Birthday Love

Hi lovelies,

It’s been a while, I know.  Bad blogger that I am, I haven’t posted in over a month – whoops!  Sometimes it happens, and you just have to pull up your big girl panties and keep on keeping on.  So for your delight I would like to present the birthday cake that I made for my trophy husband this year:

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Yes, that is a toy quad half buried in the cake – why you ask?  Because he sunk his in a pond about a month ago, and this was cute little reminder.

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Looks about right hey?

Super Easy – Cheesy Caprese Quinoa

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This is the best recipe that I have tried in a long long time.  And if you make it as well, I think you will agree – It’s good.

So good my trophy husband gobbled it up and asked for seconds, and if I had kids I think they would do the same.

Since I am always looking for ways to delete meat from my diet (and my trophy husband is not), it can be tough to create a meal that will work for both of us.  But this one does.

Try it:

Cheesy Caprese Quinoa:

2 Cups cooked quinoa, 1 1/2 Cups pasta sauce,  2 Tbsp tomato paste, 1/3 Cup parmesan cheese, 1 Cup mozzarella cheese – divided, 1 small package grape tomatoes, basil (as much or as little as you like), 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, pepper to taste.

Cook quinoa and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 C.  In a medium sized pan, heat pasta sauce and tomato paste until warm.  Then stir in red pepper, parmesan cheese and black pepper.  Next add your 2 cups of quinoa and half the mozzarella cheese, half the tomatoes (I cut them in half) and as much basil as you would like.  Spray or oil a baking dish – then pour the entire mixture in the dish.  Top with remaining cheese, tomatoes and more basil if you like.  Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for a few to brown the cheese.

Then serve.

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It’s that easy, and the trophy husband said it tasted like lasagna.  And we polished it off over the next few days as a quick leftover supper (just tossed back in the oven for 15 again and serve)

I found the original recipe here – but I tweaked it a bit.

Enjoy!

Gold Glitter Tray DIY

It has begun.

I fell in love with gold glitter – well gold in general.  But over the past few months I have learned that nothing is safe!  Which means that pretty much anything that we own could/would be covered in gold glitter.  If I want it to.

And I want it to be.

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This project was inspired by A Beautiful Mess.  I saw it over a year ago and have wanted a gold glitter tray ever since.  So, naturally I procrastinated for a while (if you can call a year a while – more like a long long time).  And man was it easy.  All I needed was a plate, glue, glitter, modge podge and a foam paint brush.  Spread your glue all over the plate with the foam brush.  Then get your glitter going.  Make sure you get lots in there, you can shake off the extra once it dries.  Once dried, touch up any missed spots and let dry fully again.  Once fully dried, shake any access glitter off tray then spread the modge podge all over in an even coat. The goal is to seal the glitter under the modge podge so that they don’t just shake off as you use your tray.  I did a second coat with the modge podge to make sure.  Then just let dry fully.

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And look how pretty it is!

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Love!

Kind-of Amazing Super Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

I am a major sucker for anything hot fudge.  Big time.

So when I stumbled upon this super easy Hot Fudge recipe from Say Yes, I knew I had to give it a try.

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It is amazingly delicious.  And EASY!  I tweaked the original recipe a bit by using Eagle Brand (sweetened evaporated milk) and only adding 1/2 cup sugar instead of the 1 1/3 cups originally suggested.

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Recipe:

1/2 Cup Butter, 1 Cup Evaporated Milk, 1/2 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder, 1 tsp Vanilla

Melt the butter in a small pot.  Add evaporated milk and bring to a slow boil.  Add the dry ingredients and cook for about 4 minutes (until the fudge starts to stick to the back of the spoon).  Add vanilla and DONE!

I poured the whole batch into this jar and it fit perfectly. I then just popped into the fridge.  The original recipe says that it can live in the fridge forever, but I really don’t think it will last long enough to test that theory.

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And wow is it tasty.  Try it.  You won’t be dissapointed.

Scratch Made Alfredo Sauce

I was having a hardcore craving for Alfredo about a week ago and I hate the idea of buying one ready made full of preservatives and salt and god only knows what else.  So I obviously went to Pinterest.

And I found a good one! It only has 4 ingredients listed on the original site where I found it.

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Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream, 6 tablespoons butter, 6 tablespoons parmesan cheese, pepper

(I deleted the salt, there is so much salt in the cheese that the sauce does not need any more – plus its better for you)

Melt butter on medium low heat.  Add cream.  I stirred it constantly to make sure I wouldn’t let the cream burn. Once the butter cream mixture is warm, add the cheese.  Good parmesan cheese doesn’t melt instantly, so I used a whisk to stir the sauce until it was smooth.  Then just add pepper and/or garlic.  Continue cooking for about 15 minutes and it will thicken a bit.  I doubled this recipe so that I could have some left overs (and I like cheese so I used more cheese than the instructions suggested).

While it was cooking I boiled a package of angel hair pasta then added the pasta directly into the sauce.  It was really good.  And really easy.  Oh and really fatty.

But the fatty part that was expected, the easy part on the other hand… Not expected and yet a delightful surprise.

Litter Box Hack – Pinterest WIN!

Living with Cats – Expectation:

Woman and cat

Reality:

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Hair AND

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Cat litter.  It’s a disaster really.  To my cats, the litter box is not only their bathroom, but also a delightful play area where they can dig and let litter rain all over the place.  We can’t even let our dogs anywhere near the litter box because they think that its a tasty treat for them to nibble on, so the cats have their own room, baby gated and all. I know, its ridiculous.  We have had cats for about 7 years now, and everyday I think about how to make the litter situation better.

Then I found this Pin.  So I’m trying it out.

I bought the tallest rubbermaid bin that I could find – and for my cats I spare no expense! (this thing was probably the most expensive one at walmart – but if it could solve all my problems… I don’t care!).  I made sure that the lid would close securly as they will be jumping onto it a lot.

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Oh and Kooby says HI!

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I traced a plate so that I could make a decent hole in the top (I probably could have gone smaller, BUT Koobs is pretty fat and I wanted to make sure he would be comfortable enough to go in and out of it. Then I cut the hole.  With scissors.  Because I couldn’t find our box cutter.  I would suggest using a box cutter as I developed a blister from the scissors.  I digress.

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Victory!  The original pin showed the hole in the middle, I figured that it wouldn’t have been enough room for the goombas to jump onto.

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I put the box back into its original spot in the closet in their bedroom (NO – nothing gets stored in that closet but cat turds).

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I left the lid off for a few days so that they would be comfortable using the higher box.

Overall result – pretty darn good. I just took a look and there are only about 4 litter granuals outside the box right now and that is a WHOLE lot better than before.

Well done Pinterest.

Wedding Series – Guest Book

Guest Book.

This was a hard one.  I knew I wanted something different from your typical ‘write your name and where you came from on this line’ white ugly frilly thing that I would never look at again.

So I scoured Pinterest again and again.  And I was uninspired.  I saw the usual, the unusual, the complicated and the expensive.  I pinned the following hoping to gather some inspiration from them.  It didn’t work.

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After a few months, I still wasn’t in love.

So I came up with this:

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I bought a book on flowers.  For everyday of the year, it presents a flower with stunning photography.  I asked our guests to choose their favourite flower and write us a warm wish.

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No we have a lovely coffee table book that is not only gorgeous to look at but also lovely to read.  The words that our friends and family wrote were so thoughtful and warm, my heart is filled every time I open it up.

I love that not all the pages are filled, so its a nice surprise when you stumble upon a note.  I keep it out all the time, and its a nice reminder of our day.