Tasty Tuesday – Sweet Peeps!

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Welcome to Tasty Tuesday for this Sweet Peeps Extravaganza! We went a little crazy with the Peeps around here this week. I think I’ve had my share of sugar for awhile, and even the kids aren’t asking for more right now.

First, we made these cute little chick cupcakes! We don’t eat coconut around here, but how else can you make a nest? Maybe pretzels or something. We gave some of these to the neighbors and the “hot dog lady” at the park. They look good, but ya gotta like coconut!

Check out this cake…

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Then we tried a little cupcake with eggs…

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Then we moved on to dip bunnies and chicks in melted chocolate and sprinkles.

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Ours didn’t turn out quite like these…we were a little heavy on the chocolate and the sprinkles, but they tasted great!

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This really wasn’t the look I was hoping for, but it was fun! My boys put some in the freezer and tried them frozen. It got two thumbs up from them.

Check out yesterday’s post about….Peeps! Yes, there’s more! I found cute crafts, games, AND CHINA!

Here’s a few Peeps Marshmallow facts for you to share with your families…

  • It takes six minutes to make one Peeps chick.
  • Original Peeps have a shelf life of two years. {I’m not sure that’s good!!!}
  • More than 5 million Peeps are produced each day. {Can that be right?}
  • Peeps have been the most popular nonchocolate Easter candy in the United States for more than a decade. {Not jelly beans!}

Now, for the recipes on the beautiful cake and the pretty dipped bunnies, just stop by the official website for Peeps.

We all had loads of fun getting ready for Tasty Tuesday this week. Take a little time and mess up your kitchen like I did…It was worth it!

A couple quick reminders…remember to link directly to your post, and please don’t forget to place a link back here to Tasty Tuesday! Enjoy the great food!  Let’s see what you brought to the party this week!

Peeps! Sweet Spring Fun!

Spring is in the air!  I find myself searching for pretty decorations and fun things to do more than usual. Well, I ran across some really interesting things to share with all of ya’ll!

Peeps have always been a part of Easter baskets and Spring. You can find them in so many shapes and colors now. {I love the new green.}  They even have them out around Halloween…that’s not for me. No, I’m a Spring Peep kinda person. I need yellow chicks and pink bunnies!

I never knew there were so many fans of these marshmallow creations until today.

I found out that Lenox China has a line with Peeps! Peeps! We’re talking marshmallows here!

Look at how cute this one is…

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This is a personalized Peeps Bunny Sculpture!

I was really surprised at how cute it was! What a wonderful gift for someone sweet!

What about Peeps Salt and Pepper Shakers? These would be great for Spring!

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Who knew they could make a Peep look pretty enough for a holiday dinner?  

Here’s a few things that would be fun for the kids!  How about Spring crafts with Peeps?

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Peeps has a website with a Peeps Club with tons of activities.  These little baskets looks easy!  

I couldn’t believe there’s a book just for Peeps!

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This is loaded with fun recipes and crafts. What a fun book to have around!

Here’s a link to a free printable for a Peeps party favor holder.  It’s simple and sweet!

If you have kids that like to play online games, I found this fun little site with a Marshmallow Peeps in Outer Space. I’m sure Peep Invaders will entertain them for awhile during Spring Break.

Tomorrow I’ll be talking about Peeps more on Tasty Tuesday! I’ll give you some ideas for edible Peep treats!

I hope you can join us for our weekly blog party.  We usually post Mr. Linky a little early so more people have a chance to link up. It should be up around 10 PM tonight. Bring your food post…any recipe or food post will do!

You Gotta Pull The Plug Dude!

Tim here (a.k.a Remodeling Guy)…

Everyone knows all about Kimba at A Soft Place to Land‘s social experiment last Friday right? For those that don’t, here was the idea:

Unplug your computer, like really unplug it. From the wall.

When I first got the email from Kimba, I knew something was wrong as soon as I read the first words: “Hi girls!” The sad part is that I’m getting used to it. I mean, I am a Domestic Diva! But still, I’m also a big burly guy with a beard so I do notice when someone calls me a girl! But I digress…

Kimba went on to say that she didn’t have her priorities in-line or something like that, yada, yada, yada… she had an epiphany: kill the computer for one day.

My response was short: you mean, like, turn it off? completely?….

I was aghast, ashen faced, I think my heart stopped beating for a moment, and my life flashed before my eyes. Then I realized I’d seen this before… it’s like a New Years resolution, it will all be over with tomorrow. I started to feel hope…maybe I could pull it off. You can do this. You can do this.

I was pumped! So I made the commitment. I’ll DO IT! I excitedly proclaimed! I’ll shut off the computer for one day.

Clearly I was referring to the desktop. I mean, a laptop isn’t technically a computer right? It might wish it were a whole computer, but it’s not, we all know it. So, while I might not have the full blinding power of the Mainframe, I would have the Macbook, and the Toshiba, oh and AJ’s Acer too, so we would be fine.

In the end, I just couldn’t do it…I tried, Lord knows I tried, but I just couldn’t. Sorry Kimba.

Rain, Glorious Rain!

We woke up to thunder gently rolling and the hope of rain. It was raining on the other side of the harbor. As I made the coffee it started to gently, but steadily rain! Rain and a nice, hot cup of coffee to start the day! Glorious, just glorious!

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We planted our garden last week and we have been watering and watering trying to keep it all alive and growing. I’m sure the corn feels like singing this morning. It has been months since we have had more than a drizzle.

Yes, I did go out and get rained on just to take these photos. Blogging makes you do strange things! It’s hard to see in the photo, but it wasn’t a light sprinkle!

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This is the only tomato plant that we bought. I wanted to have a little head start on a few tomatoes to keep us happy as we wait for the rest to grow.

What do you think about my raised beds?

Tim and the boys made them. I like the idea of controlling the dirt and weeds a little easier. He’ll show you how they made these later. We have three!!!

For now, we’re going to enjoy this wonderful rainy day!

Gone Fishin’ (and Giveaway Winner)

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days….if I hide much longer I can just leave Tasty Tuesday up for next week too! But I can’t do that because the thing I have lined up for next Tasty Tuesday is too cute!

So, where have we been?

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Gone Fishin’

We’ve just had a tough time staying inside! People often say that the thing they miss when they move to Florida is the “change of seasons”. “I like four real seasons”, they say. Yeah, we don’t get that here.

It’s summer. Last week was spring. Now it’s summer. The temp outside today is pushing 90 degrees! Time for water activities.

Of course, he’s totally capable of doing this on his own, but I don’t want to miss the big catch! So I guess I better sit by the water too…

He’s good! He’s got the action!

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This will probably wear off in a day or so….

In the meantime…

Shell Frame Giveaway Winner

I did make Tim do the drawing for the winner…

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The winner is *Christy* – Whooo Hoooo Congratulations Christy! You can email me your contact information at kim@foreverwherever.com

To see what Christy won, take a look at the Shell Frame Tutorial!

Thanks everyone for playing! Aren’t giveaways fun!

See you soon!

~ Kim

Tasty Tuesday – Grillin’ A Chicken Philly!

Today (Tuesday) is Tim’s Birthday! We had a little fun celebrating this weekend with awesome food from the grill. Well, he did do the grillin’, but he enjoys it! Check out the yummy Chicken Philly!

Tim started by cutting up some beautiful red, green, and yellow peppers. Oh, and don’t forget the onion.

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He fired up the grill! There’s something about a grill that makes him smile!

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Add a little marinated chicken breasts.

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Then everything is arranged just so on the hot grill.

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Slice it up…paper plate is optional!

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Mix the peppers, onions, and grilled chicken together.

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He was making 8 sandwiches with different requests. Tim made a sauce that he added to each hoagie roll and then loaded them up with “grilled goodness!”  He arranged them on a baking sheet for a quick trip into the hot oven to melt the cheese and toast the bread a little bit!

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Here’s the finished Chicken Philly topped with Mozzerella Cheese…

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It was fantastic and everyone loved it! There’s something special about food from the Tim’s grill!

  1. Tim marinated the chicken with Dales Sauce, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, and Lemon Pepper Mix.
  2. The peppers and onions always take awhile, so sit back and relax.  He cuts those huge to keep them from burning and/or falling into the coals, then puts them on for awhile before the chicken.
  3. A special sauce included a simple mix of Mayo with a little bit of Thousand Island Dressing mixed in.
  4. All was served with potato salad, sunshine, and lots of napkins!

Then there’s the Birthday Cake…

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My mom made this fabulous cake that’s so moist and yummy!

Surprise Cake

  • Duncan Hines Butter Pecan Cake Mix {or Vanilla or Yellow cake mix with 1/2 cup finely crushed pecans}
  • 2 ripe kiwi
  • 1 ripe apple
  • 1 large ripe peach
  • eggs {see directions}
  • Butter {see directions}
  • Buttermilk {see directions}

**Using the cake mix, you will substitue melted butter for oil and Buttermilk for water.

Chop all the fruit into small pieces then saute in the butter until soft. Mix the cake mix as directed taking into consideration that the butter is used to saute the fruit. Pour fruit mixture into the cake batter. Blend. Pour into a greased Bundt pan and cook according to the directions on the box.

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup {approx.} of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup {approx.} stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 box of confectioner’s sugar

Cook for 5 minutes while stirring. Drizzle over a cool cake immediately. This will harden as it cools.

This is an amazing cake! It stays moist, so it can be made a day ahead of time. Vanilla ice cream is a great finishing touch!

A couple quick reminders…remember to link directly to your post, and please don’t forget to place a link back here to Tasty Tuesday! Enjoy the great food! What kind of food do you like to grill?

Toile Party Giveaway – Making a No Sew Pillow in Less Than 10 Minutes!

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We’re joining the Toile Party at Pretty Organized Palace !  (a little early because we have Tasty Tuesday tomorrow!)

I’ll admit it, I’m not a Toile expert! When people think of Toile, they don’t say…”oh, call Kim, she’s the Toile queen!” (I prefer “Princess ” anyway) Maybe that’s due to the tropical flavor of our decor which includes lots of bright colors, mostly solids!

I also have to admit this: I like Toile a lot! It’s really grown on me over the last couple of months as I’ve been more exposed to it through blogging. I’ve noticed a pattern though, when I really pay attention to the Toile that catches my eye, I realize that there is a common thread… and it’s a red one!

I love Red Toile!

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This bedroom is really one of my favorites. I love color and this bedding has just the right amount of red.

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So, how do you join a toile party without any toile of your own?

You make something!

Here’s a “no sew pillow” that I made in less than 10 minutes!

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I’ll show you how you can make this pillow with some pretty fabric, a piece of foam, and a little bit of ribbon and tassels.

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The foam can be any size. The one I used is about 16 inches wide and I found it on a scrap pile at JoAnn Fabrics.

Roll it up tightly.

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I folded the fabric so that the edges were on the inside. This allows for a clean edge on the pillow. I have about 4- 5 inches of fabric on each side of the foam.

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Roll it up!

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I wrapped ribbon tightly around the ends and tied it in the back with a knot.

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Repeat on the other side and fluff the ends slightly.

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I added the second ribbon with tassels to spice it up a little.

Ta da! One accent pillow finished and ready to add to your room!

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Can you believe how fast you can do this?

It took less than 10 minutes and I love how it turned out!

I’m sure this isn’t my last no sew accent pillow! I was surprised myself at just how simple this was and how great it came out! If it falls apart I can tie it back up in no time flat!

If you like this little pillow maybe you can win it! I’m giving this away as my little contribution to the Toile Party.

I’m joining Works-For-Me Wednesday at We Are That Family because no sew pillow work for me!!!

I would love to have you sign-up for our RSS or Email subscriptions if you haven’t already (see the cool little flower RSS button Tim made for me!). But you don’t have to in order to win.

All you have to do is leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win the pillow! So, let me know what you think about my red Toile! And enjoy the party!

Hooked On Islands – Any Island, Anywhere!

Far Far Away

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Heron Island, Australia

We went on a trip to New Zealand and Australia a few years back and fell in love with all of it…and it’s all islands out there! Even Australia is a big island! (Size of U.S. big)

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The picture above is from our room on an amazing little island called Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef! I’ll be doing a Travel Tale about Australia soon.

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The Caribbean is just around the corner, and the islands there are some of the best anywhere. We loved a place in Jamaica called FDR. It’s the most incredible island resort for families there is! Parents and kids…HAPPY!

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The rooms at this place were beautiful and looked out over the sea. Jamaica is just a wonderful place overall. We love it!

Closer Still

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You don’t need a passport for this one! It would be fun to see who could guess where this is. But then I couldn’t tell you, and I want to tell you that this place is an easy drive for you if you’re in the US or Canada!

This is Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys! It really looks just like this! It’s wonderful, amazing, and in the US! For those of you going on a road trip…it makes a great destination for camping in a tent or RV.

Just don’t go during a hurricane!

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Same bridge!

A Short Boat Ride

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This is the image that adorns the desktop on my computer. This is AJ, looking totally too big and strong, wakeboarding behind our boat right around the corner at Cayo Costa State Park. This is an incredible island only accessible by boat. It’s usually pretty well deserted!

And just down the beach a couple of islands south is famous Captiva Island and the Mucky Duck! Here is Jacob thrilled with his success with the “ring-on-a-string-you-gotta-swing-it-onto-a-hook-game”! He’s the champ!

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So We’re Hooked

Yup, we’re hooked for sure, just as hooked as that ring on a string. Worse things we could be hooked on I guess! Head over to Hooked On Houses to see what everyone else is hooked on this week!

And, I’m Hooked on Islands at Remodeling Guy too, just a different kind of island. You can eat at either kind, so that’s good.

So, we have many, many islands left to see and we need some help….where should we go?  What is your favorite island?

I’m Making My Own Candles!

Have you ever made your own candles?

Candles can be made with things you already have around the house. I’ve used jars, old candle tins, and…

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Shells!

If you haven’t made candles before you should give it a try. For one thing, it’s just so easy! But the best part is that you’ll hear “Oh, you made that!” a TON!  This makes for a great project!

First, you buy these supplies from a craft store…

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Wicks, fragrance, dye, and Soy Wax.

I like the way Soy Wax melts so I always use it whenever I’m making candles. A little goes a long ways so plan on making a ton of candles or having some supplies for later. The fragrance and dye can be used in soaps as well. {That’s for another day.}

I haven’t had time to take photos of each step, so I’ll just explain it to you for now.

  1. Find and clean a large shell.
  2. Take a glass measuring cup and melt one cup of wax to start.{Be sure to read the directions!}
  3. Prop your shell up in a towel to hold it level.
  4. Stir a drop or two of color and fragrance into your wax.
  5. Hold a wick in the center of the shell as you pour in your wax to the desired level.
  6. Let it cool and your done!

Tips: I use just a little yellow to give it a slight color like the inside of a shell. I burn these candles with other shells around the base to hold them up straight while they are burning. Sand in a beautiful glass dish would work so nice. Cut the wick a little shorter before burning to keep from having a large flame.

These would be wonderful for a dinner party on the porch one warm evening! {We’re in Florida so the time in now!} The shell itself lights up so nice!

These are my upcoming projects…

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I’m going to take this tea cup and turn it into a candle. It was given to us when we were married, but it has a chip now.  I still love it and I’m sure it will make a great candle!

I found these on Martha Stewart’s website…

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Aren’t they pretty? You can find old tea cups at thrift stores and yard sales and turn them into wonderful gifts!

This would be great for Easter…

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Making candles with things you have around the house is a great way to be creative and save money. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is and how pretty candles can be in things you already have…like eggs!

This is what “Works-For-Me” this week! Hop on over to We are That Family for more Works-For-Me-Wednesday Fun!

If you haven’t signed up for the SHELLS AND FRAME GIVEAWAY yet, you better hurry. I’ll pick a winner this Friday!