Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chicken Pot Pie

I love Chicken Pot Pie and it's been unseasonably cool for us this I think that I'll be making a comfort food favorite!  I use a similar recipe to this. I always use mini cookie cutters to vent the pie and Busy Bee loves to eat the cute shapes first. I find the cutest little cookie cutters in the crafts store near the modeling clay!

Bee Happy,
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Wednesday Words


Real Mothers don't eat quiche; They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cucumber Lemonade

I'm surprised that I'm sharing this recipe because a few years ago - this was my signature drink. :) The cucumbers add just a hint of flavor and cut the sourness in the perfect way. Pour yourself a tall, cool glass and stay a while!

Below is the homemade recipe that I follow, but you can always use storebought lemonade (Simply Lemonade is my favorite!) I promise not to tell!

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)


1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength.

Slice a frozen cucumber into lemonade! Enjoy! This amount Serves 6-8.

One of the first items that I bought for my kitchen starting out was a Williams Sonoma Juicer. I always heated my lemons for a few seconds and rolled them back and forth on the counter to extract the most lemon juice from them!

{Photo: Williams Sonoma}
Bee Happy,

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Father's Day Candy Bar Wrapper

One of the many surprises & treats that we have planned is to surprise the world's best Daddy (ours :) ) with a giant Mr. Goodbar with this personalized wrapper.

Busy Bee is also planning a "carnival" where our special guest will have to win his gifts!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Homemade Slushies

Thanks to Ramblings of a Crazy Woman for this great idea!!

Yesterday was just Hot Hot Hot & a perfect day to try out this new trick! As my note states, we didn't have much luck making the grape pop into a slush... but when we replaced it with grape juice from juice pouches (hey, it's what we had to work with!), I'm happy to report that we had slush in a matter of minutes!

Here's what you'll need:
-2 zipper bags
-2 cups of ice
-1/3 cup of ice cream salt (no, not rock salt like Busy Bee's friend thought :) )
-3 juice pouches or similar amount of juice/lemonade

Pour the juice into the first bag and seal. Then place the sealed bag in the second bag and add the ice & salt around it. This is the fun part, take turns shaking it! This is where Busy Bee & her friend came in handy... Busy's Bee's favorite method was to jump up & down while holding the bag. You might want to wear winter gloves because it gets cooooooold fast!

We poured the frozen concoction into bowls and used silly straws to enjoy it! This got two thumbs up & we'll definitely do this in the future.

In the interest of full disclosure, I think that the pop would have slushified (is that even a word??) eventually as we saw signs of it starting to work!

Here is the result - granted it's a few minutes after being poured into the bowl. (I told you it was hot!) On a side note, don't you moms just love clear grape juice?

Bee Happy,
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at a new project that I've been working on! I can't tell you how excited I am about it! More details coming soon... :)
Bee Happy,
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New Designs

When my Busy Bees are sleeping at night, I've been working on a few new designs! I'm anxious to get my new website up and running. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek!

My new site will feature 'collections' where you can print your own cupcake toppers, banners and wrappers!
Like these:

Bee Happy,
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

1-2-3 Fudge Sauce

Yum!! We enjoyed this oldie but goodie for Memorial Day!

Our power went off on the holiday, so we were figuring out a way to heat it up on the grill's side burner. Just then, the power flicked back on and the first thing out of my mouth was, "Heat up the fudge sauce!" for fear that it would go off again!

 I cringed too at the amount of sugar used in this recipe... but as with most sauces - a little goes a long way!

Busy Bee wanted to eat this from the container with a spoon and I don't blame her!

Bee Happy,
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010