One Pot Pasta

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and was very intrigued! A ONE POT pasta dish – with ALL ingredients cooked AT THE SAME TIME and IN THE SAME POT?!?! I just HAD to try it out!

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Let me just say: EASIEST AND FASTEST recipe I think I’ve ever made. And tasted great too!

WHAT YOU NEED:
-12 0z linguine
-1 Onion, thinly sliced
-1 Cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
-2 Tablespoons olive oil
-4 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
-2 Sprigs of basil
-4 1/2 Cups of water
-Pinch of salt
-Pinch of pepper
-Parmesan cheese to top after cooked

Combine all ingredients except parmesan cheese in one large skillet or pot. Bring to a boil and keep at a boil for 9- 10 minutes, flipping/stirring the pasta every so often. It’s important to keep the pasta at a boil so all the water evaporates!!  At the end of 9-10 minutes the water should be pretty much evaporated. And TADAA! You’re done! Dig in and top with the parmesan cheese!

This is also an easy dish to add any kind of protein too, such as chicken, steak, pork chops…etc!

This is such a simple recipe with the added bonus of easy clean up! I hope you enjoy!! 🙂

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Cookie Dough Frosting

I. LOVE. COOKIE DOUGH.

So when I found this recipe for cookie dough frosting/filling for cake I just HAD to give it a test run!

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And my verdict: DELICIOUS!

WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 Stick butter, softened
-3/4 Cup brown sugar
-1 1/4 Cup flour
-1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 Teaspoon salt
-1 Cup mini chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar well. Add vanilla.  Add flour and salt, mix well. Then fold in the chocolate chips.

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Add as the middle layer of cake for a filling like I did.

Or you can use it as icing on top of the cake. It’s up to you 🙂

Hope you enjoy!

Check out this awesome recipe I used to make the cake in this post…HALF THE CALORIES of a normal cake!

Healthy Cake??!!

Well, sort of.

Have you guys seen this on Pinterest or around the web?

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Well, my birthday was coming up so I figured I’d give it a try!

I had my doubts, but it actually turned out pretty good and tasted like normal cake, if not better-WITH NEARLY HALF THE CALORIES/FAT!

For one serving of cake: 180 Calories!!! (Normal way is 280 Calories)

WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 Box Devil’s Food cake mix
-1 Container fat free greek yogurt
-1 Cup water

Instead of following the box instructions, simply mix all of the above ingredients together (no oil or eggs). It will be a very thick batter, and nothing like a normal cake batter.

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It almost has the consistency of mouse.  Just make sure you mix very well. Then transfer to your cake pan. You MUST  spread this with a spatula or spoon and sort of pat it down into the dish. It WILL NOT spread on its own, even while being baked…SO SPREAD!

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Follow the baking instructions and WALA-Your cake is ready!

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I hope you like it! 🙂

If you want the recipe for the amazing eggless cookie dough frosting I put as a filling for my cake CLICK HERE!

Update to “Everyday Wreath Tutorial”

I’ve been staring at my wreath. Tilting my head. Closing my eyes then opening them again. Trying to figure out what I could do to make it look more proportional. (Original Tutorial Here)

Well, I think I got it! I added a few more flowers to the bottom part of the flowers I already had.  Then I added individual bow loops to each side of the bow. Two to each side to be exact. I feel like it adds more depth and volume to the bow, allowing it to look bigger!

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I simply cut a few inches of ribbon, hot glued to the two ends together in a folded kind of way, and once it cooled off, placed and glued them on the sides of the bow already on the wreath.

You might have to play around with it a little bit until you get a good looking bow! It took me about 20 minutes to place the extra bow loops in a way that looked like they were already included in the bow. Take your time! Make it look good! 🙂

The last think I did was add 2 extra ribbon tails, longer than the original ones to the bow. I believe those also give the bow a larger appearance, helping with the proportion to the wreath.

I just measured how long I wanted the new ribbon tails to be, cut them and then tucked and glued them underneath the original tails.

Pretty simple little adjustments that I think make the wreath look so much better!

Remember through all your crafts and projects to have fun! And if you don’t like how something looks, then change it! 🙂

Everyday Wreath Tutorial

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog! And it makes me happy to be posting once again! 🙂

So I’ve been meaning to make an everyday wreath that I can hang on my front door when I don’t have any festive/seasonal wreaths or decorations to use.  I scoured Pinterest and the web and compiled my favorite looks.

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(I’m still working on creating the perfect bow! -the one in the picture is a little small for the size of the wreath, I think.- Any tips, easy instructions, or suggestions on how to create a bow from ribbon would be great!)

WHAT YOU NEED:

-18″ Grapevine wreath
-Flowers of your choice (some small, some large)
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon (that complements your flowers-or burlap ribbon!)

The hardest part, I think, is deciding on how you want to place your flowers.  I just threaded some of the stems through the wreath’s vines to see how placement would look for the different flowers I had. You just have to play with it until you like the look.

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 I’m a stickler for not seeing any stems or hot glue marks, so my flowers are close together.

You can cut the stems short (about 2-4 inches) so it is easier to thread into the wreath’s vines.  Once you have a few placed in the wreath, go ahead and hot glue them in place. Then gradually add more- messing with the placement until you like it and then hot glue those in place.

Don’t forget you can also dab some glue on a leaf or side of a flower and stick it to another flower to help hide the stems/glue marks.

I liked the look of only covering a quarter of the wreath with the flowers and having a bow offset the other side.  (Again, any helpful hints on how to make bows would be great!)

You can even add a small wooden letter for your last name near the flowers or bows to add more personalization!

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Then just hook on a wreath door holder and you are all set!

*I will update a picture once I’ve created a better looking bow!

Homemade Carmel Popcorn!!

GUYS! You NEED to try this one! SOOO easy and SOOO delicious. Andddd, no carmel melting required! This is definitely my guilty pleasure for the week…Sweeeeeeeet Sister!!

I’ll give you the original recipe measurements, but if you’re like me and aren’t feeding an army, just half it!

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Homemade Carmel Popcorn

WHAT YOU NEED:
-1/2 Cup Butter
-1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
-9-10 (Large) Marshmallows
-12 Cups Popcorn

Pop the popcorn, pour into a bowl set aside. Place butter and brown sugar in a different bowl. Melt the butter and brown sugar in the microwave, then stir. Add the marshmallows to the butter and brown sugar mixture and cook for 45-60 seconds, then stir well. Quickly pour over the popped popcorn. Continuously and gently fold the popcorn over and over to coat. The mixture will probably collect at the bottom, so maneuver the bowl if you need to in order to coat the popcorn. I used a rubber spatula to help collect the mixture from the bottom of the bowl and fold it into the popcorn. I folded for a bout 2 minutes. You can eat it right then in there or let it sit for a few minutes to stiffen. I would say this is probably good to go for the day. Not sure it will taste as good the next day…Mine was gone within 10 minutes 😉

Easter Egg Garland Tutorial

Keeping in theme with Spring and Easter, I found another Pinterest project on my list to do. The original pin is from here.

It is called Easter egg garland. But you can also just use it as decoration on a table or in a centerpiece bowl.

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WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 bottle liquid starch (I used Sta-Flo, found at Walmart for $2.67)
-Embroidery floss, 1 per egg (I did 6 to start with)
-Flour
-Water balloons (filled with air!)

So first blow up the water balloons. Each one will be used as “the egg,” so if you are making 6 eggs, you need 6 balloons. Little did I know, water balloons come in different sizes, and apparently I grabbed the larger size. Just adjust the amount of air in the balloon until you get the size/shape of the egg you want. You can even sorta “mold” the balloon to give it more defined egg features.

Next, mix up the starch solution. You should mix 1 cup liquid starch with 1/2 cup flour. The original instructions said to blend it all together in a blender, but my blender is broken, so i just used a spoon to mix it well in a bowl. It might be a little clumpy, but that’s okay.

Now, you need to unravel your string. This step is SUPER important; if you don’t, you will end up with knotted string that is unusable. After you have it completely unraveled, circle it into the starch solution and then submerge it with a spoon.

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After the all the string is covered in solution, grab one end of the string and start wrapping it around a balloon. You can do any pattern you want! Just make sure the string is taught, and not loose. (I think that was my problem on 3 of my eggs :/ )
When the string runs out, place the balloon on some newspaper or a plastic bag to dry. Repeat the process for the remainder of your balloons. It will take 12-24 hours to dry. I rotated my balloons halfway through the drying process because I noticed the top half was dry but the bottom half was still damp. I think that rotation sped the process along.

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After they are dry, pop the balloon, and take it out with tweezers. You may notice a white residue on the string. Take a needle or safety pin to rub off the residue. From far away it is unnoticeable.

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As you can see, 3 of my eggs came out “lumpy” 😦 I think it’s because I didn’t have the string taught enough. Also, I think it would be beneficial to wipe the excess solution off with your fingertips as you are wrapping the string around the balloon. You know, just slide the string between your fingertips to get off the extra solution. The good news is that the other side of the lumpy eggs were perfect, so if you postion them carefully, you don’t even see the lumps! Problem solved! 😉

I hope this project turns out well for you! 🙂

You NEED To Read This!

You NEED To Read This!

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across this pin in the “humor” section and the comments on it were all favorable so I decided to check it out. LET ME WARN YOU: You will laugh yourself into tears and into that I’m-laughing-so-hard-I-can’t-speak mode!

Needless to say after I had regained my breath and wiped away my laughter tears, I re-pinned the post for all my followers to see. So, if you need a good laugh, click on the link above & check it out 🙂