Aug 29, 2009


Sewing has really become my passion. I would say it has officially replaced scrapbooking as my favorite hobby (still not ahead of reading though). Sometimes I can't sleep because I'm thinking through a bag or some other sewing project. Last week I finally sat down to learn how to sew a zippered pocket on the interior of a bag. John can attest to how thrilled I was when I got it right the first time. What an awesome feeling creating something! My bag with the zippered pocket.

I think most of you know I do piece work for a local company. The products are awesome and so much fun. The company (rbtbags) has started doing home shows so I thought I'd share that in case anybody is interested. Send me a comment if you are interested in finding out about the hostess benefits. Here is a link to their Etsy store:


I am determined to make slipcovers for the dining room chairs.  This will definitely be the hardest sewing project I have attempted so far.  Today I measured the chair and made a pattern from a cheap sheet.  Now I'm on the hunt for some fabric that is durable, affordable, and stylish.  This may take a while.

Pinning to make the pattern.

Aug 19, 2009

Ginger Teriyaki Sliders (Burgers)

Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I just can not even say how much I LOVE these burgers.  They are outrageously delicious and easy.  The perfect combination.  I feel like I should give credit to wherever I get these recipes from so this one is from Family Circle.  The only change I am going to make is next time instead of broiling these on a cookie sheet I'm going to try to broil them on that pan with the slots (you know, the one that comes with your stove).  This may help with the grease.  Of course you could certainly grill them but 5 minutes of broiling is so super easy that I didn't mind using half a roll of paper towels (slight exaggeration) to sop up some of the grease.

(not my picture)

1 package (of 12) mini Hawaiian sweet rolls
2 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped (more scallions for garnish optional)
1/2 tsp ginger
1 pound lean ground sirloin
1/4 cup plus 1 tsp teriyaki stir-fry sauce
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup light mayo
1/4 tsp sugar

Heat broiler.  Line baking pan with foil; coat foil with nonstick cooking spray.  

Combine sirloin, chopped scallions, ginger, stir-fry sauce, and bread crumbs.  Mix well.  Shape mixture into 12 patties.  Place patties on baking pan; broil 4 inches from heat for 4-6 minutes, turning once.  

While burgers cook stir together mayo, 1 tsp teriyaki sauce, and sugar.  

Split rolls and top each with a burger.  Spread with sauce and garnish with scallions.

Aug 18, 2009

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

This is one of the first things I learned how to cook. At least one of the first successes. That would be after I made the meatloaf that I thought would rise and the chicken that wasn't quite cooked. Good times. It is a favorite in our house. (Note: this isn't my picture and I definitely don't put mushrooms in this)

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

1 lb cubed beef stew meat (frozen)
2 cans (10.75 oz) golden mushroom soup (MUST be golden mushroom)
½ cup chopped onions (or 1/8 cup onion flakes)
1 tbsp Worcestershire
½ cup water
½ packet onion soup mix
4 oz cream cheese
Dollop of sour cream
Egg noodles, prepared per box directions

Combine all but last 3 ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours. Add sour cream and cream cheese and cook ½ hour more on low.

Serve over cooked egg noodles.

Aug 10, 2009

S'More Brownie Bars

These are FABULOUS.  I mean really just ridiculously good.  They are not easy at all and they take kind of a long time to make because you have to refrigerate the crust for an hour before baking.  I make very few recipes that take this long but these are so worth it.

Also, I have to tell you that this picture is not these actual bars.  I forgot to take a picture and I really think you need a picture in order to really desire these bars.  So picture these bars as shown below but with graham cracker pieces instead of cereal.  Also there's no chocolate swirls, mini hershey kisses instead.

14 whole graham crackers, crushed
3 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, melted

Combine cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, and butter in a bowl until evenly moistened.  Transfer to a 9x13 pan.  Press evenly into bottom.  Refrigerate 1 hour or until set.

6 oz mini chocolate chips
¾ cup butter
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 deg.  Combine chocolate and butter in glass bowl.  Heat in microwave until melted, about 1 minute.  Stir.  In separate large bowl beat eggs and sugar until blended.  While beating gradually add chocolate mixture; beat until smooth.  Stir in flour and salt.  Add vanilla.  Pour evenly over crust.  Bake for 30 minutes or until center is set.

1 jar (7.5 oz) marshmallow cream
2 tbsp milk
1 cup Hershey’s mini chocolate Kisses
3 graham cracker boards, broken up

While brownie is baking whisk marshmallow cream and milk in small bowl.  Remove brownie from oven, cover with marshmallow topping.  Sprinkle mini kisses and graham cracker crumbs evenly over top.  Bake at 350 deg for 3 more minutes.

Philly Cheese Sloppy Joes

I have made 5 Rachel Ray recipes in the last 2 weeks.  This is the 1st one I've kept for the book.  Not good luck with the Rachel recipes lately.  We love sloppy joes in this house (only the homemade kind) and these are truly fabulous and super easy.  To me the cheese sauce is optional.  You could definitely just buy some sliced provolone or mozzarella and that would be just as yummy.

Sloppy Joes:
1 tbsp EVOO
1 pound ground sirloin
1 onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
¼ cup steak sauce
1 cup beef stock

Heat EVOO in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add meat to hot pan and brown, breaking up meat with a spoon.  Add chopped onion and season onions and meat with salt and pepper.  Cook until onions are tender, 5 or 6 minutes.  Stir in steak sauce and beef stock.  Bring mixture to a bubble and cook for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat and simmer until thickened.

Cheese Sauce:
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 cup shredded white cheese

While meat is cooking melt butter in small pan over medium heat.  Stir in flour and cook about 1 minute.  Whisk in milk and let come to a bubble.  Add cheese, stirring in figure eight pattern then turn off heat.

Aug 4, 2009

Coupon Codes

I am so thrilled with myself just now that I had to share this.  I just ordered a scrapbook (Alissa's wedding!) from and as I was checking out I saw that little "promo code" area.  I thought to myself, let's do a quick google search for scrapblog promo codes and... viola!!  FREE Shipping!

I do this every time I buy online (which is often, I'm addicted) and I am always shocked by what I find.  In the last six months:  free shipping from (saved $15), free shipping from Lands End (saved $8), 20% off entire order at Ballard Designs (saved $11), and now $6 from Scrapblog.  I'm sure I'm forgetting some too, I LOVE coupon codes.  So next time you're buying online do a quick google search and see what you find!