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Cheddar Bacon and Egg Salad from Bunsinmyoven!

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bacon cheddar egg salad

bacon cheddar egg salad

I am trying to “Think Spring” and with Spring, we will be celebrating Easter.  I am always in need of ways to use up all those boiled eggs and I just came across this amazing Egg Salad at www.bunsinmyoven.com.  She said, “not the baby type”, she likes to bake.

 

cheddar bacon egg salad

cheddar bacon egg salad

Yes, I know it calls for 6 eggs, but my hubby ate one before I got the salad made!

cheddar bacon egg salad

cheddar bacon egg salad

After you boil and peel the eggs, place them in a bowl and mash them with a fork.

cheddar bacon egg salad

cheddar bacon egg salad

In another small bowl mix, mayo, mustard, vinegar, parsley flakes, salt (I thought mine was a little too salty) and  pepper.

cheddar bacon egg salad

cheddar bacon egg salad

Add the bacon, cheese and the mayo mixture to the mashed eggs!

cheddar bacon egg salad

cheddar bacon egg salad

I had my first sandwich on muffin and enjoyed it with a glass of OJ for breakfast.  It was wonderful!  Someone suggested grilling it and adding some lettuce and tomato.  I might give that a try next time around.  “Hop” on over to www.bunsinmyoven.com and check out all of her other goodies.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

6 eggs 4 slices bacon 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon mustard 1 teaspoon vinegar 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions:

Add the eggs to a medium sized pot and fill with water to 1 inch above the eggs. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat, cover with a lid, and let sit for 15 minutes. Run the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath until cold. While the eggs are cooling, chop the bacon into bite sized pieces and fry until crisp over medium heat. Drain the fat and set aside the bacon. Peel the eggs and mash them finely with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, parsley, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Stir in the bacon and cheddar. Serve as a dip with crackers or between bread as a sandwich.

Read more at http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2014/01/27/cheddar-bacon-egg-salad/#eDD8CLjwwwXmeXWg.99

Paris Baby Shower Invitation

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Cricut Paris baby shower invitation

Cricut Paris baby shower invitation

My daughter and son-in-law are expecting our first granddaughter.  The photo for their birth announcement was taken in front of the Eiffle Tower in Paris, so I thought it fitting to have the Eiffle Tower on the baby shower invitation.  I cut the Eiffle Tower with my Cricut using the “French Manor” cartridge.  I cut the pregnant girl using the Cricut “New Arrival” cartridge.   My daughter loves to shop so I included the shopping bag on the front of the invitation.  She said it looks like she is shopping in Paris!

I purchased all the paper at JoAnne’s.  The colors for the nursery are mint, coral and gold.  I used those same colors for the invitations.  I made the card 6 x 6, but a word of caution on that one!  If your envelope is over 6 1/8″ you will have to pay extra postage.

paper for the invitations

paper for the invitations

 

French Manor

French Manor

Ticket Stub Shadow Box

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Cricut project ticket stub shadow box

Cricut project Shadow box ticket stub

My great-niece, Cassidy has attended quite a few concerts in the past few months, so shen  I saw a shadow box on Pinterest for ticket stubs and knew I had to make one for her.  I was not quite as handy as the original pin.  They put a slot in the top of the shadow box so that you could drop the tickets in. I did not have the tools to do that and I am not sure if that would have been as good for Cass, because I am sure she wanted to showcase her favorite ticket stubs.  That would be BLAKE SHELTON!

Cricut project ticket stub shadow box

Cricut project ticket stub shadow box

I did not think to take pictures of each step, but this was an easy project.(less than 30 minutes)  I got the shadow box from IKEA. (my favorite place)  The background is shiny grey chevron scrapbook paper that I purchased at JoAnne’s.  I cut the word “Concerts” from black vinyl with my Cricut.  I welded the letters in the “Cricut Craft Room” (the best place ever and it’s FREE).  I then just put the vinyl on the outside of the glass.  I love the way Cass put her tickets in her box.  If you look closely on the right hand side, you will see that she has a PIT Wrist band.  She attended a Maroon Five Concert and was in the pit!  Yes, that is Adam Levine and she was that close…lucky girl!!

Cassidy and Adam

Cassidy and Adam Levine

Spooky Deviled Eggs

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Spooky Deviled Eggs

Spooky Deviled Eggs

 

I was invited to a wiener roast at my sister’s house this month and I thought it would be fun to make these “spider” deviled eggs that I had “pinned”.  I just looked at their picture to see how to  cut the olives.

deviled eggs

deviled eggs

 

To make my deviled eggs I use just three ingredients:

 

Oh yes… and 6 boiled eggs…

 

1/4 cup of yellow mustard

1/4 cup of Miracle Whip

1 tlbs of sweet relish

 

Cut the boiled eggs length-wise and place the yolks in a bowl.  Add the relish, mustard and Miracle W hip.  Mash with a fork until well mixed.  Place this mixture back into the egg white.  For my Spooky Eggs, I cut black olives to make the spider and it’s legs…

Clayton and Craig

Clayton and Craig

The wiener roast was to celebrate the birthday’s of these two handsome young men!   Happy Birthday Clayton and Craig!!

 

Simple Cardmaking 101

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Thank you card

Thank you Card

I needed to make some Thank You cards, so I searched Pinterest and found a card I liked and then I changed it up to fit my needs.Stampin Up Mosaic Madness

I found some new paper at JoAnne’s and used two sheets out of the pack to make 12 cards!

Timeless Texture paper

Timeless Texture paper

I choose two patterned papers and cut each into three, four inch strips.  I then sub-cut those strips into four 3″x4″ pieces.  This gave me 12 sets of patterned paper.

cut patterned paper

cut patterned paper

I then cut 11×8 1/2  Stampin’ Up Perfect Plum on the 5 1/2 inch line. I then scored it on the 4 1/2 inch line. I recommend using a scorer. It makes a nice fold line on your cards and it is worth the investment. I have a Martha Steward scorer that I purchased at JoAnne’s. (at 40% off of course!)  I also recommend using Stampin’ Up paper for the base of your card, since it is a nice weight of paper.

scorer

scorer

I ran a line of adhesive along the bottom of the first patterned paper and then placed it on top of the card background. (Do not adhere it to the card yet)  I then lined up the bottom piece of patterned paper.

line up the paper

line up the paper

Next put adhesive on the back of the patterned paper, where you want to place your ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the card and press it on the adhesive.  I think I purchased the ribbon at Hobby Lobby.

attach ribbon

attach ribbon

I used a Stampin” Up punch and stamp to make my “Thank You” label.  You could use any stamp or punch.  You could also use your Cricut to cut out the labels!

stamp

stamp

One of my thank you cards will be sent for this beautiful arrangement! (thank you-Jim and Laura)

flowers

flowers

I needed 6 thank you cards, so that left 6 more set of patterned paper to make other cards.  I decided to make 2 cards to send to my nieces whom will be starting their second year of college this week and 4 birthday cards. All you will need to do is change up the ribbon and choose matching paper and stamps and you will get a completely different look.

Birthday Card

Birthday Card

Thinking of you cards

So with two sheets of patterned paper, I created 12 simple cards….happy stampin’

12 simple cards

12 simple cards

Sewing Day Project…portable UFO wall

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Portable UFO wall

portable UFO wall

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent Thursday and Friday of last week sewing with some great friends.  It was killer on my diet, but we really had some great eats!  This is the project we made.  Irvalee had all the materials for us and she had already cut the vinyl.  The instructions for this project are on Pinterest at this link.  I went to sewing days with the intention of completing some of my UFO’s and I brought home two more unfinished projects.

The shame of my UFO’s started in April of this year, when my quilt guild challenged the members to make a list of all their started and unfinished projects.  Next, we were to pick two projects to finish by Oct of 2013.   Well, I will have to admit that I have known for quite a while that I seem to have a problem completing my quilting projects.  I don’t know if you are  like me, but there seems to be so many cute patterns that I start a project and before I get to complete it, I find another project to start.  I do have a cool system for keeping track of my projects, but this didn’t seem to be as efficient as I thought.  At first I counted 60 projects and then I started opening drawers and looking in closets and I found more.  My final total (including the two new ones from sewing days) was a shameful 81.  If that isn’t bad enough, it doesn’t include the projects that I have fabric or patterns and I haven’t even started yet.  It does include wool and quilting projects, but not my cross-stitch  or scrapbooking projects.

Now I realized why I have been given the Summer off!  My mission is to whittle this list down and have you follow my progress.  I will list the number of the project and a picture of what the project looks like before I start the completion process. Then hopefully the completed project.  So here goes…

UFO portable wall

UFO portable wall

I came home Friday night with this much progress on my portable UFO wall.  I had the binding sewn on.  I must say that this was not an easy task.  I couldn’t get the fusible fleece to adhere to the wrong side of the vinyl, so I had to use spray adhesive.  Then I had trouble with the vinyl feeding through my machine.  Irvalee  was sitting next to me and pointed out that my machine came with a Teflon  foot just for this purpose.

machine foot

machine foot

This seemed to help matters somewhat, but I still struggled. I have completed my first UFO  #80!

I cut everyone’s name out with my Cricut and I used the Opposites Attract cartridge.  This was a good idea, since we all used the same vinyl for our projects.

sewing days gifts

sewing days gifts

Not only did Irvalee provide us with a fun project, she also gave us these gifts upon leaving Friday.  I will show you how to make the candy gift in a future post.  I have already filled my UFO wall with a project that I will work on in a couple of weeks when I travel to Amish Country to sew with my “quilties”.

UFO wall

UFO wall

 

 

 

 

Dreamsicle Trifle

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Dreamsicle Trifle

Dreamsicle Trifle

My Summer is starting out fantastic.  I returned from a trip to CO on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday was spent sewing with great friends.  In the Spring and Fall we gather at a friend’s house and she hosts a week of great sewing and fun.  I went with the intention of clearing some items from my UFO lists, but ending up adding two terrific projects.  I will be posting the sewing projects soon, but I wanted to share the new dessert I tried.  Each of us will take turns providing lunch or dinner for the crowd. When I shared with some of my other girlfriends my intentions, they said “You are trying out a new recipe on them without making it first?”  My thought was what better way to try a new recipe, if they are true friends they will give me their honest opinion and they loved it!

I got this recipe off of Pinterest with a link here to the original blog.  I would have to rename this “Jet Bar” Trifle,  because when I was in Grade School (pre-Mrs. Obama) if you finished your school lunch you could purchase a Jet Bar.  The Jet Bar was really the same thing as this Dreamsicle, but my memory screams Jet Bar.  It was orange sherbet with vanilla ice cream in the middle.  I didn’t get a chance to eat at school very often.  Back in the day, we walked to school and walked home almost everyday for lunch.  No, I am not going to tell you it was 10 miles in the snow, but it was maybe a half a mile each way and we would have logged about 2 miles per day.  There were no school busses in the city and NO snow days. OK, enough of my healthy childhood…on to the good stuff!

Dreamsicle Trifle
2 large cans mandarin oranges
1 small pkg. orange gelatin powder
1 pint orange sherbet
1 cup whipping cream, whipped (no sugar or vanilla, just whipped.)
1 angel food cake, cubed
whipped topping

Drain 1 cup liquid from mandarin oranges.  Bring to a boil in the microwave.  Add gelatin, and stir to dissolve.  Cool until just warm.  Add orange sherbet, and mix until melted.  Gently fold in whipped cream.  It is okay if there are uneven streaks, just don’t smash those fluffy whipped cream bubbles.  Put half the cake cubes in the trifle dish (or other dish that is not as fancy), cramming them together so they will stay in a tight layer.  Pour half the orange mixture over the top, cover with a thin layer of whipped topping, and top with half the oranges.  On top of the oranges, put the remaining of the cake cube in, pour over the remaining mixture, cover with the remaining oranges and cover with whipped topping. Refrigerate.

These directions are directly from the Time Travel Kitchen blog.

stir boiling juice in Jello

stir boiling juice in Jello

cram cake cubes in dish

cram cake cubes in dish

add orange sherbet to Jello

add orange sherbet to Jello

Whip the whipping cream

Whip the whipping cream

Now here is where I ran into a problem.  I am whipping cream challenged!  I have always avoided the use of whipping cream and this was the first time I tried it and I failed!  It looked more like cream cheese and I was told I over beat it! It still tasted fine.  I really think you could just use a large Cool Whip and avoid the whipping cream all together.   I will try that next time and I will also have to have my sister give me “whipping cream lessons”.

finished product

finished product

put in the layers

put in the layers

I you go to the original blog she will show you a fancy orange peel twist to put on top.  I took the easy way out and put some oranges on top and added a sprig of peppermint!  They loved it!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

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fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

Doesn’t this look sooooo good!  My niece made it for Easter this year and I made it last weekend for my daughter to take to a brunch.  She was in town for a wedding and the girls got together to catch up on “ole times” the day after the wedding.  She said the salsa was a big hit with the kids since the pieces were cut really small.  The children were all under the age of 4.  I really think this would be great to take to a Summer picnic.

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

You will need:

Fruit Salsa

2 kiwis, peeled and diced

2 Golden Delicious Apples,  peeled and diced

8 oz of raspberries

1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries ( diced)

2 tbsp of white sugar

1 tbsp of brown sugar

3 tbsp fruit preserves, any flavor ( I used strawberry)

For Cinnamon chips:

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

melted butter (or butter flavored cooking spray)  I used butter!!

Cinnamon sugar:

it calls for (but I didn’t use near that much)

1 cup of white sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

diced fruit

diced fruit

In a large bowl add all the salsa ingredients.  Kiwi, raspberries, apples, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves and mix well.  Cover and chill.  The longer this sits the more juice it produces.  You should make it the day you are going to serve it, but I did eat the leftovers up to two days later.  I just had to use a slotted spoon.

butter the tortillas

butter the tortillas

Melt the butter ( I used a half of stick).  Brush it on one side of the tortilla.

sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

Sprinkle the buttered tortilla with cinnamon sugar.  Cut the flour tortilla in 8 wedges.  Place the wedges on a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.   This step does take some time to complete.  You could also use cinnamon graham crackers or cinnamon pita chips if you are in a hurry.

Serve with your fruit salsa.

We pinned this recipe and the original site was   http://thethreadaffect.com

Bunny Button Up – Happy Easter

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Bunny Button Up

Bunny Button Up

Happy Easter everyone!  Although my children were not home for Easter, we did have a house full.  It rained, so we had an indoor Easter Egg Hunt.  140 eggs were found in about 10 minutes by 4 little cuties.  Everyone enjoyed the food and fun.  The day ended with my sisters doing the dishes while Bentley taught Uncle D some of her dance moves.  It was so cute.  Notice my ipod on the table rocking out the tunes.  Mr. B is busy on the Kindle playing Angry Birds.

ready, set ...dance

ready, set …dance

My niece, Kathleen made a couple of recipes she found on Pinterest and they were both great.  I don’t have the recipes, but I am sure you can search for them on Pinterest.  Stay tuned this summer for some more great ideas from Kathleen.  She can not wait to finish her first year of college and get creative on her Summer break.

White chocolate covered strawberries make to look like carrots

White chocolate covered strawberries to look like carrots

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

fruit salsa and cinnamon chips

 

The quilt was from the Button Up series by Joined at the Hip.  You can search my blog under “quilts” to find other quilts I have made in the series.

What to do with those Souvenir “Smashed Pennies”

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souvenir penny charm bracelet

souvenir penny charm bracelet

 

We all have them, a cup or folder full of “smashed pennies”.  Why wouldn’t we…what a bargain!  For two quarters and one penny, that’s just $.52 you can take home a souvenir of most attractions.  You know what I am talking about, the machine where you pick the image and put in your two quarters and the shiniest penny you can find.  You then fight over who gets to turn the crank and out pops a “smashed penny.”  If you were lucky, you thought ahead and had a pocket full of change and there was no fighting over which image you used or who got to turn the crank.  Everyone got a turn and you had tons of pennies when the vacation was over.

I recently saw this idea on Pinterest, to make a charm bracelet with the pennies we had collected over the years.  I went to the cup in the kitchen where I remembered seeing them and came up with 7 different locations.  I thought it would be “neat” (does anyone say that?  Well, Uncle Si* probably does!) to make my daughter a charm bracelet for Christmas.  So, off I went to Hobby Lobby with my new “app” downloaded on my phone. Now I don’t have to cut out those pesky coupons, I just show them my Hobby Lobby “app” with the coupons already loaded.

supplies for charm bracelet

supplies for charm bracelet

I bought a package of jump rings for $1.47 and a 30″ copper necklace (probably just copper color) for $3.47 and then used my 40% off coupon.  You can see this is was an inexpensive gift.  I put the necklace around my wrist and cut it off the size I thought looked good.  I’m sorry I didn’t measure, but everyone’s wrist is probably a different size anyway.  I didn’t add anything where I cut off the necklace, it just hooks into the links of the necklace.  I then found the middle of the bracelet and that is where I placed my first “charm”.

tools needed for charm bracelet

tools needed for charm bracelet

You will need a small hammer and a “pointy thing” to make the hole in the coin.  I use my scrapbook “awl”.  I really don’t know the proper term for that tool.  I put the coin on my cutting mat so I didn’t poke a hole in my desk.  Just pound a hole where you want it in the top of the coin and then work the “awl” in until the hole is big enough for the jump ring.
pliers to add jump ring

Now use a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the jump ring open and insert your coin.  I really didn’t get a good close up picture of this, but you get the idea.  Place your “charms” evenly on the bracelet.  This is a really easy project and it clears out some of your “hoard”.  Although my daughter got the charm bracelet, I have to admit that the pennies were probably my son’s, since the “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” had a dinosaur on it and that would have been his choice.  I think she thought is was pretty “neat”.

*Note: Yes, I am talking about Uncle Si on “Duck Dynasty”.  I just love that guy.  He is so real…you just can’t make that s*** up!