Thursday, March 13, 2014

Etsy: PrimpingPins

Hey guys!

So, for Christmas last year, I wrote a post about how I was going to make some inexpensive DIY gifts for some of our family members. I mentioned maybe posting my ideas, but I actually decided not to (you'll understand why if you keep reading). One thing I knew I was going to do was make hair accessories for my 3 nieces. It was something I had never done, but always wanted to try, and now had a reason! It was also an excuse to shop around Hobby Lobby and Michaels :)

Anyway, after gluing my fingers together hard work and YouTube videos, they turned out great! I was so thrilled to have accomplished a DIY idea, because I rarely actually try them (lol). The girls loved them too, which was most important to me.

After spending time making these hair bands and bows, I wanted to keep doing it. I had been wanting a hobby, and this seemed like the perfect fit. Something else that also bloomed out of this is what I'm sharing with you today: my Etsy shop, PrimpingPins!




I am so excited to introduce this to you, and I hope I get some interested buyers! I'm currently selling 4 different types of headbands and 3 types of hair bows, at what I think are reasonable prices. I do make these all myself, and can promise you there is lots of love and care put into each one. I want my future customers to know that!

Check out my shop and see if there's anything you like! You could purchase items for yourself, a gift for a friend, or your little girl who loves feeling pretty! I am flexible with customizing colors, but please note that some patterns may only come in those color palettes. I will put a note on the item's description stating whether its available in a different color/pattern or not.

I hope you all enjoy my shop, and please feel free to leave any comments/suggestions/questions.

God bless!

-M

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Churro Cheesecake




This week has been CRAZY to say the least! Monday morning I got a call that my dad had had a heart attack. So scary! It happened early that morning, and by the time I found out, the doctors had already put him through surgery and put a stint in his artery. Thank God he was alright! It was truly a miracle, as they said the artery that was clogged, the LAD, is known as "The Widow Maker" - most who suffer a heart attack from this blocked LAD have no warning signs and die instantly. I am so thankful the Lord was merciful and spared my father! I can also say with great joy that Dad got to go home yesterday. Yay!

So, we've been going to the hospital about every day this week, and I've not been able to cook much. Our diet has consisted of fast food, which I never enjoy when I think about what I'm ingesting... ick. Last night I was able to make my hubby dinner, though, and it was so delicious! I have not shared this recipe on here yet, which surprises me because we make it so often. I'll try and post some pics and the recipe for my Cheeseburger Quesadillas the next time I make them. Today, though, we are talking dessert. Ohhh yeeeahhhh!




This delectable looking square above is Churro Cheesecake, and it is mighty tasty! Not too sweet, and just the right amount of churro to cheesecake flavor ratio. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and followed the link to the Recipe Critic. This dessert (or breakfast, or snack!) is so easy to make, and would be perfect for a church pot luck, a gathering with friends, or any get together where you need to make something quick and simple.






Doesn't that filling look so creamy, and the crust so fluffy?!?! Yeah... its awesome. Here's the recipe for ya. Enjoy the rest of your week!


Churro Cheesecake

Ingredients
  • 2 cans (8 ct. each) Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, partially beaten egg, and ½ cup sugar until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the sugar (1/2 cup) and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and sprinkle ¼ cup (or half) of your cinnamon sugar mixture evenly into the bottom of the 9×13.
  4. On a piece of parchment paper, roll out one of your crescent dinner roll doughs into a big 9×13 square and press the seams together so the dough is completely sealed. Set the dough in the bottom of your 9×13 baking dish on top of the cinnamon sugar.
  5. Spread the cheesecake evenly on top of your dough and unroll the other can of crescent dough and place on top also making sure that the seams are completely sealed.
  6. Sprinkle the top with the remaining ¼ cup of cinnamon sugar mixture and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Italian Sausage With Peppers and Onion




Last night I made this delicious looking dish above ^ and it was super yummy - Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions. It is very similar to this dish my husband made a while back, but less spicy and no pasta. You could eat this dish by itself, like we did, or put it on some delicious hoagie-style bread for a sandwich!


I did use a bag of frozen peppers and onions, so I ended up draining most of the liquid after they cooked down. You could do fresh peppers and onion and it would be delicious as well! Either way, season those veggies up! :-)

Enjoy the recipe, and have a great weekend!


Italian Sausage With Peppers and Onions

Ingredients
  • 1 package mild Italian Sausage (mine had 5 links)
  • 1 bag frozen peppers and onion (or 1 cup of each, fresh, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup General Tso's sauce (you can use more if you want)
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions
  1. Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Brown each link on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  2. Add in your frozen veggies and seasonings and mix a bit. Cover and cook on medium for about 25 minutes, tossing your veggies and turning your meat every few minutes or so to cook evenly.
  3. Remove each sausage link and slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
  4. If you used frozen veggies, drain off the liquid now.
  5. Add everything back into the pan and stir in your General Tso's sauce.
  6. Taste and see if the dish needs more salt and pepper.
  7. Enjoy as is or top on a nice hoagie bun!




Happy Friday!

-M

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Potato & Onion Soup

So, its January 2014 and I can hardly believe it! 2013 just went by so quickly, as I'm sure many of you can attest to as well. My husband and I didn't make any New Years Resolutions, as we often get disappointed when we don't stick to them. However, we recently decided to try and stop drinking soda, just to be healthier and not be addicted to caffeine. He's a regular kind of guy and I am a diet drinker; both are terribly bad for you, though, calories or no calories! Ryan has been off the stuff for over 2 weeks now, and I am so proud of him! He's really gotten past his caffeine addiction, which was a big reason he waited so long to quit. He knew the headaches would quickly follow! I just started Monday this week, and am chugging along just fine. No headache yet! To replace the soda, we have been drinking lots of water and a little light lemonade, just for flavor. We bought a PUR water filter this past weekend and it has been so wonderful! Our tap water is disgusting and with us needing more water on hand, I was not going to buy a whole bunch of plastic bottles when the filter pays for itself in a couple weeks!

But, moving on to the real reason for this post... POTATO SOUP. Yeah, I know you just pictured a bowl and drooled (me too!). Who does not love a delicious bowl of cheesy potato soup??? ... I thought so. NOBODY passes up an opportunity to have something comforting like this to eat! Not to mention, its cheesy goodness. Man.... I could eat cheese the rest of my life.... But, that would be bad for me.... in so many ways! LOL

ANYWAY, this soup = to die for! It is so stinkin delicious! My husband raved over it and said a few times that I HAD to make it again (WIN!). There is also a special ingredient I add to give it a little kick - cayenne. Just 1/2 tsp will do for the whole pot! If you're not into the spice, though, then its great without it!

This soup is very easy to make, and does not require a lot of ingredients. One thing I'd like to mention is my recipe calls for an entire onion (a small one), that's why I've named it Potato & Onion Soup. Ryan and I love onions, but if you don't, you could always use less or just omit it. You could even substitute a different veggie, such as broccoli. That would be tasty!

If you don't want to take the time to cook fresh potatoes, then try those frozen pre-diced ones.. I would steam them (or however the directions say to cook them) before adding them to the soup, though.

I served my soup with a big loaf of french bread. It was the perfect way to soak up the juice, and I always love a nice piece of crunchy bread!

Enjoy your Wednesday! :)


Potato & Onion Soup
Servings: 7-8 hearty bowls

Ingredients

  • 6 1/2 - 7 cups cooked potatoes, diced
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup Velveeta, diced into cubes
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a big, deep pot.
  2. Set on medium-high heat and cover.
  3. Once it comes to a low boil, turn to low heat.

It is ready to serve, or you can let it sit until you're ready to eat!


**Will post pics the next time I make it!**

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY Christmas Bow Wreath

I am so excited about this wreath!


I really wanted to do a Christmas wreath this year, and was inspired to do it with lots of colorful ribbons. There was so much ribbon on sale at Michael's after Black Friday that I didn't know what to choose, so I stocked up! I have PLENTY for next year - I plan to make and sell these wreaths next Christmas :-)


If you're not familiar with how to make ribbon bows, here is the YouTube video I used to help me learn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDcvdYQWOaw. I know some people have bow makers they use, but honestly, making them yourself makes you feel so accomplished! But choose to do it however you like, I won't know ;-)


(Sorry for the blurriness. Could not get the camera to adjust! This pretty green one and polka dotted one were two of my favorites!)

To start, you need a metal wreath as a base. Mine was less than $4 at Michael's. The reason I recommend this is because its cheaper than other wreath bases, and you want something you can wrap the ribbon round with pipe cleaners.


Which leads me to the second thing you need - pipe cleaners, or ribbon wire. This will secure your bows and also be what you attach the bow to the wreath with.

Third, and most importantly, you need ribbon - LOTS and LOTS! I recommend using wired ribbon, as this is SO much easier to work with (It also will keep its shape after being stored until the next time you need it). I tried a satin and a velvet kind of ribbon, but neither worked as well.



If you look near the middle sides of the wreath you will see I added a special touch of red, green, and silver thin ribbon pieces that hang from each side. I tied them in a simple bow shape, like you would shoe strings, and attached them on the sides. This just mixes it up a bit so you don't have the same type of bow all around. I also experimented with different sizes of bows to fill in the open spots.



I'm very proud of my crafty side that's coming out here lately! I always wanted to be one of those people who did the homemade gifts and decorations during the holidays. This is a start, anyway!

You could even try this wreath with other themes of ribbon, like for spring or Easter. I want to do one like that in a few months - I'll probably share with you how it turns out :-)

Hope you all enjoy! And remember, don't be afraid to try something new. Even if you're unsure of how it will turn out, trying is better than wondering what would have happened!

God bless guys!