Clothes Pin Votives

When my husband and I were dating, he asked me if I liked camping. My response was “Oh, I love to go camping”. Since he had grown up camping, he was thrilled to hear that I loved it as well.  It didn’t take long for us to discover we had a very different definition about what true camping entails. He grew up with traditional tent camping. I, on the other hand, grew up motor home camping. He was quick to point out they are NOT the same. I immediately agreed with him explaining “Motor home camping is so much better!”. Since our newlywed budget did not have room for a motor home, I learned to love traditional tent camping! (I still think motor homes are better!)

These clothes pin Votives look like they should be on the table of any campsite! They would be an awesome craft for the kids to do!

The first thing you have to do is make yourself a really awesome tuna melt sandwich. Before having to go gluten free I preferred mine with Monteray Jack cheese on white sourdough bread. Once you have finished your sandwich, remove the label from your tuna can and then wash and dry it out. Next, clip clothes pins around your tuna can. You can leave your votive plain or use some craft paints or permanent markers to add some cute polka dots. Use it as a votive, a planter for some herbs or a plant, or make a small floral arrangement with it. These should take no more than 5-10 minutes to make, unless you decide to account for how long it takes you to make and eat your tuna melt. Either way……….

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Magic No Ammonia Way to Clean Your BBQ Grill

Household Ammonia…….some people have been using it for household cleaning for years and wouldn’t use anything else. It works wonders when used to clean stove burners, ovens and BBQ grills. What makes cleaning with household ammonia so wonderful? It does all the dirty work for you! (pun intended).  I love using ammonia to clean because it is inexpensive, saves me time, money  and effort. However, not everyone appreciates the magical cleaning powers of ammonia the way I do.

So, this post is for anyone who is  looking for a non-ammonia method for cleaning your BBQ grill.  When I did  my post about cleaning a BBQ grill with ammonia, I only cleaned on half of the grill, so I could take a before and after picture. I got busy and forgot to clean the half that I left uncleaned for the before picture. Turns out that was a blessing in disguise because now I can use it to try this non-ammonia cleaning method!Magic No Ammonia Way to Clean Your BBQ Grill - We had a HUGE positive response to #cleaning #BBQ grills with #ammonia! However, we also received comments from a lot of followers who prefer not to use ammonia in household cleaning. We did some more research on Pinterest and guess what? We found the next best method to get a BBQ grill clean without ammonia that requires little or no scrubbing! This pin has been tested and reviewed by one of the 3 crazy sisters @Madefrompinterest.net!

Its quite simple actually, place your BBQ grill on the top rack in your oven, place a cookie sheet or foil on the rack below your BBQ grill to catch any of the yucky stuff that might fall through. Set your oven to 500 degrees and let it “cook itself clean” for one hour. Let it cool off before handling. Here is the trade off from the ammonia method –  instead of the strong odor of ammonia, you might get a smoky kitchen. You can avoid most of the smoke by opening a few windows and turning the fan on over your stove. Problem solved!

 

Once your grill has cooled, you will notice it looks very similar to the way it looked before you put it in. Don’t be fooled. What was crusted on gook has now  become ash, and most of it can easily be brushed off.  After you brush off the ash, give your grill a quick wash off with some Dawn dish detergent and hot water. Here is how my grill looks after cleaning. Don’t judge my old BBQ too harshly! The light spots you see are wear and tear, pretty obvious it’s time for us to upgrade to a new grill! Sadly this is the cleanest my BBQ grill has been in years!

I had a few very stubborn areas that required a small amount of elbow grease. Other than the stubborn spots, this method worked almost as well as well as the ammonia method. So if you have adverse feelings towards using ammonia to clean your BBQ grills, I just have to tell ya that……

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Check out how to clean your oven, stove burners and yes BBQ grills with ammonia.

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Fondant Homemade Recipe

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We recently shared this incredible recipe for homemade Marshmallow Fondant over at Mandy’s Recipe Box. I love how vibrant and even the colors turned out. Makes you want to bake a cake just so you can play with this stuff! (move over Cake Boss!) Sherri’s Polka Dot Cake is another great way to turn a normal cake into something extra special. If the fondant and Polka Dot Cake are not enough to cover your cake decorator needs or cake cravings, no worries cause we’ve got you covered. Check out these uh-mazing cakes……Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake, Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Kit Kat M&M Cake, Oreo Cookie Cake, Pecan Pie Cake, Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cake.Here is just one example of how creative you can get with this Homemade Marshmallow Fondant. The possibilities are endless! Head on over to Mandy’s Recipe Box to grab the recipe and see the full tutorial.

 

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Oreo and Peanut Butter Cups

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This recipe comes as a special request from my daughter. She pinned these Oreo and Peanut Butter Cups a few months ago and has been asking me to make them ever since. She LOVES Oreo Cookies and peanut butter together! You may wonder how she came to put these two flavors together?  It all started with the  remake of  Disney’s “Parent Trap”. Just before Annie and Halle discover they are twins, they find they both love eating Oreo’s  by dipping them in peanut butter. My girls have been eating them that way ever since!

I love Oreos and I love peanut butter. I do not however love them together. But throwing in some brownie mix just might change my mind. This pin only had the picture. There was no website with a recipe, so I just “winged it” on this one.

Fortunately, it wasn’t hard to do. I was pretty sure these would flop in taste and appearance. It seemed doubtful to me that I would cut through one of these Oreo Brownie Cups without it getting crushed or falling apart. So  I was pretty suprised when I cut the brownie and it was picture perfect inside!  How did they taste?  My daughter said they were really good, but she also said they are a little hard to eat because they are so big. What did I think?  I still don’t love Oreo’s and peanut butter together! Even when they are surrounded by brownie batter. But I’m going to say they rock because: 1. They baked up perfectly and 2. My girls said they tasted great. Make a batch for yourself and let us know what you think!

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Recipe

1 Box of Gluten Free Brownie Mix  or Regular Brownie Mix

1 Box Oreo Cookies

Peanut Butter

Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray a muffin tin with Pam. Prepare brownie mix as directed on the package. Put one tablespoon of brownie mix in each muffin tin. Spread two Oreo cookies with peanut butter, stack them on top of each other. Place stacked Oreo Cookies in muffin tin. Top with brownie batter until half full. Bake for  12 – 15 minutes or until done. Cool completely and invert.

 

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Gluten Free Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

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I’ve seen this recipe for months, but every time I’ve gone to make it my bananas had been eaten. So when I noticed I had 3 brown bananas sitting on the counter I got to baking. A big thanks to Life’s Simple Pleasures for this awesome recipe. I only had to make two adjustments to make these gluten free. Before I give you the recipe I have to tell you a funny story about baking!I have always loved to bake, I think I learned how to bake before I learned how to cook. My mom had one rule about baking, clean up your mess when you are done! If we left a mess after baking, then the next time we wanted to create something yummy, mom would deny us kitchen privileges. I remember one time I had my best friend over and she really wanted to bake brownies. But last time she was over we had baked and made the mistake of leaving a mess. She asked my mom if we could make brownies and quickly got denied kitchen privileges. She REALLY wanted those brownies and my mom had some errands to run so as soon as mom left the house my friend wanted to start making the brownies. I knew we would get caught so I refused to help and told her if she made them she was on her own with my mom.

My friend  finished making the batter and then realized that if she turned the oven on mom would know and she would get busted. So she went to the neighbors house, told them our oven was broken and asked if they would bake the pan of brownies for her. We had great neighbors, so of course they said yes. I was starting to think she might actually get away with her brownie scheming. As she was walking towards the back door with the warm brownies  in her hands my mom drove around the corner. My friend couldn’t get inside the house or back to the neighbors house without being seen by mom. So she decided the best thing to do would be  jumping into the bushes by the back door to avoid being seen and caught. After eating half the pan of brownies (trying to destroy the evidence)  and getting sick, she realized her only option was to “come clean” with my mom. Instead of getting upset my wonderful mother thought it was pretty funny!  Mom and I laughed pretty hard and then enjoyed a brownie or two !

Would I jump into the bushes to eat a bunch of these banana bars?…….H to the heck yah!!! My brother in law was floored when he found out that these are gluten free! The flavor and texture are just divine! The frosting is out of this world! I think you should make some, but eat them in the house and not in your bushes :-)

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Regular Recipe

Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting
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Recipe type: Dessert
 

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Brown Butter Frosting:
  • ½ c. butter
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. milk

Instructions
  1. Grease and flour a 15 X 10-inch Jelly Roll pan. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together your sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until they are creamy. Next blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Now add your flour, baking soda, salt and blend them for 1 minute. If desired stir in walnuts.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into your pan. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until golden brown.
  4. While your cake is baking, heat your butter in a large saucepan on medium heat until boiling. Let it turn a delicate brown and then remove from heat immediately.
  5. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until your frosting is smooth. It should be thinner than frosting but thicker than a glaze.
  6. Spread frosting over bars while they are warm. The frosting will thicken and harden making it difficult to spread on bars when cool.

 

Gluten Free Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting
Author: 
 

Ingredients
  • Banana Bread Bars:
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c Jules Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 c Oatmeal Blended in a food blender
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions
  1. Grease and flour a 15 X 10-inch Jelly Roll pan. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together your sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until they are creamy. Next blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Now add your Jules Gluten Free flour and blended oatmeal, baking soda, salt and blend them for 1 minute. If desired stir in walnuts.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into your pan. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until golden brown.
  4. While your cake is baking, heat your butter in a large saucepan on medium heat until boiling. Let it turn a delicate brown and then remove from heat immediately.
  5. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until your frosting is smooth. It should be thinner than frosting but thicker than a glaze.
  6. Spread frosting over bars while they are warm. The frosting will thicken and harden making it difficult to spread on bars when cool.

 

 

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