Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Red Pepper Saltines

Red Pepper Saltines

These are sooooo yummy! My co-worker brought them to work and I kept sneaking into her desk all day to eat them! The crackers are super simple to make. I have also seen another version where they put garlic powder and/or onion powder in the bag instead of ranch seasoning. Regardless, it is nice to know you have a snack that doesn't have all these weird additives.


3 sleeves of Saltines

1 pkg Ranch dressing mix

1/ cup olive oil

2-3 tablespoons red pepper flakes.

Put all ingredients in a gallon zip lock bag and shake to mix. Let soak overnight. Enjoy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jalapeno Lemonade

If you have never tried this, you are thinking this lemonade sounds weird, right? I had this drink at the Superbowl party I went to and I admit my first reaction was not to hurry up and try it. After the first sip, it was surprisingly yummy and not spicy at all. My kids loved it. It has the taste of a fresh, earthy, island beverage. The mix of jalapenos and lemons are really satisfying. Make sure the seeds are removed if you want to keep it mild though, unless your guests will prefer the spice.

1/2 cup sugar or Truvia

6 1/2 cup water

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 jalapenos, stemmed and sliced with seeds

Combine sugar/stevia and 1/2 cup water in small saucepan. Simmer until sugar dissolves and liquid is clear, about 3 minutes.

Combine in pitcher with remaining water, lemon juice, and sliced jalapenos. Stir and refridgerate 1-3 hours. Strain or serve with jalapenos.

6 servings

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Re-done Valentine Decor Blocks

Remember when country decor was popular? People would have bonnets hanging on their walls with big raffia bows on them. I love my little country Valentine's Day block set, but it was looking outdated. I decided to give cupid a make-over.
You will need craft paint (or spray paint), paint primer, paint brush, glitter glue, ribbon or rhinestones or foam hearts, a Cricut machine for the letters or die cuts, and Modge Podge.

Below is my "before," so look through your old decor stuff before you toss it out.
Start by painting your blocks a more modern color, I chose a "Paris pink" and "holiday red." A primer will be necessary unless you want to do a million coats.
I used glitter glue to jazz up my cupid figurine. I also painted his bow.

Use a Cricut to cut out your letters. I used white paper, but looking back I think patterned paper would have been cuter. If you do not have a Cricut, you can buy pre-made letters at a craft store, or go to a scrapbook store and use their die cut machine.

Modge Podge your letters on the blocks, covering the entire face of the block. Add any little extra embellishments, i.e. rhinestones, foam hearts, ribbon, etc.

I don't think cupid is a girl, but she is now. I couldn't resist putting a cute little ribbon in her curly hair :)
Now, my block set is updated for years to come.

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