Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Christmas Baking

Hey!!! It has been a while since I have posted! I ran out of storage space for my pictures, so I'm deciding what I want to do. In the new year, I think I will be re-doing the blog (along with my techy brother's help!). Stay tuned... 

Today, I just wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas recipes and one new one (that is delish and may be a new fav!). These are what I'm making tonight:

Oreo Balls also known as Snowman Poop or Oreo Truffles. The only difference between how I make them and this recipe is that I dip them in white almond bark (sometimes I use chocolate almond bark, then they are called Reindeer Poop). Mine also don't look quite as nice as theirs:) These are so good and are a favorite among my family. They are also quite popular at Christmas get togethers.

The new recipe of the night is Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites. Yum! I just tried one (I had to let you know if they were good or not:) These are really, really good! I used my Pampered Chef scoop to make these into balls since the mixture was really sticky. I also dipped these in almond bark. I doubled this recipe, but think I need to make another doubled batch because these are not going to last long with my family!

What are you baking this year? Any new delicious recipes?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Technical Difficulties

Hey guys! I had a fun post to share with you tonight, but I'm having some technical difficulties, and I am not one bit techy! I will hopefully resolve them soon so I can share today's Made it Monday with you!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: On Ice

Confession: I have pinned way too many things on pinterest. I do not know when I'll ever make half the things I have pinned. However, it does come in handy quite often. Like yesterday, for example, when I needed an ice pack and didn't have one. I actually remembered I had pinned how to make a homemade ice pack.

So here is your Thrifty Thursday idea:

3 parts water to 1 cup rubbing alcohol
Throw it all in a Ziploc bag, freeze and you have yourself an ice pack.

For my ice pack, I had a quart sized bag and used 3 cups water and 1 cup rubbing alcohol. It works really well, because it doesn't freeze solid. It is still movable. I think it does work better if you let it freeze overnight before using. I tried it after freezing it for a day and then again the next day and it was much firmer the second day.
Word of advice--make sure your bag is tightly sealed before using:)


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What the Word Says Wednesday: That 3 Letter Word

Hey guys! We are half way through the week and just a little over a week away from Thanksgiving! Can you believe it? Where has the year gone? Anyway, today I want to share some thoughts I have been having about a little three letter word that has huge implications--SIN.

One night at a Bible study I was attending we started talking about sin. As I was thinking about our discussion after I left, I realized how skewed my idea of sin is. Often in my thinking, I base how bad a sin is based on its consequences. If I get caught speeding, I get a ticket, if I get convicted of murder, I get jail time or sometimes death and so on. But then the truth hit me, sin is sin, no matter how big or small the sin is, it is all exactly the same to Jesus.

I had to do a self check that night as I was driving home. There are times where in my mind I am so quick to judge a person because they have or are committing a sin that is blatantly laid out as sin in the Bible. But as I was pondering this in my car, I was driving over the speed limit; breaking the law, a sin. Pretty sure in the past few days I had wanted something that someone else had. Also a sin. I could go on. Maybe my sin isn't evident for all to see or maybe I think it is just a "small" sin, but Jesus sees it.

 Friends, this Thanksgiving we all have something to be very thankful for. No matter what sin we have committed/are committing, when we ask for forgiveness, Jesus wipes all our sins away. Not only that, he doesn't keep record of them! Hebrews 8:12 says "For I will forgive their wickedness, and will remember their sins no more." Psalm 103:12 says "As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." What a great feeling to know that God isn't sitting in heaven with His book of "Lexi's Sins" or "{insert your name here}'s Sins." My sins have been removed! No matter how much Satan tries to bring up those past sins, we can take comfort in knowing the TRUTH. Jesus has removed those sins!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Made It Monday: As Seen on Etsy

Hey guys! I don't have a regular post for Made It Monday today. Rather, head over to my Etsy shop. I am working on getting it updated with all of my handmade goods, like:

I'll be back later this week with some new projects and such...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Green Punch

Happy voting day! Today's Tasty Tuesday is going to be short and sweet so you can get back to watching the polls:) I thought I would share the recipe for the green punch that I made for my nephew's Batman party. It was really good and would be perfect for a Christmas party or St. Patrick's Day get together.

Here is what you'll need:
1 large can of pineapple juice
2 packets lemon-lime kool aid
1 liter ginger ale
1 1/2 cups sugar (recipe called for 2 cups, but we used 1 1/2 and it was plenty sweet)
1 quart water

We all enjoyed the "Joker Juice!"


Monday, November 5, 2012

Made it Monday: DIY Key Holder

Hope all of you had a great weekend and got to enjoy an extra hour of sleep (sorry AZ friends)! This weekend, my brother came to my place for a visit. He recently moved into a new place, and needed a key holder. When we were walking around Ikea, he saw a chalkboard key holder that he really liked. It looked really cheap though, and I told him we could make something way nicer.
Using the Ikea piece as inspiration, we picked up this frame at Target on clearance for $6. I really don't know who would have paid $20 for this thing...(I did save the ribbon from the inside though, as we are planning a cowgirl birthday party for my niece in December. Thought I'd be able to make it into something cute.)
On a side note, see how the clearance sticker is right on the glass...I used my Norwex rag to get off the sticker goo. It comes right off--way easier than using rubbing alcohol. If you've never heard of Norwex, go check them out. I love their stuff (no, I do not sell their products, just love them!).
First step was to get rid of that hideous ribbon/background and paint the glass with chalkboard paint. I did three coats of paint. While the paint was drying we added some screw in hooks to the bottom of the frame. Once it was dry, we put the frame back together. It was that easy! Here is my brother displaying the finished product Vanna White style...

Sorry this picture is the wrong way!
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