Friday, February 12, 2010


so, i did a sample of the nook & pantry recipe book. it turned out soooo good! well, i have had it at the last couple shows & the kit sold out (we do have some available online here) you can do this recipe book however you'd like but i did our favorite holiday recipes. the recipes are of the foods we traditonally have for easter, thanksgiving, christmas, etc. in fact, if i make quiche & monkey bread for breakfast my kids ask what holiday it is - LOL! anyways, i had so many request for MY recipes & i promised i would post them. feel free to use these recipes & the picture too if ya want (sorry about some images being smaller?!).

here they are:


3 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup bisquick
1/4 tsp salt
5 TBS melted butter
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup diced ham
1/2 cup green onion

mix first 5 ingredients with mixer on low for 2 minutes.
add other ingredients (my mom adds mushrooms, sausage, olives, etc)
pour into greased pie plate & bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

pretzel jello salad

bottom layer:
2 cups crushed prezels
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted butter

heat oven to 400 degrees. in medium bowl, melt butter then mix pretzels & sugar. press into bottom of 9x13 pan. bake 7 minutes or until lightly brown. cool.

middle layer:
8 oz soft cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tub cool whip

beat cream cheese & sugar on high until fluffy. gently stir in cool whip. spread on crust.

top layer:
1 lg. pkg of raspberry jello
3 cups boiling water
10 oz frozen raspberries (or strawberries)

stir boiling water into gelatin for 2 minutes. stir in forzen raspberries. refrigerate until slightly thickened (consistency on unbeaten egg). pour over cream cheese layer. refrigerate until firm.

awesome carrots

2 lb carrots
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 lb butter
2 TBS fresh ginger
steam carrots until tender. mix other ingredients in saucepan on low & stir until blended. drain carrots. add sauce. cook low until ready to serve.

fabulous potatoes

8-10 large potatoes
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
8 oz sour cream
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup melted butter
corn flake crumbs

boil potatoes in skins. cool, peel & grate. combine soup, onion, sour cream & cheese in the grated potatoes & gently stir. do not add water to soup- this will be really thick! melt butter in 9x13 baking dish & pour potatoes in dish. cover top with corn flake crumbs & bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

monkey bread

4 cans buttermilk biscuits, cut in quarters
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

shake biscuits in a bag with sugar & cinnamon. pour 1/2 in bundt pan

1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks of butter

bring cinnamon, brown sugar & butter to a boil. pour half of sauce over top of half the biscuits in bundt pan. add rest of bisquits & rest of sauce over top. bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

homemade oreo cookies

2 pkg devils food cake mix
4 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil

beat in mixing bowl - it will be very stiff. roll into 1-inch balls, place on lightly sprayed cookie sheet & slightly flatten. bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. cool.

8 oz soft cream cheese
1/2 cup soft butter
3-4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

beat in mixing bowl cream cheese & butter. add sugar & canilla & mix until smooth. spread on bottom of half of the cookies & top with remaining cookies.
* i add food coloring sometimes: ex: orange for halloween, blue for baby boy, green for xmas.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

bead art

we are so very excited about a new avenue we have dabbled in ... bead art. i have had numerous emails telling me i better not abandon scrapbooking & move into jewelry so for the record let me just say: NO, NEVER - i am so passionate about scrapbooking & will never quit! however, i have been having a blast with bead art & i think that it is ok to do both :)

WatchArt: watch faces with interchangeable bands that are not only adorable but functional as well! Simply pick the style of watchface you want, then pick from the many different styles of watchbands available...choose one or choose several bands. everyday i have a different favorite (hahaha). the kits have been designed & includes everything you will need to make your watchband & includes step by step instructions & a color copy of the watchband. these are super easy to make - my 8 yr old daughter makes these with me. we even have a video tutorial here that christy tomblinson did that shows how easy it really is.

here are some of my favorite WatchArt for today:

ocean breeze

vanilla cream
fruit punch

we have some super cute watch faces too:

NeckArt is just that - beads that can be worn on a necklace. it attaches with a lobster clasp so if you already have a chain no need to buy one (but we have chains if you need one). again, these are totally interchangeable so you only need 1 chain but can get several different designs. some customers have attached these to their keychain, bag, even scissors (i could only think about how much that would annoy me LOL). anyway, i LOVE these & just think they are so fun!

black metals

tortoise shell

i am almost sure that once you make one of these & get all the compliments you will get addicted to these just as we have (and when people ask, "did you make this" you can confidently say "YES, it is so easy!!"

these make GREAT gifts for just about everybody from teenagers (or 8 yr old in my case) to grandmothers. they are a very affordable gift for teachers, friend's birthdays, family, etc.

go here to see our watch art
go here to see our neck art

And the WINNER is....

Congratulations to our winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Embellish IT! online store:

Liss C
Please email with your particulars so Shelby can set up your gift certificate.
Thanks to all who stopped by and played along. We LOVE hearing from you.
Have a great day! And, as always, we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

All things NEW and a PRIZE!

Well, we have stocked up on so many NEW and EXCITING products from CHA last week. Some products are in stock now and shipping while others are on their way to the Embellish IT! store and available for pre-order now!
To share our excitement with YOU, our very valued customers, we will have a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the embellish IT! online store. All you need to do is visit the store, find your favorite NEW item, and tell us which product is your favorite in the comments section of this post. We will draw a winner on Monday night - February 8th. We will announce the winner in next Tuesday's post - February 9th.
So go ahead, have a look around embellish IT!, and be sure to let us know which piece of the new products tickle your fancy! Have fun and good luck!
As always, we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business!