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!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

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!
Ingredients
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

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

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!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

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

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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