Archive for May, 2010

Ok, Ok better late than never, right?  It has been such a long day and it has been full of projects!

The meatball subs turned out great. I made the rustic bread recipe and used that for my sub rolls.  They did not rise like normal.  Oh well. It was still eatable. 

Remember back a few post when I wrote about my scatterbrained moments?  Well it happened again today. I Was so busy that I forgot to take photos of more than half of the process. I was so focussed that it never crossed my mind. But when  I realized it I shot what was left. So here is the recipe.

Turkey Meatball Subs!

 1 .25 package of  lean ground turkey
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1 cup garbanzo beans, pureed
1/2 cup egg substitute (such as Egg Beaters)
Non-stick cooking spray
1 – 14 oz can low-sodium tomato sauce
2 tbsp Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb spice
Heat oven to 375
  Spray a cookie tray or jelly roll pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix by hand or with a spoon the ground turkey, parsley, pepper, Mrs. Dash, pureed garbanzo beans, and egg substitute.

 Roll the ground turkey mixture into small meatballs and place on prepared pan.

Bake meatballs in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes or till no longer pink inside.

 While the meatballs are cooking, heat tomato sauce on the stove top, season with pepper and Mrs. Dash.

 Once the meatballs are finished cooking in the oven, add them to the sauce.

Let simmer for on low heat for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve up hot.


I am very pleased with this recipe. It is a very healthy alternative when you want something bad for you.

Let me know if you try it! I would love to hear you what you think.

Until Then,




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Hello, Hello,Hello!

How are you this beautiful Sunday morning?  I am soooo happy that the weather is nice.  I have so much to do.  The house is still in disarray from the painting project. I am waiting on the carpets to dry before I put the furniture in place. It sis so exciting. I have picked my brain for food & decoration ideas for the Mad Tea Party. I made a few while I had my coffee yesterday, so I will show you.

Tissue Paper Flowers!


Tissue Paper, I get mine at the Dollar Tree the best deal!

Crafting wire, you can use floral wire. Also at the Dollar Tree.

Craft wire cutters.


I cut 5 sheets of tissue in half width wise. This gives you 10 sheets.

Fold the tissue accordion style .

When you are done,  fold in half and make a crease.

I rounded the ends to make more of a petal look.

It is not perfect as you can see. The tissue is pretty thick but it turned out nice.

With the wire cutters, cut a piece of your craft wire. Maybe 4 inches long.

Then you will prepare to wrap it around the middle crease of the tissue paper.

It does not have to be  tight,  but just enough to hold the shape.

Now fan out the ends a bit.

From here you will separate the sheets of tissue.

Once all sheets are open you can shape the flower as you wish.

I have to say that I tried a smaller version and it was a



 Oh ! Be careful when wrapping the wire! It is a bit sharp and it WILL slice your finger.

One of the many hazards of a Crafter!

I figured out what my problem was. I  folded the tissue on the short side and wrapped my wire too tight. 

 There was not enough space for me to separate the individual sheets. They tore and just laughed in my face.

Chock one up.

 Tissue  flower 1 Wende 0!

As you can see I did not give up.  I tried again.


See how cute they look on the cake plate I made last week!

I can not wait to make bunches more!

The Tea Party will be Spectacular!


On a side note, a  fellow Co-worker of mine is trying to trim up! He is attending his High School Reunion in July and like all of us he wants to look his best!  He always tastes everything I make and take to work but this past week he was very good and politely declined.

So in honor of this hard-working Gentleman, I am making a healthy recipe tonight. 

Turkey Meatball Subs!

Check back later for the result!

Until Then,


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Yeah! I am trying another new recipe!  Homemade hummus.  I love this stuff. It taste good on just about any kind of cracker or bread!  It is a great party favorite and there is usually none left over!

I found this really simple recipe and hope to goodness that it is tasty! So what are we waiting for?  Let’s get started!!!!



Basic Hummus

2 cups cooked, drained chickpeas follow cooking instructions on the bag. (or canned chickpeas)

3 garlic cloves – I use minced garlic it is fast and still delicious.

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste) I found it at Wal-Mart on the ethnic food aisle

1 Tbsp lemon juice

Keep a bit of the chickpeas water in case the hummus gets hard to mix.

To make basic hummus, simply add all ingredients in your blender or food processor.

And start hitting the pulse button!

I added a bit of salt and pepper for taste.

This makes a TON of hummus. The photo above is only 1 cup of chickpeas.

 Store the hummus in an airtight container in the fridge, covered with a little more olive oil.

Chill for a bit and the serve with you favorite pita chips or fresh-baked bread!


I have to say, I think that some of my co-workers will be pleased that I am bringing this nice little treat to work!

Until Then,


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  It has been a few days since I have been here. I hope that you are well.  The weather here in Mobile has been a bit yucky this week.  Rain, Rain, and more Rain.  But I finally got to start painting the guest bedroom.  Stephen and Jen ( Sis in Law) did all the big painting.  I’m short and did the trim and as high as I could reach. We had to put 3 coats of primer on the dark walls. I, by mistake got the wrong primer and we all ended up a bit loopy from the fumes Saturday night. No Really! We had to open all the windows in the house and the doors and sit on the porch to clear our heads. But now we get to put the yellow in the walls and I am so excited!   I have a lot of cleaning to do before the 27th of May! My Parents are coming in town for a visit.  I can not wait. I miss my Parents so much since they moved to Atlanta.

Any who, I was looking for a fun idea for a craft and found one that I have fallen in love with. With this project you can make it, fill it, take it and leave it as a nice gift! Can you guess what it is?

Cake plates.  Simple and so easy to personalize. Not to mention CHEAP!!! I think my total spent on this was $4.87.  Not to bad huh?

 I went to Wal-Mart and got a glass plate that I liked and an  ice-cream dish.

 Then I ventured to Michael’s to get some clear crafters glue.


Read the directions on the glue! I know what you are thinking. . .

How hard is it to use glue. Trust me, there are rules.

Decide where you are going to apply the glue and ice cream glass.


Attach the glass to the dish.

Let dry for up to 24  hours and . .


 You have a cake plate!

There are countless options for this project and they are perfect for a hostess gift.

All you need to do is fill it with something really yummy!!

Happy Crafting!

I am going  to make  Hummus tomorrow so check back for the details!!

Until Then,




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How are you  this afternoon?  I am terrific. In case you were wondering. 

This first project will be these fantastic key fobs/chains that I have been making.  I love mine. It is so handy and I don’t have to dig through my purse while walking across the parking lot to my jeep.  I gave one to my Sister in Law and she really has enjoyed hers as well. 

 So let’s start with the tools that we will need for our craft. 

Sewing Machine

Material and thread to match


Key chain clips



iron/ironing board 

First cut a piece of your favorite fabric! I use a piece that is about 13 inches across and 4 inches wide.  Your finished key chain will only be about one inch wide. Fabrics with small  prints are the easiest to work with.

 Also you need one inch of fusible interfacing, available at all fabric or craft stores. I am sure any batting will work. The idea is to give your  fabric a bit more sturdy wear.  I cut mine shorter than my fabric so there is no bulk at the ends. Next simply fold the fabric in half, long ways.

‘Ironing is Very important or your key chain will be loose and difficult to sew.

Now open the long ways fold you made, so that you have a perfect center line to work with. Fold each long end to that center fold line. Both long ends now fold in to meet at the center line. Don’t let your fabrics overlay here or your key chain will be very bulky. I let them meet up perfectly or else leave a bit of space there. Iron this seam also. At one end fold the rough edge over and press this will make a nice finished edge when we start sewing.

  At the opposite end fold the ends inward to make an arrow shape and press. This is the end that we will insert into the finished end.

Now that all the folds are pressed in place, slip the fusible interfacing into one of the folds. .

 You should have a perfectly folded item and be about ready to start sewing. 

 It seems to work best if you sew the folded, long side first. I’m starting with the short edge that has a clean folded end. You can see I aim a straight stitch going about an eighth of an inch in from the edge. Try for a very straight seam. Very important— Start at least one inch in from the folded over short edge! You’ll need that unsewn to insert the other end later.


Now I’m coming to the arrow shaped edge. It will insert into the other side, so it’s ok to sew it up.

Sew the other long edge with an eighth inch seam allowance also, same as the first side.

 Before connecting the ends, slip your key ring onto the fabric strip. Take a look to see that the resulting loop will show your favorite side of the fabric.

 Nowt insert the arrow end into the folded end. Tuck it as far as it will fit.  Try to make it seem as one strip.

For a very sturdy connection, sew across as well.  You can sew back and forth a few times with a straight stitch.

Now you have a loop of fabric and your key clasp.  Sew across again, now the clasp wont  slide around the loop.

That’s It! You Did it. You made a key chain!



I hope the instructions are easy to follow. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  If you do not sew and would like to buy a key Fob/chain. I sell them for $5.00.

Now for the Chicken Rice Casserole that I made last night.

1 Can of Cream of Chicken soup

8 oz. Sour Cream

1 Can of Chicken ( I get mine from Sam’s)

1 Small bag of shredded cheese( What ever flavor you like)

1 Small can of Fried Onions

1 box of Long Grain Wild Rice. Prepare by directions on box

Heat Oven to 350

Mix the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl

Add 1/2 of the cheese

When Rice is done, add it to the mixture

Pour into casserole dish top with the rest of the cheese and all the fried onions

Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbling

Let cool a bit and serve


Wow it has been a long day and this was a long post. I hope that you enjoyed it. I am sorry to say that I must say good night!

Until Then,


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Greetings and Merry Meet!

 I tell you, it is so freaking hot in my house that the cookie dough I made was melting on the baking sheet before I could get them in the oven.  It has been so nice in the morning and evenings and we have not had the AC on yet this season. We have been blessed because here in South Alabama it is usually in the 80’s to 90’s already. Day and night. I guess those days are coming to an end.  I guess it could always be worse right?  Be thankful for what we have and enjoy it while we can. 

So I think I remember a chocolate chip cookie recipe request.  And you are in luck because I made them for you tonight. I hope that you enjoy them Kim L.  Send me a comment at the bottom of this post when you get around to making them.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (about 12 ounces) semi sweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

 Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute.

 Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes.

 Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.

 Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

I promise they do not last that long in my house.



I made dinner this evening but did not have a recipe.  I just grabbed some stuff from the pantry and went to work.  It was quick and easy! Chicken Rice Casserole. 

 I only took one photo of it and that was when I took it out of the oven and tasted it.  I will post the recipe tomorrow after I write it down.

Also I have decided it is way to hot to be cooking, so I will be crafting  for the next few nights.  Get your sewing machines out and dust them off! We have some work to do.

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Greeting from the south!

  So sorry it has been a while since my last post. I have had an action packed weekend.  One of my bestest friends graduated from Nursing School. She had a party, my cousin on my Husband’s side of the Fam came in town as well as my Sis in law so we went to brunch and then for coffee.  Then we had lunch with the fam for Mother’s day.  To top it all off I went to eat crawfish, heard an awesome  band and then got late night Hot Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!  I tell you it could not have been any better.  I am blessed with a wonderful Husband, fantastical family and the most amazing Friends a girl could ever ask for.  Thanks to all who inhabit my crazy life. I love you all and it amazes me that you stick around!!

p/s  I have many projects in the works including;

Key chains

Dog leashes

Cake plates and chocolate chip cookies by request from my dear NY friend Kim L. 

It has been forever since I have seen her.  A few years ago she picked Stephen and I up at the airport in Boston and we drove to Salem, Mass for some Halloween fun. She is such a great person and we had  a great time.  I really hope to see her and her family soon.

Ok, good night.

Until Then,


p/s  I told you this past Wednesday that I got the new Sookie Stackhouse book. Well I read it Thursday night. It was great.  I am now eagerly waiting for the next installment!  If you have not read the series I greatly urge you to start!

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