Monthly Archives: May 2011

Easy Baked Spinach Dip

Winner for the summer book giveaway is Number 15!!! Melissa!!!

Great snack to serve up this Memorial day weekend! Perfect with chips or veggies! Comes together quick too! I really do make it different every time…but it’s always good! My first food post from the lakehouse :)

One box of spinach squeezed to get the water out…(I use a papertowel, roll it up over the sink and squeeze)

In a bowl toss together, 4 oz cream cheese, 1/4 C sour cream, 1 clove garlic minced, pinch of red pepper, salt and pepper, and if you have it 1/4 mayo. I didn’t and that is fine too. You can also add in a can of artichokes drained and chopped if you wish.
Bake 375 for about 25 minutes. Stir and serve!



Chicken and Spinach puff pastry

This is a great way to use up some leftover cooked chicken! The puff pastry makes it look so fancy….when is it so easy to make!

I used about 1 cup cooked spinach drained and chopped. (about a box of frozen spinach will work too)

Mix in a bowl, chopped chicken spinach, 3T cream cheese, salt, pepper, 1 clove garlic minced.

Thaw the puff pastry for about 15 minutes. Cut in half long ways.

Place some chicken mixture on one half of the pastry. Fold over the remaining on top.

Pinch edges with a fork.

Brush egg on top.

Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes. Goes great with a green salad!
2.5 C cooked chicken
1 clove garlic minced
1 C spinach cooked and drained well
3T cream cheese cooking creme in Savory Garlic
Salt and pepper



Easy Eyelet and Gingham Pillow

Red Gingham. What comes to your mind?? For me it is summer. It is such a happy and bright pattern. I used it to accent a chair that I recently refinished The Captains Chair. I thought the eyelet would be so cute next to the red and blue.

I measured about 1.5 inches around my pillow form. My fabric was 19 by 15.

I sandwiched the eyelet in between the fabric edges and I pinned all around 3 of the sides.

Sew the 3 sides together.

Leaving the one side open, turn the fabric right side out…iron the seam inside…and pin the remainder of the eyelet to this last side. Sew shut–after you place your pillow inside ;)

At the corner…I sewed the eyelet closed by zigzag stitching it closed.

Ready for some summer reading!!


Strawberry Bread

I am always looking for quick solutions for breakfast. This strawberry bread comes in handy. I love how it turned out…it is moist, and not too dense…it is wonderful toasted with a light brush of cream cheese. So so good! Also, great way to use up some strawberries!

In your mixer, cream together sugar, butter and cream cheese.

Add in eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.

Sift dry ingredients together…(have you noticed I use wax paper alot when I bake? Less clean up is always a good thing!)

Incorporate dry with wet ingredients slowly…batter is thick—don’t over beat because it makes for really tough bread….that isn’t a good thing ;(

Chop up the strawberries and fold in gently.

Pour in bread pan.

So so so good !

Fresh Strawberry Bread


1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cups strawberries, rinse, dried and chopped


1. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

2. With electric mixer cream butter, sugar and cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla.

3. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend flour mixture with butter mixture just until blended. Add buttermilk and only stir until just combined; do not over mix.

4. Carefully fold in strawberries. Dough mixture will be thick.

5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

Recipe found at : My Baking Addiction



A Summer Mantle

If you have been following me for awhile….you know I love to change out my mantle to reflect the season. I tweeted a preview pic last weekend….here are a few more pics. I just put this together with things that were around my house. Here is what I came up with….

Remembering summer…
A large stone from a past trip to Mexico….
a big piece of driftwood from the lake last year….
a little footprint in the sand…(yes, I take plaster of paris to the beach…Captial D Dork!)
An old picture of the kids blown up…they were about four in the picture…laughing about the water coming out of the hose…I love this picture :)
Some seashells from trips to the beach along with seagrass and sand.
All these things let us remember past vacations and fun days at the lake:)
These footprints are easy to make and you don’t even need to go to the beach. You can use plain old sandbox sand.
Just make a foot print deep enough to hold some mixed up plaster of paris. Let it set and then pick up the print and gently shake off the sand.
A little baby foot to keep forever :)
I love the carefree days of summer !! And they are almost here!
Sharing at Stories A to Z


Vintage Makeup case

Oh how I love garage sale season! All those projects just waiting to be tackled! I found this little gem at an estate sale last fall. It has been sitting patiently waiting for me to figure out what in the world I would use it for. It just reminds me of a time…

When people actually got dressed to travel on an airplane.

It was a privilege….and people were so respectful of that.

I think next time I fly I will wear a hat…why not right?!?! Let’s start that trend ok :)

So onto my little case redo…

I thought about painting it…but then the blue grew on me…

The inside was nasty…but just makeup stains. I cleaned it up good.

I decided to cover the insides with fabric. I started by making a pattern from paper to see how to cut the fabric.

I did this for the top, bottom and sides.

How fun would the polka dots be?!?! Love it with the blue!

I cut the fabric out for the top and bottom and hot glued into place…

Then I glued the side in place…

I came back and did another bottom piece to hide the seams.

She is ready for Memorial day and I right?!?!  We are taking it to the lake where it will fit in perfectly! I think I am going to use it to store video games in the kids loft space. How chic right?!?!


Strawberry Ice Pops

A little “look-forward” to summer week!! I thought it would be fun to celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day weekend with things that just remind me of summer! Be sure to sign up for the summer book giveaway too on the sidebar! Here is a popsicle recipe that is healthy and yummy!!

We had some strawberries that were on their last leg…so to speak. They needed to be eaten or tossed. So I looked up a super easy recipe for homemade strawberry ice pops. So yummy! Emily had them for breakfast all last week!

Ice pop molds are from Crate N Barrel  they don’t sell this design anymore..but the others will work great. If you don’t have the molds…you can use small dixie cups..cover top with foil and poke in a stick.

In a blender or food processor..mix the strawberries, lime juice, water and sugar.

Blend till really smooth.

Pour in molds and freeze about 4 hours. When you want to release a Popsicle, just run the mold under warm water….mold will release slowly.
A treat you can even eat at breakfast!
2 C Strawberries
1 lime (squeezed)
1/4 C water
1/4 sugar
Freeze in molds until firm. To release from mold, run the mold under hot water for a few seconds…mold will release slowly.

I am sure there are several other fabulous recipes out there to try for homemade Popsicles! We will be trying more!

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Summer is coming BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

Memorial Day…the officially kick off your shoes to SUMMER time is just next weekend!!! Let’s celebrate shall we?!?! You can choose one of the following books…not both…just one…got it?!?! Winner can tell me what book they would like when they win!!

Family Fun’s fabulous Boredom Busters book is full of fabulous activities for summer time fun!!!

Or you can pick Sew and Stow….great sewing projects to keep you sewing all summer long!!!
All you have to do is comment here and tell me—Are you looking forward to traveling this summer or just hangin out at home??
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Drawing will be May 27!!!!


Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Oh my goodness…the end of the school year is almost here! And my “little-ones” are going on to middle school! Say what??! I swear yesterday I gave birth to them!?!? Well, the end of the school year also means Teacher Appreciation—and we have been so blessed this year…and most years past with amazing teachers. It will be so hard to say goodbye to them in a few weeks!
I made this yummy chocolate chip bundt cake for the teacher lunch. Turned out great! Be sure to spray pan good so your cake comes out nicely—yes I rushed this step….and yes that is why I have covered this piece with powdered sugar :) you caught me…

In a small saucepan combine hot water, cocoa, corn syrup and 1/2 c sugar. Simmer till smooth.

Separately measure your dry ingredients…

Get out your mixer…I do love my mixer

mix in your chips

In another bowl spoon half of batter and combine with chocolate…try not to drool….oh my yum

Pour some in your prepared bundt pan…top with chocolate portion

top off with rest of batter….run a knife through to marble it all together…

What you need:

2½ cups sugar, divided
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup light corn syrup
2½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
2 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk, at room temperature
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli)

1.) In a small saucepan, whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar, the cocoa powder and corn syrup with ½ cup hot water. Bring just to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Set aside.
2.) Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees. Butter ( I would spray with bakers spray..just sayin) and lightly flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
3.) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
4.) In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter with the remaining 2 cups sugar until light in color and fluffy, about two minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time until thoroughly incorporated. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Beat in the remaining 2 tsp vanilla.
5.) Reduce the mixer speed to low, and beat in a third of the flour mixture just until the flour begins to disappear into the batter. Beat in half the milk. Beat in another third of the flour, then the rest of the milk, and finish with the remaining flour until the batter is smooth. Stop the mixer and gently fold in the chocolate chips.
6.) Scoop out a third of the batter into a medium bowl, whisk in the chocolate syrup and set aside.
7.) Pour another third of the batter into the prepared bundt pan and smooth it with a spatula. Evenly top this layer with the chocolate batter. Finish by pouring the last third of the vanilla batter over the top.
8.) Lightly swirl the batters with a wooden skewer or knife to give a “marble” effect–a continuous figure-8 motion while going around the pan works well.
9.) Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the cake springs back lightly when touched, about 60-70 minutes.
10.) Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack. Invert the cooled cake onto a serving platter and dust lightly with powdered sugar before serving if desired. Store any leftovers in a cake dome at room temperature for 4-5 days, maybe more.



Little Black Dress Cards

I recently made some of these for a gift and I really love how they turned out. They are each one of a kind and I love giving something that you can’t buy in a store:) I added some to my etsy shop…if you don’t want to make them yourself. If you do….here is what I did to make mine…

Cut out some patterns of some various skirt designs (think paper dolls!!) and a pattern for the shirt…

I used black cardstock for the shirt top…and various fabric scraps for the skirts. Be sure to iron well and cut out with sharp scissors.

I glued the black tops on with rubber cement. I glued the fabric skirt just at the top…(skirt flys up–love it!)

I am selling sets of 6 on my etsy site
I was inspired to make these because of a card I saw while vacationing in Florida. It has been brought to my attention that these cards are similar to a post that was done on a blog called Carolyn’s Homework. They are super similar….but I didn’t see this post prior to making my cards. Here is Carolyn’s post about her cards…Carolyn’s Homework
Many of us have good ideas and it is never my intent to take something that isn’t mine. I ALWAYS will tell you where I find an idea….unless it is my own.
Thanks friends :)

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