Thursday, September 23, 2010


Whooohoow it's Fall. I love this time of year. The leaves are starting to turn and the night air is cool and crisp. It makes me want to be in the kitchen cooking all day.I love the smell of fall....Cinnamon,Pumpkin,Apples,Carmel and Hot Spiced Cider YUMMMM does it get any better!

I'm making cinnamon rolls tomorrow morning for breakfast. I found a recipe on Pioneer Women that sounds Delicious. I can't wait to try it. Want to stop by for some hot cinnamon rolls and coffee?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cricut Imagine

How many of you watched the launch of the Cricut Imagine last night on HSN? I have to say I was one of those people. I couldn't help myself ;-) I was glued to the TV for hours!

I picked up the phone several times to order it then stopped myself. There is a part of me that wants it and a part of me that keeps saying wait. I'm very picky when it comes to printed material so I decided I needed to wait until I could actually see it in person. I need to check out the quality of the printed material. I will say however it looked great on TV.

I couldn't believe what all it can do....not to mention you can still use your old cartridges. I was really impressed by this new machine. If the quality of the printing is what they say and it is a cheep to print as what they were advertising I know what Santa will be bringing me for Christmas if I can wait that long LOL!

I just don't know where they are getting 12x12 paper for a nickel a piece....even if it is only white. I want in on that deal!

Let me know....did you order one. If so can I come play ;-)

It's been crazy busy around here this week and I leave for the retreat tomorrow. We have a 4 day weekend. It should be a lot of fun. Hope you have a fantastic week.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

Where were you?

Do you remember where you where on this day? It's a day many of us will never forget. I remember waking up thinking it was all a bad dream only to realize it was all to real. I spent the whole day in front of the TV in total shock.

I just wanted to to take a moment and say thank you to all those people who gave their lives for us that day and to those of you who had to go on without your loved ones, and to the many brave men and women who went there to help. I can't even begin to imagine what you went through I just know for this American I will always be grateful. Thank you and God Bless

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Apple Dumplings

As some of you know Mark's Dad passed away a couple of months ago. Since then we have been packing up the house and getting his Mom ready to move to St. Louis. It's been a really hard month around.....but things are finally getting back to somewhat normal around here.

I've started new project yesterday that I am so excited about. Mark's Mom gave us a dress and I decided to refinish it. I found a night stand at one of the thrift stores when my girlfriend and I were out junkin on Sat. I just can't make up my mind what color I want to do it in. I have the one dress and one night stand sanded now I have two more night stands and a dress to sand. I want to put a broken china mosaics, a.k.a. Pique Assiette top on them. I have never done either one before so it will be interesting to see how they turn out. I am my worst critic so I'm hoping I like them when I get done LOL. I have been wanting to try the mosaic top for a few years now. They are so beautiful!

Today I tried a new recipe from Pioneer was sooooo yummmie.

Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples
2 sticks Butter
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 t Vanilla
2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
a 12oz can of Mountain Dew.

Start by peeling and coring 2 Granny Smith apples. It doesn't matter if they’re a little bruised and battered. My boys used these to play racquetball earlier that day, and they worked just fine. Next, cut the apples into eight slices.

Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. open the can of crescent rolls and unroll the dough, roll up an apple slice in each of the crescent rolls.Now lay each one into the buttered baking pan.

Now, melt 2 sticks regular (salted) butter in a saucepan. Dump in 1 1/2 cups sugar…

And here’s the kicker: just barely stir together. Also add in 1 teaspoon vanilla…

And barely stir. You definitely want the mixture lumpy and grainy.

Now pour the mixture over the top of the dumplings, making sure to thoroughly coat them. Now, the recipe calls for a 12-ounce can of Mountain Dew, pour Mountain Dew all around the edge of the pan. (I used the whole can I would suggest trying half a can it was very syrupy)

NOW. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, watching to make sure they don’t get too brown. (You’ll definitely want them golden brown and crispy on top, though.)

Serve it with vanilla ice cream (cinnamon ice cream would be perfect, too), and don’t be afraid to top the whole thing with some of the sweet sauce from the bottom of the pan.

My son was here when they came out of the oven and I wasn't sure there was going to be any left for when Mark got home ;-)