National DIY Day

Happy Easter Weekend!!

 

One week from today will be a day for all of the crafty lovers nationwide.  I am so excited to tell you all about the first National DIY Day.  I am partnering with Craft Box Girls to help launch the first DIY Day.  There is a national day for everything you can think of from pound cake day to wine day.  So, the team at Craft Box Girls decided to day a national day for all of the craft lovers.

The mission of National DIY Day is to create a movement that brings people of all ages, races, and demographics together to inspire one another and encourage through hand crafting.

Making things and crafting can be so much fun and help you express your style!  Happiness is Homemade!!

I will be helping host the event here in Birmingham, AL on April 02, 2016 at Neighborhood Barre 1pm-4pm.  This family friendly event is free and is for all ages.  I hope you join us for this wonderful event!!  Happy Crafting!

 

 

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Key Lime Cake

Key Lime Cake

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Can you believe St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday?  Are you looking for something green to make?  I have the perfect recipe for you! This Key Lime Cake will be the perfect touch to your going green day on Thursday!

This Key Lime Cake recipe will be a repeat request with family and friends. It is very flavorful and moist.  It is also a great cake for so many holidays because of the beautiful bright green color.  I have made it for Christmas using a Christmas tree cake pan which is super cute and festive.  I have also remixed the cake and will share those recipes on the blog as well.  I hope you enjoy! Get to baking! Bringing out the domestic diva in us all!

Happy Cooking!

Key Lime Cake

1 box lemon cake mix

4 eggs

1 cup of oil

¾ cup of orange juice

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1 box of Lemon –Lime Jello

 

Mix all ingredients together and bake in 2 8 inch pans for a layered cake or 11×13 for a sheet cake

Bake according to instructions on box. Allow to cool, then frost.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 8oz block of cream cheese

½ cup butter (1 stick)

4 cups of powder sugar

3 tablespoons of vanilla flavor or lemon/lime flavor if you want a lemon/lime cream cheese icing

 

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Foodie of the Month

Happy Marvelous Monday!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I can’t believe this is the last day of February.  It is time to share a fabulous recipe from another cooking diva!

I am so excited to introduce the foodie of the month for February because I have known her since middle school. Kristen Moss is the foodie of the month and she such an inspiration for the road to living a healthy lifestyle.  I love cooking but want to share more healthy recipes this year because health equals wealth.  I hope you all enjoy this Kristen’s recipe.

K Moss

 

 

How long have you been cooking?

I have been cooking for as long as I can remember! The way I’ve been cooking has distinctively taken an abrupt change. Cooking has always been a first love!
2. Why do you enjoy Cooking?
Cooking has been an adventure to me. I have always loved creating my own personal spin on “your traditional staples” in the kitchen. Recently I’ve been able to make some lifestyles changes, I’ve traded in an evening of fresh baked brownies with two scoops of vanilla ice cream at 11:30pm, for homemade “yogurt bites” with granola garnished with fresh blueberries! (Pause) I have to LOL sometimes when I think of the dramatic food changes in my life. The constant balancing act of daily food choices has been amazingly exciting!
3. Who taught you how to cook?
If I think back and try to identify my earliest memory of cooking…I would have to say my Mother and my Father. My father loved to cook! He would often cook “Peas and Rice” a staple from Nassau, Bahamas from which he was born. This dish would have many layers, seasonings, and spices. I would walk in the house after school and it would be filled with the smell of sautéed onions and green peppers, and bacon slowly cooking in the skillet in preparation for the dish. As a youth I would watch him mindfully take such pride in what he would be preparing for his family. He enjoyed cooking and seeing our faces and our compliments like, “Now you put your foot in this Daddy”! I would say that’s where my love of cooking comes from.
4. What is your favorite thing to make or a great cooking tip?
I can’t say that I have a favorite “meal” to cook, but I can say I have a particular way of cooking which is very health conscious. A great cooking tip would be to try to find healthy alternatives to the food you already love! For all those ice-cream lovers like myself finding an alternative is often a challenge, and still satisfy that sweet tooth. Bananas have became a staple in my home.
Banana Ice Cream
3-4 Banana Frozen/Sliced
1 Spoonful of organic Peanut Butter
2-3 Cocoa Powder
For this recipe you will defiantly need a food processor or blender! Blend to smooth consistency! Enjoy! Half the Calories!
5. Do you have a favorite famous cook/foodie?
I cant say I have a favorite cook that I follow,  enjoy tweaking traditional recipe’s and putting my own spin on them is something I enjoy. ‘m sure I will attain my favorites along this “healthier me” journey. It’s so exciting! Nutrition has now become my passion. I get excited about educating others of the benefits of healthy eating, and exercise has impacted and changed my quality of life. I’m not where I want to be…but I’m certainly not where I used to be. I Never Knew How Bad I Felt Until I Started Feeling Better!

Sausage Rotel Dip

Happy Hump Day! I hope you all had a Wonderful Wednesday!

I can’t believe we are just a few days away from the 50th Super Bowl!

We are just days away from the one of the biggest football games of the year. Super bowl 50 is Sunday and of course we all want our team to win. Score big with family and friends with the MVP menu of the year.  This sausage dip will be a winner for your Super bowl Sunday menu!  It is something different from the normal rotel dip.  It is time for family, food, friends, and of course football!  I hope your team wins! I haven’t decided who I want to cheer for yet because I love Cam Newton and Peyton Manning so I will be happy either way!

 

Ingredients

2 rolls of Tennessee Pride Sausage (hot or mild)

2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese

2 cans of Rotel

 

   

Instructions

 

Cook sausage in a skillet until brown and drain grease from meat. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high until melted! Serve with tortilla chips or crackers! Enjoy!!

  


Foodie of the Month

I can’t believe the weekend is over all ready! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am so excited to post my first Foodie of the month and year!

I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Furniss at a Birmingham Bloggers event and she was so sweet. We had fun talking about blogging, fashion, and of course food.  She wanted to know about the fashion trend with the leather on the side of leggings. I have a passion for fashion too so I gave her a few fashion tips.  I just love her blog because she is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle.  I thought one of her recipes would be perfect for the New Year since so many people set goals to eat better and exercise in the New Year.  She is sharing a yummy gluten free sugar cookie recipe.

 

Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water is a community designed to empower Spiffy Gals to lead a health-filled, stress-reducing lifestyle. By being part of this community, you will learn how to boost your health through fun video tutorials, simple and creative recipes, and informative blog posts on natural living. This is all designed in a way that will save you time and money and give you the tools to educate those you care about.
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How long have you been cooking?
I have been cooking a little since I was a child, but over the last two and a half years I have begun to really focus on making healthy and delicious foods for my Spiffy Eats readers.
Why do you enjoy cooking?
Cooking is a very relaxing and stress relieving process for me. I love having lots of fresh ingredients in my kitchen to choose from. On most days, I do an inventory of what I have on hand and then let loose all of my creativity!
Who taught you how to cook?
I am self taught in many ways, but I read a lot of cooking websites, watch Food Network and grew up having two grandmothers that are absolutely incredible cooks. I make an effort to use family recipes and techniques every chance I get.
What is your favorite thing to make?
My favorite thing to make is bone broth. I love taking my basic recipe and changing it up. I love how the warm smell fills the entire house. I love using whatever seasonal vegetables I have on hand to enhance the flavor. Each batch turns out a little different and that’s the really fun part.
What is a your favorite cooking tip?
A great cooking tip I would give is always try to think of a whole food alternative to packaged mixes. For instance, when making chili, look at the ingredients on the chili packet. Gather the spices listed in the ingredients and make your own mix. This way you avoid the unhealthy additives found in most pre packaged mixes. And you are able to use your creativity by adding new spices.
Do you have a favorite famous cook or foodie?
It is really hard to choose just one person, so I will share two of my favorites. Tiffany from The Gracious Pantry is absolutely amazing. She uses creativity and healthy alternatives to make real food taste amazing. I admire her cooking style and passion for what she does. Alton Brown is also one of my favorites. I love learning the science behind different cooking techniques. He breaks everything down in such an easy to follow way, while still giving you all of the scientific details.
Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Raspberry Sugar Cookies
For the cookies:
1 Box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix
1 Stick Butter softened
2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 tablespoons organic whole milk
For the raspberry glaze:
1 package fresh raspberries
1/4 cup local honey
1. In a medium to large mixing bowl add eggs, softened butter, vanilla extract and organic milk. And using a hand mixer mix on low until the eggs are beaten (about 30 seconds).
2. Slowly add cake box mix, while using hand mixer on low speed.
3. Once all cake mix is incorporated into the wet mixture, increase hand mixer speed to medium and beat for 1 minute.
4. Using two spoons gather about a teaspoon’s worth of dough and form into a ball shape. Place the individual ball shaped dough lightly onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake at 325° for 6-9 minutes (be cautious not to over bake, these cook quickly. As soon as you see the edges start to brown just a bit, remove from the oven.)
6. While the cookies are cooling, grab a small saucepan.
7. Combine the honey and raspberries into the saucepan and cook on medium low, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
8. Once the raspberries have broken down, use a spoon to drizzle the sauce onto each cookie.
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Enjoy!
This makes about 24-30 cookies, depending on how small you make the cookies.

Oreo Dirt Pudding

 

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter softened

1 8 ounce cream cheese

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 (3.5) packages instant vanilla pudding mix

3 1/2 cups milk

1 16 ounce cool whipped topping

4-5 tablespoons vanilla extract (Imitation Vanilla is ok as well)

1  package of Oreo cookies

 

Chop cookies very fine in a food processor, the white cream will disappear.  Mix the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl. In a large bowl mix milk, pudding, and whipped topping together. Layer in a trifle bowl starting with cookies and then cream mixture. Repeat with layers. Chill until ready to serve.

If desired add artificial gummy worms.

 

Tip: Oreo Dirt Pudding is better if made the night before.


Peanut Butter Toffee Dip

Happy Marvelous Monday!

 

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I can’t believe we are just 10 days away from Thanksgiving!  If you haven’t started planning your Thanksgiving menu you are behind.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? I want to help you be Hostess with the Mostess with my easy Peanut Butter Toffee Dip.  This easy dip will make the perfect fun festive appetizer for your guest and make you a wonderful Hostess.

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Toffee Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup toffee bits

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Instructions

Place softened cream cheese in a medium bowl and whip with a hand-held mixer until smooth.  Add brown sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Beat until creamy and fold in toffee bits. Serve immediately with apples, Nilla Wafers, or celery for dipping.

 

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Enjoy!

 

 


Easy Party Punch

A party or celebration isn’t complete to me without a good punch! I have been a lover of a good punch since I was a little girl.  Apple Juice and Sprite was my first mix as a child.  I just love a nice refreshing beverage!

I had the pleasure of sharing my easy party punch recipe on ABC 33/40 for Halloween and I had a blast! I hope you guys enjoy my easy punch recipe!

 

Ingredients

1 gallon of Hawaiian Punch (any color)

1 2 liter of Ginger Ale

1 can 46 fl oz of Pineapple Juice

Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl or punch dispenser and add ice!

 

Tip: Add 1 of can pineapple chunks or 1 can of fruit cocktail for a twist. It is really cute to match your Hawaiian Punch with your event colors.

 

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Corn Casserole

Happy Spectacular Sunday!!

I can’t believe the weekend is over already.

Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu?  I have the perfect side dish for your menu this year.

I know it can get boring eating the same thing year after year for Thanksgiving so hopefully you will add this corn casserole to your menu.  It is so good and easy to make.  It is always a big hit with my family!

 

Ingredients

2 cans of whole corn (Drained)

1 can of cream corn

1 stick of butter (melted)

2 eggs

1 cup of sour cream

1 box Jiffy Mix

Optional: 1-2 tablespoons of sugar

 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 15×10 baking dish. Mix all ingredients together in large mixing bowl and pour into greased baking dish.  Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Tip: Casseroles are best if allowed to set for approximately 5 minutes after removing from the oven.

 

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Fall Place Cards

 

Hi!

I hope you all had a Marvelous Monday!  I wanted to share some cute place cards during my Blog Like Crazy Challenge this month.

Whether you are having a small dinner party or large celebration, It’s always a good idea to plan ahead with your menu and décor.  Choose a color palette first and build everything else from your color palette. I just love beautiful table escapes and the place cards add the final touch to your table.

Today I am sharing apple place cards.  Nothing says fall like apples.  I decided to show you two ideas of how you can add your guest name.

  1. Use a leaf template small or big. If you use a small template you can tie it around the apple stem. I used a big template and put it under the apple.
  2. On one leaf template I added a guest name.  On the other leaf template I added I am thankful for you because and left a space for you to write why you are thankful for that guest.

The key is to be festive but simple! Happy Fall Y’all!!

 

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