Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sewing Wednesday...Slipcover Project

Good Morning!!! I couldn't have asked for a better start to my Sewing Wednesday...massive amounts of snow on the ground, and it's still coming! It is an absolute Winter Wonderland outside, and I don't have to leave the house today. The kids will be kept busy for hours upon hours out in this white, fluffy stuff. I'm so glad I have a window in my Sewing Room.


So, in December I bought these two little beauties (see below) at Goodwill for $9 each. I can just imagine the little grandma that owned these. I'm wondering if she had them covered in clear plastic vinyl...ha!...they are in mint condition! This purchase was after we had sold our massive black leather sectional and I was wanting to do our family room on a budget. I was planning on spray painting them white and re-upholstering them. Now, I have one of the chairs in my family room, and one of them in my bedroom. I have decided to do little slipcovers for them and leave the legs brown. I have never done a slipcover, but I have bought several old pieces of furniture over the years to try it on, but the furniture always ends up at Goodwill b/c I never find the time/motivation to actually do it. Today is my day. I'm planning on making a little white denim slipcover with a ruffle below the seating area. I guess time will tell! Yikes! Before I tackle that project, though, I have to do some surgery on a couple of stuffed animals, and finish a hem for my sister-in-law who made the cutest little dress for my niece!
I wonder how long this project will take me? I'll be logging my hours...I always like to see the total time spent.

I'm planning on Blogging 3 days a week now, instead of 5. Here's my plan for now:
Monday...In the Kitchen (a new recipe will be shared)
Wednesday...Sewing Wednesday
Friday...Random (organization, to do lists, ramblings etc...)

I hope you all have a wonderful, snowy, winter day!!!

XOXO Tiffany

"When I woke to the pearl gray morning, my mood was blissful". Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Monday, February 27, 2012

Basic Pancakes

Good Morning! My kids LOVE pancakes. I make several different kinds of pancakes (honey-whole-wheat, buttermilk, cottage cheese, yogurt etc)...but when we want something quick and easy and basic, this is the one I make. This recipe comes out of a cookbook that I got as a wedding gift from my girlfriend, Kelly...it's called Breakfast All Day. Three of my favorite pancake recipes come from this book. I changed one thing about the recipe...vanilla.


Basic Pancakes
1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
¾ cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
½ tsp vanilla

Whisk dry ingredients together. Make a well and add wet ingredients. Lightly mix until all dry ingredients are moistened. Heat skillet over medium heat. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Spoon batter on pan and flip when ready. Makes 12.


Time to get on that treadmill...my mornings have been getting away from me and I really want to stay on task this week. I have to be in the shower by 7am. My Top 3 this week are:


1. MJ's bedroom and closet


2. Lucy's bedroom and closet


3. Daisy's bedroom and closet


I'm going to focus on one of their rooms each day and get them cleaned and organized from top to bottom. The sheets need to be changed, closets need to be organized and purged...I'm going to make a pile of garbage and a pile of donations for their rooms. I love seeing stuff leaving the house. Maybe I'll post this on Friday.


Happy Monday!!!


XOXO Tiffany


"When I woke, I was still tired, but edgy as well. I pulled on my brown turtleneck and the inescapable jeans, sighing as I daydreamed of spaghetti straps and shorts". Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Top Three for the Week

Last week my High School Sweetie mentioned to me that he was working on his "Top 3" for his boss. On Sunday evenings, he sends his boss the top three things that he is going to focus on for the week. I kind of get excited about this kind of stuff...so I told him that I would like to do that too! So, the last two weeks I have sent my High School Sweetie my Top 3 for the week. If I send it to him, I feel more accountable, plus, if he knows my goals for the week, he can help! This week...my Top 3 were:

1. Prime and paint kitchen trim around sliding glass door and small wall

2. Patch red paint and hang curtain rod

3. Start curtains

So...I only hoped to start these babies...but when I get it in writing, I am on a mission! I actually finished the curtains!

I love the frayed white denim on the bottom...it reminds my of white denim cut-offs from the '80's. I added the top mini-ruffle at the last minute b/c the curtains looked a bit too "clean". They needed something more...so I dug through my scraps and found this fabric that I had used in my other Ruffle Curtains.

Yep...lots of me standing at the ironing board.
Here they are! They're along the same wall as my other Ruffle Curtains...I was designing these right up until the morning of...and also while adding the finishing touches. I was originally going to do the same white denim as in the other curtains...but as I looked at it, it was just going to be too much white along that wall. As I bopped around Pinterest...I knew that I needed a print. Then, I remembered that I had bought of bunch of this animal print a while back. I headed out to my garage storage supply of fabric...searched for a step stool...froze...and found the storage tub labeled "handbag". And, there she was! Animal Print! I brought her in and played around a bit...pinned up some white ruffle...and that was it. I knew what I was going to do.

I got the idea for the metal curtain ring/clips on Pinterest, too. These curtains needed to be functional...I knew the kids would be sliding them back and forth as needed, and I wanted it to be easy for them. Oh, these clips. A bit tough to track down. Mostly b/c I wanted them from the same line as my curtain rod. That's a whole long story that I won't bother you with.

Here they are keeping out some of that southern sun. Normally, I'll just let that sunshine in...but when the kids are working on their schoolwork...or when we've got people over and we're trying to eat and we actually have to pick up the kitchen table and move it to the family room...they will really come in handy. (true story from my Christmas Eve Brunch).

I just love how they pool in the corner, out of the way, yet handy when I need them! I wanted these curtains to be a nuetral...b/c I'm not sure how long I'll have my Barn Red kitchen.


Here is the "before" shot of the sliding glass door. (Ooh, this was before our big snowfall!)


This is after I primed and painted the woodwork...and after I touched up the red.



This is the little spot across the room from the sliding glass door that I primed and painted. I didn't patch the red paint on this pillar-like thing, b/c that is going to get primed and painted white...this may be in next weeks Top 3.


Done.


This is a little project that I was working on while I was waiting for my curtain ring/clips. I was held up b/c I couldn't finish the hem of my curtains without knowing how far down they would hang on those rings. So, I started a little patchwork skirt project. More on this later!


Well, I better get that laundry started (my Friday job) and then I need to pick up donuts (we usually have them on Saturday mornings, but the girls have swim finals and can't eat donuts beforehand...we know this b/c we've done it before and didn't get great results), and then we need to start school. Another busy weekend is ahead of us...filled with swim finals, church, ice fishing, a birthday party, and a soccer game. I hope you have a great one!


XOXO Tiffany


"After dinner, I folded clothes and moved another load through the dryer. Unfortunately, it was the kind of job that only keeps hands busy. My mind definitely had too much free time, and it was getting out of control". Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chicken Taquitos

Mmmmmm. Chicken Taquitos. I love home-made chicken taquitos. I have the best recipes for Chicken Taquitos and Beef Taquitos. My chicken taquitos were fried...my beef taquitos were baked. I really loved them both, but then I thought...frying is unhealthy, messy, and stinky. Why not bake my chicken taquitos?!? So...here's my recipe:
Mmmmm...cheesy, onion, chicken goodness.

Chicken Taquitos
Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 cups shredded, cooked chicken (rotisserie works!)
Salt and pepper
1 ½ cups shredded cheese (white)
12 tortillas
Serve with: Salsa, sour cream and guacamole

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened. Add the chicken, salt and pepper. Heat through. Turn heat off and stir in cheese. Place a spoonful of the chicken mixture on each tortilla, roll up and place on a baking sheet. Repeat. Spray the tortilla roll-ups with non-stick spray. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

So, I totally wanted to show my new curtains today! I should have and could have had them done. My stopper was that I didn't get out on Tuesday to pick up my curtain rings/clips from Lowe's. If I could have gotten them at my Maple Grove Lowe's, no problem...I would have run out to grab them. But, they didn't have them. So, I purchased them on-line from the Blaine Lowe's...this baby is 30 miles away...this didn't excite me. So, my High School Sweetie was heading to a work meeting on Wednesday and I said, "any chance you could swing by the Blaine Lowe's and pick up my curtain rings/clips?". He said, "sure". Sweet! The problem was, he didn't get back home until 3pm...I was ready for the rings at 1pm...so I spent that time getting the ruffles prepped and working on a new skirt design that I have been wanting to try. Once I had those rings in my hot little hands, I put them on the rod, marked my curtain hems, completed those hems, and got one layer of ruffle on...then it was time to get dinner ready. Rats. And, after dinner, it was off to swim team and soccer. All that to say, I asked the kids if they would be OK starting school about an hour late today...I NEED to get those curtains done and hung so that I can focus. Photos will be posted tomorrow. Of course the kids were dissapointed about the late start (cough, cough).

I'm a little behind already this morning...gotta run!

XOXO Tiffany

"When I got home, I decided to make chicken enchiladas for dinner. It was a long process, and it would keep me busy. While I was simmering the onions and chilies, the phone rang". Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Snow in Minnesota!

We finally got some snow! I live in Minnesota...I like snow. If I didn't like snow...I wouldn't live here. This has been the craziest, driest, greenest, brownest winter I can ever remember. I don't like those last three adjectives when describing my Minnesota Winter. The first adjective, yes...that one is a typical description. The girls and I were coming home from swim team on Monday night, and it was snowing. We were so excited, but we didn't expect it to continue and we didn't expect there to be anything left on the ground come Tuesday morning. That's just the kind of winter we've had.
Tuesday morning...there was a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground!

My deck furniture with a lovely white table cloth and comfy looking seat cushions.


The kids hurried through their morning school work and were begging to get out into the white stuff. Regarding shoveling the snow, our rule is, if you can beat dad out to the driveway for shoveling, you will get paid. We don't ask or force the kids to shovel...they really love to do it and they certainly love to get paid. Plus, by beating dad out there, it's kind of like a game. They hustled out and shoveled the whole driveway. This stuff was wet and heavy!

Dad came out for inspection a bit later and snow-blowed the end of the driveway where the snow plow had left a big mountain of heavy snow. The kids started their forts and tried to dodge the snow shooting out of the blower.

They came back in a while later and had a snack and finished up their schoolwork.


Then, it was off to Yaya and Poppy's house (my parents) to do their driveway. They are on vacation and they like to have their driveway done. The kids couldn't wait to get there...plus, Yaya and Poppy pay more than mom and dad.


A job well done.

After this project...they grabbed their sleds and headed for the big snow hill in my parents cul-de-sac. Then, it was off to the sledding hill by our house for more sledding. Now, I probably should have been out there with the kids, sledding, getting exercise, and having fun...but mama decided to bring along some chai tea and her Twilight book. Dreamy. A wonderful afternoon spent in a warm car, with my seat warmers on, and peeking up now and then to see my kids having a blast. See, while I say I love snow...I prefer to view it from a window, while I'm all warm and cozy. Though, I have spent many an afternoon shoveling and sledding with the kids, this was not one of those afternoons:).


I can't wait to get my Sewing Wednesday started! More curtains. I have already pre-washed and pre-cut all my fabric...now the fun begins. I was going to do more white curtains like I did in my family room...but, as I was looking at it, I was thinking it was just going to be too much white. So, I opted for a pattern. Oooh! Hoping to be done with these by Friday...


XOXO Tiffany


"That had always been my way, though. Making decisions was the painful part for me, the part I agonized over. But once the decision was made, I simply followed through - usually with relief that the choice was made". Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Amish Baked Oatmeal

I have always LOVED oatmeal. I didn't get it at home growing up, my mom won't touch the stuff...but both of my grandma's used to make it for me when I was there for sleepovers. I would have 5 or 6 bowls of it piled high with brown sugar and milk. A while back my brother shared this recipe with me...he, also, is an oatmeal lover...I modified it slightly, but this recipe makes the yummiest, chewiest oatmeal ever! It's almost like a chewy, warm granola in a bowl. My recipe makes a 9 x 13...but you could for sure 1/2 it and do it in an 8 x 8. I'll be honest...I don't "force" my family to eat this...I'll say, "do you guys want some oatmeal?". They always say "no", and I say, "OK". I secretly don't want to share this b/c it is just so good and that means more for me! I portion it out into bowls and put it in the fridge and then I can warm up "the best oatmeal ever" all week. Here's what I do:
Tiffy's Amish Oatmeal
½ Cup butter, softened
2 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 Cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 Tbsp Olive oil
3 ½ Cup old fashioned oats
Mix first 8 ingredients together until smooth. Stir in oats. Pour into greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

I have no idea what makes it "Amish"...but it is so good, I just don't care. You should try this!

Well, I started another "little" project this week. I am painting more wood trim (white) and making more curtains...this time for our sliding glass door in our kitchen. It is south-facing, and the sun just pours in. It's a little tricky when one is trying to eat or when the kids are doing school work. I put this project ahead of my slipcover project for the moment because this one seemed a little more urgent. Yesterday, I cleaned, taped, and primed the wood trim. Today I am going to put two coats of white paint on it...I am also hoping to touch up the red wall paint and get the curtain rod mounted. Then, tomorrow, I can get busy on the curtains. I have no idea how I want them designed! I better come up with something quick!

XOXO Tiffany
"Above were peaks of pure white snow which towered up into a cloudless sky like a roof of sapphire and tourquoise. The sun shone so brilliantly it almost seemed that one could see the flowers pushing their way up through the earth and unfolding themselves to receive the glory of its rays". Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Shoe Project

This "little" shoe project came about quite by accident.
On my list last week was to "clean out the main level hall closet". Which, led me to shoes...which led me to gather all my shoes in the house and take a peek.

Turns out, I only had shoes in the main level closet, and here, in my upstairs closet.

Here are my shoes all gathered together in my bedroom. I have never considered myself a "shoe horse". I was always more of a "coat horse". I loved vintage/fur coats! I have since given up that collection...it was more fun to have all those coats before kids, when I actually left the house everyday and got to go downtown to work. They all got a lot of use. After having kids, not so much. I still like cute coats, but a couple are fine. All that to say, I was appalled at my pile of shoes...and I'm sure tons of you have more, and probably some of you have less. I encourage you to gather them up and see!


I sorted my pile into Boots...


(I found it odd that I have 6 pairs of black boots...and of course, the one pair I thought of getting rid of was the animal print...I LOVE those boots, but I also have a black pair of rain boots, and I just wear them more. I decided to keep the "animals" for another year and see what I think. Had to keep my North Face boots. The fourth boot from the left is a pair that I got at Goodwill for $3, can't wait to wear those with skirts this spring. The next boot is from NY...I got them back in 1997 and I L.O.V.E them. Next are my sweater Uggs...love. I ditched the last boot...tall funky suede boot that is super comfortable...but, someone had to go.)



Flats...



(I love Chinese Mary Janes...I just ordered Pinky and Blacky (in the middle) from Pearl River (NY China Town) and got them in the mail on Valentine's Day. The two on the right, I love, but are a size too small...and the far left of a Steve Madden ballet shoe that I got for $3 at Goodwill...I gave those 3 to Daisy and just kept the two new ones. I wish I could get another pair with the embroidered flower!)



Summer...



(MN summers are short! I wore all these shoes last summer, but I am only keeping the pink Land's End flip flops, and the black mary jane Crocs.)



Dressier...



(Here...I only kept #2...the cork bottom wedge with the bling buckle. #1 and #3 are about 15 years old from back in my working days (I worked in the buying office at Daytons, now Marshall Fields, in junior shoes). #4 is a super comfy wedge sandal, but I'm done with it.



Slippers...


(MN winter's are long! I kept 3 of these, but really two would have been fine. Next year I'll go through these again. )




Tennis Shoes...


(I wear shoes in the house everyday. I feel faster in shoes. My new obsession are Converse. Love, love, love them. All 4 of those have been bought in the last year. And, I love my New Balance runners. I had to get rid of my Liz Claiborne pinkies...I really like those shoes, but the soles are super heavy and my feet hurt after wearing them for awhile.).


After sorting my shoes into types...I was able to really decide what was staying and what was going. I started off with 31 pairs of shoes...after throwing away an old pair of slippers, giving 3 pairs of shoes to Daisy (we're the same shoe size), and donating 8 pairs...I was left with 19 pairs of shoes/boots/slippers etc.


19 pairs of shoes seems like more than enough for one girl. Though, Minnesota does have 4 seasons...so that averages to about 5 pairs of shoes per season. I am already spying 3 pairs that could get the "boot" after this year. I was also thinking about this...if I had to pack up and move immediately, what 3 shoes would I take with me? I went for function over style, and chose:


New Balance Minimus Runners


Black Mary Jane Crocs


North Face Boots


Let me know if you do the Shoe Project in your home! Now, I would like to do this for each of my kids and my High School Sweetie. I really had fun with it!


I'm off to hop on the treadmill...have a great Monday!


XOXO Tiffany


"...we have the luxury of choice between simplicity and complication of life". Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Friday, February 17, 2012

Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies

When we want Chocolate Chip Cookies...this is the one I make! The recipe is from Betty Crocker and we just love it! Mmmmm Mmmmmm Good!

Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies1 ½ cups butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 cups chocolate chips

Mix first 5 ingredients. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Using large ice cream scoop, drop onto baking sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen good sized cookies.

May 15, 2012...I've made some little changed to my cookie recipe in an effort to make them healthier!  You will love these as much or more!!!  Cut back the sugar to 1 cup each...that's removing 1/2 cup of sugar!  Also, sub 2 cups of the white flour with 2 cups of whole wheat flour. 
Just a quick post today...I've gotta run...crazy busy weekend ahead and I've got to be on my game. We've got swim team, a day of scrapbooking with a friend, church, entertaining friends on Sunday, and a soccer game. My problem lies in the "gone all day Saturday and entertaining right after church on Sunday". I have about 24 hours to get my house sparkly and all the food made/prepped. One of our fabulous guests is a vegetarian friend from NY...my menu is:

Vegetarian Minestrone (a new recipe!)

Cranberry Walnut Salad

Breadsticks

Red Velvet Cake

I'll be back on Monday...hoping to share my Shoe Project:)

XOXO Tiffany

"That's when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I've seen someone do" Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sewing Wednesday...Pillowcase Skirts in the Shop!!!

Yesterday...I felt like I was doing everything BUT sewing until about 1pm...goodness, what happened to my day?!? Then, finally, I got on a roll...I got all my little pillowcase skirts photographed and listed on Etsy. And, I also got my fabric for my slipcover project washed...maybe today I can iron it and then it will be ready to go for next Wednesday...but, now that I'm thinking of it...I only washed enough fabric for 1 chair, but I need to slipcover 2 chairs...might be nice to do them at the same time...I guess I'll be washing more fabric today...looking forward to getting that washer and dryer on my main level...it seems like it would be less of a task if it were nice and handy. Anyhoo...I am also having a little sale on my fall/winter items...FREE SHIPPING...11 items left!


Keeping this post short and sweet...I need to get on with my morning...the kids and I are heading to a Valentine party with our coop today and I am making a new recipe: Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars...I'll keep you posted if it's a good one!


XOXO Tiffany


"She was wearing khakis with flowery patches on both knees, a white tank top, and an oversize blue button-down. Her eyes were a soft shade of green, and her nose came to an impossibly fine point, the kind women in Los Angeles and New York paid plastic surgeons thousands to create" The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Overnight Waffles and Berry Syrup

This was our Valentine Breakfast...Overnight Waffles and Berry Syrup. I really love this waffle recipe...one, because it is just so easy (you don't have to seperate the eggs and beat the whites), and two, because I can do it the night before. It only takes me about 7 minutes to gather the ingredients and whisk it up in my large glass measuring pitcher. Then, my waffle batter is ready to go the next morning. I start the syrup when I turn on the waffle iron and it's ready to go by the time the first waffle is done. Here's the recipe:

Overnight Waffles
2 ¼ cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 ¼ tsp dry yeast
½ tsp salt
Whisk first 4 ingredients together in medium glass bowl.
1 ¾ cup milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup veg oil
Add next 3 ingredients to the dry mix. Whisk well. Cover loosely; refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir batter. Pour about ¾ cup batter onto greased waffle baker. Close lid quickly; do not open until done. Eat…or, cool waffles completely. Place in freezer bags for up to 3 months. To reheat, just pop the frozen waffles in the toaster.

Berry Syrup
10 oz seedless raspberry jam
2 cups frozen berries

(I've used strawberries and triple berry mix)

In a medium saucepan, heat jam over medium heat, stirring occasionally until liquefied, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries. Simmer until softened, 5 minutes. With a potato masher, lightly mash strawberries, leaving some large pieces. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to one week.

Well, the gift that my High School Sweetie had gotten the kids would have been more than enough...but, I had already gotten them each a Beanie Boo (they are obsessed with these), some chocolates and $5 (I was going to do $10 each, but changed my mind after they got Daddy's gift). I don't like to give a lot of little junk...I'd rather give them money b/c they are always saving for something! Oh, and the cow Beanie Boo on the left is for Daisy...and the cow's name is "Daisy". :)
We were going to do a school day...but ended up making homemade Valentine's all day. I figured we at least accomplished Art and Handwriting.

Today is my Sewing Wednesday...my goal for today is to get my little Pillowcase Skirts photographed and listed on Etsy. Then, I would like to start the slipcovering process for two adorable Goodwill chairs. I have never slipcovered a chair...so this should be interesting. I would like that project finished by the end of February (2 Wednesdays left after today!) Then, I'll set some sewing goals for March.

Also, last night I started A Shoe Project...no, that's not a book or a movie...it's a little project in my home that I'll try to share soon!

XOXO Tiffany

"Nothing feeds the center so much like creative work, even humble kinds like cooking and sewing". A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine's Dinner

I really LOVE Valentine's Day. We don't go crazy, we keep it pretty simple with a candlelight dinner at home. The kids love this. We change up the menu every year...sometimes we have steaks, sometimes it's spaghetti...but it's always one of our favorites.
"Gift Giving" is not one of my Love Languages...so my High School Sweetie never feels the pressure to get me something great. I don't need gifts at all...I'm more of a "Quality Time" type girl. In fact, I grabbed our Valentine flowers when I was at Costco last weekend. I thought they were so cute! Well, we decided to have our Valentine's Dinner on the 13th because my HSS has to head out of town on Valentine's Day (come on!). I had dropped the kids off at piano lessons (it's from 2:30-4pm) and quick ran to the library. Then I came home to get dinner/dessert started...I walked in the door and saw this!
The most gorgeous bubble gum pink roses, a strawberry scented heart candle, and little valentine buckets for the kids. Oh my goodness...I could get used to these kind of surprises!
Love pink roses and babies breath!
For dinner...I went simple with Taco Salad. We are typically running from one thing to another...with 3 kids in 5 different sports at the moment. So, it was...pick the kids up from piano eat dinner and take the girls to swim team. I'm sure you've all made this recipe at one point or another, but it is one of my most requested dinners. Here is the recipe!
Taco Salad:

1 lb ground beef
¼ cup onion, chopped
1 packet taco seasoning
½ bag Doritos, crushed
2 handfuls of baby spinach
2 tomatoes, chopped (or salsa)
8 oz shredded cheese
1 avocado, chopped (optional)
chopped black olives (optional)

Brown beef with onion. Add taco seasoning according to package directions. In large bowl, toss all of above ingredients.

Dressing:
½ cup Western dressing
½ cup taco sauce

Mix dressing ingredients together and toss with the rest of the taco salad.
Then for dessert...I had seen this recipe here...here's what I did:

Red Velvet Cookie Balls

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 package of Golden Oreos
1/2 tsp red food coloring
1/2 package of chocolate almond bark
sprinkles

Mix the cream cheese, cookies, and food coloring in the food processor until well blended and looks like dough. Form into little balls, cover and place in fridge for 1 hour. Melt your chocolate (I did 60 seconds in the microwave, gave it a stir, and then did 30 seconds more). Drop a ball into the chocolate, spin to cover completely, remove, sprinkle, repeat with next ball. I used a two-spoon technique that worked for me. Then, refrigerate for 1 hour. Yum!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!

XOXO Tiffany

"On the horizon, he saw the full moon. God dropped it there, he was sure, as a reminder of our small place in the world. A reminder that what is beautiful is fleeting". The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tiffy's Top Ten...February 2012

Well, since it's February...and the day before Valentine's Day...I thought I would share the top ten things I love about my High School Sweetie. A little bit of backround...we met in 9th grade English class...we were 14 years old (I'll do the math for you...that was 23 years ago). OK...beware of the mushy gush...
The Top Ten Things I Love about my High School Sweetie:

1. How he tells the "story of us"

2. He's big and strong

3. He's smart and efficient at his job

4. I can beat him at cribbage (though he can beat me too)

5. He never gives up...he could sell ice to an Eskimo if given enough time

6. He's a technology genius...he's my live-at-home Geek Squad

7. He plays hard with the kids one minute, and prays with them the next

8. He completes ALL my Honey Do Lists

9. He protects me and takes my side...but also challenges me to see things differently

10. Commitment, commitment, commitment

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

XOXO Tiffany

"Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now". Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Friday, February 10, 2012

Coconut Oil

A couple of years ago, my mom got on a Coconut Oil kick...she was substituting it in her foods and yacking about all the benefits of this little miracle in a jar. I wasn't totally ready at the time for all the information...sometimes this stuff is all about timing. But, she gave me a jar, I made some GOOT (I'll share that recipe sometime) and then the jar just sat. Well, over the new year, I was looking up books on natural beauty products, and I ran across this one, The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife. I ordered it from the library and read through it last night while I was at MJ's wrestling practice. This could get wordy, but I'll share a few of the things that resonated with me...


"When coconut oil is eaten, the body transforms its unique fatty acids into powerful anti microbial powerhouses capable of defeating some of the most notorious disease-causing micro organisms"

"The fatty acids in coconut are powerful antibiotics"

"The ideal lotion is one that not only softens the skin but also protects it against damage, promotes healing, and gives it a more youthful, healthy appearance. Pure coconut oil is the best natural skin lotion available"


So...I'm all in! There were recipes in the back that I can't wait to try...especially the Coconut Cookies. The author says that you should strive for 3 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day. You can cook with it, you can swallow a tablespoon of this (I may pretend I'm on Fear Factor and try this one), you can add it to hot drinks (ooh, I'll add it to my Chai tomorrow!), and you can use it as your daily lotion and much of that will be absorbed by your body too. I could go on and on about the benefits...I even got High School Sweetie on board and excited!

This is another book that I came across at the library (I may be purchasing both of these!)...Eco Beauty by Lauren Cox. Lots of fun recipes to try and some great gift ideas! The first recipe I'm going to try is the Very Vanilla Lip Gloss. And, it has coconut oil in it! I just need to track down some beeswax...

Today is another wonderfully free Friday! Just homeschooling with the kids, and then mama gets the night off...High School Sweetie is heading to a Dad/Kid Camp In at church. I'm hoping to not leave the house today...it is supposed to be brutally cold. I do need to get MJ some new shoes...maybe I'll shop on line.

Have a good one!

XOXO Tiffany

"One of the most amazing benefits of coconut oil is its ability to kill disease-causing viruses" The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife