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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


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I love you to the moon and back.  Just noticed that this picture doesn't quite show the n in the moo and back?!  It does show good on the real sign!

Above and below:  Bathroom signs...great for a cabin!

Home Sweet Home...this one I made for my Aunt Debbie and cousin Kristen for their new home they just moved happy for them! 

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Wall vase!  Ready for Spring!! 

Amish White Bread

I have tried so many bread and roll recipes...for the last 3 years this is one of the best.  It is just a little sweet....
 and hot-out-of-the-oven with  homemade jam it is delicious!

Amish White Bread

(Recipe from  5 STAR with over 2600 reviews)

2 cups warm water
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast

1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegtable oil
6 c bread flour (I usually use regular flour)

In large mixing bowl, disolve sugar in warm water; and then stir in yeast.  Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.

Then mix salt and oil into the yeast.  Mix in flour one cup at a time.  Knead dough on a lightly floured surface.  Place in well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat.  Cover with a damp cloth.  Place in warm area and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about an hour. (If you use a warming drawer, it can cut time in half...just make sure it is not too hot and starts cooking your dough!)

Punch dough down, knead for a few minutes, and divide in half.  Shape into loaves and place into two 9x5 inch bread pans.  Allow to rise 30 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Truffle Toffee Cheesecake

Chocolate Truffle Toffe Cheesecake

(From Best of the Best magazine)

I had the excuse to make these for a friend that just had her baby!  (For her family, I made a regular size cheesecake...I adjusted the recipe so I could make some mini cheesecakes for my family.)  Love having a good excuse to bake something yummy!  I really can't just make sweets for my family all the time...I can,
 it's just not too healthy!! :)

1 1/3 cups shortbread cookie crumbs
1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 cup sugar

(I didn't want to buy shortbread cookies so I made a shortbread crust.
1/2 cup butter melted, 1 1/4 cup flour, and 3 TBSP powdered sugar.)


2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened (I use lowfat and it tastes great)
1/4 cup sugar
8 (1oz) squares semi-sweet chocolate baking bars, melted
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk chocolate English toffee bits


 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup milk chocolate English toffee bits

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all crust ingredients in small bowl.  Press into bottom of ungreased 9 inch springform pan with removable bottom.  Bake 4 minutes.  For the mini-cheesecakes, I used a muffin pan and lined each circle with a little parchment paper. I put this on the bottom of the springform pan too, in case the shortbread was crumbly.  Worked great!

Beat cream cheese and sugar in bowl until creamy.  Add melted chocolate (melts fine in microwave...heat for 30 seconds and repeat again if needed.)  add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Stir in 3/4 cup toffee bits.  Spread cream cheese mixture over crust.  Continue baking about 50 minutes or until center is set.  The mini-cheesecakes baked about 30 minutes.  (If the top starts to is done.)  Cool in pan one hour.  Remove from pan and place on serving plate.

Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in bowl.  Place whipping cream in a small saucepan; bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes.  Pour whipping cream over chocolate chips.  Let stand about 5 minutes, then stir until smooth.  Cool for up to an hour.  Then spread over top cheesecake and sprinkle with toffee bits.  Store in refrigerator.

Enjoy,   Holly

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ready for Spring! Pallet flower boxes!

I always love the little snow we get in Boring, OR, but it is mid-March, and I also love doing yard work and gardening!!  It snowed yesterday!  But I am still planning out my garden and the tulips/daffodils are coming up!
Above: Eating snow!!
Below: Better to just eat the snowman's face!

Mid March snow...

Above: Big brother Andrew has a great pitching arm...
Below:  Andrew's "great aim" landed right on Jacob's head...glad it wasn't his face!

Below: Happy Matthew who didn't get hit in the head with a snowball

Below:  Matthew decided to get himself with a snowball...

And after we were done playing in the snow I finished making my pallet shelf and added Summer bulbs below the Spring bulbs so hopefully I'll have a few months of flowers!

More things I made on our snow day!
Below: Using wood from a pallet...made a wall vase!  Holds the jar, with
 water and flowers, sturdy on the wall! 

 Below: Two more pallet shelves... can be used with books/magazines!

Awesome soon as I saw it I knew the look would be perfect for my sister, Heidi! :)


Friday, March 9, 2012

Oatmeal chocolate chip (or Reese's Pieces) cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (and/or Reese's Pieces) Cookies

Mix: 1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar

Add and mix:
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp milk

Add and mix:
2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder

Stir in:
2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate and/or 1 cup Reese's Pieces

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes unitl light brown.  Makes about 4 dozen.

Grilled Chicken and Cheese sandwich

Grilled Chicken and Cheese Sandwich

My mom used to make these for us kids growing up, and now my kids love them too.
 Easy to make and a bit different from your regular grilled cheese.

You'll need:
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/2 to 3/4 cup grated cheese
1 can chicken, shredded
8 slices bread, butter one side of each

 Mix chicken, mayo, and cheese together. 
Heat pan on medium heat.  Spread butter on one side of 4 slices of bread, place slices on heated pan. Spread mixture on bread. Top with another slice of bread with butter on outside.

Cook, flip over until browned on both sides.  Enjoy!!