Friday, February 19, 2010

Bugaloo Kids Shoes

I have died and gone to baby shoe heaven. How cute are these shoes? And $12, are you kidding me? For more styles check out Bugaloo Kids.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cookie Dough Truffles

I love cookie dough, sometimes more than the finished cookie. So when I first saw this recipe on Annie's Eats, which is one of my favorite food blogs, I knew I had to make it. The picture had me drooling all over my computer!

These little truffles taste just like cookie dough, without the raw eggs. The batter was really easy to put together, the only thing that took some time was dipping the dough in chocolate. I only ended up dipping about half the batch because I knew we couldn't eat them all. The rest are still in my freezer waiting for another day of dipping.

Here are the little dough balls just waiting to go into the freezer. They look exactly like cookie dough, but didn't really taste like it until they were frozen.

You can tell Addie enjoyed them!

Cookie Dough Truffles
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ lb. semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Mini chocolate chips (for garnish)
Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up enough to form balls.

Shape the chilled cookie dough mixture into 1-1½ inch balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Cover loosely, transfer the pan to the freezer and chill for 1-2 hours.

When ready to dip the truffles, melt the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Dip each chilled truffle, one at a time, coating in chocolate and shaking gently to remove the excess. (If at any point during dipping, the cookie dough balls become too soft, return to the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.) Transfer to a wax-paper lined surface. If using mini chocolate chips for garnish, sprinkle on top quickly after dipping each truffle before the chocolate sets. Once all the truffles have been dipped, store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Elmo Socks

These are the new favorite items at our house. I love how much fun socks can be when you are a two year old. Thanks Aunt Sarah!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Easy Valentines Idea

If the way to your mans heart is through his stomach, this could be for you. I would give it to Reed except I already showed it to him earlier to find out if it's dumb. It is not dumb. He liked it, your man should too.

Take a Jar of Salsa. Homemade perhaps?

Make a tag that says "My Love for You is SPICY"

Tie to Jar.

Don't Forget the Chips!

You're done. How cute is that?

Check out Tatertots and Jello for more fun ideas!

Easy Homemade Salsa

We love salsa here. It's so fun to sit down with a bowl of yummy salsa and plenty of chips. We usually just have Pace on hand which is fine, but this one is WAY better. I first saw this recipe posted on The Frugal Girls and it's so easy I just had to try it out.

You blend a few ingredients together and TaDa! Fresh yummy salsa. It really is so easy and homemade is always better than store bought.

Easy Salsa

  • 2 Cans Mexican Style Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Original Ro-Tel {Hot Ro-Tel can be substituted}
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, crushed
  • 3 Green Onions, chopped
  • Handful of Cilantro {more to taste}
  • 1/2 Small White or Yellow Onion, chopped
Combine all ingredients {excluding the Ro-Tel} in a food processor or blender. Pulse until well blended, then transfer to a bowl. And Eat!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Layers Clothing Warehouse Sale

Layers is having a Warehouse Sale next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 19 &20) only. I haven't seen anything from Layers for a while now (probably because of the fire they had) but this sale was always my favorite. I hope they have some great deals!

The sale will be in the big building right next to Sun Flower Market, pretty easy to find.

Friday 2/19
Saturday 2/20
9 am to 7 pm

6230 S. State St.
Murray, UT 84107

Click Here for the map.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Down East Warehouse

I love Down East Basics clothing. They are cute, modest and priced right. If you like their clothes too and you live in (or visiting Utah) you should stop by the Down East Warehouse. I heard about their warehouse a long time ago when I read about it on a blog. I planned on going and checking it out a lot sooner but never got around to it. Finally today my sister and I went and got some great finds!
They have basics there for $3 or 2 for $5. Skirts and fashion tops are $6 or 2 for $10. They don't have any fitting rooms and sales are final. I ended up trying on a few skirts over my pants.

Also make sure you check for holes in your clothes, unless you are going to make something amazing like this.

365 West Hope Avenue (roughly 1410 South)
Salt Lake City

Thanks to Uber-Chic for Cheap for the info!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Free Brad Paisley Song

Click Here to download a free copy of Brad Paisley's new single, Letter to me. If you like country music this is awesome.

And yes of course this song almost made me cry, most country songs do.

Thanks Thankful Thrifty!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tasty Lentil Tacos

We tried out Lentil Tacos this week and really liked them. I was actually surprised how much we enjoyed eating them. The only complaint we had was that the lentils where still pretty hard. I ended up cooking them a lot longer than the recipes says and they still didn't get soft enough. We didn't want to wait any longer so we just ate them like that.

I halved the recipe and we used soft whole wheat tortillas because I'm more of a soft shell kind of girl. Also Addie loved eating the lentil mixture and rice, that makes this another healthy toddler food.

Now we have healthy and delicious alternatives to hamburgers and tacos. Try them out, let me know what your family thinks of them.

Lentil Tacos
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons fat free sour cream
In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Uncover; cook for 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Mash lentils slightly.

Stir in salsa. Spoon about 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream.

Recipe from

Check out A southern Fairytale, Blessed with Grace, and Balancing Beauty and Bedlam for more recipes.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Cheaper than roses

Another great Valentines idea. I love love love how this Love Note Bouquet looks. For directions look Here. Found on Your Life in Shade.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sweet Valentines Ideas

I have been loving all of the fun Valentines treats I've seen around the web. Here is a sample of some of my favorites.

I love love love these iPod Valentines, they are my new favorites. Found Here.

Cute felt fortune cookies filled with kisses. Found on My Petite Purse.

I love these cute Lollipop Topiaries found on one of the cutest blogs, Remodelaholic.

Cute little candy shaped cakes. I love how these look! Found Here.

I love these strawberry roses, I would enjoy these far more than real roses. Found Here.
Cute little Cupid cupcakes, found Here.

Here is a cute heart shaped layered jello. I don't really like jello but I do enjoy a good layered jello every once and a while. Found Here.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Valentine's Tree

My mom gave me a little white Christmas Tree this year that she was just going to throw away. We used it during Christmas as another decoration and then put it away. Then I saw on someones blog (I wish I could remember who! Update: It was Laurel's cute tree that I saw, you can find it Here) that they created a Valentine's Tree out of their little white one. Why didn't I think of that?? So here is my first Valentines Decoration of the year.

I was going to make my decorations but then I went to Michale's and found these cute little hearts on sale. The only problem was that they only had red, which really isn't a problem if you have some glitter and Mod Podge.

I just did a layer of Mod Podge (has it always been Mod Podge, I thought it was Modge Podge) and sprinkled the glitter on. Then I cut some ribbon and stuck it to the top of the heart.

Ta Da, pretty cute.

The finished Valentine's Tree. Now I just need to find some little gifts to go under it.


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