Archive for August, 2013

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You are my Sunshine.

August 12, 2013

Hello!

When we were children, my mom used to sing “You are my sunshine” to us.  It has always held a very special place in my heart, as well as my sisters’ hearts.  I knew when I wanted to make my new baby nephew a sign, and knew it should reflect mom’s love.

So here’s the sign I made:

You are my sunshine Sign

You are my sunshine Sign

It’s a fence post and acrylic paint.  A little jigsaw action.  And Voila!  I’m in love.  I want to paint 100 of them and share the sunshine!  What do you think?  🙂

Happy Singing,
Amanda

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Stuffed Peppers and Potato Wedges

August 8, 2013

Hey Everyone!

Stuffed Peppers is one of my favorite recipes when I feel like changing it up with ground meat.  The recipe below is really easy as well as delicious. Feel free to sub with ground turkey rather than beef if you’d like.  It’s also delicious.  As you’ll see, I paired the peppers with potato wedges and a salad. I’ll show you how I make the Stuffed Peppers and potatoes.  I hope your mouth is watering when you’re done reading!

What you need for the Stuffed Peppers:

4  Bell Peppers (Whatever color you prefer, I used green)
1 – 2 lbs Ground Meat (Again, I used beef, but turkey is yummy as well)
1/2 cup cooked rice
1 cup water
2 cans tomato sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then, start by cutting the peppers in half. I usually just cut the tops off depending on the size to ensure a pretty decent portion for each pepper.  Discard the tops and seeds.  Steam these in the microwave until tender.  About 7 – 10 min.  Afterward, place them face down to drain the water.

Steamed Peppers

Steamed Peppers

Next, brown the meat.  Mix in the rice, 1 can of tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Once mixed,  spoon even amounts into each pepper.

Mix remaining tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and cheese. Pour this on top.

Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees.  Once done, I typically sprinkle a little more cheese on the top for a finishing garnish… Mmmm.

For the potatoes, I usually cut red potatoes into wedges and sprinkle with salt, pepper, olive oil and basil.  Bake until tender and golden brown!  These will take a bit longer than the peppers, so be sure to start first.  I also like to flip them about 20 minutes in to ensure even browning.

Potatoes

And here’s the finished product.  I added a small salad to each plate for some greens.  So yummy.

Finished Stuffed Peppers

Finished Stuffed Peppers, Potatoes and Salad

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah

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Baby Shower Wreath

August 5, 2013

Hello!

I showed you a picture of the cute wreath I made for Melissa’s baby shower and wanted to give a quick tutorial and supply list of what I used for the wreath.  It was a pretty simple wreath.

Supplies
-Straw wreath
-Wide Burlap Ribbon
-Wide Chevron Burlap ribbon
-Two-tone twine
-Straight pins
-Wreath wire
-Fabric of your choice for onesie
-Embroidery thread
-Batting to stuff onesie
-Tiny clothes pins

Supplies

Supplies (plus a few extras)

How To:
1. I started with wide burlap ribbon and wrapped the straw wreath till it was completely covered.  You need to work with the burlap a little to prevent weird folds or wrinkles.  I used straight pins to hold it in place rather than hot glue.

2. Using the wide chevron burlap ribbon, I made a very simple bow and secured it in the middle with wire.  I secured  it to the wreath also using straight pins.

3. I used two-tone twine to create a clothes line across the top of the wreath.  I simply wrapped the twine around one side of the wreath, tied a bow, and stretched it across and repeated the bow on the other side.

4. To create the onesies, I free-handed a onesie on a piece of cardboard and then using scissors, cut onesies out of the yellow polka-dot fabric.  I used embroidery thread and a thick needle to create the black stitching around the edges.  Once almost around the onesie with stitches, stuff batting into the onesie to create a stuffed look.  Finish stitching the edge and tie off inside.

5. Using tiny clothes pins, attach each onesie to the twine to create the clothesline look.

Baby Shower Wreath

Baby Shower Wreath

Voila, you have the perfect baby shower wreath!

Happy Wreath making,
Amanda

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Cherry Blueberry Pie

August 1, 2013

Hey Everyone. First off – sorry for being so MIA on the blog for the past while. Too much going on, but I’m back!  And I’m baking!

For whatever reason, I’ve had the urge to make a pie lately so here it is.  I opted for a Cherry Blueberry pie for a few reasons – 1. It sounded yummy. 2. Blueberries were on sale. 3. It let me be a little more creative than a can of cherry filling!

Below is the recipe I followed when making the pie.  I did opt for store bought pie crust as well as a can of Dark Sweet Cherry Pie filling with my fresh blueberries – rather than frozen as the recipe I used called for.  Finally I am not often baking, so I used my 9″round cake pan rather than a pie pan.  I used just a few more blueberries than called for to ensure the pan was filled enough.

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons sugar

Pie Up Close

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Press one of the pie crusts into a 9 inch pie plate. In a large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in the cherry pie filling and blueberries. Spoon into the pie crust. Top with the second crust, and press the edges to seal. Flute edges, or press with the tines of a fork. In a cup, whisk together the egg white and water with a fork. Brush over the top of the pie, then sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  3. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crust is golden brown. Cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil if they appear to be getting too dark. Cool for at least 2 hours to allow the filling to set before serving.

And here’s how it turned out.  So yummy.

Cherry Blueberry Pie

Cherry Blueberry Pie

Thanks!

Sarah