Thursday, July 17, 2014

The BEST Garlic Mashed Potatoes








My TBT recipes continue ..... Another classic but delicious recipe. You really can't go wrong if you serve these cheesy, garlicy potatoes with your SALISBURY STEAK ....or any other recipe for that matter.

In our house we are serious garlic lovers. The smell of it roasting is my all time favorite. The nutty sweet aroma you wouldn't expect from garlic, makes the entire house smell heavenly.

Roasted garlic is my favorite for sure, but this recipe is a close second!  Whip some up with your dinner tonight!

5 lbs unpeeled red potatoes (quartered)
1 stick (8 Tbs) butter at room temperature
1/2 Cup grated romano cheese
3 Tbs chopped garlic
1 - 2 teaspoons salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 45 minutes; drain. Stir in butter, cheese, garlic, salt and oregano.
  •  Mash with a potato masher or with an electric mixer.

Enjoy!!

Salisbury Steak - Another Oldie but a goodie!




Salisbury Steak ...ahh the childhood memories!
But the memories consist of the frozen, cardboard like banquet meal. As a kid, I loved it! But, I loved cafeteria food too .. so that doesn't say much for my taste buds when I was a kid.
Thankfully I have matured and so have my taste buds! Whew!

Comfort food at it's best! This recipe will not disappoint. The tangy and rich flavor of the sauce is what makes this Salisbury steak second to none. And its very easy to put together even on a week night.

Ingredients:
1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

Directions:
  • In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper. Shape into 6 oval patties.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties. Pour off excess fat.
  • In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth. Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder. Pour over meat in skillet. 
  • Cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
 We love mashed potatoes with our Salisbury Steak. For a great Garlic Mashed Potato recipe ......Check THIS ONE OUT HERE !

Enjoy!! Please  let us know how you liked it. 

No Bake Eclair Cake - Oldie but a goodie!



 *This dessert is now chillin' in my fridge! I will add a photo of it once it is cut so you can see all the wonderful layers. But for now you will have to wait just like the my boys! ....Sorry :D

I'm totally taking a page from the facebook handbook here with TBT recipes!! Both recipes added today are oldies but goodies! You will love them both, be sure to give them a try soon, your family will love you for it!

This recipe has been floating around the internet for a while now. It's so good and so so simple to make, it definitely needs to be brought back to the front of the line.
This is by far  one of my boys' favorites, and as decadent and sweet as it is, you can use reduced fat or sugar free jello and cool whip to make it a little bit better for your waste line.


Ingredients:
1 package honey graham crackers
2 3oz. boxes of vanilla pudding
3 1/2 C. milk
1 8 oz. tub of cool whip (thawed)
1 can of your favorite chocolate frosting
cooking spray

Directions:
 Mix both boxes of pudding with 3 1/2 cups milk. Using a wisk make sure its mixed well
Fold in your cool whip. mix well
Spray a 9x13 baking pan with a thin layer of cooking spray
lay one layer of graham crackers on the bottom of the pan
pour half the pudding mixture on top of the graham crackers
Add another layer of crackers then the remaining pudding mixture.
Put one final layer of crackers on top of the pudding

Microwave your can of frosting for 30 seconds  to soften. This just makes it easier to spread. (make sure you take the foil cover off completely before you put it in the microwave)
Pour your chocolate frosting over the top layer of graham crackers and spread it evenly over the entire cake.

Refrigerate for 6 - 8 hours or over night.

Enjoy!! :) 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cozy & Cute Sock Snowmen


The Holiday season will be here before we know it!  I know it is only mid-July, but lets face it July got here so quick the rest of the year is going to just fly right by.
So why not get started with your Christmas crafts now and be a little ahead of the game?

We started making these adorable sock snowmen last year when we wanted to make something home made for gifts, that didn't look like a cheesy homemade gift. Also something that would be craft fair worthy. I think we achieved our goal with these sweet little snowmen. And you can definitely dress them up to match the person you are giving them to. 


Here is what you will need to get started:




Crew socks - Using old socks will work, unless they are little Jimmy's old football practice socks - That might not be good unless your making the snowmen that have been melting for 2 weeks and the dirt n rocks are now showing through (If you live in a cold climate you know the kind of snowmen I'm talking about :) )

White rice
Scissors
Rubber bands
Hot glue or tacky glue
Decorative accents - buttons, googly eyes, ribbons, pom poms, paint, beads (You can find so much at the dollar store to accessorize with) 

Lets get started: 

Cut the crew sock just above the heel. The top piece will be your body, the bottom piece will be your hat. (Please excuse the used and abused craft table in the back ground. I covered it up after the first picture LOL)

Turn the top piece inside out and close the end with out the band  off with a rubber band. Make sure it's tight or your snowman will be  pooping rice :) Turn it back inside right. 

Start filling your sock with rice. I used a funnel with a wider opening just to avoid the mess. But you don't have to. Keep filling until it is plump enough for a head and a body. 

Attach a rubber band to the top to close him up. then add one rubber band around the middle to create the head/body. I use a few drops of hot glue to secure the head to the body to make it a bit more stable but this is optional.

Place the bottom part of the sock onto his head to for a stocking cap. Roll the ends up to look like "fur" Use a few drops of hot glue or tacky glue to secure the hat in place.

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Your snowman is now complete!  He even looks cute as a ghost snow man LOL But I think he would be much cuter with a face! 

It's time to decorate. Using ribbons and buttons, give him some character. Maybe a scarf, a sweater (that's what I was going to use the Christmas sock in the photo above for, but I changed my mind last minute) The dots inside of the googly eyes make cute little open mouths (see picture below)
You can really dress them up any way you would like.


And here is the finished product! Snowman #1 was made using a mans crew sock. Snowman #2 was made using a baby crew sock.


These are the first 2 that I ever made. The smaller one, I just did a snowman head using a baby crew sock and attached a loop to it to make it an ornament. It was super cute but a little heavy for the Christmas tree. Maybe hanging on a hook, or even a door knob,






I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did making it for you! These snowmen come together pretty quickly, and like I said before the skys the limit on what you can do to personalize them. They really are a lot of fun and easy enough for the kids to get involved in.

C'mon ...show your Christmas spirit! :)

Looking for other Christmas crafts?
Try making this simple yet elegant Clothes Pin Star Ornament! 

http://dailydiylife.blogspot.com/2014/07/super-easy-star-ornaments.html


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Tips

You have made it through Monday! It's all down hill from here!

Today is Tuesday July 15th, and here are your easy quick tips to keep your home organized and fingerprint free!

Enjoy the day...Take a moment to soak in some sunshine!






Stainless Steel: Over time your stainless appliances can become dull. Here is a quick solution to keep them shiny and pretty like they did when you bought them!
Mild dish soap (such as Dawn) warm water and a few drops of baby oil. Will make your stainless shine like a sparkling diamond.
Glass cleaner also works well for those tiny little finger prints.
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Microwave ovens: It never fails, left over spaghetti always splatters to the roof of the microwave! Or like in my case EVERYTHING splatters to the roof! I dont think anyone in our house knows how to cover a dish when microwaving something. Here is a great way to loosen all that greasy stuck on food from the inside of your microwave.
  • In a microwave safe cup or bowl (pyrex works well) Place 1 Cup vinegar and 1 Cup hot water.
  • Cook the liquid  in your microwave for 5 - 10 minutes (depending on  how powerful your microwave is.)
  • Remove the container from  the microwave... USE AN OVEN MITT!  THIS WILL BE VERY HOT!!
  • Wipe the inside with a wet rag. The stuck on food should come off with ease! 
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Dishes:  It is always best to do your dishes after EVERY meal. This helps free up space in your kitchen. And it will always make your home feel neater even if you haven't done a deep clean in days (weeks maybe!)
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Set a timer:  Experts say that any cleaning project should take no more than 20 minutes. (They obviously have never visited my home!) But I have tried this method, and it's true! I now have a timer and I use it often. Set your timer for 10 minutes to start with. Try to work fast to see if you can beat the timer. This is good for the kids too. Makes it more like a game than a chore.

After 10 minutes, if your task is not complete you can decide if you want a 5 minute break then continue, or reset the timer for another 10 minutes and just get the job done.
Don't overwhelm yourself with chores.That is the number one cause of procrastination.
Set your timer! ...ready....set.... GO!
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Find some great tunes!! - Music is a great motivator to get people moving.  When your jamming out to some great music, your body just wants to keep going. It really does give you a burst of energy. Classic rock is always a good choice. You know what the dwarfs say! ......Whistle while you work!! :)
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I hope you have enjoyed these 5 Tuesday tips to keeping your home tidy and fingerprint free!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Nana's Best Blueberry Buckle



It is mid July and now the peak of summer! You know what that means!! .......It's Blueberry Season!!!
Actually, in some areas blueberry season can start as early as May. Boy, I wish I lived there! The month of July is prime time blueberry season on the East coast.
Tonight I decided I had to do something with this bowl full of berries I gathered this weekend. Something other than blueberry muffins and blueberry simple syrup for Italian sodas (My families new addiction! Click HERE for the recipe!!)





So I made my nanas Blueberry Buckle! The moist cake is loaded with plump and perfect blue berries. The sweet crunchy topping just melts in your mouth with every bite! You have got to give this one a try. My nana would be happy to know that I

am sharing this recipe with you. It brings me back to a time of innocence and fun filled weekends at nanas.

Enjoy .....

2 C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C. unsalted butter
3/4 C. white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C. milk
2 1/2 C. fresh blueberries
1/2 C. white sugar

Crumb topping
1/3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 C. unsalted butter, softened


  •     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour a 8 x 8 baking pan (I know my pan is round! It was all I had! I do know my shapes)
  •     Sift 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Set aside
  •     Beat 1/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup sugar, vanilla and egg with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually add milk and beat until combined. Try to get it as fluffy as you can.  stir in flour mixture, making a stiff batter. Gently fold in blueberries and spread batter into prepared baking pan.
  •     Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, and 1/4 cup butter in a bowl until blended and crumbly in texture. Sprinkle on top of batter, then lightly press topping into batter using fingertips.
  •     Bake in preheated oven until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs, about 40 minutes.


I hope you enjoy this wonderful blueberry buckle as much as my family has over the years. Let me know how it turns out for you.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Crab & Shrimp Pot Pie




8 Tbs (1 stick) butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 C. mushrooms (sliced)
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 Tbs. flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. clam juice
1/4 C. dry sherry
1/2 pound crabmeat, well drained and picked clean of shells
1/2 pound shrimp, cooked, and shelled
1 C. frozen peas
Pilsbury crescent rolls. Rolled together with seams pinched. or try to find the sheets. They are hard to find but walmart is a good place to start.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with a rack in the middle position.

In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the milk, clam juice, and sherry. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the crabmeat, shrimp and peas. Remove from the heat and transfer to the refrigerator to cool.

Meanwhile, unroll the pilsbury crescents on a lightly floured surface. Place 4 (8-ounce) ovenproof bowls or large ramekins rim down on the pastry and cut out 4 circles a bit larger than the bowls (you may need to roll the pastry out a bit to accommodate all the bowls). Brush the circles with the egg wash. Set the egg wash aside.

When the crab filling has cooled, divide it among the 4 bowls. Brush the rims of the bowls with the egg wash, lay a crescent circle over each, and seal the edges. Cut steam vents in the pastry and brush with the egg mixture. Place the bowls on a baking sheet and bake on the middle rack until the crescent roll  is puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot

Recipe adapted from FoodNetwork.com

Sunday Coupon Inserts 7/13

This week there is 2 coupon inserts scheduled for your Sunday paper (regional differences can apply)

There will be 1 Smart Source and  1 Red plum insert.

Photos and list provided by Whole Coupon Inserts - Great prices and very fast shipping! Quality service every time!



Smart Source(N) 7/13/14
Arm & Hammer $2/2 liquid, power or single use laundry detergents (8/23)
Bausch+Lomb $4/1 Soothe lubricant eye drops (9/30)
Benefiber $2/1 product (9/30)
Carvel $2/1 Ice cream cake 25oz + (11/30)
Carvel $2/1 Ice cream cake 25oz + (9/30)
Chex $.50/1 cereal (8/23)
Colgate $.50/1 toothpaste 3.4oz+ dnd (7/26)
Curel $1/1 moisturizer 3.5oz+ ets (8/16)
Daisy $.45/1 Cottage cheese (10/18)
Dole $1/1 strawberry dippers, banana dippers or banana dippers with almonds (9/13)
Dole $1/2 Fruit & oatmeal (10/5)
Edge $1/2 shave gels or shave creams excludes 2.75oz (8/24)
Energizer $1/1 batteries or flashlight (8/9)
Fiber One $.75/1 streusel bars (9/6)
Gas-X $1.25/1 product (9/30)
Gas-X/Benefiber/Prevacid 24HR/Perdiem $5 off $25 purchase (8/31)
General Mills $1/3 big g cereals (8/23)
Glade $.55/1 jar candle (8/23)
Glade $.55/1 premium room spray 9.7oz (8/23)
Glade $.55/1 wax melts refill excludes warmer (8/23)
Glade $.75/1 automatic spray refill (8/23)
Glade $.75/1 plugins scented oil twin refill or 2 single refills (8/23)
Glade $1/1 wax melts warmer (8/23)
Glade $2/1 automatic spray starter (8/23)
Glade $2/1 plugins scented oil customizables starter kit (8/23)
Honey Nut Cheerios $.50/1 regular or medley crunch cereal (8/23)
Huggies $.50/1 baby wipes 32ct+ (8/9)
Huggies $1.50/1 diapers (8/9)
Huggies $2/1 little snugglers, little movers or overnites diapers (8/9)
InStyle Magazine $1/1 August Issue (8/15)
Jergens $1/1 natural glow moisturizer ets (8/16)
Jergens $1/1 natural glow+protect daily moisturizer sunscreen (8/16)
Jergens $1/2 moisturizers 3.5oz+ ets (8/16)
John Frieda $3/1 colour refreshing gloss or intense after colour conditioner excludes precision foam colour kits (8/16)
John Frieda $3/2 hair care products excludes precision foam colour products, colour refreshing gloss products, trial sizes, appliances and brushes (8/16)
Kleenex $.50/1 hand towels (8/23)
Kleenex $.50/3 50ct+ boxes or 1 bundle pack ets (8/9)
Nature Valley $.50/2 granola bars 5ct+, granola thins, soft-baked oatmeal squares or breakfast biscuits (9/6)
Nestle $.50/2 single girl scout crunch or regular crunch candy bars 1.3-1.55oz (9/15)
Nestle $1/2 girl scout crunch fun size bar boxes 7.8oz (9/15)
New York $1/2 Croutons,Crispy onions or Tortilla strips (9/15)
Old Spice $1/1 styling product ets (8/31)
Old Spice $3/2 shampoo or 2in1 products ets (8/31)
Oreo $1/2 mini family size packages 13oz+ (8/30)
People StyleWatch Magazine $1/1 August Issue (8/15)
People StyleWatch/InStyle Magazine $3/Both August Issue (8/15)
Pepperidge Farm $.40/1 Sandwich bread or buns (9/7)
Pepperidge Farm $.40/1 Swirl bread or bagels (9/7)
Perdiem $2/1 product (9/30)
Prevacid 24HR $3/1 product (8/31)
Pull-Ups $.50/1 Big Kid* flushable wipes ets (8/9)
Pull-Ups $3/1 Training pants 42ct + (8/9)
Raid $2/2 products (8/23)
Raid Max $3/1 Bug Barrier with reusable auto trigger or Defense marker (8/23)
Revlon $2/1 Foundation,powder,concealer,primer,blush,BB or CC cream (8/17)
Schick $1/2 hydro shave gels (8/24)X
Schick $2/1 Hydro disposable (8/24)
Schick $2/1 hydro razor excludes disposables (8/24)X
Schick $2/1 hydro refill (8/24)X
Schick $2/1 Hydro silk disposable (8/23)
Schick $2/1 hydro silk razor excludes disposables (8/23)X
Schick $2/1 quattro for men or quattro for women disposable razor (8/9)X
Schick $2/1 quattro for men razor (8/9)X
Schick $2/1 quattro for women razor or refill (8/9)X
Schick $3/1 hydro silk refill (8/23)X
Schick Buy quattro for men refill 4ct+, get quattro for men razor up to 10.99 free (8/9)X
Scott $.75/6+ towels rolls (8/9)
Scott $.75/8+ bath tissue rolls (8/9)
Scott Naturals $.50/1 flushable cleansing cloths tub or refill (8/9)
Skintimate $1/2 shave gels or cremes excludes 2.75oz (8/24)
Tena $1/1 product (8/13)
Viva $.50/1 roll regular or vantage paper towels (8/24)
Viva $1/1 6pk+ regular or vantage paper towels (8/24)
Ziploc $1/2 bags (8/23)



Red Plum 7/13
Aleve $2/1 40ct+ product excludes D (9/28)
Allegra $1.50/1 anti-itch 1oz cream (8/12)
Angel Soft $ 1/2 facial tissue item (8/13)
C&H $.75/1 organic blue agave nectar bottle (9/30)
C&H $1/1 light product (9/30)
C&H $1/1 sugar quick dissolve superfine or pourable brown in a flip-top canister (9/30)
Centrum $4/1 flavor burst, chewables or liquid multivitamin ets (8/2)
Centrum $4/1 multivitamin ets (8/2)
Centrum $4/1 silver multivitamin ets (8/2)
Classico $1/3 pasta sauces (8/24)
Crest $1.50/2 toothpaste 3oz+ or liquid gel excludes cavity, baking soda and tartar control (8/31)
Crest $1/1 rinse 237ml+ ets (8/31)
Crest $1.50/2 Pulsar, 3D white, Pro-Health, complete or two indicator or cavity defense toothbrushes ets. (8/31)
Fancy Feast $1/4 broths gourmet cat complement pouches (10/31)
Fixodent $1/1 adhesive 1.4oz+ ets (8/31)
Gain/Era/Cheer $1/2 gain detergents or fabric enhancers or era or cheer detergents 25oz+ excludes gain fireworks, gain flings and trial (8/31)
Gain/Era/Cheer $.20/1 gain detergents or fabric enhancers or era or cheer detergents 25oz+ excludes gain fireworks, gain flings and trial (8/31)
Garnier $2/1 moisturizer (8/23)
Garnier Fructis $1/1 style product ets (9/6)
Garnier Nutrisse $2/1 haircolor (9/6)
Garnier Fructis $1/1 Any Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment ets (8/23)
Gillette $3/1 male disposable razor (8/31)
Hefty $1/2 slider bags 12ct (10/31)
Kellogg's Special K $.70/1 Chocolate Almond Cereal 12.7 oz. (8/24)
Kellogg's $.70/1 Frosted Mini-Wheats Touch of Fruit in middle raisin Cereal 15 oz. (8/24)
Kellogg's $.70/1 Krave S'mores Cereal 11 oz. (8/24)
Kellogg's $.70/1 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Chocolatey Almond Cereal 11.5 oz. (8/24)
Kellogg's $.70/1 Jif Peanut butter Cereal 9.1 oz. (8/24)
Kellogg's $.70/1 Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Cereal 10.8 oz. (8/24)
L'Oreal $1/1 paris eye product (8/9)
L'Oreal $1/1 paris eye shadow or liner (8/9)
L'Oreal $2/1 feria haircolor product (8/9)
L'Oreal $2/1 paris cosmetic face product excluding magic perfecting base .17floz mini size (8/9)
L'Oreal $2/1 preference haircolor products excludes preference mousse absolue (8/9)
L'Oreal $4/2 oleotherapy, everpure, everstrong, eversleek, evercreme or evercurl shampoo, conditioner or treatment products (8/9)
L'Oreal $5/2 preference haircolor products excludes preference mousse absolue (8/9)
Luigi's $1/2 Any products 24 fl oz+ (8/16)
Luigi's $1/2 Any Whole fruit products (8/16)
Luigi's $1/2 Any Minute Maid products 24 fl oz+ (8/16)
Luigi's $1/2 Any Dogsters Products (8/16)
Right Guard $1.50/1 xtreme clear or clinical clear product (8/10)
Right Guard $2/2 total defense 5 or xtreme antiperspirant or deodorant (8/10)
Right Guard/Tone $2/2 body wash or 6-bar product (8/10)
Sally Hansen $1/1 nail color 1.97 or more (8/13)
Sally Hansen $5/1 salon gel polish kit 39.99 or more (8/31)
Snickers/Twix/M&Ms/Milky Way/Dovebar $1/1 ice cream multipacks 3-6ct dnd (8/24)
Tide/Gain/Downy/Bounce$1/1 tide pods, gain flings, downy unstopables, bounce bursts or gain fireworks ets (8/31)
Tide/Gain/Downy/Bounce$2.50/2 tide pods, gain flings, downy unstopables, bounce bursts or gain fireworks ets (8/31)
Vaseline Buy 1 spray, get 1 mens spray lotion ets up to $6.49 (7/27)
Venus/Daisy $3/1 disposable razor (8/31)
Welch's $.75/1 Farmer's pick 46oz any flavor (9/30)


As always coupons can vary by region. See your local paper for exact coupon availability.
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Please note: There are no inserts scheduled for Sunday 7/20

Watermelon Baby Carriage- How to



Is this not one of the cutest things you have ever seen? And its EDIBLE that makes it even more adorable!
My oldest son was stationed in Hawaii when they were expecting their first child. I lived in Massachusetts at the time, and just couldn't get to them, or be a part of the baby shower they had out there in Hawaii.
So we decided to throw them a baby shower in Massachusetts. They were not there of course, but we had pictures, and video and presents! everything a baby shower could have. And we mailed it all to them. It was a lot of fun. What made this even more special to me was that when I was pregnant with him, I lived away from my family in Massachusetts, and they did the same thing for me. Had a full all out baby shower and video taped it as if I was right there with them.We made our own tradition I do believe.

My aunt Vicki (SHOUT OUT TO AUNTY VICKI!! WOOP WOOP!) made this adorable baby stroller fruit bowl for the shower. It was such a huge hit. She did  such an amazing job. I thought I would share the How to with all of you. It really does make a statement, and is so eye catching.

You will need:

Watermelon - oval ones work better than round seedless ones but it would still work with those.
Cantaloupe
Green or Red grapes
Blue berries
Strawberries
4 orange slices (for the wheels)
4 kiwi slices (for the wheels)
*You can use any fruit you like inside the carriage
6 toothpicks
sharp knife

To assemble:

Slice a small amount off of the bottom of your watermelon so it does not roll around on the table while you are working.

Make one slice a couple inches off  the center of your melon. But only go half way through.
Make another slice going horizontal across your melon also only going half way. Until the 2 slices meet. You should now have 1/4 of your watermelon separated from the main piece.

Using a melon baller (or a knife) remove the inside flesh part of the watermelon and reserve in a bowl. Don't forget the flesh from the part you have already removed. Chop or slice the rest of the fruit you choose.  Cover, and set it in the refridgerator until needed.

Using the 1/4 piece that has been removed from the melon cut a 2 inch slice from the longer edge. You can get fancy with this and make it with a design also if you like. I think the simple round handle is just as beautiful.

Using a sharp knife make a zig zag pattern around the edges of your carriage. Try using a cookie cutter or a biscuit cutter if the edge is sharp enough to go through the watermelon rind.
Discard any unused piece of rind.

Slide your handle inside the open end of your hollowed out watermelon at a slight angle and secure the ends with a toothpick on both sides. 

Attach an orange slice and a kiwi slice using a toothpick to  both side in place  for the wheels.
And fill with your favorite colorful fruits.

Thats  all it takes! It's a pretty easy project and a great centerpiece idea for your food or dessert table.

There are many versions of baby carriage fruit sculptures all over pinterest. You can really made this as simple or as elegant as your time allows. Give it a try at your next shower, Your creation will be the talk of the town :)

Never buy Teriyaki sauce in a bottle again!




This sauce is the Cadillac of all sauces!! If you like teriyaki that is.
I discovered this sauce about 15 years ago when I was trying to experiment with more recipes and food ideas to please the hubby and the picky kids.
The first time I made it I seriously considered bottling it and trying to market it ...it's THAT good!  I called the neighbor over made her taste it to make sure my taste buds were working properly.
She demanded the recipe LOL and stayed for dinner that night. Good thing I always cook for an army!

On a serious note...
You will not be disappointed if you decide to try this sauce. It's so versatile and can be used on any type of meat , poultry or even shrimp.
Once you do decide to make this, you will never buy that watered down, overly salty teriyaki sauce in a bottle again.

Give it a try!

The worlds BEST (ok, I will settle for my family's favorite) Teriyaki sauce!!



Ingredients: (I strongly suggest doubling this recipe!! You will thank me!)
1 TBS corn starch
1 TBS water
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/4 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 tsp. black pepper

combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Using a wisk, give it a stir. Be sure to scrape the bottom so all of the corn starch and sugar aren't sticking. mix it well with your wisk.
Bring to a low boil. Continue to boil until the sauce thickens. This happens kind of fast once it reaches a boil. So stir it constantly.

Remove from heat and let it cool.

If you wish to use this as a marinade, add the juice of a half a lemon. (acid helps break down the fats in your meat)

My favorite uses:
Teriyaki Beef: Cut thin strips of london broil or your favorite cut of beef. marinade for 1 hour to over night covered in teriyaki sauce. Soak wooden skewers for 20 - 30 minutes in water (so they don't burn) And skewer the meat strips onto the skewers. Grill or bake your beef skewers to desired doneness. They don't take long to cook if your meat is cut thin.
Perfect! Just like the Chinese restaurant!

Teriyaki Chicken: Spray baking pan with non stick cooking spray. place bonesless skinless thighs (or your favorite type of chicken) in the pan in a single layer. brush on one coat of your sauce. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Add another layer of sauce. I do this 3 to 4 times, depending on how thick the meat is (every 10 minutes)
Delicious! Serve with rice or noodles for a sweet & tangy dinner!


Teriyaki Shrimp: Saute your shrimp in butter until pink. add in your teriyaki sauce and serve over rice. Try adding in some steamed veggies for  a complete meal. Wonderful every time!!


We tried something new with this sauce for the first time tonight! ..... BEEF JERKY!!  In the NuWave oven. We marinated the thin strips of beef in the teriyaki sauce for about an hour. Then we cooked the beef strips in our Nuwave oven on power level 3 for 2 1/2 hours. Flipping them over half way through. They were amazing! My 15 year old left us a note while hubby and I were at the store. 1 piece for mom, 1 piece for dad, 1 piece for the 13 year old. and the rest of the container for him. Haha ..I don't think he really liked it .. do you?


I'm sure there are many uses for this sauce that I have not yet tried. Please let me know if you try something different, and how it comes out!