Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas 2013

Well, this year has been crazy and I've been lazy the past few months.  Not so much lazy as I've got so many things going on.  I've started selling Thirty-One in August and have been working really hard on that.  That's one of the reasons that I haven't really posted in a while.  I promise, in the new year, everything will be better and I will be better at posting things regularly.  For now, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!  Maybe later, I will post some of the goodies that I've made for Christmas...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Time Passing Too Quickly and Yet Not Quickly Enough

Fall is almost here.  My favorite season!!!  Around my house, we are counting down the days until we head out on a Disney Cruise.  70 Days... It will be a first for me and little monkey man.  We are all so excited!  Unfortunately, fall also kicks off 2 of the busiest seasons for us.  We usually have things planned for almost every weekend from the when school starts until right after Christmas.  We have birthdays, football games, holidays, fall festivals, more holidays, more birthdays, and did I mention more birthdays?  There are at least 8 birthdays between September and December (and that's just immediate family).  There are more than that when you include grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncle and all such nonsense.  Oh my goodness!  Breath!

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the cooler weather, the bright vivid colors, and that crisp certain smell that fall brings with it.  I kinda got a sense of it the other day.  We really haven't had a very hot summer here in South Kakalaki.  I'm thinking that we may have a very cool and maybe snowy winter coming.  Any predictions?

Well, as I was saying way up there at the top, with Fall, comes a lot of stuff.  One of those is a Fall Festival at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Simpsonville, SC.  I  will have more information on that in a future post.  I will be furiously working on some projects in the next few weeks and I hope to post some pics here, on facebook, and on Etsy when I've finished them.  Keep a sharp eye out. 

I'll also be keeping up with a countdown of sorts until we embark on our cruise in October.  I just found out that the Cruise Line will be hosting a Halloween Party with Trick-or-Treating and everything.  I know little monkey man will be so excited!   Sorry, I really didn't have any pictures for this one.I really can't wait.  Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

For a little over a week, I had a very bad headache and found out that I had a migraine.  The only time that I was in as much pain was when I was in labor with my precious little man.  The whole week I was in pain, my wonderful hubby took over all of my roles at the house.  When he got off work, he would pick up our son, fix or pick up dinner, and put our little man to bed.  I couldn't think of a better way to say thank you than to make a dessert for him.  He loves Ice cream and chocolate.  What better dessert than an ice cream sandwich cake.  Chocolate and ice cream all mixed into one yummy dessert.

You'll need:

12 pack of Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 regular tub of Whipped Cream

In an 8x8 pan, place aluminum foil all around and over the edges.  This makes it very easy to clean up.  Place a layer of ice cream sandwiches on the bottom.  You can cut one or two sandwiches in half to fill in the gaps.

Next, use about half of your whipped cream and smooth over your ice cream sandwiches.  Place another layer of ice cream sandwiches over the whipped cream.  

Use the rest of your whipped cream to layer over the top.

Place your pan in the freezer for a few minutes to make sure it sets before you cut into it.

If you want to get really fancy, you could add a layer of chocolate pudding in between the ice cream sandwiches.  I would have done that but, I was still recovering and my niece and I  kinda did this as a last minute thing.  Hope you enjoy!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Super Easy Roast Beef

My girls are in town this weekend.  My middle sis, her husband, and their two girls.  The BIL is going camping with my hubby and the girls are staying here.  Even though it's summer, it's been raining here for almost two weeks straight and I thought that a roast would be perfect.  My Aunt showed me how to make this several years ago.  I don't remember exactly how she made it but, this is how I've made it ever since.

You'll need:

Boneless Chuck Roast (about 2 lbs. give or take)
1 can golden mushroom soup
1 can beef consomme
1 can beef stock/broth
1 packet of french onion soup (the dry mix)
about 4 medium potatoes
about 1/2 lb of baby carrots

You can add some different types of veggies like bell peppers or fresh onions.  You go with your bad self! 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Slow and steady cooking is key for this recipe.  Chop your potatoes into about 1 inch cubes.

 Place your chuck roast in a 9x13 cooking pan.  I use a glass Pyrex pan. 

Empty the dry onion mix on top and around the roast.  

Place your potatoes and carrots around the meat in the pan.  Pour the golden mushroom over the top.  You may need to use a spatula to spread it around.  Add the beef consomme and the beef stock.  I promise you won't need any salt in this dish.

This is what is looks like before you put it in the oven.

 If you're like me, you may like to have some extra roasted veggies.  I add some extras to a small square pan along with my big pan and just divide the juices up.

Cover both dishes with aluminum foil and place them on the center rack in the oven.  Cook for about 3 hours.  The smell will waft all throughout your house.  It is wonderful!!!

Be careful when you take it out of the oven.  Some of the fat cooks out of the meat and will make more juice/gravy in the pan and may slosh over the sides.  It will be very hot.  You will want to let the pan sit for about 10 minutes.  It will still be hot even after 10 minutes.  The meat will come apart just using a fork.

This is not the best picture but it was still delicious

Friday, July 5, 2013

Spaghetti Roll-Up

Can't really remember where I saw this and couldn't find the recipe.  If it looks like yours let me know.  My little sous chef and I made this for supper last night.  

It was yummy!  The hubs and I are not dieting this week  and I thought that we could use something s little different from the usual spaghetti that we have to have at least once a week for the little one.  This was our 4th of July supper.

1 can of Hunt's Garlic and Onion Spaghetti Sauce (Our favorite)
1 lb spaghetti noodles
1lb hamburger meat
about 1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 tube crescent rolls
onion powder

1. Preheat your oven to 325.  Brown meat and add salt, pepper, and onion powder to taste.  Drain and put meat back into pot.  Add spaghetti sauce and bring to a low simmer.

2. Cook noodles according to directions on box.  I used Thin Spaghetti noodles.

3. While the noodles and sauce are cooking, spread your crescent noodles out on a pan that has aluminum foil spread over the top.  You'll need to flatten the whole tube out to about 1/4 inch thick and make sure the seams are pinched shut.

4.  When the noodles are ready, drain and return to pot.  Add all except about 1 cup of sauce into the noodle pot and mix together.

5. Pile the spaghetti noodles and sauce mixture down the length of the crescent rolls.  Leave about a half inch open at the ends.  You may have some noodles left over.  If you're like me and have  little one that only likes regular spaghetti, you can leave that little bit for them.

6.  Pour that left over cup of spaghetti sauce over the top of the noodles.

7.  Spread the mozzarella cheese along the length of the noddles.

8.  You can either roll it up with the ends tucked in or you can make about 8 angled cutsdown each sideof the rolls, about a half inch apart,  and braid them over the top.  If you just roll them, you may want to cut a few vents on the top so that steam can escape.

9.  Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

If you want to get super fancy, you can brush garlic butter over the top before you bake it.  I made some extra sauce and my husband spooned it over the top of the finished rolls after we cut it.  Hope you enjoy!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend and Waffles

I don't know about ya'll but, I had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  I spent time with Family and Friends every day.  I couldn't have asked for better company and weather.  Sunny all day the whole weekend.  

My son and I went to Bishopville to do some visiting.  We started at my grandmother's house Friday evening.  My sister went and got pizza so we got to spend some extra time without anyone having to cook.  I love going to Grandma's house!  She always has goodies and new recipes to try.  I took some pictures and copied a few down.  She even gave me one that she had a couple copies of.  I love that woman!!!

The next morning, my niece Rosie and I made waffles.  It was my first time making homemade waffles and they were wonderful, if I do say so myself.  I have the recipe below.

After breakfast, we went to Nana's house (My sister's mother-in-law).  Judy is another one of those grandma's that has all kinds of goodies at her house.  And she has a pool to boot.  Alex got to have his first swim of the season.  I swear, my son is a fish.

Poser :)

My brother-in-law David grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for a late lunch.  Getting my kid to eat either one of those is near impossible.  I had to settle with him eating a hot dog bun and some chips.  After that I got to go out with my long time girl Crystal. (If you get a chance, go check her out at Fitness Amongst Chaos with Crystal .)  We went out to Zaxby's and Walmart and did a lot of catching up.  I know, we party hard.

Sunday, Alex and I went and ate breakfast at Grandma's.  That woman knows how to make a spread.  She had grits, sausage, rolls, orange cinnamon rolls, and apple turnovers.  I was in heaven.  I think I had maybe 3 cinnamon rolls...on top of grits and sausage.  

Since the kids did not get to go fishing as planned on Saturday, we went on Sunday.  We went back to Nana's house and picked up another passenger.  Rosie and Lilli's cousin Emma.  So, we had two cars full of girls and David and Alex.  This was going to be interesting.  We picked up some crickets and headed to the pond.  First we stopped at David's uncles house to make sure it was ok that we go to their pond and I discovered the most wonderful place.  This house...

This place had everything I dream of in a house.  Antiques, flowers, dogs, and family.  I fell in love with this house.  I got to talk to David's aunt and found out that all of that yard was nothing but a corn field when they moved in years and years ago.  Bless her heart.  She worked hard to get that yard where it is today.  After exploring for a while, we gathered up yunggins and fishing poles and headed out back to the pond.

Now, I've never really been one to enjoy baitin' a hook but, when you go with your son and three young girls, you kinda have to.  David took Alex off down the bank a little ways away from the wild girls and within 5 minutes Alex had caught the first fish.  I was one proud momma.

He really had no idea what to do with it after he caught it.

He and Uncle David stayed down a little ways but didn't catch any more.  We kept moving down the bank and trying again.  I think by the end of the day, he had just as much fun going barefoot in the shallow spots trying to catch minnows.  While we were there, we had a beautiful view.

After a couple of hours and the girls catching a couple more fish, Alex and I made the 2 hour trip home.  

On Monday, we got together with some more family and had some ribs that my hubby made Sunday night and some more swimming.  Alex was in hog heaven all weekend being surrounded by all his peeps.

Now, on to the waffles.

I found the original recipe over at Darling Doodles.  I love this blog.  Brie is so very creative and talented.  I've adjusted the recipe a little.  I think the came out absolutely delicious.


3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup melted butter
4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup milk.

Start off by melting your butter and setting it aside to cool.  You don't want to add hot butter to your mix.  It will partially cook the eggs.  Not good.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients.  Flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  Set this aside.  With the four egg whites in another mixing bowl, whip the whites until light and fluffy.  You should be able to form somewhat stiff peaks in the egg whites when they are ready.  Mix your evaporated milk, regular milk, and egg yolks into your dry ingredients thoroughly.  Then you gently add your whipped egg whites.  Don't get too rough mixing these together.  The air in the eggs is what helps make these waffles light and fluffy.  Prepare your waffle iron with a little cooking spray on the top layer and about a teaspoon of cooking oil on the bottom.  This will help your waffles be a little more crispy on the outside.  Cook away and enjoy your fluffy goodness.

Fluffy Waffles

It looks like I have a spot light on this plate but, I swear, it's the sunlight through the trees.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day Plaque

I came up with this while talking to my Mother-In-Law last weekend.  My son has these little things that he says to my Mother and my Mother-In-Law.  I thought it was so cute.  He tells my Mother "I love you to the moon and back" and to my Mother-In-Law "I love you to Jupiter".  I've heard my niece say the moon one as well.  It's from a little story book about a little rabbit and it's Daddy.  Anyway, I thought it would be cute on plaques for my Mother and my Mother-In-Law for Mother's Day from my son.  Grandma's get presents on Mother's Day, too.

All my materials came from Hobby Lobby.  You'll need:
Wooden Plaque (about the same size a piece of paper)
Spray Paint
Acrylic Paint in assorted colors
Suede String (found these in the Jewelry Craft Dept.)
Small Paint Brush
The hand of a little man (or little girl)
Forgive me.  I didn't take pictures of every step.

Drill two holes at the top for you to tie your suede string through. Spray paint the front of your plaque.  I used a soft off white for mine.  You can use any color you like.  If you want, you can paint the back too.  Let them dry completely.  
When it is dry, you need to figure out what you want on them.  I placed a piece of paper on top of the plaque so I could draw/write on it to see how it would fit.  Of course, what I drew was not quite the same as what I painted.  You can use a quote, saying, paint a picture...just about anything.  I used something that my son says to his grandmas.  My paint ended up being a little light but, I think it looks good.

After you've painted your quote, you can tie the strings on while it's drying.  Cut your string to the desired length.  Keep in mid where it might hang.  String it through the holes.

Then tie a knot at each end.  This will keep your string attached to the plaque.

While you are working, you may need to find something for little hands to do.  My son was having a fit to paint "sumfing".  I had bought him this cross several weeks ago and thought this would be the perfect time for him to paint it.  It kept him busy while I painted the quotes but also allowed us to spend some time together.

Here's the part that I didn't take pictures for.  Squirt some paint onto a plate or, like I did, squirt it on the newspaper.  Spread it out a little to make sure that is covers the space the size of your little one's hand.  You could also just use a paint brush and slather some paint on their hand.  Either way, make sure that their hand/palm is totally covered in paint.  Then gently press their hand ,paint side down, onto your plaque.  I let my little man paint his name next to his hand print, with a little help.  I also wrote the year under his name.

So cute!!  Hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day and Giveaway Winner

Happy Early Mother's Day!!  I hope everyone will have a wonderful day with your families.  Today, I'm adding some finishing touches to a couple of projects that I will share later.

On to the drawing for the Tulle Light Strand...

Yes, I know.  It a totally ghetto redneck way of drawing a name but, you gotta do what you gotta do.  

As you can see, the winner is...Ashley Caicedo.  Congratulations!!!

Ashley, let me know what colors you want.  Let me know within 24 hours.  If no one claims the prize, another drawing will be held.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Crafty and You Know It Giveaway

Ok Crafty and You Know It fans.  I'm hosting a giveaway this week to celebrate hitting 1000 views.  I'm so happy right now you have no idea.  Here's the details... Follow me here on Crafty and You Know It.  Leave a comment telling me the colors you would like for a set of Tulle Lights.  Like Crafty and You Know It on Facebook.  Each like/follow/comment gets one entry to win a set of custom Tulle Lights like the one below.  If you already like/follow Crafty and You Know It, you are automatically entered.  Giveaway ends Friday 5/10/2013 at Midnight.  The winner will be randomly selected.  You can check out some of the different colors I've used here.  The possibilities are endless.  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sour Cream Banana Bread

This is one of those trial and error breads.  I've tried a few different types of Banana Bread over time and found I like this one the best.

I had a little help with this one.  My little man decided that he wanted to cook today, too.

Sour Cream Banana Bread

1 1/4 cups sugar
1 stick butter softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas* (3 medium)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour**
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nut (optional)  I actually used about 1 1/4 cups

*I used very ripe bananas.  Some times you can find baking bananas at the grocery store.  They're just bananas that are too ripe.
** For you first time bakers, if you use self rising flour, leave off the salt and baking soda.

1. Place your oven rack is at the low level.  Be sure that the top of your pans will be in the center of the oven.  Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease the bottom of 2 loaf pans.

2. Mix sugar and butter together in a large bowl.  Add in the eggs until completely blended.  Add in bananas, sour cream, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt until all is just moist.  Stir in nuts.

3. Divide into pans evenly.

4. For 8 inch pans, you'll bake for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

5. After cooling for about 10-15 minutes, gently loosen the sides of the bread from the pans and remove from pans.  Let bread cool completely right side up on a wire rack.

This bread is great when you slice it and toast it with a little butter.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hanging a Window Garden

This is just a short post to show you how to make sure your window garden doesn't hang/lean forward.  I've hung window baskets before but they've all kind of leaned forward and dumped out some of the soil and looked bad.  Here's a little trick that my father-in-law showed me.

Hold up your basket and mark where you want it to hang.  If yours is like mine, it will slide over your screws.  

Go ahead and screw in your screws and hang your basket .

Then place a small section of 2x4 between your basket and the wall.  Make sure you have it where it supports the basket.

Add your coconut mesh back in your basket and add soil and whatever pretty flowers you want. Then sit back and enjoy.

It doesn't look like much now but, the flowers that are in there will spread out over time.  I may add some more flowers later.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Grandma's Coconut Pie

I have been wanting to make this for so long.  I went to my Grandma's house during spring break and spent the afternoon listening to old stories and going through her recipe box.  My niece and I were trying out something with Grandma's Red Velvet Cake recipe and instead came up with accidental Whoopie Pies.  Other than the fried red velvet fail, I had the most wonderful time at her house.

We were looking through her recipe box trying to find The Coconut Pie recipe.  I swear I found at least four other recipes for coconut pie.  Each time I pulled one out and asked if it was The One, she would say "No darlin', you'll know it when you find it".  She was so very right.  This is what The Coconut Pie recipe looks like.

I could hardly read what was on it.  This is one of those that you know is good because it's been handled so much.  Grandma said she's had to rewrite the recipe on here at least 4 times.  I look forward to this pie at all of our fall get togethers.  Of course, she has it memorized.  She's good like that.  On to the recipe.

Coconut Pie

2 pkg frozen coconut
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups sugar
1 stick butter (melted)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract (I used lemons juice)
4 eggs
2 frozen pie crusts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Thaw the coconut and melt your butter.  Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Place your pie crusts on a baking sheet and fill each pie crust. Be careful.  This will completely fill both pie crusts.  Carefully place the cookie sheet with the pies on it in the oven.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden on top.  Take out and let cool completely.  Enjoy!!