For those who haven’t heard, a really cute blogging girl Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie) and her husband were in a terrible plane accident. They are in critical condition and Stephanie has third degree burns covering about 80% of her body. Recovery will be long and very expensive. To help raise funds, Design Mom, (a really fun site) has declared today Nie Nie Day. Starting today all over the internet there will be auctions and things for sale.
There are some really cool things being auctioned off to help the Nielson family. If you are interested, you can find the list of items at designmom and also roomsomewhere and her sister’s site cjanerun.
Thanks and have a great day!!!
I know that I have an etsy obsession — but people make the cutest things there! For a while I have been lusting after the felt food on etsy. It is so cute and life-like. My little girls would have such fun playing with felt food in their pretend kitchen. Now, it’s a hard choice when deciding what play food you need. There are many delicious cupcakes (as seen above). As well as other tempting desserts such as:
Or even Yakisoba (Pan Fried Noodles with Squid) Included are squid rings, quail eggs, sliced seaweed, snow peas, carrots, shiitake as well as noodles for an authentic experience.
But maybe you or your kids are vegetarians? No problems… Just order the Grilled Tofu Dinner
So funny! I am still trying to figure out what I am going to order. It’s hard because I want one of everything! That’s my Wednesday Favorite Thing for this week. Thanks for stopping bye!!!
My mom brought me a wonderful surprise yesterday. She had taught a panini class and had an extra panini maker so she gave me hers! I was so excited that I immediately went out and bought some ingredients to try it out!
I found a Smashed Potato recipe on 101cooks.com which I changed a little bit. It is very similar to the “Crashed Potato” recipe that is on the Pioneer Woman’s blog, but has shredded Parmesan cheese and also rosemary. Here’s the recipe:
one small bag of red potatoes
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Put potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Leave skins on. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil until they are tender enough to slide a knife in easily. It is important not to over-boil them. Ten minutes is usually long enough. Drain the potatoes. Set oven to 450-degrees.
Grease a large baking dish. Put the potatoes on the baking dish. Smash each potato using the bottom of a drinking glass. Each potato will expand to approximately twice it’s size. Drizzle potatoes with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and rosemary. Then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top of the potatoes. Bake for between 15-20 minutes — until the potatoes and cheese are brown. Serve.
On the paninis we layered pastrami, thinly sliced red onions, pesto, and Havarti cheese. At the store I had bought some spinach–artichoke–Parmesan dip and I decided to put a little of that on the sandwiches too. Mmmm, delicious!
(we also made turkey paninis, for those of us who don’t like Pastrami)
I decided to try the Everyday with Rachael Ray Coco Loco Brownies. They were surprisingly easy to make and oh so gooey and chocolaty. Yummmm. Plus I love coconut. My kids don’t but they gobbled them up anyway! Here’s the link to the recipe: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/dessert-recipes/coco-loco-brownies/article.html
Today was Nick (9th) and Hannah’s (4th) first day of school. Yea!!!
It’s too early for a real smile.
Hannah was much perkier an hour and a half later!
Ella wants to get in on the picture-taking fun!
In line, waiting for the teacher. Hannah is the shortest one in line (and she has 2 inch heels on!)
With her best friend in front of the school mascot — grrrr!!!
I am having so much fun exploring
so many creative blogs. It has really inspired me to get some of my projects out and work on them! Here’s what my work table looks like right now. 🙂
One of the things I really like is going garage sale-ing. At one of the garage sales I found a little old lady who was selling three jars of her grandmother’s old buttons — so I think some of them are really old. Those jars have been sitting in my craft room just waiting to be used. So I started experimenting with my beading supplies and made some earrings using those buttons.
So, thanks to all of you creative people out there. I love going on your blogs and seeing all of the fun crafty projects — it has given me so much inspiration! I am going to try to create at least one thing every week and post it on Fridays! Have a great day!!!