Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BLT Roll Ups


1 brick softened cream cheese
3 to 4 Tablespoons Mayo
Tomato Diced
Bacon Crumbled
Deseeded Cucumber diced
Romaine Lettuce
Finely Shredded Cheddar or Jack Cheese
Tortillas or Sandwich Roll ups ( I have used both and they work either way)

Great for just a yummy snack around the house, a potluck or watching a game. This is a family favorite. You mix the cream cheese mayo tomato and bacon together. Spread on to the tortilla then sprinkle the cucumber, romaine and cheese and roll it up. Make all of them then slice them about an inch and a half to 2 inches each and enjoy. I recommend letting them set about 20 minutes if you can before cutting them it works better when cutting them but you don't have to.   


Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake Cookies
                                     •4 cups all-purpose flour
                                     •1/2 teaspoon salt
                                     •1 teaspoon baking powder
                                     •1 teaspoon baking soda
                                     •1 1/4 Butter
                                     •2 cup sugar
                                     •2 eggs
                                     •3 ounces cream cheese
                                     •2 teaspoon vanilla
                                     •3 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine dry ingredients (flour through soda) in a bowl and set aside. In mixer, blend butter, sugar, egg, cream cheese, and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing with each addition, until all are incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop dough by the spoonful onto sheet, at least 1 inch apart. (I use a cookie scoop)
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown around edges.

I found a recipe on Pintrest and changed it up to make it my own. I am one that tends to double recipes because I have a lot of taste testers who stop by to taste my creations. I must have enough to share.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cards just for fun

Cards for Cancer Survivors that go with the quilts made by Piece Makers
Hopefully this gives some inspiration to people to make cards and know it can be easy it is just one piece of paper at a time.

The Completed Starbucks album

This is what a starbucks paper bag album looks like to me.

7 Starbucks Bags, a graduation from boot camp and a proposal later and bam a album.

1st page of the album you do keep the integrity of the bags the only thing that you take apart is on all but the outside 2 bags you take off the handles.  

The middle of the album

The last page of the album

Then you make inserts and you use the bits of handle that you removed from the bag and make little pulleys to pull the inserts in and out. Since you leave the bag intact you can then place the inserts in the openings of the bag and use the front ad back of the inserts and have even more pictures.

So you can walk around with your starbucks bags and if one didn't look closely they would never know they are recycled bags that you got your delightful scone in that morning.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
2 cups plus 6 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups fresh blueberries (about three 4.4-ounce packages)
1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
     Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 to 28 cupcake pans. Rinse off blue berries and roll them in a little bit of flour this helps keep them from falling apart when baking. Set aside until you have mixed up other ingredients.               
     Stir in milk, vanilla extract, and grated lemon peel in small bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in another large bowl until light and creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk mixture in 3 additions each, just until blended. Fold in blueberries. Divide batter equally among pans.
Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack until cool. Then frost with frosting below.

Lemon Cream Cheese frosting
1 Sticks of  Butter
1 block of Cream Cheese
2 Tsp Vanilla
2 tsp grated lemon peel
3 Tbls lemon juice
2 pounds of powdered sugar.
Cream the butter and cream cheese, then add vanilla. Once all that is creamed add powdered sugar slowly until you have added about 1 pound then add lemon juice and lemon peel then continue to add powedered sugar until blended completely and frosting is fluffy. Add to cupcakes.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Marshmallows dipped in Chocolate

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
I love easy and quick little treats to take to picnics, bbq's and potlucks. These are the easiest things to do. Marshmallows you can find in a crazy amount of flavors now a days. I found Key Lime and Lemon Meringue Marshmallows and dipped them in white chocolate and put some sprinkles on them and bam they are done. Tasty little morsels and people think you worked so hard and you made something at home.

All you need is Milk Chocolate Almond Bark or White Chocolate Almond Bark (or melting chocolate) and Marshmallows and some waxed paper on some cookie sheets.