Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elf on the Shelf Kissing Booth

I created a kissing booth for your elf on the shelf to use!

You can find it on my etsy shop HERE :)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172023108/elf-on-the-shelf-kissing-booth

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172023108/elf-on-the-shelf-kissing-booth

Cheesy Potato Soup

Potato soup is one of my favorite things! I don't like my soups very brothy. They have to be chunky and yummy enough to dip breadsticks in :)


Ingredients:
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 bunch chopped green onions
1/2 green pepper chopped
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon onion salt
4 cups chicken broth
4 tablespoons butter
4 cups peeled and chopped potatoes
1/4 cup flour
8 oz Velveeta
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 pepper
1/2 salt

Directions:
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a stockpot. Add carrots, celery, green onions, green pepper, basil, parsley and onion salt. Saute for about 5-10 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
In a separate sauce pan, melt the rest of the butter and and the flour. stir and cook for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly. This creates a roux which makes it thick.
Add the roux to the potato mix. Cook for a few minutes. Add the velveeta and milk. Let the cheese melt. Top with some of the shredded Parmesan cheese, pepper, and salt.


Recipe adapted from: http://east9thstreet.com/2013/01/13/cheesy-potato-soup-recipe/

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Neighbor/Friend gift idea for Christmas.

My mom has been needing a gift to give her friends for Christmas. Every year she always waits until the last minute and I am there to help her. :) I thought I would make it easier on myself this year. I have been creating subway art for all the holidays. I thought it would be fun to make them a 5x7 size, print them out and frame them.
Super easy and super cute.
I decided to sell them on my etsy shop. There, you can purchase them and they are already to print! No need to resize them. Right now, my coupon code "merrychristmas" gets you 20% off.

you can find them HERE

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rustic Christmas Tags

I made some rustic Christmas tags for my Etsy shop. Same goes for this order: enter in "merrychristmas" to get 20% off any $5 order.

You can find these tags HERE!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/170058125/rustic-printable-christmas-tags

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Bunco

I seemed to have skipped making a bunco score sheet for Thanksgiving. I thought I better get on a Christmas one. Here is one version.
If you'd like it just right click the image and save it for the full version.

Orange Rolls

I wanted to make something that I've never made for my neighbors and friends this year. On Christmas morning my mom would always make orange rolls. Even though everything was typically homemade from here, these were never homemade. I didn't have a recipe for it, other than my dough recipe and regular cinnamon rolls. Anyway, I decided to make them to try them out and see if they would work as neighbor gifts this year.
I made one batch of dough which equaled out to be 18 rolls. I put them in those circle disposable pans to make it easy. I tried one right away to see how it tasted and put the other two in the freezer. I tried one that was in the freezer this morning and there was no difference! Yum! Can't wait to make them for Christmas.

I plan on making a cute little tag for them. I will post them as soon as I do.
you get the half eaten picture until I make another batch. I just couldn't wait :)


First make the dough:
 2 cups heated milk (heat in the microwave for 2 minutes)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
4 1/2 -5 cups flour
2 teaspoons yeast

If you have a bread maker just put the ingredients in the bread maker in that order on the dough setting. This is what I do and I LOVE it.

 If not just use a mixer. Melt the butter in the milk. Pour milk into mixer. Add sugar and salt. Slowly add half of the flour. Add the yeast and the rest of the flour. Knead for 5-10 minutes. Dough should be soft. Cover and let raise for about 45 minutes. (at least 10 if you don't have a lot of time)

Filling Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
orange juice concentrate, thawed


Frosting Ingredients:
1 square butter
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, thawed
splash of water
2 teaspoons orange zest

Roll the dough in a rectangle shape. You could also just roll the dough in a pan and use the pan to guide the shape and then cut the rolls. Spread the butter over the dough, covering it all. sprinkle the sugars over the butter. Drizzle a couple tablespoons of the orange juice concentrate over the sugars. Roll from the long side as tight as possible.
Cut into rolls, I usually do about 1.5 inches apart. Place in the greased baking dish you are using.
To cook right away let them raise for about an hour (or more if you have time). Then cook on 350 for 22 minutes. They should be light brown when done. Pipe icing over them while they are warm.

To make the frosting just mix all ingredients until they are nice and fluffy. Add water and/or powdered sugar as needed to get the taste you desire.

To Freeze:
After you place them in the baking dish cover with foil and then the lid. When you are ready to make them, take them out and let them sit out until they are room temperature (that takes about an hour to two hours) Then let them raise another hour. You could also take them out of the freezer the night before you want to serve them and put them in the fridge. Then you can let them raise about an hour and a half outside the fridge.
Once the rolls have doubled in size you will cook them on 350 for about 22 minutes.

And there you go! Easy homemade orange rolls.

Monday, November 18, 2013

More Christmas Tags

I made some more Christmas Tags and put them on my Etsy shop. Here is a preview of them. You can purchase them HERE. For my blog readers you can get 20% off of them . You could even use this coupon code on anything on my shop over $5, which is currently not much :) Use coupon code "merrychristmas"! Enjoy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/169548046/colorful-printable-christmas-tags?

My first feature!

My thanksgiving printable/subway art was featured on http://savannahattic.com/ and on Time to Sparkle Link Party!

It's my very first time being featured. If you get the chance please go check out their sites! There are amazing things all over!
Here is my fall printable again for any of you that might have missed it :)

Feel free to print and share! It's created as an 8x10 so if you need another size just be sure to adjust it after saving it. For best results send to a photo place. I usually send mine to Costco. Good quality for a fairly cheap price. Just be sure to right click the image and save it for the full page

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas Subway Art

Here is the new Christmas Subway Art/Christmas Printable I made. I will be making one for every holiday and then I'm going to print them out, get a frame and give them as a gift to friends.

Please right click the image and then save it as something to your computer. This way you will get the full version of it. I made this as an 8x10 photo. If you need a different size please just make the adjustments.

Christmas Subway Art

Elf is one of our favorite shows. It's something my husband and I have watched ever since it came out. When I saw the signs with the saying, " the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear" I knew I had to make it!

Here is my version of it. Feel free to print/share. Make sure you right click the image and save it for the full photo. It's created as an 8x10. If you need another size just make the adjustments.

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