Monday, February 28, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #9

 Hi! If you are here to join in the 30 day challenge the information is below!  I'm on day #9 which is to post a photo of someone who has gotten you through the most.  That would have to be my husband.  I've known him over half my life now (yes I'm only 20 haha).  He is my Day #9!
He put on a silly moustache to impress his daughters, no doubt.  One of them snapped the photo! I used it as a Valentine's Day photo!

Your turn to join in! Copy the schedule and put it on your blog! This will help you blog daily!  Start at day one and link up your post, below!  If you are just stopping in and you have one of these going, feel free to add your link!!  Have a great day!

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

*By the way, if you want to put this link up on your blog post, let me know and I will give you the code!* 

Bacon Butterscotch Breakfast Muffins (Friendship Bread) Recipe

I do have to admit that I love Butterscotch which is how this recipe came about. I added butterscotch chips to the basic amish friendship bread and tossed in bacon! The bacon adds a crunchy, sweet & salty taste that really makes these little muffins perfect breakfast recipe.  From experience, that these Amish Friendship Bread muffins can be eaten at anytime of the day but I think that these would be fun to make for a breakfast meeting. 


A few people said "ewwww" when they heard that I was going to add bacon to my favorite FB recipe.  Little did that know, I wasn't just going to toss in raw bacon!  No way! I had to bake the bacon in brown sugar, first!  I made these in regular and mini size!  I also use a cute "Roundabout" cupcake sleeve to add some fun to these muffins.  Enjoy!

 Bacon Butterscotch Breakfast Muffins

1 c. Amish Friendship Bread Starter 
1/2 lb. bacon
1/4 c. brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 c. oil
1/2 c. milk
1 c. sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 small boxes instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 c. butterscotch chips

Directions:

Bacon:
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Put 1/2 lb bacon in strips on a foil lined baking sheet.  Use half of the brown sugar to sprinkle on top of the
bacon.
3. Bake until sugar is dissolved. This takes about 10 minutes.  Flip over and use rest of the brown sugar.
4.  Bake until dissolved, again.  Put bacon on a plate to get it out of the grease.  Don't put it on paper towel because it will stick to it. Yes I know this from experience.  Save the grease to make frosting, add to baked beans, etc.  Either way, save it and use it for something yummy!
5. When cool, crumble bacon. I made my bacon the day before so it would be ready for baking day.  I stored it in a zip lock baggie in the pantry.

Muffins:
1. Preheat your oven to 325°.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the starter, eggs, oil, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until everything is well combined.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix. Add the starter mixture to the flour mixture and gently stir until the batter just barely comes together. Gently stir in the butterscotch chips and the crumpled, cooled bacon.  ( Save one piece of crumpled bacon to add to the top of  dough once in the muffin tins- this is optional. I usually do it on half of mine)
4. For the regular size muffins, grease the muffin tins and fill each one half way.  You can use muffin liners but I like the crust that you get from baking the muffins in the tin without a liner.  When they are cool, I then put them in muffin liners (optional). Bake them for 15-20 minutes. Check at 15 minutes. They are done when they are golden and toothpick will come out clean with some moisture.

For the mini muffins,  do the same as above. Only difference, these bake 10-12 minutes.

I really love making the muffins.  They cool quickly.  I let them sit in the tin for 3-5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
Ok here is the other fun thing I did today.  After baking my muffins, I used a  Roundabouts® Cupcake Sleeve to turn these muffins into super FUN Burger mode!  This is a great idea for any muffin/cupcake. They have over 80 other designs.

Do you want more recipes?  Click to find more tasty treats!

Even more Amish Friendship Bread recipes:

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Mocha Chip Scones
Oreo and Cream Amish Friendship Bread/Muffins 
Peanut Butter Brownie Muffins
Pumpkin Spice Bread 
Zucchini Mini Chocolate Chip Bread

Raspberry Chocolate Macadamia Nut Amish Friendship Bread 

Kahula Amish Friendship Bread
Amish Friendship Bread Pancakes
Nutella Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread
Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe
Amish Friendship Bread Pancakes



Sunday, February 27, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #8

 To join in the challenge just start with Day 1. Copy the below schedule and put on your blog.  Link up below so we can have fun visiting you! Feel free to use the silly kid button at the top of the page.  In your post, please include a link back to my post here so others can link up and have fun!
I'm on day #8 and it is about a picture that makes you laugh.  This photo is of Em when she was just 2 days young. Her dad had her down on the ground and was moving her legs like she was walking. I was totally cracking up which wasn't a good thing because I had in c-section staples.  He did this with all of our girls up to to point where they were too heavy for him to do it. 


Your turn to join in! Copy the schedule and put it on your blog! This will help you blog daily!  Start at day one and link up your post, below!  If you are just stopping in and you have one of these going, feel free to add your link!!  Have a great day!



Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

*By the way, if you want to put this link up on your blog post, let me know and I will give you the code!*

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Coconut Amish Friendship Bread Recipe

This is a super easy bread to make using the "Amish" Friendship bread starter recipe!  This is a very easy variation on the basic sweet bread recipe.  I love coconut milk and that is what is used in this recipe. I also used just 1/2 cup of coconut flour with 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour.  I couldn't tell much of a difference using just that small amount of coconut flour from previous coconut bread bakings.  Next time I make this batch I will move it up to 1 cup of coconut and 1 cup of all purpose.
 (Oh by the way, I think I love taking photos of what I cook about as much as I love cooking. My family is so patient with me needing to photograph the food before we eat it!)

Coconut Amish Friendship Bread (click for printable recipe)

1 c Amish friendship bread starter
3 eggs
3/4 c oil
3/4 c coconut milk
1 c sugar
2  tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c. coconut flour (you can skip this and just use a total of 2 c. all purpose flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large box (5.1 oz) instant coconut pudding mix
1 1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut (you can use sweetened)

1. Preheat your oven to 325°.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the starter, eggs, oil, coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla extract until everything is well combined. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix.

4. Add the starter mixture to the flour mixture and gently stir until the batter just barely comes together. Gently stir in 1 cup of the shredded coconut.

5. Divide the batter evenly between two well greased loaf pans.  Sprinkle some coconut in the bottom of the pan and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of coconut evenly over the top of the two loaves.

6. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a bread comes out clean. Allow the breads to cool in their pans for 10 minutes before turning them out on a wire rack to cool.  After 10 minutes you can eat a piece.

*I did sprinkle some sugar on top of the coconut because I was using unsweetened coconut.
 

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #7

Happy Day #7 of the Photo Challenge! To join, look below!
Day #7 is to post a photo of your most treasured item.  I have to say that would be my family.  I've learned that treasures of this world can be gone in an instant and yes, that includes money, car, computer, shoes and people.  So of those, my family is my treasure.  The photo is from 2 years ago. I love it so that is the one I'm sharing!

 To join in the challenge just start with Day 1. Copy the below schedule and put on your blog.  Link up below so we can have fun visiting you! Feel free to use the silly kid button at the top of the page.  In your post, please include a link back to my post here so others can link up and have fun!

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

Friday, February 25, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #6

Happy Day #6 of my 30 Day Photo Challenge!  To participate see below the next photo!  For me, Day 6 is a picture of someone you would like to change places with for a day.  I actually am very content and really do not care to be anything different. 

BUT to keep in the spirit of the challenge, I would love to be Dr. G. for a day (watch her on Discovery).  She uses cutting-edge forensic science and technology to solve the mysteries of life and death, Dr. G: Medical Examiner explores the cases that come through a medical examiner's office in Florida. Dr. Jan Garavaglia leads the charge and explains how people can die suddenly and unexpectedly. 

Sometimes I wonder what life would have been like if I would have taken this path in college.  I've always been fascinated with this science. I didn't take this path so now I live vicariously through the show and books written by others!

To join in the challenge just start with Day 1. Copy the below schedule and put on your blog.  Link up below so we can have fun visiting you! Feel free to use the silly kid button at the top of the page.  In your post, please include a link back to my post here so others can link up and have fun!


Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #5

 HERE is the challenge!  Just join in and start with day one! Link up to my blog below and then include the link on your post so more can come join in!
Today is Day 5 and I'm suppose to picture my favorite memory.  This is difficult because I've had so many. I'm just picking a random one.  My girls are doing this, too, and they made a photo collage of some favorite memories!  That was a great idea. 

This photo is of my 3 girls.  Naomi (wearing her new favorite big bird sweatshirt) Anna (wearing her new favorite cookie monster sweatshirt) and Emily- well you can't see her so much. I'm very pregnant with her and the cookbook is blocking the view.  She was born 6 weeks after this photo was taken.  I love it, too, because my husband bought me The Joy of Cooking cookbook.  The photo holds other memories, too.   I no longer have the tree handmade heirloom tree skirt or the nativity set over my shoulder on the TV stand.  So good memory to see them.  Sad memory to be reminded that they were left behind when Hurricane Katrina stopped in our home! 


To join in the challenge just start with Day 1. Copy the below schedule and put on your blog.  Link up below so we can have fun visiting you! Feel free to use the silly kid button at the top of the page.  In your post, please include a link back to my post here so others can link up and have fun!


Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough balls and link up

We have a problem over here.....people love my various cake and cookie balls.  This time I decided to make chocolate chip cookie dough into chocolate cover balls.  I know, crazy, right?  Someone passed along to me the idea and we figured out if you leave out the eggs in your recipe you won't have to worry about the raw egg issue.

On a side note, it made me wonder how these cookies would turn out baked with no eggs.  I'll try it soon.  I also want to try this with other cookie dough like oatmeal and peanut butter! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls  (click for printable recipe)

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
2 T. vanilla
2 T. warm water
1 c. mini chocolate chips
1/2 pkg. melting chocolate (I use almond bark dipping chocolate)
sprinkles

Directions:

Cream sugar and butter until smooth.  Add in vanilla and water and give it a quick mix.  Pour in the flour and chocolate chips and stir until just mixed.  IF you think your dough is a tad dry, add in a little more vanilla or water.  After several tries this is the amount that worked for me.

If you want even size balls, then use a small cookie scoop and put out on a tray that will fit in your fridge or freezer.  You can drop the cookies from the scoop onto the try or you can roll them into a ball.  Up to you.  If I'm in a hurry to dip these in the chocolate (oh and leave some plain!) I will toss in the freezer for an hour.  If you don't have freezer space then put in the fridge for and hour or so.

About 20 min. before dipping, get your chocolate melted.  I use a small electric melting pot which I think works best. IF you don't have that, then melt it in a glass bowl in your microwave. If you do this method then you only need to prepare it about 10 min. before you plan on dipping.

*I haven't tried it yet but you could use MAGIC SHELL for ice cream on these.  I don't use that because it is expensive BUT it would work.  You could just use it to drizzle over the balls.

I use the two toothpick method.  I stick one toothpick in the ball, dip, place on aluminum foil tray and use the second toothpick to put the ball off of the toothpick.  The top will look a tad  messing so use one of the toothpicks, dipped in a little chocolate to smooth it over or add some sprinkles on the top to cover it up!   These dry fast so work fast!  It helps to have a helper but not necessary!

Once dry they will no longer be shiny! Eat up!  This batch made 50 balls and will differ depending on the size you use.  Save some without chocolate!
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #4

 Welcome to the 30 Day photo challenge!  I'm on day #4 which is a photo of your night.   I don't know about you but my NIGHT is sleeping! So here it goes!


HERE is the challenge!  Just join in and start with day one! Link up to my blog below and then include the link on your post so more can come join in!


Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! Come link up


Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!

Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button from Feeding Four.  She is in the #1 spot on the link up!  If you add it to your blog it will help to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!

How to Participate:

Follow the hostesses located in the first and second spots - Feeding Four and Scraps of Life Blog. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog. Tell me how you are following me and I will come over and follow back the same! All my ways to follow are on my right side bar- GFC, Facebook, Twitter and Networked Blogs.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

Friendly Wednesday will be posted once a week. Your link must be added every week so be sure to come back to linkup!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #3

 Welcome to day 3 of the 30 day photo challenge!  Today we are to post a picture of our favorite show.  This really wasn't an easy choice as I have had so many over the years.

Right now on prime time I only watch HOUSE. It isn't my favorite show.  Sooooo I will post the photo of the longest running show that I watch and have watched for over 30 years (just so you know I watched it as a little kid because I'm not THAT old! ) I TiVo it or watch it on the Internet when I have time.
The Young and The Restless



HERE is the challenge!  Just join in and start with day one! Link up to my blog and then include the link on your post so more can come join in!

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

Oscar Party Games and Red Carpet Party recipes!


Looking for an instant fix for your Oscar Night party entertainment?  Check out this pack of 16 superb printable Oscar party games! You'll receive your games in minutes and can be playing right away.

What You Get
Oscar Winners Prediction Game
Best Actor Oscar Trivia match
Best Actress Oscar Trivia match
Best Director Oscar Trivia Match
Oscar Acceptance Speeches Trivia
Oscar Trivia 1
Oscar Trivia 2
Hall of Shame Celebrity Trivia
Hot Actors Trivia
Lord of the Rings Trivia
Matching Disney Trivia
Meet Your Match Celebrity Acting Game
Famous Beach Movies Trivia
James Bond Villains Trivia
Champagne Trivia
Scary Synopsis Horror Movie Trivia

The product is instantly delivered by email. Download each game and print them at your leisure. There is no limit on the number of copies you can print of each game.

How great is that? I'm a huge fan of their printables!  They carry a wide variety of theme packs which is perfect and saves you time for that occasion!   Most of the theme packs that I have seen include printables for adults and kids!  I use to spend hours online trying to find printables for school or family parties!  Not anymore! These theme party games are the way to go!

In this Oscar pack, I really liked:

*Disney Trivia sheet where you match the character to the movie

*Meet Your Match Celebrity Acting Game where you pair up male and females with famous actor cards and they  have to act out a scene together.  This is fun because it is totally random as to which two actors will be put together.  They have to stay in character and act off of what their partner is doing.

*Predict the Oscar Winners is another great one!  Just have your guest fill this out and then at the end see who hand the most correct! Maybe they deserve a trophy, too! 

 *Scary Synopsis: Horror Movie Trivia is a great one for those who love scary movies!  I knew most of the movies on this list and I'm not a huge horror movie watcher!

So those of you who are movie fans will really love this theme pack!  If you are an OSCAR JUNKIE like me, you will also love the pack because of all the fun trivia questions! You will surely do well and be the winner at any Oscar Party!   What did you say?  You stay home alone, in your Pj's, eating ice cream and watch the OSCARS alone?  Not this year, get this party pack, invite over some movie junkies, make a few of the recipe suggestions and have fun!  It only happens once a year! 
Sangria (must have red carpet drink)

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I am not a pro baker by any means but I've had several people ask me about baking and yeast lately.  Some say that they never have any luck with yeast so that is why they don't bake!  I say, don't be afraid, just do it! You only get better at something by trying and testing it over and over. 

Here are a few of my tips from my experience:
There are two types of yeast that you see at the store.  Regular Active Dry and Instant Yeast.  The Instant yeas will have names like; Fast-Rising, Rapid-Rise, Quick Rise and or Bread Machine Yeast.  Did you know that? Did you know that they are treated differently but you can use either one, for the most part.


Here are some pictures of the Regular Active Dry yeast that you might have seen at your store:


Fleischmann's Yeast Active Dry, 0.75-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 5)Bob's Red Mill Active Dry Yeast, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 8)Red Star Active Dry Yeast, 4-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)Hodgson Mill, Yeast Active Dry Gf, 8.75 GM (Pack of 48)Fleischmann's Yeast Reg 4Z (Pack of 3)

Have you seen them?  So what is up with the Regular Active Dry yeast?  This yeast has larger particles than the Instant and needs to "proof" before using with your recipe.  This is the yeast that you have to add warm water, usually around 100-115 F.  You can use an instant read thermometer for this.  If the water is too cold or too hot it isn't going to bubble and froth! When it bubbles and gets frothy, you know that your yeast is active and ready to use.  

Most of the time I add 1 tsp of sugar with the water and yeast to help "feed it" and get it going.  I'm sure it is because I'm impatient.  If you don't want the sugar in whatever you are baking then skip it.  I have heard that flour added will do the same thing but I have yet to try it.

Here are some pictures of the Instant Active Dry Yeast.  Have you seen them?  Be aware that they look similar to the Active dry and are sold together.  Make sure you know what your recipe is telling you to use.
Fleischmann's Rapid Rise YeastFleischmann's Yeast Brd Mch 4Z (Pack of 3)Red Star Bread Machine Yeast, 4-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)Fast-Rise YeastRed Star Quick Rise Yeast 3-.25oz pckt .75 oz (Pack of 6)

Can you see the difference? Only if you read and pay attention!  Again, you can use either one but the Instant active dry yeast is a different strain of yeast and does not need to be proofed before adding to the dry ingredients.  If you have a bread machine then this is the one you use. This yeast can be used instead of the Active Dry but just make sure you know which one you are using.  If you yeast is  not reacting when you add in the water to "proof" it, chances are you might have picked up one of the Instant, rapid rise yeast.

Feel free to add any comments.  Again, I'm not a professional.  I'm a mom cook and this is my experience. I"m up to learn more so let me know if you have more to add!

If you are looking for bread recipes, check out my Amish Bread Starter, Focaccia, Cinnamon Rolls , Beignets, King Cake and Coffee Cake

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Monday, February 21, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge! Join the fun at any time and link up! #2

For my day #2 post you are to post a picture of the person you have been close with for the longest.  That would be my husband and best friend, Mark. We've known one another 21 years and married 18.  I've known him over half my life.  I love him!  Here is a silly photo that was taken last month!
THE 30 Day Challenge!  Can you do it? You can start Day 1 anytime and link up below so I can stop in!
 
Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

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