Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shortbread Cookies with Miniature Chocolate Chips


Shortbread cookies are super simple to make and you just need 5 ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, room temperature

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Beat butter and powdered sugar until it is light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

Add in the flour and stir in until it is combined. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.


I used a green bowl and green spatula. I apologize for the blah picture.


Transfer the dough to a gallon sized zipper top bag. Use a rolling pin and roll the dough to 1/4 thick. Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.


Cut the dough into squares or rectangles. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. 


Once the cookies have cooled  they can be dipped into some melted chocolate and placed on some parchment paper to harden.


These cookies would be an awesome addition to an afternoon tea. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Baked Zucchini Sticks



These zucchini sticks are super healthy because they are baked instead of fried.

Ingredients:

3 zucchini

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup panko crumbs

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a cooling rack with non-stick spray and place on a baking sheet and set aside.


Combine the parmesan cheese, panko, oregano, salt and pepper.


Cut the zucchini into strips. I use this Veggie Wedgie to make perfect strips. I bought it at Bed, Bath and Beyond. 


The Veggie Wedgie makes perfect strips in seconds.


Put the zucchini strips in a bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil and toss. Then add the parmesan cheese mixture and toss to combine. Place the zucchini strips on the prepared baking sheet.

Baked for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. I made a quick honey mustard sauce. With honey, dijon mustard and mayonnaise.


Your family will love this healthy recipe!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Watermelon Bookmarks for Meals on Wheels



I  made 50 watermelon bookmarks for Meals on Wheels. It is a summer reading bookmark. This would be an awesome project for any charitable group to make for a retirement home or Meals on Wheels. Hosting a book drive to go along with the bookmarks would be a wonderful idea.


When I was in Junior League we often had book drives for underprivileged children. Book drives are so important. Many children in lower income households don't have access to books and can fall behind in reading. And it is so important for the elderly to keep their minds engaged.

Supply List:

red felt

green felt

black seed beads

tennis can lid

juice bottle lid

black pen

scissors

black embroidery thread

needle

black ribbon



I cut green felt circles with a tennis ball can lid and red circles with a lid from a bottle of orange juice.  Just find cookie cutters, jar lids or glasses that you can trace.


Cut the green circles in half.


Cut the red felt in half.


Make sure that the felt pieces look like a proportional watermelon.


Sew the black seed beads onto the felt pieces.


Then sew the red piece onto the green piece with black thread using a running stitch.



Cut the black ribbon into 10-inch pieces. 


Sew the ribbon onto the back of the watermelon using a small stitch on the green felt only.


It took along time to make 50 bookmarks. So I made a few extra for me!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lamps with Pom Poms

I added some pom poms to the lamps in my daughter's room.  I was feeling crafty.


I think that the pom poms look so cute! And it just took a few minutes to hot glue them around the bottom of the lamp.


Although this is my daughter's room - she no longer lives with us! But she comes home for holidays and for dinner sometimes - especially when she needs to do laundry!


I think she will love the pom poms!


I bought the pom poms on sale at Hobby Lobby.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage and Heirloom Tomatoes


I always try to make a nice Sunday night dinner.  Lately I have been making pasta on Sunday night.

Ingredients:

8 ounces of angel hair pasta

1 pound of Italian sausage, cut into 1/4" slices

1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup minced fresh basil

2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Put 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet and sauté the sausage slices for 5 minutes.


I bought the sausage at Trader Joe's.


After the sausage has cooked for five minutes, add the garlic, basil, tomato slices and salt and pepper to taste.


Add the parmesan to the tomato mixture.


Drain the pasta and add to the tomato skillet. Drizzle some olive oil and toss the pasta with the tomato and sausage mixture.



This is such a quick meal! I usually serve with a green salad and breadsticks.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Party Favor for Meals on Wheels


I made some Indianapolis 500 party favors for Meals on Wheels.


I found these bright colored bubbles at Party City.


I found the checkerboard  duct tape at Hobby Lobby. But I know that they also sell it at Michaels. 


I wrapped the checkered tape around the bubbles.  Such an easy craft.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Preparing to Substitute Teach 4th Grade Religion Class



May is the the month of Mary. Sometimes the teacher doesn't leave me enough worksheet/reading to teach the class. So I bring a lot of my own worksheets and coloring sheets.


And I usually decide on a theme like "Our Holy Mother Mary" to teach the class.


I downloaded  a bunch of pictures of Mary.


And found some Rosary's for the children in my Religion box.


I found all the prayers of the Rosary and the mysteries on one sheet of paper.


And this awesome Rosary worksheet.


I made some Rosary cookies for a middle of the class snack.


I made some pretty beaded crosses to glue onto Hershey bars for a take home treat.


I found the wooden crosses at Hobby Lobby. And hot glued beads from my craft cabinet.


The beads are often on sale at Michael's and JoAnne's.


When I was gathering all of my supplies this Beatles song was on my mind - "When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom - Let it be."


Simply wrap the Hershey bar with a heavy card stock and glue the cross onto the front of the candy bar.



These candy bars would also make cute party favors for a baptism or first communion.


Also while I was starting to write this post I was watching "Sister Act" - it is one of my favorite movies.