Sunday, August 12, 2012


Today my cute advisor taught from the YW manual
Lesson 29: The Second Coming

She did a fab always!
When she told me about the lesson, she mentioned that the first part of the lesson talked a lot about 

The lesson included this quote {which is one of my very favorites!}:

“My dear friends, you are a royal generation. You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you. … If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here”  
-H. Burke Peterson

I told her that I wanted to help out with the handouts this week because these cute tiaras kept coming to my mind....

I found them in a package of 6 at The Dollar Tree in the party section with the princess stuff.
How fun would these be to use for themes such as:

A Princess party
Happily Ever After 
Be Loyal to the Royal Within You
Daughter of  King

.....the list goes on.  And the best part is....they're from the Dollar store!
Woot! Woot!

This shows their size...they are the perfect 'mini' tiaras.

I made THESE cupcakes.
If you haven't ever tried MUST.
They are the perfect summertime treat!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough recipe.

I've gotten lots o' questions about the cookie dough recipe I used for my 

So without further ado.....
Here's one of my  very favorite GO- TO cookie dough recipes.

1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 c. shortening {or butter}
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Chocolate Chips
Holiday M&Ms

Mix first five ingredients together.  Add the remaining ingredients.
Set oven to 375 Degrees and cook on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 mintues. 

As far as the labels go....I cannot offer them as a printable.
I paid someone to custom design them for me on etsy.
I ordered 2 separate for the front and one for the back.

Hope this helps!


On a completely different food related note:
I made THIS for dinner tonight. 
It's one of my kids' FAVORITES!
Instead of using beef strips...this time I tried sautéed chicken strips.
I think I officially like it better that way.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Random Wednesday.

* I am seriously tired of the DUCK FACES on FB. You know...the people who raise their arms up with their camera phones to take a picture of themselves...and then pout their lips out like a duck?  It NEVER looks good.  Or classy.  It just ends up looking plain silly.  And not in a good way. Can we start a boycott for these pics please??

* I thought I was Target's most devoted fan up until the other day when I was checking out and saw that the sales clerk lady had tattooed the red Target Bullseye on her arm.  Guess I need to step up my game.  That is some serious devotion.

* I have absolutely loved every second of the Olympics this summer.  {In fact, I've become somewhat obsessed with watching will be nice when they're over..just so I can start going to bed at a decent time again!} The thing I hate the absolute MOST about the Olympics though?  The female sportscasters who interview the athletes JUST AFTER they've either won the gold OR...lost terribly.  They always ask the most horribly obvious questions.  Like....'How did you feel when you touched the edge of the pool and knew that you'd won gold?' Athlete: Ummm...GREAT?!  Or.... how does it make you feel to know that you've trained your whole life for this and didn't quite make the finals? Athlete: crap?! Thanks for making me realize that?

It's always SO awkward.  And un-necessary.  Like, they really want to be answering questions after just competing in the Olympic event of their LIFE!

* Bob Costas on the other hand? TOTALLY likeable.  Don't you just want to pack him up in your pocket and invite him over for Sunday dinner?

*YOLO.  I honestly cannot stand this phrase. Who came up with it and why is it so popular?

* The other day I was behind a car in the drive-thru at Sonic.  {Shocker..I know!}  The man ordered an XL Diet CHOCOLATE Coke.  Seriously? How about just for-going the chocolate part and ordering a straight up sugary Coke?  Does the 'Diet' part really help with the chocolate?

* Speaking of fast food....the last time I was at Subway...I noticed a sign for NEW EXTREME LOADED NACHOS.  Is it just me or does this contradict everything having to do with their 'Eat Fresh' slogan?  Is Jared endorsing these?

* The other day I heard an ad on the radio that ended with 'for more details..check with your local travel agent'.  Travel Agent?  Do they even still exist?  When was the last time you used one??  I thought travel agents went by the wayside when expedia and travelocity entered the scene.

* {One of} the funniest things on late night TV right now is Jimmy Kimmel's 'Unnecessary Censorship' bit.  I swear. I die laughing everytime he shows one.  

* Why do waiters at a restaurant find it necessary to 'crouch down' to your level when they take your order? Does anyone else get creeped out by this?  There's something about a complete stranger squatting down to my eye level to talk to about food....that just doesn't sit right with me. Way too close for comfort!!