisin Pecan Bread

Makes 12 small loaves

2 cups sugar
6 Tablespoons I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, stick
1 cup currants
2 cups golden raisins
3 cups milk, scalded
2 teaspoons Lavencedora pure Mexican vanilla, only kind I will use
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups quick oats
4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons double acting baking powder
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Place milk in a saucepan on the stove, over medium-high heat. Warm milk until it scalds 180 degrees F. Place golden raisins and currents in scalded milk. Let cool to the side.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 small loaf pans with baking spray. Place the pans on a large baking sheet.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and the butter. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla. In another large bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, baking powder, and rosemary. Mix to evenly distribute the ingredients. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and milk/raisin mixture. Evenly distribute between small loaf pans. (about 1 cup) Smooth tops. Place in oven on baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the centers test clean. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and continue to cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!