On the menu.. Bacon Wrapped Smokies

So do you have a big menu planned for the Super Bowl?
I am ready for it.  

Well, maybe I should say I am looking forward to it.
Ready? uh.. that is another story.
I still have to go grocery shopping, and then cook it all. Ha. :0)

We plan to have some fun finger foods such as chips and a couple kinds of dip,
 fruit/veggies, and of course these bacon wrapped smokies among other things.

Basically it is as simple as wrapping some lil smokies with bacon.. 
secure with toothpick, and bake until done.
(can also add some brown sugar on top while they bake for extra
sweetness - yum)

 (I bake at 325 degree's for around 45 minutes give or take...
 this will vary depending on your oven of course)
 and then serve with your favorite sauce, or mix up your own.

Our dipping sauce is a mix of mayo, bbq sauce, a little brown sugar,

and i toss in the leftover bacon pieces. (cooked of course) :0)

So do you have a favorite football food for the big day?

Easy Breakfast Pizza

I have made this quite a bit.. a recipe I came across years ago and adapted it to
our liking.
It is something my entire family will eat so that is a win in my book!
Picky eater in your family anyone? :0)

As I was making it yesterday I thought I might as well snap a few photo's
and share it with you.
(We all like the photo's that go along with recipe's after all, 
I know I do anyway)

So here goes:


  • Pizza Crust Dough (can also use homemade/crescent rolls etc.)
  • 1 lb. sausage
  • 1-2 cups frozen hash browns
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Cheese (whatever kind you prefer)
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. First up, brown your sausage until done, and drain excess oil.
  2. Next up place your pizza dough in your 9x13 pan. (grease pan if needed)
  3. Spread sausage over pizza dough.
  4. Spread frozen hash browns over sausage.

      5.  Lightly beat eggs with milk and add salt/pepper if desired.
      6.  Pour egg mixture over hash browns.

       7.  Sprinkle cheese on top. ( I used romano this time, normally I would use 
            cheddar or a mix of cheeses)
       8.  Bake at 375 degree's in your oven for about 30 minutes or until done.
            (should be golden brown)

You can find the Printable Recipe Here!

Jazz up a plain clock with a paper rose wreath

I saw a paper rose wreath for sale in a store and it was so beautiful..
However, the 49.99 price tag.. no way!

I decided I could make one.

Using my silhouette portrait I cut out LOTS of the 3d paper rose design,
and then proceeded to put them together.. which took me almost an entire day
on/off to get enough for this one wreath. (and it's not a very big wreath) :0)

So maybe that $50 price tag made a little more sense, but it is not something
I would spend that much money on, so I am glad to have an alternative.
Which didn't cost me much at all to make... just some paper and a lot of time!

After getting them cut out, and put together with a dot of glue.
I started using a glue gun and gluing them onto a wreath form.

I used a bright pink, and a softer pink.. mostly because I ran out of the color to
finish the entire wreath in one color, so I just decided rather than wait to try to find
that same color I would just do a 2 tone wreath.

After it was completed, I wasn't quite sure where to put it.. but then I saw my
clock above my computer just looking kind of boring.

It actually fit perfectly.
Don't ya love when those happy accidents happen?

So cute.

linking up at:
Thrifty D├ęcor Chick,
Ivy and Elephants,

Other household uses for Christmas light holders

I was looking at the after Christmas clearance section, and came across
small boxes of Christmas light holders that had suction cups attached to them.

I don't hang lights with these, but they were 75% off and I decided that I could
think of something else to do with them.

So they landed in my shopping cart.

First up..

A toothbrush fit perfectly.

Here I used some on framed artwork to hold jewelry.
I like how you can still see the artwork just fine, but also a neat display for jewelry.
Would also look neat on a mirror.

Makeup brushes also fit..
possibly a good way to let them dry after cleaning them.

Which led me to this idea... 
My daughter uses a vase with decorative stones inside to hold her favorite
go to makeup brushes/items.   I placed some of the holders on the front of the
vase to hold even more eye pencils/tweezers and so on.   Could put them all
the way around this vase if she wanted.  How cute is that? :0)

and of course regular Pens/Pencils work well too.

So there ya go.. a few fun idea's if you have some of these
doodads lying around. :0)

linking up at:
Inspire me Tuesday,
The Scoop,

Ivy and Elephants

Dollar Store DIY Candle Holder

We were at the dollar store recently and I was by the glass candlesticks
intending on getting a couple for some Christmas tree's that I had made.
There was an assortment of vases nearby, so I placed one on top of the candlestick
to see how it would look.  It was a keeper.

Ya know, because I can always use something to hold another candle. :0)
Plus, it will add some height to any decorative space that I need to add
a little extra dimension to...  win, win!

So I simply used some e6000 glue around the top of the candlestick
and centered it onto the bottom of the vase, and let it dry completely.

I then added some scrap plaid and gingham print fabrics around it and simply
tied it and dropped in a pretty candle.

I thought it was really "country cute" for Christmas tucked in a cabinet with
my large jingle bell, but also like the look of it for all  year.

On a second one I used a pink/white gingham fabric and added a paper 3d rose
embellishment to the center and a red candle.
(I made the paper rose using my silhouette)

This look will be a neat accent for Valentines Day decorating, which
I don't really do a lot of.. just a few simple things here and there.

I like that it is really simple to change the look of it by changing the candle color,
swapping out scrap fabric for a pretty ribbon, or some burlap, or adding
other embellishments to it.

In fact, I may have to go get the smaller size vase that matched,
and make another one that varies in height to go along side this one..  :0)