Thursday, August 16, 2012

Busy little bee




I have been major slacking on my blog posts lately. It has been a while since I have posted but I have been a busy little bee :D I have been working on getting the house together and organized and just the way I want it :D. The past two weeks I finished up the pantry. Cleaned out the closet ( sent three trash bags to thrift store :D ) Went through the rest of the house. Filled the whole car up with some lovely thrift store donations. I came up with some game plans for ideas on what I want to do in the bathroom and the family room. The past two days have been very productive. We took apart our bed set, and have decided to re-purpose it. We used to have a wall unit. I loved the bed but with the size of it we can only put it on one wall in our room and I was ready for a change and started thinking !
Identical to this one. But different wood color
Well we took it apart and brought the two side pieces out into our family room for some craft storage. I think I am going to take the mirror apart and put it in our bathroom and frame them.
Here is the finished product. I think I may change the color of the desk at some point or just leave it not quite sure yet lol. Ignore the floor all of that is coming up later on. One step at a time. 



I organized all of the crafty stuff and put it in the shelves. This way I can clear room on my desk and keep it up high away from the kiddies. ( I have lost most of good markers and a good chunk of stickers thanks to my little one) 


I decided to take the piece of the bread here is the before shot. I am planning on taking the feet off of it and upholstering the top and putting it at the end of the bed. I think I am going to change the color of it once I figure out the room colors ha ha  I am going to use it like a linen chest. I am super excited for this!!!!! 



We have come up with lots of ideas for the house so I am sure there will be a pintrest board about it soon! I am so excited to be getting this house together! Its getting more homier everyday. ( Well not right now , there's alot of stuff outta place right now! But its getting there ) 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bacon pull apart bread


First off let me just say THIS IS SO GOOD OMG!!!!!!! Now that I got that out of my system.



BACON PULL APART BREAD

12 bacon strips, diced
2 tubes ( 12 oz each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuts
2 cups part skim mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp olive oil

  • In a large skillet cook bacon cook until its cooked but not crisp. Drain on a paper towel Cut each biscuit into quarters
  • In a large bowl, combine the cheese, italian seasoning, garlic, oil and bacon. Place half of the biscuit peices in a greased 10 in fluted tube pan; sprinkle with half of cheese mixture. Top with the remaining biscuits and cheese mixture
  • Bake at 375f for 25-30 mins or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.Serve immediately.



This bread is delicious. As I was eating it I was thinking all the different variations of this.
 Switch out bacon for pepperoni and dip it in marinara. OMG. 
Swith out bacon for a breakfast sausage and when its done drizzle with some maple and serve with egg. YUMMMMM

I am so excited to play around with this :D 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Baby step two


Pantry!!!

 So my pantry had no organization. It had some general organization but that's it. A baking shelf a pasta shelf a snack shelf etc. Other than that it was madness lol. So in my determination I am conquering my pantry. I should of taken some before pictures but I wasn't but the after pictures really make me happy.



I moved all my appliances that I use up on to the top shelf to clear up the space on the floor underneath the shelves. Which I put my daughters stairs underneath so she would stop scaling the shelves for snacks. ( I got those stairs at a thrift store for three bucks. It has a cover but it was in the wash I think they were for a dog and the weigh is up to 70lbs. my daughter isn't even half that ha ha lol ) I vacuum sealed my pastas to clear up all the boxes and put them into bins. The blue one is all my stabby pasta and the white one is my twirly pasta. I love my vacuum saver I sealed all my twirly pasta up and there is around 10 lbs of pasta in that basket. I created "snack boxes" for everyone in the house. That way when Abby wants a snack she goes and gets her box and chooses what she wants I have one for my husband and Max ( even though he is older he still has a spot for all his goodies) I then expanded my baking shelf over and put all my bulk baking supplies over there.  With as much that I use and as cheap as I can find it ( gotta love my husbands work lol we get a bunch from there.) I buy them in bulk and store them in buckets that I get from my husbands job. I still have my jars that I pull down and bring to the kitchen when I am baking those buckets just store my extra :D 

I had alot of random little things floating around that just end up here there on the floor etc. (boxes of jello, chocolate chips. keurig cups)  So I put them all in labeled boxes also. I have a shelf for the rest of my baking stuff. All the odds and ends that you use when baking. I have a snack and condiment etc shelf. ( not really sure what to call the shelf but it has the nuts and popcorn the condiments my rice and egg noodles that didn't fit on my pasta shelf my homemade jams and salsas) My cans and then my Tupperware at the bottom, With of course my husbands protein . You would not believe how excited I am for this. I love it love it love it!!!!!!!!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Purple Kale and a guest post


I just want to thank everyone who is following me and checking all the new posts that I have been posting I appreciate it all :D

 A dear friend of mine who I went to high school with and even though we have both moved and live in diffeerent states we keep in touch very often. She has offered me to do a guest post on her  blog  Purple Kale. Which I gladly accepted. She is a very big part of the reason why I decided to start my blog. I would read her's everytime she posted and it motivated me to start one of my own. So go over there and check out her blog.  She is a crafty momma of two who has recently became a susccessful Visalus promoter and you should check out some of the shakes that she makes :D yummo So head on over to Purple Kale  and read my guest post and check out some over her other posts. You will not be dissappointed.



Heres the post: http://purplekale25.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-high-school-friend-and-some-food.html


Dont forget to check out her blog!!!!





Sunday, August 5, 2012

All things vanilla


and when I say vanilla I mean vanilla not the imitation stuff you see in the stores. I love vanilla I haven't always liked it and I never used it much other then in baking, and then I will admit I used the imitation stuff. I got married a year ago and at my wedding we had vanilla bean cupcakes ( let me just say yummmmmo) When I find the recipe I will post it for you guys. The recipe called for vanilla beans. While on my hunt for them at the store I realized two things one you can only really buy them two at a time , two they are expensive the cheapest I found was 9 bucks for 2 beans. I needed way more than two. I ended up finding them at a good price online. I even got a 1/4 lb of Tahitian vanilla beans for free. Score!!! Wedding came cupcakes made and I still have a bunch of vanilla beans left so I found some very tasty recipes for the leftovers.


Vanilla extract:

Take a cup of vodka ( you can also use rum if desired) 
2-3 vanilla beans 

Using a paring knife. Cut the bean starting 1/2 in. from the top and slice it all the way to the end. Do the same to the remaining 2 beans. Place the beans in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Add the vodka and push the beans down until they are completely submerged. Seal the jar and store in a cool dark place for at least a month. Shake the jar once a week. The flavor will get stronger as it sits. You will see the vodka turning a nice dark amber color. Flavor should be good and perfect to use after about 2 months. As you use it up you can top the jar off with more vodka replacing the beans as they lose flavor ( normally around 3-6 months) 


Vanilla sugar: ( probably one of my favorites)

2 vanilla beans
2 cups of sugar

Using a paring knife cut the vanilla beans down the middle from end to end. Scrap the seeds out and put both the pods and the seeds in a airtight container with the sugar and shake. Add more sugar as  you use to the sugar. As you use vanilla in other recipes throw the scrap pod into the sugar instead of throwing it out. Shake once a week. 

I use the vanilla sugar in all baking recipes in my coffee in just about everything!!!!! I love it and it smells Divine. 

Vanilla salt: 

make just like the sugar but use salt instead of sugar. You can use this baking recipes also. this is also good for adding some sweetness to more savory dishes. This is great on fish and chicken.


Vanilla coffee:

Blend dried pods with fresh coffee beans, or stick some dried pods in your jar of instant coffee

Vanilla tea:

Cut up a pod and mix with tea leaves. store in a air tight container and let mature for a few weeks in a cool dark place. 

 Now that you know of some super yummy things to do with vanilla beans DO NOT THROW YOUR USED PODS AWAY. There are so many more uses for them. All of my used pods go right into my vanilla sugar. Throw them in your sugar, salt, coffee ( grind em up) or leave em in the container. Explore the many wonders of the vanilla bean!!!

 These are just some of my favorite things to do with the beans if you know of any other things that are good and yummy leave a comment let me know I always love new things to try.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Under 100 calorie doughnuts



My daughter had been begging for a doughnut. She loves them and if they have sprinkles she is even happier. But the amount of sugar and the calorie contents makes those tasty little O's all the more reason to stay away. So I found a recipe online for low calorie doughnuts and they are delicious.

3 tbsp butter or margarine,softened
¾ cup of sugar
3 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
4½ cups all-purpose flour
3½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ ground nutmeg
¼ cup milk
oil for deep frying
additional sugar


In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. 
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg ; add to creamed mixture alternating with milk (the batter will be thick do not be alarmed) 
In a fryer or a pot heat oil to 350f. Drop teaspoons of batter into hot oil. Turning with a slotted spoon until golden. (about a minute or two on each side) 
Drain on paper towels, Roll in sugar while warm 



Best eaten warm.

Here are few shots of the ones we made today not the best shots but I was rushing and packing them up for my husband for work. We rolled ours in sugar and some in powdered sugar. If I had more time I would of done a glaze for them. These would also be super super yummy rolled in a cinnamon sugar and dipped a icing ( but i think at that point they wouldnt be under a 100 calories haha )  These were huge. I am sure I can make them smaller but would eat more. So made them a decent size had one and was content. Oh I forgot to mention my house smelled delightful after making these. I am definitely going to make them again!. Make sure you eat them while they are still warm. These are going to go in the keep pile for my recipe book. 



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Homemade Tortillas


Its burrito night at the Oscavich house!!!!

and we have no tortillas. Just my luck. But it turned out for the better. I made my own. With everything that I already had in the house. They are delish way better then store bought. Here is the recipe with some pictures. Super easy and super yummy.


  •     
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour for dusting




1. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add vegetable shortening and work into flour mixture using a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.( i used my kitchenaid because I do not own a pastry cutter.)

2. Form a well in the middle of flour mixture and mix in hot water. Work flour and water mixture together with a fork and transfer to a cutting board.

3. Knead until a smooth soft dough is formed about 3 minutes. Add more flour if dough is too sticky.

4. Place more flour on cutting board and cover dough with bowl. Let rest for 15 minutes.    


Here's my dough ball (sort of)
5. Cut balls of dough into eight equal parts and cover until needed.

6. Roll out balls of dough in a circle


this is probably the only one that made it to a circle
7. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place flattened tortilla in a skillet and cook until it begins to bubble, about a minute. Flip tortilla over and cook for an additional minute. Flip again and cook for one minute. Repeat with remaining dough.



Finished product I am sure I could of cooked them longer but I like mine light. These were super super yummy. Even the hard shell taco lovers in the house loved these. I will never go back to store bought.

Baby step one


So I figured in my journey to a clean organized house I am going to start in my bathroom and bedroom. The way I see it is that if I have a nice quiet clean organized place to call my own I will be less stressed looking at the rest of the house. Sounds like a good plan, right? I started in the bathroom. I got it nice and cleaned and vacuumed. Yes vacuumed ( as soon as I get the chance the carpet is going to go lol. ) Here is my plan for the bathroom. With some before pictures. (The after hasn't happened yet )

I think I am going to keep this pretty much the same. May change the light out at some point but not really a priority

 
Going to take down the shelves on the wall. May re-purpose them not quite sure just yet.They just become a catch all for the random stuff that doesn't really have a home I want to get a hamper sorter for laundry to put over there. Possibly one with a rack about it so I can hang the hubbies clothes for work. I also need to find a spot for mr dragon table to live. Not going to get rid of him but his time in my bathroom is done :D I need to go through the closet and get it slimmed down some it is my stockpile of  make up and extra shampoos and medicines and such. I need a spot for towels instead of the neat pile next to the tub.

New curtains!!!!!!!! Going to try and get the squares off the mirror from the tub the bottom ones are coming off and look flakey. So probably just get rid of them. and have a plain mirror. 


I want to do my room in a beachy theme so I will probably extend it into the bathroom also. Get some decor and some paint not sure what color yet. But the potential is there. 

Stay tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Determined!!!

                                                                                                                                     This past year has been a whirl wind.

                                                                                                                                          My husband and I got married. 
                                                                       
      

                                                                                                                                               He got a new job
                                                                               

He spent a few weeks back and forth between Tennessee and Florida. We got pregnant with our beautiful son. We started adjusting to married/pregnant life,and then we moved. I packed and unpacked a whole house super pregnant.
I still had ten weeks to go in this picture.



                                                                                                                                   Then the little one was born.                                                                  
                                                                            

 I started adjusting to life as a stay at home mom with a three year old and a newborn. Six months later and  needless to say my house is for lack of better words. Controlled Chaos. 
             My house is in dire need of some mom love ! So I am determined to get this house together bit by bit no matter how long it takes. 
             So my plan is to do something everyday. No matter how how small. Let it be a whole room or a closet. I am going to this house together organized and decorated how I want it ! 
            


Stay tuned for progress !!!