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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pudding Cookies

I just made the most awesome cookies ever!!!

I found it on pinterest, chef in training is where its from

1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2-1/4 cups flour
1-2 cups chocolate chips (or whatever add in you would like, I added Reeses Peanut Butter Chips)

Preheat oven to 350 F.Stir together flour and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
Add in pudding package and beat until well blended.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
Add chocolate chips or whatever add-in you chose.
Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 F for 8-12 minutes.

These were Heavenly, Thank you Chef In Training!!!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Oreo Cheese Cake Cookies

Well I had to try these yummy looking cookies I saw on Pinterest....

These were found at Pass the Plate

These were sooo good...

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
Yields: 16-18 cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 cup Oreos, crushed

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and well-combined.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix until the ingredients are well-combined. Add the flour and mix on low until the flour is incorporated. I don't know if it was the elevation I live at, but I ended up having to use 1 to 1/2 cups more of flour.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
  4. Place the Oreo cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Scoop the cookies into about 1½ to 2″ balls and then roll in the cookie crumbs. Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the tops are slightly puffed.
  5.  Cool on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gift

I didn't go all out this year, being pregnant and all I just haven't felt like crafting...

I got some starburst, laffy taffy, snickers, a sharpie and a container.

Bow Holder

Madi loves her bows, and I love to buy/make them...

I needed a new idea for a bow holder that didn't take up too much room but still held all her many bows, and this is what I came up with.
Ribbon 2 different sizes
Floor boards

I used wood that I had around the house, that ended up being some floor board :)

I had my hubby cut it for me and Madi and I painted it.

Then the hubby drilled holes in it for me for the hooks (to hold things like headbands and necklaces or even ribbon)

Then hubby even screwed all the hooks in for me.

I measured 2 inches between each ribbon and then had 2 different size ribbon that I rotated. 

And tada!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Sorry I've been away for so long!!!  Soon I will be having the little guy and hopefully have more energy to do other things :)

This is what I made for dinner today!!!

Southern Plate gave a great idea for dinner that I found on pinterest...  And here is it


You’ll need: Yellow Rice*, Cream of Chicken, Whole kernel corn, onion, chicken breasts, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker. Chop up onion and toss on the top.

Spoon or glob your cream soup over that.

Now cover this and cook it according to the following:
Low – 7-8 hours
High 3-4 hours.
This is great to put on in the morning on the weekends if you cook it on high and then have a nice meal at lunchtime.
When it is done cooking, drain your corn and toss that in along with your cooked rice and cheddar.
You’ll need to cook your rice before this step. What I like to do is cook my rice the night before and just stick it in the fridge. Then you can dump it in and stir it up and give it a minute or two to get heated. You can also cook your rice soon as you get home, though. It’s still an easy and delicious supper!
Stir all of that up and give it a few minutes to get all heated and warm (this won’t take long)

 I used black beans and rice as my rice, I think you can always mix it up a bit :)

 Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice here is another great recipe...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Is Santa Real

A wonderful explanation given by a mother on when her daughter asked if Santa is real.  I had to save this so I can use it one day...

I found it at
and this is what she wrote, I had to save it because it was so touching

Dear Lucy,
Thank you for your letter. You asked a very good question: “Are you Santa?”
I know you’ve wanted the answer to this question for a long time, and I’ve had to give it careful thought to know just what to say.
The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa.
I am the person who fills your stockings with presents, though. I also choose and wrap the presents under the tree, the same way my mom did for me, and the same way her mom did for her. (And yes, Daddy helps, too.)
I imagine you will someday do this for your children, and I know you will love seeing them run down the stairs on Christmas morning. You will love seeing them sit under the tree, their small faces lit with Christmas lights.
This won’t make you Santa, though.
Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to have belief in something they can’t see or touch.
It’s a big job, and it’s an important one. Throughout your life, you will need this capacity to believe: in yourself, in your friends, in your talents and in your family. You’ll also need to believe in things you can’t measure or even hold in your hand. Here, I am talking about love, that great power that will light your life from the inside out, even during its darkest, coldest moments.
Santa is a teacher, and I have been his student, and now you know the secret of how he gets down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve: he has help from all the people whose hearts he’s filled with joy.
With full hearts, people like Daddy and me take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible.
So, no. I am not Santa. Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. I’m on his team, and now you are, too.
I love you and I always will.

Awesome right...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Motorcycle Bunny for Baby Shower

I know I haven't posted in a very long time, being pregnant I really haven't felt like doing too much.

My niece had a baby shower and I made her this really cute bunny

The best instructions are found at SweetAprils blog.  She has great pics for the step by step.

Materials: 34 diapers Pampers Swaddlers Size 1 (17 for each tire), 8" cake pan, 2 rubber bands, 2 receiving blankets, 2 bibs, 1 chain link toy, a pair of socks or mittens, a baby bottle, 1 washcloth, scissors, pins, a stuffed animal, and decorative ribbon.
Here are some basic pics to help you out

Monday, February 6, 2012

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snacks

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Squares
makes 9 squares
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups creamy peanut butter, like Skippy Natural
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add peanut butter and sugar and mix on high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.

3. Add in flour, oats, salt and baking soda, mixing on medium speed. The dough will look crumbly and you want the peanut butter mix to be broken up into clumps. Add milk with the mixer on low speed, and mix until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Make sure dough is completely combined, and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place it in the middle of an 8×8 baking dish, pressing it to fit. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until set and golden on top. Let cool completely, then cut into 9 squares.

I found the yummy recipe here


i forgot to take lots of pics, was making this in a hurry for a superbowl party :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Links for the week

Bee In our Bonnet has the cutest thank you match box....

It is what it is has a cute valentine

Lovesome has a cute tute for heart warmers and a free printable

Brownpaper packages has Valentines Day BINGO

SewCraftCreate has a cute Medallion Headband and a great tute for it...

Our Best Bites they have some yummy looking salad


Remember last week I posted that I needed to make these???

Well I did, and they were sooo awesome that I didn't really share with anyone

32 caramel squares, unwrapped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8x8" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
*A stint in the fridge will help them cool off if you're pinched for time. They shouldn't be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature.
**To make a 9x13" version, simply double the amounts.