Easy Peasy Craft

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Nope. The towel isn’t the craft. My mom made that for me. Sorry. :) But isn’t it lovely?

The craft is the bottle turned into a flower vase. It’s nothing spectacular, but it was super easy to do. It didn’t cost anything to make because I already had all of the supplies. And who doesn’t like free decorations? I’ve been needing something to go next to my hand towels in our bathroom, and this works perfectly.

I used an old Crush soda bottle and cleaned the sticky labels off with Goo Gone. That stuff is amazing, by the way. 

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Then, I just used some satin brushed metallic gold spray paint and voila! What a lovely FREE vase. 

I’ve been dealing with a sick puppy for the past couple of days. :/ Apparently Rogan has some sort of allergy that’s making him swell up with hives. Thank God for Benadryl. Seriously. I took him to the vet yesterday and hopefully he gets better soon!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars

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I PASSED MY MIDTERM! :) (If you want to know why I’m taking a midterm click here.)

So in honor of passing, I decided to share this amazing recipe with you guys. The original recipe can be found here. Everyone who has ever tried this has loved it and I’m not even exaggerating. It’s also a plus that my husband loves apple pie /apple desserts. Too bad I don’t have a good apple pie recipe yet. This will have to work until then.

The Recipe

  • 1 pouch of Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup of firm butter or margarine
  • 2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F, and spray the bottom and sides of a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix: cookie mix and butter until the mixture is crumbly and coarse. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture, and press the remaining crumbs in the bottom of the pan for the crust. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. While it’s baking, place cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl and beat with a mixer.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the partially baked crust. Then in the empty cream cheese bowl, mix the pie filling and cinnamon together. (I cut the apples into bite sized pieces). Spoon the pie filling mixture evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the walnuts.
  5. Bake it for 35 to 40 minutes or until a light golden brown, and cool it for another 30 minutes. Refrigerate it for about 2 hours.
  6. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in the refrigerator. It makes 24 bars.
  7. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by!

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

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YUM! Seriously, this thing is so delicious, and it’s super easy to make. I wanted to share this jewel of a recipe that I found around Christmas time (original post found here). I made it a total of three times for all of the different family gatherings that we went to. Apparently after you get married your family doubles. ;)

You can make one giant cheese ball or two smaller ones. I found the smaller ones to be a more appropriate size (even for my ginormous family). If you want to make two small ones just divide the recipe in half.

  • 2 (8 oz. each) packages of cream cheese (you can use fat free too)
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 pieces of turkey bacon, fried and crumbled (I tried it with bacon bits as well. I prefer the bacon bits, because it’s way easier and less time consuming. I used about half a cup of bacon bits)
  • 1/4 cup chopped black olives, optional (I left these out)
  • pecans, almonds, or walnuts, finely chopped for coating
  1. Mix together the cream cheese and dry ranch packet. I put mine in my mixer, and it was so easy.
  2. Add the cheese, onions, olives, and bacon.
  3. Shape into a ball, and roll in the nuts to completely coat the outside.
  4. Store it in the refrigerator, and enjoy it with Ritz or your favorite type of cracker.

So easy! I love how it can be made a couple of days in advance. This is what I’ll be bringing to any type of party from now on. It’s always a huge hit. Enjoy!