Sep, 12

{diy} rice cakes 3 ways

Today I thought I’d share an easy way to mix up your healthy snacking by sharing rice cakes 3 ways.  Rice cakes can be described as “cardboard-like” or “flavorless,” but they don’t have to be.  With a few simple ingredients you can transform your boring rice cakes into a healthy snack that you look forward to!  The possibilities are endless, so play around with what you have in the pantry and I bet you’ll be surprised with what you can come up with.  For these 3 variations, I used lightly salted rices cakes, but you can use whatever flavor you’d like.  Each cake is only about 35 cal, so depending on your choice in toppings, you can fill up on little calories.

Jul, 12

{diy} jam butter

I love magazines and Country Living has to be my current favorite.  They always share so many lovely recipes and crafts and I try a lot of them.  This time I tried to make some jam butter with my mom’s homemade raspberry jam.  For some reason mine didn’t come out as fluffy as I had pictured, but it sure does taste wonderful!  You can find the recipe here and it really would make a great house-warming gift.  Let me know if you try it! ♥r

Jul, 12

{diy} Goat Cheese Pizza

Saturday was a much-needed rainy day here, so we decided to try this recipe that I found on Pinterest the other day.  It came out so good and I highly recommend it!  Basically it’s pesto, tomatoes, mushrooms and goat cheese all spread out on pizza dough… so yum!  Check it out here for the full recipe and how too and let me know what you think! ♥r

Jun, 11

4th of July DIY Goodies

The 4th of July is just around the corner and we have decided to though a little shindig at our house this year.  Our back yard faces one of the open spaces where they let off the fireworks each year, and it’s less than a 1/4 mile away.  Plus, we have an open greenbelt behind out house for everyone to lay on blankets and watch the festivities without the big crowds.  It’s perfect!  Now that all of the wedding stuff is finished (for my pal Jessica) and I’m back from Puerto Rico, I have time to sit down and get inspired.  I’ve found so many great DIY ideas for the big day, and I just had to share them with you.  Enjoy…

{twig and thistle} I love the idea of providing each guest with a sparkler set to celebrate the big day!  It’s simple and fun.

{the sweetest occasion} These straw tags are simply adorable!

{martha stewart} How easy and perfect are these little firework decorations!  These are a must.

{kinser event company} One word: Pinwheels!

{twig and thistle} What the…!!!  Genius!  These would be a great treat and easy to eat.

{my recipes & southern living} blueberry ice cubes and berry splash juice.

Eeeeee… I hope you are as inspired as I am to throw your own little party to celebrate our nations freedom and liberty!

May, 11

2-Ingredient Fruit Rolls!

Oh my, the Mr. would go ape-wild over these super simple 2-ingredient fruit rolls!  You won’t believe how easy they are to make until you check it out for yourself over at Just A Taste.

Apr, 11

{humpday tutorial} Sweet Sugar Belle Cookies

Oh my goodness these are cute!  Sweet Sugar Bellegives you complete step-by-step instructions on how to create these lovelies for a baby shower or birthday party.  The tutorial images are stunning!

Mar, 11

Gotta Make These!

Good morning and happy Saturday!  I found these the other day and really wanted to share them with you.  I have not made them yet, but really NEED to.  That’s right, I NEED to.  This recipe marries two of the greatest cookies of all time into one… pure bliss.  My husband and I have “cookies ‘n milk” every single night after dinner… No joke.  Ron will tell you otherwise, because he is a bit embarrassed that we do it.  He’s trying to cut his weight a bit for an upcoming judo competition, so you probably won’t hear him admit this anytime soon.  It is our weakness.  We usually eat Oreo’s and milk most nights, but when we have others in the house, like mom’s chocolate chip cookies, we will gladly eat those too!

It’s a sick sick addiction that we’ve created, but it’s become a tradtion in our home.  We’ve been doing it for years now.  Anyhoo, check these tantalizing Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies out and the full recipe over at Very Culinary right now!

Dec, 10

5th annual cookie swap

So this years 5th Annual Cookie Swap was a success!  We had 14 ladies bake their hearts out to share with each other.  There were so many different recipes and flavors, it was unreal, and delicious.  Ron and I had them all gone in a week and a half.  Yum yum.

So, I tried this Weight Watchers Pumpkin Chocolate chip recipe that I found on Two Blonde’s Walk Into a Gym, and although they were ugly, they tasted so yummy.  I wasn’t sure how this recipe was going to pan out, but it blew me and my guests away how moist and flavorful they were!  Go Weight Watchers, woohoo!  Not only was this the easiest (by far) cookie recipe that I’ve ever made, but is also probably the healthiest… he hee hee.  Below are step-by-step instructions on how to make these scrumptious little cookies, so enjoy.

Above Images: 1. The ingredients that you see here is all you need, seriously!  No eggs, no milk.  I made 14 dozen cookies, so I needed more than one batch.  One batch makes approx. 48 cookies.  You will need 1 box Spice Cake Mix, 15 oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix, just straight pumpkin), and 1 cup chocolate chips.  that’s it! 2-4. Mix the ingredients one by one into a small bowl. 5. Scoop mix by the tablespoon onto a non-stick cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 12-14 min.  Let cool foe a few minutes on pan then transfer to cooling rack. 6. Enjoy!

Visit Two Blonde’s Walk Into A Gym for the nutritional values.

What was a bigger hit than the cookies you ask?  Well, that would be my cat Brutus James.  He should have had a red carpet at this event because all of the ladies were swooning over him.  They all asked for photos with him!  He loves the ladies and all of the attention that comes with them.  He was such a hit, even my pal Jessica (top) loved him and she’s not a big fan of animals.  He worked his charm, that’s for sure.  My mom and cousin are in the middle photos and that’s my mom and sis in the bottom ones.  So cute!

Here is a photo of this years ladies!  Can’t wait until next year!

Funny thing, my friend Ben invited me to his cookie swap too, so I participated in two lovely swaps this year!  Crazy, I know, but this one only had us baking 8 dozen…heeheehee.  Oh, that’s my hubby Ron, trying to take the credit for baking all of these goodies.  Don’t be fooled by his charm though. 🙂

Night all!
ox RobbieLee

Aug, 10

all things blue…berries

Blueberries are fantastic by themselves, but they are great additives to so many different recipes as well!  I know they can be messy for the kiddos, but kids love them (parents do too)!  Here are a few blueberry recipes that I just adore

This Blueberry Tart recipe yields about 12 servings at 200 per serving.  There are no exotic ingredients here, in fact, you probably have the majority of ingredients in your pantry!

This Old-fashioned Blueberry Whip is so yummy! It takes about 3 to 3 1/2 hours from start to finish, but it’s worth the effort.  Plus, it yields about 4o servings!!!  I think these are best served in mini crystal bowls for a baby or bridal shower.

I have not tried this Blueberry Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze… yet, but I plan to!  It looks so good and moist.

These Australian Blueberry Biscut Scones are too perfect for the kiddos, not to mention great portion control size for mommy.  🙂

Who doesn’t need a Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie for breakfast?!  This recipe is full of fresh fruit and the walnuts of course are optional if allergies exist.

Let me know if you try any of these, I’d love to hear what you think!

Jun, 10

Great Italian Soda Recipe!

I finally found the best way to make an Italian Soda!!!  Jessica at Zakka Life shares the simplest and tastiest way on her blog, so check it out and make some for the family today!  The best part is that they are so inexpensive to make for any occasion!  Enjoy!