Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kitchen Organization Tips (Guest Post)

Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

2017 Kitchen Organization Tips 
Erin Vaughan 

Good organization never really goes out of style, but this year, there have been a lot of cool new trends rising to the surface that will really whip your kitchen into shape in style!  

Today’s storage options look nice and work hard, which busy bakers will certainly appreciate. Designers have kicked the minimalist, open kitchen to the curb in favor of walk-in pantries and high-functioning cabinets that let you keep all your equipment safely tucked inside—and off countertops. Take a look at some of our favorite new styles, and be prepared to kiss your storage woes goodbye! 

Via Decoist 

Get Yourself a Docking Station 
If you’re anything like most modern cooks, you probably rely on your smartphone a lot more than your cookbooks. A proliferation of recipe apps means that digital food prep is now an integral part of the home cooking experience. Keep your phone, tablet, and other devices all charged up and ready to go using a handy-dandy kitchen charging station. This makes a super fun afternoon DIY project, too. Opt for a letter-box-style charging holder, or tuck your digital equipment discretely into a drawer with this easy outlet hack 

Add Drawer Pull-Outs and Risers 
Baking is a lot easier when you have the right tools for the job. If you don’t believe me, try sifting your flour by hand next time! Add all that extra equipment to your load of day-to-day cookware, though, and you’ll definitely have some major cabinet overflow on your hands. Luckily, there’s a clever way to stretch the space in your cabinets: by purchasing and installing some useful drawer accessories. Risers let you stack plates and pans high to the ceiling, while pull-out shelves help spacious cabinet do double duty. Heck, there’s even a special hide-away for your kitchen garbage, if you want to get it out of sight. How genius is that? 

Install an Appliance Garage 
Counter space is precious when you’re baking, so if you have a bunch of small kitchen gadgets cluttering up every surface, you’re bound to feel a little claustrophobic. An appliance “garage” fits snugly under your cabinets and has a pull-down door to keep the beaters safely stowed away until it’s time to whip up the frosting. This is a must-have if you’re tired of wiping up crumbs under the toaster. 

Via HomedIt 

Or Put Your Appliances on Full Display 
This year’s appliances are some of the prettiest we’ve ever seen. The retro look is back, so you’ll see ovens and refrigerators in colors like blue, red, or pink, and cafe curtains hung in the kitchen—even on arched windowsFifties-style mixers, toaster ovens, and coffee makers are also making the rounds, too, complete with soft, rounded profiles and shining chrome fixtures. They’re so pretty, you may just want to put them on full display—and moving your baking activities to an island or the kitchen table instead. Either way, we fully embrace the return of vintage into kitchens. Happy days are here again! 

Create an Open Pantry 
Walk-in pantries are all the rage this year with homeowners, who are stuffing theirs full of canned goods, wine, and other modern conveniences. If you’re a frequent baker, you’ll get why today’s cooks appreciate a little extra room in the pantry. But not all of us are lucky enough to own a home large enough for its own walk-in pantry. True, you could have a contractor in to build you your own approximation, but it’s not the only solution. If you need more space, an open-shelf pantry is the only way to go. You can even do it on the cheap using industrial wire shelving purchased from a restaurant supply store—or go whole hog and and create one from some pretty wall-length shelves from a furniture store. The best part? You’ll never have to wonder where you put the yeast again! 


Use Your Cabinet Drawers and Kitchen Walls 
Here’s another unlikely spot for some extra storage: your cabinet interiors get all the attention when you’re planning a storage intervention—but your doors have plenty to offer as well. Especially when you install a few hooks on the back of each one. Suddenly you’ve got a place for ladles, measuring spoons, pans, and any number of other baking odds and ends. You can do the same thing on an unused wall—lately, kitchen decor has been centered around cozy, nostalgic items, so a few copper-bottomed pots or mason jars stuffed with cooking utensils brings on the rustic revival like nothing else, while earning you some extra room on your surfaces. After all, if you’re serious about baking, decorating with your equipment lets you declare your love for the kitchen, front-and-center. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Flashback Friday - Delicious Dishes using Crescent Rolls


Hope you enjoy these recipes from the past....

Cream cheese and chicken wrapped in crescent rolls...
what's not to love???  This dish is fit for kings...and company too. 

WOW oh WOW!  This is one of my all time favorites - EVER!
You can't believe how scrumptious this is til you've tried it. 

I grew up on apple dumplings made with pie crust,  but these are so much faster, and mighty tasty. Pour (diet) soda around them to make a beautiful sauce. I won't make them any other way!

A simple way to dress up crescent rolls...wrap them around string cheese...
season butter and spread over the top.  So delicious with any meal! 

Cheesey Garlic Crescent Rolls

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Leader Enterprise - Mother's Day 2017 - Making Memories

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chocolate Polka Dot Cookies (New Recipe)

Hey Y'All!

Since I've been busy baking a bunch of cookies for a church shindig this week, I wanted to share this fun and easy recipe. 

I started with a cake mix...added cream cheese, butter, vanilla and an egg. I refrigerated the dough for a couple of hours while baking other things, and then rolled these and dotted them with white chocolate chips.

Using peanut butter chips would be an awesome option too! 

Hope you try them soon.  They're thick and delicious. 


1 (18 ozs.) box chocolate cake mix (I used devil's food) 
1 (8 ozs.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract (you could try coffee or caramel extract!) 
white (or peanut butter) chips
OR powdered sugar 

Preheat oven to 350. 

In large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, egg and vanilla until smooth. 
Add cake mix - mix until smooth and blended. (Batter is thick but sticky). 

Refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll into Tablespoon sized balls (or drop) on ungreased cookie sheet - dot with chocolate chips. (Or if you prefer, roll balls in powdered sugar before baking). I pressed down on the cookies a bit before baking. 

Bake 10 - 11 minutes (they will still look soft in the middle); allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 - 3 minutes. Remove to rack to cool.  

Will be soft in the center...and they'll go fast! 

Yield: about 20 good sized cookies

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Flashback Friday! Easy Recipes Kids can make for MOM!



             Even the youngest kids can have fun making these no mess treats! 

                                          Raspberry Sweeties

What could be more 'royal' than making mom her own individual cake?
It's E-Z  P-Z!! 

Amazing 3 - 2 - 1 Microwave Cake

Only 4 simple ingredients...dip them in syrup...they taste just like a pancake.
They can be made ahead also. 

An easy chocolate-y treat with a fun name to add some laughter to the day...
use what you have on hand....

Cow Pies

Friday, May 5, 2017

Flashback Friday - Cinco de Mayo Dishes to help you Celebrate!


So glad you joined us today...sharing some top notch recipes from the past....Enjoy!!


Easy...with a layer of sour cream and 2 layers of tortilla chips, your family is sure to fall in love with this easy and delicious dish. 

Yes, they're not really TACOS, but this is a family favorite my kids still enjoy with their families!  Quick, easy and it serves a crowd.  Fabulous dish! We've served it to company many times! 

These are so worth the time to make. Impressive and Irresistible! 
Can't go wrong with the addition of cream cheese!!!

The perfect side dish for any Mexican main dish...easy to make and very tasty!