Monday, January 30, 2012

Savory Garlic Cheese Ball

Have you ever had a dish or appetizer that
everyone begs you to bring to a party?
The Savory Garlic Cheese Ball has been
that signature item for me.


 I always keep these ingredients on hand...


                   Ingredients
·         2 -  8oz cream cheese
·         2 tablespoons minced garlic
·         ½ cup parsley flakes
·         1 stick margarine
·         green onions chopped fine
·         chopped pecans



 
Chop your pecans and set aside in a shallow dish.


Wash and finely chop green onions.


Cream together the (have them at room temp.)
 cream cheese and butter.
Add in the garlic, green onion and parsley flakes.
Continue creaming it  together, making sure that you scoop
from the bottom to make sure you have it all mixed well.

At this point you may roll into one large cheese ball or you may make two smaller ones.
Roll in chopped pecans then wrap in plastic wrap.


Chill overnight and remove about ten minutes prior to serving so it will be soft to spread on crackers.


It is wonderful to have on hand for unexpected company. Served with crackers, few slices of apple
and a glass of wine.


You can see I always have one or two in the freezer, ready to pop out at a moments notice.
Savory Garlic Cheese Ball will quickly prove to be a party favorite for you too.





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and
Chef In Training for The Tuesday-Talent-Show  the fabulous party foods and snacks at
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Get inspired with ideas at Three Mango Seeds linky party

Turnips

I was ready to make my garlic cheese ball for my post this morning and realized Camo Man only grabbed one cream cheese at the grocery...so you know where I am heading to this mornin.

 Would ya like to see what I picked at the 
 'Little House In The Big Woods' this weekend?


Camo Man planted a grass mixture for the deer by the house...
to my surprise there were turnips..
Nice turnips. 


 Guess we have picky deer!
They came in the field to eat, but left the turnips.
 (We also had a over abundance of acorns in the backwoods.)
 I could not let them go to waste. 
 We picked them and gave them away to friends and family.
Did you have a relaxing weekend?

Also you still have time to visit Susie and enter to win one of my shoe totes in my shop. 
 Thank you to everyone who has stopped in and made a purchase or wished me well.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Story


I was blessed with two wonderfully talented grandmothers that could sew and quilt just about anything.
So it was only natural that I would take sewing in high school...
wow how much fun to actually create something out of a piece of fabric.
In 2010 my daughter (22 at the time) was involved in an accident on a golf cart.
 ( I chose not to blog about it at the time because of other people being involved)
 The cart flipped over and she received a broken ankle, along with injuries to her hands, arm and chest.
 When we left the hospital there was no question about it, she was going to move back home and I was going to take care of her. (It was like having a new born).  She required two surgeries to her right ankle and could not drive.  She was so upset, how would she make it to her summer college course.  There was no way I would let her fall behind, she had worked so hard to stay on track to graduate. I drove her everyday of the 2010 summer,  60 miles to her class. (What a bonding summer).  She required one more surgery in 2011, but has fully recovered.
 She has now graduated and I am so proud to say, she is a
 third grade teacher at a local school.


While waiting for her at school I would surf the net.
WOW was I  inspired by all the sewing projects.
I realized just how much I missed sewing. I could use this time while not working and staying home with her to pull out that machine and sew. 
The passion to create was rekindled!
 I even took on quilting!
See my first two quilts here.
With much prompting from family and friends,
I am excited to offer a few of my items to my blog readers. 



 Take a look around my shop  here.  
 Let me know what you think...Share what items you would like to see.   Susie has already added camera straps to my list.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

King Cake Cupcakes

King Cake Cupcakes



Mardi Gras season is right around the corner...
 let's get this party started.

Mix up a  Classic Yellow cake mix according to
the package directions. 
 Since the basic king cake starts off with cinnamon,
 I added two teaspoons of cinnamon to the batter.
It makes 24 cupcakes.
I used purple, green and gold papers.
Although you will see the purple looks red in the picture.


While mixing ... I realized that I have had my mixer for
close to 26 years. (Gosh! I am getting old)
I have a big fancy mixer... but rather just pull this out to mix small things. 
Do you ever do that?  I have all these gadgets, but always just use the old tried and true things.


King cakes have the most wonderful fillings... 
 I just had to add a filling to these cupcakes.
You will need to make a little hole for the filling.


I used a veggie peeler... hey in the south we make do.
I know they probably have some thingy magig made just for this...but my little peeler worked out ok.



I filled them with homemade strawberry jelly.


No king cake is complete without the cream cheese... 
 I made a cream cheese icing.


Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar.
I tinted half the icing purple and left the rest white and added green sprinkles to the top.


I have never made a cupcake with filling, so the family was pleasantly surprised to find strawberry in the middle. 
 These were such a hit, I just might make some for Easter with a pudding type filling.








what a great way to find wonderful blog friends.


Linking this morning to Kim over at WoW Us Wednesdays .

Monday, January 23, 2012

Heated Neck Wraps


Minky Fabric... What's not to love about it? 
Susie loves this stuff.
She is always asking me to make her something out of it.
  So this year for Christmas, I did just that.
I found these two wonderful tutorials on making
Microwave Heated Neck Wraps.


I would have loved to have done a tutorial on mine for you, but I have a habit of kinda mixing patterns and making my own thing.  You never know what I am going to end up with.

Have you ever made a project where you take a little inspiration from a few tutorials and make it your own ?

At Sew 4 Home   you can find a quick and easy tutorial on whipping up a few of these in a day.

(PHOTO FROM    SEW 4 HOME)

If you have extra time and want to make a really special one, maybe for a sick friend,  Modify Tradition  has a wonderful tutorial on making a fabulous neck wrap with a quilted cover.


(PHOTO ABOVE FROM  MODIFY TRADITION )





I decided to make my wraps with a little personal flare...
I monogrammed their initials in the corner.



I think Sista liked it...
She said it helps relax her neck after a long day of painting.


I made my Brother In Law one out of striped ticking. 
At first, I think he was not to sure about heating rice in the microwave. But after the first demo, everyone at the party wanted to try it out.



Of course, I could not let Sista relax with just a neck wrap, so I whipped her up a pair of lounge pants to match.  






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Friday, January 20, 2012

Fabulous Friday Four

Gee Whizzz   I had this post all ready to so...saved it and scheduled it.
Went to check it this morning and it is GONE...
Hope to have it redone for you sometime today ...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shabby FuFu


Don't you love it when you come home and there is a little package waiting for you?
A little treat you just had to buy for yourself...



I ordered this super sweet little piece of  china made into a  pendent from Janet Coon at 


How much fun to open my little pink package to find my charm tied to this sweet baby blue ribbon.

Janet's boutique is temporarily closed while she lovingly adds lots of little pretties to her inventory.
 But please do stop in to say hello at her blog.


So cute hanging from the tiny
open silver chain I already had..
Now, to go buy myself a fabulous romantic white blouse,
 so that I can wear my oh so romantic little charm.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Table Make Over


What do you do when you have spent wayyy too much time looking at blogs that feature furniture make overs?  

 You start searching for a piece of imperfect furniture in your home that you can sand until your stress is gone. LOL



Oh...look, I found one.
Noo not the chairs..the little table in the middle.
 It has scratches all over the top.

Let's be honest here... I have no clue what I am doing.
Remember it is my sista Susie that does all the painting. LOL



Just like I told Camo Man... Don't Worry ...
 the table is not a family antique, and did not cost too much.
What's the worst that can happen?  
OK,  Don't answer that.

    Things I Learned While Doing This Project
  •  Take the advice of the sales people. She advised me to use glaze. I used some stain that we had in the garage.. I am either really slow or that stuff dries really fast.

  • Wear Gloves!  No, not because it is cold... because the stain is gonna give your hands an instant tan.  Your nails, well let's just say I had to cut them off and the kids did not want me to cook their supper!  Hey I may have to try that one again. LOL

  • You may NOT need the second tip if you use glaze.. not really sure what the clean up is for glaze.


 The stain did give it the finish I was looking for.




 Actually these chairs and table where in the living room where the Christmas tree was.
 I think that I might like them better in there...
I'm off to move some furniture..




Linking up today with Savvy Southern Style ,
so much inspiration.



Join me over at Three Mango Seeds for her linky party...
lots of great ideas.