Homemade Belgium Waffles


Can you tell I’m always hungry!!! I’ve had a ton of recipes to post! I’m falling head over heels in love with making as many dishes from scratch as I can.This one is fantastic this time of year with all the fresh berries on sale! I also personally love a good Blackberry Syrup to top my mountain-o-waffles. Nothing like fresh Blueberries drizzled with sweet syrup and kissed by powdered sugar!!! I’m drooling over here!!!!!

Thanks again to foodnetwork.com for this great recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • non-stick cooking spray


Directions

Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In 1 medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix. In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not overmix! Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook as per manufacturer’s instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Spaghitti Salad

I’ve never been the kind of person who gags if her food touched each other on my dinner plate! I’m often the one who just piles it on and actually encourages my meal to cohabitate! Many of my favorite dishes came about when a certain “Cross Contamination” occurred!

My most famous concoction happened in the 2nd grade! My brother and I created what was then just an ” I dare you” snack. Who knew it would soon be a family favorite for generations to come! Over 20 years ago on one Fall afternoon, two young kids created their first ever
PeAnuT BuTTter aNd pIcKLle SaNdWIch!
Sounds hideous I know!

Yet oh so incredible!!! Who knew creamy Peanut Butter and Dill Pickle Chips
were a match made in heaven!

For reals you all should try it!!! It has about a 78% conversion rate! I even gave birth to two fans!!! A tradition I proudly passed on!!! Some parents pass on intelligence or blue eyes…. I pass on crazy taste buds! Ahhhhh YEEAAHHH!!!

Other favs over here are Rice with A1, Coco Pebbles on Ice Cream, Salt and Vinigar chips with Cottage Cheese and Spaghetti Salad! None of witch are either gourmet or classy
for that matter… just plane good combos!

Spaghetti Salad is a no brainer! I love pasta! I love salad!
Together it’s a home run right! RIGHT!

I grab my largest bowl I can get my hands on and pile in my lettuce. I top it with my pasta and meat sauce and then add A little drizzle of Ranch dressing and Italian dressing!
Give it a little mix-a-roo and there you go!

With garden veggies ready to over take kitchens across America, I’ve been adding fresh
veggies to my pasta sauce! I add shredded Carrots, Onions and Zucchini! It’s a great way to sneak some goodness in if you have picky eaters!

Spaghetti Salad!!! A great combo pretty much on the safe side! If your up for more
of an adventure I’d try the PB & P!!!

What crazy combos do you guys enjoy?

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POOF! Magic Wands

What little girl doesn’t love playing dress up! We have a house full of Princesses and Fairy’s so Magic Wands it was…

Here’s what you’ll need:
wood dowel, saw, ribbon, scrapbook paper, clear packing tape, sand paper, tac, glue, gem.


Cut dowel to 12″ and sand ends. using clear packing tape the length of the dowel, add a strip of tape to both sides of cut scrapbook paper. Roll tightly the taped paper onto the dowel and trim any excess tape or paper. Now you have a “laminated” dowel. Cut about 6 ribbon strips about 18″-20″ long. Dab a small amount of glue, I used E6000, on tip of dowel and start to layer on ribbon, criss crossing and staggering and adding a tiny amount of glue as you layer. Push a flat tac into the dowel to secure all the ribbon in place. Add a gem with glue to the top of the tac and the very bottom of the wand to add detail!!! And POOF!!! You have yourself a Magic Fairy Wand and happy little girls!

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Photoshop Tutorial: Actions

I love a good Photoshop “how to!” I have learned most of my skills on Photoshop by doing on line searches, watching how to videos and just playing around! I was introduced to “Actions” from a friend. Actions are effects you can add to photographs to change their appearance! Things like Black and White, Sharpening colors and more!

Pioneer Woman has some wonderful Actions you can upload and enjoy.
She has amazing examples!

Also you can find a great collection of actions for uploading over
at Coffee Shop Photography.
She also provides down loads for fun story board templets HeRe!!!!!

Here are some of my favorite Effects…

Original Photo

“Boost”Action from Pioneer Woman

“70′s” Action from Pioneer Woman

“Black and White” Action from Pioneer Woman

“Quick Burnt Edge”Action from Pioneer Woman

You can also stack actions:


” 70′s and Quick Burn Edge” together

This is a story Board effect from Coffee Shop Photography. I had already used the “70′s” effect. This makes for a great template for Birth Announcements…

birth

Check out actions and have a blast playing with your photos! Photoshop has endless possibilities! Be sure to visit my other favorite Photoshop links I have listed on my side bar!!!

Happy Editing!

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Paper Fans

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There sat one last wall in my girls room…blank, barren and in need of love!

SOLUTION: Paper fans!

This easy! EASY! EASY decorating technique is not only simple but super CHEAP!!! My two favorite things when it comes to projects over here!! This entire wall only cost about $6 to fill and the result is a splash of color and a dose of whimsy!

How to make:

( we’ve all made a paper fan out of a school program while board or while sitting in church! It really is just that easy…)

  • Take two identical pieces of Scrapbook paper.
  • cut them both to the same square size
  • fold the paper back and forth

  • fold each folded piece of paper in half

  • Using a hot glue gun, glue the center together. Repeat on the second piece of paper.

  • Now glue them together on the seams.

  • attach them to wall using Adhesive Putty.

This is a darling way to custom create a feature wall for any room!

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Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

This weekend I wanted to use my fresh blueberries and make home made muffins!!! I had 2 lbs. of beautiful berries in my refrigerator just waiting to make themselves at home in a yummy muffin! I jumped on line to foodnetwork.com and went a huntin’! I love that website! I have my favorite chefs and once again Ina didn’t disappoint! This recipe jumped out at me because it calls for Sour Cream!! I just love baking anything with sour cream!It makes everything so moist!

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces (about 1 cup) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 half-pints fresh blueberries, picked through for stems


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 16 paper liners in muffin pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed. Fold in the blueberries with a spatula and be sure the batter is completely mixed.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup just over the top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a cake tester comes out clean.

***Do yourself a favor and DON”T forget the second batch of muffins you have in the oven!!!Just because your husband is being a Rock Star, amazing guy and tickling your back, which is your most favorite thing in the world!!, PLEASE DON”T FORGET ABOUT THE MUFFINS!!!!! Or else!!!

Not the golden brown coloring I was going for!!!

This is what an hour in the oven looks like!

Oops!

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Silhouette Bag

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Last month I walked into a FooFoo Design center and saw an adorable Silhouette Canvas Tote!! I pretty much love all things Silhouette so I was drawn to it!!! Of course the price tag repelled me away but not before I was already in love and the wheels of ideas began to turn! The bag in question was a beaut but it was a Silhouette of some old Victorian woman I had no ties to… My bag would be adorned with the little girls who own pieces of my heart! Lovely isn’t it!!

To find out how to make Fab Stencils for your own stenciling projects be sure to Check out my How To by CLicKing HeRe!!!!

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Freezer Paper Stenciling

This awesome stuff ain’t just for Pork Chops People!!!! Reynolds Freezer Paper is a wonder product when it comes to making stencils! It’s also great for Quilting applique…who knew!!!
The instructions are simply stated on the box…

“Make non-stick stencils. Temporarily adhere the plastic side to fabric with a hot, dry iron. Peel off stencil when paint dries.

Sounds easy enough! Boy is it ever! I think I’m in love!!!!

Here’s my go at creating a stencil using Freezer Paper! For this project
I will be making silhouettes.


First Chose an image you would like to trace. I took profile photos of my girls and printed them off. You could trace a photo from a book, use clip art or print an image from on line.

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  • Next either cut out your image to place on top of the freezer paper or place your image under the freezer paper to trace.
  • Place the freezer paper plastic side down and trace.
  • cut out your image with an exacto knife or scissors.
  • Once the image is cut out place the stencil onto your fabric surface
  • and iron it on to adhere it in place.

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  • Use fabric paint and a foam brush.
  • Apply fabric paint
  • Brush on the paint and be sure to cover the open space completely paying close attention to the edges.
  • Remove stencil and allow for the paint to fully dry…about 1 hour.
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What’s for dinner: Slidders

Menu
Bacon, Avocado & Grilled Onion Slidders
Seasoned Shoe String French Fries
Steamed Edamame & Spinach with Rice Wine Vinegar

Slidders, a.k.a. Super adorable mini hamburgers, are a hit with kids and adults! You can take my word for it because I ate two of them and still wanted more!!!

I simply seasoned my beef with Worcestershire Sauce and garlic salt. Here’s how I recommend making your patties…

Cover your counter with plastic wrap and place your seasoned meat in the center. Cover the meat with a piece of plastic wrap.


Using a rolling pin, roll out the meat until it’s approximately 1/4″ thick.
Remove the plastic wrap and cut it into squares using a pizza cutter!!!

This makes perfectly sized patties. I cook mine on my griddle. Serve on rolls and add your favorite burger toppings. We love any excuse to eat bacon so that’s a family fav over here!!! Grilled onions, pineapple, and jalapenos might also be crowd pleasers!

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Chiffon Necklace on the cheap!

I fell in love with a necklace at Anthropology a few weeks ago but , of course,
like always when I closed my eyes, held my breath and made a
wish that the price would be slashed with a red marker and
hugely reduced, reality hit me straight upside my head when
$38

stared back at me!

No surprise!!! It was Anthropology!!!

Of course the first thing that popped into my head was a little saying I often hear…yes I hear voices in my head….
“I can make that!!!”

Funny how I walk around the world calculating the steps, material and cost saving
advantages of making things myself!

So off to the fabric store I go shopping for all we’ll need to replicate this beauty…


Here’s my version of the “Oh so Lovely” Anthro must have…

So who’s ready to save 90% and custom make a little gem like this?!!!?!

First things first! Go get yourself some Chiffon!Chiffon comes in every color and is super cheap especially when you need so little. I buy 1/4 of a yard and have enough
to make three necklaces.

You will also need 1 1/4 yard of coordinating or matching ribbon, matching thread,
beads for the center and felt.


First cut fabric squares about 2 – 2.25″

round the corners like this. Each flower will require 6 of these.

Fold a piece in half, and then in half once again.

Using matching thread, sew the folded petal onto a cut piece of felt, about the size of a quarter.


Repeat that step two more times ’till it looks like this…notice the spacing.


Add the final three petals placing them on top of the open spacing.
Now you have all your petals in place!


Sew on a bead in the center! I found a wonderful 1 lb. bad of mixed beads,
a random collection, for less then $5 at Joanns craft store!

(Once you have your flower complete feel free to shape the flower by cutting and trimming the petals to make it perfect!)


Repeat to make the remaining flowers. Each level of flower needs to be made smaller so just start off with smaller squares of fabric or trim each completed flower to a smaller size.


Find the center of your ribbon and use a hot glue gun to create and secure a center.


Start by gluing the largest flower onto the very center of the ribbon. Continue gluing on the remaining flowers and be aware of the spacing and size of each flower you are gluing on. Be sure to burn the ends of your ribbon with a match to keep it from fraying.

Te Da!!!

A beautiful necklace! This project is easy peesy but does take time!! I can get one done in about an hour if I don’t have kids at my feet!

Chiffon is a fabric that will fray over time and unlike ribbon, you can’t burn it’s edges to keep it from fraying! Even the Anthropology Necklace frays so just be aware that it’s not fray prof! If any of you can come up with a magical solution for this let me know!!!

I posted two projects today so be sure to scroll down and see my much requested “Furniture refinishing” post!

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