May 31, 2010

Pineapple Biscuits

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!  Now, I know that you have better things to do today than read my blog...BUT if you are reading it today...I wanted something to post!  I am not doing Makeover Monday since that post takes me about 2.5 hours vs. this one which will take me seconds!  My family has all sorts of fun planned to today, sorry it is a short one today!  So...here is a yummy recipe for you to make this Memorial Day Weekend!
My Mom is so cute and told me that I HAD to post this on my blog...she even staged the biscuit to look all fancy by adding a pineapple chunk and sprinkled pecans on the plate...she even took the pictures and sent them to me!  That is pure love from my Mom!  Thank you!!!  I haven't made these yet, but just look at them!  Why wouldn't I try them!  They look DELISH and Mama said they were A-MAZING and thats all I need to hear!


Pineapple Biscuits
from: Houston Chronicle


½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup melted butter
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 can biscuits

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In bowl combine brown sugar, melted butter, pineapple, cinnamon, pecans.
Spoon mixture into your muffin tin, matching the number of biscuits. Place
a biscuit in each cup and bake 10-15 minutes, until golden. Let cool for a
few minutes, then invert onto serving plate and serve warm.

May 28, 2010

Bottle Cap Necklaces

Today started off just Fabulous...I was at my 1st Graders Field Day!  Can I just say that after being in 94 degree weather for 2 hr. and 30 min...I am BEAT!  I just want to stay inside and drink water the rest of the day!!  I am totally jealous of how much energy kids have!  Maybe its because I am 3-0...but they just kept running and running and I was dying!  Oh well!  They had fun!  That's what matters!  Here is Little Man in a relay...Love this picture!


Anyway...on to the CRAFT!!  I searched EVERYWHERE on how to make these necklaces and I had to go to a million sites before I got the full picture!  So I thought I would spare you the time and just give you a step by step on how to make bottle cap necklaces!  

The supplies you need:
* Print you want to use
* Glitter glue
* Mod Podge
* Bottle Caps (got them at Hobby Lobby, 6 per package)
* E-6000 glue or something simialr
* Glossy Accents
* Chain
* Bead accessory

Start with the print you want to use.  I am going to Girls Camp with my Church group and some of the Ladies wanted to make these for the girls.  My FABULOUS sister-in-law, Whitney, designed these for me!  A HUGE thank you to her!!  (If you need something done, she can make it happen!!)  First you want to give a topcoat of Mod Podge to the image...so it will not bleed when you add the Glossy Accents.  Then when that is dry, add some glitter glue...for the little bit of sparkle!!

When everything is dry, cut the image to size and then put a bit of E-6000 glue to the back of the image and put inside the bottle cap.  Then you want to get Glossy Accents (I got this at Michaels...I searched EVERYWHERE for this part!  This works:)  This stuff gives you that fun glossy, protectant for the necklace.  Put this on the image and make sure you get it everywhere...Then let it dry.


Once it is dry, you slip it onto your chain as well as your bead...and your done!  These are sooo easy to do!  If any of you would like the image that I have...just send me an e-mail and I will send it to you!  

May 27, 2010

Memorial Day Oreo Pops


Since Memorial Day is coming up in just a few days I thought I would share with you a job that I had!  I had to make 36 of these little guys for a friend of mine...she wanted them red, white and blue...so thats what I did;)


When I make these I stick them in foam and drizzle away...as you can see it makes a MESS!!  I had red and blue chocolate EVERYWHERE!

Since treats are all about the packaging...heres how I like to package these up.  Get some sucker bags, 6" sucker sticks and matching ribbon.  

OREO Truffle Pops

1 pkg. Oreo's...NOT double stuff
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese

Mix together and roll into balls.  I like to use a cookie scoop.  Put them on parchment paper and freeze for about 5 minutes.  Then take them out and add the sucker stick.  When they are hard start melting your chocolate.  Put the chocolate in something that is tall and skinny.  Dip them in chocolate.  Refrigerate.  When it is hard, Drizzle with red chocolate.  (I used a baggie...don't do it...it exploded on me WAY too many times!  I probably should not have sealed the bag...)  Put them back in the fridge.  When red chocolate has set up, drizzle with blue chocolate.  Let it set up in the fridge.  Then put them in their bags and tie with some ribbon.  I promise...you will be the talk of the party:)

May 24, 2010

Multi-Purpose Room...Part 2

Hello All!  So I seem to have been slacking this last week on posts...it's not on purpose.  It was due to lack of time:)  It seems that this is always a REALLY busy time for me!!  I think its with school almost out, graduations, WEDDINGS, lots and lots of babies---which equals lots and lots of baby gifts.  So...forgive me!  And forgive me for being late on this post!

So without any other delays...here is the Makeover Monday post!  Remember Sarah from last week?  Well, I am finishing up her home!  I talked about the mysterious Multi-Purpose Room...and that's what we are going to do!

This is what Sarah had to say:
Okay so, this is a huge dilemma. I'm almost embarrassed to send these pictures because it isn't a good example of how the rest of my house is. It's not great, but this is the worst room by far.  (i blurred our name on the blocks)

So, this is our multi purpose room... usually called the playroom or computer room. We are here most of the day for sure. But, it is my very very least favorite room.

First of all, when you walk into my house, you walk right into the main living area (also where our tv is). It's connected to the formal dining room which we use as the music room. Anyway, it's a big long room and it's RED! It's not super elegant or anything (I have 3 little kids) but it is nice.  That feeds into the kitchen, which you can see bits and pieces of in these pictures. That is our next project. I'm planning to paint the kitchen and "computer" room and light brown color. I think it would work with the red as it's kind of all connected... so it would flow. While I'm a little sick of red, I think accents would like nice to help it all go together, so I'm thinking (not 100% sure) of doing turquoise and red in the kitchen. Do I need to carry on that color scheme in this room? Would it look funny with different colors since it's almost open to the kitchen?

Alright so now... we need a major redo. The futon is covered with just a fitted sheet, so that's easy to replace. The curtains need a MAJOR overhaul.. and 2 panels per window for sure (it has always needed 2 but my mom bought them and we could never find more). Different curtains of course. I prefer them long (as opposed to valances) because the sun is REALLY bad in the summer. And the walls all need help! I think it'd be fun to recover the little chair to match everything, but, it might be time to get rid of it too. It's SUPER comfy, but I feel like it could be in a better place. The bookshelf is in extremely bad shape and is going in the trash (or we might salvage parts of it for another project or something).... so, that whole "corner" needs serious help.  As does the mantle and picture over the mantle. That was a super cheap garage sale purchase when we first moved in and I thought "oh, I'll just use the frame and replace the picture." I'd love a mirror, but I don't think I'm ready to spend money on one, so I was thinking of a series of photos (set of 4 or something) or possible 3 long pieces of something. I'm open. The mantle is pretty ugly, I know. Seriously, I'm embarrassed. The reason this room is the worst is because most people don't see it! We stay in the front. But I want it nice for us.

Oh, and what about that lovely "black" shade over the door window. It's very nice to help keep out some heat, but it's ugly. Should I put blinds and matching curtains there too?

Lastly, I'd LOVE to add my craft table and shelving here, I was thinking possible in the little corner with chair and bookshelf, but I just don't know how to make everything work. And if that wouldn't work, where should I put it?   I don't know how to make it all work and look good! I know, it's a mess.

My other problem is, I'm cheap, really cheap... so I don't want to spend a lot, but, I'm ready for a change to make it actually look good! So, I'm willing to do something!

HELP please!!!!



Here are the pictures:





To answer a few of your questions...yes, I do think that you should have some red spread throughout.  BUT, you just have a little bit.  Just so it flows.  So, maybe have a little red in the pillows.  Not much:)  

Last week we talked about painting this room a nice, neutral green color.  So I think the best thing to do is have a neutral futon color...especially since you are sick of red:)  Here is one that I found:
Cymax, $35 the color is Elite Sand Solid
(If you paint your kitchen table black, I would use the same paint and give a fresh coat to your futon...it would make a huge impact!!)

Whats great about going solid on the futon is that you can have a blast with pillows and drapes!  Here are a few things to look at:

 
 
These came from Pier 1 and they all range from $20-$30.  These are just ideas of some colors and patterns.  You can easily find cheaper ones at places like Marshalls, Ross, Target, etc...I would do about 3 pillows on the sofa and one in the chair.

This striped fabric would make some beautiful drapes.  I found it at JoAnn's and it is $23.99 yd.  I agree with you...a total of 4 panels would be fabulous!!



This chair came from Pier 1, it is $169.99.  I just loved that it had all the colors that you love in it: red, blue and green.  (Hint...when you start getting all your extras, you can have places like Home Depot color match to give you the perfect color.)  NOW...you can absolutely recover your chair like you are thinking about doing.  I would definitely go for a print.  Something that will tie everything together...like the chair above.   Think of a paisley, floral, plaid, etc...and add a pillow out of that fabric as well:)

Now for the mantle.  I love your idea of putting a group of 4 pictures up there.  If you do that, make sure that you make them big!  So maybe get 11x13 frames, have a matte and then use 8x10 pictures.  Another option is to have some rod iron up there.  At Hobby Lobby they have some FABULOUS pieces.  I think they even have tall skinny ones so you could do a group of 3.  Then if you do that you could have some pictures on the mantle with a plant on either side or even some candlesticks (I think I like this option best).  

Another thing you could do to your mantle is paint it!!  It is so easy to do...in fact I did mine a few years ago.  Just sand it a bit...rough it up, then put a primer on it and then paint it (black would be a good option, especially if you paint your kitchen table black...just use the same paint!).  



I love this!!  I got the idea here.  In fact I have made them for my baby's room also!  You can do it several ways...get 12x12" wood, or Styrofoam or even some frames, or canvas.  I did Styrofoam and it was a pain:) This would look great on the big wall that you have next to your computer.  It is such a nice, cheap way to add fabulous art.  You can do as many as you want also...3, 6, 9...whatever!  Just find some fabulous paper to match your stuff!

I think this answers all your questions...EXCEPT the big one of...Where should I put everything???  I am in the process of trying to scan out my drawing for you...its not working, so I may have to wait till the hubby gets home:)  So check back later tonight for some options!!!

Thanks for letting me help you with this Sarah and I hope that it gave you some good ideas!




May 17, 2010

M.M...Kitchen...Part 1

This is take 2 of this post...hopefully it is similar to what I did the first time around:)

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  I spent mine going to my hubby's brothers Wedding!  So the weekend was filled with all the fun wedding parties!  We had so much fun!  Congrats to Cameron and Chelsea!  I hope your having fun relaxing at Cabbo....I'm not at all jealous:)  Here is a picture of how beautiful they look!

Now onto Makeover Monday!  YEAH!!  This is from Sarah.  She needs help with her Kitchen and her Multi-Purpose Room.  Since there are so many questions, I decided to just do 2 parts.  Part 1 today is the Kitchen and Part 2 is next Monday and that is the Multi-Purpose Room.  Here is the letter from Sarah:

We got the kitchen painted and I love the color, it looks so much better than white, but I NEED color! so I have no clue what colors I will do in the kitchen now... which means it doesn't matter what I do in the multi-purpose/playroom. Actually, I am sort of contemplating painting it a different color, but would that be too much? I was thinking a soft green--but if I can add enough color with curtains and accessories, I'd be fine with the neutral. Am I confusing? (Nope...not at all confusing!  I totally understood all that!)


Here are some pictures of the kitchen with it's paint... that's what I was originally planning to bring into the back room. What do you think? You're the expert! Keep it all through and color with accents?

And not to make more work for you... but if you're bored (cough, cough)... what in the world do I put on that kitchen wall?!?!? And we were given this table which also needs a major redo. Our appliances are black so we were thinking of painting that black, but I don't know if that's boring--or if it would look fab! I don't know my options when painting/refinishing tables! And I am redoing the curtains once I figure out what colors I want! Anyway, just thought I'd ask for little "tips" if you had any! But, I don't want you to have to do more for me, so I won't be offended if you don't! :) That other room is enough work!!
 
Here are Sarah's Pictures:
 


Can I just say how cute Sarah's girls are!

 
First of all...I love the paint!  You are right...it does look better than white!  I think that painting the Multi-purpose room a shade of green would be a great idea!  That way you won't get bored with just brown...changing it up is always good!  A fabulous color that has never steered me wrong is:
Brand: Behr
Color: Shortgrass Prairie
#: 760D-5
 

These are some Roman Shades that I think would look great on your windows.   They will add lots of color and since you don't have any blinds, you will get some added privacy as well.  According to JCP you will also save 25% on your heating and cooling costs:)  Whats great about Roman shades is that you can have whatever length you want!  All the way up, all the way down, part way...whatever.   These came from JCPenney and they come in tons of different colors!  They are also only about $50 per shade.  You can also get a 3rd one and put it in the other room to replace the black one you have up!  You can also dress them up and add more color by adding some fringe along the bottom of the shade.

Now you were talking about redoing your table.  Black would be a great option for you!  Shanty 2 Chic had a great tutorial on how to revamp your table.  The only hard part about it is waiting patiently between coats!!  You could also paint your chairs black or you could do another color (which is really popular right now)...totally up to you!  But a fabulous thing to do is add some of these darling chair cushions:

I found these cushions at Pier 1...if you love them...they are on clearance right now for $25.  So fun!
 
Here are a few things about chair cushions:
1.  Have a different print than what your drapes are...you don't want them to CLASH!  So, if you have solid drapes, have a fun stripe, floral, plaid, dot, etc...
 
2. Don't rule out out door fabric for your cushion!  Outdoor fabric is FABULOUS!  If anything spills on it, it just puddles and you just wipe it up!  Keep in mind that they are out right now and they might be on clearance at some stores!
 
3.  You could also gather your 40% off coupons for JoAnn's and get some foam and perfect fabric and sew some of your own custom cushions!  May be a bit more expensive...or cheaper...depending on what you pick out!
 
Now for the big wall.  You all know how I feel about picking out someone elses artwork...so here are a few options that you could do:
Color Block Clock from Pier 1, $60

Wall Art from Pier 1, $150

Some other things you can do down the road is add some hardware to your cabinets and do some different lighting.  Maybe a chandelier with some fabulous little lamp shades.  I hope that this gives you a few ideas for your Kitchen!  Stay tuned next week for part 2! 
 

Makeover Monday...Kitchen

Dear Readers...Especially Sarah-

I have spent 2 hours on this fabulous Makeover Monday.  I went to Publish it...and the whole thing DELETED.  I am crying right now.  As soon as I get over it, I will re-do it and post it later today.  

Thanks---
Swanky Pear





May 12, 2010

Croissant French Toast

This Mother's Day I decided to go all out for myself:)  Ben helped me make this yummy Brunch...It was heavenly!  Give it a try...you won't be sorry!  I have to say...the best part was the Strawberry Syrup!  

On the menu...fresh fruit, Croissant French Toast with  Fresh Strawberry Syrup and Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon (my personal favorite:)




Now for the recipes...

Croissant French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Syrup
Recipe came from myrecipes.com 



  • 4  large day-old croissants
  • 3/4  cup  milk
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 3  tablespoons  powdered sugar

Slice croissants in half lengthwise.
Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

Fresh Strawberry Syrup

  • 1  quart fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 1/4  cup  orange liqueur or orange juice
  • 1  teaspoon  grated orange rind

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and let stand 30 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until warm.

Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon
Recipe came from Martha

16 slices (about 1 lb.) bacon
1 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/3 c. firmly packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper; place a wire rack on top of each sheet. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the two racks. Evenly sprinkle with pepper and sugar.

Bake until bacon is crisp and browned, rotating sheets halfway through, 30 to 35 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels.

May 10, 2010

Formal Living Room

I hope everyone had a fabulous Mother's Day yesterday!  Did you all get spoiled by your family??  Well...after having a week off....I'm ready to blog again!  I had a blast in Florida and didn't realize how badly I needed a vacation!!  All I have to say is if you are ever going to Disney World...go between March and May...we were able to just walk on most rides and maybe waited in line for 0-45 min...max!  It was great!  

Anyway...on to Makeover Monday!!  Brandy emailed me with 2 different rooms...This is part 1...the Formal Living Room.  Brandy just moved into this house about a month ago.  Here is what she has to say about this room:

We are getting our front 2 story foyer and living room painted on Monday, the paint will go up the stairwell as well.  We are painting our whole downstairs with it eventually because we couldn't decide where to stop.   

We chose Practical Beige (very neutral) from Sherwin Williams

We plan to move the piano to the middle wall, we have a big mirror to hang there.  I HATE the rug in there, but we have had it forever.  It used to be in kids playroom.  I could easily part with it.  Any suggestions on furniture arrangements or drapery or whatever.

My eye is drawn to brown/blue/green decorations and rugs.  We got a new rug for under our table - squares of all those colors.  It is from Lowe's along with the other Boomerang rug from Lowe's in our living room.

Here are the pictures Brandy sent:



I'm going to start off with the room placement.  I would start by leaving the piano where it is, but center it on that wall...on the bottom picture I can't tell if it is or not:)  Then I would move the chairs to be in front of the sofa.  Right now the chairs look a little squished and kind of lost over there, by moving them in front of the sofa it will bring the room together and feel a little more cozy.  I would also find a coffee table or ottoman to put in the middle to bring it together.  

Next...I would get some greenery...I think you need a tree in the corner between the sofa and piano.  BUT....it needs to be BIG!  If you have a little wimpy tree in the corner it will just get lost.  The ceilings are so tall that you need to make sure you get some height in there. 

Lamps...I would put some lamps on the side tables.  LIGHTING is something that people always neglect in rooms.  One thing I was taught in school is that you shouldn't have to rely on the lighting on the ceiling...have lamps and up-lamps be your source of lighting.  So, if you get a BIG tree in the corner, get an up-lamp to put in the pot and it will give you another light source and it looks beautiful!

This lamp would be a good one to start off with...it is from Target and it is only $30.  Since the tables are so small, you need something that has a smaller base, but you still need some height.  

Now for Rugs...If I remember right, I think your sofa is more on the beige side than the green...it looks more green in the pics though??  Anyway, here are a few rugs that would work:


This is from Lowe's, and it is about $150.


This rug is from Home Decorators, and it is about $769...so you have 2 price ranges:)  HOWEVER...you can find one like this anywhere!!

Calico Corners, it is called Seres Wedgewood/ Aqua.Teal.  It is $26.34 p/yd.
These would make beautiful drapes...If I remember right, I think you and hubby don't like "in-your-face" fabrics...this would be a nice fabric that still gives you some color.
The simple flat panel drapery would work well for this room since I know you like things simple and since you have so many windows.  It's a lot of fabric, but it will make a huge impact!

These 2 fabrics would make great pillows (also use the striped fabric as well):

Calico Corners, Phinney/Robin's Egg, $33.99 p/yd.

Calico Corners, Jangle/Silversage, $27.19 p/yd.

As for artwork...as I have said before, I think that is VERY personal.  I could pick something out for you...but that would be my taste and not yours...you have to live with it and I don't:)  I love the idea of you putting a mirror above the sofa.  I would get something BIG and amazing to live above the piano, especially since that is the first thing people will see when they come into your home.  So I am BEGGING you to go BIG!  Otherwise it will just get lost on your wall and you might as well not put anything there!!

OK...I think that is all the advice I have!  I hope that this helps and that I got you on the right track!  If you have any questions...let me know!

Come visit me on Wednesday for an AMAZING Brunch idea...your going to LOVE this!