Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pinterest food finds. mini key lime pies. AND whip cream

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So we had my dad over for dinner this week, and my youngest and I wanted to try a new desert--YUM!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, crushed (about 12 squares)
  • 3 T Sugar
  • 3/4 stick butter (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 egg whites beaten
  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 T Lime zest
  • 1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
Instructions:
1. Crush the graham cracker squares in a food processor or place in a gallon size bag and roll with a rolling pin.  
2. Add sugar and butter and mix into the crushed graham cracker.
3. Press 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a cupcake liner.  I put 1 T in and then pressed down with my fingers.  You have the option to bake this at 350 degrees for 8 minutes so that it can harden.  DO THIS!
4.  In a sperate bowl, mix together egg whites, condensed milk, lime juice, lime zest, and greek yogurt.  Mix well.
5.  Fill the cupcakes about 3/4 of the way full with the mixture.   Bake for 12-15 minutes and cool.
6.  Top with whip cream and garnish with lime if desired.  Store in the refrigerator.

I decided I wanted to make my own whip cream as well--my family loved this too:

homemade whipped cream process
INGREDIENTS:
2 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

DIRECTIONS:
Make sure mixing bowl and cream are very cold (put in freezer for 15 minutes).
Put sugar into the mixing bowl and add whipping cream.
Whisk until the cream gets stiff peaks.
Use within 8 hours. Re-whisk if it starts to flatten out.

I will most DEFINITELY make this again--juicing my limes and getting the zest was tedious but my sweet helper REALLY enjoyed the fruits of his labor!

Thanks for the visit today!

Friday, September 19, 2014

family.

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wanted to share this fun layout I made for my last American Crafts gallery.  I had a blast working with the Shimelle line and making a quilt.

side note this tall young man had a birthday last week--proud of him as he is currently serving a MISSION for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints.  He has been out for a year and has a year to go--the time is flying and he is growing up and having some awesome experiences! ;)  He was born when I was on my mission in Venezuela a LONG time ago, yep I'm a PROUD Aunty!
closeup of some goodness:

my favorites of this layout:
--the texture of cuts
--layers
--mixing different lines together.

Thanks SO much for the visit today--weekend looks like a busy one filled with date night with ALL my boys watching The Maze Runner, games for my girl tomorrow, and celebrating my dad's birthday on Sunday.  Hope yours is FANTASTIC as well!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

benson cousins.

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the other day my 11 year old said, "time sure is moving fast!"  I thought it ironic as for adults we are the ones to say that and the younger generation usually says, "time is moving SO SLOW!"  That being said I have been trying to EMBRACE what is going on around me.  FULLY enjoying my children their accomplishments, goals, scary times (as yesterday at the dentist was for a certain young man).  This layout today was based on a circle challenge up on the Scrapbook Circle Blog:


On the blog I go into more detail of the creative process behind the page--I was seriously in LOVE with those sparkly gold circles!

I wanted to talk about the why of this picture.  My uncle passed away suddenly at the beginning of the year.  To say he was a giant teddy bear would've been an understatement.  He was a big man who had a LARGE LOVING heart.  He lived in California but came to Arizona regularly to visit his mom and brothers.  The experience of going to his funeral brought with it some wonderful bonding/solidifying memories I made with my brothers and quick catch up with some cousins who I haven't seen/and don't really know.  I know as we celebrated my uncle's life he smiled down on us as he saw us gathered as a family.  One of the coolest things I thought was, there were TWO professional photographers, one is my cousin the other was my aunt's brother (he took this picture)--GREAT camera (glad I brought mine!) and wonderfully composition.  SO glad I went and took the time--we were only able to stay for a few hours...  Some of the things I've learned from this and other experiences in the past year is TAKE advantage of what you have RIGHT in front of you!  ACT on those thoughts that come to your mind even if you might think they are silly!  DO it!  That time might not come again--EMBRACE life!  That all being said aren't my cousins/brothers a GREAT looking group?!

Thanks SO much for the visit today--hope your day is FANTASTIC!

Monday, September 8, 2014

1st born.

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Hello!  Thanks for hanging in there and visiting my blog, I've been off playing and having fun!  I wanted to quickly share one of my VERY last layouts for American Crafts:
 I mixed some of the DIY shop and new Shimelle lines to come up with this fun layout about my oldest child.
here is a little closeup:
I SO loved this time I had to work with AC--they were AWESOME to work with and I think I grew as a designer as well!
Thanks for the visit today!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

create today.

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So I can't believe I haven't shared this creation with all of you yet!  I made this for a blog post challenge for American Crafts.  For full description of the creation process click HERE.

closeup of the title:

My favorites about this creation:
* I made it for my mommy--she is a quilter and YES she loved it!
* LOVE this line of paper!! (Plus One)
* I repurposed a frame--I spray painted it black.
* the quilting on this took FOREVER--but I love what it looks like up close.
* I was able to sneak some washi (see the bottom of the title card)

Thanks SO much for the visit today--hope your day is FANTASTIC!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

pinterest cupcakes. snickerdoodle AND peanut butter chocolate chip.

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Last Sunday we held a family birthday party for my girl who turned 16!  My son and I couldn't decide which NEW recipe for cupcakes we wanted to try so we made TWO.  They were both DELICIOUS.

First were the Snickerdoodle Cupcakes--they taste JUST like Snickerdoodles.  I liked them, they are a bit sweet so ONE was good for me.  But I would make them again:


Snickerdoodle Cupcakes:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Yield: 12 cupcakes--it REALLY does yield this many!
Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg (I used a scant 1/8 tsp)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 recipe Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, recipe follows
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl on an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, 1 Tbsp of the vegetable oil, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and light-brown sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Blend in remaining 2 Tbsp vegetable oil. Mix in eggs one at a time blending until combined after each addition and adding in vanilla with second egg. Blend together milk and buttermilk in liquid measuring cup or bowl. With mixer set on low speed, add in 1/3 of the dry ingredients in three separate batches alternating with 1/2 of the milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour and mixing just until combined after each addition.
  • Divide batter among paper lined muffin cups, adding about 1/4 cup batter to each cup and filling 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven 17 - 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in muffin tin several minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Allow to cool completely then frost with vanilla buttercream frosting, then in a small bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tsp granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Dust tops of cupcakes lightly with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • The Second Cupcake that we made was a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcake--oh my LOVED this one!  This was a heavier cupcake but rich and DELICIOUS, my favorite part was the Peanut Butter frosting--DEFINITELY making this one AGAIN!

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes:
     1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
     1 tsp baking powder
     1/4 tsp salt
     6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
     3/4 cup smooth all natural peanut butter, at room temperature
     1/2 cup packed brown sugar
     1/2 cup sugar
     2 large eggs
     1 tsp vanilla extract
     1/2 cup whole milk
     2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Frosting
     6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
     1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
     1/2 tsp salt
     1 cup creamy peanut butter, natural (or if you want a smoother look, go not-natural)
     1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
     1/2 cup whole milk
For Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine milk and vanilla in small bowl.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt in another small bowl.  Beat Butter and sugars in mixer until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and blend until smooth. Slowly mix in peanut butter.  Add half the flour mixture and blend slowly.  When fully incorporated, add milk mixture. Continue to blend slowly. Add remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed just until incorporated.  Add chocolate chips.  Fold in by hand.  Scoop into 12 lined baking cups.  Bake for about 22 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched and the edges are golden brown.  
For Frosting:
Combine sugar and salt in a bowl. Combine milk and vanilla in another bowl.  Add butter and peanut butter to mixer.  Beat until smooth and creamy.  Alternately add sugar and milk mixture until fully incorporated.  Add additional milk ONLY if needed for a softer consistency. You can also add additional powdered sugar if you need to make your frosting thicker.  You want your frosting to resemble this consistency.  Frost on top of cooled cupcakes.  If desired, pipe melted chocolate on top of frosting and add chocolate sprinkles before chocolate has set.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

good stuff, ride.

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For my One item wonder this month on the Scrapbook Circle blog I focused on the different sheets of AWESOME pattern paper in the Island Paradise kit.  For the background I cut the pattern papers to 1 1/4" by 3" then layered them on top of each other.  I finally ended it by painting and splattering gold Color Shine on top.
 closeup:

My Favorites about this layout:
* the pictures! (don't I always say that?)  They crack me up, this is my 5' 9" boy with his 4' 11" cousin-they are pretty much inseparable when they get together--these were taken in Utah.
*the overlapping fun tag.
*the sewing.
*the color shine--LOVE the gold.

Hope I inspired you today--thanks SO much for the visit!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

sassy girl.

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I was up on the American Crafts blog the other day with a challenge which was to use bling, brads, and buttons.  I'm not sure if you can tell from this picture but the yellow flowers are glittery,  the other yellow & green have enamel dots, and the chevron is a brad.  This is all from the Plus One collection--if you didn't know that by now it is seriously MY favorite SO diverse!

My favorites about this layout:
* I used a HUGE die cut and backed it, tedious YES, but I LOVE how it turned out!
* those pictures CRACK me up!  They are my sassy mommy when she was a little girl.
* love the background dot paper, I wanted to keep the strip on the bottom as part of the layout so I just cut off the top to make it measure to 12 x 12.
* using glitter on my page!

Thanks SO much for the visit today--hope you were inspired today!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

live true.

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I wanted to share my very last gallery items for American Crafts:

my favorites about this page:
* the picture, this is my girl with her two best friends--SO fun that they were all doing the same thing at the same time.  (this was taken at the practice for the Cultural Celebration for the dedication for the Gilbert Temple)
* the vibrant colors on this page--I used the Plus One line by AC.
* the triangles are actually leftover from another project--I couldn't throw it away!
* the journaling block, I actually took my x-acto knife and cut the X to over lap the picture.

Thanks for the visit today--hope your day is FANTASTIC!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

photography tips.

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I LOVE taking pictures--always have, it's a fun hobby for me.  I recently sent my camera in for cleaning--talk about STRESSFUL, it was like cutting my arm off!  (it needed a good cleaning, PLUS the grips were coming off!)
I'm always looking for new was to take better pictures.  I am a study it out and try it kind of girl.  I personally subscribe to the Digital Photography school blog.  The other day they had 15 of the best cheat sheets for taking better pictures.  Of course not all of the sheets stood out to me but the few that did were:
what are your favorite places to get photography ideas?  What do you shoot with?
Thanks for the visit-looking forward to hearing from you!