Fab Five Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!  I hope you all have had a wonderful week filled with lots of love.  It’s been  awhile since I’ve done a Fab Five Friday and there have been some great things I’ve come across that I just can’t keep to myself, LOL 🙂  These are the 5 things I am just in love with right now.

#1: Scent Bar’s Blush Lotion from Target: Oh my, this lotion is amazing.  The smell is fresh with a touch of floral.  I use some of this on my arms and the scent stays with me all day, it’s like having a light mist of perfume on.  I am in love with the Blush scent, but there are some many other tempting choices.  So, next time you’re in Target make sure you look for this … you won’t be disappointed!

#2:  New Plants:  When I moved into an apartment several years ago a dear friend of mine gave me a basket filled with five different plants.  Since then I have grown attached to having plants in my home, they give it life and natural color.  So, this week when I went to our local nursery and they were brimming with new house plants, I was brimming with excitement.  I rarely buy plants, but I just could not resist especially since all of my other plants are green.  Aren’t these colors just to die for?!?

P.S. Beware of any plants in your home that your furry friends may find toxic.  ASPCA has a great list compiled on their site of toxic plants for cats and toxic plants for dogs.  When I got home I discovered some of the plants I had gotten are in fact toxic and have placed them on a high, high shelf away from curious whiskers!

#3: Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine:  I’ve been wanting to get an issue of this magazine for quite a while and finally broke down and bought it last week.  So far I’ve looked through the magazine from front to back and have read 3 articles.  All the articles I’ve read so far have been packed with lots of tips and advice.  If you machine quilt on either your home machine or a long arm, this magazine has a wealth of information … I definitely recommend it!

#4: Clinique All About Eyes Concealer: For years I have used the same under eye concealer and been perfectly satisfied.  However, the last time I was at the makeup counter I was lured into buying this product from Clinique.  I am really happy I succumbed to temptation!  This not only covers my dark circles (thank you Grandma!), but also brightens my under eye! I really have no complaints about this product so far and I use such a tiny amount the tube will probably last me the rest of my life, LOL!

#5: Pinterest: Okay, I know this is old news, but seriously how awesome is Pinterest?! Every time I get on there it’s like entering my own personal happy zone 🙂  If you don’t already follow me I’d love to see you over there and follow you, too!  Click here if you’d like to connect on Pinterest!

What are you in love with this week?  Any new finds or great gifts yesterday?

Have a great weekend!

Fab Five Friday: Holiday Treats

With holiday get togethers and parties upon us, I thought it would be a good time to share my five favorite holiday themed foods.  These are all quick and easy to put together, so you have plenty of time to party.

#1 Oreo Ornaments

For these, you need:

  • White Oreo Cakesters 
  • Red and green gel frosting
  • Red, string licorice
  • Lifesavers
  • A little frosting

To make them, you simply loop the licorice and put through the hole in the lifesaver.  Then using a small amount of frosting, set the lifesaver on one outer side of the cakester.  Decorate as you please with the red and green gel frosting!

#2 Custard Filled Santa Hats

You will need:

  • Prepared Jell-O Custard
  • 2 sheets Puff Pastry, cut into triangles and baked according to package
  • White Frosting
  • Red Frosting
  • Red Sprinkles

Put a dollop of custard on one side of a cooked puff pastry and place another puff pastry piece on top, so it’s like a sandwich.  Frost the top with the red frosting and put red sprinkles on. Then put an edge of white frosting along the bottom and a dollop of white frosting on the tip.  

#3 Frosty Cheese Ball

What You’ll Need:

  • (2) 8 oz. boxes of plain cream cheese, warmed to room temperature
  • 1 c. coarsely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. dried chives
  • 1/4 c. Craisins
  • 1/8 c. slivered almonds
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 2 raisins
  • 5-6 craisins
  • A piece of fabric for scarf
  • Black Paper
  • Piece of Cardboard
  • Tape/Glue
  • Foil
  • Small, lightweight bowl
  • Crackers

Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, chives, craisins, and slivered almonds all together until well blended and form into ball.  Refrigerate for about a 1/2 hour and smooth the surface of the cream cheese.  Place carrot in middle, 2 raisins above for eyes, and the craisins to form a mouth.

Cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a circle wide enough to cover frosty’s head.  Cover with foil and on one side glue a piece of black paper (this is the top, the foil will face down on the cheese ball).  Cut another piece of black paper wider then the bowl you will be using and wrap around bowl.  Secure with tape or glue.  Wrap scarf at base for decoration.

Set the cardboard circle down on the cheese ball and then place the covered bowl on top of the cardboard.  Fill with crackers.

#4 Holiday Hugs

What You’ll Need:

  • Small pretzels
  • Peppermint Hershey kisses
  • Holiday M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a foil lined pan, place one kiss per pretzel.  Bake for 3-5 minutes, until kiss begins to melt.  Take out of oven and place one M&M on the top.  Let cool completely.

#5 Crescent Roll/Veggie Christmas Tree

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 roll of Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 – 8 oz. container veggie cream cheese, warmed to room temperature
  • 1 T. milk
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Yellow Pepper
  • Chopped nuts of your choice

Slice Pilsbury crescent rolls into 1/4″ slices.  Place crescent rolls into tree shape and bake according to package directions.  While the tree is cooking, mix the cream cheese and milk together.  Let the rolls cool completely, spread with cream cheese mixture.

Cut a star out of the yellow pepper; slice the carrots into pieces along with the broccoli; and cut the red pepper into strips.  Decorate the tree with cut veggies and put nuts on the base of the tree.

Hope you enjoy all of these yummy, quick-to-make treats:)

Until Next Time!

Fab Five Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you have all had an amazing week!  Mine was great, I got a lot of quilting done, a lot of business-related “stuff” done, and got to go back to one of my favorite places in the world, Gettysburg (PA) where I ate lots of great food and got to hang out with my family.  I thought it would be fun to give you all a heads up on some of my favorite things I’ve come across lately.  I’ve done a “Fab Five Friday,” but it’s been awhile.  Hope you enjoy!

1) Favorite Fabric:  Holly Taylor’s Christmas Spirit.  I got this fabric for a quilt I’m debuting in a few weeks and absolutely love it!  The colors are just gorgeous and I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this is my first Jelly Roll … can you believe that?!  I totally get why these things are so addictive … it’s amazing how quickly my cutting went!

2) Favorite Food: UTZ potato chips.  For a potato-loving girl like myself, potato chips don’t get any better than these!  Good for me their outlet store is only a 20 minute drive from Gettysburg, and we get to stop and stock up every time we go back.  This weekend we’re having a Potato Chip Tasting Party during the OSU-Indiana game with some of their new flavors and limited edition flavors I picked up while back there.

3) Favorite Gadget:  Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser.  This thing is ah-mazing!  I’ve had it for two weeks and I can’t get over the difference in my teeth.  A lady who I had never met before in my life stopped me when I was looking at them at Kohls to tell me how she had bought six of these for Christmas gifts because they worked so well and proceeded to rummage through her purse to see if she could find me a coupon! (How totally sweet!)  In the end though she couldn’t find it and I went home to buy it on Amazon which was a good thing since they were considerably less expensive!

4) Favorite Dog Thing: Orthopedic 100% Memory Foam Dog Bed.  Ok, another Amazon item, gotta love Amazon.  I looked and looked for a dog bed to no avail.  Finally, I stumbled on this and thought it was too good to be true … a removable, waterproof cover + 2 machine washable outer covers + orthopedic + made in the US … Really?! Could this be true?! And for under $100?!  Well let me tell you it is!  We love this bed and our dogs love this bed, it doesn’t get much better!

5) Favorite Seasonal Item: Pennsylvania Apples.  I love apples!! I eat one nearly every day and they are just so good!  I love apple sauce, apple pie and just plain old apples.  Lucky me, another perk of going back to Gettysburg is the area is orchard country and we’re always able to stock up on our favorite fruit! 

I’d better get out of here and get busy cutting up all those apples to freeze!  Have a great weekend!