Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pink Elephant Snuggle

I am such a Pinterest Addict.  Especially when it comes to crochet ideas.  I love to crochet and I love trying new pattern.  I found the pattern for this cute Pink Elephant Snuggle on Pinterest and I know I had to try it.  The pattern was written in European, but very easy to follow.  Thanks Dendennis Amigurumist for sharing.  I am glad to add her to my collection.  I think some little girl is really going to enjoy her.  

If you are interested in making your own, click here for a link to the pattern.  

Thanks for letting me share her with you.  Be sure to like my Facebook page, Stitches by Sandra for more photos.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Artisan Bread - Pampered Chef Style

I have been seeing the Recipe for Artisan Bread in the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker online for awhile, but finally decided to make some today.  EASY PEASY!!!

Artisan Bread

3 cups of Flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbls sugar
1 1/2 cup warm water
Optional 1 1/2 tsp seasoning

Mix together in Classic Batter Bowl, cover with wet towel.  Let Rise for 2 hours.

Re-flour dough until its no long sticky.  Lightly oil Deep Covered Baker and place dough inside.  (I lightly brushed mine with olive oil and sprinkled it with The Italian Seasoning Mix)

Cover with Lid and let rise 2 hours

Spritz a little oil on top and bake covered @450 for 30 minutes and then uncover for 10 more minutes.  

I let it cook for about 30 minutes.  I recently ordered the 2 Oil Dipping Sauces from The Pampered Chef and I have been wanting to try them.  

I decided to try the Parmesan-Garlic Oil Dipping Sauce.  

It was do good!!!!

If you are interested in ordering any of The Pampered Chef products, you can go to my website,
and be sure to follow me on Facebook - Sandra's Pampered Chef Page.    

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mermaid Photo Prop

I love to crochet and I have a sweet friend, Danielle Wilkinson, who has started her own photography bushiness, Danielle Wilkinson Photography, (check out her Facebook page) and I love to send her some of my creations to use.  I attempted a Mermaid tail awhile back, but it was really too small.  I found this pattern on and when I saw it, I knew I had to buy it.  Thanks to Crochet by Jennifer for making such a great pattern.  I finished this morning.  I can't wait to get it in the mail Monday so Danielle can use it in an upcoming photo shoot. 

Here is the complete set.  
Isn't the Sea Shell Bikini top cute.  The shells move on the bottom strap so it can be adjusted

I love the interchangeable Starfish Headband

The body can be shortened for smaller babies.  

Stay tuned and maybe I can post a picture of a beautiful baby modeling for us. 

Have a great day



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Say no to Store Bought Salad Dressing

Stop!!  Put down that store bought salad dressing and

top your greens with one of these DIY recipes!!

photo courtesy of The Pampered Chef

I love summer and Fresh Vegetables.  Another thing I love about My Pampered Chef products is making fresh dressings.   Here is a link to some great DIY recipes from The Pampered Chef. Store bought dressings are loaded with sodium and preservatives.  These are wonderful recipes. Also if you prefer a creamy dressing, just run your vinegerette through the blender.  The oil will emulsify and the dressing will be fluffy and creamy.  

.Here are a few of the tools I have in my arsenal to make Salad making easier.  

I love this tool!!!  It is great for chopping salad greens an many other things.  I also use it to chop chicken, pork and beef!!!  Blades feature exclusive hollow ground recesses and a titanium coating for easier release of food when chopping.

You can use this to make your own salad dressings.  This two piece container makes blending salad dressing or powdered drink mixes easy.  

The Salad and Berry Spinner is a must have this time of year.  Spinning mechanism pulls water from salads and berries.  Pieces double as a serving bowl  and colanders, and nest for compact storage.

If you are interested in any of these products, you can order directly from my site, or contact me thru email, or you can message me on my Facebook page, Sandra's Pampered Chef Page

Have a great day



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Scrappy Skirt

For my Scrappy Lexi and Lilly

Picture from LolaBebeBowtique on Etsy

When I saw this Scrap Fabric Tutu on Etsy, I knew I was going to try to make one.  The best part, it does not require sewing so I did not have to pull out the sewing machine.  Living in a one bed room apartment, that can be a pain. You can use fabric scraps and get creative.  Go crazy.  Since Pinterest is the GO TO site to find anything you need to know.  

I found a blog, Create Kids Couture with the pattern for that had the size for Lilly, but not for Lexi as she is a size 8.  Since my angels live 4 hours away, I took my tape measure into Walmart and measured a little girls skirt to see what size I needed to make.  I then found this blog, The Happy Housewife, that helped me determine how to make the one for Lexi.  

Here is one I made for Lilly

Here is the one I made for Lexi.  

I can't wait to see them on the girls.  I will post pictures with them trying them on.  

I made a quick trip north this past weekend to spend Mother's Day with them. I was able to suprise them and pick them up from Day care early.  Then to Jacks for ICE CREAM!!!   Saturday we met up with Rachel, Carley's first cousin who was babysitting 3 sweet girls close to the same age as Lilly and Lexi. And one handsome little guy, Harper was with his Mom and Dad, hanging out with all the girls.  

We went to the Barnyard in Tuscaloosa and had a blast.  If you are in the area of Northport, you have to check it out.  Lots of hands on feeding, boat ride in pond, and hay ride around the farm.  

Have a great day


Sunday, August 18, 2013

crunchy buffalo chicken cups

 I LOVE THE PAMPERED CHEF!!!  Did I tell you I love the Pampered Chef?  I am so excited about the new fall line that will be coming out September 1, 2013. In the new Season's Best Recipe Collection, there are some really great recipes.  
I decided to try one out this weekend and thought I would give you a sneak peek.  I made the Crunchy Buffalo Chicken Cups.  I took some to a friends Pool Party yesterday and they were a HIT!!!  I thought I would give you a sneak peek.  

crunchy buffalo chicken cups
2 cups corn chips
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
2 green onions
1 cup finely diced cooked chicken breast
2 tbsp hot cayenne pepper sauce (see cook's tip)
2 tbsp sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.  Generously spray wells of Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Finely process corn chips in Manual Food Processor.  Grate cheddar using Microplane Adjustable Coarse Grater.  Add 1 cup of the cheddar to processor, process until cheese is incorporated.

3. Spoon about 1 tbsp chip mixture into each well of pan and lightly press to flatten using Mini-Tart Shaper,  Bake 8-10 minutes or until cups are bubbly and edges are golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool 3-4 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, thinly slice green onions using Utility Knife, set aside 1 tbsp of the green tops for garnish.

5. Combine remaining green onions, chicken, hot cayenne pepper sauce, sour cream, blue cheese and remaining 1/2 cup cheddar in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well.  Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 30-60 seconds or until mixture is warm and cheese is slightly melted.

6.  Release cups from pan using cleaning tool of Garlic Press and place onto Stackable Cooling Rack.  Spoon about 1 level tbsp filling into each cup.  Drizzle with additional hot cayenne pepper sauce, if desired.  Garnish with reserved green onion tops.  

cook's tips: I used Texas Pete Buffalo Wing sauce and omitted the onions because of picky eaters in my house.  

If you are interested in be the first to get the new fall products, email me and we can set up a Cooking show or a Facebook show.  I Look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Cooking

Monday, August 12, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Cups

Football Season is almost here.  I am SO ready for some Alabama Football.  With that being said, I will be trying out a lot for Football Party Food Recipes.  Here is one I tried out this weekend while I was visiting with Carley.  She helped me and she even agreed it was very easy.  They went quick.  

Buffalo Chicken Cups


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
24 wonton wrappers
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray brownie pan very lightly with kitchen spritzer.

2. In Classic Batter Bowl, combine softened cream cheese, Ranch dressing, wing sauce and 3/4 cheddar cheese (save remaining 1/4 cup for topping). You can soften the mixture slightly in the microwave if needed to make it come together. Stir in shredded chicken.

3. Start layering your cups in the Brownie Pan. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each well. Spoon about a tablespoon of the chicken mixture. Top with another wonton wrapper and add another tablespoon of chicken mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and a little blue cheese.

4. Bake for 18 minutes or until edges are brown. Check cups after 10 minutes into cooking and if edges are browned cover the cups with foil for the remaining cooking time.

5. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on Cooling Rack. To remove, use the Mini Serving Spatula to loosen the edges then pop each cup out.

I was so busy enjoying cooking with Carley, I did not even think to take photos while we were cooking.  She does not like blue cheese so we left these out.  Here is the finished photo.  

I hope you enjoy.  I used the Classic Batter Bowl, Brownie Pan, Cooling Rack and the Mini Serving Spatula from the Pampered Chef Products.  If you are interested in any of these products or more recipes and tips, you can go to my Company website here, or my Facebook Page.  

Happy Cooking, and ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!