Skip to main content

Random Thoughts

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share a few random things with you...

Let's talk about photobooks...do you make them?  I usually make one once a year that recaps our family's highlights.  Shutterfly is having a promotion that ends today where you get a free 8x8 hardcover photobook (20 pages, regularly $29.99).  Just use the code MYBOOK and you only have to pay about $9 in shipping.  I spent hours yesterday making one. 

Custom Path
Do you make your books through Shutterfly or somewhere else?  Have you ever made your family blog into a book?  I've been meaning to do that, but I have been blogging for years and am afraid of how much it might cost to print it out. 

Are your ready for Easter?  I can't wait to make these creme filled chocolate cupcakes.
 Wow, my little girl has grown up so much.  This was taken three years ago.

I'll make some of this mandarin orange jello salad.  My kids love it! 

I'll probably make some bunny tail rolls too using my tried and true one hour roll recipe.

Have you seen these bunny rolls on Pinterest?  Might be fun to try...


Or these...


Anyway...it seems like every year I blog about my favorite Easter foods.  My husband and I have a tradition of having a picnic the Saturday before Easter.  We usually eat the same foods and celebrate Easter as a family.  This is the 13th Easter that we've spent together.  Check out my blog post from last year about more of my favorite Easter picnic foods . 

Hope you're having a good week!  Happy Easter! 

Photobucket

Popular posts from this blog

One Hour Rolls

These rolls are amazing!  I've been making these rolls since 2001 when I was a newlywed and my sister-in-law shared the recipe with me.  The rolls are light, fluffy, easy to make and they only take one hour!  And delicious too!   I've made these rolls more times than I can count, so I've perfected the art of making them.  Here are some step-by-step instructions with pictures for you. Here's what you'll need.  I buy pretty much all of the ingredients in this recipe at Sam's club, thus the huge containers.  You need warm water, yeast, oil, sugar, salt, egg and flour. In the mixer bowl, add warm water (not hot), oil, sugar and yeast.  Mix together. After ten or fifteen minutes the yeast mixture should be puffed up like this.  Time to add the salt and beaten egg. Then mix in the flour.  (I've used a mixture of half wheat and half white flour successfully.) Keep adding flour until the dough is manageable.  It will be a little sticky, b

Don't like your house to smell like food? I've got a kitchen tip for that!

I have a smallish, one story house and if I cook food that is kind of smelly, like onions, the smell tends to linger in every room.  This is a pet peeve of mine and (also my husband's).  Over the years I've found a few ways to cook smelly food without smelling up the kitchen. Use your garage!   I use my garage quite often to cook things in.  I open the window and it airs out, especially when you open the garage door.  I'm sure my neighbors wonder what I'm cooking. I've used two different kitchen appliances in the garage:  my crockpot and my food dehydrator. Crockpot - I did this very thing today since I'm simmering chicken, onions, carrots and celery to make chicken noodle soup tonight.  I don't want my house to smell like onions all day, so I plugged it in on my husband's workbench.   Food dehydrator - when I make jerky, I plug the food dehydrator in in the garage.  I don't really want my house to smell like meat for hours

The Best French Bread I've Ever Made

This is the best french bread I've ever made.  I got this recipe from my friend, Nikki, who gave us some of this bread as a thank you for my hubby helping them move a piano.  I remember it being delicious and we gobbled it up fast.  I was intimidated for some reason by the recipe and waited a few years before I made it. We needed some bread for to make some turkey, provolone, avocado sandwiches, so I made some of this bread and it was perfect!  We sliced one loaf like they do at Subway.  Then later I made normal shaped sandwiches with the rest of the bread.  Delicious... light and fluffy and yummy! Update 2/22/12: This is still my favorite bread after making it for a year! It turns out perfect every time and it's gone in a flash! printable recipe French Bread recipe from my friend, Nikki Yield: 2 loaves   Ingredients 2 c. warm water 1 pkg (or 1 heaping Tbsp.) yeast 1/4 c. granulated sugar 1 T. olive oil