April 30, 2011

Hidden Craft Room Space....

Just when you think you have run out of room 
for storage in your craft room...

...there's always the back of the door!

Just grab one of these wire racks from "Home Depot"
and you've got tons more space!

I've got one on my pantry door too! 
...see you've got more room than you think...

Stay Cozy,

April 28, 2011

Brownie Pops

This years Easter Basket treats  for my family....
Bake brownies according to package directions in an 8 X 8 pan
so they will be thicker.
When finished baking, cool just to the touch...
then scoop out some of the baked brownie while still warm
and form into balls.
Place in fridge to completely cool...
then poke with a lollipop stick, dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle as desired!

Stay Cozy,

April 26, 2011

J'aime la cuisine fran├žaise

 I went to a fun & free Cooking demo given by a local French trained chef here in Portland!
It was put on by "Mix" magazine 
Chef Louisa Neumann
 It was a demonstration of a handful of fresh summer dishes. 

 And we were able to taste each dish as it went along....
Here a few of my favorites...

 Open-Face Radish Sandwiches 
(I was surprised at how much I liked this one!)

 Summer Vegetable Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

 Tomato and Cucumber Panzanella Salad

What a fun afternoon...
Be on the lookout for these kind of free events in your area.
This was sponsored by our local Standard Appliance Store.

Stay Cozy,

April 21, 2011

Funfetti Fun...

My daughter wanted us to make "Funfetti" cupcakes to welcome
her two little cousins who just arrived in town for Easter!
When she discovered that we didn't have any Funfetti cake mix in the pantry...
I told her..."No worries...we can make them from scratch"
"We can?", she asked....quite surprised!
"Of Course!"
And here they are!
And they taste so much better than from a box...
 Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Cream 1 stick butter and 1 1/4 c. sugar.  Beat in 2 eggs and 8 oz. plain
yogurt for 1 minute.  Add 2 c. flour and 1 tea. baking soda into the creamed
mixture until moist.  Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. lemon juice.
Fold in approx. 1/4 c. sprinkles.
Bake 18-21 mins.

My Recipe for frosting changes according to what I have on hand.
This time I used 8 oz. cream cheese, 1/3 c. sour cream, 1/4 c. plain yogurt,
about 2 tsp. lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
Slowly add enough powdered sugar until desired consistency!

Stay Cozy,

April 15, 2011

{A Little Late Night Baking}

A simple Apple Cake to tame your "sweet tooth"

...and this hit the spot without being too sweet...

Mix together 1 c. plain flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. salt and set aside.
In bowl of mixer, whisk together 2 eggs and 1/2 c. sugar, then add 1/3 c canola oil and blend that in.
Add the dry ingredients just to mix.  Add 1 c. thinly sliced apple (about one apple) and 1/2 c. walnuts.  
Stir into the mix.  Pour mixture into a greased square or round baking dish.
Bake at 350• for about 30-35 mins.

April 12, 2011

{See Carrie Shop}

At her local Goodwill Stop...
with a budget of $20... tops!

A pricey professional cake stand she has been eying for quite some time..
Today only $4.99
 Add these 4 cobalt blue egg coddlers to the cart...

A collectible Kool-aid pitcher and cups.

 This golden embossed vintage jewelry treasure box...

 A lunchbox filled with William Sonoma A-Z Cookie Cutters!

 Two darling Baby Shower Cake Toppers!

 A bag filled with these glass & glitter birds!

 Some little "ducky" candle holders!

 A great "new" Starbucks to-go coffee urn.

And a fabulous vintage pie plate with a rotating remover!

and the total is...$19.22!

♥ Such a deal ♥

April 7, 2011

{Beckoning Spring}

I couldn't find a springtime wreath that I liked...
so I  created this one.

The little fuzzy chicks can be easily removed when Easter is over!

 Now all we need is some sunshine!
Hurry up, Spring...we're ready! 

Stay Cozy, Carrie

April 5, 2011

Simple Crockpot Cooking

 I just love my crockpot...nothing fancy....I've had it for years....
Just fill it up, set it for high or low and let it do its job!
This morning at 8:30am before I left for Bible Study
I put in a 3 1/2 lb. Boneless Beef Chuck Roast...
added three apples sliced (skin and all)
one large red onion sliced
Sprinkled some "Johnny's Seasoning Salt" and "Lemon-Pepper" 
and poured in a 1/2 can of chicken broth...

And when I came in the door at 1:30...
I was greeted by an awesome aroma...
and this...

The combination of the apples & the onions is SO tasty!
And if you are watching your carbs...
it is great alone (no rice or potatoes needed)

My daughter and her friend get home from school soon
and they will be hungry...
 I have already had a bowl full...

Hope it lasts 'til dinner time!

I am participating in the...
Heart of the Home Party here at Note Songs  
 Favorite Kitchen Cupboard
So Many fantastic ideas!!

Click here to see my favorite kitchen cupboard !

Stay Cozy, Carrie

April 2, 2011

Sweet Lollies

...Pretty pastel eggs with  Easter shapes...
sweet little lollies to celebrate...

 Target $1.99/bag

 Congratulations to Chanda from 
She is the winner of my giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for joining in on the fun!

Stay Cozy,

April 1, 2011

Merry Merry Christmas...april fools!

My "Scottie Dog" giveaway will be announced tomorrow...
Hope I made you giggle!

♥I have fun on April Fool's Day...
just ask my family♥
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