Friday, February 26, 2010

Dorky Easter Pants

I went to the Dollar Store last night and I found this jacket.


A jacket what? Yeah. I loved the buttons on the sleeve and decided to make my son some pants out of them. I love dressing my son like a nerd.

Here they are. All in their super wrinkled glory.

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There too small for elastic and I have to help him put them on, but they’re just so dorky! I love them! I’m thinking about making a matching vest with the rest of the jacket.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Room redecorating…

I was going in the direction of animal print, and travel. Kind of like the Elephant Bar. Then completely changed my mind. I had this nightstand that I bought from the Salvation Army for 12 dollars.

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I repaint it black and modpodged the drawers with fabric. I loved it. But, I want my room to go in a more sophisticated direction. So I sold it on craigslist. For…. 40 bucks! Yeah. Talk about a profit.

This is my dresser now, after shopping my house for things to organize my jewelry.

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I know it’s pretty busy. Some of the things belong in the living room once we build some shelves. The frame is going to be a chalkboard, and the white and black thing in the back is actually the broken door off the dresser. But, this is the look that I’m going for in my room.


Before… Yes I know you LOVE my style.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Own Bakery

I started my own bakery! Too bad these are all going to a little girl for her birthday.

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The cookies actually have 1-5 chocolate chips. I thought it was a neat idea if I do say so myself.

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They’re not perfect in the least bit, but I still think they are sooo adorable.


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I would LOVE it if my daughter got a gift like this, so hopefully they will like it.



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Superbowl Yums…

I got this AWESOME book from Santa this past year. I been getting the emails from Hungry Girl for such a long time now. Before it was really big with everyone and before started doing segments on the Rachel Ray show.

Well anyway, I made 3 recipes for the Superbowl. One of them was a flop because I didn’t have the right ingredients.

The first was a recipe for guacamole. Made with, you would never guess by the taste, PEAS! Yeah. Everyone, including the guys thought it tasted EXCELLENT. It was sooo good.


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I didn’t have a picture, it got eaten up too quick! But, it did look just this yummy… I served it with tortilla chips and veggies. Super good on red bell peppers.

Holy Moly Guacamole from Hungry Girls 200 under 200

One 15 oz. can peas

1/2  cup mashed avocado

1/3 cup chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt (it calls for ff Greek yogurt but I couldn’t find it)

4 tsp lime juice

1/2 tsp of each-chopped garlic and garlic powder

1/2 tsp

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp of each-black pepper, ground cumin, and chili powder

Mash peas in a medium bowl, add avocado, yogurt, lime juice, garlic, and seasonings. Continue to mash until blended.

Stir in tomatoes and onions.

Makes 6 servings – 1/3 cup= 1 serving 78 calories



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This also was too good to get a picture of. I served it with tortilla chips and it was really good with the veggies too.


Crazy-Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

One 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained very well

One 14-oz. can artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained very well and chopped

One 8-oz. container fat-free cream cheese, room temperature

Half an 8-oz. can water chestnuts, drained and chopped

1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise ( I cut the mayo out because the hubby doesn’t like it and just doubled the sour cream. It still turned out perfect.)

1/4 cup reduced-fat parmesan-style grated topping

3 tbsp. minced shallots

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

If you want to serve this dish hot preheat oven to 350 degrees.  (I strongly suggest this!)

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, and 3 tbsp. of the parm-style topping.

Add the salt and cayenne pepper, and then stir until smooth.

In a pan sprayed with nonstick spray, cook the shallots and garlic over medium heat until soft (1 - 2 minutes). Set aside.

To the large bowl, add spinach, artichoke hearts, water chestnuts and garlic/shallot mixture. Stir well.

If serving dip cold, top with the remaining tbsp. of parm-style topping. If you want to serve the dip hot, transfer to a casserole dish, top with the remaining parm, and then bake for 30 minutes (or until bubbly).

Makes 8 servings 1/3 cup=1 serving 91 calories


If anyone uses these recipes, please tell me how they turned out for you!


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