Monday, November 20, 2017

Tomato Basil Bisque

On a whim, I decided to make Tomato Basil Bisque and serve alongside a gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. To ensure the kids liked them I cut the sandwiches into strips and called the whole thing, “grilled dippers.” Guess what? Harper was in love, asking for this meal the next two nights. Lucky for her, this Bisque recipe makes A LOT of soup although I could easily half the ingredients next time. Here we are a week later and I’m still enjoying the soup and I must declare it is the best Tomato Basil Bisque I have EVER tasted. Ever. No Lie.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How To Apply a Vinyl Decal

>>How To Video<<

 These are the three vinyl decals I made in response to Harvey in Texas. 

Everyone wants to do their part to help those families devastated by #Harvey. I am making/selling these 4x4 vinyl stickers for a suggested $10.00 donation with 100% of the proceeds going towards creating a Welcome Kit for people evacuating to Austin for shelter.

"Texas Strong" is not only a theme, it is a way of life here. 
This was by far the most popular design I made this week.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a decal and made a donation. I really enjoyed creating these and love that together we will make an impact on someone who lost everything. God Bless Texas!

Here is how to get the sticker on to your surface: 

  • The vinyl will adhere much better when you apply it to a clean surface. Rubbing alcohol is a great cleaning agent on items like a Yeti cup or rear view window. 

Rule #1: Go slow
  • Peel the back away from the transfer tape (paper with red grid lines) and apply the tape to the top of the vinyl decal.
  • Next, peel the transfer tape back again at a slow 45-degree angle. The vinyl should stick to the transfer tape on top. If the vinyl sticks to the backing, simply burnish/rub the transfer tape back down on the vinyl again and then continue to peel the vinyl away from the liner. The little tiny pieces can be stubborn. 
  • Carefully place the transfer tape with vinyl image on your surface (tumbler, yeti, bumper, etc), making sure the images are straight. 
  • Start in the center and move out toward the ends slowly. A credit card is a great tool to help burnish the vinyl onto the surface. 
  • Peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape, simply burnish the vinyl onto the surface again. The transfer tape is also reusable. 
  • Use your fingers to smooth out any bubbles. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Menu of the Week

Our menu of the week focused on fairly healthy dinners from Cooking Light. I tried a few new recipes and had to improvise on Wednesday when dinner took a nose dive. Keep reading to find out what dinners we enjoyed.

Monday, May 15, 2017

20 Minute Dinners are the Best

I am usually skeptical when a recipe says it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and consist of more than bread, peanut butter, and jelly.  This recipe from Cooking Light promised to be a 20-minute dinner and I put it to the test. I did more than that though, I changed the recipe, made it better, and also made it in under 30 minutes, keep reading to find out how you too can recreate this meal on a weeknight.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Menu of the Week

Go figure the week that Jim thinks I hit it out of the ballpark I miss the pic of my chalkboard menu wall. At least I snapped a few pics of the dishes before we devoured them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Honey Bourbon Toddy: Cough Syrup for Grown Ups

I came down with the cold of the century early this year. I was miserable and wanted to sip on something with healing properties that would also help me go to sleep. My cure was this seasonal mixture of booze, water, honey, citrus and spices, otherwise known as the Hot Toddy. It soothes, coddles, and makes everything right in your world - the equivalent of Mom.

In a microwavable mug I measure out 4 oz Water and 1-2 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon. Microwave for one minute to get piping hot. Then I stir in in 1-2 Tablespoons of local honey and 2 oz of Bourbon (like Bulleit or TX Bourbon). I use a loose tea steeper to drop in 6 cloves and then stir with a cinnamon stick.

The warm adult beverage does the trick to calm my cough and help me sleep. Well, it's actually the honey that does the trick, I think. But the bourbon sure doesn't hurt.  Taking a full spoonful of honey has been shown to be very effective at calming nighttime coughs but it is not as fun as this adult cough remedy.

Thanks to the cold, I started liking bourbon and now I'm a whiskey girl. Who would have thought?!?!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Menu of the Week

Our menu of the week features a repeat from last week...because it was just THAT good. Of course I tweaked the ingredients and I think it's even better. Keep reading to see what we had.