Monday, April 30, 2012


This ninja was having a hard time keeping up with two blogs. And now, it's all condensed into one.

This will have crafts, recipes, and personal blogs here and there. So, if you're a follower here, please be a follower over there.

I plan on keeping this and my food blog active, but..not active? I won't be posting there anymore, but I won't be deleting anything from them.

Friday, April 6, 2012


"Hey look! My mom's here!" 

Name that movie.

Okay, so being from the northeast (Pennsylvania, to be exact) really instills a lot of things into your mind.

1. Amish people are people, too. This means that, yes, they deserve their own special parking area for their horses and buggies.

2. Knobles is a place you will never be too old to enjoy.

3. Turkey Hill sells THE BEST TEA EVER. If I could get my hands on a couple gallons of orange tea right now, I'd be a happy girl. But it has to be the Turkey Hill kind. None of the others taste right.

4. Whoopie pies are good anytime, anywhere. And that's a fact, Jack. 

I haven't had these babies in SO long. Honestly, I'm more of a fan of the cookie part, but that's just me. I've tried many different recipes for these, but the best whoopie pies you'll get are from random small restaurants...if you want to call them that. 

Here's the most recent recipe I tried. I LOVED the cookie part. The innards could use some work, though.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"It felt French."

I love Friends. Too much for words. I could probably watch that show 24/7. It's always hilarious.


Kyle, Selena, Gabe, and I went with my in-law's to my father-in-law's mother's house.
Mouthful, huh?

This February. She had made us some food, and part of it was this french bread with about a half inch of garlic butter in the middle. Kyle's been going on and on and ON about it ever since. And it's almost April. Sheesh.

I was making spaghetti the other night and decided to give a try at some french bread with garlic butter.

It came out amazingly.

Until I screwed it up.

I had to bake this bread twice in two days. It was THAT good.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fat Kid Night.

I posted..less than 24 hours ago about taking a blog hiatus. And I guess my choice of wording is wrong. It's more of a "come and go as fit" situation.

The amount of stress in my life is still at high, and *gasp* I'm out of crafts to do at the moment to take my time off of it. So, tonight I claimed myself to a Harry Potter marathon and baking.

And these cupcakes are totally worth not having a craft to do.

I guess they're a craft in themselves.
You know your mouth is watering.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shadows = Temporary Hiatus

Honestly, I'm not gone from this because I want to be.

I'm gone from this from necessity.

We, the husband and I, are dealing with a LOT of things right now. More than I care to get into, actually. Also, our finances aren't the best. I'm limited as to what I can cook and bake. So I'm making repeats of cheap meals that I've already put on here, or microwave dinners. 


I know. I"m kicking myself about it. I really am.

I promise, though, once things in life pick up and settle down, I'm back on this like white on rice.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I'm not built for the outside stuffs.

I'm really, really, REALLY not an outdoors person.

I don't do the whole camping thing. 

And here's why.

1. It gets freaking HOT in the summer. Pennsylvania wasn't so bad, but now that I'm in Missouri, it's like I'm walking outside to Hell. I prefer air conditioning.
2. There's no bathrooms when you go "real" camping. I'm saying "real" camping because Kyle, bless his heart, just gets into a tizzy when you bring up campgrounds. You should hear his rant. It's quite amusing.
3. There's bugs and things. Bugs are too icky for my taste. And skunks. And mountain lions. And armadillos. And possums. *shivers*
4. I'm a mosquito magnet, literally. If you want to walk outside with no bug spray on into a swarm of those things, take me will you. I promise that you won't get bit. They'll be too busy attacking me.

Now, camping food? I'm down with that.

Fire roasted hot dogs, I love. Jiffy Pop over the fire? Bring it.

And s'mores. S'mores are #1 on my fire food priority list.

In the summer, Kyle makes a fire in our yard to burn branches and random scraps of wood that I collect (because you never know what you can make from them!) and I can only stand about 2 minutes in the heat. And everytime I request a s'more, I hear the dreaded words...

"Make it yourself!"


But WAIT! I found the solution! Head over to Just Baked and find...

^ Click above for recipe. ^

I'm serious. I don't kid about cuppycakes. Or s'mores. And these are as close as you're going to get to a s'more without having to fight the evils of being outside.

I'm not posting the recipe on here, but below are my photos of the process and end result. You'll drool, I promise.

Kyle and I are already fighting over them. :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

In like a lion. No sh!t.

March comes in like a lion, right?


There was a HUGE storm that roared through our area. Luckily, we just got a power outage.

But I'm not posting a recipe today.


I'm posting a SUPERMEGAFOXYAWESOMEHOT deal on something your kitchen needs. Like woah.


That's the same as MY lover on the side mixer! It's SUPER handy and, honestly, a necessity in my kitchen.


- Originally priced at $349.99
- On sale for $199.99 (White and Onyx Black ONLY)
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- $30 post purchase mail in rebate

Just based on that alone, you'll get this thing for $169.99! That's SO EFFING CHEAP FOR THIS MONSTER OMG!

OH OH OH! Not even the BEST part!

As seen on on
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That makes the grand total....


What a steal! Seriously, if you've been waiting for a sale to get one of these, now's the time to do it! I'm not sure how long it's going to last. Hop on this bandwagon!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

50th Post!

It's my 50th post today!


I kinda can't believe that.

This calls for a celebration.


Who doesn't love pie?
Technically, I baked this for Kyle, but I'm the only one that's eaten any of it. >.<

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Comfort Food = Important.

Comfort food and I go hand in hand. Especially during the cold seasons. There's nothing like curling up on the couch with a good book and a bowl of hot soup.

Except that I never tried to make soup before. 

Until now, that is.

Chicken noodle is my personal favorite.

Tomato with a grilled cheese is a close second.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Food Twister.

When I was younger, I got toted around. A lot.

I know, it's pretty typical for the kid to get toted places. You know, when we have no say in things. The good ol' days for the parents.

I specifically remember getting toted to the mall when my mom wanted to shop for old lady clothes. I was always restless. I've never been able to really simmer down. I get bored easily.

So everytime we went to the mall, I ended up with either a slice of amazing pizza or an awesome soft pretzel. And you know what? The love of soft pretzels has never left me. Ever.

I prefer making them as pretzel nugs, but I just had to try the actual pretzel shape.

I suck at it, by the way.

Also, I reached a huge plateau in my bread baking. I totally bought a jar of yeast instead of using packets.

Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm BACK! With brittle!

Oh my God, I can't believe how long it's been since I've been able to post via laptop.


And I wanted to post the awesome peanut brittle I made for the dad-in-law. Because he's speshul.

Yes. I meant to spell it like that.

And I only have 5 pictures of this. So you get no starter picture...

Just the information that this stuff can cause some serious damage to your teeth. But it's totally worth it.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stuck In The Shadows

So, I've been gone from this blog for quite a while. And I promise, there's good reason behind this.

1. I've dropped, threw, and got my phone wet too many times. It no longer connects to WiFi. I'm posting this from the husband's phone.

2. Our laptop charger bit the bullet, so we need to get a new one. And MacBook chargers? They aren't cheap.

But you're really not missing much. I've been doing a ton of duplicates. I DO have a recipe for peanut brittle I'll have up as soon as I get a chance.

For those who read/follow,thank you and please bear with me.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cheesy Peasy

Cheese is a HUGE staple in this house.

Mainly because of Kyle. >.<

We all dig on cheese, but Kyle? He LOVES cheese. He's infatuated with cheese. Cheese and him go hand and hand. There's never such a thing as "too much". *sigh*

On the upside, it helps me throw some veggies into food without him making bad faces. So I guess it's a win.

I wanted something easy, simple, and different tonight for dinner. We all love pasta/italian. And pasta goes with cheese well. I debated macaroni and cheese, but I bet I'd never hear the end about how it's not his Aunt Terry's, but it's good.

I'm okay with that, though. Terry makes some bomb mac and cheese.

So, I threw some stuff together in a dish and BAM. Dinner.

I love easy and cheap dinners.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice.

It's not just what little girls are made of.

Especially my little girls. Those kids..ugh. I think they got a bit too much of me in them for now. I'm hoping it's getting out of their systems before they hit the teens. Because if not, I'm screwed.


Cinnamon rolls are a favorite in this house. Mainly for Kyle, but I dig them, too. Kyle misses having a Cinnabon around pretty much everyday. If there's something on TV about them, he HAS to watch it. 

He's not obsessed or anything.

So, when I get the chance to, I like to make him some cinnamon rolls. They aren't Cinnabon worthy, but good enough for us.

Also, you'll never get your cinnamon rolls to taste like Cinnabon. They use a different kind of cinnamon. Now, you MIGHT be able to buy the cinnamon directly from them, but no company in the US will sell it.

Truth be told, I'd rather be eating these than paying an arm and a leg for a cinnamon roll.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It was my birthday. :)

On the 14th, yesterday, I turned 20...something. That's not important.

For dinner, Kyle took me to Texas Roadhouse, where we spent $30+. Ridiculous. That much for ONE dinner? Ugh. It ticked me off so bad, you don't even know. And please believe, I ate enough peanuts and rolls to make up for it. And made sure to drop my shells on the floor.


In a previous post, I talked about how badly I wanted to bake tons of bread. Well, I still don't have a deep freeze, so the mass quantities are on hold. But I baked some bread tonight, and I'm HAPPY. I baked Kyle a loaf of cinnamon roll bread, which is the cinnamon raisin bread I posted minus the raisins, and then baked some honey wheat bread.

This is going to go great with our dinner tonight.

And I justify this because wheat is better for you.

Also, the recipe is without a lot of the step-by-step pictures. Mainly because I was SUPER ticked off with the yeast. You don't even know how bad. I almost threw this dough out. But then a SUPER AWESOME BAKING FRIEND of mine, Cat (whose blog is seen here), gave me some tips.