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Sunday, May 19, 2013


I have this thing about having a roll, tortilla, sweet bread or muffin with my salad.  But, in order not to cancel out the good nutrition in the salad, I've been trying out different versions of lower fat/lower calorie muffins and breads.  I've put one together, combining a couple of different recipes and thought I'd share this with you.
Looks good right?  It was and very moist.
So, here are the ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 cups Bisquick Heart Smart mix
  • 3/4 cup truvia
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • 2 Tbsp grated orange peel
  • 5 egg whites or 3/4 cup fat free egg product
  • 1 cup craisins
Streusal topping:
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 2-tsps. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Heat oven to 375.  Use Pam to spray a 9x5 loaf pan.  In medium bowl, stir Bisquick, truvia, sour cream, applesauce, orange peel and egg whites until moistened.  Stir in cranberries.  Pour into pan.  Make streusal and sprinkle over the top of the batter.  Bake 50-55 minutes.  Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan.  Combine OJ and powdered sugar to make a glaze and drizzle over the top of the bread once it has completely cooled.   Enjoy!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Making a flower girl wreath is pretty easy.  Last weekend I brought my supplies upstairs and worked on one while watching a "chick flick".  Since my husband was out of town he was spared, not only the movie, but also how I took over the coffee table with all my goodies.
The supplies you need are:

  • floral wire
  • floral wire tape
  • assorted flowers
  • glue gun
  • ribbon
  • wire cutters
I happened to have floral wire stems already on hand, so I chose to use two of those; you could also use a strand of floral wire to start.  First thing to determine is the circumference of the child's head.  This was interesting since I don't have a child at home any more.  So, I "googled", don't you "google" everything these days?  Anyway, you'll find some interesting items when you google circumference of a four year old's head......needless to say, I didn't find what I was looking for, so I measured mine and I guessed.  I twisted the two stems together at two different points to form a circle and then I wrapped the entire circle with green floral tape.  

From that point on, I used my wire cutters to cut the floral stems and then glued and placed them around the circle to get the look that I wanted.  

I literally purchased 4 different types of stems at Hobby Lobby; 1 pink roses, 1 white baby's breath, 1 pink baby's breath and 1 green/white balls.  As I cut the rose buds from the stem, I then had the leaves to scatter around the entire wreath to balance the green with the color.  The final touch was a ribbon tied into a bow and glued to what will be the back of the wreath. The whole project cost me under $8. 

Monday, May 6, 2013


I wanted to make some cute flower girl baskets for the styled shoot my daughter and I are collaborating on later this month.  So, I chose to head to my local thrift store just for grins to see if I could find any bargains that I could spruce up.  Little did I know that Saturday's are "half-off", so once I was able to locate a parking spot, I did great.  Take a look at these cute baskets that I found!
Since we'll have a four year old, A six year old and an eight year old, I wanted to have sizes to match.    These little babies were $1.99 each and with the half off sale, you got it...just $1.00.  Can't beat that!  So, I picked up some white satin spray paint and a few flowers at Hobby Lobby (50% off, of course) and ribbon at WalMart (their ribbon prices are awesome!), grabbed my trusty glue gun and went to town.

Cute huh?  So, keep your local thrift store in mind when it comes to a project like this...these baskets were in great shape.  You could decorate baskets for a bridal shower, baby shower, or even for Easter.  Just a bit of paint and some "craftiness" and you are good to go!