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Christmas Tray

So, while I was flipping through Pinterest the other day I saw the cutest thing ever.  This christmas cookie tray made out of peppermints.  I have had a few pinterest fails but I thought this one looked so easy surely I could do it. 



Parchment/Wax Paper

I went to CVS and finally found peppermints after sending the husband to Wal-Mart and Aldi.

Pre-heated the oven to 300 and unwrapped and arranged the mints on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper

Popped the sucker in the oven for about 8-10 mintues and here is what came out

I know mine looks a little quirky but hey it fits my personality for sure.  I am going to try another one tonight but put in a cake pan so maybe it will come out all uniformed.  The hardest party is peeling the parchment paper off the back.  This will look so cute with green peppermints and with brownies or cookies on it 🙂


Stock the Bar Party

So a few weeks ago my husband and I were invited to a Stock the Bar Shower.  It is like a bridal shower except for a toaster or a spice rack everyone brings BOOZE!!  That was for sure our kind of shower.  So instead of just bringing a bottle of something we decided to do something more fun.  I forgot to take pictures while I was doing so which is probably because I was drinking the “left over” booze but here are the directions:

We went to Ace Hardware and got a $2 plain bucket then taped it off with some painters tape and put chalkboard paint ( a few layers) in the middle.  This is so you can write a cute message for the bride and groom there.

We then hot clued little bottles of liquor onto dal rods and let them dry

We then got some baby beers and glued them to a circular cake sheet so the bucket would have something to sit on.  We also glued some shot glasses and put the red cups there. Don’t try to hot glue those red cups they will melt like chocolate in Texas. We also put glued some extra beers around the bucket

So lastly we poured about 4 bags of peanuts into the bucket and arranged the little bottles there.

This was the hit of the party and was so cheap to make!!



Bridal Shower Gift under $25

So I was invited Tuesday to a bridal shower that is Saturday and I didnt have a lot of time or money to spend on a gift. I was scrolling through pinterest and found a wonderful bridal “cake” here is the original link.  I followed her directions but added a few more little gifts to mine and used an old cake box instead of ceral boxes.  This was so fun and easy!

I got all the stuff at wal-mart and it was so so easy.  If you make one send me a pic and I will add it

Don’t wanna go to the grocery store fish

Do you ever think that you have ton of usable ingredients but when you actually start taking a longer long everything is wilted or a science experiment? That is what happened to me tonight. I had gotten Tilapia out of the freezer and thought I had stuff to put on it. Fresh cilantro-gone bad; spinach-gone bad, garlic-started sprouting. So here is what I did with the little bit of stuff I actually had:


Fish-I used tilapia filets
Onion-cut into pieces
Spices-I used garlic powder and a sun dried tomato and herb spice I had in the back of the pantry
Pineapple Juice-the kind in the big can that is used in baby shower punch
Lime Juice
Instant rice
Aluminum Foil

Here is what I did:

Tore a piece of foil, and put the fish on top.
Season the fish then brush on some pineapple juice and add the onion
Then fold the foil into a little packet and grill for about 10 minutes.

While that was cooking, it was time to cook instant rice but instead of boiling 2 cups of water I put 1 1/2 cups of water and a 1/2 cup of pineapple juice and boiled that then added the rice. When it was done I added a touch of lime juice and a sprinkle of sugar.

Dinner turned out really good and thank goodness tomorrow is trash day so I can throw out the stinky stuff




Kitchen Sink Stuffed Peppers

After a lazy Sunday, or cave day, like we call it at our house I decided that we should probably have a dinner that wasn’t cereal.  So I looked in the fridge and noticed that I like Michelle (fellow hoecake) had some cowboy caviar left over from potluck that needed to be used so I decided to put it into stuffed bell peppers.  Because there is no amount of money that would persuade me to go to the grocery store on a Sunday evening i decided to just use what I had on hand.  So be creative here and please do not go to the grocery store if you don’t have to!


Bell Peppers-I only had two and this recipe makes a lot!!

Turkey sausage links

spinach-about two handfulls

Rice-I used instant white rice

Cowboy Caviar (if you don;t have this use corn, black beans, cilantro, peppers, anything goes here)

Shredded Mozarella

Corn Tortillas-I just baked these for chips


Preheat oven to 350

Cook the rice like you would normally

Remove the sausage from the casing and brown in a little bit of olive oilImage

Once the sausage is almost done add the spinach.  I am always trying to sneak spinach into recipes because me husband is not the biggest fan.  Once that is done add the rice and the cowboy caviar to the mixture and turn off


Once that is just chilling, cut the tops off you bell peppers and clean out.  Helpful hint-I always cut a little bit off the bottom so they won’t fall over


Fill peppers and top with Mozzarella and put in the oven for about 20 minutes

Here is what the final looked like with baked corn tortillas.  ENJOY


Hair Bow Holder

So because we live in Texas, all little girls from an early age wear BIG bows.  My sister in law is having a little girl in a few weeks and when I was over there I noticed that she already had a bow collection going so I decided to make her a bow holder.  I searched online and found this tutorial:

I followed this tutorial, except the only thing different is I found plastic loops instead of the wooden ones so I didn’t even have to paint them. This craft was easy, cheap, and fun.  If you do this please send me a pic so I can add it to my blog.


Here is the hairbow holder that Michelle made for her niece!!


Chalk board frame

So I had an old kinda crappy frame in our guest/craft room and decided to finally do something with it. Here is what I did:

Got the glass out of the frame which was easy since it cracked when I tried

Painted the cardboard piece with chalk board paint. I used the spray paint kind and did about three coats

I had a metal strip and magnets from my days in a cubicle so I glued that to the bottom for the take out menus we can never find

After the paint dried I just put it back in the frame and viola!! It added a lot of color to our kitchen