Thursday, December 11, 2014

Handmade Mittens from Recycled Sweaters

My co-worker Connie gave me this idea about making mittens from old wool sweaters. She has been so sweet and has found me many sweaters at resale shops with unique designs. As soon as I get enough made, I will be selling them for $20 per pair. They are wool and fleece lined. My husband says they are very warm as he has already worn them outdoors for a long period of time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kristen's famous Challah bread recipe!

For the past 15 years, I've been making a challah bread that all of my friends and family rave about. I don't give out the recipe too often as I don't quite have the flour measurement correct. When making the bread, I add keep adding additional flour until I feel it is the right dough consistency.

Kristen's Challah Bread
5 cups flour
2/3 cups sugar
1 t. salt
2 packages of yeast
3 eggs - Put one aside for glaze
1/4 cup real butter
1-1/2 cups boiling water

Put water and butter into a saucepan and bring to boil. 

I use my KitchenAid Mixer. In the mixing bowl, place all dry ingredients PLUS 2 eggs. Turn on mixer to slowest speed and then slowly add boiling water/butter to dry mixture. Kneed for 5 minutes adding more flour if dough looks sticky.

Let rise for 1 hour.  Punch down to release air.
Separate into 2 balls.  Then separate each ball into 3 sections.
Roll each section into approx. 14" strands.
Put strands on greased (cooking spray) cookie sheet
Start in the middle and braid out. Do the same for other side
Let rise another hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat 1 egg an brush on top of each braided loaf
Bake 25-35 minutes or under golden brown. Enjoy! this bread is also good for French Toast!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Ipsy Glam bag

Ipsy Glam Bag

I have been really enjoying my Ipsy Glam bag the past 2 months. Each month you receive a little makeup bag filled with 4 or 5 beauty products, some are full size. The cost is $10 per month. If you would like to receive a bag of your own, please use the link below and I will earn points.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Awesome Crock Pot Hash Brown Potato Soup

A few weeks ago, I got a chain mail "fall recipe exchange." After forwarding it to 10 friends, I was supposed to expect 36 recipes. I know these things never usually work but it was easy to do and did it anyway.  I got 4 recipes in return. One of them was this recipe from J.O.  I love crock pot recipes and love potato soup, so I made it one evening. My whole family loved it! I was curious about the diced hash browns. After cooking for 8 hours, the hash browns turn a creamy consistency, perfect for potato soup. I've made this 2 times already and this will continue to be a family favorite.
Crock Pot Hash Brown Potato Soup
1 - 30 oz bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 - 32 oz box chicken broth
1 - can cream of chicken soup (10oz)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8oz not fat free)
3 oz. bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
 Put hash brown potatoes in crock pot.  Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on low 8 hrs or until potatoes are tender. An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes.  Place cubes in crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.  Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.  Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wool Dryer Balls or Dog Toy?!

As a Pinterest addict, I have come across the wool dryer balls in many posts. These balls are put into the dryer with wet clothes and are supposed to reduce drying time and soften clothes. Honestly, I've been using them but really don't notice a difference. My dog Skipper has occasionally started playing with the balls when I am folding laundry. I always take them away, but this time, I let him have one. This is my dog's favorite toy. He even sleeps with it in his mouth. The ball stays pretty intact for a long time. He loves chewing it and rolling it around the floor. Skipper loves balls anyway and I'm sure that's why he likes these so much. So next time he grabs one, it's his. I can't deny his love for these things!
This is Skipper waiting for me to take it from him and throw it! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Handmade Birthday Cupcake Notecards

I found these 3 dimensional stickers at the dollar store and put them on brown notecards. I wouldn't mind receiving one of these cards on my birthday! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Soap

I can't take the credit for this idea! I work in a Special Education classroom.  Our very creative teacher is doing a hygiene unit this week and today we made these Halloween soaps. The goal was to make hand washing enjoyable and fun. She was so kind to let me borrow the supplies to make them with my girls this evening. The glycerin soap can be purchased at Michaels for $9.99. She purchased plastic spiders, slugs, worms from Oriental Trading. Melt the glycerin soap, add desired color, scent and pour into soap molds with creatures inside. Be careful not to over heat the soap as it can warp the molds. Let cool for 1 hour and them remove from molds.
The kids at school and my girls really liked the activity!