Friday, June 24, 2011

Texas Coleslaw

Texas Coleslaw

1 Bag coleslaw mix

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 cans (11 ounces each) Green Giant® Mexicorn® whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Toss coleslaw mix, cilantro and corn in very large (4-quart) bowl. Place oil, lime juice, cumin and salt in tightly covered container; shake well. Pour over coleslaw mixture; toss.

2 Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to blend flavors.

Warm Toasted Marshmallow S'mores

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
Warm Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Bars
1 cup butter or margarine, melted

3 cups milk chocolate chips (18 oz)

4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix and crumbs. Stir in melted butter until soft dough forms. Press into ungreased 13x9-inch pan.

2 Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt. Spread chocolate evenly over crust.

3 Set oven control to broil. Sprinkle marshmallows over melted chocolate. Broil with top 5 to 6 inches from heat 20 to 30 seconds or until marshmallows are toasted. (Watch closely; marshmallows will brown quickly.) Cool 10 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Serve warm. Store any remaining bars tightly covered.

Monday, June 13, 2011

"New Look"

Look at me !! A sassy new look for June. If you need a new look or any help with your blog, Jennifer really has a good eye for designing and working with people.

Check out the sidebar and maybe you could look this cute !!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Balloon Cupcakes

I thought this might be a great alternative to a child's birthday cake.
Baked cupcakes Balloon Cupcakes

Frosting (equal amounts of yellow, green, blue, and red)

Curling ribbon (yellow, green, blue, and red)


Frost the cupcakes yellow, green, blue, and red and arrange them on a large platter or cake cardboard.

Tape a length of ribbon to the bottom of each cupcake.

Tie all the ribbons together and curl the ends as shown.

Sweet Sandals

Sweet Sandals.

I think these are adorable for your next BBQ or kids party


Oval-shaped cookies (we used Nabisco Cameos and Pepperidge Farm Milanos)


Sour gummy worms

Rope licorice

Gummy candy

To make a pair, frost two oval-shaped cookies or use a toothpick to dab frosting on each cookie where the straps will be attached.

For wide straps, snip the rounded ends from a sour gummy worm, cut it in half, and slice each half lengthwise, leaving one end intact. For thin straps, cut rope licorice into four 1-3/4 pieces, cut one end of each piece on an angle, and pinch together the pointed ends to form two pairs.

Press the straps, connected ends first, into the frosting. Use more frosting to add gummy candy jewels. Let the cookies set for 20 minutes. Serve them on a dish towel spread on a beach of graham cracker crumbs.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Beverage Cooler Sink

Often times when entertaining for large crowds, one finds themselves with limited refrigerator space. When storage for cool things is low, do this. Fill a sink, preferably an outdoor one, will 3 to 4 cups of ice. Place bottled and can beverages in the sink and scatter ice over. Guest will be able to reach for their own drink while its cool.

Wool Felting Beads

This is a great article on felting beads. That seems to be popular so I thought I would mention it if you are interested, take a look.

Narrow Writing Desk

Crisp white desk with sky blue floral corkboard

Turn a small writing desk into an out-of-the-way crafts table. The desk's compact size makes it a prime choice to put in a small space, such as a spare bedroom, an extra closet, or even the hallway. Drawers hold crafts supplies to keep the work surface clear. Hang a corkboard above it to put inspirational papers in full view. A handy tray on top of the desk organizes frequently used art supplies

Supply Station

Shelving unit as craft station

A crafts station can be hung on any wall in the house, even above a washer and dryer. Open shelves accommodate oddly shaped supplies, such as a sticker maker and floral arrangement containers. Small drawers hold notions, embellishments, and small tools while keeping the space uncluttered.

Crafty Organization Solutions

Open suitcase with crafts supplies inside

Craft Supply Suitcase

Small luggage pieces become fun when used as crafts storage and can easily be tucked away when not in use. Glue a metal sheet to the inside of the lid and attach magnetic spice jars to store embellishments. In addition, suitcases can hold unfinished crafts projects and scrapbook supplies

Friday, June 10, 2011

Box Spring Cover

Clever Box Spring Cover
It's true: Adding flair and personality to your surroundings doesn't have to break the bank. Find dust ruffles a bit fussy -- and costly? Dress up your bed by slipping a fitted sheet over the box spring for a streamlined look. Use a sheet that matches

Seersucker Napkins

Seersucker is always fitting for a warm-weather party -- and these napkins are no exception. The classic fabric is inexpensive and available at almost any cloth store, so you can mix and match a few colors. Even better, seersucker's slightly puckered texture means there's no ironing required.


1. For a cocktail napkin, cut a 10-inch square of fabric; for a dinner napkin, a 20- to 24-inch square. Make sure you cut with the stripes (not diagonally).

2. Create a fringed border by using a pin to pull out several threads, above. As it's washed, the border will continue to unravel, creating a more relaxed look (think cutoff shorts). If you want to minimize this, sew a straight line at the root of the fringe.
Window Treatment

Inexpensive window grid inserts from a home center liven up this family bulletin board. Here?s how to make one of your own: Cut a piece of plywood to the size of the window grid insert and cover it with cork, batting, and fabric. Secure the fabric to the back of the plywood with a staple gun or finishing nails. Then nail the grid to the covered plywood and glue on buttons at the intersections. Hang it in a high-traffic place so family members don?t miss notes on the way out the door

Affordable Wall Art

Family Frame

Sometimes it helps to think outside the frame. We turned this divided window into a frame perfectly scaled for over the sofa. Sand, prime, and repaint a salvage-yard window, then fit a precut mat and a favorite photo into each opening. Keep them in place with framer's glazing points (find them at crafts stores). We added a vintage knob to give our new artwork old-fashioned character

Vintage Finds

Doorway to Style
green sofa and red chest

Turn an old door into a work of art by propping it against a wall. Paint it a fun color to add even more pizzazz to your room decor

DIY Wall Art from Vintage Finds

green shutter

Cottage style and old shutters are naturals together. Try hanging shutters horizontally for displaying photographs, postcards, letters, and clippings. If years of paint and weathering prevent your louvers from closing tightly enough to hold the papers, use a small piece of double-stick tape to keep items in place

Monday, June 6, 2011

June's Thought of the Month

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant, if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.

Revamped Armoires

Sunny Workstation
desk armoire cabinet hutch storage

Contain a whole home office inside an armoire with a few clutter-concealing solutions. An upper shelf corrals reference books and magazine holders. Essential supplies such as pencils, scissors, and notepads have a place on the desktop, too, all kept in order with desk organizers
Shabby Chic
white bedroom with blue bedding

In place of a headboard, a salvaged mantel gives this bedroom architectural flair. The more distressed the better for a look like this, so don't worry about peeling paint or scuffed edges

Chic and Pretty Headboards

Create a headboard with diva attitude by using a shapely metal screen. A solid-color block painted on the wall behind this one and embellished with metallic swirls gives the headboard larger-than-life personality. The effect helps draw the eye upward with
bedroom with iron screen headboard
 space-enhancing results

Leftover Paint Storage

Transfer leftover paint from large cans to small airtight resealable tubs. Make sure to affix a label to the container; note the color and the room where the paint was used

Provide Drainage for Trash Barrels

Washing your outdoor trash can should be a breeze if you first drill several 1/2-inch holes in the bottom. The drainage holes will allow you to hose down the insides of the barrel without having to dump out the dirty water; this will also prevent rainwater from collecting.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Punched Floral Placemats

A set of chic, colorful place mats will brighten up any dining table. Here's how to make them.

1. Punch petals from pink, ocher, and orange fabric. Then punch a matching set out of fusible webbing (a material that lets you bond fabrics without a needle and thread).

2. Iron the webbing petals to the back of fabric petals; peel off paper backing. Iron petals, webbing side down, to linen mats.

Carmel Cashew Bars

Caramel Cashew Bars1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated chocolate chip cookies 1 bag (11.5 oz) Hershey's® milk chocolate baking chips (2 cups)1container (18 oz) caramel apple dip (1 1/2 cups) 3cups crisp rice cereal1 1/4cups Fisher® Cashew Halves and Pieces.


1  Heat oven to 350°F. In ungreased 13x9-inch pan, break up cookie dough. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.2  Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.3  Meanwhile, in 3- to 4-quart saucepan, cook 1 cup of the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the dip over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and cashews. 4  Spread cereal mixture over crust. In 1-quart saucepan, heat remaining chocolate chips and dip over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Spread over cereal mixture. Refrigerate until chocolate mixture is set, about 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 by 6 rows..

Keep Track of Vacation on the Go

If you hate the idea of grappling with vacation memorabilia after a trip, create a keepsake as you go. Pack a hole punch and a loose-leaf ring to string together maps, postcards, and other souvenirs you collect on the road. When you get home, make a cover by affixing a sticker to the front and rubber-stamping a title on top.

Jar Covers

If you're going to do creative work, your craft supplies should look the part. Here's a way to decorate basic jam jars with lively fabric scraps. First, cut out a circle big enough to cover the lid -- including the lip, inside and out. Put the fabric face down, and apply spray adhesive. Center the lid on the fabric. Fold up a section of the fabric so it adheres to the outside of lid lip. Snip a slit every inch or so on the remaining unadhered fabric (make sure not to cut past the edge of the lid). Press flaps over so they adhere to the interior of the lip. Fill jar with sewing notions (or other miscellany), screw on the lid, and get inspired for your next project.

Clothespin Organizer

Mounted at eye level above a desk, clothespins on an unobtrusive strip hold home-office essentials: correspondence, a calendar, and whatever is relevant at the moment. Drill a mounting hole in each end of a 24-inch length of 2-inch-wide lattice. With wood glue, attach seven wooden spring clothespins in an up-and-down sequence, letting the springs overhang the board. Spray-paint the whole thing, and attach to the wall using the appropriate anchors (use a washer between screw head and board).

Ice Cream Scoop on a Stick

Make multiples of these scoops-on-a-stick and you won't have to spoon ice cream, one serving at a time, in the middle of a party. Using a small (1 1/2-inch) ice cream scoop, dole out balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Insert a craft spoon into each, and place in the freezer. Chill until hardened. Roll scoops in sprinkles, toasted coconut, or crushed nuts or candies, and store them in the freezer on a freshly lined baking sheet.


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