Monday, December 31, 2012

Seasoned Crackers

This would be great for New Years Eve with dips, soups, or just to snack on!

1 – 1 1/4 cup canola oil (you decide how much you want to use, I used 3/4c)
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
2-3 Tbs. red pepper flakes (I used close to 3…a little warm)

4 sleeves of Saltine crackers (give or take…however many you can fit in your mixing bowl)
1) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl for a good long while (5-10 minutes), to really get the crackers coated.
2) Lay them out on a cookie sheet and drizzle the yummy, ranchy, peppery oil that’s in the bottom of the bowl, over the top of the crackers.  Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring them around about halfway through.
3) Let them cool and store in a big ol’ baggie. Or a few little baggies.

original link here.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bethlehem Revisited

One of the best experiences I have had in years. In the little town of Keats, KS a church puts on an interactive "play" called Bethlehem Revisited. Its amazing, I honestly don't even have the words to describe how awesome it is! The entire time I am walking through this living museum/play I kept saying," Oh My Gosh, this is awesome!"

My blog post doesn't even begin to do this justice!

We had a guide, that started off by making us feel like we were back hundreds of years ago.
Our first stop was to meet Moses
Then onto David
These "prophets" were giving background information.
Then we went to see where the angel came to visit Mary.
Its amazing how these sets/structures were built in the middle of a farmers pasture. I would say this takes up at least one acre, and includes over 100 volunteers.
Onto Bethlehem.
Here the Roman Guard took a census ( I haven't heard how many people attended this year)
This was my favorite part.....While walking through the marketplace you felt a part of it, as if you were really there.
And finally.......
There were more parts that were absolutely amazing. I wish each and everyone of you could have been there! I was truly blessed by being able to attend this year.

Saturday, December 29, 2012


A few months ago we were in Iowa and were craving some Asian food. I had seen an exit sign for place called "Bang Bang" and thought with a name like that it could be fun. We pulled off and had no idea what was in store, but lucky for us it was a Mongolian Grill style restaurant. Yummy and fit everyones style. They even had a nacho bar (didn't really fit in, but we got queso so it didn't matter) and a yogurt bar.

If you are ever near in Iowa (thats the only place they are now), give it a try.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Cheesecake and Red Velvet Poke Cake

Made this for my class Christmas Party. Would also make a great Valentines Day cake!
(Every year I have a Christmas Party with the girls from my HS graduating class. I love it! I am so happy to say that even though it has been years, we are still friends.)

1 box Red Velvet cake mix

ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil & water)

2 (3.4 oz.) boxes instant Cheesecake-flavored pudding (have used White Chocolate as well, the possibilites are endless)

4 cups milk

1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed

10 Oreo cookies, crushed (optional)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fiesta Bowl Gear~ GO CATS & Discount

Ok, well this post is a little plug for myself!

I make game day dresses and other accessories, which many of you know. Well, my Alma Mater for Undergrad-----Kansas State University---- is going to the Fiesta Bowl in a few weeks so I have listed on my Esty page some K-State items! Go check them out, I think they are pretty cute if I do say so myself :)

A little thank you to my blog readers.......Enter :BLOGKSU for a 15% discount. This discount is available till Dec 31.

You might not be a K-State fan, but if you know someone who is, I would appreciate you spreading the word!

Here is a sampling:


Monday, December 10, 2012

Pinterest Tested-Bubble Up Pizza

Tried this for lunch last week and everyone really like it. Super easy and quick to make!

2 cans (12oz) golden layer buttermilk biscuits
1 jar (15oz) pizza sauce  
2 cups mozzarella cheese
your favorite pizza toppings - cooked sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms
*cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut biscuits into quarters and place in medium bowl.  Toss biscuits with pizza sauce.  Add pizza topping and half of the cheese.  Toss until well blended.  Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Pour biscuit mixture into pan and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, or until biscuits are done.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012