Thursday, January 31, 2013

Trouble Cookies

Trouble cookies you ask? I named these cookies that because you just cannot eat just one and by doing that it keeps me in trouble losing weight. These are so addictive and I don't have that big of a sweet tooth! These almost taste like a piece of cake. I also have a trouble cookie jar (the one in this photo). Ever Since I bought it I think that it must stay full at all times and I don't mean with store bought cookies...they don't begin to compare to homemade cookies agree? Well, here is the cookie recipe I have found to be so addictive...I only came across it when I got to digging in my pantry and found an entire package of Nestle Premier White Morsels and this recipe was on the back of the package..the beauty of this recipe too is that you should have the rest of the ingredients lying around in your kitchen. Enjoy!


2-1/4 c. all purpose flour
2/3 c. baking cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 c. (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 c. Nestle Toll House Premier White Morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes (took mine 15 mins.) or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for two minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Made about 45 cookies.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Painted Brick Walls

While looking through Pinterest (yeah, I'm addicted!) I came across a lady that had painted her concrete sidewalk to look like bricks. Many years ago at our old house I painted the bar section walls of our basement to look like bricks. Talk about labor intensive and a labor of love! I am sure there would have been an easier way to do this but I can be quite a perfectionist when it comes to painting so I painted the walls with the red first and then I took a yardstick and drew the lines onto the wall and painted each brick with one of my small painting brushes. After I got the bricks done I took an old stencil brush and stippled (which means to pounce) white and gray where the mortar would be. It wasn't too much fun climbing onto the bar and getting under and over the TV stand and that part of the bar but I managed. Enjoy!

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Living in the "boonies" as I do, it is not easy for me to run to the grocery store so I happened to have all of the ingredients to make this VERY tasty casserole this week. I had only made it once before and really liked it and after I decided this was "what's for supper" I could actually feel my mouth watering for it. I just love anything that tastes of tomatoes and this fits the bill. It is a bit labor intensive but if you go ahead and get the rice cooking in the microwave and saute' the cabbage which cooks fairly fast it isn't too bad...worth the work. Caution: It makes plenty so that you can have leftovers for the next day. Of course there are only two of us in our home but my hubby loves leftovers. This is the only recipe I've come across that uses that much thyme also and it does gives it a unique taste. Enjoy!

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

• 2 tsp olive oil, divided
• 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
• 1 large onion, chopped fine
• ½ green pepper
• 1 tbsp finely minced garlic
• 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
• 1 tsp Paprika
• salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
• 1 head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
• 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes with juice
• 2 cans (15 oz.) tomato sauce
• 1/4 cup water
• 2 cups cooked brown rice
• 2 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese (Sargento)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large glass casserole dish with non-stick spray. Heat a large frying pan on medium heat; add ground beef, onion, and green pepper and cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent and starting to brown, about 5 minutes, breaking it apart as it cooks. Drain. Return to pan. Add the minced garlic, dried thyme, and paprika and cook about 2 minutes more. Then add the diced tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce. Add water to the pan. Simmer until it's hot and slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes. While it simmers, cut cabbage in half, cut out the core, and remove any wilted outer leaves; chop the cabbage coarsely into 1 inch pieces. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan or dutch oven; add the cabbage and cook over medium-high heat until the cabbage is wilted and about half cooked, turning it over several times so it all wilts and cooks. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper. When the meat and tomato sauce mixture has cooked and thickened a bit, stir in the 2 cups of cooked rice and gently combine. Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray and then layer half the cabbage, half the meat mixture, remaining cabbage, and remaining meat mixture. Cover tightly with foil and bake 40 minutes, or until the mixture is just starting to bubble on the edges. Remove foil and sprinkle on cheese (if using.) Bake uncovered an additional 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to slightly brown. Serve hot. Freezer friendly if you have leftovers. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then either microwave until hot or heat in the oven in a glass dish covered with foil.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I'm a Little Teapot...

FINALLY got into my stash of old teapots that I bought from the Goodwill and painted one up. I don't know why I let things intimidate me so much but I do. I have wanted to paint one of these for over a year and what fun it ended up to be. I will admit that it took me a couple of days to do as I had no clue what I was going to put on it. I think it turned out rather cute. I will list it in my Etsy shop eventually. I still have not varnished it. I sooooo love to see things from trash to treasure! Enjoy!

Tub Cleaner

I don't know about you all but I definitely have an addiction PINTEREST! It would take me 10 lifetimes to cook every recipe, make every Christmas decoration, make every craft, etc. that I have saved on mine. If you are interested in following me on pinterest, I have a link to it below. I have managed to save over 8,000 pins...get this, I came across a lady that had over 83,000 pins the other day. And I thought I was bad! Anyway, since my most dreaded household chore is cleaning the tubs (one day I'm getting rid of a tub and getting an enclosed shower - no tub) I thought why not try one of these so called homemade tub cleaners I found on Pinterest. I'm so glad I tried it coz now I am hooked! Although it was a bit stinky it left my tub shining like a silver dollar. Once rinsed the smell went away. You just take the same amount of vinegar and Dawn and mix them together and spray away. You first must warm up the vinegar in the microwave and then add the Dawn but how easy is that? I made only a small amount the first time as I didn't know if it worked or not but you can bet I will be making it again. Good luck if you try it!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mini Coke Can Ornie

My dad had an awful car accident on November 1st and what a struggle he has had but I'm happy to report that he is thisclose to being home finally. He suffered fractures in his spine, ribs and pelvis and has a blood clot in his head and developed DVT (blood clot)in his right leg but he is coming along. He is almost walking by himself and his memory is getting closer to normal. He still has a ways to go and has had several setbacks but we are so thankful that our prayers are being answered every day. When you go through something like this you truly do realize the power of prayer. Anyway, these past two months I have tried to save every small mini pop can that he has used in the hospital and rehab because that's just what I do...I love to paint on things that would normally be trash to someone else. These will make the cutest little ornaments. I have painted on the regular mini pop cans but not these taller, skinnier ones. This is my first attempt at painting up one. This is a down sized version of a Jamie Mills-Price pattern. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sweet and Saltines

I really enjoy watching Trisha Yearwood's cooking show on the Food Network. She makes "normal" food which I always like. I have made this recipe several times and it is so super EZ and soooo yummy! Plus I usually have the ingredients around. Trisha's family calls this "crack" coz it is truly ya can't eat just one!

Sweet and Saltines

• Cooking spray
• 35 to 40 saltine crackers
• 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 1 large or 2 small jelly-roll pans with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick spray and arrange the saltines in a single layer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and boil for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly. Put the jelly-roll pan into the oven and bake for 2 to 4 minutes, or until just bubbly, watching carefully. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife. Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

CD Ornaments

I have painted on CD's before but it was a long time ago. Here are two that I just finished up today...what fun they were to paint! Got many more to paint up so stay tuned! Having such fun painting different things! January is my month to paint up new, fun, fun!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spoons, Spoons & More Spoons

I have totally been into painting spoon ornaments lately and here are my latest three. Two of these are inspired by my painting hero Renee Mullins! I just love all of her patterns although I just look at them and make my own since I don't have a copier that decreases or increases patterns. I usually use my own color combos too. I'm thinking that this Christmas I'm gonna have a tree just filled with different spoon ornaments!

Crockpot Cube Steak and Gravy

I have never had luck getting cube steak to be tender and after trying this recipe I FINALLY succeeded! Add ya some mashed potatoes, rolls and a veggie and it is a very YUMMY meal!

Crockpot Cube Steak and Gravy
Cube steak (I used a family size pack)
2 cans (10.75 ounce size) cream of mushroom soup
1 envelope onion soup mix
3/4 cup water
Salt and Pepper to taste


Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low all day. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes or with your favorite side dishes.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Grinch Spoon Ornaments

I just love the Grinch...I want to do an entire Grinch Christmas tree this year. Here is a start on the ornaments I want to put on that tree! These are spoons I painted into ornaments. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fisherman and Golfer Ornaments

I have forever wanted to paint sports and hobbies ornaments and I have finally started my collection. These are my first two attempts...a fisherman and a golfer. It is always so time consuming painting up a new design for the first time as I have no clue what colors to even use...such fun to do tho. Hope you enjoy these. I have many more ideas that I am planning on creating this year...stay tuned!

Patty Melts

I love sandwiches just about more than any other foods out there. I have one for lunch just about every day. Most days it is something EZ and fast like a bologna or tuna salad sandwich but when I entertain friends I like trying new sandwich recipes...the kind that are a little more work intensive. While watching a cooking show on Food Network I saw a Patty Melt and I was in disbelief that these little tasty wonders never crossed my did I miss them when eating out? I am a person that when I go to certain restaurants I usually order the same favorite thing and never branch out much so I think that is how I probably missed Patty Melts. is one that I made and it turned out delicious. It is definitely gonna be added to "my favorite recipes" cookbook that I keep in a 3-ring binder. Enjoy!

Patty Melts

• 10 thin slices sweet onion
• 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
• 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 4 slices rye bread
• 2 tablespoons Thousand Island salad dressing
• 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
• 2 slices process American cheese or Swiss cheese


In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Remove and keep warm. Shape beef into two oval patties; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In the same skillet, cook patties over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160 and meat juices run clear; drain. Remove and keep warm. Spread remaining butter over one side of each slice of bread. Place in skillet, buttered side down, and toast until lightly browned. Combine salad dressing and horseradish. On two slices of toast, layer a slice of cheese, a beef patty, half of the onion and dressing mixture. Top with remaining toast. Yield: 2 servings.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Start of 2013 Creations

I have been so wanting for so long to get started on painting some new designs that have been sitting there staring me in the face for over a year. As luck would have it I managed to carve out some hours this new year and got these little cuties done! Nothing more gratifying to me than getting all the colors figured out and get the pattern down exactly how I want it. I think I am gonna take January and make it my "getting new patterns done" month. I only participated in two craft shows last year and was just amazingly surprised at how well I did with my sales so I'm a bit pumped up right now! LOL These are four new designs and I am completing a golfer santa and fisherman santa as I type this...stay tuned! Enjoy!


Welcome 2013! So glad to see 2012 leave the building! The reason I have been "missing in action" these past few months is that I have not had a second to get on here. My dad was in a horrible car accident on November 1st and I have been spending alot of my time at the hospital and rehab with him. Luckily, as I type this he is making great progress and we are still hopeful for a full recovery. A long way left to go but we can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel now. We have been so blessed to still have him and watch his fight to get well. At 78 it is a bit tougher and it seems like the hardest part is keeping him wanting to move forward and convince him that he can get through it and will. Weird how the kids become the parents and the parents become the kids as we get older. Going through all this certainly makes you see the power of prayer. Everyone has prayed for his recovery and without a doubt he would not be where he is today without all the prayers that have been raised for him and our family. There were days that I didn't think I could get through them but have of course. I have been so touched by observing not only my family and friends' love for me and my family but at all the other families that are affected by such tragedies as we have been experiencing. To watch others with their loved ones that are struggling with sicknesses and/or accidents has just been something to see. I wish I were capable of making a documentary just about "love." It doesn't matter who you are, we all are capable of giving much needed love to one another. I wish I were better with words to express what I have experienced just by watching others around me in a very sad environment. My wish to you all of you in 2013 is to keep telling the ones you love how much they mean to you this year and to be there for them. This experience with my dad has made me a more humble, loving and caring person which I knew I was all along but it sure makes me think about trying harder in this new year. God bless each and every one of you!