Sunday, October 30, 2011

Orange Creamsicle Cake

This is something that I made a while back, but was just thinking about it and wanted to share. It is simple, fun, and delicious!

Here is what you need:
1 white or yellow cake mix (plus ingredients to make, minus the water)
Orange juice (to replace water in the cake mix)
1 pkg orange Jello (plus water to make)
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding
1 c milk (to make pudding)
1 small container of whip cream (or make your own whip cream)

Prepare cake mix according to directions, replacing orange juice for water. Bake according to directions.


Let cake cool. Once it has cooled, poke holes all over it. I used chopsticks, but anything about that size would work.
Mix jello with hot water until dissolved. Then add cold water.

Pour jello over the cake. Refrigerate to let jello set.

To make the topping, prepare pudding according to directions.Mix with whip cream

Pull the cake out of the fridge, and put the topping on! (It may look a bit like mashed potatoes, don't worry, its oh so good!)

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

S'mores Biscuits

This past weekend was another birthday at the office. The birthday girl, Kelly loves anything s'mores. I had pinned S'mores Croissants on Pinterest and we decided that it was time to try them out. These were very easy and oh so good! We opted to bring all of the ingredients in and bake them at the office, and it was the perfect choice!

Fun side note: People always think of us Girl Scouts and our cookies, but you have something else to thank us for as well. The s'more! The first ever appearance for the s'more recipe was in a Girl Scout book in 1927!

We ended up getting crescent rolls and biscuits for these, and both of them were really good. I preferred the biscuit just a little since it was still a bit doughy inside, but either way you will enjoy!

-Refrigerated crescent rolls or biscuits
-Mini Marshmallows
-Chocolate chips
-Graham crackers

 Roll out the crescent rolls, or flatten the biscuit. Place a few mini marshmallows and chocolate chips on the dough. Crumble a piece of graham cracker on the dough
 Roll the crescent roll, sealing the goodness inside. For the biscuit, pull the sides of the biscuit up around the yummy inside and seal it all in.
 Bake according to dough packet instructions, until golden brown.
 Enjoy!! You'll get almost melted marshmallow with warm chocolate and a hint of graham cracker.
These are easy and fun dessert! You can make a couple or a lot and you won't regret it! :)

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Taco Pie

Tonight was one of those nights that we didn't have a lot in the cupboards, but didn't want to go grocery shopping. We could have easily made spaghetti, since we always have stuff for that around, but we just weren't in the mood for pasta. So, I started pulling things out of the cupoards and fridge and came up with this taco pie.


1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
1 packet taco seasoning
3 Tortillas
1/2 jar Philadelphia cooking creme Santa Fe flavor
1 can refried beans
Shredded cheese (I didn't measure this, just did a big handful)
1 1/2 c bisquick
1 egg
2/3 c milk

If you want to skip the Bisquick top you could easily just top with another tortilla and it would be yummy!

Preheat oven to 400. Spray a round pan with nonstick spray. Brown ground beef with onion and mix with the taco seasoning (use packet directions). Mix together Bisquick, milk, and egg in a bowl and set aside.
You are then going to do layers in this order

-Spread a thin layer of cooking creme over it
-Cooking creme
-Ground beef
-Cooking creme
-Shredded cheese
-Bisquick mixture (or another tortilla to top it off)

Bake for 25-30 minutes. (You may need less time if you top with tortilla). I baked for 30 min and got a nice brown crust on the top.


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Burlap Wreath with Fabric Flowers

What to do with lots of burlap?! For the wedding we did a burlap runner down the tables. For that I bought ready to do burlap strips from Michaels. They were $5 for a 30 feet, and it is about 6 inches wide. It was a great buy, and was exactly what I was looking for. Now that the wedding is over I have lots of burlap and wanted to come up with some good things to do with it. Where to turn for ideas? Pinterest of course!

Lots of cute things came up, and I got lots of ideas, but I knew right away I wanted to do a couple wreaths. There were lots of designs and ways to go about it. I was going to a bridal shower this weekend, and decided this was the perfect opportunity to try out making a wreath.

I adapted the way I did the wreath from a tutorial on Today's Fabulous Find. For the wreath base, I took a tip from The Penny Parlor and instead of buying a foam wreath base for this, I headed over to the Home Depot plumbing department and got a piece of foam tubing for 97 cents! This is a 6 foot piece, and I cut it in half to and used duct tape to attach the ends into a wreath form. Craft fail note, I also bought a piece of tubing with a larger didn't create a very nice circle, and I had to give up on it. So, stick with the smallest one. But, 97 cents for 2 wreaths is much better then $6-$7 for one!
This is the bigger size tubing, and it just kept getting kinks, but you do the same thing with the smaller size and it works like a charm!

Wreath base
Burlap runner/strip - 10 yards (or you can get a couple yards of burlap from the fabric store)
Fabric flowers, bows, or other decorations you want to add

First you are going to want to cover the wreath base with burlap.
 You are going to cut your burlap into squares. I just took the strip, and folded it over to get an aproximate square, it doesn't need to be perfect. This was a bit messy for me, and I was doing it on the couch and luckily had a little blanket under me to catch the bits of burlap falling everywhere.
To create the bubbles on the wreath, I created a triangle with the square an put a pin through the corner, then pulled the other two corners in and put the pin through those as well.
You'll end up with this bubble, and it was just a little big for me, so I then pulled each of the corners in again and put the pin through the gaps in the burlap. On the cut sides you have to put it down a little farther so it doesn't thread out,or you put the pin in the threads of the burlap.
You then end up with this bubble.
You then attach it onto the wreath form. With the tubing I used, if the pin was put straight in it would poke out the other side and pull out easily. However, I just put the pin in at an angle, so that it slide right along the foam part of the tubing and it stayed really well. Keep putting them around until you have filled up the wreath!
Here is the back view, I didn't do bubbles on the back, I didn't think it was needed and the wreath form was covered from the initial wrap around.
You could leave this wreath as is, but I wanted to add a little something to it. I did some fabric flower rosettes, and put them on pins. Then, they can be taken off and different decorations can be added to it for different seasons of the year.

Fabric flowers are fairly simple. I don't know if this is the best way to do them, but this is how I've always done it. You can also do this with ribbons and it comes out great!

You'll need strips of fabric and a glue gun. I use up most of my fabric scraps doing this. Your strips can very in length and width. I do them 2-3 inches wide, and whatever length I have. The wider and longer your fabric, the bigger your flower. Pretty common sense, huh? :)
Start with tying a knot in the end of the fabric. You'll use this as the base to wrap the rest of the flower.
Glue down the tail of the knot, then start twisting the fabric, and gluing it down.
Continue to twist, roll, and glue. 
When you get the flower the size you want, you are going to glue the end of the fabric to the back of the flower to finish it off.

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