Friday, March 27, 2009

LDS Taboo

I was trying to find a fun game to bring to mutual yesterday, and found an LDS version of Taboo posted on the internet. There are over 200 cards that you can print out from your computer, and then cut out yourself. It's pretty well done, so check it out {here}.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Calling All Digital Scrapbookers!!!

I just found out that Mandy from Mandy's Mystiques is retiring from her designing business. She has some really cute digital scrapbooking kits, and is selling her entire collection (as in all the kits in her store) for a total of $10! This is an amazing deal on over $100 worth of products! Check it out and get it if you are interested! Just click (here) and it will take you to the site where you can purchase this amazing deal! Hurry, it only lasts until the end of March! Have fun scrapping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie for Dinner

Last night I was really craving a homemade chicken pot pie. I decided to kind of make one up as I went along. I used my normal pie crust recipe for a double crust, and then just played it by ear on the chicken filling. I used two pints of my home canned chicken, about a cup of frozen mixed veggies, one can of hominy, & two cans of cream of chicken soup. I put the chicken into a sauce pot just to heat up, then added the veggies, and soup. I poured that all into my crust lined pie plate, then put the top crust on and sealed the edges. I cut 4 slits in the top for steam vents. I baked it at 425 degrees for 40 minutes (or just until the crust is golden brown).

This pie was so delicious! The flaky crust was amazing with the mix of chicken and veggies! I am definitely having leftovers for lunch today!

(Sorry I don't have a picture, we were pretty hungry when it was ready to eat and I didn't think about grabbing the camera).

Monday, March 2, 2009

Funny Jokes

I got these out of a "gross jokes" book at school. I love it!

What is red and green and goes 120 mph? A frog in a blender.
What's another name for a snail? A booger with a crash helmet!
Why don't elephants pick their noses? Because what can you do with a 20 pound booger?
What has two grey legs and two brown legs? An elephant with diarrhea.
What do you get when you cross an elephant with a box of laxatives? Out of the way.
What's yellow and smells like bananas? Monkey vomit.

Hope you had a good laugh, I know I sure did when I was first reading them. My favorite is definitely the snail one!

Glass Candy

Glass Candy

1 Pound Candy

This is a surprisingly easy recipe and takes practically no time at all. The candies are delicious, and they really do look like broken pieces of glass. A great holiday treat! They would make great windows for gingerbread houses as well.

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
¼ tsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp extract or 1 tsp flavored oil
Liquid food coloring
Powdered sugar

Butter sides of a large saucepan. Combine sugar, water and cream of tartar in pan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Using a pastry brush dipped in hot water, wash down any sugar crystals on sides of pan. Attach candy thermometer to pan, making sure thermometer does not touch bottom of pan. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches hard-crack stage (about 300-310 degrees). Test about ½ tsp mixture in ice water. Mixture will form brittle threads in ice water and will remain brittle when removed from the water. Remove from heat and stir in extract or oil and a few drops food coloring. Pour mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Cool completely.Break candy into pieces. Roll pieces in powdered sugar, shaking off excess sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Prickly Pear Jelly

Since I've started using blogger, I haven't been using my old Multiply site, and I had a lot of great stuff posted there. So, I hope you all don't mind, but I am going to start posting some of my recipes and other fun stuff that I would like to have available. Enjoy! Here is my Prickly Pear Jelly recipe:

Prickly Pear Jelly

About 6 half-pints

I love making this jelly, which means that I pick the pears, cook them and mash them for the juice, strain it and then make the jelly. It is delicious!

3 cups prickly pear juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 package powdered pectin
5 1/4 cups sugar

Combine prickly pear juice, lemon juice and pectin in large pot (be sure to stir the pectin well until it desolves). Bring to boil and cook for 3 minutes. Add sugar and bring to a hard boil for 2 more minutes. Pour into half-pint canning jars. I usually don't use a water bath, I just simmer the lids and rings for a couple minutes and then seal them when the jelly first goes in the jar. The process of cooling will seal the jars.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Free Digital Downloads

Since I've gotten into digital scrapbooking, I have looked around to try to find free digital downloads to use on my pages. I found this great site that has some very cute free kits. They include papers, embellishments and sometimes an alphabet. Also, if you go to the blog section, they have a downloadable desktop wallpaper that you can add your own picture to, each month. They are really cute and so simple! If you want to try digital or if you already love it as much as I do, go check out Shabby Princess. If you have any great sites with free downloads leave a comment about it!