Super Delicious Easy Overnight Crusty Bread

I absolutely LOVE bread, especially a good crusty bread!!! I have always been intimidated by bread making. I have tried several times and things usually turn out “okay” but not “super”. I was on a mission the other day to … Continue reading

Best Baked Oatmeal

The weather has turned cold and it’s always good to start the morning out with something warm and yummy!! This recipe for Best Baked Oatmeal promises and delivers both!!   This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled when you … Continue reading

Sassy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

The days are getting shorter, and even here in North Carolina, the  weather is getting a bit chilly.

These are the perfect days for a nice hearty dinner done in the crock pot.

This stew is not only easy to make but it will keep your family, yes even the kids, coming back for more. This beef stew recipe absolutely has a kick and more vegetables than your kids will ever guess. This is awesome with a hearty crusty bread.

Just a note about the V8 Juice. I use the Hot and Spicy which is what makes this “Sassy”. If you don’t like as much spice, feel free to use one can regular V8 or just swap out both cans for the regular.

I hope you and your family will enjoy this as much as mine does.

Please be sure to share your stories and comments with us.

Make it a great day!!!

Tracey

 

beef stew

 

Ingredients

1 Package Stew Meat

4 Carrots

3-4 Russet Potatoes

1 Small Package Frozen Peas

2 – 11.5 oz Cans Hot & Spicy V8 Juice

1 Envelope Onion Soup Mix

1/2 Cup Flour

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 Tbls Olive Oil

1 Bay Leaf

Salt & Pepper

Nonstick Cooking Spray

Directions

In a resealable plastic bad add flour, Cayenne Pepper and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add stew meat and shake to coat all pieces.

Warm Olive Oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add coated meat browning on all sides.

While meat is browning, peel potatoes and cube and chop carrots into chunks.

When meat is browned, place it into crock pot which has been sprayed with non stick spray.

Add Potatoes, Carrots, V8 Juice, Onion Soup Mix, Garlic Powder, Bay Leaf, Salt and Pepper (to taste).

Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5.

Remove Bay Leaf

Stir in  Peas about 5 minutes before serving. They will be warmed through but not mushy.

Enjoy!!

 

Cute Cookie Bowls

Whether you are having a Birthday party for a child, a dinner party or just want to do something a bit special for the family, these little “cookie bowls” will be a hit.

I personally like to make up a little sundae bar with all types of toppings and goodies. Put a scoop of ice cream into the cookie bowl and then let your guests (or family) go at it making their own creations.

It’s a no brainer for children, but just let me tell y’all………..

Adults LOVE to be brought back to their youth and this will absolutely do it!!!!

Here is the original sugar cookie recipe for these little cookie bowls that I had gotten from Wilton.  Don’t feel that this is the only recipe you can use for these. Go wild!!!

Enjoy!!

Make it a great day!!!

Tracey

 

cookie bowl

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the outside of each bowl cavity of  the muffin tin of your choice with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.

Step 3

Roll out dough on generously-floured surface to 1/8 in. thickness. Cut 4-1/2 in. circles from dough.. Drape one circle over each bowl cavity of pan, pressing to form smooth surface.

Step 4

Bake 11-13 minutes or until cookie cups are firm and golden brown. Cool on pan on cooling rack 10 minutes. Loosen bottom edges of cookies from pan using small spatula. Carefully remove cups from pan and cool completely. Wash, dry and spray pan; repeat with remaining dough.

Alternative Uses For Deodorant

deodorant

If you’re like us, you have at least 4 or 5 containers of deodorant tucked in places in your bathroom.

Some we got as free samples in the mail, some were purchased and forgot, some we were able to get with coupons but really didn’t need and some we just plain didn’t like.

Well, here are 6 other uses that we have found from all over the web. If y’all are like us, we don’t like to let things go to waste and will usually find some strange way to use things LOL.

 

Stop Blisters With Antiperspirants
Rub a stick antiperspirant on the sides and bottom of clean, dry feet to lubricate problem spots

 
Take The Itch Out Of Bug Bites
I have found Dry Idea Roll-on  works great for this.  Just roll the deodorant over the bite and the itch will reduce.

 
Freshen Your Closet 
Do you have a deodorant that you love the smell of?  Take the lid of and place it in your closet.   In China, they are using deodorant to freshen up the smell of their landfills.

 
Calm Clammy Hands 
Do you get clammy, sweaty hands when you get nervous?  Well if you’re in that situation and  know you’ll be shaking hands you may want to coat your hands with a clear antiperspirant.  It will keep your hands nice and dry and not expose your nerves.

 
Dry A Pimple
Yet another way to save money on expensive skin care cream.  If you have a pimple and want it to dry out fast, rub a new bar of deodorant on it.  It will also work on fever blisters.

 
Stop Stinky Feet 
Someone in your house have a problem with stinky feet?  Have them use deodorant on their feet and it will stop the odor and the sweat.  Their shoes and everyone in the household will appreciate it.

 

 

Do y’all have any other tips or ideas? If so, please leave us a comment and let us know what YOU use deodorant for!

 

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

 

Tracey and Aileen

 

Nana’s Snickerdoodles

My daughter Brianna absolutely LOVES Snickerdoodles!!

This year I added this awesome cookie to my list of Christmas cookies.

This recipe comes from my Mama, or Nana as my children call her. She is the absolute best cook I have ever met. So when she told me she had this recipe for Snickerdoodles I KNEW they would be fantastic ………….and boy was I right!!!!!

I wanted to share Nana’s recipe with y’all  so that you too could add it to your Christmas Cookie list.

Make it a great day, you deserve it!!

Tracey

 

snickerdoodles

Ingredients

1 cup softened butter You can use 1 stick butter and 1 margarine
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Topping
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 deg. ( if your oven runs hot 375)

Mix butters, sugar and eggs thoroughly.

Sift together flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt and stir into above mixture.

Chill dough 1 hour or more.

Form dough into balls about the size of a walnut.

Roll in mixture of sugar & cinnamon.

Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes

Enjoy!!!

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Make-Ahead French Toast

We are always on the look out for awesome recipes to share with our friends.

We found this Make-Ahead French Toast recipe on Grandparents.com and boy is it delicious!! This is just perfect to make for Christmas morning as most everything is done the night before so you don’t have to give up too much of your “family” time slaving away in the kitchen. It also works well for a nice Sunday morning breakfast.

 

We hope you enjoy this yummy French Toast and will share your thoughts with us.

 

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

 

Tracey and Aileen

 

Active Time: 7 min
Total Time: 1 hr 7 min, plus overnight soaking

Ingredients:
1 (12 1/2 oz) loaf of favorite bread (such as challah), cut into 1-inch-thick slices
3 cups whole milk
7 large eggs
1/2 cup light-brown sugar
1/4 cup real maple syrup, plus more for serving
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions:
1. Generously butter a 13 x 9–inch casserole. Arrange bread slices in dish, staggering in rows.

2. In large bowl, beat together milk, eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over bread and press down, making sure slices absorb liquid. Cover with foil.

3. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove foil and bake casserole 55 minutes to 1 hour, until puffy and golden. Serve with more maple syrup, if desired.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information Per Serving: 450 calories, 62g carbs, 17g protein, 17g fat, 325mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 1g fiber

 

 
Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Homemade Halloween Costumes

Remember when we were young and we used to make or have help making our Halloween costumes?

I honestly can’t remember my Mama and Daddy ever going out and spending money at a store on a costume. (Especially not the kind of money they are charging these days for children’s costumes).

Well with that in mind we came across some really cute kids costumes on allyou.com, that are easy to make with your children.

We just love cute little children in Halloween costumes, so please send us pictures of your little ghosties and goblins, fairies and princesses or maybe even one of the costume ideas we posted here. We would love to feature them here on Two Southern Sweeties!!

 

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

 

Tracey and Aileen

Book Of Spells Costume

Book of Spells costume

YOU’LL NEED • Measuring tape • Scissors • 2 yards white felt • Glue gun • Gold, wide, single-fold bias tape • Black marker • Glitter glue • Lizards • Stick-on Velcro • White leotard

1. Have your child stand with arms stretched out. Measure from wrist to wrist across your child’s back, then from shoulder blades to mid-thigh. Cut white felt to these measurements.

2. Lay felt out flat. On each end of “book,” glue gold bias tape to edge of length of felt. Run a second layer of bias tape slightly overlapping the first, and a third slightly overlapping the second. Measure 6″ from top of book and write “spells” with black magic marker. Use glitter glue to color titles of your spells; let glue dry overnight. Stick lizards where you desire.

3. Stick one side of Velcro onto top edge of book. Stick 1″ pieces of other side of Velcro to back of arms of leotard. Have child get into leotard. Attach book to her back with Velcro.

Witches Cauldron Costume

 

Witches’ Cauldron costume

YOU’LL NEED • Measuring tape • Scissors Cardboard • Glue gun • Serrated knife • 1 yard water-print fabric • 1½ yards black felt • ¼ yard orange felt • Yellow felt square • Red felt square • Needle, black thread • 1 yd ½” elastic • Safety pin • Plastic frogs, lizards, bones, eyeballs • 1″ and 1½” styrofoam balls • Poly-Fil • Newspaper or tissue paper • Black shirt • Black pants

1. Measure child’s head; add 2. Cut a circle from cardboard with this diameter. Measure 7 to 8″ out from hole; cut outside circle to form a ring. Glue water-print fabric to front of ring with glue gun. Trim fabric; leave 3″ overhang. Glue edges to back. Trim hole; leave 2 to 3″ of fabric. Cut slits in fabric overhang; glue to back.

2. Measure perimeter of ring; add 3″ and note measurement. Cut four (24 long) oval pieces (determine width by dividing noted number by four) from black felt. Make sure widest part of oval is double width of edges.

3. Lay out one felt oval flat. Run glue down edge of longer side. Place second oval on top of first; press glued seam together, let dry. Open ovals with seam facing down. Run glue down edge of one attached oval. Place another oval on top of it, glue as above. Repeat with last oval. Close cauldron by gluing together outer ovals. Turn cauldron right-side out. Cut orange, red and yellow felt flames. Glue flames to cauldron. Turn cauldron inside out. Stitch 1 pocket on bottom edge; leave 1″ opening. Thread elastic through and close ends with safety pin. Turn cauldron right-side out. Glue ring to top of cauldron by folding 1 of felt over top edge. Cut arm holes 3″ to 4″ from top of cauldron. Cut eyeballs and bones in half and glue to “water.” Glue all other “brew ingredients” to water.

4. Place cauldron over child’s head and arms through side holes. Adjust elastic on bottom so it is snug around child’s legs. Stuff with newspaper or tissue paper.

 

Bling Out Rapper

Bling out a rapper

Complement a baggy track suit with homemade medallions.

YOU’LL NEED • Gold cardboard • Glue • Gold glitter • Hole punch • Gold cord • Also: tracksuit, oversize T-shirt, trucker hat and sneakers

* Create jewelry. Decorate circles of gold cardboard with glue and glitter; let dry. Punch a hole through each circle and hang from a loop of gold cord to finish each necklace. Put everything on.

 

Punked Out Pip-Squeak

 

Punked out pip-squeak

Adapt this for a boy by subbing in ripped jeans for the skirt.

YOU’LL NEED • Baby bonnet • Felt • Cardboard • Fabric glue • Needle and thread • Ribbon • Self-adhesive Velcro tabs • Also: tank top, plaid skirt, dog tags (keep long to avoid a safety hazard) and high-top sneakers

* Snip a mohawk. Trim brim off bonnet. Cut a 2-by-8-inch strip of felt and make three 2-inch slits spaced a half inch apart along its length. Cut three cardboard triangles 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide; cover with six felt triangles. Insert base of triangles into slits in felt strip, fold over a half-inch seam on bottom and glue in place. Pin strip with triangles facing up on bonnet and then whip stitch to bonnet.

* Create wrist cuffs. Cut lengths of ribbon and attach Velcro to each end.

 
 

Monster Mums

By: Terri O. for Super Simple Crafts

When we saw these cute “Monster Mums” we just couldn’t help but share them with y’all.

What a fantastic way to bring more color into an otherwise usual black and orange Halloween.

You could also do this with Sunflowers or any other flower you find at your local craft supply store. Just let your imagination run wild.

Give your Mom a Halloween surprise she’ll never forget with this Monster Mums display from Terri O.

Easy Halloween crafts like this make perfect centerpieces for your table and are also great to have outside for trick-or-treater’s to admire!

You could also turn this mum display into a cute monster head by including some horns, a nose, and a mouth.  Kids will love joining in on the fun of creating this easy Halloween decoration project!

 

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

 

Tracey and Aileen

 

PS Please be sure to share y’alls thoughts on this or how it worked for you when you make them.

 

Materials:

  • Two 3″ Styrofoam balls for each Mumster
  • Halloween gift box or decorated terracotta pot with another Styrofoam ball
  • Large silk purple mums
  • Colored animal eyes
  • 12″ x 3/8″ wooden dowel
  • Marble or stone vase filler
  • Straight pins
  • Chenille stems
  • Bead garland
  • Black paint
  • Low-temp glue gun

 

Instructions:

  1. Glue one of the 3″ balls inside the box or pot. Fill the remainder  of space inside the box with stone vase filler for added support.
  2. Paint the dowel black and let dry.
  3. Cut a small hole in the top of the box to stick the dowel into the ball. Use glue on the end of the dowel.
  4. Pull the mum blossoms from the stems. Insert into the other 3″ ball. Use low temp glue to secure.
  5. Glue eyeballs to the center of each mum blossom. Glue the mum covered ball to the top of the dowel.
  6. Embellish the dowel with bead garland and add chenille stem antennas to the top of the topiary.