Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sweet Yogurt Cream

The original recipe was from Tasty Kitchen (Ree) and I changed a bit to reduce the sugar content.
7oz Greek yogurt
1 cup cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Who knew you could make whipping cream using yogurt. 


Whip all the ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer and whisk attachment until stiff.


This whip is not as stiff as regular whipping cream, but darn close and flavorful too. 

I am going to try this recipe with a flavored yogurt as a fruit dip.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Salted Caramel Sauce

I am in search of the best caramel sauce to drizzle over ice cream, serve with apple pie, dip fruit and best of all, my sweet indulgence – caramel frappuccino!
This recipe is from Carla Hall, and so far, it has been my favorite both in flavor and  easy to make.  If you have a caramel recipe you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.
Salted Caramel Sauce:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsps water
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp salt


Such divine goodness from only four ingredients.


Stir sugar and water into a small pan and place over medium-high heat.


Bring the sugar to a boil and periodically stir  (slowly) to mix any color that forms around the edges.  With a clean brush dipped in water  clean any sugar crystals that form inside the pot.  If they burn it can effect the flavor of the caramel.


Boil until the sugar is a golden amber color.


Stir in the butter until it is incorporated and remove from the heat.
Note: the volume will change a bit.


Add the sour cream, salt and mix well.  Pour into a clean jar and let cool.  Cover and refrigerate. Don’t add to plastic container until caramel to totally cooled.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Kale Salad

Want to eat kale for the health benefits, but find it too chewy?  Well thanks to Daphne Oz, here is a solution to softening the kale leaves to use in a salad.   

Wash and remove the kale leaves from the stems.   Some people tear the leaves, I use a knife. 


Add just enough olive oil to the kale leaves allowing you to massage them to a softer texture.  


When adding the lemon juice, squeeze with the cut end up so you won’t get seeds in the salad.  Add additional olive oil to taste.


Finish the salad by adding diced apple, salt to taste, walnuts and grated parmesan cheese. 

This salad is deliciousness in a bowl.  You can change this salad by using different oils, and instead of lemon, use lime or orange, I have made this salad using a variety of berries, nuts and cheeses.  Use what’s in season and be creative. 

Kale Salad:
Kale, cleaned and deveined
1-2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 small apple
5 walnut halves (broken or whole)
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
salt to taste


Sunday, June 23, 2013

DIY - Dining Room to Craft Room

Note:  Since this post I made an update to this space for $15.  You can check it out (click here)

Let’s face it, IKEA is not only fun, but you can be creative and repurpose so much of the furniture to fit every need.  The items are easy to assemble and considering I like to change up my furniture – it’s cost effective too!

This was my craft, sewing and embroidery area.  Not much room right?



This was our formal dining room which was used 1-2 times a year.  Not great use of the space.
I decided to sell the dining set and use the money to make this room function as a craft room.  We had an 8-cube white Expedit IKEA bookshelf, two chairs and a chandelier. 
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The Craft Area:
We purchased from IKEA: 
  • 1 - 4-cube white Expedit bookcase                     
  • 2 -  boxes Capita furniture feet (4 per box) 
  • 2 - Vika Amon desktops (47 1/4 x 23 5/8”)
  • 1 - Expedit drawer set (2 drawers per package)
  • Ribba Shelves                     
The desktops were secured to the bookshelves with L brackets, furniture feet attached to the bottom of bookshelves, and the two drawers were assembled and installed (shown in final photos). 

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Above the crafting table we installed two Ribba shelves for easy access to stamp pads, Rajtan storage jars to store embellishments and misc. supplies and IKEA baskets hide some of the supplies.  Could not find drawer pulls I liked, so I purchased  wooden drawer pulls at Lowe’s and made custom pulls using a stencil, matching paints and sealed with lacquer.  The best part, I had enough money left to purchase the Silhouette Cameo! 

Soon after posting this transformation I created an Ink Pad Storage Unit using a glue gun and foam board which you can see here.  The instructions and measurements are available as a digital download by clicking the Etsy store widget located on the right.  The YouTube video can be viewed here.


The Sewing Area:
This was easy,
  • Micke desk with good storage (IKEA).  
  • Fintorp rod with ceramic pail to make getting to my scissors easy and convenient.  Hooks hold fabric swatches for easy inventory. 
  • I purchased discontinued fabric swatches at Michael's for $2 each, covered boards and hung wire across the boards using Syrling clip hooks (IKEA) to hold pattern projects.  Using second square as note board.
  • Lerbert ladder shelf in the corner.
 The Chairs and Rug:
Loved the fabric and it was 50% off at Joann’s.  I made my own pattern for sewing these chair covers (cut, pin and sew).  Although I am a novice when it comes to sewing, I did pay attention to lining up the patterns within the fabric.  REALLY  glad when the covers were completed.  The rug was purchased at Target.

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The lighting swap:  
This was a simple swap out. When the sun hits these crystals and reflects all the luscious colors, puts a smile on my face EVERY TIME!            
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Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lemonade Stand turned Cupcake Bakery

This idea brought back some great childhood memories!  Nothing says fun like keeping the kids busy and having them make a bit of money as well.  Two BIG priorities, it needed to be safe and store easily.  CHECK!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Family Cookbook Gift Idea

So many memories are created around food and the exchange of recipes. I decided as Christmas gifts for the special people in my life, I would put together a cookbook sharing those memories.

I chose binders for each personality and/or kitchen colors. The binders have sheet protectors allowing you to add or change recipes.  Love easy software and The Living Cookbook software is awesome!  I was able to organize the recipes, add photos of each person who shared the recipe, comments, nutritional values etc.  I wrote a personalized letter for the front of each binder. To view the binders and software, click on Crafting Sisters


Information about the deluxe binders:

Decorative Arbor

We are blessed to have GREAT neighbors.  But, as you can see, we didn’t have much privacy and decided an Arbor would be a good solution. 
Arbor Before