Archives for June 2012

Rice Krispies Treats

I’m such a lucky Nana.  My grandson has been with me since Monday.  His big brother’s went to Legoland!  I love having him.  I love waking up in the middle of the night and giving him a bottle.  I love it when I put food in his mouth and he blows a big raspberry at me and that yummy baby food goes everywhere!  I don’t even mind the poopy diapers.  I loved being a mother, but being a Nana is A M A Z I N G!

He is such a happy “smiley” little guy.  But, as soon as you put the camera in front of him he quits smiling!

Because I’ve had a little guy to keep my eye on, I haven’t been doing too much around the house this week.

I have gotten to spend a little time on Pinterest though!

“My name is Mandy and I’m a Pinterest Addict.”

Do you have a food that you could eat and eat and eat, knowing if you eat too much you will make yourself sick, but you don’t care?  Mine is…


Oh my goodness, I could easily eat 2 pans!

Sick huh?  It’s true!

I could probably eat them when I have the stomach flu…. okay and strawberry pop tarts… I’m not divulging anything else!  I’ll save it for another post :-).

I have to admit, that I have never had a “flavored” Rice Krispy Treat, but I’m going to make one of these soon!

1.  Nutella Rice Krispies Treat Bars from Live Life Too

2. Caramel Turtle Rice Krispies Treat from Glorious Treats

3.  Strawberry Rice Krispies Treat from Real Mom Kitchen

4.  Smore Rice Krispies Treat from Glorious Treats

5.  Watermelon Rice Krispies Treat from Dine and Dish

6.  Oreo Rice Krispies Treats from Stylish Cuisine

7.  Rice Krispies Treat Cupcakes from Intimate Weddings

 Are you ready to make  Rice Krispies Treats for you or your children this weekend?

I’m thinking the Caramel Turtle ones look awesome!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Nana’s Potato Salad

Nana’s Potato Salad has been in our family for several generations.  It’s one of those recipes that every time I take it to a potluck, I’m always asked for the recipe, which I’m always happy to pass on!

I like to make it the day before.  The longer it sits, the better it gets.

Nana’s Potato Salad

5 lb. potatoes (you can use any kind)

8-10 hard boiled eggs

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 yellow or white onion

1.   Peel and cut potatoes in half.  Cover with water, bring to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender.

2.  When they are done, drain in a colander and spread onto a large plate and allow them to cool.

3.  Once the potatoes are cool, cut them into bite size (about 1 in) pieces.

2.  Place 8-10 eggs into a sauce pan (I add about 1 Tbs. of baking soda to my water – helps the peeling process), bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Do you have an egg timer?

I ♥ my egg timer that my mother bought me a few years ago.  This is what it looks like:

Norpro Egg Rite Egg Timer

Product Details All you do is drop it into the water with your eggs.  When the egg timer turns dark purple/black, you know that your eggs are hard boiled.  It also tells you when your egg is medium and soft.  You can purchase the Norpro Egg Rite Egg Timer here.  Amazon has it on sale right now for $4.99.  If you have a PRIME Account (thank you to my lovely step-daughter, Tracie) shipping is free!  No, I was not paid for endorsing this awesome kitchen gadget :-).

3.  When your eggs are done, let them sit for about 10 minutes in cold water and then peel.  I’ve found it works great to peel them under cold running water.

4.  Separate the cooked yolk from the cooked egg whites.  Smash the yolks with a fork and add salt, pepper, mayonnaise, mustard and vinegar.  Stir well.

5.  Dice egg whites and add to the potatoes.

6.  Dice onion and add to the mayonnaise mixture.

7.  Add the mayonnaise mixture into the potatoes and stir gently.

You can add black olives, sweet pickle relish, or curry if you like.

I sprinkle a little bit of dried parsley or paprika on the top to add color.


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4th Of July Brownie Pops – Thursdays With Tracie

The other day as I was searching the internet for some fun summer treats for the boys, I came across an idea from good ole’ Betty Crocker! Popsicle shaped brownies on a stick. The boys LOVE popsicles and brownies, so I had to give them a try.

This is what you need:

1.  13x 9 brownie box mix ( I used Betty Crocker) and all the ingredients needed to make them (eggs, oil and water).

2.  White Almond Bark – Betty said to use melted chocolate chips  (let’s just say I tried this and it didn’t work!!) Maybe it was just me, but trust me, just get the almond bark)

3.  Popsicle sticks

4.  Sprinkles

Bake your brownies in a 13x 9 pan.  Instead of spraying the pan with cooking spray, place a piece of foil that covers the bottom and sides with at least a couple inches extra on each side, then spray non-stick spray on it and then pour your batter. Bake and let cool.  Once the brownies are cool, place them into the freezer for 30 min.

Take the brownies out of the freezer and cut off all the edges (saved those for me) and then cut the rest into rectangles. Peel the foil off, insert a popsicle stick and put back into the freezer for another 30 min.

Melt the almond bark, dip the brownies in the almond bark and then place on wax paper and add sprinkles.  Let cool.

I would highly suggest keeping these in the fridge until you are ready to serve them.  They are sooo good when they are cold (they taste almost like cookies and cream). They would also be really good if you wanted to dip them in crushed Oreos, after you dipped them in the almond bark, yum!! I am going to try that next.

These were really fun and the boys loved them.

I hope everyone has a great summer break.  We have been enjoying hanging out by the pool with Nana and Poppi and getting settled in our new home!

I just wish the boys knew it was summer break and didn’t get up at 5-6 am! Oh well, they usually get the hang of it by August… just in time to go back school :-).

See you next time.

Thanks for having me Mandy!


Yummy Strawberry Recipes

I love this time of year when strawberries are in season
and they are being sold freshly picked right out of the field.

Here in the central valley of California,
you can actually see the field they come from and the workers picking them.

I can’t help but buy a large flat.
Of course, we can’t always eat all of them.
So this year (after making a few strawberry shortcakes),
I decided to check out some new recipes.

1.  Strawberry Poke Cake from Stella B’s Kitchen

2.  Strawberry Margarita Popcicles from World Of Amici

3.  Strawberry Trifle from Taste Of Home

4.  Strawberry Sangria from The Kitchn

5.  Strawberry Mojitos from White On Rice Couple

6.   Strawberry Shortcake from Epicurean Mom

7.  Easy Strawberry Napoleon from Six Sister’s Stuff

8.  Strawberry Bruschetta from Southern Living

9.  Strawberry Freeze from Kraft Recipes

10.  Strawberry Cupcake from Best Cupcake Recipes

11.  Strawberry Cake from Taste Of Home

See any that you would like to give a try this weekend?

Perhaps your hubby or father would enjoy a yummy
strawberry drink or dessert!

I have a few on my list 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend.


My Thrift Store Herb Box

I was so excited when I found this little PINK box (yes, it was pink) with the handle at our local thrift store.  Price? $2.95, which made it even more exciting!  I had a few other treasures that I had swooped down on (before anyone else could) and put them into the little pink box – very convenient.  I was so proud of myself – I had something to carry my treasures in!  I was pretty devastated a few minutes later when the handle on my cute little box broke and all of my treasures fell to the floor (with a few of them breaking)…. worst part?  When the little box hit the floor it broke into 4 pieces (2 end pieces and 2 side pieces…and I was still holding the handle!).  I was so sad.

After getting all of my broken treasures (including my little pink box) up to the register (I was told I didn’t have to pay for anything, but I did anyway). I started inspecting my little box and I realized it would be very simple to glue it all back together.

With a little wood glue, some clamps, my cameo silhouette, black paint, glaze, and some sandpaper here is my broken little pink $2.95 HERB box!

My goodness I worked hard for this HERB box!

It was worth it…

I’m so happy with the way it turned out.


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Link Party Highlights #34 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Surprise, surprise, surprise!!! I’m getting the Highlight’s from Link Party #34 posted early!

Katie from The Crafty Blog Stalker shared “What to make out of a Crystal Light Container”.

These are just a few ideas that she shared.
Who would have known those Crystal Light Containers could be so handy???

Alyssa from What’s Cooking Love whipped up a Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie.


Lori from Thrifty Decor Mom showed off her Summer Front Porch.

Wow! I love this front porch.
If my porch looked like this I’d want to show it off too!

Amy from Permanent Kisses linked up her sign that says, “Remove Your Shoes”.

I love Amy’s sign.
Great job Amy!

Kelli from Bella’s Crafty Mom showed us how she Recovered her Office Chair.

Most of us have these ugly office chairs.
What a great way to dress it up!

Andrea from Decorating Cents made some amazing curtains out of a shower curtain.

What a great idea!
Love the color and how they turned out.
I would have never guessed this was a shower curtain.
Would you?

Connie from Measured By the Heart showed us how to make a Chocolate Strawberry Banana Dessert.

Perfect summertime treat.

Debbie from On the Refrigerator Door showed us how to make a Photo Book To Go.

What a great idea.
My Mom is always saying that she never see’s pictures
of my girl’s anymore because they are digital.
I’m as guilty as everyone else… I can’t seem to get them from
the computer (ordered) to her.
I love Debbie’s idea of making these little books.
My Mom would love this!
Thanks for the inspiration Debbie.

Thank you everyone for sharing your projects at the Link Party.
If you would like to grab and post a Feature Button, you can find one
in the right hand column.
I have decided to take a “summer break” from hosting the link party.

I hope all of you will continue to visit Project Queen.

I have some great projects coming up that I can’t wait to show you!


How To Paint Clay Pots

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

I have a super easy project to show you that I made in just a few hours (mostly paint drying time).

I’ve been seeing these adorable stacked clay plots in Blogland and wanted to make my own version.

Step 1:
I purchased your run of the mill, cheap clay pots from Lowes.  I sanded them a bit and washed them down with water.

Step 2:
I sprayed the pots (and dish it sets in) with an inexpensive gray primer.

Step 3:
Once the primer had dried I sprayed the pots with a Rustoleum (all weather) Black Gloss spray paint.

Step 4:
Once that was dry, I taped the pots off with some painter’s tape.

Step 5:
I painted the white stripes with Martha Stewart’s Paint that I had purchased at Michael’s and applied it with a brush.

Now your ready to put some pretty plants in!

Step 6:
In each pot, you will want to put a brick or two in, in order to make the next pot stand up.

Step 7:
Add your moisture control dirt and plant your plants.

I’m thrilled with the way the project turned out.
I haven’t decided if I’m going to add the house numbers to the largest pot yet.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Summer Bucket List – Thursdays With Tracie

If you are looking for link party #34

Last year was the first time I had heard of a
“Summer Bucket List”

I love lists!!!!
That is the only way I ever get anything done!!!!!

So last summer, I began my own summer bucket list by writing down all the things I wanted to do with the kids for the summer and I stuck it on the fridge.  I am proud to say we finished everything on the list!  The only thing was, by the end of the summer the list was a mangled mess!

This year, I wanted to figure out a way to track all of the fun summer things we will be doing. I love the idea of looking back with the kids and seeing everything we have done for the summer!   Our bucket list needs to be hung up high (a mommy’s level) otherwise it will be used as a teething ring, paper airplane, or a mop!  So this is what I came up with:

I found this cute clipboard at Target in the dollar spot. I got out my scrapbook paper, letters, sharpies, summer stickers and a pack of clothespins.

On one side of the clothespin I wrote what we want to do this summer. Some of the items on our list are camping, tie dye, banana split night, library program, Splash Park, build a fort and Legoland.  On the other side of the clothespins I wrote “We did it!!”

My plan is to start with everything on one side and when we complete it, I will flip the clothes pin around to the other side (the side that says, “We did it!”) and by the end of the summer we hopefully will have all the clothespins flipped!!!

 With my Bored Jar and my Bucket List, I am ready for the summer!!

Thanks Mandy for having me!!!

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Welcome To Link Party #34 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #34!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week!

If you missed the highlights from Link Party #33 –

Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Follower! (Right hand column).  Leave me a comment so I know to follow you back.
3.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog (I won’t be able to feature your project unless you do).
4.  Please link up something NEW that you have not shared before.  Link up only YOUR work and not someone else’s.
5.  Most important – please visit someone who has linked up and leave a kind comment.  Don’t you be a “hit and run” blogger  now :-).  It only takes a few minutes to say “hi” to someone new!  We all love comments!


Link Party Highlights #33 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Have you ever had one of those weeks where it literally has been HELLACIOUS and it’s only Monday???? Well that’s MY LIFE!  I have to be thankful though.. they truly are luxury problems… so no whining on my part.  Promise!  I’m going to be thankful and count my blessings.  DONE DEAL!

Here we go – great link ups again this week.  Everyone had that 3 day weekend last week and it showed.  Ya’ll have been busy!  Also fun to see alot of new blogs linked up.  New blogs to stalk :-).

Brenda from Cottage4c made a beautiful Summer Mason Jar Window Treatment.

These vases just enhance Brenda’s view.

Leslie from The American Sewing Guild showed us how to Embellish with Perfect Rick Rack Every Time!

She has a great tutorial and a secret material she uses!

 Tracy from Soul Style shows us how she mastered Outdoor Decorating in her own back yard.

She created 3 outdoor spaces… this is 1…
head over to her blog so you can see the other 2.
Very creative!

 Linda from With A Blast shows us how to make Coffee Jello’s.

Great summer time treat!

 Mari from Inspired By Family Magazine shares some Blog Humor and a great Blog Tip.

So scary how I can relate to the blog humor!
I’m sure you will too.

Laura from The Iron Stone Nest shows off her new Coffee Table.  Guess what it’s made from…

A chicken crate!
I loved how it turned out and you can roll it anywhere!

 Connie from Penny For Penny found a round metal picnic table and made it into a Clock.

Great job Connie!!!

 Nichi from The Mandatory Mooch shares these Pistachio Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting.

She shares the recipe on her blog.

 Emmeline from Dear Emmeline took some old out-of-style Coffee/End Tables and made them fabulous!

These turned out gorgeous.
Love the colors.
The fabric is from a cast-off curtain panel!

 Jen from The Consigner Designer shows us what she made out of a Dresser Drawer.

Great job Jen!

 Melanie from Artzy Creations made a Floral Print Owl Clock for her daughter’s room.

I love the colors and the whimsicalness of this cute little owl.
(I thought I made up this word, but it’s in the dictionary)

 Lisa from Recaptured Charm made this beautiful Padded Headboard.

She has a very easy to follow tutorial on her blog.

Thank you everyone for sharing your amazing projects this past week!

If you were featured, I’d love it if you grabbed a “featured” button (in the right hand column)
and paste it somewhere on your blog everyone can join the party.

Ready for Link Party #34?