Thursday, September 30, 2010

party dresses

Loving these ridiculously cute frocks from H&M - the best part - they are priced between $29.99 - $59.99!

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Peanut Butter Fingers

A Northwest Ohio favorite:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (add 2 1/2 T for high altitude)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, 1/3 cup peanut butter and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture. Finally, mix in the rolled oats. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are firm. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips in a single layer over the top. Let stand for 5 minutes, then spread to cover. Allow to cool. In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter until smooth. Stir in milk one tablespoon at a time until a drizzling consistency is reached. Drizzle over bars when cool. Cut into bars.

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Whole Foods Printable Coupons

Whole Foods has just released a slew of printable store coupons (& they don't expire until 12/31/10)! You can stack these w/ manufacturer's coupons to make some of their items semi-affordable! (i.e. You can use both the Whole Foods Coupon & the manufacturer's coupon and save the added amount of both)! Some brands that you should be able to find manufacturer coupons for: Thai Kitchen, Muir Glen, Alexia - Check it!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Da Coach

This made me laugh today & I need this shirt immediately! Ha! Go Bears!!


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Monday, September 27, 2010

canning salsa

(makes 10 pints)
• 12 cups diced tomatoes (skinned* & seeded)
*to skin tomatoes: place in boiling water for 30-45 seconds, then immerse in a waiting ice bath. The skin should peel right off. (See this post for more info)
• 4 c peppers
• 3 c green peppers
• 1/2 c jalepeno
• 1/2 c banana pepper
• 2 c diced onions
• 2 t. red pepper seasoning
• 2 t. garlic powder
• 1 1/2 c white vinegar
• 6 t. salt
• 18 oz tomato paste
• 4 Tbs. Accent seasoning ( I left this out of my recipe)
• 2 t. cummin
• 3 t. black pepper
• 2 t. onion powder

DIRECTIONS: Bring mixture to a boil. Boil 5 minutes. Sanitize jars, lids, & rings w/ soap & water or run through the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle. Put jars, rings & lids in boiling water to further kill any bacteria, etc. (I dealt w/ the jars using a large tongs & a dry towel - be sure not to burn yourself!) Fill the hot jars w/ the hot salsa. Place the lids & rings on top, & screw them down tight. Then set the filled jars upside down for 30-45 min. Jars should now be sealed & the middle should no longer pop.

NOTES: In preparing the ingredients, I would suggest using a food chopper (like this one via Pampered Chef), as cutting & chopping everything by hand took forever! Thanks for the recipe Tara :)

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