December 31, 2009

{Daily Assignment}

Well we were suppose to try to make a page in less than 30 mins. Well I made mine in 40 mins. Only 10 minutes over but at least I finished. Here is what I made for my Daily Assignment 1:

December 30, 2009

{December 30th:}

{Now we're rocking with photoshop}

For christmas my mom gave me a gift card to Jessica Sprague's website to take a class. I ended up taking "Now We're Rocking with Photoshop 2". There are many things that I have forgotten since playing with Photoshop. So not only does this teach me digital scrapbooking but it is a refresher. Here is one page that I have finished so far.

December 29, 2009

{December 29th:}

{Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Bake}

We have some left over ham and thought this recipes would be great for all the leftovers!

Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Bake
By: Kraft

Prep Time:
10 min
Total Time:
40 min
6 servings
What You Need!
1-2/3 cups hot water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Cornbread Stuffing Mix
3 cups chopped ham
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen broccoli florets, thawed, drained
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup CHEEZ WHIZ Cheese Dip

Make It!
HEAT oven to 375°F. Add water to stuffing mix; stir just until moistened. Set aside.
COMBINE ham and broccoli in 2-qt. casserole. Mix soup and CHEEZ WHIZ; pour over ham mixture. Top with stuffing.
BAKE 30 min. or until heated through.

December 27, 2009

{December 24th & 25th:}

{December 17th:}

{WE Page}

I am taking some free tutorials from Jessica Sprague which is helping me decide which class to take from her. I got a Gift Card to to take one of her classes from my mom so now the hard part is to figure out which one. Here is one of her free layouts that I did tonight...

December 23, 2009


Hank looked so cute sleeping on top of the couch tonight I had to take a photo of him!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

December 22, 2009

{December 16th:}

{December 15th:}

{December 14th:}

Well I have been a little behind in my posts... so I am trying to get back in sync with all my Holidays in Hand posts.

December 15, 2009

{Holiday Cake Bon Bons}

I thought that these might be cute to make as a gift for the holidays!

Bite-sized bliss! Cake ball bon bons are a snap to make using cake mix and frosting and are an instant hit on any dessert tray.

Holiday Cake Bon Bons
By: Betty Crocker

Prep Time: 35 min
Total Time: 3 hours 0 min
Makes: 37 - 2 Bon Bons per serving

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix, (any flavor)
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy frosting
3 oz. vanilla or chocolate-flavored candy coating

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. Prepare cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Pour into pan. Bake 30-33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes.
2. In a large mixing bowl, crumble the warm cake; stir in the frosting until well blended. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
3. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Shape into balls. (If mixture is too sticky, refrigerate until firm enough to shape.) Freeze 30 minutes.
4. In small microwave-safe bowl, microwave candy coating on HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until smooth. Dip the balls, one at a time, in candy coating using a wooden skewer or fork to hold them. Place on aluminum foil-covered cookie sheet. Decorate as desired. Refrigerate cake balls about 10 minutes or until coating is set. Serve at room temperature. Store in airtight container.

December 13, 2009

December 11, 2009

{December 10th:}

{Holidays in Hand: Day 11 Recipe}

I thought this was an easy cookie to make. I think I will end up making the dough this weekend and then freezing the dough until it gets closer to Christmas.

Walnut and Brown-Sugar Rugelach
By: Martha Stewart

Prep: 25 minutes
Total: 55 minutes, plus chilling

Makes 32
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
* 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
* 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

1. In a food processor, blend butter, cream cheese, granulated sugar, and salt until well combined. Add flour, and pulse just until a dough forms. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks, and wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days, or freeze up to 3 months (thaw before baking).
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks set in upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl, combine egg with 1 teaspoon water to make an egg wash.
3. Working with one disk at a time, place dough on lightly floured parchment paper, and roll out into an 11-inch circle (about 1/4 inch thick), dusting lightly with flour as needed. Using a large dinner plate as a guide, cut around dough to make a perfect circle; trim off and discard scraps. Brush circles with egg wash; dividing evenly, sprinkle with walnuts and brown sugar.
4. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut each circle into 16 equal triangles. Starting from the wide end, roll up each triangle of dough; place on lined baking sheets, seam side down. Brush rolls with egg wash.
5. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 32 minutes. Transfer rugelach to a wire rack to cool completely.

December 6, 2009

December 5, 2009

December 4, 2009

{Holidays In Hand; Day 3 Craft}

I thought this was a cute idea for an Advent Calendar. I think I will try to make this this weekend even though I am a little Late.

December 3, 2009

{December 3rd:}

{Holidays In Hand: Day 3 Recipe}

Tonight we are making Chili.

Double Cheese Chili:
By: Kraft

Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 50 min
Makes: 6 servings

What You Need!
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided

Make It!
BROWN meat in large skillet on medium heat; drain. Add onions and peppers; cook and stir 5 min. or until tender.
ADD beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce and chili powder; mix well. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 30 min., stirring occasionally.
SPRINKLE 3 Tbsp. cheese onto the bottom of each of six soup bowls; top with chili and remaining cheese.

December 2, 2009

{December 2nd:}

{Holidays In Hands: Day 2 Craft}

I found this on someone's blog today and thought that it was a neat idea. I think that I will try it tonight and see what happens:

Crystal Snowflake
By: Martha Stewart

Snowflake How-To:
Twist three 5-inch pieces of pipe cleaner together to form a snowflake, then add a 1 1/2-inch piece to each point. Tie the flake with string to a pencil. Find a big enough jar so the suspended flake won't touch the sides. Fill with 3 tablespoons borax and 1 drop blue food coloring per 1 cup of boiling water. Hang the snowflake in the jar. Let sit overnight; remove.

{Holidays In Hands: Day 2 Recipe}

Layered Meatball Bake
By: Kraft

Prep Time:10 min
Total Time:35 min
Makes:6 servings

What You Need!
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1 pkg. (1 lb.) frozen meatballs
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Make It!
HEAT oven to 400ºF.
PREPARE stuffing as directed on package, using the Light Prep directions.
MIX soup and milk in 13x9-inch baking dish. Stir in meatballs and peas; top with cheese and stuffing.
BAKE 20 to 25 min. or until heated through.

December 1, 2009

{December 1st:}

{Gift-A-Palooza: 24 Days of Gift Inspiration}

I got this cute email today from Jessica Sprague. I think for the "To Do" Part of Holidays In Hands I will try to make some of these great ideas for gifts for my family and friends. Can't wait to start!

"For the next 24 days, we will be sharing awesome gift ideas. Who needs 12 days when you can double the fun?"

{Holidays in Hands: Day 1 Recipe}

For our class Holidays In Hands we have to make something each day for December. I was thinking of trying 31 different recipes the the whole month. Here is what Jon and I will be having tonight. It is one of his favorites:

December 1st:

Pork Chop Stuffing Bake
By: Kraft

Prep Time:15 min
Total Time:45 min
Makes:6 servings

What You Need!
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
6 boneless pork chops (1-1/2 lb.)
1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Make It!
HEAT oven to 350°F. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package; set aside.
MEANWHILE, heat large ovenproof nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chops; cook 4 min. on each side or until browned on both sides. Mix soup, onions and thyme; spoon over chops. Top with prepared stuffing; sprinkle with cheese.
BAKE 20 to 30 min. or until chops are cooked through (160°F).