April 15, 2019

World Market Treasures...

I found these wonderful Easter decorations at my local thrift store.


They are all originally from World Market.




Aren't these "faux" nutcrackers adorable?
I need to get decorating...

Stay Cozy,
Carrie



April 11, 2019

72 candles...


This is what the cake looks like when your friend turns 72 and 
his wife decides she will adorn it with all 72 candles!


And he blew out every one of them!
 ~Good Job and Happy Birthday Fernando!~


It took three of us to light the candles and the
icing nearly melted off the cake - but what fun!

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

April 2, 2019

Having a bit of a rough day...


Life would be a million times better if there were pinatas strategically placed throughout the day!



Trying to Stay Cozy,
Carrie

March 14, 2019

"Pi" Pie fun...

Happy "Pi" Pie day to you...

Let's have fun with pie...

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Will you be serving pie today?

Lots of stores have them on sale - both fruity and pizza pie!

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

March 6, 2019

Have you ever made Colcannon?

Colcannon

 A St. Patrick’s day favorite, it’s a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and usually
 kale or cabbage. A great side dish for your St. Patty's day celebration or serve 
as a main course!




Ingredients

  • 3lb. russet potatoes
  • ½tsp. salt, plus more for seasoning
  • ½cup (one stick) butter, divided, plus more for serving
  • 2shallots, minced
  • 4cups chopped, fresh kale
  • ½cup chopped green onions
  • ½cup half-and-half
  • ¼tsp. white pepper (or to taste)

Instructions

  • Peel then cut potatoes into eighths. Place in large pot and cover with water to an inch above potatoes. Add ½ teaspoon salt. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and continue to simmer 15–20 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Drain, then cover.
    Melt ¼ cup butter in large skillet. Add shallots and sauté 2 minutes. Add kale and cook 3–4 minutes until wilted. Add green onions and cook 2 more minutes.
    Mash the potatoes. Add remaining ¼ cup butter, half-and-half and wilted greens. Mix with a masher. Season with salt and white pepper. If you are so daring - add a pat of butter on top just before serving!
Stay Cozy,
Carrie

February 28, 2019

Mom with a purse...


When you're in Dollar Tree and you ask your mom if 
she remembered her glasses?

So cute...
(btw...she is 89 and beautiful as ever)

Stay Cozy,
Carrie





February 12, 2019

What's Your Valentine Fortune?

DIY Paper Fortune Cookies are easy to make and fun to receive!
I have made them for Valentine's Day and other occasions as well...


All it takes is some fun colored paper  - solids or prints - some glue, 
scissors and some homemade fortunes...


Here is a great link with directions and free printables for the fortunes:




Have fun!

Carrie

January 29, 2019

Goodbye Starbucks - Hello Instant Pot...


Have you tried these egg bites at Starbucks - 
they cost over $4 for only 2! 

 Easy Instant Pot Egg Bites - Make them yourself.

HERE'S HOW...

I used only 4 ingredients - chopped broccoli ( blanched), eggs,
 chopped onion and a little milk ( I used almond milk).
The best part about these Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites is that they’re
totally customizable - add what you like...you can even use just the whites. 


I used my 6 qt Instant Pot to make these Sous Vide Egg Bites.

I found some baby food silicone trays at my thrift store for 99 cents that 
fit perfectly inside the Instant Pot, one on top of the other...
the first one placed on the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot. 


I set the Instant Pot to STEAM for 8 minutes. The egg bites were perfectly cooked. It will take about 3-4 minutes for the pressure to build, and then the countdown timer will begin. After the time is up, let the pressure release naturally  before removing the egg bites from the Instant Pot. 
 That's about 1/2 hour from start to finish!



 Heat them in the microwave for 30 secs. for a quick breakfast
 or wrap them up and take them with you for lunch.
You can freeze them too.  


Enjoy
Stay Cozy,
Carrie

January 23, 2019

Fiestaware Downsizing...


Over the years, I have accumulated alot of Fiestaware.
With a family of 7 ...and the comings and goings of friends
 and relatives...I used it all the time.

Sometimes I would decide to set the table using only 3 colors...
other times...I would use a rainbow of colors.
 I had the option of using different colors for different occasions.

Well I have decided it is time to downsize my collection.
I will keep the colors that work best for my color scheme and sell the others. 


The pieces have been carefully washed and are ready to list.
(there's even more not shown in photo)

I will most likely use  "Facebook Marketplace" or my local
neighborhood "Beg, Barter, Sell" to sell them.

I'm not feeling the whole packing + shipping on ebay or etsy.
(I have done lots of that!)

So heavy and breakable - a challenge to pack and hope it arrives 
to its new home safely!   We'll see??
(Any suggestion would be appreciated.)




Wish me luck...
regardless of what avenue I use to sell...
it will be a chore.

Staying Cozy,
(and hope you are too.)
Carrie

January 21, 2019

"Jenny Can Cook" ...and you can too...


Homemade bread right out of the oven is sooo yummy.
And what a perfect time of year for baking.


Remember the Jenny Jones show?

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Jenny had a very popular talk show for 10 years,
"Always relaxing on the weekends", she said, by cooking!
Jenny was also a talented comedian, singer and a drummer.

In fact, in 1986 Jenny appeared on TV’s Star Search
 winning the comedy grand prize!

Since retiring...Jenny started a cooking blog filled with many 
wonderful recipes and videos.
 Jenny says her father was the cook in the family, 
sparking her lifelong interest in cooking.

Jenny Can Cook

She is routinely approached by companies who would 
like to advertise on her site or pay her for endorsements
 but she always declines. “I am not here to make money,” 
says Jenny. “l simply love to cook and my only goal is
 to share what I love and to motivate more people 
to cook at home. 
It’s one more way I can give back.”


In 2013, Jenny requested and was given permission from
 her publisher to share all of the recipes in 
her cookbook for free on her website!

Jenny Can Cook (her website)

This no knead bread recipe is just one of them...
and it is a cinch!


I baked some for my hubby and I yesterday...
and enjoyed some yummy toast this morning!

Thank you, Jenny!

Happy Baking,
Carrie


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