Friday, March 27, 2009

Wish Me LOTs and LotS of LuCK!

BIG NEWS!!! i work for Staged Elements {a home staging business} and they have selected me to be their spokesperson for their first TV debut! can you believe it? i've only had the nervous pukes for 12 hours now. but i'm super excited! we have some great ideas on color schemes for your home. You'll surely be impressed! we'll be on Studio 5 (channel 5 at 11:00am) on Monday March 30!! don't worry it's a LIVE taping. {excuse me while i pee my pants!} so watch for me, and cheer me on! if you miss it... check out after the taping.

here's a sneak peak...

wish me luck {seriously} folks! im gonna need it!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


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Thursday, March 19, 2009


the bread:

4 tablespoons active dry yeast (i use Saf-Instant)

4 cups hot water

6 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons salt

1 cup vegtable oil

10-12 cups of flour (white or wheat)

4 tablespoons gluten

place all ingredients in Bosch mixing bowl. thouroughly knead on speed 3 (4-6 minutes). Let rise in the bowl ten minutes then punch down. Punch down 4 or 5 times. {I took it our of the bowl and let it raise in a greased mixing bowl }

Divide into 3-4 regular laof pans or shape into rounds. Slash tops with sharp knife and brush with egg wash. Let rise until doubled in size.

Bake 30 minutes at 400 *F! enjoy with homemade raspberry jam!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: {bosch style}

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

1 cup chocolate chips

cream the brown sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla in the mixing bowl, on speed 2 or 3. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Blend well, add in rolled oats and chocolate chips on speed 1.

drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake in 350 *F oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool before removing from pan. Makes 5 dozen!!

Easy Fruit Smoothies:

2 cups fruit juice

2 cups frozen fruit

1/2 can frozen juice concentrate

1 cup fruit flavored yogurt

1-2 cups of ice

1 fresh banana

Place all ingredients in blender. Mix until smooth. and Enjoy!

{Experiment with different flavor combinations such as tropical, berry or melon!}

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

a true housewife.. at least today!

i really have no idea what came over me today, but i felt like making homemade bread. the last loaf i made i could have used as a door stop. so, i've been avoiding it for quite a while. i decided to give it another shot this afternoon. i used a different recipe and my brand new bosch...and the bread tuned out great. actually, better than great! i made two rounds and two loaves. both are beautifully golden!!

let me know if you want the recipe. it was super easy. and if your not a lover of your bosch yet, you will be!

as if that wasn't enough homemaking for one day...i did more. while i was making bread i realized all my aprons are old and frumpy. i decided i needed a new, trendy, desperate-housewife-like apron. so i rumaged through my material and came up with this. it turned out so cute! i feel so sassy in the kitchen now. sorry, there's no tutorial for it...i made it up as i went, and since i didn't now if it would turn out or not i didn't take pictures. but the final product was too cute to not show you all.

i'm thinking of adding a cute pocket on the front in the red dot material...what do you think??

Thursday, March 5, 2009

want to give your brain a rest??...

i would probably consider myself not to be a reader. however, i do love a good read! that may make no sense at all, i don't care. i can't remember the last time i finished a novel, but i love to read articles, stories, and blogs (obviously). so when i came across this blog, it quickly became a favorite! check it out. it's a place where random people from random backgrounds stop in and write a daily journal entry. some are extremely emotional, some make you laugh, some break your heart...but all of them leave you wanting to be better. wanting to live your life better. at least it did for me. check it out.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday Tips

ever get those nasty blemishes right before a big event. i do. always. so heres a trick...

Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Monday, March 2, 2009

hoMemAdE ediBlE pLaYdouGh

there are so many recipes for playdough on the web. like this one. or this one. last night i decided to try some....since baby is only 18mo old he tends to eventually try and eat anything placed in front of him, (especially playdough) so this one worked GREAT!!!

i found this recipe here.

1 box name brand white cake mix

1 stick soft but not melted margarine

3 tablespoons water

mix the cake and margarine in a large bowl. add water one teaspoon at a time until it's well mixed. remove dough onto a placemat or wax paper. sprinkle with flour and play! i dyed some peices with regular food coloring for some variety.

it's pretty yummy! you might like it too!