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Monday, May 30, 2011

Peanut Butter Muffins

I love peanut butter!!!!!  This is a great muffin for breakfast, just spread a little butter and jam on the muffin.  This is not a sweet muffin!

Making the Muffins

2 cups flour
1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped peanut
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Butter tins or line with paper.  This recipe makes 16 muffins.  These also make adorable mini muffins. 

Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.  In another bowl, beat the peanut butter until smooth and gradually add the milk.  Beat in the melted butter and eggs.  Stir in the peanuts and add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins.  Bake muffins for 15 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into top of muffin comes out clean.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Printable Candy Bar Wrappers "Teachers Pet"

School is just about out!!!!  YAY!!!  My two daughters were stressing last week about what to give their kids teachers now that school is coming to a close.  Of course I think CANDY and CANDY BARS!!!!  Who wouldn't love to get a candy bar?  It was so easy to download these candy bar wrappers HERE at Parties and Patterns.  It took just seconds to download, print, cut and attach to a candy bar. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lazy Pecan Toffee

Putting the Toffee Together:

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
40-48 soda crackers (depends on how big your cookie sheet is)
2 cups chocolate chips
1-2 cups pecans, chopped

Boil the butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes.  Arrange the soda crackers on a cookie sheet lined up against each other, but not overlapping.  Spread the butter and brown sugar mixture over the top of the crackers. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.  Take out of oven and immediately cover with  chocolate chips.  Let chocolate chips melt and spread evenly. Sprinkle the pecans on top of the chocolate and put in fridge until chocolate sets.  Cut into pieces.

Everyone loves these and they are so easy.  Just don't tell anyone you used soda crackers.

Friday, May 20, 2011


We are close to the end of May.  It has been raining outside for the past week and is supposed to rain into next week.  There are 18 new inches of snow in the mountains.  I am making some chili and sitting by the fire!!!!

Putting The Chili Together:

1 lb hamburger   (I also like to use left over roast beef.)
2 cans black beans
1 can chili beans
1 can  tomatoes with chilies
1 can jalopeno  hot  chili
1 can thick chili
1 large can tomato sauce (or crushed tomatoes)
1 cup water (add more if you want thinner chili)
1 tbsp. chili powder (or to taste)
1 tsp. cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Hot pepper flakes (optional and to taste)

Fry hamburger or shred left-over roast beef. Put meat in a big pot and  add the remaining ingredients.  Heat through.  Serve with sour cream, cheese and chips.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quillow Patterns - "Princess"

Another quillow  has been born!  My little grand daughters have been begging me for a "Princess" quillow and I couldn't disappoint.  Now I only need to make four more  of these "Princess" quillows to make everyone happy.  
You can download the pdf quillow pattern HERE at Parties and Patterns.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Printable Birthday Coupons

In our family we are big on coupons.  We give coupons for everything.  We give coupons out at Easter, Christmas, birthdays, you name it.  It has become a popular family tradition.  

Of course there is always a twist to our birthday celebrations.  Not only do we have fun coupons, but then we hide the gifts.  Along with hiding the gifts, but we play the hot and cold game.  While the person is looking for their gifts we shout HOT if they are getting close to a gift.  If they are far away from the gift we whisper COLD.  You get the idea.  You may think we do this for kids only, but no.  It is so much more fun with adults and brings out the kid in all of us.  Below are pictures of my daughter searching for her gifts on her 30th birthday. Enjoy!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Birthday Ideas "Cake In A Cone"

This is an easy treat to make that both kids and adults love.   They are  fun to eat and  always a hit. Surprise your kids on the last day of school with these cool treats?

Making the Cones:

Approximately 24  cones  (cones need to have a flat bottom)
1 cake mix (any flavor)
Frosting recipe (below)
Sprinkles and decorations

Make cake mix according to package directions.  Grease muffins tins.  Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with cake batter.  Set one cone in each cup evenly over the batter.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.  Remove immediately from pan.  Cool cones,  frost and decorate.

It also works to fill each ice cream cone half full of cake batter.  Set the cones on a cookie sheet and bake 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.  Cool cones, frost and decorate.

These need to be made and eaten on the same day.  Do not make them the day before or you will have some droopy cones.

Making the frosting:

3 sticks of butter softened
2/3 cup shortening
5-7 tbs heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 lbs powdered sugar
1-3 tbs corn syrup

Mix shortening and butter together on medium until smooth.  Scrape down sides.  Turn mixer to low and add cream and vanilla.  Scrape down sides.  With mixer on low, slowly pour sugar into the mixture (you might need to increase the speed as you go.)  Once the sugar is mixed, scrape again and mix in corn syrup.

You may need more or less cream.  The corn syrup adds elasticity and shine to the frosting and is optional.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Breakfast - Easy Pleasy Pecan Buns

It's Mother's Day!  Isn't it great to wake up to a special breakfast. 

Right now we have my two daughters, their husbands and kids living with us while they are all in transition.  There are fourteen of us.  It's a FUN household! 

It was great this morning to see all the men  in the kitchen  whipping up a storm.  They whipped up several things, some of which have already been  blogged. Easy Pleasy Buns was a big hit.  See recipe  below.

Surprisingly they left the kitchen spotless!  Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

What You Will Need:

1 cup pecans (halfed)
48 oz. pakg. frozen dinner rolls
3 1/2 oz. cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix (do not use instant)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

Putting The Buns Together:

Evenly spread pecans in the bottom of a 13"x9" pan.  Place the frozen dinner rolls on top of the pecans.  Mix dry butterscotch pudding with the brown sugar and sprinkle over the rolls.  Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top.  Evenly pour melted butter over all of the ingredients.  Cover the whole pan of rolls with plastic wrap and set on cupboard to rise overnight.

When ready to bake,  remove plastic wrap and place in oven.  Set oven at 350 degrees and leave rolls in oven while temperature is rising.  When oven temperature reaches 350 degrees set timer for 40-50 minutes and bake buns until bottoms are golden.

To serve:  place a platter or cookie sheet (needs to be bigger than the pan of rolls)  on top of the rolls and flip pan so that the rolls are on the platter and the pecans are on top.

Easy enough for anyone to make!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Earring Frame

What You Will Need:

One plain frame any size
Fabric (fabric should be 2 1/2" bigger than frame on all sides)
Batting (cut the same size as the fabric)
Tulle (cut tulle 1" bigger on all sides than the inside of your frame)
One decorative button
Staple Gun (We used just a regular stapler.) 
Glue Gun

Putting the frame Together:

Cut fabric and batting 2 1/2" bigger than frame on all  sides.

Cut out center of fabric and batting 2 1/2" from the inside frame edge.

Clip inside corners (Do not clip all the way to the frame. Clip 1/2" away from frame.)

Starting from the inside wrap the fabric and batting to the back of the frame and staple in place.

Wrap the fabric and batting on the outside edges to the back of the frame and staple in place.

Staple the tulle on the back of the frame over the opening of the frame.


Rip a piece of fabric 2 1/2"-3" (depends on how big you want the flower to be) x 21". 

Cut a piece of tulle the same size. 

Layer the tulle and fabric together and sew a running stitch along one long side. Pull thread and gather the fabric into a flower shape.  Glue flower shape onto one corner of the frame. 

Rip another 1 1/2"-2" x 21" piece of fabric for the inside of the flower.  Sew a running stitch along one long side.  Pull thread and gather the fabric into a flower shape.  Glue the small flower shape on top of the larger flower.  Glue a fun button in the middle of the flower.

My daughter Megan made this fun earring frame. She has it hanging in her bedroom and it is adorable.  It is such a great way to display and find your earrings.   It's also a fun accent for your room. 
Now go find all your earrings and hang them in your frame!