Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2 Birthday in the making.

I asked my son what he wanted for dinner on his birthday and he said chocolate mint cookie cupcakes. LOL Typical kid response. So although we didn't have cupcakes for dinner we did have them. And not just mint but 3 different kinds.
First we i started off by baking a basic chocolate cake mix.
Then i made my whipped icing.
I decided i really wanted snickers type of cupcake since i admit im not a big mint chocolate fan.
For the snickers cakes i injected them after baking with a thin caramel. Topped off with icing, nuts & more caramel.
Then i crushed up the new berry oreos & some mint oreos. Mixed in some icing and topped with a 1/2 cookie.
He absolutely loved them and i loved how easy it was to get 3 different flavors from 1 mix.
 
To see more delious cupcake ideas check out

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

0 One Day at a Time

The article written by Alonso Kramer

12 months. He'll miss Thanksgiving, Christmas and all 3 of the kids' birthdays. Don't think about the big picture. Not this early. I have to just get through today. Then tomorrow, I'll worry about getting through tomorrow. I thought it was hard during his first deployment, but saying good-bye to my husband today as he left for his second deployment was just too much. Seeing our two sons trying to wrap their minds around not seeing daddy for that amount of time was sad. Looking at him carrying our 6 month old daughter, knowing that she will be so different 12 months from now walking and talking is just heart-wrenching. He will miss so much of their lives, yet he's such an example of a hero to them. How can I fault him for being the most courageous man we know? One day, they will realize the sacrifice he has made in missing the little things in their lives for the next 12 months, so that he can protect their freedom. And I hope they will be as proud of their dad as I am of him. In the meantime, I will take on single-parenthood trying to maintain some sense of normalcy and, with the help of local internet providers Colorado, help the kids and myself stay in touch with him via emails and Facebook. After all, what day overseas, away from your family, isn't complete without a picture of your youngest son trying to ride your black Labrador retriever down the hallway while the lab is trying to run and buck him off while your oldest son is trying to jump on too? Just another day in paradise around here!

Friday, November 25, 2011

1 DIY - Homemade Cheese Sticks

One of my favorite foods to get while im out to dinner or something is cheese sticks. Something about this little fried chunk of cheese gets my mouth watering. For me the frozen variety's sold at stores just dont do it for me and always leave me unsatisfyed. Well that is a problem i dont have to face anymore. I can have hot fresh cheese sticks in a matter of minutes that are just as good as the ones you get out somewhere for 8 dollars.

Recipe for 2 Bite Cheese Sticks:
Get yourself some string cheese ( you know the kind the kids love)
Decide how many you want then how many you need lol
Cut them in half once
Roll them in flour
Dip them in a egg/h2o mix
Then into a seasoned bread crumb mixture ( i add in more seasoning like garlic, Parmesan, ect)
Freeze them for about 5 min while your oil gets hot. (Not to hot!!!)
I cook mine on about a 4 on my gas stove
Cook about 2 or 3 at a time or they will melt before you get to them all.
As soon as they turn golden you will hear them start to pop louder that's when you get them bad boys out and onto a paper towel lined plate.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 Resse's Peanut Butter CuppyCakes

Peanut butter and chocolate is timeless and much loved combination for good reason, its nummy. So putting that with my passion for cupcakes this became last nights dessert. I make things as easy as i can so when im in a rush i use a box mix and its totally fine. You can go all out and make from scratch as well if you have time both are great.
So mix up your basic chocolate cake mix until its super creamy (no lumps).
Put about 1 tablespoon of batter in a lined muffin cup
Add one of the small peanut butter cups in the center (don't push it all the way down)
Then add about another table spoon of batter on top.
Bake at 350 for about 25min
I crushed up more peanut butter cups to sprinkle on the top of my whipped icing.
Inside is your perfect little bite of happiness.

If your a cupcake junkie like myself checkout these other great posts:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

0 Black Friday & Cyber Monday

I'm so excited to start on my baking tomorrow and then put myself in a food coma on turkey day. I know that may not sound like a good thing but oh it so is. After slaving away in the kitchen for hours seeing the look on my family and friends as they indulge themselves is worth all the hard work.

Speaking of work i want to announce my black friday and cyber monday deals. Instead of waiting in endless lines in hope you can sale a buck or two on things that people may not even want sit at home and shop online.I'm offering you up some amazing deals, free gifts, and more this holiday shopping season.

 So just remember you could give that department store $100 and not matter one bit or you could give it to a local work at home mom and mean the world to them.

Have a happy and safe Holiday.

0 New makeup & body items... What Next?

As if i couldn't find enough items to share with you all from EdenFantasys they know have makeup & body items. Those are 2 topics i do consider myself to be a expert on so i cant wait to see how they measure up.
Some of the new items that i have my eye on are the adorable cheetah bronzer:
"Mineral beauty bronzer"
The new perfect pout lip duos:
"Perfect pout lip gloss duo"
The almond coconut whipped body cream:
"Whipped body creme"
And since you all know how much i love the shunga brand this new Garden of Edo Organic Collection:
"Shunga garden of edo organic collection"
That's not all they have there's tons of other makeup goodies and bath & body items to delight you or your loved ones. One of the best things about these products is they make great gifts the packaging is all beautiful and they would get used. Nothing sucks worse than getting a gift during the holidays that just sits around collection dust. If your looking for something more sexy this holiday they have some realllllly cute new clothing and lingerie. How hot are these:
"Satin snowman dress""Fishnet santa romper"  "Santa chemise" 
Click here to see more.

So as you can see Edens is way more than your typical sex toy shop. They have you covered in many more ways with their growing inventory.Dont forget about the men on your list, they have just as many fun loving products for them to enjoy as well. I suggest you get your man a Tenga Egg for the stocking. They Rock. Just saying :)

Until next time check out all the many new items that edens has to offer and dont forget you get a free gift with every purchase.



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Monday, November 21, 2011

0 Pinterest Finds 11/21

Im super addicted to pinterest as im sure many of you are. They have anything you could think of and its easier to search for things. These are my reccomended pins for the week:

While your waiting for my next nail art tutorial check out this awesome tip
Stretch a rubber band across the nail and you've got an instant french tip.

Hows this for some beautiful makeup inspiration
<3 <3

Want to get in a little crafting...try this
Adorable! DIY flower scarf.

Need a easy snack idea. Colorful and yummy
Rainbow Dipped Oreos

To make you feel warm & fuzzy inside
boots wit daaa fur

There you have it. My weekly finds hope you enjoy them and and follow my boards. http://pinterest.com/abbysboutique/

Sunday, November 20, 2011

1 Chocolate Vanilla Cream Cupcakes

Since im a cupcake junkie i had to check out the new Betty Crocker Fun=da=Middle cupcakes. I will be honest when mixing these up i was uncertain it would be good as the batter was sorta bland and the vanilla cream was thick and marshmallowy. When they came out of the oven they even appeared sorta a different consistency almost dry on top but looks can be deceiving. I made my own whipped icing as i always do and made up some yellow sprinkles to top them off. When it was time for the taste test i was surprised. They are so good and addicting. The box only makes 12 instead of the usual 24 and the price is pretty high so i cant see me using this kind a lot but its a good treat.
The thick creme inside is delish and it does still remind me of marshmallows. lol

Saturday, November 19, 2011

1 DIY Vanity Upgrade...Tutorial

Still on my diy kick here so i decided to start with the bathroom. Its always been black, white, & grey which im fine with in fact i like it or else i would have changed it duh. lol However it was lacking severely. What was it lacking you may ask well pretty much style. I mean obviously it was a shower sink and toilet but all the rest left much to be desired. I started with the sink/vanity what ever you want to call it. Now mine is the type that has 2 drawers and 2 doors. So right away i knew i wanted to give it a face lift since it was all white.

I went to hobby lobby in search of the perfect paper however since i didn't really know what i was looking for i settled for what they had in those colors. To my luck it actually worked out and looks freaking awesome in my eyes. What i did was get 2 sheets each of 3 coordinating papers. (i had the modpodge on hand)

Remove the drawers, doors, and knobs. And cut your paper to size.
Then apply a layer of modpodge, then paper, then more modpodge. I think i did about 5 coats.
For the doors i had to use some elmers wood putty to fill in the etched design. Allow it to dry completely (i rushed it a bit...don't do that!!)
While i was putting on the putty the stupid putty knife attacked me. We had words but its all better now.
After its all dry, you just apply the modpodge and paper the same way you did the drawers. Rehang everything put on the knobs and admire your hard work.
I have a few touch up spots to take care of from when my daughter got into the self tanning lotion. But all in all im super happy with it.
 I couldn't find the last knob so i replaced them with more modern stylish knobs.  o.0
Also because i found the perfect fabric while i was there i had to make a new curtain.....
 
And a new shower curtain.
I still have the "decor" items to make such as pictures, baskets, and shelves but I'm a happy camper.

Friday, November 18, 2011

0 Chococat Nail Art Tutorial

1.Start with clean dry nails, apply base coat & 2 layers of a sheer pink
 
2.Next use a damp makeup sponge and 3-4 colors of choice to marble your nails.
3. Using the colors you used for the marble create paw prints
4. Now on add in the chococat which is basically made up of circles
5. Apply Clear coat.
And enjoy.....

2 Yummy potato bites... Recipe

Here is the much requested potato bite recipe you all saw me post of facebook. Again i don't really measure but this is a good starting point.Hope you all enjoy...

Potato Bites

4 oz  fresh Parmersan cheese, grated, divided

1 1/4 cups instant mashed potato flakes
2/3 cup hot water
2 tbsp melted butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper, divided
1  zucchini
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and patted dry
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2+ garlic cloves to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray mini muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. Combine potato flakes and water in bowl; mix well. Add half of the cheese, butter, egg and 1/4 tsp each of the salt and black pepper; mix until well blended. Divide potato mixture evenly among cups of pan. Press tops of potato mixture to make indentations; bake 12–14 minutes or until edges of cups are golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, for filling, chop zucchini & tomatoes Combine zucchini, tomatoes, mayonnaise, garlic and remaining cheese, salt and black pepper in clean bowl; mix well.

3. Remove pan from oven. Divide filling evenly among cups. Bake 5–7 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges of cups are deep golden brown.

Yield: 24 appetizers



I served this up with some confetti salad and pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

0 Paint A Vase.... Tutorial

I have been on a major DIY kick lately. It could be that the holidays are fast approaching and my instincts kick in to spruce up the house or it could be that i have been stressed and this is my release but either way i love it. I have lived in this house going on 5 years now and never decorated. I know many of you are astounded huh. Well when i moved in i was pregnant with little miss Abby, on bed rest due to high risk so getting the house painted and boxes moved in was a big accomplishment for me. Then i got busy and blah blah blah... You all know how it goes. So know is my time to shine i guess.

I looked into purchasing decor, updates, ect and lets just say pretty much everything was out of my $ range so i am doing it all on my own. ( minus power tool stuff im not allowed to touch them for good reason lol)

This project was fast simple and would suit any room any style and color ect. I plan on doing several more for all the rooms in my house. Well lets move on to the project.

Paint A Vase:
Pretty much just as the title says, your painting a vase.

What you need:
Get yourself a vase (mine was permanently stained so i chose it)
A can of spray paint
Hot glue & gun...duh
Little piece of ribbon



  • First start out by making sure the vase in clean and dust free.
  • Then if you want use the hot glue gun to write or decorate the vase. I wrote the kanji characters for family and the word "Family" below it.


  • After the glue dries take it outside and spray it. Make sure you keep the paint about 6 inches away and do small short sprays so it doesn't run.
  • You may have to do this a few times to get all the nooks and crannies.
  • Allow to dry fully and adorn it with a coordinating ribbon.


This one is for my bedroom it is a brown and green Asian inspired theme. Perfect....



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

0 Talk About Hot... Recipe

Rob loves hot food i don't just mean your typical spicy for most i mean nose running, throat burning beading up with sweat hot. So if you are just a traditional hot or a wimp then this is not for you. I repeat this is not for you. If you think you can handle it then I'm gonna school you in how i make my Habanero bacon cream cheese stuffed jalapeno poppers.

First you all know me and i dont measure so i do apologize if you like to follow recipes to a T.

Hella Hot Poppers
Ingredients:
24 jalapeno peppers sliced and seeded
1 block of cream cheese
2 habanero peppers - seeded
6 slices of  bacon
1 egg
bread crumb
flour
garlic to taste
white ground pepper to taste


1.Start by blanching your jalapenos. Remove, from water cool and pat dry.
2. In a skillet cook your bacon, habanero pepper, garlic & white pepper
3. Remove mixture (including drippings) to a food processor and finely mince.
4. Mix your bacon mixture with your cream cheese and fill each half of the jalapenos
5. after you fill the peppers roll them in flour, egg wash, and seasoned breadcrumb
6. Place in freezer while your oil gets hot (do not skip this step)
7. Fry them in hot oil until they are golden and float


If you dare try these let me know. They smell and taste amazing. They are to hot for me personally but my 4 year old likes them go figure shes a daddy's girl. If you find they are to hot you can skip the habanero peppers and they are just as good. Serve these bad boys up at your next function and i promise they wont last.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

0 Simple Magnets Tutorial

These magnets are super easy to make you dont really even need a tutorial but we will call this a tutorial for namesake.

So if your like me and have kids you have tons of things on the fridge. Everyday abby brings something home that she wants to stick up there and most of it is just scribbles but thats the joy of having a 4 year old preschooler. Needless to say we need lots of magnets.

While crusing the local hobby lobby they had the pre-painted wood cutouts 50% off and i remembered i had a huge pack of magnets at home so i picked some up. Basically you buy some wood cut outs take them home and hot glue a magnet to the back. Walla

Sunday, November 13, 2011

0 ZGallerie has the perfect gift.

I cant believe its almost time for thanksgiving and the Christmas is right around the corner. I haven't even began to do my holiday shopping. Zgallerie makes shopping easy. You can shop online or since they are a nation chain you can find a store near you by checking out Zgallerie. They have a lot of really fun, unique, and beautiful gifts.
One of my favorite picks would be the "Namibia Zebra Art" by Nina Papiorek


I also love the "Bailey Accent Chair"


You can check out all of their chic furniture and decorative accessories So get out your holiday shopping list and swing by your local Zgallerie for a unique gift for your hard to shop for friend or family member.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

0 GoPromos...

From a seller and buyers point of view i cant tell you how important promos are. As a buyer it shows me you really pride yourself in your business and want to go the extra step to reach customers. As a seller it shows that you know what it takes to be a good business owner and understand sometimes you have to spend a little to get a little.

With Go Promos promotional items you can do just that. They have any promotional items you can think of. From shirts to pens to candy and stress balls you name it they have it.
My favorite promo items are pens, shirts, and mugs. I like the more practical/useful items that i will see and use daily. I feel that is a better way to reach your target customer since they will be reminded out you, your business, and customer service.

Companies have spent millions in the U.S alone last year and for good reason. That is all business expenses that are returned 10 fold. If your looking for ways to make your company stand out or gain a larger customer base check out Gopromos.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

0 Sugar & Spice & Everything Yummy...

Ok so i went to a sip n shop over the weekend with some amazing vendors such as: Pampered chef, 31 gifts, dove, & Beauty control. It was a lot of fun hanging out and trying different products and food with other adults. lol im usually surrounded by kids and toys flying across the room.
Anyway my must have product that i got was the new sugar & spice body spray from beauty control. My daughter tried the hand scrub at a craft show and i fell in love with the scent there so when i found out it came in a spray i had to have it.
The bottle is really cute as well perfect for gift giving and perfect for the holiday season.
As you can see its a good size and everyone around you will notice how amazing you smell. I got asked all the time when i am out where i got it.
If you would like to get your hands on this hot perfume you can contact your local beauty control rep or better yet contact mine and get it sent to you. http://www.facebook.com/#!/BCSpaGirlSam