Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recipe of the Week #136- Soft Baked Reese's Pieces Butterscotch Cookies

Soft Baked Reese's Pieces Butterscotch Cookies1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup Reese's Pieces

Mix the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.

In a larger bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugars. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Whisk in the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir. The dough will be soft, but thick. Fold in the butterscotch chips and the candy. Chill the dough for 2 hours.

Roll the dough into balls, about 3 tablespoons of dough each. The balls should be taller than they are wide to ensure that the cookies will bake up thick. Only place 6-8 balls on a cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for about 11-12 minutes. They will look soft and under baked- they should continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

These cookies were delicious. My hubby's favorite candy is Reece's Pieces, so I knew he'd love them. I love how thick and soft they were. These are a repeat recipe at my house!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

In the day of my trouble, I will call upon You, for You will answer me.
Psalm 86:7

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini Album Monday #38- Pet Memorial Album

I think scrapbooking is so important . . . as I've said more than once before.
There are so many details that would be forgotten if I hadn't written them down somewhere.
Details like this...
Nearly six years ago, we got our first family dog- a yellow lab puppy.
We all fell in love with her right away.
We'd had her for two weeks when we went to my in-laws to celebrate Christmas.
An ornament got knocked off the tree and fell to the floor.
Every piece was picked up but one.
The puppy found it and swallowed it.
It still brings tears to my eyes to think about it.
I made this book shortly after that happened- and I'm so glad I did.
Now we'll always have this memory of our first family dog.
I trimmed a piece of kraft cardstock to 8 1/2" high and 9" wide.
Then I folded it in half.
My title says, "You left paw prints in our hearts."
I lined the inside of the cardstock with a doghouse print paper.
Then I used a piece of denim measuring 5 1/2" x 9" and sewed it onto the cardstock to make two pockets. I sewed all around the outer edge of the entire piece and straight down the center.

The pocket on the left holds a tag for journaling.
The journaling says, "You were an early Christmas present for the boys. We picked you up on a Friday night while they were staying at Nonny's. We couldn't wait for them to get home on Saturday morning. We put you into a box and when they opened the lid, there you were.
They were so excited! You captured all of our hearts right away.
You were 8 1/2 weeks old when we got you. You took lots of naps, loved to eat and cuddle, and growled at Mommy a lot. You started picking up potty training quickly.
We took you with us to Grandma's house to celebrate Christmas. We were mortified when you got a hold of that Christmas ornament. It took only a second, then it was all over.
We'll never forget you, though- our first big dog. You left paw prints in our hearts.

The second pocket has eight photos held together with a ball and chain. I trimmed a piece of clear tablecloth as the protective cover and stamped her name on it.

Both the journaling tag and the photos have a small round tag with a paw print
to carry through the paw print theme.

The back matches the front. The top paper has tiny paw prints on it.
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; 
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
Psalm 86:6
 This post is linked to It's Overflowing, Natasha In Oz, and Skip to My Lou.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chipboard Letter Covered With Tickets DIY

Who doesn't love monograms?
Especially one. . . 

covered in tickets!
Isn't this fun?!?

If you'd like to make one, all you need is:
a chipboard letter (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
tickets (any color)
paint (in the color of your tickets)
Mod Podge
foam brush

Start by painting the edges of the letter.
After painting, I washed out my foam brush so I could use it for the next step.
Once the paint is dry, start adhering the tickets using Mod Podge.
Make sure you get glue all along the edges so they won't peel up.
When you apply one, press it tightly especially along the edges.

After about an hour, use a small piece of sandpaper along the edges to get rid of the excess tickets.
See how the painted edges add to the finished look?
 I think turned out cute and unique.
Mine is for my alphabet wall, but this idea would be fun as decor for a birthday party, too.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Psalm 84:12

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #134

My thrifty finds are short and sweet today. . .
I got these three pretty saucers for a quarter apiece.
I just love serving dessert on cute mismatched plates.
My boys and hubby don't find it as cute as I do, but it makes me happy:)

This little teacup was only a quarter too.
I'd like to learn how to make my own candles in teacups.
I found these three cookbooks and immediately thought of a friend who collects vintage cookbooks.
Two of them are the Joy of Cooking and the third one is Ladies Home Journal Cookbook.
They are copyrighted 1954, 1963, and 1964.
My friend was thrilled to add these to her collection for $1 apiece.
Won't they look awesome sitting on a shelf in a kitchen? 
This metal embroidery hoop was only a quarter.
I don't find these very often, so I pick them up when I do.
I think they are great to use when making mobiles.

My final find was the Deal of the Day!
My son recently got into archery. He bought a nice bow and bow case, but was still shopping around for a target- they're so expensive!
I spotted this one for $10. My son happened to be waiting for me in the car, so he was able to come in and get it. He was thrilled. He said that this size and brand of target brand new costs around $100.
I just love finding a good deal- especially at the thrift store!
That's all, Folks!
Happy treasure hunting!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Righteousness will go before Him,
and shall make His footsteps our pathway.
Psalm 85:13

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Layout of the Week #94

I sure wish that I had more time to scrapbook.
Unfortunately, with everything else going on around here, I don't get to do it very often.
So it sure is a good feeling when I get a layout done.
Know what I mean?
If you have an hour on your hands and would like to whip up a quick scrapbook page, you're in the right place! Just follow these steps and you'll complete this layout before you know it.
Here's the layout we'll be making.

To create it, you'll need:
one piece of 12"x 12" pattern paper
one piece of 8 1/2"x 10 1/2" pattern paper
two 1"x 12" sticker strips or strips of pattern paper
letter stickers for the title
decorative tape (I used masking tape)
8 embellishments of different sizes
paper trimmer

To start, adhere the smaller piece of pattern paper to the larger one along the bottom leaving equal amounts of space on the left and right sides.

Now, place a 4"x 6" photo about 1" from the top of the smaller paper.

Place two of your larger embellishments below the right corner of the photo.
Trim your sticker strip or 1" paper strip to act as a photo mat.
I cut mine into four strips to go around the photo.
The bottom strip should slightly overlap the two embellishments.

Using your letter stickers, place your title overlapping your two embellishments.

Trim a photo to 2 1/2"x 4 1/2".
Place it below the lower left corner of the first photo.

Place one strip of decorative tape along the top left corner of the smaller pattern paper.
Place two more strips overlapping the bottom right corner.
I placed two embellishments (file tabs) along the edges of my tape.

Place one more embellishment along the bottom strips of tape
and one overlapping the top strip of tape.
Place two embellishments at the bottom right corner of the larger photo
and one more below the title. 

Write your journaling below the lower photo.
That's it!
How do you like that?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Show us your mercy, Lord, and grant us your salvation.
Psalm 85:7

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Recipe of the Week #135- One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice
1-1 1/2 lbs lean ground chicken
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 Tbsp Canola oil, plus extra drizzling to cook the rice
1 1/2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 cups chicken broth
1 jar salsa
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Roma tomato diced
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 green onion
cilantro, to taste

Place oil in skillet. Add chicken and onion. Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
Scoot the chicken off to the side of the pan and drizzle oil on the empty side. Add uncooked rice and toss it to toast it.
Stir in spices, broth, salsa, corn, and black beans. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 18 minutes or until rice is tender.
Sprinkle tomato and cheese over the rice. Cover the pan until the cheese melts. Sprinkle cilantro and green onion over the top and serve.

Note: I used boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes instead of ground chicken. I also used homemade salsa instead of jar salsa.

This dish turned out pretty good! I love when I can make a whole meal in one skillet:) I served this with chips and homemade salsa. My family gobbled it up!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

And it shall come to pass
that whoever calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
Acts 2:21

This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, My Girlish Whims, and Daisy Cottage Designs.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Old, Chippy, Chalkboard Door

Well, I didn't get as many projects done over the summer as I had hoped,
but there is one big thing that I tackled.
I sanded and painted this old door.
I just love old solid wood doors.
I have three in a display in my livingroom,
one in my kitchen,
and one as my headboard in the bedroom.
That's a lot of old doors!
Here's what it looked like.
I got this from my neighbor's driveway.
It had a sign on it that said, "For free."
The sign may as well have just said, "Laura, come get me!"

I started by painting the center panels with three coats of chalkboard paint.
Then I painted the rest of it with one coat of a lemon-y yellow.
It already had an awesome old, chippy look. There was one small area that looked like it had tape over it when it was painted with the white, so I hoped the yellow would cover that area.
It did- well enough anyway!

Once that dried, I sanded it, and applied a brown antiquing wax to give it this aged look.
I also conditioned the chalkboard sections.

What do you think?
Pretty cute, huh?
I'm thinking it would look good hung lengthwise in my kitchen as a message center.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful,
and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.
2 Chron. 30:9