Monday, August 31, 2009

Bows of Blue

SOOO easily entertained.


And that pretty much says it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

TableScape Thursday With My Favorite New Dishes


Come on! Pull up a chair!

What about a hamburger and baked beans?

Maybe a hot dog?

A bologna sandwich and chips?

Before you go back to work, make sure you head on over to Between Naps on the Porch for more lovely tablescapes.
Thank you Susan!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mud Slide Brownies And A Little Bonus For You!

I got this recipe from Sandra Lee....yes it's another one of her Semi Homemade recipes.... These are really delicious! So I knew I had to share the recipe.
But here's the bonus part....

when I went to copy the recipe from Food Network .com.... all of the coupon offers came too.

What a bonus!

EDIT! Once I posted the recipe, I realized that the coupons did not transfer. BUT if you click on the words Food Network above, you will go to the recipe and the coupons are there.

For Brownies:

  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 (18.3-ounce) box fudge brownie mix (recommended: Betty Crocker)
  • 3 eggs, divided use
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup pre-made mudslide drink (recommended: T.G.I. Friday's)
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with butter-flavored cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine brownie mix, 2 eggs, vegetable oil, and mudslide drink. Mix well to combine. Transfer to prepared baking pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine instant coffee and 1 tablespoon of hot water. Stir together until all the coffee has dissolved. Add cream cheese, sugar and remaining egg. Using an electric mixer beat on low speed until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread over brownie mixture. Use a butter knife to cut cream cheese mixture into brownie mixture for a marble effect.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.

I hope you enjoy these!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Dishes and a Favorite New Web Site

This is a website that I love!

I had seen these adorable plates in Country Living Magazine at the beginning of the summer and decided I had to have them. The site that was mentioned in the article was sold out almost as soon as the feature was published. At least that is what it seemed like to me. Then one day I was looking at Tina Smith's blog, Cherry Hill Cottage and she featured
Home a la mode.

So I had to check it out because Tina has wonderful cottage style! And there they were. My melamine dishes that I had been wanting forever.

So I ordered them! (yay)

They arrived the other day and of course I had to show them to you!

I am so happy with my order. I can't wait to set the table.

I also ordered these darling tea towels. Way too cute!

I have to wash and put them away now.

Look for these pretties in future posts!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I tried this a couple of weeks ago and I think I really like it. I don't normally care for the 0 calorie sweeteners for two reasons. They never taste right and they have so many scary chemicals in them.

Truvia is made from only the best tasting and sweetest part of the stevia plant.
Truvia only has 3 ingredients. 1. Erythritol - A naturally fermented sugar alcohol found in grapes and pears 2. Rebiana - Their brand name for the stevia product 3. Natural Flavors - Used to bring out the flavor, as salt and pepper would for meat,

I like it better than Splenda.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thin and Crispy or Thick and Gooey

Do you like your chocolate chip cookies thin and crispy or thick and gooey? I personally prefer thick and gooey. However, if you like thin and crispy, this is a great recipe for you. I also added butterscotch chips.

Just to cut the sweet!

1/2 lb. unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
12oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
6oz butterscotch chips

In large mixing bowl, with electric mixer, mix butter until creamy. Mix in brown and granulated sugars, salt and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in egg and baking soda. Add flour. Mix on low until incorporated. Mix in chocolate and butterscotch chips. Drop onto greased or sprayed baking sheets by rounded tablespoon about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until tops are set when lightly pressed with fingertips and color is golden.
Let stand 2 minutes and remove to racks.

Got Milk?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sniffs Good!

You've seen these candles at Joannes and Wal Mart. I just thought the crock was to cute to toss. So I took the old melted candle out and soaked the original label off. I put a little pillar of my favorite from Yankee Candle (clean cotton). Then I gave it my own brand put a bow on it and called it new!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blue and Yellow Tablescape Thursday

A simple blue and yellow theme.

Make sure you head over to Susan's for table scapes galore!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Perfect For A Gift Card!

Has anyone seen these cute little wood boxes/purses at Michaels?

I have made a couple of them now and they are totally fun! I use them for gift cards.
It just makes them more personal.