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Canned Biscuit Waffle Recipe

I always love to read about simple ways to make a new recipe. Over at Lifetricks.com I saw this great idea to make cinnamon roll waffles.

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Source: LifeTricks: http://lifetricks.com/food/cooking/breakfast/make-cinnamon-roll-waffles/

Here is how my experience went with making waffles from canned biscuits and cinnamon rolls. 

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Rarely are there ever canned biscuits or cinnamon rolls of any kind in my home. However, I had a friend who moved away and she blessed me with all the perishable foods she had left in her refrigerator. Since we don’t normally have items like this, I decided it was the perfect time to try out this trick I read at Lifetricks.com.

Blueberry Canned Biscuits

My friend gave me a few cans of blueberry biscuits and orange cream cinnamon rolls made by Pillsbury. I started by making the blueberry biscuits on my waffle iron. After spraying the iron with oil, I put one biscuit on each side of the waffle maker. For about 3 minutes, I let them cook and then attempted to pull the iron up. For the most part, they were all done after about 3-4 minutes. Many of them separated from each other and stuck to the top of the grill and bottom of the grill. This was not a problem since they easily came off the grill from the top and bottom.

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

After I made one can of biscuits, I attempted the cinnamon rolls. Unfortunately, as much as I loved the idea of having cinnamon roll waffles, I did not have as much luck with this method. They stuck to the grill so badly that I didn’t try a second batch. We just had plain canned biscuits and blueberry biscuits for breakfast that morning.

Overall, my kids and I really enjoyed the biscuits that we had. My husband wasn’t nearly as impressed as the rest of us. Personally, I thought they were a quick breakfast since all I had to do was place them on the waffle iron and cook for 3 minutes. It didn’t require pre-heating an oven to bake the biscuits. It also didn’t require me to mix up batter to make waffles. I count this a success since the biscuits did so well, even though the cinnamon rolls didn’t work out. If you are looking for a canned biscuit recipe or simple waffle recipe, this is sure to fit your needs.

Mashed Potato Bread Stick Recipe and Mashed Potato Crescent Roll Recipe

Mashed Potato Bread Sticks and

Mashed Potato Crescent Rolls

I have a particular recipe that I created myself and my friend’s know me for it…mashed potato bread sticks. Every time I describe this dish to people, it sounds very complicated and I usually give up trying to explain and just make invite them over and make the bread sticks. Recently, I decided to get a little creative in the kitchen and see if I could make the recipe a little more simplistic so that I could share the recipe. I took many pictures during the process so that people could easily follow the directions. In the process of working through a simpler form of the recipe, I actually made two different versions: mashed potato bread sticks and mashed potato crescent rolls.

Step 1: Make Mashed Potatoes 

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Don’t you just love my fuzzy slippers? 🙂 You can either use instant mashed potatoes or you make homemade mashed potatoes. I prefer the homemade type myself, but either one can be used in this recipe. When we taste tested all the version of bread that I made, the homemade mashed potatoes were the favorite among the two. Once you mix up your potatoes with butter and milk the way you like, you need to add:

1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/2 Cup of Crumbled Bacon

1/4 Cup of Snipped Fresh Chives

1/2 Cup of Sour Cream

Set the mashed potatoes aside.

Step 2: Roll Out the Dough and Fill With Mashed Potatoes

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If you are making the bread sticks, you will need to roll out your dough and cut each strip in about 1 1/2 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches long. It isn’t really an exact science, but you do need a wide and long enough piece of dough to hold the potatoes. You can use canned pizza dough, or you can make your own pizza dough for this step. My personal preference is homemade dough, but it is much more difficult to work with than the store bought type.

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Once you put the mashed potatoes in the bread stick dough, you will need to pull the dough apart and then pinch it together.

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You will do this the length of the bread stick until it is sealed all the way down. Place the bread sticks seem side down on the baking pan.

If you are making the mashed potato crescent rolls, then you will need to break apart each section and fill the end of the roll with mashed potatoes.

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The crescent rolls are much easier to make since all you need to do is roll them up like you normally would to make crescent rolls.

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Yay for pajama pants! 🙂 When you are rolling them up, take the wider part of the dough and make sure you cover all of the potatoes before you roll it completely. Otherwise, the potatoes will come out during the baking process.

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Step 3: Brush With Butter

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This Saute’ Express by Land o Lake’s is what I call my secret weapon when making these bread sticks or crescent rolls. I melt on of these packs with 1 tablespoon of butter and brush it on as many bread sticks as I can. If I need to melt more then I go from there. If you are unable to find this butter, you can also melt butter and add a bit of garlic and salt to it to brush across the tops.

Step 4: Bake in the Oven

Bake the bread sticks in the oven according to the instructions on the can of dough you purchased. If you are making them from scratch and using homemade dough, you can bake them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. I have found that these bread sticks can be made ahead of time and then put back in the oven for an additional 8 minutes to be re-heated.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and good luck to you on making this amazing dish.

The Day Snow Was on Its Way

I remember a day this past winter when the new reports said that a snowstorm was on its way and that we should be prepared to stay at home for two or three days. I generally take the, “it’ll be ok” approach to life. Never mind that my pantry was bare and the refrigerator almost empty; payday was only three days away. I was sitting cozy in my recliner, and I received a text from my husband, “Hey babe”. Now, I’m no fool, I know when I’m about to be handled carefully. “News reports say it is going to snow at 1, and that we should be ready to stay in the house for two or three days”. I can already tell where this is going, we needed food. Not too many texts later, I’m frantically printing coupons, building a grocery list in my head, and throwing on my shoes so I can head out the door the second my husband got home to care for our children.

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The entire drive to the store, I’m formulating my game plan. I only have an hour and half to get home so that my husband can get back for something important at work. I’m totally not prepared for this trip, and I know I am about to go spend way more money than I have in the account to spend. If I don’t come back with a substantial amount of food, my poor husband is going to be worried. He, on the hand, is not an “it will be ok” kind of a guy, more like “there is little chance that it will be ok” type.

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I headed in to the store wrapping my scarf tighter around my neck to brace for the cold wind, after all, we are expecting snow any minute. One quick stop by the coupon printer, I snatch a sales ad that I’m fairly confident I won’t read, and I head to the produce section. For a second, I don’t even know what I am here to get, so I just start grabbing everything I usually buy. Who cares if what I just picked is one of the five things that is left in the refrigerator. I have to buy food, and lots of it, remember the snow?

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As I am walking around the corner to the meat section of the store, I ran into a friend that I haven’t seen in a while. She is there preparing for the storm as well. The first words out of her mouth are, “I feel so bad that we haven’t hung out in a while. I just don’t want my negativity to bring you guys down. You guys are always so good and I just don’t want to be horrible around you”. I’m completely caught off guard here and think to myself, “Wow, we are about to have this conversation in front of a wall of bologna at Food Lion”. In that moment, something in the back of my mind says, I have to slow down and be in the here and now. I know I’m about to have a heart to heart with a woman that is hurting, and I have to just forget about my time restraints, empty pantry, and imminent snow.

 

For the next twenty minutes, I stand there with a friend, and just listen. People keep passing by trying to get their bologna, and I don’t even see them. It is just me and my friend, talking about the important things in life. The whole time we are talking, I can see and hear how hurt she is with the things going on in her life. This is all that really matters in this moment. As time gets on, she realizes she has to hurry and go. After thanking me for just standing there and listening, we hug and say our goodbyes and wish each other’s families well. I wasn’t sure when I’d see her again.

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I begin walking again and put on my game face, because I’m twenty minutes down, and only five things in my shopping cart. As quickly as I can, I clear the shelves of Food Lion, picking up more than my cart can hold. I make it to the register with a heaping buggy, and a stack of coupons. As I stand there and wait on the cashier, I think to myself about my friend, and how I’m glad I saw her. I grab the receipt and head out the door.

Upon arriving at home, I rushed as quickly as possible to unload the food so that my husband could return to work. I tell him about my meeting with our friend, and I can see his heart is sad for her. We both knew that things had to change. He kissed me goodbye and ran out the door to get back to work. I looked at the clock, it was 2:00 and there was no sign of snow.

How to Distress Jeans

I really like that distressed jeans look where you the white threads are showing. You pay a lot of money to purchase jeans that look like this, so I decided to learn how to create this look on my own. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I’ve been very happy with the results.

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Make Several Small Cuts in the Material

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Start by making several small cuts in the material with the tip of a sharp pair of scissors. Cut the material as long as you would like the hole to be with each snip.

Pull the Blue Fibers With a Pair of Tweezers

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Now you need to use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue fibers away from the white strings. Continue to pull the blue fibers away until you have the desired sized hole you are aiming for.

Wash the Jeans

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Once you have cut the number of holes in your jeans that you would like and pulled out the blue fibers, you should run them through a wash cycle. This will leave a frayed look around the holes.

 

I hope that this project works out for you and you are able to create the fashion and style you are looking for.

Turn Ice Pops Into a Slushy

The other night my boys came to me and asked me if we could have a dessert after dinner. It is getting to the end of the month around here, and that means that our pantry and refrigerator are looking pretty bare. As I started looking around to see what I had to give them, all I found was a bunch of ice pops up in the freezer.

Here is what I did to turn my ice pops into a slushy.

Put Ice Pops in a Blender

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I pulled out a ice pops and tried to stick with the same colors to make a slushy. To loosen the ice pop from inside of the wrapper, I ran it under warm water for a few seconds.

Then I squeezed them out into the blender. Immediately, I cut the blender on, and it wouldn’t blend these ice pops at all. So, I added about 1/2 a cup of cold water to get it started. It is important to add cold water and not warm water, or it will make the slushy become runny.

Blend Until it All Pieces of the Ice Pops Have Been Crushed

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Continue to blend until all pieces of the ice pop have been turned into a slushy consistency. It may require a little bit more water, but add no more than a tablespoon at a time, or you will make it too runny. You might also need to stop the blender and push the ice pops down toward the blade a couple of times.

This project was very simple and only took me about 10 minutes to make the drinks for my three boys. I don’t think it will take even that long the next time I try it since I have the process figured out now.

I was really happy with the consistency that this method produced. It was much better than using ice and adding a syrup in my opinion. Good luck to all those who try this out.

Pick A Date Night at Random

Pick a Date Night at Random

I really love this idea that I found on LifeTricks.com. It is simple and can add a lot of excitement into your date night. Sometimes you can get that time alone with the one you love and then have no idea where to go or what to do. By writing down ideas ahead of time, you can take the guesswork out of the choice.

Here are few suggestions that I have to write onto the sticks that go in the jar:

  1. Picnic at the park
  2. Movie and Coffee
  3. Nice Dinner
  4. Roast Marshmallows in the Fire Pit
  5. Candlelit Dinner at Home

This is certainly not the extent of the types of dates you can put in the jar, just a few ideas to get you started. Depending on what budget you have set for dates or your time constraints, you should build your ideas based on those. It is best to only include date ideas that are doable and that you will both enjoy.

Good luck on your next date night.

Source: Lifetricks: http://lifetricks.com/social/dating/create-a-date-night-jar-to-take-the-guessing-out-of-what-to-do/

DIY Skirt From an Old Pair of Jeans

Turn a Pair of Pants Into a Skirt

 

You can easily turn a pair of pants into a skirt with a few simple steps. Follow my step by step guide and you will quickly be able to transform a pair of jeans into a skirt. This tutorial does require the use of a sewing machine.

Step 1: Cut Pants Seems Open

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Take your pair of jeans and cut the inner pants leg seem open. Cut all the way through to the crotch area as well. When you are done cutting, the pants will be completely split open.

Step 2: Cut Pants Legs to Desired Skirt Length

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You can either measure from your waste to the length that you would like the skirt to fall, or you can use another skirt that is the length you are looking for as a guide. Make sure that if you plan on hemming the skirt, that you leave yourself an extra 1 inch in length so that it can be turned up for the hem. Cut the jeans legs all the way across at the length that you mark. Likely, you will not be able to make a skirt that is much past your knees.

Step 3: Pin the Pants Legs

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 Open the pants leg up completely and match the seem on the pants leg with the crotch seem on the pants. Pin the section where the seem of the pants has been opened up. Stitch this down with a straight stitch. You might consider doing the straight stitch twice for reinforcements. Do this same process for the back panel of the skirt using the other pants leg.

Step 4: Cut and Hem the Skirt

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Now it is time to cut off the excess length of the pants legs on the front and back of the skirt. There will also be excess material on the side of the skirt on the other side of the seem. Trim up the inside as much as you desire, but leave at least 1/2 inch next to the seem to keep it from unraveling. At this point, you can either hem the skirt or you can leave it to fray.

Arguing Can Be a Sign of a Healthy Relationship

It can be a very discouraging thing to have a disagreement with someone that you love, especially when it is your spouse. When you are in the midst of these arguments, so often doubt enters your mind and you wonder if you can pull through these strains. In all honesty, arguing can certainly be a sign of a healthy relationship.

What Arguing Signifies

We are all different in many ways, and when you throw in the gender differences, it is a wonder anyone can stay together. In a healthy relationship, there will be times when you don’t agree with the other person, and issues need to be addressed. If you and your spouse never argue or have moments of tension, that should make you feel alarmed. The lack of disagreements can be the sign that you and your loved one are not relating to each other or communicating well. It can certainly be a sign that you are not as close as you need to be. When you love someone, you will have times when you do not like what they are doing, and you’ll need to let them know that.

 

 

 

 

How to Settle a Disagreement

Many disagreements are going to happen in a healthy relationship as well as unhealthy relationships. It is important to handle the disagreements in the best way to keep the marriage happy and healthy, not destroy it. In all situations between two parties, an agreement has to be reached through compromise. If one side is not compromising, but demands that the other party meet all of their requests, there is no relating going on. When you love someone, you are saying: “I will put your needs and desires above my own”. In an argument, this is the same way. The only way for a disagreement to be settled in a good way, is that you meet the one you love halfway. It is important that both individuals are able to make requests of the other person, but also to compromise.

 

Loving Each Other

In the midst of arguing or a lot of tension, a healthy relationship will continue to thrive on love. Even if you are upset with your significant other, that doesn’t mean that you will not have any moments of happiness or joy with them. Often times, disagreements can last for long periods of time. During those periods, showing love to your spouse is very important. The way you respond to that person during times of tension will give you a great indication of the health of your relationship. It is in these times that you will need to show unconditional love for the other person. You love them and show them your love even though you do not like the way they are handling a situation.

No matter what kind of relationship you are in, whether it be family, friend, or romantic interest, there will be times when you will experience some friction. It is good to keep that in mind next time you have an argument with the one you love. Eventually, you will be able to resolve the problem with that person and ease the tension. Until that time, don’t forget to love each other.