Saturday, January 23, 2016

Handmade Birthday Cards with stickers

Birthday cards are so expensive now. I would much rather receive a homemade card than a store bought one. At our local Dollar Tree and Five Below store, they have 3 dimensional stickers. I put them on brown notecards and they turned out really nice. I purchased the brown notecards and envelopes at Michaels.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jello Flavored Popcorn

One of my favorite snacks as a child was Jello flavored popcorn. My mom would make different flavors and it didn't last long in our house with 4 kids! This would make a great Super Bowl Party snack. Just choose the colors of your favorite team and find a flavor of Jello that matches!

Jello Flavored Popcorn

(I'd triple or quadruple this recipe for a party)

8-12 cups air popped popcorn

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 small box of flavored gelatin
3 tablespoons of corn syrup

In a small pot melt butter, add sugar, gelatin and corn syrup. Stir constantly until sugars are dissolved. In a large bowl, add 12 cups of air popped popcorn making sure there are no kernels. Pour jello mixture over the top of the popcorn and stir until coated evenly. Pour out popcorn onto a parchment or aluminum lined baking sheet. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Christmas Tags from Christmas Cards

I remember years ago my mom making Christmas tags from Christmas cards. This past December in our 4H group, we brought in old cards and made tags for the Catholic Charities Angel Tree gifts. Today my daughter and I made more tags out of the cards we received this year. You need decorative scissors, regular scissors, punches and ribbon. Cut out parts of the card you think would be nice for a tag. I always hated throwing away everyone's card or storing them. Now they are put to good use. 
Our finished tags! 

Christmas Cards ready to be cut

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

My daughter saw this and begged me to make it for Christmas morning. It was very good! Maybe this will be a yearly tradition.

1/4 cup Butter, melted (I omitted this)
cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing 
1/2 cup half and half
teaspoons ground cinnamon
teaspoons vanilla
cup Chopped Pecans
cup maple syrup


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Pour melted butter into ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Separate both cans of dough into 16 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into 8 pieces; place pieces over butter in dish.
  2. In medium bowl, beat eggs. Beat in cream, cinnamon and vanilla until well blended; gently pour over roll pieces. Sprinkle with pecans; drizzle with 1 cup syrup.
  3. Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove covers from icing; microwave on Medium (50%) 10 to 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle.
  4. Drizzle icing over top; sprinkle with powdered sugar. If desired, spoon syrup from dish over individual servings. Serve with the additional 1/2 cup maple syrup.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Meringue Cookies

This recipe is so good.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Best Sugared Pecans Recipe

This is the best sugared pecan recipe I have found and many have asked how I make them.

Sugared Pecans

1 egg white
1 tsp cold water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 pound pecans, halved

Whisk egg whites and cold water until light and fluffy. Whisk in cinnamon, sugar and salt. Add pecans and stir to coat. Bake 250 degrees for 1 hour on parchment paper or aluminum foil. 

Don't be afraid of the salt, this is what makes the recipe so good!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

My father-in-law asked me to make my pumpkin roll for Christmas this year. Here is a recipe that I have been using for years. I will upload a picture of the roll on Christmas Day.

Pumpkin Roll

(Makes one pumpkin roll)

3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of pumpkin puree

Beat eggs until fluffy. Add sugar slowly and then pumpkin puree.

In a separate bowl, whisk together...
3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

Fold flour mixture into pumpkin mixture. Place a sheet of parchment paper in a 15 by 10 by 1 inch jelly roll sheet. Spray parchment paper with Pam. Spread mixture onto parchment paper. Bake 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Take a clean dish towel and put cake on top. roll up from the short end and let cool.

Mix 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 3 tsp butter, 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla. When cake is cool, unroll from towel, spread onto top and re-roll. sprinkle with powdered sugar upon serving.