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Friday, July 31, 2015

Oh my goodness has July gone quickly! I seriously don't know where the long month went. We are just a few weeks away from the kids going back to school. This seriously needs to slow down! LOL!

Easy Cherry Almond Microwave Fudge

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Here is another easy microwave fudge recipe. This cherry almond variety tastes just like a cherry cordial.
Easy Cherry Almond Microwave Fudge
Simple ingredients, but big results!
Cherry Almond Microwave Fudge

by Diana Rambles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Ingredients (4 pounds)
  • sweetened condensed milk, 2 cans
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips, 3 bags
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp almond extract
  • maraschino cherries, 2 jars

In a large glass bowl soften the butter in the microwave. Add the condensed milk and chocolate chips to the bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Repeat until the chips are melted.

Drain and chop the maraschino cherries. Stir in the extract and cherries into the melted chocolate. Pour into a foil lined 9x13 dish. Refrigerate until firm. Cut & serve.
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It's so yummy!!! I took it to a potluck and it disappeared quickly!
Easy Cherry Almond Microwave Fudge
I originally planned to make a cherry pie filling fudge, but it was a fail. I made it with white chocolate chips, stirring some pie filling into the top of the fudge. The chocolate hardened, but the pie filling stayed gooey. It tasted good, but was a big mess!!
Do you prefer white or semi-sweet chocolate chips?

Minion Tie Dye Shirt Tutorial

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Who loves Minions? Here is a fun tutorial for a Minion tie dye shirt.
Two of my nephews have birthdays coming up. It has been a while since I've seen them and I want to send something really special to them. I like to give handmade gifts that reflect the recipients' interests. I asked their mom to give me a few ideas of their favorites and I headed to Walmart for inspiration. I was going down the aisle toward the craft section and I saw this Hallmark display of Minion cards. They love Minions!! My daughter helped me pick out a few cards for her cousins and I started thinking of what I could make them.
You have seen me post embroidered items from time to time. I love having an embroidery machine and I often make gifts with it. I know my one nephew likes to wear polo shirts, so I decided to embroider a small Minion on a yellow shirt. I headed over to the boy's section and picked out two plain yellow polo shirts. I was getting so excited about how this was coming together.

Before we headed to the other side of the store for groceries, I went right back to the Hallmark aisle to pick out some gift wrap. There was a huge selection of of various colors and prints for birthdays and other special occasions. I myself am partial to gift bags because they are so simple. I picked out a bright set of birthday bags and some tissue paper to match. I was able to knock out my birthday shopping quickly, which thrilled me. I hate wandering around the store trying to come up with a good idea. I had everything I needed for the birthdays in about six minutes.
The Minion polos were fun to make. Aren't they cute? I am very pleased with how they turned out and I think they are going to really like them.
I love how easy Hallmark makes it to celebrate special occasions. From cards to wrapping paper to stuffed animals and more, Hallmark has it all!
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Here is one of the Minion cards that my daughter picked out. I love it because the Minion in the clip on is wearing tie dye. I am not a hippie, but I love tie dye! This little Minion in the colorful shirt just makes me smile. I want one for myself!
Seeing this card got me thinking that if I Minion could wear tie dye, why not make a Minion tie dye? I decided to be a little abstract with this idea and go for the big Minion eye.
Minion Tie Dye Shirt Instructions

  1. Lay your damp shirt flat.
  2. Pinch the center of the shirt where you want the pupil to be. Wrap a rubber band just under inch down from the tip.
  3. Continue to wrap rubber bands for a little over two inches. This will prevent dye from reaching the white of the eye.
  4. Wrap a rubber band just under an inch down to create the section for the goggle.
  5. Continue to gather the shirt and wrap rubber bands around the shirt several inches apart.
  6. Dye the eye sections black.
  7. Dye the rest of the shirt yellow. 
  8. Optional: Add blue dye to the bottom edge of the shirt to create a denim look of Minion overalls.
  9. Finish off the dying process according the dye instructions.

Who is the Minion fan in your family? Do you love tie dye like I love tie dye?
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Ginger Peach Sun Tea

Monday, July 27, 2015

It's the last week of July, that means it's time for my last original peach recipe of the month. With the recent heat, this ice tea is bound to cool you off!
Ginger Peach Sun Tea

Ginger Peach Sun Tea

by Diana Rambles
Prep Time: 5-6 hours
Ingredients (1 gallon)
  • 1 gallon water
  • 6 tea bags
  • ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 peaches

Prepare the sun tea by steeping the tea and slices of ginger in a gallon of water in the sun for 4-5 hours. I used about an inch of ginger cut into thin slices. Remove bags and ginger and cool off in refrigerator.

Prepare the simple syrup by peeling and dicing the peaches. Mix the cup of water, cup of sugar, and peaches in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. As the syrup is boiling mash the peach with a masher. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain the peaches if you want.

Fill glass with ice, pour in desired amount of peach syrup, and then fill the rest of the way with the sun tea. Stir and serve.
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Ginger Peach Sun Tea
What do you think of the combination of ginger with peach? I was concerned my kids might find it weird, but they really liked it. I used white peaches in the recipe, but yellow peaches work just fine!
Click below to see my other peach recipes.


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