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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2013 Calendar Printables

Hey everyone!  I made up some 2013 calendar printables and decided to post them on here so that everyone else can have a chance to enjoy them as well.

They're all fun colored chevron designs and will fit perfectly on an 8.5x11 piece of paper.

Just to give you an idea about what the full size months look like, here's February. There's plenty of space in the boxes for you to add in your appointments or activities.
 I've uploaded the file as a single PDF, which you can download here.
Or you can download it as .zip file and find each individual month here. 

I'd love to hear what you think of these. Leave me a comment if you decide to download them, enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Ok so bear with me because I know this picture isn't going to look the most appetizing (my camera is back in the states so I'm forced to use my phone for all these pictures), but I promise you that these peppers are HEAVENLY.

My dad has been making stuffed peppers for dinner my entire life, and yet I have never eaten a single one. I grew up with this idea in my head that I hated peppers. I firmly believed this idea up until a few months ago. I don't know what changed, but suddenly here I was eating peppers multiple times a week. This recipe is once again another Pinterest find, but I tweaked it a little to my liking.

I am a vegetarian so I substituted the ground beef with a faux meat and it was fabulous. I made the regular ones for my meat-loving boyfriend and he agrees that these were to die for.

Please don't let my crappy phone quality picture deter you from making these peppers, because I promise you that they will change your life!

  • 4-5 bell peppers, tops and insides removed (Use peppers other than green if possible)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 16 ounce jar salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small can of corn
  • 1 onion, sauteed
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  •  big handful baby spinach, rinsed
  • Sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wash the peppers then carefully slice the tops off. To remove the insides, cut around the edges of the pepper then pull the center out with your hand. Try to get all the seeds out too. Place the peppers in a baking dish and set aside.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium high heat for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until it’s cooked through. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon while it cooks. When done, add in taco seasoning and salsa. Start with about 3/4 of the jar then add the rest if you want it juicier.

In separate pan, saute onions until tender. Add black beans (make sure they’re drained and rinsed), corn and baby spinach. Stir to combine. Cook until the spinach just starts to wilt, another minute or so. Remove pan from heat and mix into the meat.

Spoon the meat mixture into the hollowed out peppers. Fill the peppers almost to the top, leaving just enough room for the cheese. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese on top of each pepper

Place in the preheated oven and cook for 30 to 45 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the pepper should soften. You can tent the baking dish with aluminum foil if the cheese is starting to brown.

Remove from the oven and garnish with a dollop of sour cream.

(Recipe found here.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Oreo Crumble Cookies

While we're on the oreo theme, I might as well throw in another recipe! I was struck with need to bake cookies this weekend and eventually came out with these.

I'm currently living with at my boyfriend's house...which means there are not a ton of readily available baking supplies (other than the ones we've picked up for specific recipes in the past couple months). So when it came time to find a recipe for cookies, I was pretty limited with what I could make without running to the store to pick up more ingredients. I had some leftover oreos from the Cookies & Cream Hot Chocolate so I decided that they would make the perfect addition to these cookies.

I remembered seeing oreo chocolate chip cookies on Pinterest a million times, so I searched and found a recipe from Lovin' From The Oven. The only thing we didn't have in the kitchen was chocolate chips, but I figured the oreos would give it enough flavor that I didn't need them. After reading her comments on substituting baking powder for baking soda, and then seeing some other mention they did the same with great results, I decided to follow suit. Other than omitting the chocolate chips and replacing the baking soda, I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out fabulous! They were gone by the next morning (thanks mostly in part to my boyfriend).

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11 broken pieces Oreo Cookies
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, and sugars until well combined. Add egg and vanilla until mixed well.
2. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl, stir to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients then stir in oreos and chocolate chips until just combined.
3. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked, but still soft. Let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
 (Recipe found here.)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate


I saw this recipe on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and immediately knew that I needed to try it. I LOVE all things Oreo, so adding oreos to hot chocolate sounded like the perfect combination. You basically just add a handful of oreos into your hot chocolate mix and throw it into a blender. I don't have a Blendtec like the original recipe calls for, but my regular blender seemed to work just fine.

2 cups milk
8 tbsp hot cocoa powder (use more or less to make depending on how chocolaty you like it)
4-5 Oreos
Whipped Cream
Warm milk in the microwave (about one minute) then pour into your Blendtec jar. 
Add cocoa powder and 3 Oreo cookies.  Hit the "soup" button on your Blendtec and let it blend.
Pour cocoa into two mugs and top with whipped cream. Crush the last Oreo over the top of the whipped cream.  Serve immediately.
(Recipe from here.)

The result was fantastic! I would definitely make it again. Beware though, it's got a lot of flavor and if you make a big mug, it can be a little overwhelming.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Well hello again! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is off to a great Monday as well. I figure today might be a good day for a little pick-me-up...and I bring it in the form of a cookie recipe! I stumbled upon this recipe a couple years ago and I'm a big fan of it. It's simple, delicious, and adorable. These would be perfect for the holiday baking season, you could even add a little peppermint extract into the mix or maybe add crushed candy cane bits to the top. Go crazy!

I originally found the recipe over at BakeBakeBake (a community on Livejournal). It's a great place to browse for fun recipes and it's full of super talented bakers. Definitely check it out if you get the chance.


2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
2 sticks butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

(Depending on how big you make your cutouts, this should yield about 24-30 cookies.)

1. Preheat oven to 300ยบ F
2. Cream butter. Add in sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
3.  On low speed, add the flour and cocoa powder until the dough holds together.
4. Form mixture into a ball and flatten slightly.
5. Flour your work surface and rolling pin. Place the dough onto the floured surface, coating both sides, and roll the dough out until it's about 1/2 an inch thick.
6. Use a circular cookie cutter or other round object to cut the dough into about inch to 1 1/2 inch circles. Prick the surface with a toothpick to create buttonholes.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sky High Scarf Pattern

I posted this pattern on my old blog, but I decided to repost it over here since so many people seemed to like it before. My sister requested a scarf for a friend and I made this up as I went. It's very easy and very cute! I hope everyone loves it. I'm not a professional crocheter, but I do my best.

Here's a link to the ravelry page in case anyone is interested.

Chunky Yarn (I used 1 ½ skeins of Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed, 108 yds each).
K (6.5mm) Hook

Ch 17.
Row 1: DC in 2nd stitch from hook. DC in each stitch to end of row.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st stitch, DC in next. *Ch 1, skip stitch, DC in next*. Repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. DC in each Ch 1 space and in top of each DC to end of row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until scarf reaches desired length, bind off, weave in ends.

(Note: You may use a lighter weight yarn if you’d like. Chain more at the beginning in order to have the right width. Make sure to start with an odd number of chains.)

If you prefer a circle scarf instead, you can easily seam to two ends together with a mattress stitch or whatever method you would like. It gives you more ways to wear it!

If you are confused about anything just leave me a comment and ask away, I'll do my best to help you out. Enjoy! If you end up using this pattern, I would love for you to leave a comment letting me know, or even posting a picture of the result

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hello World!

Welcome to my blog! My name is Brenna and I have decided to start a blog. My life isn't the most exciting thing ever, and I'm sure every post won't be super thrilling, but I'd like a place to post about recent crafty project, fun recipes, or just random inspiration. Hopefully you'll find something you like and decide to stick around for awhile (I would certainly love it if you did).

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