2012 Yummies

 A few yummies I've made this past year:
Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread from Williams-Sonoma
Snowflake Lemon Sugar Cookie with WS Cookie Cutter


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Lemon Icing:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, EAGLE BRAND®, lemon juice, lemon rind and vanilla; mix until smooth. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture; mix well. Divide dough into 3 balls. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F.On lightly floured surface, roll each ball out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Garnish with Lemon Drizzle (optional). Store leftovers covered at room temperature. Lemon Icing: Combine confectioners' sugar, water and lemon juice; mix well. Drizzle over cooled cookies.
Belgian Waffles with Fruit & Cream
made in the All-Clad Waffle Maker from Williams-Sonoma

{Starbucks Copy Cat Iced Lemon Pound Cake}

So as I was at Starbucks one day I had this delicious basic pound cake but it was verrrrry lemony so when I came home I decided to find a recipe; I found a simple one at Picky Palate; It turned out great and was gobbles  up quickly but I wasn't happy that it was too cakey and not very pound-like in heaviness. Perhaps when I have more time I'd try a cake-less mix. Nonetheless, I didn't hear any complaints!

{Pulled Pork with a Creamy Lime Cilantro dressing}

So here's a pic of a new recipe I made this month! My boys gobbles it up, I've made it twice already! Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork with a Creamy Lime Cilantro dressing with fresh salsa on a tortilla. The juices dripped amazingly and they went back for seconds. The beauty of pulled pork is that it feeds your family for days. Here's where I found my recipes found on my Pinterest boards!
-Pulled pork @ http://pinterest.com/pin/59039445085475860/
-Creamy Cilantro Lime dressing @ http://pinterest.com/pin/59039445085032091/
Enjoy as much as we did!


{easters@ my home}

So Easter was at my house this year & it ended up being quite the feast! I don't know where I found the energy, it seemed like the busiest Spring season for me all around! Somehow I decided that I needed to make all these wonderful things! I didn't take pics of everything but these are some highlights: 
My youngest son helped me fold bunny ears from our napkins
and filled some little baskets with treats for each person at the table! 
I was craving me some devilled eggs this year...so I caved & went through all the work!
 I though they were a nice touch to the meal! 
Spiralled Hickory Smoked Ham
Fresh home made buns- super fluffy! 
New Recipe! Pineapple Carrot Cake~ over the top MOIST!

{foodie pics}

So it's been way to too long since I've blogged! I just came across some pics of a dinner that my husband & I put together for a "date-at-home" dinner just for the two of us awhile ago...
Here they are for your viewing pleasure!

Garlic Lime Cilantro Shrimp

Grilled Pineapple 
Tenderloin Steak 
Berries soaked in Sparkling juice

Mushroom & Pepper saute


{lucky dozen}

For someone who likes to organize but leaves herself in the dust when it comes to fashion, this little ditty I found on Pinterest made me think twice! I actually think I will have this on my iPhone when I go shopping. In reality, I have a few pieces (obviously not naked at the moment)  and I could totally stand buying a few new pieces. I think this will make my life easier, dontcha think? I wouldn't HAVE to think every morning! I might substitute some skirts for other coloured pants as I'm not a skirt lover. Okay, I really need to go purge my closet now....

{what's on my desktop?}

Every month I upload a new FREE desktop calendar to my computer. I luv her artwork! I can't believe it free! Today I was on Leelou Blogs and asked if she could make an itty bitty one for my iPhone, but then I discovered that if I hold down my finger on the photo it will save to my camera file and then I can select to use it as "wallpaper", reduce the size, and save as my lock screen! ta-daa! It look so cute! Here it is:



Wow- It's been forever since I blogged, it seems like I've been spending more time on PINTEREST collecting fabulous ideas for parties, home & things I like;) Meet me there and follow me:)


{Two New Recipes}

Hi there! I'm so excited about trying these two new recipes so I thought I'd share! Let me know if you try them! They look amazing!

Buttermilk Banana Bread via: House of Smiths

Pineapple Ginger Carrot Cake via: Food Network


{Valentine's Day Framed Art}

So as promised here are my crafty framed Valentine's Day papercraft. It turned out cuter than I expected. What do you think? I printed off the sayings from: The Rubber Punkin and the subway art from: Today's Fabulous Finds I already had the all the paper and frames from Ikea. I'm quite enjoying looking at them! Now, back to reality, gotta get ready for the work week!!!


{valentine's day ideas}

I normally don't get too excited over Valentines day, but for some reason, I am this year. Tomorrow I will post a cute framed papercraft I made tonite! I also have planned a Family Valentines Spaghetti Dinner at my house- weird, I guess I'll figure it out, I think it's weird because the main reason I don't like Valentines things is because of the ridiculous amounts of pink associated with it! hahaha, but for some reason, i'm not minding it all this year! So here's some cute ideas I've come across this weekend for you to have a looksey over! Enjoy!
p.s. couldya make me smile & let me know if you were here &/or if you visited these sites & maybe let me know how you liked the ideas? I would LUV to hear from you;)


{father's day idea...before I forget}

I was looking over my bookmarks and found this super duper cute idea over at Alpha Mom!!! I know I bookmarked it a long time ago and it was after father's day, so this year i'm posting this idea before I forget it for this year. I think many of you will find it easy to print and adhere to your treats. It would be a good idea to start collecting cute & different bag sizes that you can put your treats in. I think I might include some homemade treats, time permitting. If not, they will be filled with dad's fave treats! It can be as affordable as you need it to be & if you start gathering non-perishables now, you will be ready for Father's Day, June 19th, 2011! Oh and start looking for a cute box too!!!!! Have fun- let me know if you make one! 



So I've had some time this month to check out some decorating blogs since it's so cold outside that there's not much else to do....well except the usual cleaning... organizing...cooking....etc... but I love to take time to look online to inspire me to beautify my home. So this is where I've been looking: Have fun!


{beauty in interiors}


Everything about this kitchen is perfect: I love the island, the color contrast, the lighting, the paint color, the subway tile, the hardware, the barn sink, the wood encased windows, the cupboards glass, the hardwood...it's beauty in one photo. just dreaming on a sick day. here's a few more beautiful pics i was admiring this morning...


{desktop calendar}

If you go here: http://leelou-blogs.com/ you will find a free fun desktop calendar for the month of October! It's very cute! Just thought I'd share with ya!


{a little Halloween/Fall at my house}

So these are a few pics of Fall/Halloween at my house! We've had a fun time taking these items out one at a time and starting to feel fall'ish at our home. The kids still enjoy seeing these little treasures pop up at home. I will take some outdoor pics when I'm done the entryway! My sister and I made the Halloween letters this week and it turned out beautifully! It was nice to start & finish the project in one day! The other items have been collected over time, some from Home Sense and Michael's mostly.