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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

I'm back with another very helpful cleaner. This is a really good jewelry cleaner.  I was very impressed when I used it.  And it was very easy to put together.  I made a little more than the recipe calls for and put it in a plastic container to keep to use several times.
I bet you have all of this sitting around.
Start with 2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons vinegar
5-6 drops dish soap.  Now I don't know about you but mine doesn't drop so just a little is all you need.
Cover and shake to mix well.
Take your rings or earrings.
Place them in the cleaner.
Set the timer for 30 minutes.
You need a soft bristle toothbrush.  Anything other than soft might scratch your stones.  You know there are some stones that you can not clean like this.  Pearls and opals come to mind.  Diamonds or other hard stones you don't have to worry about.
Take the rings out.
And using the brush, clean out all the areas of your rings.
They both sparkled really well after they were cleaned.  You could clean them every week with it this easy.

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons vinegar
5-6 drops dish soap

Leave in for 30 minutes and clean with a soft toothbrush.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Reindeer Food

You know everyone always leaves cookies and milk out for Santa but we usually don't think to leave something out for the reindeer.  They work hard too.  So mix up a batch of this reindeer food and you will have some happy reindeer at your house.  But you better hurry, Christmas Eve is right around the corner.

I think your little "deer" at home will love this reindeer food.
 Most snack mixes will start with some kind of cereal.
 Melt 1 stick of butter.  I actually think you can use a little less butter or add a little extra cereal.
 1 cup corn Chex cereal
 1 cup rice Chex cereal
 1 cup Cheerios.  I used plan Cheerios but you could throw caution to the wind and use one of the flavored Cheerios.
 1 cup salted mixed nuts or you could use all of what ever is your favorite nut.
 Mix the cereal and nuts together.
 Pour the melted butter over the mixture.  I doubled my recipe that is why it says 1 cup of melted butter.
 Pour all around the bowl.  Toss to coat all of the cereal.
 Then spread out on a baking sheet.  I lined it with parchment.  Place in a preheated 250 oven.  I had two trays and I used both racks in the oven.  Bake for 60 minutes.  Every 15 minutes I rotated the trays between the racks and at 30 minutes I stirred and tossed.
 While the cereal is baking I mixed up the other items.  1 cup small pretzels
 1 cup of Boston Baked Beans candy.  This was hard to find.  They are also hard pieces.  So you might could find something to swap out or just not add this.
 1 cup holiday M&M's
 1 cup dried cranberries
 Toss all this together and wait for the cereal to cook and cool.
 This is after an hour baking.
 I combined all of it on one baking sheet to cool.
 Then added it to the pretzel mixture.
Then serve.  But be sure to save some for Rudolph.

Reindeer Food Recipe

1 cup corn Chex cereal
1 cup rice Chex cereal
1 cup Cheerios
1 cup salted mixed nuts
1/2 cup melted butter
Mix and bake at 250 for 1 hour

1 cup mini pretzels
1 cup Boston Baked Beans candy
1 cup Christmas M&M's
1 cup dried cranberries

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pumpkin Waffles

Okay so it was an open week for the Tide so no pancakes.  We had waffles instead.  I had a surprise in store that morning not just plain ole waffles but pumpkin waffles.  They were very good with just a slight hint of pumpkin and the spices that go along with them. Still had to use our football plates for our Saturday morning breakfast. 

See at first glance you would never know they were pumpkin.  You might can slip for good stuff in on your family. 
 Very easy waffles with bisquick as the base.
 2 1/3 cups Bisquick
 1 1/2 cups milk
 1/4 cup oil
 2 eggs
 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

 1 teaspoon cinnamon
 1/2 cup pumpkin
 Mix well.
 Put a little over 1/4 cup in the preheated waffle iron.  Mine will beep when it is hot.
It also beeps when it is done so none of that peeping and seeing if it is ready or not.  Add some syrup and you have a really good breakfast.

Pumpkin Waffles

2 1/3 cups Bisquick
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

It was gameday week again and I had to find something sweet for our lunch.  If it were red velvet that would make it even better.  I received this little cookbook from a lady at church and it had this recipe in it but with a devils food cake mix instead of red velvet.  A little substitution never hurt anyone.

Sometimes I get a little lazy taking my after pictures.  This was not a good showing of how they turned out.
This is all that is needed to make these little sandwich cookies.
Start with a cake mix in the flavor you would like.
1/4 cup softened butter
2 eggs
Now mix that.  The batter is going to be thick.
The mixer didn't work real well.
Now scoop them out.  You want them to be about the same size.  I had a cookie scoop but it broke.
Scoop and round them out and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Place in a preheated 350 oven.  Bake for 7-10 minutes.  Leave on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes to cool.
Once they are cooled
Make your filling.  1 7oz jar of marshmallow cream.  I fluffed it with the hand mixer.
4 oz softened cream cheese
I added just a little bit of vanilla flavoring
Mix well.
Take one cookie and place some filling inside.  Top with another cookie
Enjoy.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies Recipe

1 pkg cake mix
1/4 cup butter softened
2 eggs
1 7 oz jar of marshmallow cream
4 oz softened cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Bake for 7-10 minutes.