Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Taking a Break from Studying for a QUICK Update!


I know I should be studying away, but I need a BREAK & I thought I'd share a few pics with you!!

I met my new nephew Derrick Mitchell for the first time yesterday (My SIL & BIL are visiting from North Carolina) & thought I would share a few pics!
He is a doll baby!



AND... My FAVE pic!!




Hope you are all having a SPECTACULAR week!

Check back soon for FUN updates & GREAT ideas!!

*tpj
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

I need a BREAK!!

I need a BREAK!! Not from blogging, I need a break from studying! I am scheduled to take my Real Estate exam on Friday and I have been studying my booty off! I will be in ALL DAY Prep Classes Monday & Tuesday and spending the evenings at the baseball field with Tidbit.
After my test on Friday, I WILL get caught up on my blogging! Yes I WILL!
This is how I am feeling... Right.About.Now!
Keep checking back, because I will be adding the following ideas SOON!
* Breakfast To Go Ideas
* Monkey Bread Minis
* Monogrammed Yard Art
* Tiffany's Tuesday Tip
* Strawberry Jam Cookies
I know you're excited!! ;-)
I did manage to take a break from studying yesterday and spend the evening with one of my faves... Roger Creager!!
For your viewing pleasure... Here's a pic from his concert last night! *Sigh*
Have a SPECTACULAR week & if you get a chance, say a quick prayer for me!
*Tiffany
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

My Sweet Nephew Koda trying was to enjoy his cupcake, but Nana (my Mom) had other plans! There's never a dull moment at our family gatherings & we LOVE it that way!
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tiffany's Tuesday Tip #2 - Buttons


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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chocolate Chip Surprise Pie Cookies

Chocolate Chip Surprise Pie Cookies
Here's what you'll need:

Pillsbury Rolled Pie Crusts
Now make a 1/2 batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough or pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough (I added M&M's to the pre-made cookie dough)

Egg wash (1 beaten egg + 2 Tbsp. water)
And that's all you'll need for this recipe!

Makes approximately 24 pie cookies
Directions:
First, form cookie dough into teaspoon shaped balls and flatten slightly.

Put these on a baking sheet and freeze for approximately 15 minutes. This will keep the dough soft on the inside of each pie cookie when baking. The only error you could really make would be putting too much dough inside each, which would cause it to leak or break.
Preheat to 350.

Roll out your crust as you would for a pie and using a round 1 1/2" cookie cutter cut small circles for your pops. If you don't have a cookie cutter, no worries, use a small round drinking glass. TIP: If you flour the rim, the dough will not stick to the glass.

Place the chilled cookie dough on top of half the rounds. Push cookie stick into the dough and top with remaining rounds and pinch together to seal using a fork. (I used a stir stick)

Brush with your egg wash and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for approx 10-12 minutes or until pie crust is golden.
Let completely cool prior to drizzling with chocolate. I chose to drizzle with milk chocolate and white chocolate that I colored yellow to go with my party theme that day.

These are SUPER easy and are sure to be a hit at your next party!

Enjoy!

*tiffany



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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dishing It with Amanda


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Amanda from Serenity Now is having a party to give bloggers a chance to mingle and to get to know one another a little better.

Amanda asked some suggested questions to get the blog talk and visiting going.

~How long have you been blogging?
About a year… I think!

~Why did you start blogging?
I stumbled upon so many fun blogs and decided I wanted to share my ideas too!

~Tell me about your blog's title. Why did you choose it?
It’s catchy, It’s fun & It’s absolutely me!

~What do you blog about?
Crafts, Cooking, Baking, Home D├ęcor & More

~What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Blogging is like an electronic scrapbook! Also, I LOVE being able to share my ideas with other bloggers and even share fun blogs I’ve come across with followers.

~If you had to choose one famous person to become your blog's next devoted reader, who would you pick?
Anyone but Martha Stewart! LOL!! I’m sure she could teach me a thing or twenty.

~What's the funniest comment you've ever received on a blog post?
“Tiff - I love you, but this is way too much for me. I bought a 6 pack of them in the $1 spot at Target! Lol!” I just loved it!!

Off to tackle my office for the day, but cannot wait to Dish It with other bloggers this evening! If you are new to my blog or you read it and never comment, I’d like to say Hello!!

Be sure to visit Amanda today and have fun Dishing It!
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Window Redo - Trash to Treasure


What's more fun than taking something from Trash-to-Treasure?

Spending less than $15 to make it SPECTACULAR!

A girlfriend of mine was getting rid of this antique window and I just knew that I could figure out something to do with it. I've spent the last few months trying to decide how I wanted to display it. Well... I FINALLY decided!

Here's what you need:

Paint & a Poster to match your home decor (Yep, that's it!). OH, and the window of course.
Or... use the window to frame family photos.

Before



Slightly Sanded and Painted Black

I sanded the window frame slightly, because I still wanted the window to have an aged look even after I painted it. Once the paint dried, I went back and sanded the edges a bit to look a bit more weathered.



While the window is drying, cut the poster that you chose into the same size as the window panes and attached them from behind with an adhesive (I used a heavy duty tape).

And there you have it... A Window Redo!!



I happen to absolutely LOVE this project!!

I still have another antique window, but I have a different idea that I want to try.

Stay Tuned...
Showing some Linky Love... For more ideas, visit these blogs!

Making

Keeping It Simple


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tiffany's Tuesday Tip #1


I have SO many household tips that I use on a daily basis and thought it would be fun to share them with you. Every Tuesday I will post one of my tips that I use often, so check back often for Tiffany's Tuesday Tips.

Crisp & Clean



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Spring has Sprung!


Aren't these Spectacular??



Martha Stewart does come through every once in a while with a fun craft. She had this lady on her show who is WAY into 60's vintage flowers and created the masterpiece above. Wow, does she have some time on her hands or what?!

Click
HERE to get directions and even watch a tutorial.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Favorite Song (& More) Friday


Favorite Movie
(Yes... I know EVERY word!!)

Favorite Dessert

(Who doesn't love Tiramisu??)


Raspberry Champagne Spritzer

(Enough said....)





Song for today... Margaritaville

(For no other reason, than it just makes me happy!



Have a SPECTACULAR Friday!

*tiffany
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'm on FACEBOOK!!


I'm moving on up... to the East side... (Singing at the top of my lungs)

Okay... I got a little side tracked.

I am now on FACEBOOK!

I've added a FanBox on my Blogger page, so you can click the "Follow" link or you can follow Mine Are Spectacular! by clicking on the link below.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Mine-Are-Spectacular/111504755537143?ref=mf



I'm totally excited... Can you tell?!
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Teacher's Gifts GALORE!! (Part 2)

Teacher's Gifts GALORE!! (Part 2)


How awesome are these?? I know a few Teachers that will totally approve of this gift!
I love this idea so much, that I might just make it for myself!
This creative gal made it for her 2 son's teachers & you should try it too!
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Grab My... BUTTON!!

I know today is Wordless Wednesday, but I can't be wordless because I am SO excited!! I created a "Button" for my BLOG... Sometimes I impress myself!! HaHa!!

This isn't a BiG deal to everyone, but believe me when I say... it's a REALLY BiG Deal!! ;-)

If you are a follwer & a blogger, please Grab My Button!!

OH... I have also been adding to my blog layout. I have added links at the top of my blog to FuN, EXCiTiNG things.

Eventually, I will figure out my signature.

Check it out!

Have a GREAT not-so-Wordless-Wednesday!

*tiffany
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fluffly Flower Toppers

These "Fluffy Flowers" are the perfect topper for Spring Cupcakes.
So simple & So sweet!

Here's what you need:

2 JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
1 Tbsp. colored sugar
1/2 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallow

Here's How to Make Them:
CUT large marshmallows diagonally in half with kitchen shears. Press cut-sides in colored sugar.

ARRANGE in flower shape on top of your favorite dessert.

FILL center with miniature marshmallow half, cut-side down.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Easter Sunday was WONDERFUL!!
We spent the morning praising God for doing the impossible. Today, we celebrated the fact that our Savior has risen from the dead. The stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty... Our Jesus is ALIVE & we are FORGIVEN!!
PRAISE GOD!
I just wanted to share a very few pics of our day...
Easter Goodies!!
Chocolate Covered Oreos with Colored Sugar

Colorful Easter Cupcakes with Edible Grass (So FuN!)

Headed to Church with my Boys
(What an amazing service!)

Headed to The Palmer Family Easter Lunch
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Loving on my Sweet Nephew, Koda!

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Confetti Eggs!! They pretty much RoCK!!

Headed to watch Extreme Home Makeover: The Beach Family. This episode features a local family and we have waited many months for the reveal. So EXCITING!!

I hope each of you had an amazing Easter Weekend & spent time with your family reflecting on your many blessings!!

Hugs,

*tiffany

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Colored Sugars

There is NO reason to pay good money for Colored Sugars, when they are SO easy to make!

Here's what you need:
Granulated Sugar
Food Coloring
Resealable Plastic Bags

Yep... That's it!


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Fill each bag with 3/4 cup of sugar (or more if needed). Put 4 drops of desired food coloring in each bag (or more if needed). Zip it closed and shake away!

That's it... You have your colored sugar in just a minute!

I will be using my colored sugar to sprinkle to tops of my chocolate covered Easter oreos. Stay tuned...

*tiffany
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Favorite Song Friday

I just LOVE this new song by Francesca... Her voice is AMAZING!

Beautiful Beautiful - Lyrics
Album: My Paper Heart
Artist: Francesca Battistelli

Don’t know how it is You looked at me
And saw the person that I could be
Awakening my heart
Breaking through the dark
Suddenly Your grace

(Chorus)
Like sunlight burning at midnight
Making my life something so
Beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me
All that I need
You are so
Beautiful, beautiful

Now there’s a joy inside I can’t contain
But even perfect days can end in rain
And though it’s pouring down
I see You through the clouds
Shining on my face

(Chorus)

I have come undone
But I have just begun
Changing by Your grace


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Thursday, April 1, 2010

EGGstravaganza!


It's an EGGstravaganza!!
Learn how to decorate your Easter eggs like these at this link by Better Homes and Gardens.






Happy Easter!

*Tiffany
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