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.