Friday, February 28, 2014

Foodie Friday: Skillet Seared Honey Mustard Pork Chops

This yummy sounding recipe is courtesy of Jennifer at Thanks Jennifer for sharing this recipe with us!

After a long day at the office, the last thing you want to do is slave over the stove! Instead of spending your entire night cooking, why not whip up a quick hearty meal?  Golden Blossom Honey (, the iconic fourth generation 100% American honey, has a flavorful and easy recipe for any night! This Skillet Seared Honey Mustard Pork Chops recipe is sure to warm up any winter night.  These deliciously tangy pork chops are the perfect robust meal for the family. 

Skillet Seared Honey Mustard Pork Chops

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
4 (1-inch thick) boneless pork chops
1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 450°.

Combine honey, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl. Dip pork chops into marinade to coat. Place on a plate and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in an ovenproof skillet over a high heat. Once hot (not smoking), add chops and sear for 2 minutes or until chops are well browned on the bottom. Turn meat over and place skillet in oven for about 10 minutes, until chops are no longer pink inside.  Serves: 4.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tuelle Hair Bows

I've been wanting to make a few new bows for a while now and decided to make some using tuelle. I love using tuelle because I think it just looks really girly and I love to dress my girls up all girly and cutesy. I made matching ones for my two girls and then I also made some for my little niece and gave some to her for her first birthday. These bows are so easy to make and don't take very long to do!This bow will be the perfect accessory for your little girl!

What you need:
Some hair clips (can be found at Walmart or a beauty store)
Hot glue gun
tuelle (I had bought a big roll of it at Walmart)
Gems or anything else that could work to place in the center of your bow

Step 1:
Glue some ribbon onto the top of your hair clip

Step 2:
Cut some strips of tuelle and start to form a star/firework looking shape. I layered 2-3 strips each time to make it thicker which is what you want. It makes the bow nice and puffy.

Step 3:
Take 2-3 strip of tuelle, place them together and then group all the tuelle together and using those strips tie all of it together so it now looks like this:

Steps 4 and 5:
Glue your tuelle bow onto your clip. After that is dry glue on your gem, brad, or any other embellishment. I used a little flower that actually came in a scrapbook kit I got. Scrapbook embellishments are great to use on this kind of stuff!


You now have some cute new hair bows!




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sweet tooth Tuesday: Homemade Krispy Kreme Donuts

Ok so who doesn't love Krispy Kremes! I know I do and I've got a copycat recipe for them! I think the best way to eat a Krispy Kreme is to stick it in the microwave for only about 10 seconds, enough to warm the donut and make the frosting soft. Yum!!! Every time I have made these they seem to go quickly and I never bring home leftovers. You have one and then you can't stop there. Making these is a little bit of a process, but overall they are easy to make.

Homemade Krispy Kreme Donuts

  • 2 TBS yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups flour
  • oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1.2 tsp vanilla
  • 4-6 TBS hot water
Donuts: Dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of flour. Beat on low, scraping the bowl for 30 seconds. Then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes, occasionally scraping the bowl. Stir in remaining flour until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place until dough has doubled in size (about an hour). Dough is ready when an indent remains. Turn onto a floured surface. With a floured rolling pin, gently roll dough to 1/2 inch thick.Cut with a floured donut cutter and place on a baking sheet, leaving plenty of room for them to grow. Cover and let rise until doubled (30-40 minutes) Sides must not touch! Using a wide spatula, slide donuts into hot oil, turn as they rise to the surface. Fry just until golden (about a minute each side) Carefully remove and drain. Dip in creamy glaze, cool on wire rack, and then dip in glaze again.

*Note: If you don't have a donut cutter you can use a mason jar ring, or even the rim of a glass to make round donuts. I don't have have a donut cutter, do it this way, and my donuts turn out great!

Glaze: Heat butter until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in water 1 TBSP at a time, until desired consistency has been reached. To make a chocolate glaze, melt 4 oz of milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips with butter and continue with glaze recipe.

This make 2 dozen donuts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

This Sunday I was home from church with a sick little baby girl so I had some extra quiet time while everyone else was away.  So I decided to make a it's not any different from when I have a houseful...I still make treats.  But I guess I just got a little bored since the baby was sleeping.  I wanted something simple, and something that I had all the ingredients on hand since it was Sunday.  So I figured this would be good.  And kid-friendly =)

Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
(Recipe from Chef in Training)


  1. Spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, pour measured Rice Krispie Cereal.
  3. Chop and mash Oreos. You can do this by putting them in a ziplock bag to help keep the mess under control. You want the Oreos to be a variety of sizes from chunky to finely crushed.
  4. Add Oreos to Rice Krispy cereal and stir to combine.
  5. In a medium sauce pan, heat butter and marshmallows together over medium heat, stirring constantly, until they melt together.
  6. Pour melted marshmallows over cereal and oreos and use a spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to quickly combine all the ingredients.
  7. As soon as all the cereal is combined, spread mixture into the prepared 9×13″ dish. Use the spatula to press the mixture around the dish, and flatten as needed.
  8. Let sit until completely cooled.
  9. Drizzle with melted chocolate or sprinkles if you want.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Foodie Friday: Banana Applesauce Bread

So I have to admit I'm not too fond of bananas, but I do like me some warm banana bread with some butter on it. If I eat bananas plain the peel has to be bright yellow with no black on it. I'm weird I know. I just have a thing with textures and bananas fall into that category of food textures I do not like. My most favorite thing to do with those bananas that start getting a little too ripe for me is making banana bread with them. I have two recipes for banana bread that I really like and this is one of them that I thought I would share!

Banana Applesauce Bread

  • 1/4 cup butter, softenend
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 16 oz can applesauce
  • 3 TBS buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Cream butter and sugar. Add banana, eggs, and applesauce. Stir in flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix should be slightly thicker than a cake mix.. Add buttermilk and if too stiff and another tablespoon of the buttermilk. Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.When done slide a knife around the edges and invert. Cool on a wire rack.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wild Card Wednesday: Memory Corsage

We blessed our new baby girl back in December and I wanted to share this cool little gift that my mom made for my little girl to wear on her special day. This is called a memory corsage and my mom originally saw this idea at a boutique she went to. She had bought one at the boutique she went to and had given it to one of my sisters who was having a baby girl. She wanted to keep the tradition going by giving each girl grand baby a corsage, and had a hard time finding one in the stores. You can find them online but some can be quite spendy. Their may be some stores that sell them, but I know my mom searched a lot of different stores and nobody had these.She finally decided to make one instead of buying one for my little girl. I think it turned out great and I am so grateful to have one that my mom made that will end up being passed down generation to generation! 

My daughter's corsage with the Memory Corsage poem

A close up

Here's the poem in case you want to make your own Corsage:

Memory Corsage

A flower for this tiny girl, tied softly at her wrist 
will carry forth a memory of the day that she was blessed.

Then lovingly preserve it, softly tuck this flower away,
to nestle in those curly locks on her baptism day.

So as the months turn to years, a guy may come her way, 
you'll want to share this flower with her on her wedding day.

Something old and something new that every bride must carry, 
Include this flower in her bouquet on the day that she will marry.

Before her flowers are tossed away, remove this flowered pearl, 
to adorn another's tiny wrist, of her very own little girl.