December 12, 2011

Vintage Wedding

Here is the sneak peak I promised you!  
I have been looking forward to showing you the whole wedding for quiet awhile now!
So...have a peak and get excited for all the pictures!
A HUGE thank you to Jenna Marie Studios for taking the pictures!  
 This is the isle.  I love the blue Mason Jars with the simple flowers.
 Dessert Table.  We used 10 different cupcakes and a little candy here and there.

And a peak at the table.  I will be posting the rest of the pictures with more details soon!

December 8, 2011

Circle Quilt

You know when you get something in your head and you can't get it out?
You think about it nonstop and finally give in a do it?
Well...that's how it was with this project.  I wanted to make a quilt.
I wanted one really bad!  
So I scoured Pinterest searching for the perfect quilt.  
I came across THIS one and knew it was PERFECT!
I cut and sewed and ironed and sewed some more till it was done.
Took forever, but totally worth it!
 I am so happy with how it turned out:)  
 For the circles, I used wonder under on them and ironed it onto the white square.  
Worked perfectly for me since I didn't have to pin the circle onto the white square...what a pain!!

 For the back side, I used a light yellow and then made a strip on both sides of the quilt using all the fabrics.
A total of 19 different fabrics to be exact!  I wish I could tell you what brand of fabric I used, but its all different.  Some Michael Miller, Moda, etc.  I went to a store in Fort Worth called Cabbage Rose and got everything there.  It is a dream store for fabric lovers!

I had to leave you with this picture...this is how my little guy likes to dress.  EVERY DAY!  
The boots are a must.  But I love it:)  It just makes me laugh.

Stay tuned tomorrow because I have something pretty awesome for you!!!  I mean AWESOME!  So excited:)


October 26, 2011

Vintage Baby Shower

I have been so excited to post this baby shower!
I feel bad because 1. I'm not a great photographer and 2. My pics just don't do this justice!
It turned out pretty cute:)
I don't know about you...but I go to a baby shower for the food.  (and of course for mom-to-be...)
I love to see what everyone makes it's just hard not to try one of everything!!
So...for me...picking the food is stressful!  I want a good mix of everything!
Hopefully we did just that!!
You must use Mason jars when you use the word "Vintage".  They just go hand and hand:) 

This little cash register was my favorite part of the baby shower!  How cute is it!  
I really, REALLY did not want to give it back to my friend:) 

 I used mason jars, baby blocks and baby's breath and daisy's throughout.

 A friend of mine is getting married in a few weeks and we have been working on the wedding day and night...
These plate stands are one of those things we have been scouring every antique store for.  We find vintage plates and then some crystal candlesticks...BAM!  Cute cake stands.  

 Sugar Cookies

 I was able to borrow some vintage luggage which totally made the table:)  On top you see Raspberry Thumbprints.


 See those fabulous plates on the left??  Yeah...I found those at Goodwill for $2 a piece!!  Score!!
I also made a little banner...out of twine, clothespins and paper bags!
So easy and so fast...

Girl baby showers are just so fun to do!  The best part is Mom opening all the presents and seeing all those FABULOUS girl clothes!  So cute!!   Anyway...thanks for looking!

September 28, 2011

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

A few months ago we had a Gillis Family Reunion...All of my Dad's family was there and it was a blast!  
We came from all over the place to San Antonio:)  
You can't have a Family Reunion without a cookbook.  You have to collect everyone's favorite recipes and make the best cookbook around.  Which is what I did:)
I have had so much fun trying out all these new recipes!  This is one of them that when I ate one bite...I pretty much died!  There was a sweet spicy flavor to it that just made you want to eat more!
This came from my cousins Leah and Sharlyn...they both submitted the same recipe:)

 Your supposed to use Monterey Cheese, but the grocery store cleared out the entire cheese section and I was lucky to get cheddar.  I could only imagine how much better they would be!  
Also...I am lazy sometimes and hate to boil chicken...so I bought a rotisserie chicken and shredded it.  Too die for!!!


Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

6 TBS. honey                                                 
1 TBS. chili powder (use a little less for a milder version)***
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (I used 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed)
1 lb. chicken, cooked and shredded or a Rotisserie Chicken- shredded              
1 lb. Monterey jack cheese, shredded                       
1 c. heavy cream (I only used about 1/2 cup)
5 TBS. lime juice (approx. 1 large lime)
8-10 flour tortillas (or 12 smaller ones)
16 oz. green enchilada sauce

Mix the honey, lime juice, chili powder and garlic together and toss with the shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour (or toss together in a ziploc bag and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours).
Pour about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover marinade. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top.

Serve with sour cream, rice and black beans.
***I used 1/2 TBS and it was still pretty spicy for us.  Beware if you have sensitive palates!

September 26, 2011

Biscuits and Honey Butter

Can I have a show of hands of who has totally given up on my blog and thought that I would never blog again??
Yeah...that's what I thought!  I'm so going to have to beg and plead for you to come back to me huh??
Well...I will do my best!
You see...I have many exciting things coming up and I just can't stand it!
One of my Besties is getting married and guess who is the wedding planner!!!
Yes...yours truly:)  
I've been busy going to a million antique stores and scouting anything and everything I can find on Vintage Weddings...its gonna be awesome!!  I hope:)

 Anyway...here is part one of getting my favorite people to read my blog again.  Biscuits and CINNAMON honey butter.  Oh yeah!  I pretty much just took a scoop of the butter and drank it.  It was that good.  Ok...I didn't really drink it...but I did douse it on my biscuit.  And yes...they really do get THAT big!  The only trick I have for you so they DO get that big is that when you are using your biscuit cutter...AKA...glass cup...DO NOT TWIST the cup.  You will be SO tempted to.  But don't.  It will make the biscuits go all weird.  Don't know why but they do.  So just push the cup down all the way.  

Big Daddy Biscuits
Source:  All Recipes


2 c. all-purpose flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 TBS sugar
1/3 c. shortening
1 c. milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Gradually stir in milk until dowgh pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead 15-20 times.  Pat or roll dough out to 1" thick.  Cut biscuits with a large cutter or juice glass dipped in flour.  Repeat until all dough is used.  Brush off the excess flour, and place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet. 

Bake 13-15 minutes in oven, or until edges begin to brown.

Cinnamon Honey Butter
Source: Here

2 sticks butter (I used salted)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. honey
2 tsp. cinnamon

Use the whisk attachment for your mixer and whip the butter (make sure it's soft and room temperature).  Add to it the powdered sugar, then the honey then the cinnamon.  Whip it really well.  Scrape the sides and whip it again.  Then put it into one big jar or cute little 4 oz. jars (6 to be exact)...use it for yourself or give as a gift. 

August 26, 2011

Pinterest Round-up

So...have you joined Pinterest yet??  If not...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!
My husband makes fun of me since I'm a little bit obsessed.  
There's just something about clicking the "Pin" button:)
If you are on Pinterest...don't forget to follow me!! 

Ok...so on to the good stuff.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from Pinterest this week.
Hope you enjoy and get get a few good ideas!
 I am TOTALLY in love with this Argyle Blanket!  It is so fab!  It looks so simple to do and would make a GREAT gift!  The holidays are coming...start thinking:)  This came from Craft Stylish.
 I want to do this so bad.  But...A.  I don't have an awesome PALLET.
and B.  I don't know where to get an awesome PALLET.  
So it looks like I am on the hunt for one!
There is a tutorial on That Village House.

I have big plans for this project...(It seems I have lots of projects...hopefully I can get to them all and have a place for them all!!)
I think it is such a good idea for a small space.
Tutorial is here.
All's I gotta say is YUM!  I love how the pie is in the jar.  Everything is cuter in a jar.
But Pumpkin Cream Pie!??  It just has to be good!  

And last, but not least...is this cute monogrammed letter.  You can put whatever words around the letter you want.  Or you could just have the initial and the name and flower...that would be so cute!  Love it all!
Tutorial is here.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We are going to a Baseball game...at the hottest part of the day...in Texas.  I can't wait:)  I think its only supposed to be like 107 degrees.  Totally doable...right??  

August 18, 2011

Sloppy Joes

I know what your thinking...Sloppy Joes...really?
Yeah...I went there!
If you are like my kids...you cringe at the thought of Sloppy Joes...that and Meatloaf.
The second you bite into it...you forgot how much you loved it:)  
That's how it works in my house at least.  They chowed down on this meal!  All picky eaters loved them!
I found this recipe on Allrecipes awhile ago and have changed it a bit to my liking.
One thing I do to make it that much better...Toast those buns!!  And add cheese, of course:)

 This recipe is so quick and easy...you probably always have the ingredients on hand.
Just brown your meat with onion and green pepper...then add everything else!
 Hope you enjoy!  Do you have a meal your family complains about and then they end up loving it??

Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Allrecipes

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. BBQ sauce
3 tsp. brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

In skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, onion and green pepper; drain off liquids.  Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve on toasted hamburger buns and put cheese on top.

August 9, 2011

Cacio e Pepe

Last year I was lucky enough to go to Rome.
I still dream about the beauty there.  I dream about the gelato mostly.  Totally Amazing!
Most of the places we ate at tasted like Chef Boyardee...no lie.  It was kind of a disappointment.
Then we talked to real Italians who know Rome and they gave the advice that you have to go off the beaten path to get the good places.  So they told us where to go...and we went there.
Now that meal is what I dream about.  
It lasted about 3 hours long because that's how they roll...but it was the best 3 hours of my life.
I had this dish called Cacio e Pepe, then the best chicken of my life.  Drool worthy.  
Cacio e Pepe is basically made up of a few ingredients: pasta, pasta water, Pecorino Romano cheese, pepper.  That's it!
Now...I don't think I can ever make the chicken...but I can make the 
Cacio e Pepe...and I can make it well:)

So...here is some Italian food to be proud of!
 I made a Parmesan Bowl to serve with the pasta...not necessary...but totally worth it!!

 For the bowl...sprinkle some Fresh Parmesan cheese on a skillet...it will look like it does above.
 When it gets nice and toasty, you know it is done...this one may be too toasty..

Put a spatula around the edges to loosen it a bit and then start to peel it off the pan. 

Then you put it on top of a small bowl to let it cool and harden. 

It will look all pretty and lacy.  It will for sure impress people:) 

Then you make the Cacio e Pepe...and plop it perfectly into your bowl.  Best. Meal. Ever!!
I found several recipes all over blog land, but I liked this one best.

Cacio e Pepe

1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound dried spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
1 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
Salt (optional)

Cook spaghetti in well-salted water to your al dente tastes in a large, wide-bottomed pot. (You’ll have fewer dishes to wash if you use this pot to assemble the dish as well.) Drain spaghetti, reserving 1 1/2 cups of pasta cooking water.

Dry out your pot, then heat the olive oil over high heat until almost smoking. Add drained spaghetti and 1 cup of reserved pasta water.

Add butter, 3 ounces cheese and ground pepper and toss together with tongs. Taste, adding more pasta water, cheese, pepper or salt (which should not be neccessary, as Romano is very salty) to taste.
Serve immediately, sprinkling with reserved cheese and an extra grind or two of black pepper.


July 27, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bites

Wow!  That is a mouthful!  But I will say it over and over again if that means I get to eat them:)  
These were very simple and sooo delish!
I found this recipe when I was searching Pinterest:)  and knew I had to make them right away.
There are 3 layers to this beauty:
Graham Cracker Crust
Cheesecake
Chocolate Chip Cookies
 See all those beautiful layers??  Love!!
The recipe says to put this in an 8x8" pan and then cut into squares...
but I love all things cute and MINI...so I put mine in an itty bitty pan to make itty bitty bites:)
Either way...they are good:)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bites
From: My Baking Addition

Ingredients: 
Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:
10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions: 
1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper or foil allowing a little overhang and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. Leave your oven on while you prepare the dough.
3. While the crust is cooling, prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Mix in the flour on low speed, and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Using your hand to form clumps, distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter in teaspoon-sized clumps. Be sure to use all of the dough. 
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top feels dry and firm (the cookie dough) and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight or for at least a couple hours.
6. Lift the bars out by the overhang and cut into squares for serving.

July 19, 2011

Stuffed Marshmallows

I am so excited about today's post I can't even stand it!
Ever since I saw those GINORMOUS Marshmallows, I have been plotting on what to make with them!
I totally had a dream about these and haven't stopped thinking about them!

I mean HELLO!  Stuffed Marshmallows!  
Now I need to work on Kraft to make hallowed out marshmallows:)  It could happen??
So...have a look-sy at the pics and let the mouth watering begin!
See what I mean...its a marshmallow that is totally stuffed!!

 This is what it looks like before you make it all pretty.

These are a few of the different possibilities... 

This one just happened to be my favorite!  You could also think of them as an 
Inside Out S'more!

Ok...so the possibilities are totally endless! And so are the layers!  Some that I did:
Oreos with ganache
Ganache, graham cracker crust, Hershey's Kiss
Brownie with ganache
Reeses PB cup, ganache, graham cracker crust
Rolo with ganache
Rice Krispie treat!!!

Here are a few tips you will need:

Get the HUGE GINORMOUS Marshmallows.  You will want to FREEZE them for about 5-8 minutes so they are not as sticky.  Use Kitchen shears and just cut a hole in the marshmallow.  Hollow it out with your fingers...I used some powdered sugar so it wasn't so sticky.  

I found that I liked the layering to go:  Ganache, Graham Cracker Crust, then stuff it with your candy, more crust and then top with the Ganache.

You always want to have the very top layer to be ganache...that way there is a seal to hold all the layers together.  After you stuff the marshmallows, put them in the refrigerator so it settles and doesn't melt.  

Ganache:
1/2 c. chocolate chips
2 TBS heavy cream

Melt chocolate chips for about 45 seconds, until melted and creamy.  Stir in heavy cream until combined.  May need to microwave for another 15 seconds to make smooth.

Graham Cracker Crumbs:
1 c. Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 1/2 TBS sugar
2-4 TBS melted butter

Combine all ingredients together.

For melted chocolate on top, I used a milk chocolate Symphony Bar.  Make sure to let it drip all the way and then add whatever topping you want.

Enjoy!  They are HEAVENLY!!


July 15, 2011

Pinterest Round-up

I can't believe today is Friday!
That also means that school starts in 5 weeks...(but whose counting??)

So...how many of you have joined Pinterest?
It is my new FAVORITE thing.  I just can't stop pinning things.
For those who have never heard of it...
Imagine lots of bulletin boards.  Each board with a theme: wedding, parties, cakes...
Then on each board, you put all the ideas you want to remember forever!  
Well THAT my friend is Pinterest.  
I am obsessed:)

I was thinking that I should put my obsession on my blog...
After all...my blog should be my obsession...right?  
So...here are a few of my favorite pins that I have collected this week!!
All images are from Pinterest.com


Find out how to make this project on Design Sponge

I love this Family Room.  Its so clean cut and the colors are beautiful.  My favorite are the three pics of the kiddos above the sofa.  Love that!  From Three Men and a Lady.


I have seen these pillows all over the place!  I just saw them at Target...for $35!  So glad I found this because now I can make it for like nothing!!  Wahoo!  From Trey and Lucy Blog.

 Love these flowers and that MIRROR!  Oh the Mirror!!  From Style Me Pretty.

This is such a happy place setting.  The flowers are so simple, yet make a huge statement.
From Ruffled Blog.