Monday, 27 August 2012

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes


This is so easy to make and it really tastes like cinnamon rolls ! 
I just used a store bought pancake mix and followed the directions but you can use your own recipe and make it from scratch.
Here's what you need to make the cinnamon filling swirl



Ingredients :
1/2 cup brown sugar


2tsp cinnamon 

2 Tbsp butter, melted


Mix all the ingredients together and put in a squeeze bottle. (I bought some at the dollar store ) 
Pour your pancake mix on your griddle or frying pan and immediately squeeze some of your cinnamon  mixture on top. Easy !!



You can also put some icing on it. Here's 2 different recipes for icing !

vanilla icing (regular):
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp butter, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla
1tsp to 1tbsp milk 
(add as much milk as you need to give it the nice icing texture. 
But do it a little bit at a time not to make it too liquid )


cream cheese icing:
1/4 cup butter softened
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar



All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together and pour it over the hot pancakes !
Enjoy !!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Peanut Butter Bars


I was looking for a quick recipe for a desert and came upon this one.
Let me tell you it was so quick to make and it's delicious !! 

Ingredients :

1 1/2 cup flour
 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/4 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Butter
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter (divided)
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cup Quick cooking Oats 


Frosting :

1/2 cup Butter
2 tbs Cocoa
1/4 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
3 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3/4 cup peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Gradually add flour mixture until just incorporated. 
Then stir in the oats. 


Spread onto a greased 11 x 15 jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet)
Bake for 12 -17 minutes or until golden brown. 
Cool for 10 minutes.


For the frosting, whip the remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy.
Carefully spread it on the pan cookie.


In a small sauce pan, melt butter.
Add the milk and cocoa.
 Cook over medium low heat stirring constantly just until it starts to boil.
Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Gradually add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and stir until it thickens.
Pour over the peanut butter and gently spread it.
 Cool completely and slice into bars.
Enjoy !!



Sunday, 3 June 2012

building


Alright so I haven't posted in a few weeks, I've just been busy playing ! 
One day I woke up and said :" I have to build something ! " and that was the beginning of my projects.
Start small .... something for the kids! If it's not perfect, they might not notice. Damien has lots of tools in the garage I can use, so off to Home Depot to buy some wood.

My first building project ... 4 chairs and a table for the kids !!
Pretty sweet !! I'm very proud of myself :)  Alright, alright, I got the plans online and just followed the instructions, but still :P


Next I built a little bench for the kids playhouse ... with no plans... just put together a few pieces of leftover wood. Cost me nothing :)

Needless to say after all this building my back was very sore from working on the ground ... so I built a workbench :)


Still that didn't solve the problem of the miter saw being on the floor and having to go down each time I wanted to cut a piece of wood. So I built a miter saw table.

Did you know that if you go to your local hardware store and ask if they have any wood scraps left, they will let you have them for free?!
The top of my workbench, the shelf on the workbench and the entire miter saw table (besides the wheels) cost me nothing :)
I'm really enjoying this new found hobby... I want to spend all my time in the garage now.
Don't get me wrong, I love to bake but you know the saying... "a moment on lips, a lifetime on the hips" and well I don't have a lifetime to worry about it !!!


This little table I built without using plans. I needed a table to put on the deck so I can rest my coffee on  while I sit back and enjoy watching the kids play. It's in the house right now cause I still need to paint it or stain it, haven't decided yet.

Next I thought I would get a little more adventures. I watched some You Tube videos on how to build a drawer. Then I watched some more videos and decided I wanted to give it a try.
Off to Totem I went to buy some drawer sliders. Made some measurements and built a drawer for my wall unit in the living room.



The only thing left to do is put a front face on it and a handle. There you have it, I can get rid of the covered diaper boxes I was using for the toys.
This is only the beginning of my projects ... more to come :) 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Eclair Cake


This is a very easy dessert to make, the only problem is that you have to wait overnight (or at least 8 hours) before you serve it. Then it just stares at you and calls your name every time you open the fridge. So be sure when you store it in the fridge to put it as far back as possible :P

Ingredients:

1 package of graham crackers
1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix 
1 1/2 cups of milk 
2 cups of thawed Cool Whip
1/2 tub of chocolate frosting ( I used the whole thing )

Directions:

In a 8x8 dish, arrange in a single layer of graham cracker to cover the bottom of the dish. 

In a medium size bowl, mix together the vanilla pudding mix with the milk. Add the Cool Whip and mix until well combined. Pour half the pudding mixture over the graham cracker. Add another layer of Graham cracker over the pudding and pour the other half of the pudding mixture over top. Finally top with your last layer of graham cracker. Cover and refrigerate 45 minutes for the pudding to set. 

When the pudding is set, microwave the chocolate frosting for about 30 seconds to make it more spreadable. Uncover your dessert and spread the chocolate frosting on top. 
Cover it and put it back in the refrigerator over night. This dessert gets better over time because the graham cracker needs to soften. 

The next day cut into squares and serve cold !!


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Crock Pot Beef Stew


On days that the kids wake up slightly before 6am, I know it's going to be a long day especially if the weather is not great !! By 7:30am dinner was ready. This is very simple recipe but very tasty. My family LOVED it ! Even my 18month old son who rarely eats meat, inhaled this so fast that both my husband and I were telling him to slow down :)
Here's what you'll need to make it 

Ingredients:

1 pound beef
4 carrots, sliced 
5 potatoes cut in cubes
1 bay leaf
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 can tomato soup
1 can of onion soup or 1 package od dry onion soup mix

I had a roast on hand so I cut into cubes. Be sure to take the string off ... I didn't see it so I cut it up too :P
Place the beef in the crock pot. Add the sliced carrots followed by the potato. Place the bay leaf on top.
In a medium size bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients , cream of mushroom soups, tomato soup and onion soup. Pour it into the crock pot. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve with a nice warm bread or bun ! Mmm so good ! 


Thursday, 19 April 2012

Quilling ... Princess card


Here is a card I made for my daughters friend princess birthday party !! 
Quilling is so much fun ! Add a few gems or glitter and there you have it !! 


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Pie


Ingredients:

1 cup  chocolate cookie crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate (chocolate chips)
2 bananas thinly sliced 
1 cup of heavy cream 35%
225 grams cream cheese
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of confectioners sugar
414 ml sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


Directions:

Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl and stir with a fork until well mixed. Press into bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch spring form pan.

Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for about a minutes and 1/2 mixing after ever 30 seconds. Pour over cookie crust. Cut bananas in thin slices and place over melted chocolate. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

In a medium size bowl beat the heavy cream until it becomes stiff ( like whip cream). Place in refrigerator until ready to use. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer at medium high speed, beat together cream cheese and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Reduce speed and gradually add confectioners' sugar. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Increase the speed and to medium and beat until filing is smooth. 

Fold in the whip cream into the cream cheese / peanut butter mix. Poor the filling into the prepared springform pan. Drizzle some melted chocolate on top if desired and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight before serving. 

Enjoy !!


Saturday, 7 April 2012

Apple Pie Cake ... Szarlotka



Ingredients:

2 cups Flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 Eggs
4 tbs heavy cream
1 tsp Vanilla
3 Apples 
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves

Directions :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, salt. Add eggs, cream and vanilla and mix until it forms a ball. Separate the dough in 2 , wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile peel, core and grate the apples. In a medium sauce pan, combine grated apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves and cook over medium/high heat until the apple are soft. set aside. Roll out 1 dough and place at the bottom of an 8x8 greased pan lined with parchment paper. Bake the dough for about 10-15 minutes, or until only the edges are slightly brown. Roll out 2nd dough and cut into stip. Remove Dough from the oven and top with apple mixture. Place the strips from the 2nd dough on top. Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Sprinkle with icing sugar. 
Cut and Enjoy !!!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Honey Beer Bread


Ingredients :

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon backing power
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 can of beer
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 

Direction:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients until just mixed.
( you can microwave the honey for 5 to 10 seconds before to make it easier to mix)
Pour half the butter into the loaf pan. Spoon in the batter over the butter into the pan and top with the remaining butter. Use a pastry brush to spread it around.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Slice and Enjoy !!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Rice Krispies Eggs


Ingredients :

3 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
4 cups of color mini marshmallow
6 cups Kellogs Rice Krispies cereal 


Directions :

Start by separating the marshmallows by color. I did 2 cups of yellow and green together and 2 cups of orange and pink together. 
In a medium size microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 cups (pink and orange) marshmallows with 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter for about a minute, stirring after 30 seconds. 
Add 3 cups of Kellogs Rice Krispie cereal and mix until well combined.
Let cool for a few minutes. Butter your hands and shape rice krispie treats into egg shapes. Place each Rice Krispie egg into a plastic egg. 
Repeat the same with the remaining ingredients. 
You can use white marshmallows and add food coloring. you can also add chocolate chips or sprinkles.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Quilled Daffodil Card


 A beautiful quilled Daffodil card that I made for my In-laws
Happy Easter !


Monday, 2 April 2012

Easter Chicks Quilled Card



 This quilled card I made for my brother 


This also comes with a fun story ... When we were young, we went to the store (it was around Easter time) and as we where looking at the Easter decorations and chocolates, my brother found a little package of fluffy chicks. The package was open and there was a chick missing from it. My sister told him that someone took that baby chick and now it's missing it's mama! Well, my brother just starting crying and was very sad for that poor fluffy chick that would never see it's mama again !
It was a running joke for a few years after that !! 
and now, it still is 
Love you Pete 

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Easter Bunny Quilled Card


This Easter card I made for my nephew, my sister and my brother in law.
On this card I used googly eyes for the bunny and glitter on the eggs 


This is a funny story.... when they received the card in the mail, the googly eyes had fallen off and where at the bottom of the enveloppe. My sister came up with the theory: " the chicken got pissed off that the bunny was getting all the credit for the easter eggs and decided to peck it's eyes out." 
I laughed so hard because she thinks of the craziest things sometimes ... Love you guys  

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Quilled Easter Cards



This cards are made by quilling. It is thin strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued to make beautiful designs !


Beautiful spring flowers with an egg in the background made for my parents for Easter
Radosnego Alleluja !!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Quilling






I made this card for mom 
to tell her 
she's the best mom 
in the world !!




Sunday, 25 March 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake



CAKE :

3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups of milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

TOPPING:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon

GLAZE:

2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 glass backing pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Using a mixer, beat together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla until well combined.
Slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour into prepared pan. Set aside.

For the topping, in a large bowl mix the butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon until creamy.
Drop by tablespoons evenly over the batter and use a knife to swirl/ marble through the cake.



Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

For the glaze, in a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.
Drizzle evenly over warm cake.
Cut and serve warm or at room temperature.

                         ENJOY !!!


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Make Your Own Kids Tutu








Sew an elastic together to fit your childs waist. 
Messure the tulle to the length you would like your tutu to be and double it.
Cut you tulle.
Fold it in half and simply knot it around the elastic 
You can also put 2 pieces of tulle together and tie it as one ! 
I found all the supplies at the dollar store .... it cost me $8 to make it :) 
You can even make a matching bow :)







Sunday, 18 March 2012

Family Photo Wall


Using my Cricut and some vinyl, I cut out this beautiful quote and hung pictures of my babies !

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Friday, 16 March 2012

Pecan bars



for crust:
1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

for topping:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup of honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream 
2 cups chopped pecans


Directions :

Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9x13 inch pan with foil leaving overhang on all sides.

First make the crust by creaming the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly.
Press the crust into the foil lined pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Prepare the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar, honey and heavy cream in a saucepan and stirring over medium heat. Simmer the mixture for about 1 minute, then add the chopped pecans.

Remove the crust from the oven and immediately pout the filling over the hot crust, spreading it to cover the entire surface.

Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Remove the pan and allow the bars to fully cool in the pan. 

Use the foil overhang to lift the bars and transfer them to a cutting board. peel off the foil,  slice into bars and enjoy :)

Butterscotch Danties


1 bag of butterscotch chips (approx 300g)
1/2 cup of butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 bag mini marshmallows


Melt first 3 ingredients together on low-medium heat until smooth.
Let cool for approx 20 minutes
Add 1/2 bag of mini marshmallows and mix until well coated
Put in a 8x8 pan and refrigerate until cooled completely
Cut into squares and enjoy !!!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Learning to tell time




My daughter is 3 and 1/2  and she's always telling us the time ! She's knows the hour but when it come to the minutes it's a little more difficult.
I found this great idea and hopefully it will help her and your little ones too ;)
All I did was cut out shapes and right the minutes... using double sided tape, stuck them on and voila !!