Try It Wednesday

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Sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday. I was an editing machine/was taking care of a very needy toddler. But I am here today with a very fun–and easy–Try It!

We moved into our new home about 2 weeks ago. There are still boxes EVERYWHERE and pictures have yet to be hung up on the walls. BUT, most of the rooms are functional and that’s really all I can ask for at this point.

I wanted Huff the Tots room to be cute and whimsical. I knew I wanted a little reading corner because, much like her namesake, the girl loves books. I got some PINspiration and decided to make a float canopy for her reading area.

Here’s what I used:

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~Embroidery hoop

~2 sheer curtains

~White ribbon

~Wall hook

That’s it!

 

First, you’ve got to separate the two hoops. Then, tie some ribbon to the inner hoop. This will be how you hang the canopy from the ceiling, so make sure to measure your ribbon!

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Then, take the outer hoop and remove the dilly-ma-bob so you can thread the curtain through the hoop:

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Then, thread your curtain(s):

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Be sure to keep the tags of the curtains on the inside of the hoop. If not, you’ll get frustrated and have to re-do it. Like I did.

When you’ve finished placing the curtains on the larger hoop, place the smaller hoop inside and screw the dilly-ma-bob back on. Be sure that the inner hoop is secure or else the canopy will fall and you will cuss. Like I did.

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After that, hang it up and enjoy!

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Like I said, not everything is hung up on the walls quite yet, but you get the jist! This was, by far, the EASIEST “DIY” I’ve EVER done. And I’m pretty pleased with the results!

 

 

Try It Wednesday

Try It Tuesday Cooking Badge

 

Yesterday was crazy-busy. I helped my sister and her family pack up the Penske to haul their stuff to their new house in Virginia. It was an exhausting (physically and emotionally) day. But, now they’re on the road to their new, BEAUTIFUL house in VA and I can sit here and eat my feelings. Which brings us to today’s Try It!

As you know, I have an obsession with my Crock Pot and I am always trying to find new recipes that are yummy and aren’t cream of something soup based. Enter, this delicious recipe!

Tortelloni Original

 

Here’s what you need:

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~One, 20-ounce package of Buitoni tortellini (frozen)

~One, 8oz package of cream cheese

~32 ounces chicken broth

~2 cans diced tomatoes (the original recipe called for the kind with oregano and basil, I got the plain kind)

~1lb ground turkey, ground beef, or ground Italian sausage, whichever you prefer!

 

First, brown the meat. Drain it and place the meat in your crockpot. Pour the tortellini over it.

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Then, pour the chicken broth and tomatoes in. Add in the cream cheese (diced into cubes) on top.

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Stir and let it cook on low for 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours and enjoy!

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This was probably the BEST soup I have EVER made! It was incredibly delicious, easy, and filling! I seriously ate a bowl and was STUFFED! Huff the Hubs loved it, too! This is definitely a Try It I will be doing A LOT!

 

 

Try It Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Since I didn’t do a Try It yesterday, I thought I’d make up for it today! And trust me, you are going to LURVE it!

What is the most magical food in the entire world–nay–galaxy? No, not Nutella.

BACON.

We can all agree that everything’s better with bacon.

Salads? Yes!

Burgers? Yes!

Potatoes? Oh yes!

Bacon has always been a breakfast staple, and now its made its way into your favorite breakfast pastry! That’s right: today’s Try It is cinnamon rolls with a bacon-y center!

All you need is:

Please pardon my toes.

Please pardon my toes.

~1 can of cinnamon rolls (make sure they’re the kind that roll out)

~a package of bacon (NOT the microwave kind)

 

Its pretty easy!

All you do is unroll the cinnamon roll:

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Then place the bacon strip inside:

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Then, roll up and bake!

After about 20 minutes, you’ve got this:

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You know how people say that ANYTHING is better with bacon? Umm…well…I don’t think they’ve tried this.

It wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I’m pretty sure the bacon wasn’t all the way cooked. I took one bite and sort of gagged. I was so sad! I really wanted it to be the greatest thing I had ever eaten! But, sadly, it was not.

Sigh…

Oh well. Guess I’ll just add it to the collection of Pinterest Fails.

 

Try It Wednesday

Man, oh, man! Am I glad that Tuesday is over with! That root canal was brutal. I have officially come out of my Novocain-induced haze and I am feeling ALIVE today! Woo!

Since I didn’t have a Try It for you yesterday, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been cookin’ up (literally) just in time for your Easter Sunday get-together!

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Its called “Bunny Bait” and it is AWESOME! It reminds me of the party mix I made last fall, but less cavity-inducing-sweet and a better blend of salty and sweet!

Here’s what you need:

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~2 cups pretzels sticks

~2 cups Rice Chex®

~1 cup M&M’s®

~Almond Bark (or white chocolate baking chips)

~I bag (popped) natural popcorn

 

Grab a cookie sheet and line it with aluminum foil. Then, pour the pretzels and cereal (be sure to mix them up good) then add the popcorn:

 

Already a great snack!

Already a great snack!

 

Then, melt the almond bark (or chips) in the microwave, stir, and pour over the ingredients on the cookie sheet:

Sure did lick the bowl of almond bark after this pic was taken!

Sure did lick the bowl of almond bark after this pic was taken!

 

Fold the ingredients so the almond bark covers the pretzels, cereal, and popcorn evenly. Let the mixture dry to a sticky consistency. Then add in the candies and mix some more. That’s it! you’re done!

"Bunny Bait"? More like "Blogger's Bait!"

“Bunny Bait”? More like “Blogger’s Bait!”

 

This was so. freaking. good. And super easy! This took me maybe 10 minutes to put together (not including the cooling time). This would be a great treat to make with the kiddos!

{We had an “Easter Potluck” on Monday (basically just an excuse for us to gorge on bunny-shaped treats) and TWO of us made this! We made quick work of both!}

 

Try It Wednesday

Its Hump Day, folks! What better way to get out of the mid-week slump than with an awesome Try It? (Totally supposed to be yesterday’s post, but I’ve got Mommy-Brain and forgot).

Anyway, I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to still be able to snack but also be able to eat healthy:

Zucchini Fries!

Zucchini Fries!

This recipe is super simple. I mean, its so easy, Hermione could probably do it! Okay, maybe not that easy, but still, not that difficult.

 

All you need is:

Your tools.

Your tools.

2 zucchini, thinly sliced long-ways

2 egg whites

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

 

First, I washed and sliced my zucchini:

That's just ONE zucchini.

That’s just ONE zucchini.

 

Then, I dipped them in the egg whites and sprinkled them with parmesan cheese:

Cheesy!

Cheesy!

 

I baked them for about 30 minutes and let them cool.

After they were cool enough to touch without burning my fingers off, I tried them.

Umm… yeeeahhh…I think I may have sliced them too thin. Or baked them too long. But, whatever the case may have been they looked like this:

Cajun z-fries!

Cajun z-fries!

If I try to make these again, I’ll DEFINITELY have to make some adjustments. Has anyone else ever tried these before? What did you think?

Try It Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

So, yesterday I didn’t do a Try It Tuesday because I was trying desperately to calm a very fussy baby, so the conditions were not conducive to trying to bake, cook, or craft. But today is a different story! Little Miss is in a good mood, which means Momma is in a good mood. And when Momma is in a good mood, everyone wins. Including you!

So today, I’m doing a Try It Wednesday!

For today’s TIW, I’m actually going to try something not from Pinterest *gasp*! Shocking, I know.

Back at my baby shower this summer, a mommy-friend of mine gave me this cookie mix:

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Its Milk Makers Lactation Cookies! Apparently, they are made with all natural ingredients that are supposed to help boost your milk supply. All of the ingredients are organic (yay!) and packed with milk boosting ju-ju! I haven’t had a chance to try them, so I thought I would do so today!

First I gathered my ingredients:

Please ignore the overflowing basket of laundry in the background.

Please ignore the overflowing basket of laundry in the background.

All you need is:

1 package Milk Makers Cookie Mix

2 eggs

1 stick butter

2 tablespoons water

I preheated my oven to 350 and started to work. First, I softened the stick of butter (I used hormone-free butter; I wanted these bad boys to be as good as possible!) . It took it a while to soften up (that’s what she said) and so I had to nuke it for about 20 seconds (long enough to soften but not so long that it melted):

Paula Deen's favorite ingredient.

Paula Deen’s favorite ingredient.

Then, I added the (organic) eggs and water and mixed well:

The butter was still a little chunky. Bah.

The butter was still a little chunky. Bah.

Finally, I added in the entire bag of cookie mix:

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. The "M" has nipples.

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. The “M” has nipples.

The package said that after you blend everything together, that the mix is supposed to make 12 cookies. Well…. that would make for HUGE cookies! So I scooped out a normal cookie-size scoop and placed them on my greased cookie sheet:

Me want cookie!

Me want cookie!

After about 11 minutes, the cookies were done and ready to be taste-tested:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

They were SUPER yummy (I mean, I did eat 3!). I don’t know if they actually help with lactation (its too soon to tell) but I will definitely be eating these yummy cookies every day until they’re gone. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Try It Wednesday

Hello all! Since my internet was acting crazier than Amanda Bynes on Monday, my blog posts had to be pushed back.

So today you’re getting a Try It!

OMG. When I saw this on Pinterest, my salivary glands went into overdrive. I love all things chocolate and peanut butter, as you well know, so I HAD to try it!

First, I gathered my ingredients:

Oooh yeah!

Oooh yeah!

That’s right! All you need is: chocolate chips, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and evaporated milk.

First, get a 9X9 pan (I had to use an 8X8 because that’s all I had). Line the pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Place the peanut butter cups on the bottom (I had to cut some in half to fit).

I had to really try not to eat ALL of these.

I had to really try not to eat ALL of these.

After that, crush up about 10-12 peanut butter cups to be used later.

It seriously looks like dog poo.

It seriously looks like dog poo.

Then, melt 3 cups chocolate chips and a 14oz can of evaporated milk until smooth.

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

Pour the chocolate over the cups.

Behold the chocolatey goodness!

Behold the chocolatey goodness!

Then, sprinkle the crushed cups on top.

Eat all the fudge!

Eat all the fudge!

Let the fudge cool to room temperature, then put I the fridge. I did, and after an hour, it still looked the same. So I put it in the freezer to help it firm up (that’s what she said). After I was able to cut it up…It. Was. DELICIOUS. I’m TOTALLY doing this again!