{recipe} Irish Steak, Yum!

22 11 2012

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i made this awesome dish a couple nights ago to surprise my husband. It would have been a great meal except he got called back to work right as I was serving the meal. Yet another reason I can’t wait until we are finished with the military.
.:sad face:.
Any way, the picture definitely does this recipe service. The meat is tender and the taste is completely out of this world. A few words of caution: Don’t turncthe heat up too high or you’ll cook to onions too quickly.

Keep reading for the how to.

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Peasant Bread, Take 1

18 11 2012

Its not very often I come across a recipe that makes me excited.  Okay, since discovering Pinterest it is kind of often, but I don’t usually make anything.

Well last night I was browsing my Pinterest and homemade bread seemed to be a pretty recurring pin.  With winter rolling in swiftly it’s really not surprising.  Anyway, a couple of the pictures caught my eye but this one gained my full attention.

I’m sure you understand why.

The problem is, I haven’t exactly mastered the art of bread making.  There is only one other bread recipe I have cooked before, and it’s not a perfected art.

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Easy Bulletin Board

30 09 2012

School started again for Prince D.  This is a very exciting thing for me.  I love all three of my boys but when all three are home I’m ready to be locked in a padded room.

The thing I don’t like about school starting is the exuberant amounts of paperwork coming in.  Its not too bad right now, but its only been two weeks now.  I’ve already had to come up with something to tack all of the school papers I need to keep on so I made a bulletin board in 5 minutes.

Its not the pretties of fellows, but for $0 and 5 minutes of my time, it certainly suits my budget and needs!

You will need:
2 pieces of cardboard, or a large on folded in half
a stapler
an old pillow case

Step 1.
Cut the cardboard down to fit into the pillow case and have straight edges.

Step 2.
Put the cardboard inside the pillow cases. Fold the loose edges over the the pillow case is snug on the cardboard, and staple the loose edges on the backside.

Step 4.
Hang the bulletin board on your wall. You can do this in much lovlier ways, but this is good for us for now.





Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

9 09 2012

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup unsalted butter
    1 cup  peanut butter
    1 cup white sugar
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    jelly for topping.
     
    Directions:
    Cream together butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
    Beat in the eggs.
    Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
    Mix powder into the egg mixture.
    Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
    Roll 1” balls and place onto a baking sheet. 
    Flatten with a fork in a criss cross pattern.
    Bake in 375* for 7 minutes. 
    Put dots of jelly into the center of each cookie.  Try to flatten it a little bit.
    Bake again for 5-8 minutes, until cookies are done.
    THe jelly should be soft enough to spread a little better, so do that.
    Refrigerate for another 10-20 minutes to harden the jelly!
     
    Enjoy!
     
    *I used this recipe for the cookie portion.




Old Window = Wall Art

23 08 2012

A few days ago I showed you a sneak peek of projects to come. I finished one of them and I’m so excited to share it with you. I found and old window and there were a few things I would have liked to done with it. I thought about making it into a to-do for my boys but decided that it wouldn’t feature the window as much. I also thought of making it into a family portrait frame but let that idea go quickly for a few reasons. Finally I settled on making it into a piece of wall art to hang above my headboard when I finish making-over my room.

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Succulent Terrarium

14 08 2012

Succulent terrariums have been all over pinterest lately.  When they started showing up I got really excited because I have become mildly obsessed with succulents lately; I already had one arrangement in a pot, an aloe vera plant, and the ones featured in this post.  I’ve been wanting to make one for quite some time now and finally got the chance to do it today.  Its not the most spectacular DIY terrarium out there, but I’m pretty happy with it… especially since is cost me absolutely nothing.  Everything used was found around my house!

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Chocolate Filled Crescent Rolls

14 04 2012
I have a confession to make.  I have one of the biggest sweet tooth’s ever.  No, seriously.  I was inspired to create these after walking into a local bakery and seeing theirs.  Of course I am not going to spend the money to buy these delicious treats when I can go home and create them myself.  Okay, okay… so I bought five a few and ate them on the spot.  Regardless, I think my version of these are just as good, if not better, than any bakery, and they are a hell of a lot cheaper!  I hope you enjoy.  Even if you don’t, I did!  😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube of refrigerated crescent roll dough.
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 TBSP water
  • powdered sugar for topping

Directions:

  1. Open tube of crescent rolls, separated into individual triangles and lay them out flat onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  2. Brush crescent roll dough with melted butter.  Sprinkle chocolate chunks on top.  Personally I think I used too much, so I wouldn’t recommend a heavy sprinkle.
  3. Roll up as you would a plain crescent roll.  Mix water into egg white and whisk until bubbles start to form on top.  Brush crescent rolls with egg white.
  4. Bake in oven, preheated to 375 degrees, for 15 minutes or until crescent rolls are a golden brown color and slightly  crispy to the touch
  5. Take out of oven and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
  6. Let crescent rolls cool slightly, but serve before the chocolate hardens.  I suppose you could microwave them or reheat them in the oven, but I didn’t try that so don’t quote me.
Enjoy!