Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Some of my vinyl designs

These are just a few of my latest projects. If you like what you see, check out my Facebook page Erin's Designs at

Monday, August 19, 2013

2 lb Banana Nut Bread (for the bread machine)

Today I made a new recipe for banana nut bread. It smells fabulous! I searched the web and came to 
I'll let you know how he kids like it tomorrow! I love the smell, but not a fan of baked breads! Crazy, I know!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Morning Routine Sign

Need a visual for the kids' back to school morning routine?


Monday, June 10, 2013

Avocado Chicken Salad

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 avocado
1/4c onion, chopped ( I love onion so I added more, you may like less...)
juice of 1/2 a lime (this is so the avocado doesn't turn brown)
2-3 sprigs of cilantro (you can substitute with basil if you don't like cilantro)
salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the chicken breast whole. When cooked thoroughly, dice it up in bite size pieces.
Mash the avocado until a creamy consistency. Add the onion, cilantro leaves, lime juice, salt and pepper. IF the chicken is cool, blend it into the mixture. Don't mix the warm chicken in, you don't want to "cook" the avocado. 
Place in refrigerator until completely cool, then ENJOY! 

This would taste fabulous on croissant, but to keep things low fat, I'm simply enjoying by itself.    
I may add sun dried tomatoes for a little extra flavor and color next time too!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kid Friendly Garb

I needed to come up with an after school snack that I could feed kids from 1 year to 12 years old. I mixed sweet, salty and dried fruit to get this! "This is the best snack ever, can we have this everyday?" Is just one comment I received!!

1 box animal crackers
1 box Chocolate Cheerios
1 bag stick pretzels
1 bag Craisins-blueberry
1 bag Craisins-cranberry

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Strawberry Icebox Cake

3 lbs strawberries, sliced
2 tubs Cool Whip
1 ENTIRE box of graham crackers
1/4 c chocolate chips (for the drizzle)

In a 9x13 glass pan layer first three ingredients. Leave crackers whole. they should fit in the pan five across two on the bottom.
Layer in this order:
put the chocolate chip in a baggie and melt in the microwave. Do 10 sec increments until they're melted. Cut tip off bottom of baggie to use it to drizzle or the cake. Cover and put in the refrigerator for 4 hours ( we cheated, it was only 3 1/2, but it was still good!!!) Mmmm...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Neon Apples

You don't need a sugar treat for the kids. Kids are simple. Here's another great treat that not only healthy, it's delicious! Adults you can eat these too, you're a kid at heart!

-Sliced Apples
I prefer Fugi. Removing the skins isn't necessary. If kids can eat hot dogs, they can eat the skin of an apple! And besides, there are great nutrients in them!!
-Sugar Free Jell-O (the kids prefer lime, orange, and strawberry)
Drizzle the powdered jello across the apples. A little goes a long way!

Banana Dessert Surprise

This is a daycare go to!! Three simple ingredients that's sure to please any kid!

Each cup contains
1/2 of a banana, cut up
drizzle of sugar free caramel sauce

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Powdered Laundry Detergent *NEW RECIPE* Makes LOADS!!*

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean (I used a generic it was 3.5 lbs)
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Fels Naphtha Soap
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (This is 100% optional. I like our clothes to smell good! Now if Gain would only come out with something!!)

-1 wooden spoon
-2 large buckets (I used a new mop bucket and a 5 gallon paint pail, my hubby had)
-food processor (I have a food processor I got on a swap site I use strictly for my cleaning supplies and crafts)
-Containers with lids or use the 5 gallon bucket with a lid

-First grate the 2 bars of soap
-Switch to the chopping blade
-"Chop" the bar soap so it's more fine (see the second picture)
-Layer all the ingredients into a bucket. I used a new mop bucket.
-Blend ingredients in the food processor (little by little of course) You can either do this part or eliminate it all together. It just made everything the same consistency.
-Put blended ingredients into the other bucket and mix it together.

We use 1-2 tablespoons per load in our high efficiency washer. You may have to use more or less depending on your washer and/or water. (ie. hard water, water softener, etc.) From the looks of how much this makes we shouldn't need to make anymore until next fall!!

I got the "recipe" from
The "recipe" at the top is adapted from there, but with the changes I made, so I'm ready for the next batch!

Happy Washing!

Update: Its's August 19, 2013 and we are still using this batch of soap!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chewy Granola Bars

2 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup Rice Krispies
1/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup mini M & M candies (The picture shows full size M&M's, I say, use what'cha got!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray an 9 X 9 inch square pan (for thick) 9x13 (for thinner) with cooking spray.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
Press into prepared pan. (Spray clean hands with cooking spray before pressing in to pan will make it easier!)
Score before baking.
Bake 18 - 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Other mix in ideas...chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, craisins, raisins, peanuts, dried fruit, the options are endless!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Close to KFC Fried Chichen

2 tablespoons salt
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons pepper
4 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon mustard, ground
1 tablespoon thyme, ground
1 tablespoon sweet basil
1 teaspoon oregano, ground
1 tablespoon ginger, ground

Mix all spices and flour together.
Take pieces of chicken and dip in slightly beaten raw egg.
Roll in spice mixture.
Fry chicken in oil. ( I use peanut oil)
Bake in foil, metal or glass pan in a 350F degrees oven for 45 minutes. Do not cover!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

2 cups of cooked chicken breasts; cubed
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tablespoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 (10 oz) cans flakey biscuits

Preheat your oven to 400.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, frozen veggies, cheese, herbs and spices.
On a cutting board flatten biscuits. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and place the biscuits into each cup, pressing into the bottom and up the sides.
Evenly spoon the pot pie mixture into each biscuit cup. Slide into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Check at the 12 minute mark.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Most Amazing Potato Soup

Today I tried another recipe from the Pioneer Woman! It is beyond fabulous! Creamy, Chunky, heaven! Not your throw together soup, but well worth the time!

Here's the link to the amazing recipe!


Barbecued Baked Beans

Sauté bacon until it's crisp and onion yellow…

4 strips bacon, diced
1 large onion, minced
Stir in…
2 cans baked beans (w/ pork) (Pork n' Beans)
1 tsp prepared mustard
¼ cup chili sauce
1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)

Pour into greased 1 ½ quart baking dish. Bake uncovered until beans are brown and bubbly. Serve hot. Temperature: 350 degrees Time: Bake for 45 minutes Amount: 10 servings

Six Week Raisin Bran Muffins

I believe these are the muffins my Mom used to make when I was a kid! These will be great for Breakfast and after school snacks!

4 large eggs
1 cup olive oil
3 cups sugar
5 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
15 oz raisin bran cereal
1 quart buttermilk

In a very large bowl, combine eggs, oil, and sugar. You are creating an emulsion here, so wisk fast. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

To liquid mixture, alternate adding flour mixture, raisin bran, and buttermilk, one at a time, stirring after each addition. Mix just until combined.

Bake at 425 for 8-12 minutes (my crappy oven took 16 minutes+)

Makes very large amount of batter (42 regular size muffins, to be exact). If desired, covered batter can be stored in fridge for up to six weeks (YES, really) and used a little at a time.
Makes 42 muffins at approximately 205 calories each.

She found the recipe!! Check it out!!